Global Chart Report
Meghan Trainor rules a third week
Friday, October 17, 2014
by Fred Chuchel, Dresden
Massive 17 debuts on this
week's Global Album Top 40, but only one reached the six-digit range
in sales: 'Old Boots, New Dirt', the sixth album by American Country
star Jason Aldean. It found 294.000 buyers in its first week at retail
(278.100 in the USA and 16.000 in Canada). Jason's former album 'Night
Train' debuted also at the summit, nearly two years ago in the week
44, 2012 with 434.000 sales. This week's second highest new-entry comes from
Irish musician Andrew Hozier-Byrne. Driven by the epic single 'Take Me
To Church' (this week at no.39 on the track tally), his first album,
simply titled as 'Hozier', bows at no.2 globally with 95.000 copies
sold. The biggest sales come from the USA (57.800), United Kingdom
(11,500), and Canada (8.800). Last week's chart-leader, Partners' by
Barbra Streisand, moves back at no.3, after a 29% sales decrease to
90.000 copies. In its four weeks on the hitlist the effort sold
massive 697.000 units and climbs at no.33 on the year-to-date list.
The complete year-to-date Top 40 lists for albums and tracks are
available on our
account. At the end of this year Disney's
'Frozen' soundtrack will the only album of 2014 with more than 5
million sales. This week it climbs two slots back at no.7 and sold
another 61.000 copies, a total of 6.349.000 units after 46 weeks on
the tally (6.099.000 of it this year). A few words to various requests
from our readers. It relates requests to older albums from Madonna,
Britney Spears, Christina Aguilera or other. Take for example 'MDNA',
the last album by Madonna. Often i'm asked about a sales update of
this album. Sold 'MDNA' 300, 500 or 1000 copies last week? No one
knows it, because the album is off the sales charts since a long time.
By the end of 2013 'MDNA' was at 1,9 million. But now it's out of our
monitoring, i don't how many copies the album sold in 2014, 30.000,
50.000 or 100.000? What i wrote, no one
knows it! But here some additional sales stats from current albums:
Beyoncé's self-titled album sold 6.000 copies last week and reaches a
total of 3.495.000 so far, 'Bad Blood' by Bastille sold 7.000 units
last week, 1.807.000 so far, 'Prism' by Katy Perry sold 9.000 units
last week and has a total of 3.297.000 units so far, 'Yours Truly' by
Ariana Grande sold nearly 700.000 so far, her new effort 'My
Everything' 655.000, and 'DEMI' by Demi Lovato around 930.000.
COMPLETE GLOBAL ALBUM CHART
It's a third straight week at the tip of the Global Track Chart for
the blue-eyed soul smash 'All About That Bass' by Meghan Trainor. The
song reigns with 416.000 points currently, a total of 3.571.000 after
12 weeks on the tally. Taylor Swift's 'Shake It Off' follows still at
no.2 with 364.000 points, a total of 3.181.000 points after eight
weeks on the hitlist. Next week 'Out Of The Woods', the second
lift-off from her eargerly awaited new album '1989', will make a deep
impact on the charts. Back to this week's hitlist, behind 'Shake It
Off' lands the highest debut, 'Nandome No Aozora Ka?' by the Japanese
female idol group Nogizaka 46, billed as the 'official rival' of AKB
48. The catchy tune comes in at no.3 with 286.000 points. Another two
new-entries follow, 'The Days' by Swedish DJ and producer Avicii opens
at no.30 with 90.000 points and 'Zipangu Ookini Daisakusen' by the
Japanese boy band Johnny West goes to no.40 with 72.000 points.
Outside the Top 40 waiting among
other Akdong Musician's 'Time And Fallen Leaves' at no.41, Florida
Georgia Line's 'Sippin' On Fire' at no.45, Nick Jonas' 'Jealous' at
no.49, and Sheppard's 'Geronimo' at no.53 for their first appearance on the big list.
COMPLETE GLOBAL TRACK CHART
It was the first successful track of the glamorous Disco-era:
'Rock Your Baby' by George McCrae. The song was written
and produced by Harry Wayne Casey and Richard Finch of the KC
& The Sunshine Band. Originally the vocals should be added by
soul-singer Gwen McCrae. Accidentally her husband George
visited the studio during the recordings and suddenly he was
behind the microphone... a magnificent moment of the pop
history! 'Rock Your Baby' became a massive international hit,
reached the no.1 in almost all countries around the globe. On
the global chart the track occupied the no.1 spot for
sensational 16 weeks! On the year-end chart 1974 it achieved
no.2, short behind Terry Jacks' 'Seasons In The
Sun'. And on the
ALL TIME CHART
'Rock Your Baby' ranks at no.49 with impressive 10.287.000 points,
only eight other songs of the Seventies had more global success. By
the way, 'Rock Your Baby' inspired the drum part in the ABBA smash
'Dancing Queen'. George McCrae, now 68 years old, is a typical one-hit
wonder. Nevertheless he released 15 albums, the latest, 'Time For A
Change', was released in 2009 without appreciable success.
