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Global Chart Report

'Blinding Lights' reigns a sixth week
Thursday, March 26, 2020
by Fred Chuchel, Dresden


No change atop the Global Track Chart, 'Blinding Lights' by The Weeknd rules the tally for a sixth week in a row with exactly 400,000 points. On the year-to-list the song holds no.2 with 4,095,000 points, 'Dance Monkey' by Tones And I leads there with 4,408,000 points. On the current weekly chart it returns to the runner-up slot with 302,000 points. Highest debut of the week is 'Death Bed', a song by Canadian rapper Powfu, which features a sample of the 2017 tune 'Coffee' by Filipino / British singer, songwriter Beabadoobee. 'Death Bed' arrives at no.31 with 91,000 points. Its commercial release was delayed by a year due to the clearance of the 'Coffee' sample. It was finally released to streaming and download services in February 2020. It's the third week in a row that a song jumps over the 10 million points border: after 'I Don't Care' by Ed Sheeran & Justin Bieber two weeks ago and 'Dance Monkey' by Tones And I last week, now 'Someone You Loved'

by Lewis Capaldi climbs to no.65 of the ALL TIME CHART with a total of 10,110,000 points. It's the 72nd 10 million smash in history. Outside our weekly Top 40 waiting among other 'Myron' by Lil Uzi Vert at no.43, 'Safaera' by Bad Bunny at no.44, and 'High Fashion' by Roddy Ricch feat. Mustard at no.56 for their first appearance on the big list. It's very rare ... an unchanged top three in the United Album Chart this week: 'Eternal Atake' by Lil Uzi Vert remains for a second week atop the tally with 299,000 equivalent sales, only a 15% decrease compared to its initial week. The reason is the release of a deluxe edition of the set. 'Map Of The Soul: 7' by the Bangtan Boys holds the runner-up slot. In the fourth week on the tally it generated another healthy 178,000 sales, a total of whopping 5,2 million so far. Finally also 'NCT#127: Neo Zone' by the boy group NCT 127 holds tight at no.3 with another 122,000 sales. Highest debut of the week is 'Heartbreak Weather', the second studio effort by ex-One Direction member Niall Horan. The album shoots at no.4 globally with 113,000 consumption units, 59,000 of it from the United States and 14,000 from United Kingdom (according to Billboard / Nielsen Music and OCC). And now, as every week, additional stats from outside the current Global Top 10 in alphabetic order, the first figure means last week's sales, the second figure the total sales: '1989' by Taylor Swift 10,000 / 11,388,000, '21' by Adele 10,000 / 29,999,000, '25' by Adele 9,000 / 22,359,000, the 'A Star Is Born' soundtrack 19,000 / 5,733,000, 'American Teen' by Khalid 14,000 / 3,741,000, 'Astroworld' by Travis Scott 21,000 / 4,469,000, 'Beerbongs & Bentleys' by Post Malone 29,000 / 6,568,000, 'Circles' by Mac Miller 19,000 / 473,000, 'Courage' by Celine Dion 4,000 / 602,000, 'Cuz I Love You' by Lizzo 19,000 / 1,552,000, 'Death Race For Love' by Juice WRLD 17,000 / 1,621,000, 'Divide' by Ed Sheeran 24,000 / 15,844,000, 'Divinely Uninspired To A Hellish Extent' by Lewis Capaldi 50,000 / 2,278,000, 'Everyday Life' by Coldplay 10,000 / 901,000, 'Evolve' by Imagine Dragons 11,000 / 5,083,000, 'Fine Line' by Harry Styles 55,000 / 1,620,000, 'Free Spirit' by Khalid 15,000 / 2,024,000, the 'Frozen II' soundtrack 48,000 / 1,349,000, 'Goodbye & Good Riddance' by Juice WRLD 24,000 / 2,961,000, 'Happiness Begins' by Jonas Brothers 10,000 / 1,380,000, 'Hollywood's Bleeding' by Post Malone 69,000 / 3,752,000, 'In The Lonely Hour' by Sam Smith 7,000 / 8,403,000, 'Indigo' by Chris Brown 14,000 / 1,314,000, 'Invasion Of Privacy' by Cardi B 11,000 / 3,384,000, 'Kamikaze' by Eminem 3,000 / 2,974,000, 'Love Yourself 轉 Answer' by BTS (Bangtan Boys) 9,000 / 2,880,000, 'Lover' by Taylor Swift 29,000 / 3,287,000, 'Manic' by Halsey 33,000 / 722,000, 'Map Of The Soul: Persona' by BTS (Bangtan Boys) 8,000 / 4,378,000, 'Music To Be Murdered By' by Eminem 59,000 / 1,178,000, 'No.6 Collaborations' by Ed Sheeran 33,000 / 3,228,000, 'Norman Fucking Rockwell!!' by Lana Del Rey 7,000 / 872,000, 'Over It' Summer Walker 20,000 / 1,100,000, 'Please Excuse Me For Being Antisocial' by Roddy Ricch 65,000 / 1,436,000, 'Question Mark' by XXXTentacion 23,000 / 4,343,000, 'Rare' by Selena Gomez 25,000 / 569,000, 'Reputation' by Taylor Swift 7,000 / 5,214,000, 'Romance' by Camila Cabello 24,000 / 687,000, 'Scorpion' by Drake 21,000 / 6,361,000, 'Seven' by Lil Nas X 14,000 / 1,256,000, 'Shawn Mendes' by Shawn Mendes 13,000 / 2,775,000, 'So Much Fun' by Young Thug 15,000 / 1,298,000, 'Stoney' by Post Malone 19,000 / 5,447,000, 'Sweetener' by Ariana Grande 6,000 / 2,827,000, 'Thank U, Next' by Ariana Grande 17,000 / 3,584,000, 'The Greatest Showman' soundtrack 17,000 / 7,771,000, 'The Slow Rush' by Tame Impala 27,000 / 343,000, and 'X' by Ed Sheeran 10,000 / 12,211,000.

