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U2 misses the peak position
Friday, October 24, 2014
by Fred Chuchel, Dresden
 

After the trouble with the free album download on iTunes a few weeks ago, the new U2 effort 'Songs Of Innocence' fails also at retail. Compared with the former albums, the first week sale-results of the new effort are disastrous. Some comparisons: 'Songs Of Innocence' earned only 28.000 copies in the USA, the former album 'No Line On The Horizon' moved massive 484.000 units in its debut frame. In United Kingdom the new set sold 16.000 copies in its initial week, the former effort opened with 158.000 sales. Globally 'Songs Of Innocence' starts at no.2 this week with 195.000 sales, 'No Line On The Horizon' was a big no.1 smash with stellar 1,18 million initial sales. It's clear, one reason of the terrible sales is, that million of iTunes user having a free copy of the album, another reason are the sharply falling album sales worldwide. But on the other hand it seems that the Irish rock legend U2 has passed their zenith.  An infallible sign, the single-success: 'Vertigo', the first lift-off from U2's album 'How To Dismantle An 

Atomic Bomb' was a massive smash globally and reached no.2 on the track tally in December 2004. 'Get On Your Boots' from 'No Line On The Horizon' went only to no.24 some years later in March 2009. And now, the current lead single 'The Miracle (Of Joey Ramone)' missed the Top 40 so far. High hopes lie on Taylor Swift's new album '1989', which will be hammer down on the charts in two weeks. Can it crack the million border in its first week? Next week Arashi's new album 'The Digitalian' will be rule the tally, followed by Slipknot's new effort '.5: The Gray Chapter'. The latter debuts at no.34 this week with 20.000 copies, due earlier sales from Japan. Back to the upper region of this week's hitlist, where American country duo Florida Georgia Line overtakes U2 with

their second studio album 'Anything Goes'. It moved 213.000 copies in its initial week (197.100 in the USA and 16.000 in Canada). Florida Georgia Line's first album 'Here's To The Good Times', which was released in December 2012, sold 2,2 million copies so far. You+Me, Pink's collaboration with City And Colour, is this week's second highest debut at no.3 and found 117.000 buyers. Last week's leader, Jason Aldean's 'Old Boots, New Dirt', throws down at no.4 after a 67% sales decline to 97.000. Rounds out the top five is German rapper Shindy, his second album with the bulky title 'FvckB!tche$GetmoneY' opens with 88.000 sales from Germany, Austria and Switzerland. Some additional sales stats: 'Xscape' by Michael Jackson sold 8.000 copies last week and reaches a total of 1.478.000 so far, 'Ultraviolence' by Lana Del Rey sold 13.000 units last week, 1.110.000 so far, 'Pure Heroine' by Lorde sold 9.000 units last week and has a total of 2.776.000 units so far, 'Wanted On Voyage' by George Ezra sold 418.000 copies so far, 'Popular Problems' by Leonard Cohen 299.000, and 'Cheek To Cheek' by Tony Bennett & Lady GaGa 426.000.  COMPLETE GLOBAL ALBUM CHART  Meghan Trainor remains atop the Global Track Chart for a fourth consecutive week with another 396.000 points, a 5% decrease compared to the previous week. But the other giant of autumn 2014, 'Shake It Off' by Taylor Swift, comes closer again. The former no.1 holds the no.2 position since four weeks and grows up 3% in points to 373.000. 'Out Of The Woods', a second lift-off from her upcoming album lands at no.6 with 172.000 points, only overtaken by Kanjani 8's 'Ittajyanaika', this week's highest debut at no.5 with 177.000 points and the clear no.1 on Japan's current hitlist, according to Oricon. Is it the last week for Pharrell Williams' super-smash 'Happy' inside the Top 40? This week it falls from no.29 to no.39 in its 45th week on the tally and loses 5% in points to 89.000. But on the ALL TIME CHART  it climbs another step forward at no.7, overtakes 'Hey Jude' by the Beatles, and has now a total of 13.993.000 points. Outside the Top 40 waiting among other Akdong Musician's 'Time And Fallen Leaves' at no.48, Sheppard's 'Geronimo' at no.52, and Nick Jonas' 'Jealous' at no.55 for their first appearance on the big list.  COMPLETE GLOBAL TRACK CHART