GLOBAL CHART - 40 YEARS AGO
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Jason Aldean earns second no.1 album
Wednesday, October 15, 2014
by Keith Caulfield, Los Angeles
Country star Jason Aldean nets his second No. 1 album on the
Billboard 200 chart, as his new release, Old Boots, New Dirt,
kicks in atop the list. It starts with 278,000 sold in the week
ending Oct. 12, the third-largest sales
week of 2014 according to Nielsen SoundScan.
Only the arrivals of Coldplay's Ghost Stories (383,000) and fellow country star
Eric Church's The Outsiders (288,000) logged bigger frames this year. Old Boots,
New Dirt also notches the largest sales week of 2014 for an
Aldean bumps another country giant out of the No. 1 slot: Blake Shelton, as his
Bringing Back the Sunshine falls 1-6 with 34,000 (down 66 percent). It's the
first time we've had back-to-back No. 1s from country albums in over a year. It
last happened on the chart dated May 25, 2013, when Lady Antebellum's Golden
spent one week at No. 1, following a one-week stint at the top by Kenny
Chesney's Life On a Rock. Aldean's last album, 2012's Night Train, also started
at No. 1, with a larger opening week: 409,000. Night Train performed well, but
didn't have the same sort of phenomenal chart run like My Kinda Party. Night
Train spent its first 21 frames in the top 40 of the
Billboard 200, one week at No. 1 on
Top Country Albums, and has sold 1.7 million in its (just over) two years of
Coming in far behind Aldean's Old Boots, New Dirt is singer/songwriter Hozier
with his debut full-length self-titled album at No. 2. Buoyed by an Oct. 11
appearance as the musical guest on NBC's Saturday Night Live, the act's album
sold 58,000 copies in its first week -- slightly larger than what industry
forecasters thought the album might sell. (Last week, sources suggested it might
sell just over 50,000.) The album was led by the hit single "Take Me To Church,"
which topped the Adult Alternative Songs chart, and reached the top 10 on both
Hot Rock Songs and Alternative Songs. Billboard tipped Hozier as an act to watch
for in February
(Bubbling Under, Feb. 28), as "Take Me
To Church" was just starting to gain
traction on U.S. radio.
Barbra Streisand's former No. 1 album, Partners, continues to sell well, as it
holds at No. 3 with 49,000 (down 33 percent). It has sold 445,000 copies in its
four weeks of release. At the rate it is selling, it should soon surpass
Streisand's 2009 album Love Is the Answer (521,000 sold) to become her best
selling effort since 2003's The Movie Album (694,000).
Tony Bennett & Lady Gaga's Cheek to Cheek is also steady, staying put at No. 4
with 37,000 (down 38 percent).
Weezer collects its seventh top 10 album, as Everything Will Be Alright In the
End bows at No. 5 with just over 34,000. It's the group's first studio release
since 2010's Hurley started one rung lower, but with 45,000.
Rock legend Stevie Nicks nets her sixth top 10 solo album, as her quasi-archival
release 24 Karat Gold: Songs From the Vault set starts at No. 7 (33,000). The
set consists of newly-recorded material that was written and recorded in demo
versions in earlier years. 24 Karat Gold follows Nicks' In Your Dreams, which
debuted (and peaked) at No. 6 back in 2011 (52,000 sold in its first week).
Alex & Sierra, the third-season winners of The X Factor, debut at No. 8 with
their first album, It's About Us (27,000). The duo is the third act from the
U.S. version of The X Factor to notch a top 10 album, following Emblem3 (Nothing
to Lose, No. 7 in 2013) and Fifth Harmony (Better Together EP, No. 6 in 2013).
Alex & Sierra are also the highest-charting winners of any season of The X
Factor. First season champ Melanie Amaro has yet to release an album, and second
season winner Tate Stevens saw his self-titled set peak at No. 18 in 2013.
Keyshia Cole is the final debut in the top 10, as her sixth studio effort, Point
of No Return, bows at No. 9 with 25,000. All six of her albums have hit the top
10, and Point of No Return follows 2012's Woman to Woman, which debuted and
peaked at No. 10 (96,000 opening week).
Sam Smith's In the Lonely Hour closes out the top 10, climbing 12-10 with 24,000
(up 21 percent).
