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Global Chart Report

Ed Sheeran lands historical record
Wednesday, January 18, 2017
by Fred Chuchel, Dresden

The times they are a changin' (Bob Dylan) ... yes, and they are a changin' enormous at the moment in the music-biz. Some years ago i rejected it vehemently to integrate streaming to the album sales. I was a proponent for a pure sales based album chart. But meanwhile things have changed fundamentally. Firstly, the global album sales shrink in a frightening extent. Secondly, more and more people, especially from the younger generation, consume music almost exclusively only by streaming. Our basic focus was from the beginning to create a hitlist, which reflects the global music taste. With a pure sales-based album list we would lose sight of this goal. I know, many of you want to keep the old rules and it's really a hard decision, but the inclusion of streaming to the album list is absolutely mandatory. Beneficiaries of these amended are among other Canadian R&B star The Weekend (this week at no.2 with 'Starboy' and 112,000 equivalent sales) and compatriot rapper Drake (now at no.13 with 'Views' and 44,000 sales)

Now a look on this week's hitlist: the J-pop duo Kinki Kids, consisting of Koichi Domoto and Tsuyoshi Domoto, arrives at the summit of the Global Album Chart with their new compilation 'Ballad Selection'. It found 123,000 buyers in its initial week, according to Oricon. The set is one of four Asian albums on this week's Top 10: 'Encore' by the Japanese band Back Number led last week's tally with 299,000 sales, now it ranks at no.3 with 89,000 units. Smap, another Japanese band, ruled a fortnight ago with the compilation '25 Years' and 668,000 sales. This week it placed at no.6 with 64,000 sales, a total of 1,01 million after only three weeks on the list. Finally the South Korean boy group Big Bang returns with the 'Made' effort at no.8 and 58,000 sales. The soundtrack to the fantastic and award-winning Hollywood musical  'La La Land' reaches the Global Top 10 for the first time this week. It climbs at no.9 with 57,000 sales, a total of 84,000 so far. Rounds out the hitlist is the ninth release of the American Celtic punk act Dropkick Murphys. '11 Short Stories Of Pain & Glory' comes in with 52,000 units. And now, as every week, additional stats from outside the current Top 10 in alphabetic order, the first figure means last week's sales, the second figure the total sales: '1989' by Taylor Swift 8,000 / 9,816,000, '21' by Adele 15,000 / 28,407,000, '25' by Adele 49,000 / 19,753,000, '4 Your Eyez Only' by J.Cole 41,000 / 642,000, '57th & 9th' by Sting 14,000 / 375,000, 'A Head Full Of Dreams' by Coldplay 26,000 / 4,053,000, 'A Moon Shaped Pool' by Radiohead 7,000 / 1,148,000, 'Anti' by Rihanna 29,000 / 1,519,000, 'Beauty Behind The Madness' by The Weeknd 19,000 / 2,403,000, 'Blackstar' by David Bowie 10,000 / 2,002,000, 'Blurryface' by Twenty One Pilots 39,000 / 2,439,000, 'Chapter And Verse' by Bruce Springsteen 7,000 / 355,000, 'Dangerous Woman' by Ariana Grande 28,000 / 1,110,000, 'Day Breaks' by Norah Jones 11,000 / 474,000, 'Encore Un Soir' by Celine Dion 10,000 / 917,000, 'Fantôme' by Hikaru Utada 16,000 / 697,000, 'Glory Days' by Little Mix 26,000 / 588,000, 'Illuminate' by Shawn Mendes 41,000 / 743,000, 'Immortalized' by Disturbed 9,000 / 1,146,000, 'Joanne' by Lady GaGa 26,000 / 870,000, 'Lemonade' by Beyoncé 15,000 / 2,709,000, 'Nobody But Me' Michael Bublé 13,000 / 789,000, 'Purpose' by Justin Bieber 28,000 / 5,349,000, 'Revolution Radio' by Green Day 13,000 / 511,000, the 'Suicide Squad' soundtrack 29,000 / 959,000, 'The Getaway' by Red Hot Chili Peppers 12,000 / 1,280,000, 'The Heavy Entertainment Show' by Robbie Williams 18,000 / 610,000, 'The Wonder Of You' by Elvis Presley & The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra 18,000 / 666,000, 'This House Is Not For Sale' by Bon Jovi 10,000 / 437,000, 'This Is Acting' by Sia 36,000 / 1,414,000, the 'Trolls' soundtrack 34,000 / 557,000, 'Views' by Drake 44,000 / 2,755,000, 'We Got It From Here...Thank You 4 Your Service' by A Tribe Called Quest 23,000 / 364,000, 'X' by Ed Sheeran 43,000 / 8,759,000, 'You Want It Darker' by Leonard Cohen 29,000 / 927,000.  COMPLETE GLOBAL ALBUM CHART  On the Global Track Chart the year begins with a thunderclap: on January 6, British musician Ed Sheeran released two new songs, 'Shape Of You' and 'Castle On The Hill', first signs from his upcoming album, which will be released on March 3. Because of the extremely high sales & streaming numbers, especially in the Anglo-American territories, both songs are exploding atop of the Global Track Chart far away from the whole competition. A historical record! Never before in the music history, two songs by an artist started at no.1 and no.2 of the tally. Ed Sheeran also achieved this record in several national hitlists, including United Kingdom and Germany. Ed Sheeran's predecessor set 'X', with 8,7 million copies sold, is the fourth most successful album globally over the last few years, after the soundtrack to the Disney movie 'Frozen' (9,1 million), '1989' by Taylor Swift (9,8 million) and '25' by Adele (19,7 million). In addition, the redhead and genius have been working as a songwriter for other top-class stars, including Justin Bieber ('Love Yourself') and Major Lazer ('Cold Water'). Both were no.1 hits last year... and of course his magnificent ballad 'Thinking Out Loud', a big smash and honored in 2016 as 'Song Of The Year' with a Grammy. 'Shape Of You' reigns this week's hitlist with 727,000 points, 'Castle On The Hill' ranks shy behind with 541,000 points. It's the biggest points frame by a number one since the week 24, 2016, when 'Tsubasa Wa Iranai' by AKB 48 bowed there with 812,000 points. And of course, unforgettable, the spectacular success of Adele's 'Hello', which started with stellar 1,531,000 points in the week 45, 2015. Outside the Top 40 waiting among other 'I Would Like' by Zara Larsson at no.41, and 'Touch' by Little Mix at no.46 for their first appearance on the big list.  COMPLETE GLOBAL TRACK CHART

