Maybe soon the biggest hit of all time?
Thursday, December 12, 2019
by Fred Chuchel, Dresden
25 years ago:
Mariah Carey was at the peak of her career, the album 'Music Box' and
the hit-singles 'Dreamlover', 'Hero' and especially 'Without You' were
huge successes. Her record-company Columbia wanted to use the favor of
the hour and were planning a Christmas album. In summer 1994 the
recordings began, including the song 'All I Want For Christmas Is
You', written and produced by Mariah Carey itself and the legendary,
Russian-born composer Walter Afanasieff. Over the years the song has
become a classic and with each holiday-season its popularity continues
to grow. A fantastic, energetic, sweeping tune, written for the
eternity. On December 25, 2018 the song set the single-day record for
most Spotify streams, with 10,82 million plays and have earned $60
million in royalities that year alone. Due the huge sales and
streaming data the song generates every year in November and December,
it's quite possible that in about eight to ten
years, 'All I Want
For Christmas Is You' could replace Elton John's 'Candle In The Wind'
as the biggest hit in music history. On the current hitlist 'All I
Want For Christmas Is You' jumps from no.19 to no.5 in its 66th week
on the tally with 208,000 points, up 78% compared to the previous
week. Chart-leader for an eighth week in a row is 'Dance Monkey' by
Tones And I with 425,000 points (down 1%). Outside
the weekly Top 40 waiting among other 'BOP' by DaBaby at no.41, 'Tusa' by Karol G at no.43, 'Nice To Meet Ya' by Niall Horan
at no.49, and 'Woah' by Lil Baby at no.59 for their first appearance on the big list. Seven debuts this
week inside the Global Top 10, three of it are important international
releases: 'Everyday Life', the eighth studio album by the British rock
band Coldplay, scores the current tally with 212,000 equivalent sales.
The biggest sales by countries are 81,000 from United Kingdom
(according to OCC), 48,000 from the United States (according to
Nielsen / Soundscan), and 21,000 from France (according to SNEP). The
soundtrack to 'Frozen II', the sequel to the very successful Walt
Disney movie 'Frozen' six years ago, jumps from no.16 to no.3 this
week with 128,000 sales. The first album sold massive 9,5 millions to
date... the most successful soundtrack of the current decade. Robbie
Williams is back with the Xmas album 'The Christmas Present'. Due huge
sales in United Kingdom and Germany the set reaches no.5 with 128,000
consumption units. It's quite possible that it'll continue to rise in
the next few weeks. The 24-track album is a mix of old Christmas
classics and complete new holiday songs, written by Robbie's producer
Guy Chambers. 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 9,000 / 11,221,000, '21' by Adele 9,000 / 29,823,000, '25' by
Adele 8,000 / 22,210,000, the 'A Star Is Born' soundtrack 25,000 /
5,346,000, 'AI YoungBoy 2' by YoungBoy Never Broke Again 40,000 /
470,000, 'American Teen' by Khalid 13,000 / 3,513,000, 'Astroworld' by
Travis Scott 25,000 / 4,067,000, 'Beerbongs & Bentleys' by Post Malone
28,000 / 6,084,000, the 'Bohemian Rhapsody' soundtrack 20,000 /
3,982,000, 'Championships' Meek Mill 9,000 / 1,667,000, 'Christmas' by
Michael Bublé 46,000 / 12,643,000, 'Courage' by Celine Dion 54,000 /
308,000, 'Cuz I Love You' by Lizzo 24,000 / 1,130,000, 'Damn.' by
Kendrick Lamar 9,000 / 5,621,000, 'Death Race For Love' by Juice WRLD
10,000 / 1,193,000, 'Divide' by Ed Sheeran 25,000 / 15,413,000,
'Divinely Uninspired To A Hellish Extent' by Lewis Capaldi 62,000 /
1,324,000, 'Evolve' by Imagine Dragons 10,000 / 4,899,000, 'Father Of
Asahd' by DJ Khaled 5,000 / 711,000, 'Free Spirit' by Khalid 20,000 /
1,722,000, 'Goodbye & Good Riddance' by Juice WRLD 14,000 / 2,402,000,
'Happiness Begins' by Jonas Brothers 14,000 / 1,155,000, 'Hurts 2B
Human' by Pink 8,000 / 971,000, 'In The Lonely Hour' by Sam Smith
7,000 / 8,288,000, 'Indigo' by Chris Brown 23,000 / 1,005,000,