Global Chart - 10 Years Ago
No.2
'My Place' Nelly feat. Jaheim
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Global Chart - 20 Years Ago
No.1
'Always' Bon Jovi
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Timeline
It was the first successful track of the glamorous Disco-era: 'Rock Your Baby' by George McCrae. The song was written and produced by Harry Wayne Casey and Richard Finch of the KC & The Sunshine Band. Originally the vocals should be added by soul-singer Gwen McCrae. Accidentally her husband George visited the studio during the recordings and suddenly he was behind the microphone... a magnificent moment of the pop history! 'Rock Your Baby' became a massive international hit, reached the no.1 in almost all countries around the globe. On the global chart the track occupied the no.1 spot for sensational 16 weeks! On the year-end chart 1974 it achieved no.2, short behind Terry Jacks' 'Seasons In The

Sun'. And on the ALL TIME CHART 'Rock Your Baby' ranks at no.49 with impressive 10.287.000 points, only eight other songs of the Seventies had more global success. By the way, 'Rock Your Baby' inspired the drum part in the ABBA smash 'Dancing Queen'. George McCrae, now 68 years old, is a typical one-hit wonder. Nevertheless he released 15 albums, the latest, 'Time For A Change', was released in 2009 without appreciable success.  GLOBAL CHART - 40 YEARS AGO  click the picture to see the video


USA
Billboard Report
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Florida Georgia Line scores first no.1 album
Wednesday, October 22, 2014
by Keith Caulfield, Los Angeles

Country duo Florida Georgia Line nabs its first No. 1 album on the Billboard 200 chart with the arrival of Anything Goes. The set was released on Republic Nashville and sold 197,000 copies in the

week ending Oct. 19, according to Nielsen SoundScan. Anything Goes is the pair's second full-length studio effort, following the breakthrough success of Here's To the Good Times. That album was released in 2012 and reached No. 4 on the Billboard 200. It has sold 2.1 million copies and is still on the chart (rising 56-48 in its 98th chart week). The new album has already collected five top 40 entries on the Hot Country Songs chart, including the No. 1 hit "Dirt." Anything Goes is the third consecutive country album to top the Billboard 200, following one-week rules by Blake Shelton's Bringing Back the Sunshine and Jason Aldean's Old Boots, New Dirt. It's the first time the chart's top slot has gone back-to-back-to-back with three straight country leaders in over four years. It last happened on the charts dated Oct. 9-23, 2010, when Zac Brown Band's You Get What You Give, Kenny Chesney's Hemingway's Whiskey and Toby Keith's Bullets In the Gun led the list. Last week's No. 1, Aldean's Old Boots, New Dirt, slips to No. 2

with 91,000 (down 67 percent). Rock veteran Bob Seger collects his highest debut ever and his best rank since 1986 as Ride Out debuts at No. 3 (59,000). The last time Seger went this high was in May and June of 1986, when his Like a Rock album spent four consecutive weeks at No. 3. Seger's previous best bow came in 2006 with the No. 4 arrival of his last studio effort, Face the Promise. Two solo artists with a combined nine top 40 albums arrive together at No. 4 as You+Me debuts with its first album, Rose Ave. (50,000 sold). The duo comprises singer/songwriters Pink and Dallas Green (aka City and Colour). Pink has previously logged seven top 40 efforts, while City and Colour has nabbed two. Barbra Streisand's former No. 1, Partners, falls 3-5 with 40,000