GLOBAL NO.1 - 30 YEARS AGO... "Nothing Compares 2 U", released on January 8, 1990, was the lead single of Sinead's second studio album I Do Not Want What I Haven't Got. Originally the song was written and composed by Prince for his side project, The Family. But only Sinead's emotional, gutsy performance made it a classic. Painful loss meets stunning vocals beauty with a perfectly understated instrumental arrangement. A part in success had certainly the famous video-clip, directed by John Maybury. It consists mostly of a closeup on Sinead O'Connor's face as she goes through stages of sadness and anger while singing the lyrics. Toward the end of the video, two tears roll down her face. Sinead has said that her tears were real. She explained that the tears were triggered by thoughts of her mother, who died in a car accident in 1985. "Nothing Compares 2 U" climbed to number one in almost all countries and was the biggest hit of the year 1990 globally.

Billboard Report
'The Box' lost the no.1 position
Tuesday, March 31, 2020
by Keith Caulfield & Gary Trust, Los Angeles

The Weeknd's "Blinding Lights" lifts from No. 2 to No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 songs chart, becoming the pop/R&B singer-songwriter-producer's fifth leader on the list. The track is from

The Weeknd's new LP After Hours, which soars in at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 albums chart, marking his fourth leading title, as the set starts with the most equivalent album units earned in a week so far this year. "Lights," released on XO/Republic Records, becomes the 1,097th No. 1 in the history of the Hot 100, which launched on Aug. 4, 1958. The Weeknd's fifth Hot 100 No. 1 follows After Hours lead single "Heartless," which led the Dec. 14, 2019-dated chart, and this week soars 16-4; "Starboy," featuring Daft Punk (one week, January 2017); "The Hills" (six weeks, October-November 2015); and "Can't Feel My Face" (three weeks, August-September 2015). "Lights" concurrently becomes The Weeknd's second No. 1 on the Streaming Songs chart (after "The Hills"), surging 5-1, up 54% to 32.1 million U.S. streams in the week ending March 26, according to Nielsen Music/MRC Data. It pushes 5-3 on Radio Songs, gaining by 15% to 82.2

