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Global Chart Report

Flowers bloom nine weeks at no.1
Wednesday, March 22, 2023
by Fred Chuchel, Dresden


There are no movements in the upper region of our Global Track Chart.. and Miley Cyrus' 'Flowers' leads the tally for a ninth consecutive week with another 446,000 points, a little 1% improve compared to the previous week. It's the first time since the song's second chart week that it got a points increase. With a total of 4,843,000 points 'Flowers' reigns also clearly the year-to-date list. Broken down by segments the song generated 267,000 points by streaming in the current week (up 1,5%), 51,000 points by sales (up 6%), and 128,000 points by airplay (down 2%). 'Die For You' by The Weeknd (inclusive the new remix with Ariana Grande) remains at the runner-up slot with 355,000 points (down 10%) and also 'TQG' by Karol G & Shakira holds tight at no.3 with 309,000 points (down 13%). Harry Styles' 'As It Was', this week at no.9 with 185,000 points, makes another jump on the ALL TIME CHART from no.16 to no.13 with a total of 14,201,000 points. Only two

debuts on our weekly tally: 'Special Kiss' by the Japanese boy group Naniwa Danshi shoots at no.11 with 172,000 points. The song generated 516,000 single sales in its initial week, according to Oricon. 'River', a second song from Miley Cyrus' new album, rockets to no.20 with 114,000 points. Outside our weekly Top 40 waiting among other 'Feliz Cumpleanos Ferxxo' by Feid at no.47, 'Ceilings' by Lizzy McAlpine at no.48, 'Just Wanna Rock' by Lil Uzi Vert at no.51, and 'Snooze' by SZA at no.52 for their first appearance on the big list. 'Ready To Be', the twelfth extended play by South Korean girl group Twice, gets the crown of the current Global Album Chart. The set bows with massive 883,000 equivalent sales. Last week's number one, Morgan Wallen's new effort 'One Thing At A Time', slides to the runner-up slot with another healthy 282,000 sales, a total of 818,000 after two weeks. Rounds out the top three is Miley Cyrus' eighth studio album 'Endless Summer Vacation', which bows with 197,000 consumption units. Let's take a look on the year-to-date list: 'The Name Chapter: Temptation' by Tomorrow X Together leads still there with 1,60 million sales, followed by SZA's 'SOS' with 1,45 million, and Taylor Swift's 'Midnights' with 1,13 million. These are the only three albums globally with more than a million sales this year so far. 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 25,000 / 14,062,000, '21' by Adele 11,000 / 31,919,000, '25' by Adele 10,000 / 24,307,000, '30' by Adele 12,000 / 5,805,000, 'After Hours' by The Weeknd 38,000 / 7,581,000, 'Astroworld' by Travis Scott 16,000 / 7,493,000, 'Beerbongs & Bentleys' by Post Malone 11,000 / 9,234,000, 'Born Pink' by Blackpink 8,000 / 1,659,000, 'Certified Lover Boy' by Drake 24,000 / 5,286,000, 'Dangerous: The Double Album' by Morgan Wallen 44,000 / 6,859,000, 'Dawn FM' by The Weeknd 17,000 / 2,614,000, 'Divide' by Ed Sheeran 20.000 / 19,634,000, 'Divinely Uninspired To A Hellish Extent' by Lewis Capaldi 18,000 / 6,105,000, the 'Encanto' soundtrack 9,000 / 3,303,000, 'Equals' by Ed Sheeran 26,000 / 4,822,000, 'Evermore' by Taylor Swift 12,000 / 3,999,000, 'Fighting Demons' by Juice WRLD 6,000 / 1,517,000, 'Fine Line' by Harry Styles 21,000 / 8,524,000, 'Folklore' by Taylor Swift 24,000 / 6,622,000, 'F*ck Love' by The Kid Laroi 11,000 / 4,644,000, 'Future Nostalgia' by Dua Lipa 23,000 / 7,486,000, 'Goodbye & Good Riddance' by Juice WRLD 18,000 / 6,884,000, 'Happier Than Ever' by Billie Eilish 12,000 / 3,975,000, 'Harry's House' by Harry Styles 51,000 / 4,511,000, 'Her Loss' by Drake & 21 Savage 45,000 / 2,062,000, 'Hollywood's Bleeding' by Post Malone 22,000 / 9,012,000, 'Honestly, Nevermind' by Drake 9,000 / 1,595,000, 'Justice' by Justin Bieber 12,000 / 4,411,000, 'Legends Never Die' by Juice WRLD 14,000 / 5,843,000, 'My Turn' by Lil Baby 17,000 / 5,169,000, 'Planet Her' by Doja Cat 18,000 / 4,871,000, 'Proof' by BTS (Bangtan Boys) 11,000 / 3,716,000, 'Question Mark' by XXXTentacion 9,000 / 7,129,000, 'Red (Taylor's Version)' by Taylor Swift 16,000 / 3,634,000, 'Renaissance' by Beyoncé 29,000 / 2,223,000, 'Scorpion' by Drake 15,000 / 8,773,000, 'Shoot For The Stars, Aim For The Moon' by Pop Smoke 20,000 / 7,720,000, 'Sour' by Olivia Rodrigo 31,000 / 7,678,000, 'Stoney' by Post Malone 9,000 / 7,393,000, 'The Greatest Showman' soundtrack 6,000 / 9,439,000, 'The Highlights' by The Weeknd 57,000 / 4,881,000, 'The Name Chapter: Temptation' by Tomorrow X Together 24,000 / 1,595,000, 'Trustfall' by Pink 46,000 / 341,000, 'Un Verano Sin Ti' by Bad Bunny 45,000 / 4,624,000, 'When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go?' by Billie Eilish 15,000 / 10,779,000, and 'X' by Ed Sheeran 6,000 / 13,423,000.

