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Cardi B and Megan recapture no.1
Thursday, September 24, 2020
by Fred Chuchel, Dresden

 

This year's biggest rap-collaboration is a not male affair with songwriter, television personality, and actress Cardi B and singer / songwriter Megan Thee Stallion. 'WAP' (an acronym for 'Wet Ass Pussy') started five weeks ago at no.1 globally with 352,000 points and turns back to the hot spot now for a second week, despite another 3% points loss to 285,000. 'WAP' is driven by heavy bass and a sample of Frank Ski's 1993 single 'Whores In This House'. In The song's lyrics, Cardi and Megan discuss how they want men to please them, using several sexual innuendos. 'WAP' is the lead single from Cardi B's upcoming second studio album. Bangtan Boy's 'Dynamite', the number one of the last three weeks, slides to the runner-up slot with 284,000 points (down 5%) and 'Savage Love (Laxed - Siren Beat) ' by Jawsh 685 & Jason DeRulo holds tight at no.3 with 244,000 points (down 3,5%). The ladder tops the global airplay chart for a second week with 82,000 points.

Outside our weekly Top 40 waiting among other 'OK Not To Be OK' by Marshmello &  Demi Lovato at no.47 and 'What's Love Got To Do With It' by Kygo feat. Tina Turner at no.59 for their first appearance on the big list. Two efforts from Japan leading this week's Global Album Chart: '24H', the second Japan-language EP by the South Korean boy group Seventeen, storms atop with 252,000 equivalent sales and 'Oishii Pasta Ga Aru To Kiite', the third studio album by singer / songwriter Aimyon, bows shy behind with 137,000 sales (both figures according to Oricon). Rounds out the top three is the second album by American rapper YoungBoy Never Broke Again, simply titled as 'Top', with 134,000 sales. Ed Sheeran's 'Divide' album from 2017 climbs just behind the Top 100 of the ALL TIME CHART with a total of 16,484,000 sales. It's the most successful album globally during the last five years. And now, as every week, additional stats from outside the current Global Album Top 10 in alphabetic order, the first figure means last week's sales, the second figure the total sales: '1989' by Taylor Swift 12,000 / 11,643,000, '21' by Adele 12,000 / 30,251,000, '25' by Adele 9,000 / 22,591,000, the 'A Star Is Born' soundtrack 17,000 / 6,149,000, 'After Hours' by The Weeknd 44,000 / 2,543,000, 'Astroworld' by Travis Scott 30,000 / 5,250,000, 'Beerbongs & Bentleys' by Post Malone 24,000 / 7,241,000, 'Blame It On Baby' by DaBaby 37,000 / 1,271,000, 'Changes' by Justin Bieber 12,000 / 1,522,000, 'Chromatica' by Lady GaGa 26,000 / 1,390,000, 'Cuz I Love You' by Lizzo 10,000 / 1,924,000, 'Dark Lane Demo Tapes' by Drake 21,000 / 1,209,000, 'Death Race For Love' by Juice WRLD 21,000 / 2,123,000, 'Divide' by Ed Sheeran 24,000 / 16,484,000, 'Divinely Uninspired To A Hellish Extent' by Lewis Capaldi 38,000 / 3,363,000, 'Eternal Atake' by Lill Uzi Vert 21,000 / 1,877,000, 'Evolve' by Imagine Dragons 10,000 / 5,334,000, the 'Frozen II' soundtrack 19,000 / 2,123,000, 'Future Nostalgia' by Dua Lipa 37,000 / 1,530,000, 'Goodbye & Good Riddance' by Juice WRLD 29,000 / 3,654,000, the soundtrack of the Original Hollywood Cast to 'Hamilton: An American Musical' 49,000 / 2,843,000, 'High Off Life' by Future 18,000 / 760,000, 'Hollywood's Bleeding' by Post Malone 46,000 / 5,197,000, 'Indigo' by Chris Brown 10,000 / 1,606,000, 'Invasion Of Privacy' by Cardi B 11,000 / 3,654,000, 'Lover' by Taylor Swift 20,000 / 3,922,000, 'Manic' by Halsey 11,000 / 1,151,000, 'Map Of The Soul: 7' by BTS (Bangtan Boys) 28,000 / 6,189,000, 'Map Of The Soul: Persona' by BTS (Bangtan Boys) 9,000 / 4,562,000, 'Music To Be Murdered By' by Eminem 11,000 / 1,743,000, 'My Turn' by Lil Baby 43,000 / 2,036,000, 'No.6 Collaborations' by Ed Sheeran 17,000 / 3,834,000, 'Over It' Summer Walker 16,000 / 1,538,000, 'Please Excuse Me For Being Antisocial' by Roddy Ricch 20,000 / 2,287,000, 'Question Mark' by XXXTentacion 21,000 / 4,892,000, 'Romance' by Camila Cabello 6,000 / 1,009,000, 'Rough And Rowdy Ways' by Bob Dylan 7,000 / 537,000, 'Scorpion' by Drake 19,000 / 6,879,000, 'Shawn Mendes' by Shawn Mendes 7,000 / 3,021,000, 'So Much Fun' by Young Thug 10,000 / 1,634,000, 'Stoney' by Post Malone 18,000 / 5,916,000, 'Thank U, Next' by Ariana Grande 13,000 / 3,967,000, 'The Greatest Showman' soundtrack 16,000 / 8,180,000, 'When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go?' by Billie Eilish 42,000 / 7,002,000, and 'X' by Ed Sheeran 8,000 / 12,438,000.