'Invasion Of Privacy' by Cardi B 11,000 / 3,188,000, 'Jesus Is King'
by Kanye West 35,000 / 604,000, 'Kamikaze' by Eminem 6,000 /
2,868,000, 'Love Yourself 轉 Answer' by BTS (Bangtan Boys) 6,000 /
2,713,000, 'Lover' by Taylor Swift 75,000 / 2,527,000, 'Map Of The
Soul: Persona' by BTS (Bangtan Boys) 9,000 / 4,194,000, 'No.6
Collaborations Project' by Ed Sheeran 53,000 / 2,442,000, 'Norman
Fucking Rockwell!!' by Lana Del Rey 17,000 / 640,000, 'Origins' by
Imagine Dragons 7,000 / 1,622,000, 'Over It' Summer Walker 46,000 /
619,000, 'Pray For The Wicked' by Panic! At The Disco 7,000 /
1,648,000, 'Question Mark' by XXXTentacion 17,000 / 4,000,000,
'Rammstein' by Rammstein 10,000 / 1,180,000, 'Reputation' by Taylor
Swift 7,000 / 5,083,000, 'Scorpion' by Drake 19,000 / 5,987,000,
'Seven' by Lil Nas X 18,000 / 967,000, 'Shawn Mendes' by Shawn Mendes
16,000 / 2,524,000, 'So Much Fun' by Young Thug 26,000 / 827,000,
'Staying At Tamara's' by George Ezra 5,000 / 1,612,000, 'Stoney' by
Post Malone 18,000 / 5,137,000, 'Sweetener' by Ariana Grande 8,000 /
2,703,000, 'Thank U, Next' by Ariana Grande 26,000 / 3,203,000, 'The
Greatest Showman' soundtrack 20,000 / 7,422,000, 'Views' by Drake
9,000 / 5,199,000, 'We Love You Tecca' by Lil Tecca 21,000 / 604,000,
'Western Stars' by Bruce Springsteen 14,000 / 783,000, and 'X' by Ed
Sheeran 9,000 / 12,049,000.
GLOBAL NO.1 - 10 YEARS AGO...
"Bad Romance" is from Lady Gaga's third extended play, The Fame
Monster (2009) and was released on October 26, 2009. Lyrically, "Bad
Romance" explores Gaga's attraction to individuals with whom romance
never works, her preference for lonely relationships and the paranoia
she experienced while on tour. Following an illegal demo leak, Gaga
showcased the final product at Alexander McQueen's show at the Paris
Fashion Week in October 2009, followed by the release of the single's
cover art. Musically, "Bad Romance" features a spoken bridge, a
full-throated chorus and sung lyrics about being in love with one's best
friend. The song, which is imbued with elements of Germanesque house and
techno, as well as music from 1980s and the 1990s, was touted by Gaga as
an experimental pop record. "Bad Romance" topped the charts in many
countries: United Kingdom, Germany, France, Canada, Italy, Denmark,
Belgium, Austria, Norway, Sweden, Spain and other.
'Frozen 2' soundtrack hits no.1
Tuesday, December 10, 2019
by Keith Caulfield & Gary Trust, Los Angeles
The Frozen 2 soundtrack jumps to No. 1 on the Billboard 200
albums chart, as the set rises 3-1 with 80,000 equivalent album units
earned in the U.S. in the week ending Dec. 5,
according to Nielsen Music. It’s the first week at No. 1 for the album.
The set was released on Nov. 15 via Walt Disney Records, and is the
companion album to the blockbuster animated sequel film of the same
name. Frozen II is the first new full-length soundtrack to reach No. 1
for the first time in 2019. It’s also the first soundtrack of an
animated film to hit No. 1 since the first Frozen film soundtrack, which
spent 13 weeks at No. 1 in 2014. Of Frozen 2's total equivalent album
unit sum earned in the week ending Dec. 5, SEA units total 39,000, album
sales comprise 37,000 and TEA units total 4,000. The SEA sum translates
to 50.7 million on-demand streams earned for the album’s tracks. Frozen
2 is only the third soundtrack to spend time at No. 1 in 2019. On Nov.
9, Kanye West’s Jesus Is King topped the list for a week. (The set also
serves as a companion piece to his short film of the same name.) And,
back on March 9, Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper’s
A Star Is Born returned to No. 1 for a fourth nonconsecutive
week, following the Feb. 24 Academy Awards broadcast. (It spent three
weeks at No. 1 in 2018.) At No. 2 on the new Billboard 200, Post
Malone’s former leader Hollywood’s Bleeding climbs 4-2 despite an 11%
decline in units, as it earned 65,000 for the week (down from 73,000).
