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Global Chart Report

Imagine Dragons whizz to the hot spot
Friday, February 27, 2015
by Fred Chuchel, Dresden

'Smoke+Mirrors', the second album of Las Vegas based rock band Imagine Dragons opens atop the Global Album Chart with healthy 269.000 sales. The lion's share of it comes from the USA with 172.000 sales, another 25.700 from United Kingdom, 23.000 from Canada, estimated 15.000 from Germany, 6.000 from France, 5.000 from Australia. Imagine Dragon's debut album 'Night Visions' turns also back on the tally after a nearly six-month abstinence at no.34 with 17.000 sales. This album was a big surprise in 2013. Driven by many singles like 'Radioactive', 'It's Time', and 'Demons' it sold massive 4.317.000 copies so far and ranks now a fantastic 91st week on the Top 40 list! Behind 'Smoke+Mirrors' follow the big two debuts of the previous week: Drake's 'If You're Reading This, It's Too Late' falls from the pole-position to no.3 (down 69% to 174.000 copies sold) and the soundtrack to the blockbuster 'Fifty Shades Of Grey' holds the no.2 for a second week (down 24% to 242.000 copies sold). Also new inside

the Top 10 this week is German gangsta-rapper Bushido with his new release 'Carlo Cokxxx Nutten 3' at no.7 and 81.000 sales and Generations, a part of the J-pop collective Exile Tribe, with their second set 'Generation Ex' at no.8 and 64.000 sales. Some additional sales stats: 'Motion' by Calvin Harris sold 12.000 copies last week and reaches a total of 586.000 so far, 'No Fixed Address' by Nickelback sold also 12.000 units last week, 672.000 so far, 'Plus' by Ed Sheeran sold 13.000 units last week and has a total of 3.980.000 copies so far, his follow-up 'X' sold 4.884.000 copies so far, 'Ultraviolence' by Lana Del Rey 1.283.000, and 'Xscape' by Michael Jackson 1.555.000.  COMPLETE GLOBAL ALBUM CHART  Will be Ellie Goulding's 'Love Me Like You Do' the next no.1 on the Global Track Chart?? This week the smash succeeds another big jump from no.4 to no.2 driven by 21% points boost to 456.000. For the present 'Uptown Funk!' by Mark Ronson feat. Bruno Mars holds tight at the summit for a magnificent eleventh week with another 521.000 points, an 8% decline compared to the previous week. And it's the tenth consecutive week that the song got more than 500.000 points, very impressive! Back to this week's vice position 'Love Me Like You Do'. The 456.000 points of that tune is almost twice as much as the no.1 spot received several months ago, when 'Problem' by Ariana Grande feat. Iggy Azalea ruled in the week 27, 2014 with only 234.000 points. And on the other side, with these 234.000 points the song would be only at no.7 on this week's hitlist, a very tough competition at the moment in the upper region of the Global Track Chart. 'Kareinaru Gyakuzoku', the new single release of the Japanese idol group Smap, shoots atop the no.1 slot in their country and globally at no.18 with 119.000 points, this week's highest debut. Also new on the tally is 'Hold Back The River', the first big success for the 24 year-old British singer / songwriter and guitarist James Bay. The song bows at no.31 with 77.000 points. Former 'American Idol' winner Kelly Clarkson, who had her biggest hits nearly 10 years ago with 'Since U Been Gone' and 'Because Of YOu', turns back at no.38 this week with 'Heartbeat Song' and 70.000 points. Outside the Top 40 waiting among other Kygo feat. Conrad's 'Firestone' at no.42, Nicki Minaj feat. Drake & Lil Wayne's 'Truffle Butter' at no.43, and Taylor Swift's 'Wonderland' at no.48 for their first appearance on the big list.  COMPLETE GLOBAL TRACK CHART

Global Chart - 10 Years Ago
'Get Right' Jennifer Lopez
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Global Chart - 30 Years Ago
'I Want To Know What Love Is' Foreigner
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Our weekly global countdown dated back to 1955. The year when Rock'n'Roll was born and popular music started to influence and determine the spirit and mood of any era. The music industry was at the very beginning, many countries hadn't yet an official chart. That's why the first hitlists merged the charts only from the USA, United Kingdom, Germany and additional informations from France, Australia, Italy, Belgium and the Netherlands. The first no.1 in January 1955 was 'Mr.Sandman' by the Chordettes and biggest hit of that year 'Cherry Pink And Apple Blossom White', a mambo classic by Perez Prado.
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Billboard Report
Imagine Dragons celebrates the first no.1
Wednesday, February 25, 2015
by Keith Caulfield, Los Angeles