million all-format airplay audience impressions in the week ending March 29, while ranking at No. 3 on Digital Song Sales (after it led the March 28-dated chart), with 15,000 sold. "Lights" stops the 11-week Hot 100 reign of Roddy Ricch's "The Box," which dips to No. 2. The latter continues atop the Hot Rap Songs chart, where it leads for a 13th week. Dua Lipa's "Don't Start Now" keeps at No. 3 on the Hot 100, after reaching No. 2, as it logs a third week atop Radio Songs (98.2 million, essentially even week-over-week). Below The Weeknd's "Heartless" at No. 4 on the Hot 100 (up 157% to 19.4 million streams), Post Malone's "Circles" repeats at No. 5, after notching three weeks at No. 1, and Future's "Life Is Good," featuring Drake, slips 4-6, after peaking at No. 2 for eight weeks. Harry Styles' "Adore You" holds at its No. 7 Hot 100 high and Justin Bieber's "Intentions," featuring Quavo, likewise keeps at its No. 8 best. Doja Cat scores her first Hot 100 top 10, as "Say So" ascends 14-9. The track by the singer-rapper (real name: Amalaratna Dlamini) rises 17-14 on Radio Songs, up 23% to 52.1 million in audience, while dipping 13-18 on Streaming Songs (15.4 million, down 7%) and 15-21 on Digital Song Sales, although up 2% to 6,000 sold. Rounding out the Hot 100's top 10, Arizona Zervas' "Roxanne" retreats 6-10, after reaching No. 4. The Weeknd rocks the top of the Billboard 200 albums chart, as he scores his fourth No. 1 album with his latest release, After Hours. The set jumps in with the year’s biggest week for any album: 444,000 equivalent album units in the U.S. in the week ending March 26, according to Nielsen Music/MRC Data. The sum also marks The Weeknd’s personal weekly best. After Hours was released on March 20 via XO/Republic Records, and is The Weeknd’s first release since his chart-topping six-song EP My Dear Melancholy in 2018. After Hours’ first week total of 444,000 equivalent album units comprises 275,000 in album sales, 163,000 in SEA units and 6,000 in TEA units. The album’s SEA sum equates to 220.7 million on-demand streams of the set’s tracks in its first week. After Hours’ streaming start was so big, the album would have been No. 1 on the Billboard 200 even if it hadn’t sold a single copy. The No. 2 album on the chart is Lil Uzi Vert’s Eternal Atake, which falls to No. 2 after two weeks at No. 1, with 115,000 units (down 53%, with 113,000 of that sum in SEA units). After Hours’ debut frame of 444,000 units outpaces the year’s previous high-water mark, tallied by the debut of BTS’ Map of the Soul: 7. It entered at No. 1 on the March 7-dated list with 422,000 units. After Hours also clocks The Weeknd’s single largest week for an album. It surpasses the 412,000-unit start of Beauty Behind the Madness at No. 1 on the Sept. 19, 2015-dated chart. A Fourth No. 1: After Hours is The Weeknd’s fourth No. 1 album, and fourth in a row. It follows My Dear Melancholy (one week at No. 1, 2018), Starboy (five weeks at No. 1, 2016-17) and Beauty Behind the Madness (three weeks at No. 1, 2015). Back on the new Billboard 200, as noted above, Lil Uzi Vert’s Eternal Atake falls to No. 2 after two weeks at No. 1. The set earned 115,000 equivalent album units (down 53%). Lil Baby’s former No. 1 My Turn drops one spot to No. 3 with 60,000 equivalent album units (down 22%), while Bad Bunny’s YHLQMDLG dips from No. 3 to No. 4 with 51,000 units (down 26%). Conan Gray’s debut full-length album, Kid Krow, flies in at No. 5 on the Billboard 200 chart with 49,000 equivalent album units earned. Of that sum, 37,000 were in album sales (assisted by a concert/ticket album sale redemption offer with his tour late last year, and merchandise/album bundles). The 21-year-old singer-songwriter signed to Republic Records in 2018 after finding YouTube success with his original music and personal vlogs. After signing with Republic, he hit the Billboard 200 chart with his debut EP, Sunset Season, which debuted and peaked at No. 118 on the Dec. 1, 2018-dated tally. Roddy Ricch’s former No. 1 Please Excuse Me for Being Antisocial is steady at No. 6 on the new Billboard 200 (43,000 equivalent album units; down 13%), Post Malone’s chart-topping Hollywood’s Bleeding rises 8-7 (38,000 units; down 8%) and Jhené Aiko’s Chilombo descends 5-8 (37,000 units; down 34%). The late Kenny Rogers logs his highest-charting album since 1983, as The Best of Kenny Rogers: Through the Years debuts at No. 9 (32,000 equivalent album units earned, with 10,000 of that sum in album sales). The 20-track greatest hits collection was released in 2018 via Capitol Records Nashville, and contains such top 10 Hot 100 hits as “The Gambler,” “Lucille” and the No. 1 “Lady.” It does not, however, include one of his most popular hits, the No. 1 smash “Islands in the Stream,” with Dolly Parton. The single was released on RCA Records in 1983 and spent two weeks at No.1. Rogers, who died on March 20 at age 81, was last in the top 10 on the Billboard 200 with 1983’s RCA release Eyes That See in the Dark, which peaked at No. 6. The album’s lead single was “Islands in the Stream.” Rounding out the new top 10 on the Billboard 200 is the soundtrack to Frozen II. The former No. 1 holds steady at No. 10 with 31,000 equivalent album units earned (down 1%).

Record Of The Month

'Death Bed' is a song by Canadian rapper Powfu, which features a sample of the 2017 tune 'Coffee' by Filipino / British singer, songwriter Beabadoobee. The commercial release of the song was delayed by a year due to the clearance of the 'Coffee' sample. It was finally released to streaming and download services in February 2020.