Trippie Redd’s A Love Letter to You 4 falls 1-3 in its second week on
the chart, earning 54,000 units (down 48%). A pair of former No. 1s are
next on the list, as Taylor Swift’s Lover rises 6-4 with 52,000 units
(up 3%) and Billie Eilish’s When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go? is
a non-mover at No. 5 with 50,000 units (down 5%). Michael Bublé’s
Christmas, which spent five weeks at No. 1 in late 2011 and early 2012,
returns to the top 10, as the seasonal set climbs 17-6 with 48,000
equivalent album units earned (up 63%). Following its five-week run at
No. 1, the album has returned to the top 10 in every Christmas season
since. It’s been so successful on the chart, it closes out the decade as
the No. 24 biggest album on the Billboard 200, and the highest-ranking
holiday effort in the decade. Switching genres, rapper Fabolous debuts
at No. 7 on the new Billboard 200 with his latest effort, Summertime
Shootout 3: Coldest Summer Ever. The set launches with 44,000 equivalent
album units earned, with 37,000 of that sum in SEA units (translating to
46.9 million in on-demand audio streams), 6,000 in album sales and 1,000
in TEA units. Summertime is the hip-hop star’s seventh top 10 set. He
logged his first with 2001’s Ghetto Fabolous, which peaked at No. 4.
Penatonix’s The Best of Pentatonix Christmas rises 18-8 in its sixth
week on the chart, giving the vocal group its tenth top 10 album. The
hits collection earned 43,000 equivalent album units (up 64%) with
20,000 of that sum in album sales (up 52%). The Best Of collects
favorites from the group’s previous four holiday albums, along with four
new songs. Pentatonix is always a favorite during the holiday season, as
of the group’s ten top 10 albums, five are holiday efforts. Combined,
their holiday albums have sold 4.5 million copies in the U.S. Speaking
of holiday music, Mariah Carey’s 1994 Merry Christmas album vaults 21-9
with 37,000 equivalent album units earned (up 63%). Of that sum, 8,000
were in album sales (up 44%). The album -- which features the enduring
hit song “All I Want for Christmas Is You” -- has so-far peaked at No.
3, back during its initial chart run in 1994. Closing out the new top 10
is Summer Walker’s Over It, which is steady at No. 10 with 35,000 units
The Weeknd blasts to his fourth No. 1 song on the Billboard Hot 100, as
"Heartless" vaults from No. 32 to the top spot in its second week on the chart.
Here's a deeper dive into The Weeknd's new Hot 100 No. 1. The song, released
Nov. 27 on Republic Records, is the 1,094th leader in the chart's 61-year
Sales, streams & airplay: "Heartless" bounds 15-1 on Digital Song Sales with
58,000 sold in the week ending Dec. 5, according to Nielsen Music (a sum
comprising download sales, as well as CD and vinyl singles available on The
Weeknd's official website). The track sold 10,000 on Nov. 27-28.
"Heartless" flies 32-2 on Streaming Songs with 30 million U.S. streams in the
week ending Dec. 5, aided by the Dec. 3 premiere of its official video. The song
drew 13.8 million streams on Nov. 27-28.
The track also charges 45-38 on Radio Songs, with 26.2 million in all-format
airplay audience, after beginning with 22.6 million on Nov. 27-Dec. 1.
The Weeknd's fourth No. 1: The Weeknd adds his fourth Hot 100 No. 1. He earned
his first two leaders in August and October 2015, respectively: "Can't Feel My
Face," which reigned for three weeks, and "The Hills," for six. In January 2017,
he led for a week with "Starboy," featuring Daft Punk.
"Heartless" dethrones Post Malone's "Circles" atop the Hot 100, after the latter
led the list for two weeks. "Circles" ranks at No. 2 on Radio Songs (92.2
million, up 1%), No. 4 Digital Song Sales (13,000, down 36%) and No. 8 on
Streaming Songs (22.2 million down 10%).
Mariah Carey dashes 18-3 on the Hot 100 with "All I Want for Christmas Is You,"
returning to its peak to-date first reached last holiday season (on the chart
dated Jan. 5, 2019), when it became the first top-five holiday hit on the survey
in 60 years. It's the highest-charting holiday song by a soloist in the Hot
100's archives, bested overall in the category only by The Chipmunks' "The
Chipmunk Song" (with David Seville), which ruled for four weeks in 1958-59.