Overall album sales in this past chart week (ending Oct. 12) totaled 4.47
million units, up 3 percent compared with the sum last week (4.35 million) and
down 7 percent compared with the comparable sales week of 2013 (4.80 million).
Year to date album sales stand at 184.53 million, down 14 percent compared to
the same total at this point last year (214.78 million).
Over on the Digital Songs chart, Taylor Swift's "Shake It Off" returns to No. 1
(2-1) after after a two-week break from the top, selling 171,000 downloads (down
10 percent). It bumps Meghan Trainor's "All About That Bass" down to No. 2 with
169,000 (down 17 percent).
Maroon 5's "Animals" rises 5-3 with 114,000 (down 1 percent), Tove Lo's "Habits
(Stay High)" jumps 8-4 with 99,000 (up 12 percent) and "Bang Bang," by Jessie J,
Ariana Grande and Nicki Minaj, steps 6-5 with 94,000 (down 11 percent).
Jason Derulo's "Trumpets" continues to blare its way up the list, as it toots
10-6 with 80,000 (up 3 percent). Florida Georgia Line's latest new track,
"Sippin' On Fire," debuts at No. 7 with 79,000. Iggy Azalea's "Black Widow,"
featuring Rita Ora, falls 7-8 with 77,000 (down 13 percent).
Nick Jonas' "Jealous" makes a big jump, flying 17-9 with 75,000 (up 17 percent),
while Jeremih's "Don't Tell 'Em" rises 11-10 with 74,000 (down 2 percent).
Digital track sales this past week totaled 16.88 million downloads, down 7
percent compared with last week (18.17 million) and down 15 percent stacked next
to the comparable week of 2013 (19.78 million). Year to date track sales are at
883.54 million, down 13 percent compared to the same total at this point last
year (1.01 billion).
Alt-J (∆) was formed when Gwil Sainsbury (guitar/bass), Joe Newman (guitar/lead
vocals), Gus Unger-Hamilton (keyboards/vocals) and Thom Green (drums) met at
Leeds University in 2007. Unger-Hamilton (younger brother of Ferdy, head of
A&R for Polydor Records) studied English, the other three Fine Art. In their
second year of studies, Newman showed Sainsbury a handful of his own songs and,
inspired by his guitar-playing dad, the pair began recording on GarageBand in
their hall rooms with Sainsbury acting as producer. The band's unusual sound
stems from the fact that due to living in student halls, where noise had to be
kept to a minimum, they were unable to use bass guitars or bass drums. The Band
was originally called "Daljit Dhaliwal" after a British TV presenter, Daljit
After graduating they moved to Cambridge, where they claimed Jobseeker's
Allowance, spending two years rehearsing before signing a deal with Infectious
Records in December 2011. Their self-titled first 4-track EP ∆, was recorded
with producer Charlie Andrew in London. Their first
2012 release for Infectious Records was the triangle-shaped 7"
"Matilda"/"Fitzpleasure", followed by "Breezeblocks" as an advance of their
first album An Awesome Wave, which was recorded in Brixton, playing tracks as it
fit into the recording studio's spare time. On 9 June 2014, they announced their
second album This Is All Yours, that was released on 22 September 2014. This Is
All Yours went straight to Number 1 on the UK's Official Albums Chart. >>
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Music Week Report
George Ezra's 'Wanted On Voyage' remains at no.1
Monday, October 13, 2014
by Alan Jones, London
For only the second time in 41 chart weeks that have elapsed thus
far in 2014, there is no change at the top of either the singles or
albums chart, with Meghan Trainor's All About That Bass continuing for a
second week on the former, and George Ezra's Wanted On Voyage doing
likewise on the latter. Ezra's repeat triumph - on sales of 25,948
copies, the lowest
number one for 26 weeks - occurs on another very busy week of chart
action which sees 10 albums debuting in the Top 20 and 19 in the Top 75
- and despite the fact that the two hits from Wanted On Voyage both dip
this week, with Blame It On Me falling 6-9 and Budapest declining 10-15.