United Kingdom
Music Week Report
Saint Jhn still flourishes at number one
Monday, March 30, 2020
by Alan Jones, London

On the face of it, it is an easy second week at No. 1 for Saint Jhn with Roses. The remixed rap hit makes short work of the competition with a 13.7% increase in chart sales to 59,859 of which 55,594 (or 92.9%) are sales-equivalent streams. The untouched original version continues to contribute around 4% to the single’s total sales each

week. Yet it is Blinding Lights by The Weeknd which can consider itself desperately unlucky. Thanks to the boost from the release of the singer’s album After Hours streams of the track are up massively, rising from 5.8 million to 8.2m this week – in pure numerical terms the kind of form that normally all but guarantees you a spot at the top of the charts. But this is also the precise moment that the track slumps to ACR, halving the value of its streams. Blinding Lights this week posts a chart sale of 39,133. Without ACR that total would have risen to 72,908 and would indeed have ensured the Canadian was top of both singles and albums listings. Of some small consolation is the fact that the remaining tracks from The Weeknd’s album utterly dominated the streaming tables this week. Restricted to three chart entries by rule The Weeknd is brand new at No.17 (20,903 sales) with In Your Eyes whilst the previously teased title track bounds 43-23 (18,727

sales), just shy of the No.20 peak it scaled when first released. Meanwhile, a further 11 tracks from the album are ‘starred out’ from the rest of the chart listings, eight of them within the theoretical bounds of the Top 40. Returning to the rest of the Top 5: The Box by Roddy Ricch is back up to 3 on 37,216 sales although this will slide to ACR next week, and Lonely from Joel Corry advances further to No.4 with 37,027. For several weeks now I’ve been noting Dua Lipa’s chasing of her own (long) tail as Physical battles to overtake its predecessor Don’t Start Now on the singles chart. This week that moment has finally arrived. Bolstered by a brand new version which features additional vocals from K-pop star Hwasa (from girl group Mamamoo) the single rises this week to No.5 (34,070 sales), putting it 1,184 sales ahead of her older hit which holds steady at No.5. The release of parent album Future Nostalgia this week should have a beneficial effect on both these two hits and brand new single Break My Hearts. The singles market overall continues to hold firm, down a tiny fraction week on week to 19,462,107. Paid-for sales were 445,537, this slightly up on last week’s total of 437,067 but continuing to be below half a million for the first time since downloads were introduced to the singles chart. These are the lowest weekly totals since Week 8, 2005 when just 427,985 singles were sold. The Covid-19 crisis continues to have a huge market impact. Artist album sales slump another 4.7% week on week to 1,484,482. Physical sales are down a big 40.9% with just 154,478 discs passing across the counter last week. It means that digital sales account for a whopping 84.85% of the total. The compilations sector takes even bigger hits, down 18.2% week on week to 84,085. Just 40,466 physical compilation albums were sold last week, below 50% of the total for the first time ever. Already home to one of the biggest hit singles of the year so far, The Weeknd’s fourth full studio album After Hours was always going to be the biggest of the week. The album opens with a chart sale of 25,677 copies, of which 19,959 were accounted for by calculated streams, the second-highest sale so far this year for a No.1 album. By comparison Abel Tesfaye’s last album full studio album Starboy debuted at No.5 with 35,697 sales in its first week on sale in November 2016. After a three year absence, Morrissey returns to the albums chart with his 13th studio offering. I Am Not A Dog On A Chain is the follow-up to 2017’s Low In High School and slides neatly into place at No.3 with 6,720 sales. It is his 15th solo Top 10 album in all and his first to reach the Top 3 since World Peace Is None Of Your Business reached No.2 in 2014. One of the select band of country stars with fame beyond his genre, the passing of Kenny Rogers at the age of 81 was always going to result in an outpouring of affection entirely in keeping with his status. Posthumous sales and streams have this week propelled his 1999 hybrid collection All The Hits & All New Love Songs back into the charts, the album this week landing at No.6 (4,770 sales), easily beating the No.14 it scaled when first released almost 21 years ago. It is only his third ever Top 10 album in this country following 1980’s Kenny (home to the No.1 hit Coward Of The County) and 1985 hits collection The Kenny Rogers Story. After reaching a No.18 peak with their third album Build A Tower in 2018 Manchester rock band Slow Readers Club have been looking up. New collection The Joy Of The Return is their fourth studio collection since they formed from the ashes of predecessors Omerta and this week becomes only their second chart record of any kind. The album is the fourth highest new entry at No.9 (3,781 sales) – fascinatingly almost identical to the 3,797 copies sold by its predecessor in its first week on the market two years ago. Four years on from his death David Bowie makes his album chart return this week with Is It Any Wonder?, a six-track EP of a series of rare and previously unreleased tracks. Manna for completists, it generated enough interest to chart at No.10 (3,509 sales). It is Bowie’s 34th Top 10 album to date.