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'Uptown Funk!' leads with 649.000 points
Friday, January 23, 2015
by Fred Chuchel, Dresden
 

It's the sixth week atop the Global Track Chart for Mark Ronson feat. Bruno Mars' 'Uptown Funk!'. The funky tune reaches another high with massive 649.000 points and gradually approaches the points-peak of the two biggest smashes of the last three years: Robin Thicke's 'Blurred Lines' culminated in the week 27, 2013 with 690.000 points and Pharrell Williams' 'Happy' with 731.000 points in the week 12, 2014. After nine weeks on the tally 'Uptown Funk!' has already a total of 3.919.000 points, 2.467.000 of it in 2015. On the year-to-date chart it leads clearly, ahead of Taylor Swift's 'Blank Space' with 1.630.000 points and Hozier's 'Take Me To Church' with 1.543.000 points. Ed Sheeran's 'Thinking Out Loud' is at no.4 on that list with 1.460.000 points, but on the current weekly hitlist it reaches a new peak with a climb at no.2 and 386.000 points. Viral videos are responsible for two of our five debuts this week: the wedding-crasher-themed video for Maroon 5's new smash 'Sugar' helps the song to a great leap

at no.14 with 132.000 points. It's the third lift-off from Maroon 5's current set 'V', which also makes a big jump at no.16 on the album tally and sold 1,21 million copies so far. Another controversial video ensures that Sia's new single 'Elastic Heart' bows at no.29 globally with 90.000 points. The clip features Hollywood-star Shai LeBeouf and the only 12 year-old dancer and model Maddie Ziegler. Also new this week is the legendary Japanese rock duo B'z with their 50th(!!) single release 'Unchôten'. The song shoots at no.1 in Japan and at no.23 globally with 106.000 points. 'Time Of Our Lives', a collaboration between Pitbull and Ne-Yo, opens at no.37 with 75.000 points. Finally this week's lowest debut, 'Cheerleader' by the Jamaican pop / reggae artist Omi, lands at no.39 with 74.000 points. But the song has potential to be a huge global success in the next months. 'Cheerleader' was originally released in 2012. The German DJ and music producer Felix Jaehn released a remix of that song last year, and now the tune goes stronger every week. Outside the Top 40 waiting among other Ellie Goulding's 'Love Me Like You Do' at no.42, Flo Rida feat. Sage The Gemini & Lookas' 'G.D.F.R.' at no.46, Mad Clown feat. The Truth's 'Tuesday' at no.47, Usher feat. Juicy J's 'I Don't Mind' at no.52, and Clean Bandit's 'Real Love' at no.57 for their first appearance on the big list.  COMPLETE GLOBAL TRACK CHART  Contrary to the track

tally there was a tight race atop the Global Album Chart this week between 'Title', the debut album by American singer / songwriter Meghan Trainor, and 'Tree', the fourth set of Japanese rock band Sekai No Owari. The latter won the battle and is the new global no.1 with 248.000 sales, according to Oricon. Meghan's album follows shy behind with 244.000 copies sold. After several weeks with very few new-entries (typical of the time during and after the holiday season), now it's the first week of 2015 with a normal level: 'Tree' and 'Title' are the spearhead of eleven debuts. Noteworthy that Mark Ronson's album 'Uptown Special' arrives at no.13 with only 43.000 sales, somewhat weak compared to the huge success of the lift-off 'Uptown Funk!'. Back to the upper region of our

tally, former no.1 smash '1989' by Taylor Swift slides from no.2 to no.3 this week and sold another 163.000 copies. In its 12 weeks on the hitlist the album moved a total of 5.785.000 copies, 1.166.000 of it in 2015. On the year-to-date list the effort leads easily, followed by Ed Sheeran's 'X' with 825.000 sales and Sam Smith's 'In The Lonely Hour' with 634.000 sales. Some additional sales stats: Beyoncé's self-titled album sold 10.000 copies last week and reaches a total of 3.713.000 so far, 'Night Visions' by Imagine Dragons sold also 10.000 units last week, 4.254.000 so far, 'Native' by One Republic sold  13.000 units last week and has a total of 1.875.000 copies so far, 'Xscape' by Michael Jackson sold 1.543.000 copies so far, 'Ultraviolence' by Lana Del Rey 1.258.000, and 'Pure Heroine' by Lorde 2.909.000.  COMPLETE GLOBAL ALBUM CHART 



Global Chart - 10 Years Ago
No.1
'Boulevard Of Broken Dreams' Green Day
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Global Chart - 30 Years Ago
No.1
'I Want To Know What Love Is' Foreigner
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Timeline
A great legend passed away: on 22 December 2014, British rock star Joe Cocker died of lung cancer at his home in Crawford, Colorado at the age of 70. He was known for his gritty voice, his spasmodic body movement in performance and his sensational cover versions of popular songs. Especially 'With A Little Help From My Freinds', a Beatles cover, became a huge success and reached no.4 globally in December 1968. Another highlight was 'Up Where We Belong', his Grammy-decorated duet with Jennifer Warnes for the 1982 film 'An Officer And A Gentleman' and a no.1 hit in the USA. 


