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Global Chart Report

'Espresso' reigns a fourth week
Sunday, June 16, 2024
by Fred Chuchel, Dresden


Sabrina Carpenter's sunny tune 'Espresso' remains atop the Global Track Chart for a fourth week. It reached a new peak with 444,000 points, up 21% compared to the previous week. Broken down by segments 'Espresso' generated 342,000 points by streaming (up 21%), 49,000 points by sales (up 48%), and 53,000 points by airplay (up 4%). By the way, the beautiful main guitar riff featured in the song is a loop coming from a Splice sample pack made by American DJ duo Oliver in 2021. And Sabrina is competing with herself: 'Please Please Please', the second single from her upcoming sixth studio album 'Short n' Sweet' (it's scheduled to be released on August 23), shoots at the runner-up slot globally with 323,000 points (292,000 points by streaming, 27,000 points by sales, and 4,000 points by airplay). 'Lunch' is the official lead single from Billie Eilish's current album, but now 'Birds Of A Feather', another track from the set, outdo 'Lunch' and jumps at no.3

on our tally with 305,000 points (269,000 points by streaming, 28,000 points by sales, and 8,000 points by airplay). Also new this week are 'Never Let Go' by South Korean musician Jung Kook at no.19 with 147,000 points and 'Real Gangsta Love' by Argentinan rapper Trueno at no.38 with 98,000 points. Outside our weekly Top 40 waiting among other 'Slow It Down' by Benson Boone at no.42, 'Feather' by Sabrina Carpenter at no.55, and 'The Night We Met' by Lord Huron at no.57 for their first appearance on the big list. Back to the roots: Over 20 years ago Media Traffic started the weekly Global Album Chart. At that time this hitlist was based exclusively on sales figures and - like the Track Chart - included 40 positions. But the global album sales fell dramatically over the years, and that's why we shortened the Top 40 to a Top 10 list in June 2016. Later we included streaming data and now with the further increase in the streaming share we can finally offer an expanded hitlist again. The new number one of the Global Album Chart comes from South Korean boy band Ateez. Their 10th extended play 'Golden Hour: Part 1' shoots straight ahead the tally with 265,000 extended sales (41,000 streaming points + 224,000 sales points). 'Armageddon', the first studio album by the South Korean girl group Aespa bows at no.3 globally with 177,000 equivalent sales (15,000 streaming points + 162,000 sales points). Sandwiched between these two Korean efforts ranks last week's leader, Taylor Swift's 'The Tortured Poets Department', at the runner-up spot with another 192,000 equivalent sales (133,000 streaming points + 59,000 sales points). That's a 19% decline compared to the previous week and a total of 5,48 million after seven weeks on the tally. Last week i wrote that Taylor Swift's eighth studio album 'Folklore' from 2020 reaches the 10 million border. This week another Swift album, 'Lover' from 2019, breaks through this wall. The set contains her latest monster smash 'Cruel Summer'. 'Lover' is already the fourth Swift album which sold more than 10 million, after 'Folklore' (10,05 million), 'Midnights' (10,93 million) and '1989' (16,27 million, in addition of 5,40 million from 'Taylor's Version'). And now, as every week, additional stats from outside the current Global Album Top 20 in alphabetic order, the first figure means last week's sales, the second figure the total sales: '1989' by Taylor Swift 12,000 / 16,269,000, '1989 (Taylor's Version)' by Taylor Swift 38,000 / 5,397,000, '21' by Adele 15,000 / 32,855,000, '25' by Adele 8,000 / 25,001,000, '30' by Adele 7,000 / 6,400,000, 'After Hours' by The Weeknd 31,000 / 9,518,000, the soundtrack to 'Barbie: The Album' 16,000 / 2,264,000, 'Certified Lover Boy' by Drake 8,000 / 6,618,000, 'Cowboy Carter' by Beyoncé 26,000 / 1,218,000, 'Divide' by Ed Sheeran 17,000 / 20,930,000, 'Endless Summer Vacation' by Miley Cyrus 10,000 / 1,866,000, 'Equals' by Ed Sheeran 9,000 / 5,969,000, 'Evermore' by Taylor Swift 14,000 / 5,930,000, 'Folklore' by Taylor Swift 32,000 / 10,053,000, 'For All The Dogs' by Drake 18,000 / 3,024,000, 'Future Nostalgia' by Dua Lipa 19,000 / 8,772,000, Génesis' by Peso Pluma 27,000 / 1,996,000, 'Golden' by Jung Kook 35,000 / 2,441,000, 'Harry's House' by Harry Styles 25,000 / 6,806,000, 'Hereos & Villains' by Metro Boomin 25,000 / 3,977,000, 'Midnights' by Taylor Swift 37,000 / 10,929,000, 'Radical Optimism' by Dua Lipa 39,000 / 431,000, 'Red (Taylor's Version)' by Taylor Swift 19,000 / 5,809,000, '17 Is Right Here' by Seventeen 22,000 / 1,110,000, 'Speak Now (Taylor's Version)' by Taylor Swift 15,000 / 3,256,000, 'Vultures 1' by ¥$: Kanye West & Ty Dolla $ign 14,000 / 1,111,000, and 'When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go?' by Billie Eilish 17,000 / 11,809,000.

