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'See You Again' rules a second week
Friday, April 24, 2015
by Fred Chuchel, Dresden
 

Teen-idol Shawn Mendes is the new number one of the Global Album Chart. 'Handwritten', the first full-length album of the 16 year-old American newcomer, catapults to the summit with 139.000 copies, 105.900 of it in the USA alone, another 14.000 in Canada (both figures according to Nielsen Soundscan) and 6,800 in United Kingdom (according to Music Week). Last week's chart-topper, the soundtrack to the action blockbuster 'Furious 7', moves down one slot to no.2, after a 27% sales increase to 92.000, a total of 318.000 sales after five weeks on the tally. Rounds out the top three is a big player from South Korea, Exo's new effort 'Exodus'. The album climbs back one slot at no.3, despite a 28% sales decrease to 73.000. It adds up to massive 477.000 units after only three weeks on the hitlist, very huge for an album from South Korea. Shawn Mendes' 'Handwritten' leads 13 debuts on this week's Top 40. Second highest is the third album of the American hard rock band Halestorm, 'Into The Wild Life'. The set bows at no.4

globally with 72.000 sales. 52.600 of it in the USA, 3.000 in Canada, 7.500 in United Kingdom, and another estimated 4.000 sales in Germany. 'Cherry Bomb', the fourth album of the American rapper Taylor The Creator, arrives at no.4 with 63.000 copies and American country music singer Reba McEntire follows at no.5 with her 27th studio album 'Love Somebody' and 62.000 sales. Some additional sales stats: 'The Pinkprint' by Nicki Minaj sold 8.000 copies last week and reaches a total of 804.000 so far, 'Wanted On Voyage' by George Ezra sold 17.000 units last week, 1.416.000 so far, 'American Beauty / American Psycho' by Fall Out Boy sold 13.000 units last week and has a total of 629.000 copies so far, 'Ghost Stories' by Coldplay sold 3.313.000 copies so far, 'Cheek To Cheek' by Tony Bennett & Lady GaGa 995.000, and '1000 Forms Of Fear' by Sia 979.000.  COMPLETE GLOBAL ALBUM CHART  There's a new feature on our website: NO.1 CHRONICLES. It's a list with all number one songs of the United World Chart in a chronological order with song-credits and many interesting facts about each tune. The feature is under construction, for the moment there's a test run with the no.1 smashes of the time between 2010 and 2015. In the next months the site will be expanded to the full 60 years of our chart-history. Now back to the current hitlist. The emotional 'See You Again', performed by American rapper Wiz Khalifa and compatriot and newcomer Charlie Puth, from the 'Furious 7' soundtrack defends its position atop the Global Track Chart. After the release in United Kingdom, the song gets another big drive in its second week at no.1 and grows up massive 29% in points to 672.000. 'Uptown Funk' by Mark Ronson feat. Bruno Mars falls at no.3 (down 11% to 320.000 points). With a total of 10.188.000 points after 22 weeks on the tally, 'Uptown Funk' is the 56th song in history, which breaks through the 10 million border! Sandwiched between 'See You Again' and 'Uptown Funk!' starts the new single of the Sandaime J Soul Brothers from Japan. 'Starting Over' rockets to the vice-position with massive 357.000 points. Outside our weekly Top 40 waiting among other David Guetta feat. Nicki Minaj & Afrojack's 'Hey Mama' at no.44, Tove Lo's 'Talking Body' at no.46, Sam Hunt's 'Take Your Time' at no.48, and Andy Grammer's 'Honey I'm Good' at no.55 for their first appearance on the big list.  COMPLETE GLOBAL TRACK CHART



Global Chart - 10 Years Ago
No.1
'Candy Shop' 50 Cent feat. Olivia
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Global Chart - 20 Years Ago
No.1
'Back For Good' Take That
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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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USA
Billboard Report
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Shawn Mendes' 'Handwritten' debuts at no.1
Wednesday, April 22, 2015
by Keith Caulfield, Los Angeles

Sixteen-year old Shawn Mendes has grown from Vine stardom to topping the Billboard 200 chart, as his debut full-length album Handwritten arrives at No. 1. The set, which was released on

