Suicide Squad &
Major Lazer still at no.1
Wednesday, August 24, 2016
by Fred Chuchel, Dresden
The soundtrack to the
American superhero film 'Suicide Squad' defends the top position of
the Global Album Chart for a second week with 87,000 sales, 49,900 of
it in the United States alone. Two releases from South Korea are the
highest debuts of the week. 'Hades', the seventh extended play set by
the boy band Vixx, dives in at no.2 with 51,300 copies sold,
according to Hanteo. The other act is the girlie group I.O.I with
their second EP 'Whatta Man'. The album starts at no.5 with 42,000
sales. Sandwiched between these two new-entries climbs Adele's '25'
back at no.3 with 47,000 sales and Twenty One Pilots' 'Blurryface'
flip-flops at no.4 with 42,000 sales. Both albums rank a 39th week in
the Global Top 10, '25' 39 consecutive weeks, 'Blurryface'
39 non-consecutive weeks. And yes... it's again another sad, sad week
for the global album sales. In United Kingdom the sales fell last week
to the lowest level since Millward Brown took over compilation of the
charts for OCC more than 22 years ago! Also in the USA,
Australia and Japan we see
new lows. And at no.40 of the Global Album Chart the sales fell under
10,000 for the first time ever this week. 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 11,000 / 9,658,000, '21' by Adele 10,000 / 28,190,000, 'A
Head Full Of Dreams' by Coldplay 26,000 / 3,488,000, 'A
Moon Shaped Pool' by Radiohead 21,000 / 945,000, 'Anti' by Rihanna 18,000 / 1,251,000, 'Beauty Behind The Madness' by
The Weeknd 7,000 / 2,221,000, 'California' by Blink 182 18,000 /
461,000, 'Cleopatra' by the Lumineers 7,000 /
422,000, 'Dangerous Woman' by
Ariana Grande 20,000 / 711,000, 'Get Weird' by Little Mix 4,000 / 808,000, 'I Still Do' by Eric Clapton
8,000 / 359,000, 'Immortalized'
by Disturbed 22,000 / 907,000, 'Lemonade' by Beyoncé 29,000 /
2,305,000, 'Love & Hate' by Michael Kiwanuka
11,000 / 95,000, 'Major Key' by DJ Khaled 18,000 / 115,000, 'Purple
Rain' by Prince 5,000 / around 21 million, 'Pure McCartney' by Paul
McCartney 8,000 / 229,000, 'Purpose' by Justin Bieber
20,000 / 4,916,000, 'Revival' by Selena Gomez 7,000 / 790,000, 'Seal The Deal & Let's Boogie' by Volbeat
'7/27' by Fifth Harmony 13,000 / 305,000, 'Stranger To Stranger' by
Paul Simon 6,000 / 294,000, 'Thank You' by Meghan
Trainor 11,000 / 422,000, 'The Very Best' by Prince 7,000 / 4,5
million, 'This Is Acting' by Sia 16,000 / 918,000, 'X' by Ed Sheeran
14,000 / 8,496,000, 'Youth Authority' by Good Charlotte 5,000 /
COMPLETE GLOBAL ALBUM CHART 'Cold
Water' by Major Lazer feat. Justin Bieber & Mų keeps the
scepter of the Global Track Chart for a third week with 329,000
points, a 4% decrease compared to the previous week. 'Can't Stop The
Feeling' by Justin Timberlake follows still at no.2 with 272,000
points, a total of 5,864,000 after 15 weeks on the tally and now no.4
on the year-to-date list. By the way, next week we'll see a new leader
there, when Drake's 'One Dance' overtakes that position. This week the
outstanding tune gets another 210,000 points, a total of 6,407,000...
currently no.3 on the year-to-date list. At the top positions yet,
'Love Yourself' by Justin Bieber with 6,527,000 points and '7 Years'
by Lukas Graham with 6,490,000 points. Back to this week's hitlist,
where the American DJ duo Chainsmokers makes a big jump from no.11 to
no.3 with their new smash 'Closer', the highest position for that act
so far. The former hit 'Don't Let Me Down' peaked at no.5 in July.
