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'Beautiful Things' holds tight at no.1
Sunday, April 7, 2024
by Fred Chuchel, Dresden

 

Benson Boone's 'Beautiful Things' remains atop the Global Track Chart for a seventh consecutive week. The song gets another 335,000 points, that's a little 0,5% decrease compared to the previous hitlist. Broken down by segments it generated 244,000 points by streaming (down 2%), 36,000 points by sales (down 2%), and 55,000 points by airplay (up 12%). Benson Boone began sharing his music on TikTok in 2021 and subsequently auditioned for American Idol. He withdrew from the competition but continued to gain popularity on TikTok, amassing 1.7 million followers. His talent was recognized by Imagine Dragons' frontman Dan Reynolds, who signed Boone to his record label, Night Street Records. Ariana Grande's 'We Can't Be Friends (Wait For Your Love)' follows at the runner-up slot for a fourth consecutive week with 281,000 points, a 6% decline with 224,000 points by streaming, 35,000 points by sales and 22,000 points by airplay. Beyoncé's

eighth studio album 'Cowboy Carter' is the clear winner on this week's Global Album Chart and generates alongside four Top 40 hits. The official single 'Texas Hold 'Em' jumps back at no.3 with 267,000 points, up 28% (157,000 points by streaming, 38,000 points by sales and 72,000 points by airplay). 'II Most Wanted', a duet with Miley Cyrus, debuts at no.17 with 135,000 points, 'Jolene', a cover of Dolly Parton's country hit from 1973, follows at no.20 with 120,000 points, and finally 'Bodyguard' reaches no.40 with 81,000 points. According to our chart-rules only three songs from an album can placed on the hitlist with full points, the fourth most successful song gets a 10% point deducted, the fifth 20% and etc. Artemas Diamandis, 24-year old British / Cypriote singer-songwriter, debuted at no.24 last week with the retro-futuristic sound collage 'I Like The Way You Kiss Me'. This week the song surprisingly becomes the biggest winner, rockets to no.6 globally, driven by a massive 94% point boost to 231,000. Illit is another South Korean girl group, formed by Belift Lab, through the JTBC 2023 survival competition show 'R U Next?'. Their debut single 'Magnetic' bolts at no.15 as the highest new-entry of the week with 143,000 points. Outside our weekly Top 40 waiting among other 'Scared To Start' by Michael Marcagi at no.43, 'Austin' by Dasha at no.45, and 'Overdrive' by Ofenbach feat. Norma Jean Martine at no.55 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. As already mentioned above Beyoncé new effort 'Cowboy Carter' bolts easily atop the new Top 20 Album Chart with 488,000 equivalent sales (261,000 points by streaming, 227,000 points by physical or digital sales). It's certainly the first time that a black woman has topped the charts with a country album. 'Cowboy Carter' is the second installment of Beyoncé's trilogy project, following 'Renaissance'. The latter started with 415,000 sales in the calendar week 32, 2022, and generated a total of 3,53 million to date. At the runner-up slot bows 'Dream( )Scape', the seventh extended play by South Korean boy band NCT Dream, with 271,000 sales. Finally last week's no.1, 'We Don't Trust You' by Future | Metro Boomin, falls to no.3 this week after a 42% decline to 161,000 equivalent sales. 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 23,000 / 16,118,000, '21' by Adele 22,000 / 32,688,000, '25' by Adele 13,000 / 24,913,000, '30' by Adele 9,000 / 6,332,000, 'After Hours' by The Weeknd 38,000 / 9,202,000, the soundtrack to 'Barbie: The Album' 34,000 / 2,020,000, 'Certified Lover Boy' by Drake 18,000 / 6,503,000, 'Divide' by Ed Sheeran 26,000 / 20,732,000, 'Endless Summer Vacation' by Miley Cyrus 20,000 / 1,755,000, 'Equals' by Ed Sheeran 18,000 / 5,864,000, 'Evermore' by Taylor Swift 32,000 / 5,738,000, 'For All The Dogs' by Drake 41,000 / 2,747,000, 'Future Nostalgia' by Dua Lipa 27,000 / 8,558,000, Génesis' by Peso Pluma 42,000 / 1,679,000, 'Hackney Diamonds' by the Rolling Stones 8,000 / 1,297,000, 'Harry's House' by Harry Styles 32,000 / 6,538,000, 'Hereos & Villains' by Metro Boomin 38,000 / 3,673,000, 'Pink Friday 2' by Nicki Minaj 13,000 / 1,018,000, 'Red (Taylor's Version)' by Taylor Swift 35,000 / 5,552,000, 'Scarlet' by Doja Cat 24,000 / 942,000, 'Speak Now (Taylor's Version)' by Taylor Swift 30,000 / 3,053,000, 'Subtract' by Ed Sheeran 6,000 / 1,297,000, 'Un Verano Sin Ti' by Bad Bunny 48,000 / 6,555,000, and 'When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go?' by Billie Eilish 22,000 / 11,593,000.