USA
Billboard Report
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Fall Out Boy scores third no.1 album on Billboard 200
Wednesday, January 28, 2015
by Keith Caulfield, Los Angeles

Rock band Fall Out Boy earns its third No. 1 album on the Billboard 200 chart, as American Beauty/American Psycho arrives atop the tally. The Island Records album, which was released

on Jan. 20, moved 218,000 equivalent album units in the week ending Jan. 25, according to Nielsen Music. 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). American Beauty/American Psycho's launch was powered by 192,000 in pure album sales -- the group's second-best sales week ever, and largest since 2007. That year, the quartet's Infinity On High became their first No. 1 when it opened in the penthouse with a career-high 260,000. The new album's first week sales also easily outpaces the start of their last album, Save Rock and Roll, which became their second leader when it launched at No. 1 in 2013 with 154,000. Also notable: Fall Out Boy collects the second-biggest sales week for a rock album in the last two years. Only Coldplay's bow (eight months ago) with Ghost Stories (383,000 in the week ending May 21, 2014) was larger.

American Beauty/American Psycho is Island Records' first No. 1 album since Save Rock and Roll. As Fall Out Boy's latest set follows Meghan Trainor's big arrival a week ago with Title (selling 195,000 in its opening frame), it marks the first time January (normally a sleepy month for big releases) has seen two debuts start with over 150,000 since 2010. That year, three albums launched north of 150,000 in January: Kesha's Animal (152,000), the Hope For Haiti Now live album (171,000) and Lady Antebellum's Need You Now (481,000). Following Fall Out Boy on the latest Billboard 200 is Taylor Swift's 1989, which holds at No. 2 with 119,000 units (down 9 percent compared to the previous week). It has spent all 13 of its chart weeks within the top two

rungs on the list, with nine of those frames at No. 1. Last week's leader, Meghan Trainor's Title, falls to No. 3 with 86,000 units (down 64 percent). Ed Sheeran's x is steady at No. 4 with 76,000 units (down 3 percent). The second of four debuts in the top 10 is up next, as rapper Joey Bada$$ bows at No. 5 with his debut effort B4.Da.$$, clocking in with 58,000 units. The bulk of that figure (94 percent) is comprised of traditional album sales, which enables the set's No. 1 debut on both Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums and Rap Albums. Back on the Billboard 200, Nicki Minaj's The Pinkprint is a non-mover at No. 6 with 54,000 units (down less than 1 percent). Alternative rock band The Decemberists bow at No. 7 with What a Terrible World, What a Beautiful World, moving 51,000 units. The vast majority of that sum (97 percent) is traditional album sales. The new album is the group's first full-length studio album in four years, and is their second top 10 set, following the chart-topping launch of The King Is Dead in 2011. A third rock act starts in the top 10, as Marilyn Manson clocks in at No. 8 with The Pale Emperor (51,000 units). Like The Decemberists, Marilyn Manson's bow was fueled by pure album sales (49,000). The Pale Emperor is Marilyn Manson's eighth top 10, and sixth straight title to reach the region. Rounding out the top 10 is Sam Smith's In the Lonely Hour (7-9 with 50,000; up 1 percent) and Mark Ronson's Uptown Special (5-10 with 49,000; down 37 percent). The latter title is driven primarily by TEA, with 71 percent of its unit total coming from track equivalent albums. That hefty share is thanks largely to the tremendous success of its single, "Uptown Funk!," featuring Bruno Mars.  COMPLETE CHARTS


Spotlight
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
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Mark Ronson tops both major lists
Monday, January 26, 2015
by Alan Jones, London