(down 18 percent). Sam Smith's In the Lonely Hour rises 10-6 with 37,000 and a gain of 53 percent, following Smith's performances on NBC's The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon (Oct. 14) and Today (Oct. 15). This is the album's best sales frame since its fourth week on the chart (week ending July 13, when it shifted 42,000). Rapper The Game is up next, as his latest album, Blood Moon: Year of the Wolf, debuts at No. 7 with 33,000. He last visited the chart with a new studio set in 2012 with Jesus Piece, which debuted and peaked at No. 6. Blood Moon: Year of the Wolf is The Game's sixth top 10 effort overall, and comes almost exactly 10 years after his debut chart set, Untold Story, bowed on the list (chart dated Nov. 6, 2004). Another rapper, Hoodie Allen, is up next, starting at No. 8 with his debut full-length effort, People Keep Talking (30,000). Allen has charted two previous EPs (All American, No. 10 and Americoustic, No. 28) that have sold a combined 143,000. At No. 9, U2's Songs Of Innocence arrives after its first week of commercial release earned 28,000 sales. It's the band's 11th top 10 effort. Previous to its on-sale bow, it was exclusively available as a free download through Apple's iTunes program. The offer generated 26 million downloads globally through Oct. 9, according to the company. The band's last album, the traditionally-released No Line On the Horizon, debuted at No. 1 with 484,000 sold overall in its debut frame. Closing out the top 10 on the new Billboard 200 is the seventh and final debut in the region: Jessie J's Sweet Talker (25,000). It's the singer's highest charting album, and follows her debut effort, Who You Are, which debuted and peaked at No. 11 in 2011. Overall album sales in this past chart week (ending Oct. 19) totaled 4.40 million units, down 2 percent compared with the sum last week (4.47 million) and down 6 percent compared with the comparable sales week of 2013 (4.69 million). Year to date album sales stand at 199.93 million, down 14 percent compared to the same total at this point last year (219.57 million). Over on the Digital Songs chart, Taylor Swift's "Out of the Woods" debuts at No. 1 with 195,000 downloads sold, marking Swift's eighth No. 1 on the list. Only Rihanna (with 13 leaders), Katy Perry (10) and Eminem (nine) have more No. 1s on the Digital Songs chart. "Out of the Woods" is the second commercially available song from Swift's upcoming studio release, 1989, due out Oct. 27. Swift replaces herself at No. 1, as 1989's first single, "Shake It Off," falls 1-2 with 178,000 (up 5 percent). Swift is the first lead artist to occupy the top two slots on the chart at the same time since … Swift herself did it just over two years ago. She also claimed the Nos. 1 and 2 rungs on the Sept. 22, 2012 chart with "We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together" and "Ronan." Meghan Trainor's "All About That Bass" slips 2-3 with 148,000 (down 12 percent), Maroon 5's "Animals" descends 3-4 with 117,000 (though up 3 percent) and Jessie J, Ariana Grande and Nicki Minaj's "Bang Bang" is steady at No. 5 with just over 96,000 (up 2 percent). Tove Lo's "Habits (Stay High)" moves 4-6 with 96,000 (down 3 percent), Jason Derulo's "Trumpets" blares 6-7 with 86,000 (up 8 percent) and Iggy Azalea's "Black Widow," featuring Rita Ora, is stationary at No. 8 with just over 73,000 (down 5 percent). Sam Smith's "I'm Not the Only One" rises 13-9 with 73,000 (up 24 percent) and Jeremih's "Don't Tell 'Em," featuring YG, is a non-mover at No. 10 with 72,000 (down 3 percent). Digital track sales this past week totaled 17.32 million downloads, up 3 percent compared with last week (16.88 million) and down 13 percent stacked next to the comparable week of 2013 (19.85 million). Year to date track sales are at 900.86 million, down 13 percent compared to the same total at this point last year (1.03 billion).  COMPLETE CHARTS


