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Global Chart Report

'Million Dollar Baby' remains at No.1
Sunday, May 26, 2024
by Fred Chuchel, Dresden


24 year-old musician Tommy Richman was completely unknown some weeks ago and now he's the number one of the Global Track Chart! 'Million Dollar Baby', his furious R&B / funk / hip hop hybrid, reigns the tally a second week with 360.000 points, a 12% decrease compared to the previous week. Broken down by segments the song generated 329,000 points by streaming (down 14%), 24,000 points by sales (up 4%), and 7,000 points by airplay (up 130%). 13 weeks ago Benson Boone's 'Beautiful Things' topped the Global Chart with 227,000 points. This week Artemas' 'I Like The Way You Kiss Me' ranks at no.11 with 229,000 points... what a difference!! The competition is extremely strong at the moment due many top-class releases during the last weeks. For example Sabrina Carpenter's 'Espresso', which climbs back from no.4 to the runner-up slot this week after it reigned the hitlist a fortnight ago. The catchy tune with the summer feeling gets another 335,000

points (up 1%) with 274,000 points by streaming, 30,000 points by sales, and 31,000 points by airplay. Alongside with Billie Eilish's album release, five songs from the set sprint in the Top 40. Highest is the official single 'Lunch', which debuted at no.3 with 332,000 points (288,000 points by streaming, 39,000 by sales, and 5,000 by airplay). Furthermore 'Chihiro' bows at no.7 (264,000 points), 'Birds Of A Feather' at no.13 (224,000 points), 'Wildflower' at no.21 (131,000 points), and 'Blue' at no.32 (112,000 points). According to our chart rules only three tunes from an album are available with the full points. The fourth most successful track gets a 10% deduction, the fifth 20%, etc. Outside our weekly Top 40 waiting among other 'Stargazing' by Myles Smith at no.44, 'Good Luck, Babe!' by Chappell Roan at no.48, 'Slow It Down' by Benson Boone at no.49, 'Feather' by Sabrina Carpenter at no.55, and 'Sajni' by Ram Sampath | Arijit Singh | Prashant Pandey at no.56 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. Billie Eilish's third studio set 'Hit Me Hard And Soft' catapults atop this week's Global Album Chart with 455,000 equivalent sales (151,000 streaming points + 304,000 sales points). It's also the third no.1 album for the unusal artist, her debut album 'When We Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go?' started with 514,000 equivalent sales in the calendar week 15, 2019 and generated a total of 11,78 million to date. The follow-up 'Happier Than Ever' began with 405,000 sales in the calendar week 32, 2021 and has now a total of 4,94 million. Taylor Swift's 'The Tortured Poets Department' sails to the runner-up spot, despite a remarkable 41% boost to 455,000 equivalent sales (174,000 streaming points + 243,000 sales points). The increase following the release of new album variants in Swift's webstore. After five weeks on the tally 'The Tortured Poets Department' gets now a total of 5,05 million, far and away the most successful album of the year 2024. Rounds out this week's top three is 'You Had Me At Hello', the third extended play by the South Korean boy group ZeroBaseOne, with 181,000 consumption units. 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 14,000 / 16,245,000, '1989 (Taylor's Version)' by Taylor Swift 41,000 / 5,324,000, '21' by Adele 17,000 / 32,825,000, '25' by Adele 8,000 / 24,985,000, '30' by Adele 7,000 / 6,386,000, 'After Hours' by The Weeknd 31,000 / 9,459,000, the soundtrack to 'Barbie: The Album' 21,000 / 2,230,000, 'Certified Lover Boy' by Drake 8,000 / 6,602,000, 'Cowboy Carter' by Beyoncé 39,000 / 1,163,000, 'Divide' by Ed Sheeran 19,000 / 20,896,000, 'Endless Summer Vacation' by Miley Cyrus 12,000 / 1,845,000, 'Equals' by Ed Sheeran 8,000 / 5,951,000, 'Evermore' by Taylor Swift 13,000 / 5,902,000, 'Folklore' by Taylor Swift 37,000 / 9,989,000, 'For All The Dogs' by Drake 22,000 / 2,988,000, 'Future Nostalgia' by Dua Lipa 22,000 / 8,734,000, Génesis' by Peso Pluma 32,000 / 1,944,000, 'Golden' by Jung Kook 38,000 / 2,372,000, 'Harry's House' by Harry Styles 30,000 / 6,756,000, 'Hereos & Villains' by Metro Boomin 31,000 / 3,928,000, 'Midnights' by Taylor Swift 41,000 / 10,855,000, 'Red (Taylor's Version)' by Taylor Swift 21,000 / 5,771,000, 'Sour' by Olivia Rodrigo 45,000 / 10,062,000, 'Speak Now (Taylor's Version)' by Taylor Swift 19,000 / 3,226,000, 'Starboy' by The Weeknd 45,000 / 7,198,000, 'Vultures 1' by ¥$: Kanye West & Ty Dolla $ign 24,000 / 1,080,000, and 'When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go?' by Billie Eilish 25,000 / 11,775,000.