This week highest debut is another new Japanese girlie idol group,
Keyakizaka 46 bows at no.8 with 'Sekai Niwa Ai Shika Na' and 198,000
points. Outside the Top 40 waiting among other 'Pink Champagne' by
E-Girls at no.42, 'Final Song' by Mų at no.44, 'Gold' by Kiiara at
no.44, 'Ain't Your Mama' by Jennifer Lopez at no.47, 'The Ocean' by
Mike Perry feat. Shy Martin at no.50 and 'Kill Em With Kindness' by
Selena Gomez at no.51 for their first appearance on the big list.
COMPLETE GLOBAL TRACK CHART
Frank Ocean's 'Blonde' bows at no.1
Thuesday, August 30, 2016
by Keith Caulfield & Gary Trust, Los Angeles
earns his first No. 1 on the Billboard 200 albums chart with the arrival
of Blonde. The set, which was released on Aug. 20, bows atop the list
with 276,000 equivalent album units
earned in the week ending
Aug. 25, according to Nielsen Music.
Blonde logs the third-largest debut of 2016, behind only the arrivals of Drake’s
Views and Beyonce’s Lemonade.
Of Blonde’s start of 276,000 units, 232,000 were in traditional album sales,
while the rest were SEA (44,000 units).
Only two albums started bigger than Blonde in 2016: Drake’s Views (1.04 million
units earned in its debut frame) and Beyonce’s Lemonade (653,000). Blonde also
logs the third-biggest sales start -- behind, again, just Views (852,000 copies
sold in its first week) and Lemonade (485,000).
Blonde was available exclusively to stream via the Apple Music service and for
sale through the iTunes Store (but only as a full album -- none of its tracks
were sold a la carte). The songs on the Blonde album generated 65.4 million
streams during the week. It was the second-most streamed album on the chart,
behind only Drake’s Views, with 67.5 million streams.
Blonde arrived two days after Ocean released the long-form video Endless (which
many have referred to as a visual album). It is available exclusive to stream
via Apple Music.
Both releases are Ocean’s first full-length offerings since his debut album,
Channel Orange, which came out in 2012. The set debuted and peaked at No. 2 on
the Billboard 200 chart, and sold 131,000 copies in its first week. It was
released on July 10, 2012, initially exclusively through iTunes, and a week
before its advertised street date of July 17.
The bulk of Channel Orange’s first-week sales were digital, though there were
some on physical CD, as brick-and-mortar retailers began selling the title
mid-week following iTunes’ exclusive launch. Drake’s Views holds at No. 2 with
77,000 units (up 9 percent) and the Suicide Squad soundtrack falls from No. 1 to
No. 3 with 76,000 units
(down 18 percent).
Tory Lanez arrives at No. 4 with his debut studio album, I Told You, earning
52,000 units (32,000 in pure album sales). The album follows a pair of top
10-charting singles for Lanez on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart, where he has
reached No. 10 with “Say It” and No. 9 (so far) with the still-building “Luv.”
Both cuts are available on the new album, which also starts at No. 2 on the Top
R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart.
Lindsey Stirling claims her second top 10 album, as her new Brave Enough
launches at No. 5 with 49,000 units (45,000 in traditional album sales). It
follows the violinist’s 2014 effort, Shatter Me, which debuted and peaked at No.
2 with 56,000 copies sold in its first week. The new effort also leads the
Classical Albums, Classical Crossover Albums and Top Dance/Electronic Albums
charts -- her third No. 1 on all three lists. The classical-meets-EDM artist
previously led all three charts with Shatter Me and her self-titled debut.
Twenty One Pilots’ Blurryface dips 5-6 on the Billboard 200 (33,000 units; down
19 percent), Adele’s 25 rises one rung to No. 7 (28,000 units; down 1 percent),
Rihanna’s Anti climbs 9-8 (just over 27,000 units; down 2 percent) and DJ
Khaled’s Major Key slips 6-9 (27,000 units; down 19 percent). The original
Broadway cast recording of Hamilton closes out the top 10, as it ascends 11-10
with 23,000 units (down 3 percent).
The Chainsmokers and featured artist Halsey lead the Billboard Hot 100 (dated
Sept. 10) for a second week with "Closer." The song, released on Disruptor/Columbia Records,
is the first No. 1 for both
EDM duo The Chainsmokers (Andrew Taggart and Alex Pall) and alt/pop
singer-songwriter Halsey, spends a third week atop the Digital Songs chart with
143,000 downloads sold (up 23 percent) in the week ending Aug. 25, according to
Nielsen Music, marking a new personal best for the act for digital song sales in
a week (surpassing last week's sum).