GLOBAL NO.1 - 30 YEARS AGO ... "I Will Always Love You" was written and originally recorded in 1973 by American singer / songwriter legend Dolly Parton. Written as a farewell to her business partner and mentor Porter Wagoner, expressing Parton's decision to pursue a solo career. In 1992, Whitney Houston recorded a new arrangement of the song for the soundtrack to the blockbuster "Bodyguard", her film debut. It was her co-star Kevin Costner who suggested "I Will Always Love You". Producer David Foster and Whitney Houston re-arranged the song as a soul ballad. Her record company did not feel a song with an a-cappella introduction would be as successful; however, Houston and Costner insisted on retaining it. Perfect! The song became one of the biggest hits in history with a total of 16,547,000 points. "I Will Always Love You" topped the hitlists in almost all countries around the world and also the 1993 year-end list.

Billboard Report
Morgan Wallen spends second week at no.1
Tuesday, March 21, 2023
by Keith Caulfield & Gary Trust, Los Angeles

Morgan Wallen’s One Thing at a Time spends a second week atop the Billboard 200 albums chart (dated March 25), as the set earned 259,000 equivalent album units in the United States in

the week ending March 16, according to Luminate. That’s down 48% compared to its debut week sum of 501,000 units a week ago. One Thing at a Time logs the largest second-week for an album since Taylor Swift’s Midnights collected 342,000 units in the week ending Nov. 3, 2022 (chart dated Nov. 12), after debuting a week earlier with 1.578 million units. One Thing at a Time’s second week is nearly as large as the opening week of Wallen’s last album, Dangerous: The Double Album, which launched with 265,000 units (week ending Jan. 14, 2021, chart dated Jan. 23). Of One Thing at a Time’s 259,000 equivalent album units earned in the week ending March 16, SEA units comprise 234,000 (down 39%, equaling 308.06 million on-demand official streams of the set’s 36 songs), album sales comprise 21,000 (down 81%) and TEA units comprise 4,000 (down 53%). Notably, the album’s haul of 308.06 million streams for its songs tallies the second-biggest