Spotlight
Alt-J
(∆) was formed when Gwil Sainsbury (guitar/bass), Joe Newman (guitar/lead vocals), Gus Unger-Hamilton (keyboards/vocals) and Thom Green (drums) met at Leeds University in 2007. Unger-Hamilton (younger brother of Ferdy, head of A&R for Polydor Records) studied English, the other three Fine Art. In their second year of studies, Newman showed Sainsbury a handful of his own songs and, inspired by his guitar-playing dad, the pair began recording on GarageBand in their hall rooms with Sainsbury acting as producer. The band's unusual sound stems from the fact that due to living in student halls, where noise had to be kept to a minimum, they were unable to use bass guitars or bass drums. The Band was originally called "Daljit Dhaliwal" after a British TV presenter, Daljit Dhaliwal. After graduating they moved to Cambridge, where they claimed Jobseeker's Allowance, spending two years rehearsing before signing a deal with Infectious Records in December 2011. Their self-titled first 4-track EP ∆, was recorded with producer Charlie Andrew in London. Their first 2012 release for Infectious Records was the triangle-shaped 7" "Matilda"/"Fitzpleasure", followed by "Breezeblocks" as an advance of their first album An Awesome Wave, which was recorded in Brixton, playing tracks as it fit into the recording studio's spare time. On 9 June 2014, they announced their second album This Is All Yours, that was released on 22 September 2014. This Is All Yours went straight to Number 1 on the UK's Official Albums Chart.   >> source: Wikipedia - click the picture to see the video


United Kingdom
Music Week Report
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Ella Henderson lands at number one with her first album
Monday, October 20, 2014
by Alan Jones, London

The X Factor seventh season third placed act One Direction fail to land their much-anticipated fourth number one single this week with Steal My Girl but Ella Henderson - who finished sixth in the ninth (2012) season of the show - storms to the top of the album chart with her first release, Chapter One, on sales of 43,824 copies. At 18 years and nine months,

Henderson is the youngest female solo artist to reach number one since Daina Vickers - who was fourth in the fifth (2008) season of The X Factor - opened at the summit with her 2010 debut album Songs From The Cherry Tree when three months younger than Henderson is now. Chapter One's introductory single Ghost spent a fortnight at number one in June and rallies 22-16 (23,080 sales) this week, while second single Glow - the only track on the album that Henderson didn't have a hand in writing - sinks 7-17 (22,526 sales) on its second frame. Jessie J's third album, Sweet Talker, is Henderson's nearest competitor among new entries in chart terms, debuting at number five, with first week sales of 16,773 - just 38.27% of Henderson's opening tally. With introductory single Bang Bang (a collaboration with Ariana Grande and Nicki Minaj) debuting at number one three weeks ago and selling 258,331 copies to date, Jessie J might have hoped Sweet Talker to provide her first number one album. That U2 didn't

register their 10th number one studio album - and sixth in a row - with Songs Of Innocence is largely their own fault. The album debuts at number six on sales of just 15,998 copies, having been available for more than a month as a free download from iTunes before being released physically and in expanded download form on Monday. Its first week little more than a tenth of the 157,928 copies that last album, No Line On The Horizon sold on its chart-topping debut in 2009. Unless Songs Of Innocence rallies, it will be U2's lowest charting studio album in the UK since second album October peaked at number 11 in 1981. With the title track reaching number 34 in August and Say You Love Me reaching number 22 a fortnight ago, Jessie Ware has scored her first Top 40 singles with