Justin Timberlake's 'Can't Stop The Feeling' from the 'Trolls' soundtrack was the biggest hit of 2016 with a total of 8,575,000 points. In the very last minute Sia's 'Cheap Thrills' climbed to the vice-position with 8,193,000 points and overtook Drake's 'One Dance' (8,150,000 points), which was a long time the leader of the year-to-date chart. Remarkable the big success of Justin Bieber, he ranks four times inside the year-end Top 20! Two times as major artist with the by Ed Sheeran penned ballad 'Love Yourself' at no.5 (6.527.000 points) and 'Sorry' at no.17 (4.479.000 points), another two times as feature artist with DJ Snake's 'Let Me Love You' at no.13 (5.084.000 points) and Major Lazer's 'Cold Water' at no.14 (5.062.000 points). Above there's a magnificent video countdown of the Media Traffic year-end track Top 40 (special thanx to Charta09).  COMPLETE YEAR-END CHART

Global Chart ~ 20 Years Ago
'Un-Break My Heart' Toni Braxton
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Global Chart ~ 50 Years Ago
'Winchester' New Vaudeville Band
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Billboard Report
'La La Land' soundtrack dances to no.2
Thuesday, January 17, 2017
by Keith Caulfield & Gary Trust, Los Angeles

The Weeknd’s Starboy stays steady at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 chart, collecting a third nonconsecutive week atop on the Billboard 200 chart. Meanwhile, following La La Land’s big night at the