GLOBAL NO.1 - 10 YEARS AGO ... "Happy" by singer and producer Pharrell Williams is one of the biggest hits in the music history. Originally produced for the Despicable Me 2 soundtrack album, it also served as the lead single from Williams' second studio album, Girl (2014). It was released on November 21, 2013, alongside a long-form music video, advertised as being "the world's first 24-hour music video." It consists of the four-minute song repeated multiple times, with various people dancing around Los Angeles and miming along. "Happy" is a midtempo soul song on which Williams's falsetto voice has been compared to Curtis Mayfield by critics. The song has been a huge global success and went to no.1 in nearly all countries all over the world. It was far and away the biggest smash of 2014 with a total of 14.076.000 points on the Year-End Chart.


USA
Billboard Report
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'Like That' holds atop Hot 100
Tuesday, April 9, 2024
by Keith Caulfield & Gary Trust, Los Angeles


Metro Boomin and Kendrick Lamar’s “Like That” scores a second week at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 songs chart, a week after it launched at the summit. It drew 46.1 million

streams (down 23%) and 10.1 million radio airplay audience impressions (up 81%) and sold 6,000 (down 29%) March 29-April 4. The single adds a second week at No. 1 on the Streaming Songs chart and falls 2-8 on Digital Song Sales. A week earlier, “Like That” blasted in at No. 1 on the Hot 100 as Future and Lamar’s third leader each and Metro Boomin’s first as a billed recording artist (following two as a writer and producer), as parent LP We Don’t Trust You by Future and Metro Boomin bounded in atop the Billboard 200. Beyoncé infuses the Hot 100’s top 10 with three songs — led by former two-week No. 1 “Texas Hold ‘Em,” which rebounds 11-2 with 47.9 million in airplay audience (up 3%), 26.9 million streams (up 89%) and 15,000 sold (up 97%), as it wins the chart’s top Streaming and Sales Gainer honors. It also rebounds for a third week atop Digital Song Sales. Two more songs from Beyoncé’s Cowboy Carter ride onto the Hot 100 in the top 10: “II Most