GLOBAL NO.1 - 10 YEARS AGO... "Love The Way You Lie" was recorded with the Barbadian singer Rihanna. Eminem wrote the verses and chose Rihanna to sing the chorus; their past experiences in difficult relationships influenced the collaboration. Recording sessions were held in Ferndale, Michigan, and Dublin, Ireland. Backed by guitar, piano and violin, the track is a midtempo hip hop ballad with a pop refrain and describes two lovers who refuse to separate despite being in a dangerous love–hate relationship. Interscope Records released the song in August 2010 as the second single from Eminem's album Recovery. Critics praised its melody but were divided on thematic aspects such as poignancy and accuracy. Critics listed "Love the Way You Lie" among the best tracks of 2010 and of Eminem's career. The song won many awards and received five Grammy nominations. It is Eminem's best-selling single and ranked number one on twenty-six record charts, including the United States' Billboard Hot 100 for seven weeks. On the Global Chart the song reached no.2 on the Year-End Chart 2010 and got a total of 9.067.000 points.


USA
Billboard Report
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YoungBoy Never Broke Again achieves third no.1
Tuesday, September 22, 2020
by Keith Caulfield & Gary Trust, Los Angeles


Big Sean scores his third No. 1 album on the Billboard 200 chart, as Detroit 2 debuts atop the list. The set, which was released on Sept. 4 via G.O.O.D./Def Jam, launches with

Rapper YoungBoy Never Broke Again achieves his third No. 1 album on the Billboard 200 chart in less than a year, as the fittingly titled Top debuts atop the tally. The set was released on Sept. 11 via Never Broke Again/Artist Partner Group/Atlantic and earned 126,000 equivalent album units in the U.S. in the week ending Sept. 17, according to Nielsen Music / MRC Data. Of Top’s 126,000 equivalent album units earned in its first week, 106,000 are from SEA units (equaling 156.32 million on-demand streams of the set’s songs in its first week), 19,000 comprise album sales and a little under 1,000 are in TEA units. Top is YoungBoy’s third total No. 1 album, and all have come within 11 months’ time. The 20-year-old first topped the list with AI YoungBoy 2, which bowed at No. 1 on the chart dated Oct. 26, 2019. He scored his second leader with 38 Baby 2 on May 9, 2020, followed by Top on the Sept. 26, 2020, chart. The last act to score three No.1s faster was BTS,