Golden Globe Awards, the film’s soundtrack flies from No. 15 to No. 2. Starboy earned 63,000 equivalent album units (down 10 percent) in the week ending Jan. 12, according to Nielsen Music, while La La Land jumps to the runner-up slot with 42,000 units (up 83 percent). Of Starboy’s units earned for the week, traditional album sales comprised 14,000 of that sum. The bulk of the set’s units were generated by streams -- as streaming equivalent units totaled 38,000 of its total. As for La La Land, most of its units were powered by traditional album sales, as 42,000 copies of the album were sold (up 88 percent). It was the top selling album of the week, and climbs to No. 1 on the Top Album Sales chart. The Moana soundtrack slips from No. 2 to No. 3 with 39,000 units (down 40 percent), thus the chart has two soundtracks within the top three for the first time in more than a year-and-a-half. It last occurred on the chart dated May 30, 2015, when the Pitch Perfect 2 soundtrack debuted at No. 1, while the Fifty Shades

of Grey soundtrack rose from No. 6 to No. 3. Bruno Mars’ 24K Magic descends one spot to No. 4 on the new Billboard 200 (36,000 units; down 20 percent); J. Cole’s 4 Your Eyez Only holds at No. 5 (30,000 units; down 22 percent); the original Broadway cast recording of Hamilton: American Musical is stationary at No. 6 (29,000 units; down 10 percent); and Drake’s Views falls 4-7 (28,000 units; down 32 percent). Rock band Dropkick Murphys scores its third straight top 10 album, as 11 Short Stories of Pain & Glory debuts at No. 8 with 26,000 units (mostly from album sales, as 24,000 copies of the album were sold during the week). The set follows their first two top 10s: Signed and Sealed in Blood (it bowed and peaked at No. 9 in 2013 with 33,000 sold), and the

act’s highest charting album, Going Out in Style (it debuted No. 6 in 2011 with 43,000 sold -- their best sales week ever). Post Malone's Stoney returns to the top 10, stepping 14-9 with 23,000 units, though down 3 percent. Closing out the top 10 is Chris Stapleton’s surging Traveller album, which vaults from No. 22 to No. 10 with 22,000 units (up 21 percent). The former No. 1 set gain in album sales (12,000 sold; up 11 percent), track equivalent album units (5,000; up 63 percent) and streaming equivalent album units (5,000; up 15 percent). One of the album’s songs, Stapleton’s cover of “Tennessee Whiskey,” reenters the Digital Song Sales chart at No. 24 with 26,000 downloads sold (up 208 percent). The rise of both the album and the song follows the success of a viral video on Facebook, where a father sings along to Stapleton’s version of “Tennessee Whiskey” in his car, while his daughter records the performance (and sweetly reacts to her dad’s singing). The original Facebook video was uploaded on Jan. 1 and has collected more than 20 million views. It’s likely that interest in the viral video encouraged fans to buy Stapleton’s version of the song, as well as his Traveller album. Ed Sheeran earns his first Billboard Hot 100 No. 1 as a performer, as "Shape of You" starts atop the chart dated Jan. 28. The pop singer-songwriter also becomes the first artist ever to debut in the top 10 with two songs simultaneously, as "Castle on the Hill" follows with an entrance at No. 6. "Shape," the 1,061st No. 1 in the Hot 100's 58-year history, rockets in powered most heavily by sales, as it also bows atop the Digital Song Sales chart with 240,000 first-week downloads sold in the week ending Jan. 12, according to Nielsen Music. It launches at No. 4 on Streaming Songs with 20 million U.S. streams and soars 41-18 on Radio Songs with 57 million in airplay audience following its first full week of tracking. Sheeran simultaneously starts at No. 6 on the Hot 100 with "Castle on the Hill," which opens at No. 2 on Digital Song Sales (171,000 sold) and No. 11 on Streaming Songs (13 million U.S. streams). (With both debuts, Sheeran ups his career count to five Hot 100 top 10s.) Started from the top: "Shape" is the 27th title to debut at No. 1 on the Hot 100. It's the first since Justin Timberlake's "Can't Stop the Feeling!" on May 28, 2016. As Sheeran starts at No. 1 (and No. 6) on the Hot 100, Migos' "Bad and Boujee" drops to No. 2 after reaching the summit a week ago, although it sweeps the chart's top streaming, digital sales and airplay gainer awards for the biggest increases in all three metrics (among non-debuting songs). Having inspired numerous memes and tweets playing off the song's "raindrop, drop top" lyrics, "Bad" tops Streaming Songs for a third week (38.7 million U.S. streams, the song's highest weekly sum yet, up 10 percent). "Bad" dips 2-3 on Digital Song Sales (below Sheeran's two tracks), but with a 14 percent gain to 86,000 sold, and debuts on the Radio Songs chart at No. 34 (34 million in airplay audience, up 61 percent). Rae Sremmurd's "Black Beatles" slips 2-3 on the Hot 100 following its seven-week command and The Weeknd's "Starboy" holds at No. 4 after its one week at No. 1.  COMPLETE CHARTS