GLOBAL NO.1 - 20 YEARS AGO ... "Yeah!" was released as the lead single from Usher's fourth studio album Confessions on January 27, 2004. Producer Lil Jon incorporated crunk and R&B, which he coined as crunk&B, in the song's production. The song peaked atop the US Billboard Chart and stayed there for 12 weeks. It also went to no.1 in United Kingdom, Germany, France, Australia, Canada, Netherlands, Belgium, Switzerland, Austria, Norway, Ireland and New Zealand. On the Global Year-End Chart 2004 "Yeah!" landed at the vice-position with 6.314.000 points. An accompanying music video, directed by Mr.X, shows Usher performing choreography in a club in front of blue laser beams. "Yeah!" won a Best Rap / Sung Collab at the 47th Grammy Awards.

Billboard Report
Taylor Swift scores seventh week atop Billboard 200
Tuesday, June 11, 2024
by Keith Caulfield & Gary Trust, Los Angeles

Taylor Swift’s The Tortured Poets Department scores a seventh straight and total week at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 albums chart (dated June 15), as the set earned 148,000 equivalent

album units in the U.S. in the week ending June 6 (down 16%), according to Luminate. Poets is the first album to spend its first seven weeks at No. 1 since Morgan Wallen’s One Thing at a Time led for its first 12 weeks a year ago (March 18-June 3, 2023-dated charts). Among Swift’s collection of 14 No. 1s, Poets surpasses Folklore for the most weeks at No. 1 from its debut, as Folklore spent its first six weeks atop the list (before it slipped to the No. 5 spot in its seventh frame). Of The Tortured Poets Department’s 148,000 equivalent album units earned, SEA units comprise 120,000 (down 10% — it’s No. 1 on Top Streaming Albums; its SEA units equal 157.26 million on-demand official streams of the deluxe edition’s 31 songs), album sales comprise 27,000 (down 35%) and TEA units comprise 1,000 (down 22%). Ateez achieves its fifth consecutive, and total, top 10-charting album on the Billboard 200 as Golden Hour: Part.1 debuts at No. 2 with 131,000