"Christmas" takes an 11-1 sleigh ride on Streaming Songs, up 48% to 35.1 million
U.S. streams, as the song scores its second week atop the chart (and its
second-best streaming week, after it led the Jan. 5 ranking with 51.9 million).
It jumps 29-10 on Digital Song Sales (9,000, up 60%) and 38-32 on Radio Songs
(31 million, up 18%).
Lewis Capaldi's "Someone You Loved" drops 2-4 on the Hot 100, after the ballad
logged three weeks at No. 1; Maroon 5's "Memories" slips to No. 5 from its No. 4
high; Lizzo's "Good as Hell" slides to No. 6 from its No. 3 peak, as it rules
Radio Songs for a third week (100.6 million, up 2%); and Arizona Zervas'
"Roxanne" backtracks to No. 7 on the Hot 100 from its No. 5 highpoint, while
leading Hot Rap Songs for a second frame.
Brenda Lee's "Rockin' Around the Christmas Tree" dances merrily from No. 29 to
No. 8 on the Hot 100, marking a new high, after it hit a prior No. 9 best last
holiday season, when it entered the top 10 for the first time, over 55 years
after it first appeared on the chart.
The track rockets 23-4 on Streaming Songs (32.8 million, up 61%); re-enters
Digital Song Sales at No. 33 (4,000, up 68%); and ascends 48-43 on Radio Songs
(24.4 million, up 14%).
Rounding out the Hot 100's top 10, Selena Gomez's "Lose You to Love Me" retreats
6-9, after becoming her first No. 1, and Dan + Shay and Justin Bieber's "10,000
Hours" falls 8-10, after debuting at its No. 4 peak, as it leads the
multi-metric Hot Country Songs chart for a ninth week.
Marie Fredriksson died Monday (December 9) after a 17-year battle with cancer,
her management company has confirmed. The 61-year-old was a successful solo
artist in her native Sweden before joining with Per Gessle to form Roxette, the
act that went on to achieve global fame. The duo's breakout single was "The
Look," reaching number one on the US Billboard Hot 100 chart in 1989. Another
single, "It Must Have Been Love," became a smash hit after featuring in the
soundtrack of the 1990 romantic comedy "Pretty Woman," starring Richard Gere and
Julia Roberts. Roxette toured extensively, with Fredriksson gaining recognition
as a talented live performer. In 2002 she was diagnosed with a brain tumor, from
which she recovered following aggressive treatment. By 2009, Roxette were
performing again, and even made several more albums. But by 2016 doctors had
advised Fredriksson to stop touring in order to prioritize her health. "Marie
leaves us a grand musical legacy. Her amazing voice -- both strong and sensitive
-- and her magical live performances will be remembered by all of us who was
lucky enough to witness them," Dimberg Jernberg Management said in a statement.
"But we also remember a wonderful person with a huge appetite for life, and
woman with a very big heart who cared for everybody she met."Former bandmate
Gessle released a statement remembering Fredriksson as an "outstanding musician,
a master of the voice, an amazing performer." The pair were friends for more
than 40 years, Gessle said. "I'm proud, honoured and happy to have been able to
share so much of your time, talent, warmth, generosity and sense of humour," he
wrote. "All my love goes out to you and your family. Things will never be the
Music Week Report
Robbie Williams' festive album climbs to
Monday, December 9, 2019
by Alan Jones, London
Robbie Williams scores his 13th No.1 solo
album in total, and his 11th of the 21st Century with The Christmas Present.
Although its sales are down 21.75% on what it sold while debuting at No.2 last
week, it enjoyed consumption of 52,909 units in its latest frame (including
2,243 from sales-equivalent streams) to capture the title.
Williams thus joins the late Elvis Presley as the solo artist with most No.1
albums (13). If we add his albums with Take That, The Christmas Present is
Williams’ 17th No.1 album in all. Ahead of him now in the all-time list of most
No.1s are The Beatles, who has 15. Paul McCartney’s total is plumped to 21 by
post-Beatles recordings, John Lennon’s to 18 and George Harrison’s to 18
(including Traveling Wilburys), while Ringo Starr’s remains unchanged at 15.
The Christmas Present is Williams’ 12th studio album. All of the others reached
No.1 apart from the eighth, Video Killed The Reality Star, which debuted and
peaked No.2 in 2009, behind JLS’ eponymous first album. Yes, there really was a
time when pure sales of 238,126 wouldn’t guarantee you a No.1 in mid-November.