Slowly it becomes sinister - 2016 is a desaster for the music industry, never before so many icons have died in a single year. Now also George Michael ... incomprehensible!! Georgios Kyriacos Panayiotou, so his real name, formed the pop duo Wham! 1981 with his school-mate Andrew Ridgeley. The global breakthrough succeeded 1984 with the album 'Make It Big' and songs like 'Wake Me Up Before You Go Go' and 'Careless Whisper'. Also the Xmas classic 'Last Christmas' was published in that year. In 1986 he started a very successful solo career, glossy highlight was the album 'Faith' from 1987. It sold nearly 20 million copies globally and ranks at no.73 on Media Traffic's Alltime Album Chart. 'Careless Whisper' wrote George Michael at the age of 20. The song became his biggest hit, reached the top position in many countries around the globe and placed at no.76 on Media Traffic's Alltime Track Chart with 9,500,000 points. On 25 December 2016, George Michael died at home at the age of 53.

United Kingdom
Music Week Report
Ed Sheeran makes singles chart history
Monday, January 16, 2017
by Alan Jones, London

Racking up its third week in a row at No.1 and its fifth week in all - the most for an album by a 'girl group' since The Spice Girls' debut album, Spice, accumulated 15 weeks at No.1 in 1996/7 - Little Mix's fourth studio album, Glory Days does so despite selling only 17,887 copies (including 3,227 from streams), the lowest tally for a No.1 album for 16

weeks. It spent most of the week at No.2 behind Night People, the newly released fifth studio album by You Me At Six, but the Surrey band - who had their first No.1 last time out in 2014, when Cavalier Youth opened atop the list on sales of 32,426 - have to settle for third place on sales of 14,316 copies, with Pete Tong & The Heritage Orchestra's Classic House also easing past at the death to remain at No.2 on sales of 15,950 copies. Two of Britain's most celebrated chart acts, who both died in 2016, return to the Top 10. George Michael's unexpected demise on Christmas Day saw an immediate surge in downloads of his solo and Wham! catalogue but they make more significant upwards moves this week with their previously depleted physical stock now partly replenished. Ladies & Gentlemen: The Best Of, which topped the chart on release in 1998 and climbed to No.8 a fortnight ago, now advances 11-4 (11,442 sales). Also resurgent and in the Top 75 are Twenty Five (45-19, 5,388 sales), Symphonica (112-46,

 2,933 sales) Faith (71-48, 2,715 sales), and Older (114-63, 2,187 sales) while Wham!'s The Final climbs 31-29 (3,761 sales). In a week in which David Bowie would have been 70 but which also marked the first anniversary of his death, latest compilation Legacy, which previously debuted and peaked at No.13 last November, jumps 18-5 (11,148 sales) to become his 33rd Top 10 album - 35th if we include his eponymous album Tin Machine and the Lazarus soundtrack. Ed Sheeran dropped two massive new tracks from his upcoming album ÷ which thrash the opposition to take the top two slots on the singles chart this week and also re-awakened interest in Sheeran's catalogue, with his last album, 2014 chart-topper X ending a 43 week absence from the Top 10 as it surges