The newcomers include many veteran campaigners - but the week's highest
new entry comes from 24 year old Irish singer/songwriter Hozier's
eponymous debut album, which opens at number five on sales of 11,488
copies - an excellent result considering his maiden chart single, Take
Me To Church, has yet to make the Top 20 and, in fact, falls six notches
from its peak position of 26 to number 32 (16,183 sales) this week. Take
Me To Church has been charting for over a year in Ireland, where it is
one of three top three singles plucked from the set, and one of 10
Hozier songs in the Top 100. The album is number one there for the third
straight week. Canadian musician Dan Snaith has released six previous
albums, using the names
Manitoba, Daphni and Caribou, with the last name providing his one chart
appearance in 2010, when Swim debuted and peaked at number 54 (2,910
sales). A subsequent 2012 techno album Jiaolong, released under the name
Daphni, failed to chart but Snaith returns to the Caribou monicker for
new album Our Love, which embraces dance and urban styles, and has much
improved fortunes, with the album debuting at number eight (7,423
sales). With former Smiths bandmate Morrissey making the news with his
latest health problems, Johnny Marr returns to the chart with second
solo album Playland debuting at nine (7,281 sales). The 50 year old
Mancunian's first solo album, The Messenger, was released last year and
number 10 on sales of 11,747 copies. It has since gone on to sell 34,388
Latest single Unmissable (feat. Zak Abel) declines from its debut
position of 19 to number 42 (9,718 sales) this week, thus falling well
short of providing a third straight Top 10 hit for Gorgon City. The
London duo's debut album Sirens - which features the track as well as
the number four hit Ready For Your Love (feat. MNEK) and the number
seven hit Here For You (feat. Laura Welsh) - nevertheless opens at
number 10 (6,847 sales).
Elsewhere in the Top 10: Ed Sheeran's X climbs 3-2 (24,507 sales), Sam
Smith's In The Lonely Hour slips 2-3 (19,806 sales), Barbra Streisand's
Patners recovers 5-4 (17,520 sales), The Script's No Sound Without
Silence holds at number six (9,123 sales) and Genesis' R-Kive climbs
10-7 (8,932 sales).
Overall album sales are down 5.48% week-on-week at 1,229,616 - 7.50%
below same week 2013 sales of 1,329,312. Her sales are off 29.78% week-on-week at 100,942 (including
14,378 streaming sales) but Meghan Trainor's All About That Bass remains
at number one, while Jessie J's Bang Bang collaboration with Ariana
Grande and Nicki Minaj continues at number two, with its sales down just
3.59% week-on-week at 55,595. Ahead on initial sales flashes, Minaj's
latest solo single Anaconda would have delivered her second number one
in three weeks, following Bang Bang - but if faded considerably, ending
up debuting at number three on sales of 54,396 copies. The track is the
second single from Minaj's upcoming third album Pinkprint, following
Pills N Potions, which peaked at number 31.
Jeremih scored one Top 40 hit off each of his first two albums, reaching
number 15 with Birthday Sex from his eponymous 2009 debut album, and
number 30 with Down On Me (feat. 50 Cent) from the following year's All
About You. He surpasses both of those peaks with Don't Tell 'Em (feat.
YG) - the first single from his upcoming third album - which is based
largely on Snap!'s Rhythm Is A Dancer and debuts at number five (48,355
18 weeks after debut single Ghost levitated to number one on sales of
137,656 copies, X Factor alumnus Ella Henderson's follow-up Glow opens
more quietly, at number seven, on sales of 39,103 copies. Ghost falls to
the lowest position of its chart career, fading 21-22 but sells a
further 18,813 copies to raise its overall sales to a massive 817,984.
Both songs are on Henderson's debut album, Chapter One, which is
released today (13th).
Ed Sheeran's X delivers its third Top 10 hit as Thinking Out Loud
sprints 17-10 (30,414 sales). It follows the release of a promotional
videoclip for the track, which was an instant and massive success of
YouTube and also enters the TV airplay chart at number 29, more than
offsetting the 41-51 slip the song makes on the radio airplay chart.
Released initially as an 'instant gratification' track from X, Thinking
Out Loud debuted 15 weeks ago at number 26 and has remained in the Top
40 ever since. Previously peaked at number 13, it has climbed four weeks
in a row. It has already sold 304,939 copies, and is Sheeran's ninth Top
10 hit in all.
Elsewhere in the Top 10: Taylor Swift's Shake It Off dips 3-4 (51,174
sales), Calvin Harris' Blame (feat. John Newman) falls 5-6 (42,668
sales), Sigma's Changing (feat. Paloma Faith) slides 4-8 (36,344 sales)
and George Ezra's Blame It On Me descends 6-9 (30,510 sales).
Overall singles sales are down 0.52% week-on-week at 5,639,735.
Streaming accounted for 3,013,594 sales last week – 53.44% of the total.
Under previously existing criteria where only paid-for purchases were
included, overall singles sales are down 3.62% week-on-week at 2,626,141
– 14.53% below same week 2013 sales of 3,072,727 and the 61st
consecutive week in which they have declined versus a year ago.
Oricon Album Chart
No.1 Tomohisa Yamashita 'You'
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Media Control Album Chart
No.1 Sunrise Avenue
'Best Of 2006-2014'
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