equivalent album units earned (the largest week of 2024 for any K-pop album). Of that sum, album sales comprise 127,000 (the year’s biggest sales week for a K-pop album; it’s also the top-selling album of the week; it’s No. 1 on Top Album Sales), SEA units comprise 4,000 (equaling 6.15 million on-demand official streams of the set’s six songs) and TEA units comprise a negligible sum. The album’s first-week sales were supported by its availability across 31 CD variants, all containing branded paper merch and other collectibles. Billie Eilish’s Hit Me Hard and Soft slips 2-3 with 117,000 equivalent album units earned (down 19%). With the top three titles on the Billboard 200 each exceeding 100,000 units earned for the week, it’s the second week in a row that the top three have all cleared at least 100,000. The last time that happened was on the Oct. 28- and Nov. 4, 2023-dated lists. Morgan Wallen’s chart-topping One Thing at a Time is a non-mover at No. 4 on the new Billboard 200 with 71,000 equivalent album units earned (down 3%). Shaboozey’s third album, Where I’ve Been, Isn’t Where I’m Going, debuts at No. 5 on the Billboard 200, marking the first chart entry from the artist. The set was ushered in by the smash single “A Bar Song (Tipsy),” which has reached No. 3 on the all-genre Billboard Hot 100 and No. 1 on Hot Country Songs. The album earned 50,000 equivalent album units in its first week, and of that figure, SEA units comprise 39,000 (equaling 52.66 million on-demand official streams of the set’s 12 songs, largely powered by “A Bar Song”), album sales comprise 8,000 (it was only available to purchase as a standard digital download album) and TEA units comprise 3,000. Morgan Wallen’s former leader Dangerous: The Double Album is a non-mover at No. 6 on the new Billboard 200 with 43,000 equivalent album units earned (down 4%), Noah Kahan’s Stick Season steps 9-7 (42,000; up 5%), Future and Metro Boomin’s chart-topping We Don’t Trust You slips 7-8 (40,000; down 6%), Gunna’s One of Wun falls 8-9 (nearly 40,000; down 6%) and Zach Bryan’s self-titled former No. 1 is stationary at No. 10 (36,000; down 3%). Post Malone’s “I Had Some Help,” featuring Morgan Wallen, notches a fourth total and consecutive week at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 songs chart. The song, Post Malone’s sixth leader and Wallen’s second, is the first to spend at least its first four weeks on the chart at No. 1 since Miley Cyrus’ “Flowers” logged its first six weeks on the ranking at the summit in January-March 2023. “I Had Some Help,” on Mercury / Republic / Big Loud, adds a fourth week at No. 1 on the Hot 100 with 59.3 million radio airplay audience impressions (up 13%), 45.6 million official streams (down 4%) and 14,000 sold (down 8%) in the U.S. May 31-June 6. The collaboration keeps at No. 2 after it led the Streaming Songs chart in its debut week; drops 2-3 after two weeks atop Digital Song Sales; and holds at No. 5 on Radio Songs, as it pushes 4-3 on Country Airplay and 10-8 on Adult Pop Airplay and bounds to the top 10 (14-10) on Pop Airplay. Eminem’s “Houdini” debuts at No. 2 on the Hot 100 with 48.8 million streams, 4 million in radio reach and 49,000 sold from its release on May 31 through June 6. The song bows as Eminem’s 23rd Hot 100 top 10, as he becomes the 18th artist to reach such a sum since the chart began in the issue dated Aug. 4, 1958. He first reached the tier with “The Real Slim Shady,” which hit No. 4 in June 2000. Since the start of the 2000s, he boasts the seventh-most top 10s, after Drake (an all-time record 78), Taylor Swift (59), Rihanna (32), Justin Bieber (26), Lil Wayne (25) and Beyoncé (24). “Houdini” concurrently enters at No. 1 on Streaming Songs, becoming Eminem’s third leader, and Digital Song Sales, marking his 12th. Tommy Richman’s “Million Dollar Baby” is steady at No. 3 on the Hot 100, after reaching No. 2. It wins the chart’s top Airplay Gainer award (35.2 million in audience, up 47%). Shaboozey’s “A Bar Song (Tipsy)” holds at No. 4 on the Hot 100, after rising to No. 3 – it claims top Sales Gainer honors (26,000 sold, up 31%), as parent album Where I’ve Been, Isn’t Where I’m Going debuts at No. 5 on the Billboard 200 – and Kendrick Lamar’s “Not Like Us” falls 2-5 on the Hot 100, after it led in its debut week in May. Sabrina Carpenter’s “Espresso” drops 5-6 on the Hot 100, after hitting No. 4, and Hozier’s “Too Sweet” ascends 8-7, following a week at No. 1 in April. Teddy Swims’ “Lose Control,” which led the Hot 100 for a week in March, descends 7-8, as it tops Radio Songs for a ninth week (71.2 million in audience, up 3%); Benson Boone’s “Beautiful Things” repeats at No. 9, after hitting No. 2; and Zach Bryan’s “Pink Skies” backtracks to No. 10 a week after it debuted at No. 6.