Wanted,” with Miley Cyrus, debuts at No. 6, led by 25.2 million first-week streams, and Beyoncé’s reimagining of Dolly Parton’s “Jolene” bows at No. 7 with 22.4 million streams. Elsewhere in the Hot 100’s top 10, Benson Boone’s “Beautiful Things” holds at No. 3, after reaching No. 2. It wears the chart’s top Airplay Gainer ribbon for a second consecutive week (50.5 million, up 23%). Hozier’s “Too Sweet” rises 5-4 in its second week on the Hot 100, led by a 10% gain to 31.8 million streams. Teddy Swims’ “Lose Control” dips 4-5 on the Hot 100, two weeks after reaching No. 1, and, below Beyoncé’s debuts, Jack Harlow’s “Lovin on Me” descends 7-8, following six nonconsecutive weeks at No. 1 beginning last December, as it logs a 12th week atop the Radio Songs chart (66 million, down 6%). Rounding out the Hot 100’s top 10, Ariana Grande’s “We Can’t Be Friends (Wait for Your Love)” climbs 10-9, three weeks after it debuted as her ninth No. 1, and Future, Metro Boomin, Travis Scott and Playboi Carti’s “Type Shit” falls 2-10 in its second week on the survey. Beyoncé’s Cowboy Carter gallops in at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 albums chart (dated April 13), debuting with 407,000 equivalent album units earned in the U.S. in the week ending April 4, according to Luminate. It’s the superstar’s eighth No. 1 on the all-genre Billboard 200. With 407,000 units earned, Cowboy Carter claims the biggest week of 2024 and the largest since Taylor Swift’s 1989 (Taylor’s Version) bowed with 1.653 million units on the Nov. 11, 2023-dated list. Cowboy Carter’s launch is also Beyoncé’s biggest week, by units, since her Lemonade album debuted at No. 1 with 653,000 units (mostly from traditional album sales) on the May 14, 2016, chart. The new effort also lands Beyoncé her biggest streaming week ever. Of Cowboy Carter’s first-week unit sum of 407,000, SEA units comprise 232,000 (equaling 300.41 million on-demand official streams of the set’s songs), traditional album sales comprise 168,000 and TEA units comprise 7,000. With 300.41 million on-demand official streams, Cowboy Carter earns Beyoncé her biggest streaming week ever and the fourth-largest for a country album. Cowboy Carter marks Beyoncé’s eighth No. 1 on the Billboard 200 albums chart. She previously led the list with Renaissance (in 2022), Lemonade (2016), her self-titled album (2013), 4 (2011), I Am… Sasha Fierce (2008), B’Day (2006) and Dangerously In Love (2003). Beyoncé breaks out of a tie with Janet Jackson for the fourth-most No. 1s among women. Swift has the most, with 13, followed by Barbra Streisand (11), Madonna (nine), Beyoncé (eight) and Jackson (seven). Future and Metro Boomin’s We Don’t Trust You falls to No. 2 on the latest Billboard 200 after debuting atop the list a week ago. The set earned 131,000 equivalent album units in its second week (down 48%). Morgan Wallen’s former leader One Thing at a Time rises 4-3 with 69,000 (up 2%) and Ariana Grande’s chart-topping Eternal Sunshine dips 3-4 with 58,000 (down 19%). J-Hope’s Hope On the Street, Vol. 1 debuts at No. 5 with 50,000 equivalent album units earned. It’s J-Hope’s second top 10-charting effort, and highest-charting set, following Jack In the Box, which peaked at No. 6 on the Sept. 2, 2023-dated list. Of Hope On the Street’s 50,000 units earned, album sales comprise 44,000, SEA units comprise 4,000 (equaling 5.7 million on-demand official streams of the set’s songs) and TEA units comprise 2,000. The album’s sales were supported by eight collectible CD editions (including exclusive variants for Target, Walmart and the Weverse store), all containing branded paper merchandise. Olivia Rodrigo’s former No. 1 Guts falls 2-6 on the new Billboard 200, with 49,000 equivalent album units earned (down 32%), Noah Kahan’s Stick Season descends 5-7 with 44,000 units (down 2%) and Taylor Swift’s chart-topping Lover falls 7-8 with 40,000 units (down 1%). Rounding out the top 10 are two former leaders: SZA’s SOS (6-9 with 39,000; down 3%) and Zach Bryan’s self-titled album (8-10 with nearly 39,000; down 1%).


Record Of The Month
24-year old British / Cypriote singer-songwriter Artemas Diamandis lands his first global smash
with the retro-futuristic sound collage 'I Like The Way You Kiss Me'.


United Kingdom
Music Week Report
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Hozier's 'Too Sweet' climbs at No. 4
Monday, April 8, 2024
by Alan Jones, London

 
Yee-haw! Beyoncé’s stylistic switch seems to have done her no harm at all, with country-flavoured eighth studio album, Cowboy Carter, racing to a No.1 debut on consumption of 39,990 units (3,660 CDs, 6,092 vinyl albums, 3,846 digital downloads and 26,392 sales-equivalent streams). That's the highest weekly

consumption of any album since Take That’s This Life opened at the summit with 116,163 sales, some 18 weeks ago, in November 2023, and beats the previous best 2024 tally – set by Liam Gallagher & John Squire’s eponymous set – by 595. Cowboy Carter is Beyoncé’s fifth No.1 solo album, following Dangerously In Love, which sold 113,117 as it opened atop the list in 2003; 4, which sold 89,211 copies when it debuted at No.1 in 2011; Lemonade, which stormed to the summit on sales of 73,392 copies on debut in 2016; and its immediate predecessor, Renaissance, which had consumption of 31,064 units on its 2022 debut. She also reached No.1 as a member of Destiny's Child, whose third of five studio albums Survivor scorched to pole position on sales of 117,967 in 2001. Beyonce’s biggest-selling album is her third studio set, I Am…Sasha Fierce, which sold 38,010 copies debuting at No.10 in November 2008, had its highest sale of