"Closer" tops Streaming Songs for a second week, up by 24 percent to 28.6
million U.S. streams. Spotify streams mark 46 percent of the song's total
clicks; its only official video so far is a lyric video (ahead of an expected
proper clip). "Closer" leads the audio subscription services-based On-Demand
Songs streaming chart for a third week (18.4 million on-demand streams, up 13
On Radio Songs, "Closer" climbs 19-15 (60 million in airplay audience, up 19
percent). It adds the Hot 100's top Digital and Streaming Gainer awards for a
second week each. "Closer" also crowns Billboard's Hot Dance/Electronic Songs
chart for a second week.
Major Lazer's "Cold Water," featuring Bieber and MO, returns to its No. 2 Hot
100 peak, up from No. 3. (The song has yo-yoed up and down from No. 2 in its
first five weeks; after debuting at No. 2, it's ranked at Nos. 5-2-3-2.) On
Streaming Songs, it falls 2-3 after spending its first three weeks at No. 1
(19.9 million U.S. streams, down 1 percent). The track regresses 3-4 on Digital
Songs (58,000, down 9 percent), which it led for a week (upon its debut), but
rises 10-8 on Radio Songs (86 million, up 12 percent).
Sia's former four-week Hot 100 No. 1 "Cheap Thrills," featuring Sean Paul, dips
2-3. Still, the collab remains the most-heard song on U.S. radio, logging a
fourth week at No. 1 on Radio Songs (154 million, down 3 percent). It drops 5-6
on Digital Songs (51,000 downloads sold, down 9 percent) and 9-12 on Streaming
Songs (12.2 million, down 3 percent). COMPLETE
Kaleo is an Icelandic folk / rock / blues band, formed in 2012. The band
consists of JJ Julius Son (vocals, guitar), Davķš Antonsson (percussion,
vocals), Danķel Ęgir Kristjįnsson (bass guitar), and Rubin Pollock (guitar,
vocals). The band's first major public appearance was at Iceland Airwaves Music
Festival in November 2012. They gained fame after their song "Vor ķ Vaglaskógi"
got heavy rotation on Icelandic state broadcaster RŚV's radio station Rįs 2 and
was featured on the station's top 10 list. This song is also featured in the
first episode of the TV series Trapped. In 2014, the band gained further
attention with their single "All the Pretty Girls", which garnered over 23
million streams on Spotify. In early 2015, Kaleo signed with Atlantic Records
and now their 2nd album 'A/B' is out and starts at no.17 globally this week with
31,000 sales. >> source: Wikipedia - click the picture to see the
Music Week Report
Major Lazer win a close race to stay at number one
Monday, August 29, 2016
by Alan Jones, London
2016 has seen overseas acts dominate the singles chart,
and that domination continues with the US/Canada/Denmark collaboration Cold
Water spending a fifth week atop the list on sales of 71,507 copies - including
50,362 from streams - for Major Lazer feat. Justin Bieber & MŲ.
Canadian Bieber's Let Me Love You collaboration with France's DJ Snake
for the third week in a row, and continues to top the paid-for rankings, with
overall sales of 70,038, including 43,031 from streams.
With Calum Scott - down 3-4 with Dancing On My Own (51,319 sales) - and Jonas
Blue, down 5-7 (39,241 sales) with Perfect Strangers (feat. JP Cooper), the only
homegrown acts in the Top 10, it's sobering to think that the only UK act to top
the chart this year is former One Direction star Zayn, whose debut solo hit
Pillowtalk spent a solitary week at the apex in February. With 34 of the year's
52 chart weeks gone, UK acts are on schedule for their worst ever percentage of
No.1 weeks. The opposite extreme came in 1963, when the only interruption to UK
supremacy came when Elvis Presley's (You're The) Devil In Disguise topped for a
week in August. 2 US acts climb to new peaks in the Top 10 with their latest
smashes this week - dance duo Chainsmokers score their second Top 3 hit
in a row with Closer advancing 4-3 (58,873 sales), and Twenty One Pilots
are in the Top 5 for the first
time in their career, with their Suicide Squad soundtrack contribution
Heathens improving 7-5 (41,325 sales).
Completing an unchanged Top 10 are four tracks that hold their chart places but
on declining sales: Don't Let Me Down (6-6, 40,050 sales) by Chainsmokers feat.