April 14 through Island Records, starts with 119,000 units earned in the week ending April 19, 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). Traditional album sales comprised the bulk of Mendes’ album launch with 106,000 copies sold. It also bows at No. 1 on the Top Album Sales chart. Mendes is the youngest artist to have a No. 1 album on the Billboard 200 chart in nearly five years. The last younger artist with a No. 1 was Justin Bieber on the May 29, 2010-dated chart, when his My World 2.0 was in its fourth and final week at the top. (Bieber was 16 years and 2 months old at the time -- younger than Mendes, who is 16 years and 8 months old.) Mendes tops the Billboard 200 following the top five success of his self-titled EP, which debuted and peaked at No. 5 last year. It sold 48,000 copies in

its first week and has sold 101,000 to date. Mendes also notably opens at No. 1 without the support of an airplay hit – none of his songs have reached Billboard’s airplay charts. However, the born-from-the-Web act has unsurprisingly made a splash on the Billboard + Twitter Top Tracks chart. On that tally, which measures the week’s most shared songs on Twitter, Mendes has logged three top 20 hits, with “Life of the Party” reaching No. 1. He’s also climbed as high as No. 15 on the Social 50 chart, which tracks the most active artists on social networking sites (like Twitter, Facebook, YouTube and Instagram). Although Mendes hasn’t dented an airplay survey yet, that doesn’t mean radio stations have entirely ignored his songs. His single “Something Big” was

played on six mainstream top 40 stations in the most recent tracking week (for a total of 81 plays). Its music video has done steady business on YouTube, garnering nearly 14 million global views since its release five months ago. Mendes’ Handwritten is the second No. 1 album for Island Records in 2015, following Fall Out Boy’s American Beauty/American Psycho. Last week’s No. 1 album, the Furious 7 soundtrack, slips to No. 2 with 79,000 units (down 29 percent). After five weeks on sale, the set has sold 127,000 copies. It has outsold the three previous Fast and the Furious soundtracks: 2013’s Fast & Furious 6 (80,000), 2011’s Fast Five (94,000) and 2009’s Fast & Furious (69,000). Before that was 2006’s Fast and The Furious: Tokyo Drift, with 235,000. Country diva Reba McEntire bows at No. 3 with Love Somebody (62,000 units), notching her ninth top 10 album. Her previous set, 2010’s All the Women I Am, debuted and peaked at No. 7 with first week sales of 64,000. Over on the Top Country Albums chart, Love Somebody debuts at No. 1, marking the 12th chart topper for McEntire. Love Somebody is the first album release for the Nash Icon Music label, which signed McEntire to a recording deal last year. Nash Icon is a joint venture between Big Machine and Cumulus Media. Rapper Tyler, The Creator starts at No. 4 with his quasi-surprise release Cherry Bomb (58,000 units). The album was announced on April 8, with a release date of April 14, but it bowed slightly earlier than expected via digital retailers on April 13. The physical version of the album started arriving in stores on April 17. Traditional album sales equated to 51,000 of the set’s overall unit start. Of the 51,000 sales, downloads comprised 49,000, while the physical version of the album sold nearly 2,000 copies. Tyler, The Creator’s last album, 2013’s Wolf, debuted and peaked at No. 3 off an 89,000 sales start. Rock band Halestorm collects the fourth and final debut in the new top 10, as its Into the Wild Life launches at a career-high No. 5 with 56,000 units. The band also celebrates its best sales week ever for an album, as the new set sold 52,000 copies. As for the rest of the latest top 10: the Fifty Shades of Grey soundtrack slides 3-6 (43,000 units; down 9 percent), Taylor Swift’s 1989 falls out of the top five for the first time, dipping 5-7 in its 25th chart week (38,000; down 13 percent), and Sam Smith’s In the Lonely Hour descends 6-8 (37,000; down 13 percent). Ed Sheeran’s X is steady at No. 9 with (36,000; down 9 percent) and Drake’s If You’re Reading This It’s Too Late falls 8-10 (35,000; down 12 percent).  COMPLETE CHARTS


Spotlight
Years & Years
are a British-Australian electronica trio founded in London. The group consists of frontman and keyboardist Olly Alexander, bassist Mikey Goldsworthy and synth player Emre Turkmen. Years & Years' music has been described as electropop, mixing R&B and '90s house elements, with Flying Lotus, Diplo, Radiohead and Jai Paul being their core influences. The band formed in 2010, after Goldsworthy moved to the United Kingdom from Australia and met Turkmen online. Shortly afterwards, Alexander joined the band as lead vocalist after Goldsworthy heard him singing in the shower. The band was originally a five-piece group, with Noel Leeman and Olivier Subria. Leeman left the band in 2013. Years & Years' debut single "I Wish I Knew" was released in July 2012 on the label Good Bait, with the band performing as a five-piece group. In 2013 the group signed to French label Kitsuné Records as a three-piece and released their second single "Traps" in September 2013. In 2014 the group signed to Polydor Records and released the single "Take Shelter". The EP reached the number 1 spot on the iTunes UK Singles Electronic Chart. In January 2015, Years & Years won the prestigious BBC Sound of 2015. Years & Years were also nominated for the Critics Choice Award for the Brit Awards 2015. Their new single 'King' was released on March the 1st and became a number one smash in the British Singles Charts.   >> source: Wikipedia - click the picture to see the video


United Kingdom
Music Week Report
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Paul Simon returns to the top after 25 years
Monday, April 20, 2015
by Alan Jones, London