streaming week ever for a country album, after the set’s debut frame (498.28 million). Twice scores a career-high placing on the Billboard 200, as the pop ensemble’s new album Ready to Be debuts at No. 2 with 153,000 equivalent album units earned – the act’s biggest week ever. It’s the fourth top 10-charting effort for the South Korean group. Previously, the act went as high as No. 3 with its last two charting sets, Between 1&2: 11th Mini Album and Formula of Love: O+T=<3, The 3rd Full Album, both in 2021. Of Ready to Be’s 153,000 equivalent album units earned, album sales comprise 145,500, SEA units comprise 7,000 (equaling 10.28 on-demand official streams of the set’s seven tracks) and TEA units comprise 500. Miley Cyrus’ Endless Summer Vacation debuts at No. 3 on the Billboard 200 with 119,000 equivalent album units earned – her biggest week since the chart began measuring by units in December of 2014. Endless Summer Vacation marks Cyrus’ 14th top 10-charting effort, including her releases billed to her Disney Channel character Hannah Montana. Of Endless Summer Vacation’s 119,000 equivalent album units earned, SEA units comprise 61,000 (equaling 80.61 on-demand official streams of the set’s 13 tracks – Cyrus’ biggest streaming week ever for an album), album sales comprise 55,000, and TEA units comprise 3,000. Aiding first-week sales for Endless Summer Vacation were four vinyl LP variants (including one exclusive to Target and two exclusive to her webstore) and two deluxe boxed sets (one with a puzzle and a CD, the other with a beach towel and a CD) sold exclusively through her webstore. 44% of Endless’ first week sales came from its vinyl editions. Endless Summer Vacation was ushered in by the smash single “Flowers,” which has spent six weeks at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 (through the most recently published chart, dated March 18). It marks her second No. 1 on the list, following 2013’s “Wrecking Ball.” The rest of the new top 10 on the Billboard 200 consists entirely of former No. 1s. SOS falls 2-4 (76,000 equivalent album units earned; down 8%), Mañana dips 3-5 (52,000; down 13%), Midnights descends 5-6 (47,000; down 3%), Dangerous is down a spot to No. 7 (39,000; a decline of 6%), Metro Boomin’s Heroes & Villains moves 7-8 (39,000; down 4%), Bad Bunny’s Un Verano Sin Ti falls 8-9 (36,000; down 5%) and Drake and 21 Savage’s Her Loss is a non-mover at No. 10 (34,000; down less than 1%). Miley Cyrus’ “Flowers” rebounds for a seventh week atop the Billboard Hot 100. The song debuted at No. 1 and spent its first six weeks on the chart in charge before ranking at No. 2 the last two weeks, as The Weeknd and Ariana Grande’s “Die for You” and then Morgan Wallen’s “Last Night” took turns at the summit. “Flowers,” released on Smiley Miley / Columbia Records, drew 106.7 million radio airplay audience impressions (up 1%) and 28.2 million streams (up 12%, good for top Streaming Gainer honors on the Hot 100) and sold 15,000 (up 15%) March 10-16, according to Luminate. Morgan Wallen’s “Last Night” drops to No. 2 after a week atop the Hot 100, as it leads Streaming Songs for a second week (39.9 million, down 18%). It also drew 14.5 million in airplay audience (up 34%) and sold 12,000 (down 37%). SZA’s “Kill Bill” holds at No. 3 on the Hot 100 after seven weeks at its No. 2 high. The Weeknd and Grande’s “Die for You” repeats at No. 4 on the Hot 100, after a week at No. 1 two weeks earlier; Metro Boomin, The Weeknd and 21 Savage’s “Creepin’ ” rises 6-5, after reaching No. 3; PinkPantheress and Ice Spice’s “Boy’s a Liar, Pt. 2” slips 5-6, also after hitting No. 3; and Taylor Swift’s “Anti-Hero” jumps 12-7, following a personal-best eight weeks at No. 1 in November-January. Rema and Selena Gomez’s “Calm Down” bounds 19-8 on the Hot 100, besting its prior No. 15 high set two weeks earlier, with 44.2 million in airplay audience (up 13%, as it wins the chart’s top Airplay Gainer award), 14.9 million streams (up 4%) and 5,000 sold (up 8%). Rounding out the Hot 100’s top 10 are two more tracks, joining “Last Night,” from Morgan Wallen’s album One Thing at a Time, which rules the Billboard 200 for a second week. “Thought You Should Know” falls to No. 9 from its No. 7 Hot 100 high and Morgan Wallen's “You Proof” descends 8-10, after it hit No. 5 in October.

Record Of The Month
A big collaboration of two Colombian female superstars: Shakira and Karol G.
'TQG' (acronym for 'Te Quedó Grande') is from Karol's fourth album 'Mañana Será Bonito'.

United Kingdom
Music Week Report
PinkPantheress' 'Boy's A Liar' remains at no.2
Monday, March 20, 2023
by Alan Jones, London

Buoyed by the release of parent album Endless Summer Vacation, which debuts at No.1 this week, Flowers tops the singles chart for the ninth week in a row for Miley Cyrus. It is the fourth single to spend its first nine weeks in the chart at No.1 in the 2020s, following Drivers License by Olivia Rodrigo,

Bad Habits by Ed Sheeran and As It Was by Harry Styles. Flowers’ consumption climbs 5.83% week-on-week to 56,815 units (3,013 digital downloads, 53,802 sales-equivalent streams), as it reverses two weeks of decline, thus avoiding ACR for at least three more weeks. Two more songs from Endless Summer Vacation enter the Top 75 – River (No.16, 16,561 sales) and Jaded (No.27, 10,348 sales). They raise Cyrus’ tally of hits to 26. A further six songs from Endless Summer Vacation are ‘starred-out’ of the Top 75, under the primary artist rule which only allows three to be allocated chart placings. Flowers’ runner-up for the fourth straight week, Boy’s A Liar by PinkPantheress is still set to fall into ACR next week, with its consumption off for a third week in a row, and by 5.13% to 49,704 units in the current frame. The highest of this week’s nine Top 75 debuts is Miracle, opening at No.3 (35,483 sales) for Calvin Harris & Ellie Goulding. With a sound