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 fifth week atop Billboard 200
Tuesday, May 28, 2024
by Keith Caulfield & Gary Trust, Los Angeles

Taylor Swift’s The Tortured Poets Department snags a fifth straight and total week at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 albums chart (dated June 1), as the title earned 378,000 equivalent

album units in the U.S. in the week ending May 23 (up 45%), according to Luminate. The set posted its first weekly gain in units following the release of six new digital album download variants and a new CD variant, along with a stock replenishment of the previously available four deluxe CD editions and the signed CD edition of the album — all of which were sold exclusively in Swift’s webstore. Poets is the first album to spend its first five 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). With 378,000 units earned in Poets’ fifth week, the set scores the largest fifth-week for any album since Adele’s 25 tallied 1.193 million units in its fifth frame (chart dated Jan. 9, 2016). Of The Tortured Poets Department’s fifth-week unit sum of 378,000, album sales comprise 210,000 (up 413%, making it the top-selling album of the week at No. 1 on Top Album Sales), SEA units comprise

166,500 (down 23%, equaling 216.9 million on-demand official streams of the deluxe album’s 31 songs; it’s also No. 1 on the Top Streaming Albums chart) and TEA units comprise 1,500 (down 17%). The Tortured Poets Department’s weekly increase was supported by the continued sturdy sales of the 20-plus existing different iterations of the album and an added boost during the tracking week by a stock replenishment in Swift’s webstore of certain editions, along with the release of a handful of new variants (all of which were only available to U.S. customers). At No. 2 on the new Billboard 200, Billie Eilish’s new studio album Hit Me Hard and Soft debuts with 339,000 equivalent album units earned — Eilish’s biggest week ever. Of that sum, album sales comprise 191,000 (her best sales week), SEA units comprise 166,500 (equaling 193.93 million on-demand official streams of the set’s 10 songs) and TEA units comprise 1,500. Notably, of the 191,000 in sales, vinyl sales accounted for 90,000 — Eilish’s best sales week on vinyl ever. Eilish’s previous high-water mark in terms of equivalent album units was the debut of When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go? in 2019, when it registered 313,000 units. Her previous biggest sales week was also the opening frame of When We All Fall Asleep, with 170,000. The new set is Eilish’s third to reach the top two on the chart (and top 10), as she previously led the tally with Happier Than Ever (in 2021) and When We All Fall Asleep. With both The Tortured Poets Department and Hit Me Hard and Soft exceeding 300,000 equivalent album units each, it marks the first time two albums have each cleared 300,000 in a single week in eight years. It last happened on the chart dated May 21, 2016, when Drake’s Views debuted at No. 1 with 1.039 million units, while Beyoncé’s Lemonade fell 1-2 in its second week with 321,000 units. Morgan Wallen's chart-topping One Thing at a Time is a non-mover on the new Billboard 200 at No. 3 with 75,000 equivalent album units earned (down less than 1%). Gunna’s One of Wun falls 2-4 in its second week (56,000; down 38%), and Future and Metro Boomin’s former leader We Don’t Trust You dips 4-5 (48,000; down 10%). Wallen’s former No. 1 Dangerous: The Double Album is pushed down 5-6 despite a 2% gain (to 45,000 equivalent album units), Noah Kahan’s Stick Season slides 6-7 (38,000; down 4%), Zach Bryan’s chart-topping self-titled album is stationary at No. 8 (38,000; up 1%), SZA’s former leader SOS slips 7-9 (37,000; down 3%) and Benson Boone’s Fireworks & Rollerblades descends 9-10 (33,000; down 6%).​ Post Malone's “I Had Some Help,” featuring Morgan Wallen, spends a second week at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 songs chart. The song soared in at the summit a week earlier, becoming Post Malone’s sixth leader and Wallen’s second. Released on Mercury / Republic / Big Loud, it notches a second week at No. 1 on the Hot 100, with 55 million official streams (down 28%), 42.2 million radio airplay audience impressions (up 36%, good for the chart’s top Airplay Gainer award) and 21,000 sold (down 70%) in the U.S. May 17-23. The collaboration claims a second week at No. 1 on the Digital Song Sales chart, dips to No. 3 from No. 1 on Streaming Songs and surges 15-9 on Radio Songs. On the lattermost list, it hits the top 10 in just its third week, completing the fastest flight to the region this year. It’s also the first song to reach the Radio Songs top 10 in as few as three weeks that has also hit the Country Airplay chart’s top 10 (dating to each chart’s 1990 inception). It pushes 9-8 on Country Airplay, as well as 20-13 on Adult Pop Airplay and 20-15 on Pop Airplay. Billie Eilish’s “Lunch” debuts at No. 5 on the Hot 100 with 32.8 million streams, 20.2 million in radio reach and 3,000 sold. The song arrives as Eilish’s sixth Hot 100 top 10 and highest debut. She previously began in the top tier with “My Future” (No. 6) and “Bad Guy” (No. 7). Kendrick Lamar’s “Not Like Us” holds at No. 2 on the Hot 100, two weeks after it debuted at No. 1. It rebounds for a second week atop Streaming Songs (59.7 million, down 17%). Tommy Richman’s “Million Dollar Baby” keeps at No. 3 on the Hot 100, after reaching No. 2. Shaboozey’s “A Bar Song (Tipsy)” is steady at No. 4 on the Hot 100, after reaching No. 3. Sabrina Carpenter’s “Espresso” shoots 9-6 on the Hot 100, after hitting No. 4, and Teddy Swims’ “Lose Control,” which led for a week in March, falls 6-7, as it tops Radio Songs for a seventh week (73.4 million in audience, down 1%). Benson Boone’s No. 2-peaking “Beautiful Things” descends 5-8 on the Hot 100 and Hozier’s “Too Sweet” rises 10-9, following a week at No. 1 in April. Rounding out the Hot 100’s top 10, Taylor Swift’s “Fortnight,” featuring Post Malone, backtracks 8-10, after spending its first two weeks on the chart at No. 1 earlier in May. It takes top Sales Gainer honors, up 480% to 19,000 sold, sparked by 15,000 CD singles that shipped during the tracking week.