which logged its first three No. 1s in a slightly quicker clip than YoungBoy: 10 months and 25 days, with Love Yourself: Tear (June 2, 2018), Love Yourself: Answer (Sept. 8, 2018) and Love Yourself: Persona (April 27, 2019). At No. 2 on the new Billboard 200, Pop Smoke’s former leader Shoot for the Stars Aim for the Moon is a non-mover with 73,000 equivalent album units earned (down 2 percent), while Juice WRLD’s previous No. 1 Legends Never Die is also stationary at No. 3 with 54,000 units (down 5 percent). Taylor Swift’s former No. 1 Folklore rises one spot to No. 4 with 44,000 equivalent album units earned (down 9 percent) ...while the original Broadway cast recording of Hamilton: An American Musical is up one rung to No. 5 with 41,000 units (down 6 percent). With Hamilton (released via Hamilton Uptown / Atlantic) in the top five alongside YoungBoy’s Top, Atlantic has two titles in the top five at the same time for the first time since May 9, when YoungBoy’s 38 Baby 2 debuted at No. 1 while Lil Uzi Vert’s Eternal Atake (Generation Now/Atlantic) was at No. 3. Lil Baby’s former No. 1 My Turn climbs 7-6 on the new Billboard 200 with 40,000 equivalent album units earned (down 1 percent), while Big Sean’s Detroit 2 falls 1-7 in its second week with 37,000 units (down 64 percent). Rock band Marilyn Manson scores its 10th top 10 album on the Billboard 200 as We Are Chaos bows at No. 8. The set, which was released via Loma Vista/Concord, enters with 31,000 equivalent album units earned. Of that sum, 28,000 is from album sales (encouraged by a variety physical formats of the album on offer), 3,000 from SEA units (equaling 4 million in on-demand streams of the set’s tracks) and less than 1,000 from TEA units. We Are Chaos was available in an array of vinyl LP editions (including exclusive color variant versions for Target, Best Buy, indie retailers and the band’s webstore), as well as a CD deluxe edition with bonus tracks, and even multiple cassette variants. The many permutations of the album encouraged sales, as the set also debuts at No. 1 on the Album Sales chart, the Vinyl Albums chart (with 8,000 sold on vinyl LP) and the Tastemakers chart. The latter ranks the biggest selling albums of the week at independent and small chain retailers. Closing out the Billboard 200’s new top 10 are Rod Wave’s Pray 4 Love, falling 8-9 with 30,000 equivalent album units earned (down 8 percent), and Post Malone’s previous No. 1 Hollywood’s Bleeding, steady at No. 10 with 29,000 units (down 3 percent). "WAP," released on Atlantic Records, notches a fifth week at No. 1 on the Streaming Songs chart with 41.5 million U.S. streams (down 14%) in the week ending Sept. 17, according to Nielsen Music / MRC Data. On Digital Song Sales, which it led for two weeks, "WAP" drops 2-3 with 12,000 downloads sold (down 25%) in the same span. The collab climbs 27-21 on Radio Songs with 32.6 million airplay audience impressions (up 21%) in the week ending Sept. 20. With its fourth frame at No. 1 on the Hot 100, Cardi B rewrites her longest career domination as a lead artist, as "WAP" surpasses the three-week reign of her debut No. 1 "Bodak Yellow (Money Moves)" in October 2017. She has also led with "I Like It," with Bad Bunny and J Balvin (one week, July 2018), and as featured on Maroon 5's "Girls Like You" (seven weeks, September-November 2018). BTS' "Dynamite" ranks at No. 2 on the Hot 100 for a second week after spending its first two weeks on the chart at No. 1. It tops Digital Song Sales for a fourth week (78,000 downloads sold, down 43%), slips 16-17 on Streaming Songs (12.6 million, down 6%) and ascends 49-47 on Radio Songs (19.1 million, up 6%). Drake's "Laugh Now Cry Later," featuring Lil Durk, keeps at No. 3 on the Hot 100, after debuting at its No. 2 high, and DaBaby's seven-week leader "Rockstar," featuring Roddy Ricch, is likewise stationary at No. 4. The Weeknd's former four-week Hot 100 No. 1 "Blinding Lights" holds at No. 5, as it tops the multi-metric Hot R&B Songs chart for a record-extending 27th week. "Lights," which first reached the top five of the Hot 100 dated March 21 and has charted in the region for 28 weeks consecutively, remains in the top 15 of each Hot 100 component chart, descending to No. 2 on Radio Songs, as its record 23-week run at No. 1 is halted (75.9 million, down 3%), and receding 4-6 on Digital Song Sales (9,000, up 6%) and 11-14 on Streaming Songs (13.5 million, down 4%). 24kGoldn's "Mood," featuring iann dior, holds at its No. 6 best on the Hot 100, while winning the chart's top Airplay Gainer award for a third consecutive week (30.3 million, up 31%). It's the first song with such a streak of claiming the honor since Megan Thee Stallion's "Savage," featuring Beyoncé, tripled up in May. Harry Styles' former one-week Hot 100 leader "Watermelon Sugar" is steady at No. 7 and Jawsh 685 and Jason Derulo's "Savage Love (Laxed – Siren Beat)" rises 9-8, after reaching No. 7. Lewis Capaldi's "Before You Go" rebounds 11-9 on the Hot 100, reaching a new best rank. It concurrently rises 3-1 on Radio Songs (79.1 million, up 5%), stopping the record 23-week domination of The Weeknd's "Blinding Lights." Capaldi crowns Radio Songs with a second No. 1 in as many visits, as his breakthrough ballad "Someone You Loved" led for three weeks last November. He's the first artist to send his first two Radio Songs entries to the top spot since Lizzo, who did so in September-December 2019 with "Truth Hurts" (six weeks at No. 1) and "Good as Hell" (four). Rounding out the Hot 100's top 10, Jack Harlow's "Whats Poppin," featuring DaBaby, Tory Lanez and Lil Wayne, falls 8-10, after it peaked at No. 2.