Michael Buble’s Christmas (14-7, 16,132 sales) enters the Top 10 for the eighth
year in nine. Released in 2012, it fell short of the top tier only in 2015, when
it reached No.12.
Everyday Life became Coldplay’s eighth No.1 album last week but now slips to
No.3 (32,253 sales).
After debuting a t No.3 last week, Rod Stewart’s You’re In My Heart
collaboration with The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra climbs to No.2 (35,096
The rest of the Top 10: Divinely Uninspired To A Hellish Extent (4-4, 24,989
sales) by Lewis Capaldi, Back Together (5-5, 23,243 sales) by Michael Ball &
Alfie Boe, Happy Days (6-6, 16,665 sales) by Andre Rieu & The Johann Strauss
Orchestra, No.6 Collaborations Project (10-8, 14,966 sales) by Ed Sheeran, Bing
At Christmas (9-9, 14,355 sales) by Bing Crosby & The London Symphony Orchestra
and Spectrum (8-10, 13,005 sales) by Westlife.
Overall album sales are up 7.91% week-on-week at 2,506,139, their highest level
thus far in 2019 but 10.45% below same week 2018 sales of 2,798,585.
Sales-equivalent streams accounted for 1,257,751 sales, 50.19% of the total.
Sales of paid-for albums are up 17.84% week-on-week at 1,248,388, 26.51% below
same week 2018 sales of 1,698,833.
Sailing to an easy 10th week at No.1, Tones And I’s Dance Monkey has now spent
more consecutive weeks at No.1 than any record since Ed Sheeran’s 13 week reign
with Shape Of You in 2017; equalled the 10 straight weeks female soloist record
set by Whitney Houston in 1992/93; and is now the longest-running No.1 by an
artist on chart debut since 1955, when Slim Whitman’s Rose Marie – the all-time
champ - was No.1 for 11 weeks.
Dance Monkey is in decline - its consumption dips for the fifth week in a row,
and its run of seven straight weeks over 80,000 comes to an end, as it loses a
further 6.43%, falling to 75,075 units (including 68,303 from sales equivalent
streams). It advances 22-19 on the year-to-date rankings, with overall
consumption of 921,486 units.
Mariah Carey’s 1994 bauble, All I Want For Christmas Is You, is in the Top 10
for the fourth year in a row, jumping 34-8 (32,389 sales). It seems to have
become the seasonal song of choice: in the previous 10 (2009-2018) Christmas
chart campaigns it has been the top vintage (10 years or older) title on the
chart four times, while nearest challenger Fairytale Of New York (The Pogues
feat. Kirsty MacColl) topped the tree three times. They also shared the honour
in 2009, when both peaked at No.12, and Carey also tied with Wham!s Last
Christmas in 2017 when both reached No.2. The only time a different song has
made the biggest impression was in 2011, when Lou Monte’s 51-year-old non-hit,
Dominick The Donkey shot to No.3 powered by a campaign to make it the Christmas
Heartless became The Weeknd’s 34th hit when it debuted at No.64. It now leaps to
No.10 (30,346 sales), becoming his eighth Top 10 entry – and not far behind is
his latest hit, Blinding Lights, which debuts at No.12 (29,074 sales). The
tracks are expected to be included on his as yet untitled fourth album, which is
due to emerge next year.
Arizona Zervas’ viral hit Roxanne continues to grow, rising 7-5 (36,180 sales).
The rest of the Top 10: Before You Go (2-2, 53,449 sales) by Lewis Capaldi, Own
It (3-3, 52,931 sales) by Stormzy feat. Ed Sheeran & Burna Boy, Don’t Start Now
(4-4, 48,380 sales) by Dua Lipa, Everything I Wanted (5-6, 35,637 sales) by
Billie Eilish, Memories (8-7, 32,502 sales) by Maroon 5 and South Of The Border
(9-9, 30,856 sales) by Ed Sheeran feat. Camila Cabello & Cardi B. All suffer
Overall singles consumption exceeds 20m for the first time ever, increasing
2.24% week-on-week to 20,217,881, 15.61% above same week 2018 sales of
17,488,423. Paid-for sales are down 0.67% week-on-week at 573,865 – 36.02% below
same week 2018 sales of 896,964. They are below same week, previous year sales
for the 331st week in a row.