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

United Kingdom
Music Week Report
Sabrina Carpenter's 'Espresso' is still number No.1
Monday, May 27, 2024
by Alan Jones, London

Espresso spends its fourth consecutive week at No.1 for Sabrina Carpenter on consumption of 72,898 units (314 CDs, 1,113 digital downloads, 71,471 sales-equivalent streams). It simultaneously passes Nonsense (377,353 sales) and Feather (350,103 sales) to become her most-consumed track

(403,071 sales). All three new entries to the Top 10 are tracks from Billie Eilish’s No.1 album, Hit Me Hard And Soft. Leading the intake, Lunch debuts at No.2 (60,022 sales), followed by Chihiro (No.7, 47,109 sales) and Birds Of A Feather (No.9, 43,194 sales). The seven other tracks on the album are ‘starred out’ of the chart between No.14 and No.18 under primary artist rules, with Wildflower (32,222 sales) leading the way, and Bittersuite (21,665 sales) bringing up the rear. That’s pretty good – but five weeks after the release of her latest album, The Tortured Poets Department, Taylor Swift also has a full house of three concurrent chart entries, and no fewer than 13 ‘starred-out’ singles punctuating the Top 75. Eilish has now had 26 Top 75 hits, of which 12 have made the Top 10. Her overall track consumption of 28,243,824 includes seven tracks with tallies exceeding a million, led by 2019 No.2 hit Bad Guy (2,882,438), No.47 2018 Khalid collaboration