Record Of The Month

'Jerusalema' is a song by South African DJ and record producer Master KG featuring South African singer Nomcebo Zikode. The upbeat gospel-influenced house song was initially released on November 29, 2019 after it garnered positive response online, with a music video following on December 21. It was eventually released on streaming services on July 10, 2020, after it went viral during mid-2020, gamering international reaction due to the #JerusalemaChallenge.


United Kingdom
Music Week Report
(excerpt)
The Doves landing first no.1 after 15  years
Monday, September 21, 2020
by Alan Jones, London

 
For the first time in 11 weeks the No.1 record of the moment clocks up fewer than 60,000 chart sales, but it is still enough to ensure Cardi B and Megan Thee Stallion enjoy a third straight week at the top of the British charts with WAP. It is the first track by an all-female group to do so since Little Mix’s Shout Out To My Ex enjoyed

a similar run in October 2016. The duo added a further 59,563 sales this week, of which a mere 1,685 were paid downloads, but it is a steady decline which means their grip on the top of the charts is slipping. Finishing just 1,353 copies behind are 24kGoldn and Iann Dior, but even as Mood holds steady at No.2 with 58,210 sales to its name (a further 15.3% rise week-on-week) you have to presume the pair are in pole position to take over at the summit in fairly short order. Ain’t It Different holds firm at No.3 (42,353 sales) for Headie One ft. AJ Tracey & Stormzy, while Nathan Dawe and KSI stay locked at No.4 (37,501 sales) with Lighter. So our first sign of movement comes at No.5 as Paul Woolford, Diplo and Kareen Lomax surge to both a brand new chart peak and a new high of 32,796 sales with Looking For Me. Forward momentum is also with Jason Derulo who rises 11-9 with Take You Dancing (28,285 sales) and so grabs a 15th Top 10 hit single, his

second of the year following No.1 smash Savage Love. Singles consumption rises just over 2% week-on-week to 20,857,929, but paid sales sink further into the abyss, down 2.36% this week to another download-era low of just 414,304. The first sub-400K week in almost 16 years is surely only a matter of time. When the story of the albums chart in 2020 comes to be written, it will include tales of successful British rock bands and some spectacular comebacks. So how appropriate then to have a No.1 album which combines the two. On hiatus since the release of their 2010 Best Of collection The Places Between, Doves ended nearly a decade of pursuing varyingly successful side projects with a charity concert appearance in March last year. Further live dates and two single releases later, the comeback cycle is complete as the group’s fifth studio album The Universal Want, their first brand new work in 11 years, obliterates the rest of the market to sit proudly at the top of the charts. Topping the pile with a pleasingly round 17,400 sales total (14,922 of these physical) the album is their third No.1 record in all, following in the footsteps of The Last Broadcast (2002) and Some Cities (2005). The former remains by some distance their biggest seller to date, with 408,824 sales to its name. In second place is their 2000 debut Lost Souls which despite its lowly No.16 chart peak has moved 311,131 copies since release. Eleven weeks into its chart life Shoot For The Stars Aim For The Moon by Pop Smoke continues what by any normal standards is an impressive chart run. Buoyed by two concurrent Top 20 chart singles the posthumous work this week returns to No.2 for the third time having spent just one week outside the Top 5 since its release. This week, just like all of the preceding ones, precious few of its 8,424 sales are paid purchases – just 77 physical and 33 download to be precise – with the remainder coming thanks to DSP consumption. Preventing rapid streaming burnout of albums is one of the market’s biggest challenges of the moment, but the Pop Smoke album is showing little sign of slowing down any time soon. After four albums on a major label, Manchester’s Everything Everything last week began a new life as an independent act with the release of brand new album Re-Animator. Recorded over the space of two weeks with most songs performed live in just two or three takes, the album is an absorbing switch of musical direction. Fans have remained loyal and the album is this week’s No.5 record with 4,989 sales, matching the peak of its predecessor A Fever Dream to become their third Top 5 record and fourth Top 10 release in a row. Albums sales are down a statistically insignificant 0.36% this week to stand at 1,701,672. Meanwhile, physical sales slide 8.89% to 310,153, representing 18.23% of the market.

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