47-8 (8,795 sales). His 2011 full length debut, +, dashes 98-20 (5,187 sales), returning to the Top 40 after a 61 week break. Both secured the majority of their sales from streams, with X topping the streaming chart (6,030 sales) and + at No.3 (3,606 sales). Completing the Top 10: Together (3-6, 10,988 sales) by Michael Ball & Alfie Boe, The Wonder Of You (4-7, 9,575 sales) by Elvis Presley, 24 Hrs (6-9, 8,613 sales) by Olly Murs and Blue & Lonesome (5-10, 8,433 sales) by The Rolling Stones. Overall album sales are down 10.87% week-on-week at 1,629,307 - 14.59% below same week 2016 sales of 1,907,704. Streaming accounted for 572,124 sales – 35.11% of the total. Sales of paid-for albums are down 18.68% week-on-week at 1,057,183 and are 26.67% below same week 2016 sales of 1,440,825. Our cup runneth over: Ed Sheeran blows away the cobwebs on the increasingly moribund singles chart, taking both of the top two slots with new songs, while a trio of club hits advance into the Top 10 giving the top tier a giddy 50% turnover for the first time in over a year and a half. With Shape Of You debuting at No.1 (226,808 sales, including 89,465 from streams) and Castle On The Hill debuting at No.2 (193,744 sales, including 73,829 from streams), Ed Sheeran blasts aside Clean Bandit's Rockabye (feat. Sean Paul & Anne-Marie) which ends its nine week run at No.1 by falling to No.4 (41,384 sales). Released simultaneously on January 4 after a short teaser campaign, Shape Of You and Castle On The Hill storm to the top of the chart, registering huge winning margins over the rest of the market on both paid-for sales and streaming. With streaming tallies of 13,419,766 and 11,074,351 respectively, they are the first tracks to secure streaming tallies in excess of 10m in a week. Co-written with producer Steve Mac and Snow Patrol's Johnny McDaid, Shape Of You is Sheeran's third No.1 single as an artist, following 2014 toppers Sing and Thinking Out Loud, and his sixth as a writer, his other credits being for One Direction's Little Things (2012), Justin Bieber's Love Yourself (2015) and Major Lazer, Justin Bieber & MØ's Cold Water (2016). Also new to the Top 10 are September Song (16-7, 31,842 sales) by JP Cooper, Call On Me (26-8, 30,515 sales) by Starley and You Don't Know Me (33-9, 29,568 sales) by Jax Jones and Raye. September Song is Cooper's second Top 10 hit, following his featured role on Jonas Blue's No.2 hit Perfect Strangers; Call On Me is Australian singer/songwriter Starley's first hit of any description; and You Don't Know Me is Jax Jones' second Top 10 hit - following 2014 No.1 Duke Dumont collaboration I Got U. Ed Sheeran's double devastated the chances of Rag'n'Bone Man's Human reaching No.1. The track slips 2-3 (44,692 sales). The rest of this week's Top 10: Touch (4-5, 39,520 sales) by Little Mix, I Would Like (3-6, 34,563 sales) by Zara Larsson and Just Hold On (10-10, 24,779 sales) by Louis Tomlinson & Steve Aoki. Overall singles sales are up 10.99% week-on-week at 11,188,142 – 30.08% above same week 2016 sales of 8,601,130. Streams accounted for 9,456,320 sales, 84.52% of the total. Paid-for sales are up 9.68% week-on-week at 1,731,822 – 20.09% below same week 2016 sales of 2,167,184 and below same-week, previous-year sales for the 179th week in a row.  COMPLETE CHARTS

Oricon Album Chart
No.1  Kinki Kids 'Ballad Selection'

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GfK Album Chart
No.2  KrawallBrüder 'Mehr Hass'

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