Mark Ronson is the first artist to have a simultaneous No.1 single and album since Miley Cyrus did the double with single Wrecking Ball and album Bangerz in October 2013. Introductory single Uptown Funk! breezes to an easy sixth week atop the singles chart for Ronson while parent album Uptown Special debuts atop the album chart on sales

of 33,380 copies. Ronson's first number one album, Uptown Special struggled all week to make the summit - being in arrears to Fall Out Boy's new album American Beauty/American Psycho until Saturday - and follows consecutive No.2s Version, which sold 45,158 copies when debuting behind Avril Lavigne's The Best Damn Thing in 2007, and Record Collection (credited to Mark Ronson & The Business Intl), which sold 29,039 copies opening at number two in 2010 behind The Script's Science & Faith. Although their peaks are identical, Version has sold more than eight times as many copies as Record Collection - 884,532 against 105,584. Narrowly defeated by Ronson with American Beauty/American Psycho - their sixth studio set - selling 31,497 copies as it debuts at No.2, Fall Out Boy are still searching for their first number one, having previously reached number two with their last album, Save Rock And Roll, which sold 24,809 copies on its debut nearly two years ago, losing out by a factor of five to one against

Michael Buble's To Be Loved. Although their new album easily surpassed that tally it didn't provide their biggest debut in terms of sales - that honour falls to Infinity On High, which sold 64,054 copies while debuting and peaking eight years ago next week at No.3. It is their biggest seller, with a to-date tally of 446,807. With a further 10 debuts in the Top 40 it is an unusually busy week for January. Also new to the Top 10 are rock band Enter Shikari from Hertfordshire, whose fourth studio effort The Mindsweep brings their third Top 10 success, debuting at No.6 (14,925 sales) and Glasgow indie band Belle & Sebastian, whose ninth studio album Girls In Peacetime Want To Dance is their third Top 10 album, opening at No.9 (9,794 sales). After monopolising the

medal positions for the first three weeks of this year, 2014's top three albums are all forced to lower ground. Ed Sheeran's X slips 2-3 (23,270 sales), Sam Smith's In The Lonely Hour trips 3-4 (17,750 sales) and George Ezra's Wanted On Voyage skids 1-5 (15,156 sales). Filling out the Top 10: 1989 (4-7, 13,737 sales) by Taylor Swift, Hozier (5-8, 10,096 sales) and Never Been Better (6-10, 7,204 sales) by Olly Murs. Overall album sales are down just 0.06% week-on-week at 1,264,930 - 6.45% below same week 2014 sales of 1,352,105. Cantering to another easy victory atop the singles chart, while parent album Uptown Special debuts atop the album chart, Uptown Funk! became Mark Ronson's first million-seller on Saturday. No.1 for the fifth week in a row - the first single to achieve this since Katy Perry's I Kissed A Girl in 2008 - and the sixth time in all, Uptown Funk! sold 120,443 copies, including 25,625 streaming 'sales') in the week, to raise its career sales to 1,020,218. Of that total, 857,110 sales come from paid-for purchases, the remainder (163,108) being streaming sales derived from upwards of 16m audio streams of the track over the last seven weeks. Uptown Funk! has achieved sales of more than 100,000 for each of the last seven weeks - a streaming-era record. However, its paid-for sales last week of 94,818 ended a six week run of six figure tallies. Meghan Trainor came closest to unseating Ronson, with her second hit Lips Are Movin catapulting 50-2 (66,162 sales) after finally being released digitally. The follow-up to All About That Bass - which spent four weeks at No.1 last year - Lips Are Movin spent three weeks in the lower reaches of the chart purely on streaming sales. Trainor has now had two massive hits which started in the chart's basement area. All About That Bass - which retreats 11-14 this week (20,092 sales) - opened at number 75, and Lips Are Movin at number 73. The only other track to break into the Top 10 this week is Swedish DJ Avicii's latest smash The Nights, which jumps 16-8 (28,079 sales). It is his seventh Top 10 single. Its sales increasing for the ninth straight week - to 65,263 - Take Me To Church continues at No.3 for Hozier. After three straight weeks at No.2, Philip George's Wish You Were Mine dips to No.4 (51,782 sales). The rest of the Top 10: Up (4-5, 37,267 sales) by Olly Murs feat. Demi Lovato, Thinking Out Loud (5-6, 36,657 sales) by Ed Sheeran, Heroes (We Could Be) (7-7, 30,912 sales) by Alesso feat. Tove Lo, Blank Space (6-9, 27,570 sales) by Taylor Swift and Something I Need (8-10, 24,305 sales) by Ben Haenow. Overall singles increased 1.50% week-on-week to 6,349,708. Streaming accounted for 3,787,042 sales – a record 59.64% of the total. Under previously existing criteria where only paid-for purchases were included, overall singles sales are down 1.93% week-on-week at 2,562,666 – 18.03% below same week 2014 sales of 3,126,393 and the 76th consecutive week in which they have declined versus a year ago.  COMPLETE CHARTS



Japan
Oricon Album Chart
No.1  AKB 48 'Koko Ga Rhodes Da'

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Germany
Media Control Albums Chart
No.1  Vega
'Kaos'
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