reminiscent of Robert Miles’ 1990s ‘dream house’, it certainly packs a punch, and delivers both artists with their highest-charting hit since 2019. It is their third, and highest-charting, Top 10 collaboration, following I Need Your Love (No.4, 2013) and Outside (No.6, 2014), which have to-date consumption of 898,825 units and 1,163,483 units, respectively. Miracle is Harris’ 29th Top 10 hit and 46th Top 75 hit in the week he celebrates 16 years as a chart artist, Goulding’s 12th Top 10 and 31st Top 75 hit. It is No.1 on digital downloads, which account for 3,225 of its sales. Six weeks after debuting at No.65, Croydon-based rapper Strandz’s first hit, Us Against The World, is now his first Top 10 entry, climbing 12-10 (21,394 sales). With ACR ending the Top 10 careers of Kill Bill (4-14, 17,152 sales) by SZA and Sure Thing (5-17, 15,302 sales) by Miguel, the ensuing vacuum allows Ceilings (7-6, 27,756 sales) by Lizzie McAlpine and People (8-7, 25,812 sales) by Libianca to advance to new peaks. A new version of People, performed as a duet with Irish singer Cian Ducrot, has just been released, and should add further impetus for the track next week. The rest of the Top 10: Die For You (3-4, 35,350 sales) by The Weeknd, Calm Down (6-5, 28,926 sales) by Rema, As It Was (9-8, 22,324 sales) by Harry Styles and Players (10-9, 21,623 sales) by Coi Leray. Overall singles consumption is up 0.71% week-on-week to 26,013,465 units – 7.61% above same week 2022 consumption of 24,173,143 units. Paid-for sales are down 2.49% week-on-week at 288,490 – 11.81% below same week 2022 sales of 327,113. Miley Cyrus scores the chart double for the second time in her career, with Endless Summer Vacation debuting atop the album chart to become her first No.1 in almost a decade, while lead single, Flowers, extends its run at No.1 to nine weeks. Its 10 songs all co-written by Cyrus, Endless Summer Vacation achieved consumption of 18,746 units in the week – 4,969 CDs, 3,150 vinyl albums, 2,385 digital downloads and 8,242 sales-equivalent streams. Her 10th charted album (including one as Hannah Montana), it is Cyrus’ second No.1, following October 2013 release Bangerz, which secured her highest first week sale of 30,759 copies, and debuted the same week as Wrecking Ball became her second No.1 single. Bangerz has gone on to achieve lifetime sales of 251,063, but is, perhaps surprisingly, not Cyrus’ biggest-selling album. That would be her 2008 release Breakout, which peaked at No.10, and houses her first three Top 40 hits, although none of them went Top 10. Despite this, Breakout has to-date consumption of 330,949 units. The 31-year-old is the first artist to simultaneously top the albums and singles charts in 2023. Recording artists since 2007 but uncharted until 2015, Nottingham post-punk duo Sleaford Mods’ 12th studio album, UK Grim, is the highest-charting of their seven Top 75 and four Top 10 albums, debuting at No.3 (9,064 sales). Their previous highest was last album Spare Ribs, which debuted and peaked at No.4 in January 2021 on sales of 6,877 copies. They burn brightly but briefly – their biggest selling album to date is Key Markets, No.11 in 2020, with to-date consumption of 26,715 units. They have never come near the singles chart, with their most popular track hitherto being B.H.S, a track from their 2017 album, English Tapas, which has accumulated lifetime consumption of 20,541 units. Returning to the Top 10 after an absence of nine weeks, Fleetwood Mac’s 2018 No.5 compilation 50 Years: Don’t Stop bounces 15-9 (5,083 sales). The Highlights (3-2, 9,271 sales) registers its third week in its peak position for The Weeknd, matching the place it held on debut 109 weeks ago, and returned to six weeks ago. His Starboy album rallies 27-23 – a 308 week high – on consumption of 9,271 units. No.5 in 2016 it is, of course, responding to the ongoing viral success of its song Die For You, which remains in the top five of the singles chart. The rest of this week’s Top 10: Trustfall (5-4, 7,669 sales) by Pink, Harry’s House (7-5, 5,284 sales) by Harry Styles, Curtain Call: The Hits (10-6, 5,245 sales) by Eminem, SOS (6-7, 5,233 sales) by SZA, Midnights (8-8, 5,115 sales) by Taylor Swift and Diamonds (14-10, 4,702 sales) by Elton John. All have lower sales than last week. Remarkably, SZA’s album has endured 14 weeks in the Top 10 without a physical release. If an upcoming deluxe version of SOS - which adds 10 tracks – were also to be made available physically it would seem a shoe-in for No.1. Overall album sales are down 1.35% week-on-week at 2,154,817, 7.06% above same week 2022 sales of 2,012,711. Physical product accounts for 278,446 sales, 12.92% of the total.