102,536 copies four weeks later when ranking No.24 in the Christmas chart, and eventually peaked at No.2 on its 39th week in the chart. Home to four Top 10 singles, its consumption to date is 1,906,836 units. Among female soloists, Beyoncé now ranks alongside Celine Dion and Ariana Grande, who also have five solo No.1 albums to their name. Only Madonna (12), Taylor Swift (11), Kylie Minogue (nine), Barbra Streisand (seven) and Lana Del Rey (6) have more. The rest of the Top 10: Guts (3-2, 9,246 sales) by Olivia Rodrigo, The Highlights (5-3, 8,973 sales) by The Weeknd, Eternal Sunshine (4-4, 8,785 sales) by Ariana Grande, Stick Season (6-5, 6,890 sales) by Noah Kahan, We Don’t Trust You (2-6, 6,395 sales) by Future & Metro Boomin, 50 Years: Don’t Stop (9-7, 5,887 sales) by Fleetwood Mac, Diamonds (10-9, 5,281 sales) by Elton John and 1989 (Taylor’s Version) (8-10, 5,144 sales). Overall album sales are down 3.52% week-on-week at 2,335,197, 4.52% above same week 2023 sales of 2,234,125. Physical product accounts for 283,481 sales, 12.14% of the total. Already Beyoncé’s longest-running No.1, Texas Hold ‘Em returns to the top of the chart following the release of her new album, Cowboy Carter, which itself debuts at No.1 while spinning-off two new Top 10 hits for the 42-year-old Texan. Previously No.1 for four weeks, it bounces 3-1 with consumption up 29.39% to a four-week high of 58,576 units (3,470 digital downloads, 55,106 sales-equivalent streams). It is the first Beyoncé single to have a second stint at No.1, and ends the week with to-date consumption of 425,751 units, becoming her 37th track achieve gold (400,000 sales) status, including seven with Destiny’s Child. It is joined in the top tier by her cover of Dolly Parton’s Jolene (No.8, 31,884 sales) and Miley Cyrus collaboration, II Most Wanted (No.9, 28,739 sales). She has now had 83 Top 75 singles, 58 Top 40 singles and 38 Top 10 singles, including her Destiny’s Child output. II Most Wanted is Miley Cyrus’ 29th Top 75, 25th Top 40 and ninth Top 10 hit. Last week, the Top 10 was the first since the 1950s in which no UK act figured in a main or featured role. This week, order is restored with a song recorded only a month ago – I Like The Way You Kiss Me – jumping 13-6 (37,862 sales) for Artemas, originally from Oxfordshire but now based in London. It is already a global smash, even entering the US Hot 100 at No.70 this week. Meanwhile, his first chart entry, If U Think I’m Pretty, reaches a new peak, climbing 62-52 (8,791 sales), three weeks after debuting at No.71. There is no UK act in the top five for the sixth week in a row. Irish singer/songwriter Hozier’s biggest hit since his 2014 debut Take Me To Church reached No.2, Too Sweet climbs 8-4 (41,701 sales). Hozier’s latest album, Unreal Unearth, retreats 42-64 (2,195 sales) but his eponymous 2014 debut jumps 77-60 (2,242 sales), reaching its highest chart position for exactly eight years. Beyoncé’s bounce ends Bernson Boone’s two-week residency of the top spot, with Beautiful Things ebbing 1-2. Its consumption is down for the first time after 10 straight weeks of gains, falling 4.70% to 54,384 units. Boone’s latest hit, Slow It Down, jumps 42-27 (13,816 sales). With Boone’s debut album, Fireworks & Rollerblades, dropping today (5th), Beautiful Things could regain both impetus and pole position a week hence. The rest of the Top 10: Lose Control (2-3, 43,651 sales) by Teddy Swims, Why Can’t We Be Friends (Wait For Your Love) (4-5, 38,422 sales) by Ariana Grande, End Of Beginning (5-7, 36,146 sales) by DJO and Like That (6-10, 25,992 sales) by Future & Metro Boomin feat. Kendrick Lamar. Overall singles consumption is down 4.48% week-on-week to 27,893,116 units, 6.59% above same week 2023 consumption of 26,168,892 units. Paid-for sales are up 0.23% week-on-week at 276,310 – 4.11% below same week 2023 sales of 288,155.

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