Paul Simon claims his first number one album since 1990, and the sixth of his career with new compilation The Ultimate Collection debuting atop the chart on sales of 15,487 (including 313 streaming sales). Simon previously topped the chart as 50% of Simon & Garfunkel with Bookends (1968) and Bridge Over Troubled Water (1970) and solo with an

eponymous 1972 album, Graceland (1986) and The Rhythm Of The Saints (1990). The Ultimate Collection is a career-encompassing retrospective, including both solo and Simon & Garfunkel material, and gained impetus from Simon's UK tour dates with Sting last week. At the age of 73 years, six months and seven days, Simon is the second oldest male soloist ever to have a number one album, trailing only Bob Dylan who was a mere two months and nine days older when his most recent album, Shadows In The Night, topped the chart in February. On a less positive note, Simon's sales last week - either including or excluding streams - were the lowest for a number one album since Rihanna's Talk That Talk was number one in August 2012 on sales of 9,578 copies. Glitterbug is the third album by Liverpool band The Wombats, and debuts at number five (9,155 sales). Its immediate predecessor, The Modern Glitch, was released four years ago this week, and debuted and peaked at number three on sales of

23,357 behind Adele's 21 and 19, while first album A Guide To Love, Loss & Desperation sold 19,892 copies to debut and peak at number 11 in 2007. Bidding to become the second American rock band to top the chart in as many weeks, Halestorm got off to a great start, being placed atop Tuesday's sales flashes with third album, Into The Wildlife. It faded badly through the week, however, and finally debuted at number 10 (7,728 sales). While last week's number one album plunges - more of that later - last week's number two, James Bay's Chaos And The Calm, remains at number two (13,520 sales). Ed Sheeran's X (number three, 12,396 sales), Sam Smith's In The Lonely Hour (number four, 12,098 sales) and George Ezra's Wanted On Voyage (number eight, 7,991

sales) also remain static. Ezra's album was on schedule to end a 41 week tenancy in the Top 10 but was helped by the release of a picture disc version on Record Store Day - of which, more below. Rounding out the Top 10, Meghan Trainor's Title advances 9-6 (8,198 sales), Sia's 1,000 Forms Of Fear falls 6-7 (8,037 sales) and The Prodigy's The Day Is My Enemy slips 5-9 (7,735 sales). Providing just the shot in the arm that the singles chart needed after some woeful sales the previous week, See You Again by Wiz Khalifa feat. Charlie Puth and Cheerleader by OMI each jump more than 20 places to occupy the top two positions in the chart with six figure sales. Over on the singles chart it's the first time that the top two have each sold more than 100,000 copies in a week - and I mean sold, as they cross the threshold even without streaming 'sales' - since last Christmas. Apparently available from a couple of sites previously but not from iTunes, See You Again is now fully released and explodes 22-1 on sales of 193,018 copies, including a record 36,771 sales from streaming. That's the biggest weekly sale of any single this year. Number one in many territories, Cheerleader explodes 27-2 here (129,257 sales, including 26,288 streaming 'sales) for Jamaican singer OMI this week after also being fully released. Its leap comes a year to the week after it was first made available here, selling just 13 copies that week in its original mix. Never on iTunes until last week, its popularity is due to a subsequent mix that was available earlier through some other online retailers, and it sold as many as 160 copies in its previous peak week, though cumulative paid-for sales of just 1,676 prior to the latest frame are paltry compared to its 110,891 streaming 'sales' over the same period. A truly international effort, the week's other new Top 10 entry - at number four (48,869 sales) - is Can't Stop Playing (Makes Me High) by Spanish DJ Dr Kucho!, Dutch DJ Gregor Salto and Norwegian singer Ane Brun. It is a remix - by Salto and fellow Netherlander Oliver Heldens - of a 2005 Dutch Top 20 hit, which lacked Brun's vocal. After three weeks at number one, Jess Glynne's Hold My Hand dips to number three (53,222 sales). On its 16th week in the Top 200, its 13th week in the Top 75, and climbing for the sixth week in a row, Firestone finally breaches the Top 10 for Kygo feat. Conrad Sewell, moving 11-10 (35,285 sales). The rest of the Top 10, all in decline, are: King (3-5, 45,635 sales) by Years & Years, Jealous (2-6, 45,494 sales) by Nick Jonas, Hold Back The River (4-7, 38,234 sales) by James Bay, Bloodstream (5-8, 36,491 sales) by Ed Sheeran and Sugar (7-9, 35,510 sales) by Maroon 5. Uptown Funk! (8-12, 32,358 sales) ends an 18 week run in the top tier for Mark Ronson feat. Bruno Mars.  COMPLETE CHARTS



Japan
Oricon Single Chart
No.1  Sandaime J Soul Brothers 'Starting Over'

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Germany
Media Control Album Chart
No.1  Frei.Wild
'Opposition'
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