Record Of The Month
Another big country smash by a black artist:
'A Bar Song (Tipsy)' by Shaboozey

United Kingdom
Music Week Report
Eminem has his 11th number one single
Monday, June 10, 2024
by Alan Jones, London

Just like that, he’s back: Dissing and discussing, referencing multiple brands and recording artists, and as lyrically controversial and foul-mouthed as ever, Eminem is back, and moreover, No.1 with Houdini. The introductory single from his upcoming 12th album, The Death Of Slim Shady (Coup De

Grâce), Houdini explodes onto the chart with first week consumption of 104,803 units (8,217 digital downloads, 96,586 sales-equivalent streams) – the highest sale for any track since Sprinter by Dave & Central Cee logged 108,200 sales on its first week at No.1 almost exactly a year ago. Houdini provides Eminem’s own best first week since 2002 when his third No.1, Without Me, achieved consumption of 165,669 units (138,959 CDs, 23,145 cassettes, 3,565 12-inch vinyl). Houdini actually references and recreates portions of Without Me, which itself experiences a 240.73% bump in consumption to 11,722 units as it returns to the Top 75 for the first time in 22 years, at No.38. Houdini is Eminem’s 11th No.1 – the eighth most of any act, alongside Calvin Harris, and the most for a rapper. It is his first No.1 in a solo capacity since Like Toy Soldiers in 2005. It is the ninth Eminem single to debut at No.1, and his seventh No.1 with a solo credit.