Imagine Dragons earns its first No. 1 album on the Billboard 200 chart, as the rock band's Smoke + Mirrors debuts in the top slot. The Billboard 200 chart ranks the most popular albums of the

week based on multi-metric consumption, which includes traditional album sales, track equivalent albums (TEA) and streaming equivalent albums (SEA). Smoke + Mirrors was released on Feb. 17 through KIDinaKORNER/Interscope Records, and moved 195,000 units in the week ending Feb. 22, according to Nielsen Music. Pure album sales comprised 89 percent (or 172,000) of that figure. That 172,000 sum is easily the group's biggest sales week yet, more than doubling their previous best -- 83,000 -- registered when their first full-length album, Night Visions, debuted and peaked at No. 2 in its first frame. So far, Night Visions has sold 2.5 million copies to date, and has never left the Billboard 200 chart since its debut 129 weeks ago. (It's only spent two weeks outside of the top 100, too.) Night Visions spawned three top 20 singles on the Billboard Hot 100 chart: "It's Time" (peaking at No. 15), "Radioactive" (No. 3) and "Demons" (No. 6). Of those, "Radioactive" also hit No. 1 on the Alternative

Songs airplay chart (spending 13 weeks atop the list). The band's new album was led by the single "I Bet My Life," which reached No. 3 on the Alternative tally. Smoke + Mirrors is the lone debut in the top 10 of the Billboard 200, as the next highest new entry is found at No. 14, where Aaron Watson's Underdog starts with 28,000 units. Last week's No. 1, Drake's surprise release If You're Reading This It's Too Late, falls to No. 2 with 187,000 units (down 65 percent). It has sold 624,000 copies since its release (equating to a little more than 10 days on sale). Meanwhile, the Fifty Shades of Grey soundtrack also falls one rung to No. 3 in its second week on the chart, moving 165,000 units (down 36 percent). The top three titles on the Billboard 200 are distributed by

Universal Music Group Distribution for a second consecutive week -- the first time a company has done so in nearly three years. The last time it happened was on the charts dated June 2 and June 9, 2012, when Sony Music Distribution claimed the top three. Taylor Swift's 1989 climbs 5-4 with 93,000 units (down 26 percent) and Ed Sheeran's x descends 4-5 with 81,000 units (down 42 percent). Many of the titles on the chart -- like Sheeran's -- are adjusting back to normal sales patterns (and thus decline in units) following gains earned in the week previous by exposure from the Grammy Awards (Feb. 8). Sam Smith's In the Lonely Hour falls 3-6 with 72,000 units (down 56 percent), Maroon 5's V is up 10-7 with 47,000 units (its highest rank since it was No. 7 on the Oct. 18, 2014-dated chart ­-- though it's down by 26 percent), and Meghan Trainor's Title drops 6-8 with 44,000 units (down 29 percent). After a brief dip outside of the top 10, Nicki Minaj's The Pinkprint returns to the region (12-9 with 41,000 units; down 15 percent), and Hozier's self-titled album also climbs back into the top 10 (11-10 with 40,000; down 33 percent). Overall album sales are down 22% over last week’s post-Grammy week sales gains, and down 4% over the same week last year. Year-to-date album sales are flat over the same period in 2014. Physical CD sales are down 22% over last week, down 17% over the same week last year and down 7% year-to-date over 2014. Digital album sales are down 23% over last week, up 9% over the same week last year and up 4% year-to-date over 2014. Digital track sales are down 7% over last week, down 12% over the same week last year and down 12% year-to-date over 2014. Track-equivalent album sales are down 17.8% over last week and down 4.2% year-to-date over 2014.  COMPLETE CHARTS

Andrew Hozier-Byrne (born 17 March 1990), known simply as Hozier, is an Irish musician from Bray, County Wicklow. In 2013 he released his debut EP Take Me to Church and his second EP From Eden in 2014, with his debut studio album Hozier released in Ireland in September 2014 and globally in October 2014. The son of a musician, he graduated from St. Gerard's school in Bray in 2009. He then began a degree in music at Trinity College, Dublin, but dropped out midway through his first year in order to record demos for Universal Music. While at Trinity, he became involved with the Trinity Orchestra. He was a member of Anúna from 2008 to 2012, and appears as a soloist on their 2012 release Illumination singing "La Chanson de Mardi Gras". He toured and sang with the group internationally including performances in Norway and the Netherlands. In 2013, Hozier released the EP Take Me to Church, with the title track becoming his breakthrough single after it went viral on YouTube. It reached number one on the Irish iTunes singles chart and number two in the official chart on 25 October 2013. Hozier followed up Take Me to Church with the new EP From Eden, and a number of festival tour dates and television appearances in the United States. Hozier released his self-titled album, Hozier on 19 September 2014. It had 5 singles including "Take Me to Church", "Work Song", and "From Eden", which were hits on his earlier EPs.   >> source: Wikipedia - click the picture to see the video

United Kingdom
Music Week Report
Ellie Goulding holds no.1 for a third week
Monday, February 23, 2015
by Alan Jones, London