the first two tracks from her second album, Tough Love. The album itself debuts at number nine (10,684 sales) this week - that's lower (but on higher sales) than Ware's debut album Devotion, which was bereft of Top 40 singles but managed to debut and peak at number five on sales of 9,319 in 2012. It has sold 102,754 copies to-date. Spandau Ballet are back in the Top 10 for the first time since reunion album Once More peaked at number seven in 2009, with The Story: The Very Best Of Spandau Ballet debuting at number eight (11,819 sales). Rose Ave. is the debut album of You+Me, a pop/folk duo made up of Canadian singer/songwriter Dallas Green who had two very minor chart albums as a member of the group Alexisonfire, and the formidable Pink, who has placed eight solo studio albums and compilations in the Top 15 since 2000. Rose Ave. debuts this week at number 10 (7,948 sales). Number one for the last two weeks, George Ezra's debut album Wanted On Voyage sinks to number four (17,107 sales) while debut hit Budapest (15-18, 20,516 sales) and follow-up Blame It On Me (9-13, 25,841 sales) are also retreating. Elsewhere in the Top 10: Ed Sheeran's X holds at number two (27,480 sales), Sam Smith's In The Lonely Hour continues at number three (17,355 sales) and Barbra Streisand's Partners retreats 4-7 (12,362 sales). Overall album sales are up 1.56% week-on-week at 1,248,841 - 7.33% below same week 2013 sales of 1,347,593. Meghan Trainor's debut smash All About That Bass continues atop the singles chart with ease, becoming the first song to spend three consecutive weeks at the summit since Clean Bandit's Rather Be (feat. Jess Glynne) in February. That song went on to achieve a million sales, and that's something that All About That Bass looks capable of achieving too - it actually increased sales week-on-week by 7.84% to 108,857 - including 15,491 streaming sales, the highest for a number one single since they were first counted in sales 16 weeks ago - in the latest frame, raising its cumulative tally to 382,988. It is the first song to increase its sales on its third week at number one since Justin Timberlake's Mirrors in March 2013. In pursuit of their fifth and ninth number ones respectively, One Direction and Eminem would both have fallen short even if Trainor's single wasn't dominating. One Direction score their 11th Top 10 hit with Steal My Girl, the introductory single from their upcoming fourth album, Four, debuting at number three, while Eminem scores his 31st Top 10 hit (including four as a member of D12) as his new track, Guts Over Fear, lands at number 10 (29,649 sales). Taken from Shady XV - the new Eminem compilation which drops at the end of November - it is Eminem's 46th Top 75 entry (five with D12), and is a collaboration with Australian singer Sia, for whom it is the 10th Top 75 hit and sixth Top 10 hit. It is considerably more successful than the pair's previous collaboration, Beautiful Pain, which reached number 67 last November. The Vamps score their fifth Top 10 hit from debut album Meet The Vamps with latest single Oh Cecilia (Breaking My Heart) exploding 46-9 (31,442 sales). Based largely on the Paul Simon song Cecilia, with which Suggs, Louchie Lou and Michie One had a number four hit in 1996, it does include some variations from the original, which result in its writer credits ballooning from one to nine. It has been hard-earned - but Taylor Swift scores the third number two hit of her career as Shake It Off jumps 4-2 (55,687 sales) on its ninth straight appearance in the Top 10. The first single from Taylor Swift's upcoming fifth album 1989, the track previously peaked at number three and has actually been been in the top six continuously since its release. It is just one week away from equalling Swift's longest running Top 10 hit, We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together. Swift's pal Ed Sheeran also reaches a new peak with his latest single Thinking Out Loud jumping 10-4 (47,689 sales) to give him his fifth top five hit. Elsewhere in the Top 10: Bang Bang dips 2-5 (45,230 sales) for Jessie J, Ariana Grande and Nicki Minaj, Don't Tell 'Em reverses 5-6 (36,077 sales) for Jeremih feat. YG, Changing rallies 8-7 (34,968 sales) for Sigma feat. Paloma Faith and Blame dips 6-8 (34,648 sales) for Calvin Harris feat. John Newman. Overall singles sales are up 0.30% week-on-week at 5,656,718. Streaming accounted for 3,072,821 sales last week – a record 54.32% of the total. Under previously existing criteria where only paid-for purchases were included, overall singles sales are down 1.61% week-on-week at 2,583,897 – 9.08% below same week 2013 sales of 2,841,893 and the 62nd consecutive week in which they have declined versus a year ago.  COMPLETE CHARTS



Japan
Oricon Album Chart
No.1  Slipknot '.5: The Gray Chapter'

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Germany
Media Control Album Chart
No.1  Shindy
'FvckB!tche$GetMoney'
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