Houdini extends 51-year-old Eminem’s chart career to more than 25 years. Providing his 34th Top 10 and 63rd Top 75 hit, it interpolates the Steve Miller Band’s 1982 No.2 hit Abracadabra, which also had a prestidigitatious theme. Eighty-year-old Miller concluded a fulsome tweet about Houdini this week saying that he was “honoured”. He will also be somewhat better off, not just from his co-writing credit for Houdini but also from the increased popularity of Abracadabra, consumption of which jumped 195.96% week-on-week to 2,711 units in the latest frame, raising its digital era total to 237,214 units. Its five-week reign at No.1 thus ended, Espresso subsides to No.2 for Sabrina Carpenter, although its consumption increases 1.84% to 68,164 units. Follow-up Please Please Please was released today (June 7), with album Short N’ Sweet – home to both songs – to follow on 23 August. Band4Band increases consumption by 11.15% as it climbs 4-3 (57,061 sales) for Central Cee feat. Lil Baby. As we mentioned last week, the two rappers are almost neck and neck on Top 75 hits, with Central Cee leading by 32 to 29. The track became Central Cee’s first US Top 40 hit (and third Hot 100) hit in the latest Billboard chart, debuting at No.22 but it’s the name of Lil Baby that does the heavy lifting there, with Band4Band becoming his 48th Top 40 and 140th Hot 100 hit. A 15.64% increase in consumption elevates Myles Smith’s first Top 10 hit Stargazing 9-8 (42.590 sales). The rest of this week’s Top 10: A Bar Song (Tipsy) (3-4, 53,785 sales) by Shaboozey, Birds Of A Feather (5-5, 50,627 sales) and Lunch (2-6, 45,394 sales) by Billie Eilish, I Had Some Help (7-7, 44,290 sales) by Post Malone feat. Morgan Wallen, Million Dollar Baby (6-9, 40,910 sales) by Tommy Richman and Austin (10-10, 38,123 sales) by Dasha. Overall singles consumption is up 1.17% week-on-week to 29,810,997 units, 7.78% above same week 2023 consumption of 27,658,736 units. Paid-for sales are up 1.78% week-on-week at 286,959 – 1.21% below same week 2023 sales of 290,468. For the fifth time in seven weeks since its release, and the second week in a row, The Tortured Poets Department (TTPD) is No.1 for Taylor Swift. Thus matching 2022 release Midnights as the Swift album with most weeks at the summit, TTPD’s latest triumph coincides with the eagerly-awaited UK leg of her Eras tour, which starts today (June 7) in Edinburgh. However, without the impetus of a new CD variant, which boosted it last week, consumption of TTPD falls 39.72% week-on-week to 24,495 units (6,927 CDs, 1,264 vinyl albums, 357 digital downloads, 15,947 sales-equivalent streams). With Swift at No.1, Hit Me Hard And Soft rebounding 3-2 (20,346 sales) for Billie Eilish and Believe Me Now? (11,571 sales) debuting at No.3 for Becky Hill, it’s an all-female solo top three for the first time since 19 February 2012 – 641 weeks ago – when Emeli Sande led the way from Lana Del Rey and Adele. Hill’s third album, Believe Me Now? Is already home to five hit singles, and provides her highest charting set to date. Her 2019 singles collection Get To Know peaked at No.20, while debut album Only Honest On The Weekend, reached No.7 in 2021. Less than a year after their chart debut, South Korean K-Pop octet Ateez rack up their third Top 10 album, with Golden Hour: Part 1 debuting at No.4 (10,280 sales). Like its predecessors – The World EP 2: Outlaw, which reached No.10 last June, and The World EP: Fin, No2 last December – Golden Hour: Part 1 isn’t so much an album as an EP, with just six tracks and a playing time of 17 minutes. Their 10th mini album/EP in total, it secured 9,409 (91.53%) of its first week sales from no fewer than 16 CD variants, the most popular of which was a version themed around (Park) Seonghwha, with pertinent stickers, bookmarks, slides and photocards. At 26, Seonghwha is the oldest member of the group, whose personnel has not changed since their October 2018 formation. In South Korea, Golden Hour debuts at No.1 with first week consumption of 1,403,519 units. Seven months after his first compilation, The Very Best Of, peaked at No.15, 57-year-old indie singer/songwriter Richard Hawley, from Sheffield, returns, with his latest studio set, In This City They Call You Love (No.5, 8,106 sales). It is Hawley’s fifth Top 10 and eighth Top 75 solo album – he was also a member of Longpigs when their only albums, The Sun Is Often Out and Mobile Home peaked at No.26 and No.33 in 1996 and 1999, respectively. Thirty-eight years after their eponymous debut album failed to breach the Top 75, Crowded House’s eighth studio album, Gravity Stairs, debuts at No.8 (7,152 sales). Still fronted by 66-year-old founder member Neil Finn – an Australia-based New Zealander – the band formerly featured his brother Tim and currently features his sons Liam and Elroy, with his wife Sharon on backing vocals. It is the band’s sixth Top 10 and ninth Top 75 album in total. Neil Finn also fronted two Top 75 albums by Split Enz, and has a further four Top 75 (one Top 10) solo albums. Smile? is being touted as the first solo studio album by London rapper K-Trap. Opening at No.10 (5,859 sales), it is, nevertheless, his eight Top 75 (actually, Top 40) album chart entry. His previous chart entries were all mixtapes, including collaborations with Blade Brown and Headie One, the latter partnering for Strength To Strength, which gave K-Trap his only previous Top 10 album, peaking at No.4 last September. The rest of the Top 10: The Highlights (6-6, 7,856 sales) by The Weeknd, Curtain Call: The Hits (15-7, 7,191 sales) by Eminem and 50 Years: Don’t Stop (9-9, 5,915 sales) by Fleetwood Mac. Overall album sales are down 1.12% week-on-week at 2,421,521, 5.90% above same week 2023 sales of 2,286,680. Physical product accounts for 297,962 sales, 12.30% of the total.