Daya, One Dance (8-8, 35,128 sales) by Drake feat. Wizkid & Kyla, Treat You
Better (9-9, 34,876 sales) by Shawn Mendes and Too Good (10-10, 31,146 sales) by
Drake feat. Rihanna. Overall singles sales are up 0.91% week-on-week at
9,810,345. Streams accounted for 8,271,394 sales, a record 84.31% of the
total. Paid-for sales are down 3.09% week-on-week at 1,538,951 - 25.51%
below same week 2015 sales of 2,065,963 and below same-week,
for the 159th week in a row. For the second
week in a row, they are at their lowest level since week 42, 2007 (sales
week-ending 20 October 2007, issue date 27 October 2007) - 462 weeks ago - when
1,495,550 singles were sold.
In the first all-new top three for 10 weeks, albums
by country legend Dolly Parton and Ricky Gervias' fictional character David
Brent each sold more copies than last week's No.1 but play only supporting roles
in the coronation of Frank Ocean's Blonde, which debuts in pole position on
sales of 31,866 copies (including 4,338 from streams).
Blonde - styled as Blond on its artwork but nowhere else - is Ocean's follow-up
to his debut solo audio album Channel Orange, which debuted and peaked at No.2
in 2012 on first week sales of 13,173, becoming the first album to make the Top
20 prior to release in physical form. Blonde is also only available digitally at
this point, and then only through iTunes, but times have moved on, and it is the
fourth album to top the chart without a physical release, emulating Dr. Dre's
Compton, Beyonce's Lemonade and Drake's Views (Radiohead's A Moon Shaped Pool
fails on a technicality, as it registered a single physical sales when it topped
the chart earlier this year). Blonde didn't drop until last Saturday (20th),
giving most other albums a day's start in the chart cycle. Ocean released video
album Endless the previous day to complete his contract with Universal, allowing
Blonde to be released on his own Boys Don't Cry imprint.
Twenty-eight-year-old singer/songwriter and rapper Ocean is also still a member
of hip-hop collective Odd Future, but they have been on sabbatical since 2012,
when their only charted album, The OF Tape Volume 2 reached No.40 just 16 weeks
before Channel Orange was released. The OF Tape Volume 2 has gone on to sell
18,357 copies, while Channel Orange - which surges 143-44 (1,968 sales) this
week - has sold 210,483 copies.
Ironically, Ocean's Blonde denies one of music's most iconic blondes - Dolly
Parton - from scoring her first ever UK No.1 album. The country veteran, who is
now 70, has been making albums since 1967, and came close to scoring her first
ever No.1 in 2014 when Blue Smoke spent three weeks at No.2. That's the same
position in which follow-up Pure & Simple makes its debut (on sales of 16,723
copies) this week. Pure & Simple is Parton's 43rd studio album but is bundled
with 14 tracks recorded at her Glastonbury 2014 performance. Blue Smoke was her
42nd studio album and was similarly boosted by being bundled with The Best Of
Dolly Parton. It has thus far sold 401,584 copies.
Thirty three years after his first attempt to make the charts as half of the new
wave duo Seona Dancing, Ricky Gervais finally makes it, debuting at No.3 (9,827
sales) with Life On The Road, the tongue-in-cheek soundtrack album to the new
film in which he reprises the role of David Brent, who was the gauche boss he
portrayed in his popular BBC mockumentary The Office in 2001/2 but is now -
hence the album - an aspiring rock star.
Elsewhere in the Top 10, Bob Marley & The Wailers' Legend compilation holds its
place (5-5, 6,449 sales) but there are declines for Drake's Views (2-4, 6,593
sales), ELO's All Over The World: The Very Best Of (3-6, 6,283 sales), Christine
And The Queens' Chaleur Humaine (4-7, 5,500 sales), Adele's 25 (6-8, 5,291
sales), Justin Bieber's Purpose (8-9, 5,027 sales) and Coldplay's A Head Full Of
Dreams (7-10, 4,557 sales).
Overall album sales are up 5.82% week-on-week at 1,461,626. Streaming accounted
for 513,066 sales - 35.10% of the total. Sales of paid-for albums are up 7.71%
week-on-week at 948,560, and are 5.93% below same week 2015 sales of 1,008,366.
Oricon Album Chart
No.1 Kana Nishino 'Just Love'
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GfK Album Chart
No.1 Die Lochis '#Zwilling'
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