Two songs from the soundtrack of blockbuster movie Shades Of Grey are in the top five this week - Ellie Goulding's Love Me Like You Do tops the chart for the third straight week (118,343 sales, including a record 25,780 sales derived from streams), while Canadian singer The Weeknd's Earned It climbs for the fifth straight week, with a chart trajectory to date

of 62-41-33-18-10-4. It sold 57,653 copies last week. Another track getting a sweeter chart position every week is Maroon 5's new single Sugar, which becomes their seventh Top 10 hit this week, having advanced 55-22-14-11-7. It sold 35,073 copies last week. It is the third Top 40 hit from Maroon 5's current album V, which jumps 33-19 (4,985 sales), ending a 17 week absence from the Top 20. Hozier's Take Me To Church remains at number two but its sales are off 13.90% from its peak, falling to 62,070. Completing a completely static top three, the chart's bronze medallist is once again Uptown Funk (60,514 sales) by Mark Ronson feat. Bruno Mars. FourFive Seconds is the Top 10's fourth and last non-mover, holding at number five (48,937 sales) for Rihanna, Kanye West and Paul McCartney. The rest of the Top 10: Gravity (4-6, 37,681 sales) by DJ Fresh feat. Ella Eyre, The Nights (9-8, 31,920 sales) by Avicii, Doing It (8-9, 30,132 sales) vy Charli XCX feat. Rita Ora, and Thinking Out Loud (7-10, 29,694

sales) by Ed Sheeran. Overall singles sales decreased 2.74% week-on-week to 6,466,307. Streaming accounted for 3,880,901 sales – a record 60.02% of the total. Under previously existing criteria where only paid-for purchases were included, overall singles sales are down 9.37% week-on-week at 2,585,406 – 16.87% below same week 2014 sales of 3,109,916 and the 80th consecutive week in which they have declined versus a year ago. Imagine Dragons slay all opposition with second album Smoke & Mirrors debuting atop the chart on first week sales of 25,675. The alternative rock quartet from Las Vegas are the first band to have a No.1 album this year, the first American group to have a number one album since Haim in October 2013. Home to the preview track Warriors,

which reached number 54 last October, and introductory single I Bet My Life, which drifts from its debut position of number 27 to 32 (12,222 sales) this week, Smoke & Mirrors is the follow-up to Imagine Dragons' opener Night Visions, which debuted and peaked at number two in 2013 on sales of 23,348. Interest in Night Visions was initially sparked by the long-running hit single Radioactive which reached number 12, and later reignited by Demons (number 13), It's Time (number 23) and On Top Of The World (number 34). Night Visions climbs 47-43 this week (1,801 sales) and has thus far sold 398,728 copies - but is far outsold by Radioactive (772,464 sales) and Demons (414,455 sales). The title of Texas' new album - Texas 25 - suggests, the Glasgow band have been around for a quarter of a century. In fact, they made their live debut nearly 27 years ago, their singles chart debut with I Don't Need A Lover a little over 26 years ago, and their album chart debut with Southside a little under 26 years ago. Texas 25 does, however, celebrate their silver jubilee and includes re-recordings of many of their better known songs, and four new tunes. Their ninth studio album, it delivers their seventh Top 10 album, debuting at number five (10,596 sales). In their native Scotland, it debuts at number two. Hard rock quintet Thunder split first in 1999 and again in 2009 but their third coming is a success, with Wonder Days - their first studio album since Bang! debuted and peaked at a lowly number 62 in 2008 - dashing to a number nine debut on sales of 9,227 copies. All now well into their fifties, and with four of the original members on board, it is their 10th studio album since 1991 and brings them only their third Top 10 album, following second album Laughing On Judgement Day - which peaked at number two in 1992 behind Kylie Minogue's Greatest Hits - and follow-up Behind Closed Doors (number five, 1995). Number one for the sixth time last week, Sam Smith's In The Lonely Hour now slips to number two (18,463 sales). It has now been in the Top 10 for nine months (39 weeks). The top tier's other long runners, Ed Sheeran's X (36 weeks) and George Ezra's Wanted On Voyage (35 weeks) are also down but continue their marathons. X falls 2-3 (13,609 sales) and Wanted On Voyage dips 5-6 (10,068 sales). After debuting at number two on the basis of two days downloads, Drake's If You're Reading This, You're Too Late retreats to number four (13,304 sales) - still a great result for an album that has yet to be released physically. Completing the Top 10: Hozier (6-7, 9,702 sales), 1989 (8-8, 9,409 sales) by Taylor Swift and Title (7-10, 8,768 sales) by Meghan Trainor. Overall album sales are down 13.00% week-on-week at 1,242,320 - 7.92% below same week 2014 sales of 1,349,162.  COMPLETE CHARTS

Oricon Single Chart
No.1  'Kareinaru Gyakuzoku' Smap

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Media Control Album Chart
No.1  Bushido
'Carlo Cokxxx Nutten 3'
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