Lovely (1,869,701) and Ocean Eyes (1,687,442), a 2015 release that peaked at No.72 in 2018. Lovely was her first hit, first entering the Top 75 six years ago this week. With current consumption of 987,682 units, her James Bond theme, No Time To Die, will likely pass seven figures in early July. Remaining three notches below the No.7 peak it scaled five weeks ago, Austin is No.10 again for Dasha and suffers its first dip in consumption – down 1.52% to 38,938 units, after rising for 12 weeks in a row. The rest of the Top 10, all of which also have reduced consumption: A Bar Song (Tipsy) (4-3, 58,569 sales) by Shaboozey, Too Sweet (5-4, 56,550 sales) by Hozier, Million Dollar Baby (3-5, 55,686 sales) by Tommy Richman, I Had Some Help (2-6, 55,660 sales) by Post Malone & Morgan Wallen and Beautiful Things (7-8, 43,583 sales) by Benson Boone. Shaboozey’s track tops the download singles chart (2,727 sales) for the first time, replacing BTS rapper RM’s Come Back To Me. Overall singles consumption retreats 1.35% week-on-week to 30,553,594 units from the all-time peak it achieved last frame. It is 7.92% above same week 2023 consumption of 28,312,109 units. Paid-for sales are down 4.27% week-on-week at 266,071 – 8.32% below same week 2023 sales of 290,202. Cruising effortlessly past the first week tallies posted by her earlier output, Billie Eilish’s third album, Hit Me Hard And Soft, makes an emphatic debut at No.1 on consumption of 67,111 units – more than the rest of the Top 5 combined. Comprising 10 new songs penned by Eilish and her brother Finneas – who also produced the set in his Californian studio – Hit Me Hard And Soft’s opening tally includes 12,699 CDs, 18,216 vinyl albums, 2,231 cassettes, 2,014 digital downloads and 31,951 sales-equivalent streams. Eilish’s two previous full-length albums also debuted at No.1: introductory set When We Fall Asleep Where Do We Go? on consumption of 48,410 units in 2019; and Happier Than Ever on consumption of 38,855 units in 2021. Her 2017 EP, Don’t Smile At Me, also qualifies as an album, and eventually peaked at No.12 in 2019. Happier Than Ever rebounds 88-69 (2,278 sales) this week, with When We Fall Asleep… jumping 96-71 (2,245 sales) and Don’t Smile At Me up 105-94 (1,889 sales). Their cumulative tallies: When We Fall Asleep… - 923,589, Don’t Smile At Me – 654,788 and Happier Than Ever – 346,911. The youngest female artist to have a No.1 – she was 17 years three months and 18 days old when When We Fall Asleep… was crowned – Eilish now becomes the youngest to have three No.1s. The only member of One Direction to actually leave the group and the first to release four solo albums, Zayn Malik has had a chequered solo album career, with 2016 opener, Mind Of Mine, reaching No.1, 2018 follow-up Icarus Falls peaking at a lowly No.77 and 2021’s Nobody Is Listening reaching No.17. His fourth set, the country-flavoured Room Under The Stairs continues his renaissance, debuting at No.3 (15,275 sales). Best known as the lead singer of Bristol trip-hop legends Portishead – who released the last of their three studio albums (all of which peaked at No2) in 2008, and have never officially disbanded – Beth Gibbons’ first solo set, Lives Outgrown, debuts at No.7 (6,309 sales). The 59-year-old’s only other charted album came in 2002, when Rustin Man collaboration, Out Of Season, reached No.28. Arriving 14 years after his eponymous solo set reached No.17, Guns N’ Roses’ lead guitarist Slash’s second solo set, Orgy Of The Damned – a covers collection of blues/rock/R&B collaborations with the likes of Brian Johnson (AC/DC), Billy Gibbons (ZZ Top), Iggy Pop and even Demi Lovato – debuts at No.8 (6,096 sales). Born in London but raised in Los Angeles after a spell in Stoke-On-Trent, the 58-year-old has now had nine Top 10 studio albums, including four with Guns N’ Roses, three with Myles Kennedy & The Conspirators and one with Velvet Revolver. Veteran Liverpool musician Michael Head secures his second Top 10 album with Loophole (No.10, 5,623 sales) – his third collaboration with The Red Elastic Band, following Adios Senor Pussycat (No.57, 2017) and Dear Scott (No.6, 2022). The UK leg of her Eras tour starts two weeks today – on June 7 – and is already boosting Taylor Swift’s catalogue. Losing leadership of the chart for the second time, her latest set, The Tortured Poets Department (1-2, 25,021 sales) sees consumption fall 15.87% on its fifth week in the chart. Five other albums by Swift remain in the Top 75, and all increase consumption week-on-week, although Midnights barely manages it, adding one unit to 3,399 as it climbs 33-31. The rest of the Top 10: The Highlights (5-4, 8,029 sales) by The Weeknd, Guts (6-5, 7,947 sales) by Olivia Rodrigo, Radical Optimism (3-6, 6,739 sales) by Dua Lipa and 50 Years: Don’t Stop (8-9, 5,987 sales) by Fleetwood Mac. Overall album sales are up 2.21% week-on-week at 2,480,351, 4.09% above same week 2023 sales of 2,382,921. Physical product accounts for 289,556 sales, 11.67% of the total.