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Global Chart Report

'Blinding Lights' is the new leader
Thursday, February 20, 2020
by Fred Chuchel, Dresden


As expected 'Blinding Lights' by The Weeknd reaches the hot seat of the Global Track Chart. In its eleventh week on the tally the smash with the typical 1980s sound and mood overtakes 'Dance Monkey' with 376,000 points (up 5% compared to the previous week). It's The Weeknd's third global number one success, after 'Can't Feel My Face' led for three weeks in August / September 2015 and 'Starboy' topped for four weeks in December 2016. 'Blinding Lights' ends the impressive 16-week run of 'Dance Monkey' by Tones And I. On the current hitlist the song slides to the runner-up slot with 358,000 points (down 5%) and with a total of 8,808,000 points it jumps to no.126 of the  ALL TIME CHART. Dua Lipa's 'Don't Start Now' climbs back at no.3 with 313,000 points (up 6,5%). 'Intentions' is the 2nd lift-off from Justin Bieber's new album 'Changes', which was released some days ago. The song, a collab with rapper Quavo, bows at no.14 globally with 164,000 points.

Outside the Top 40 waiting among other 'High Fashion' by Roddy Ricch at no.44, 'Sigues Con El' by Arcangel at no.47, 'What If I Told You That I Love You' by Ali Gatie at no.48, 'Yikes' by Nicki Minaj at no.51, and 'The Bones' by Maren Morris at no.55 for their first appearance on the big list. 'Pop x Step' by Japanese boy group Sexy Zone starts at no.1 on the Global Album Chart, only due the 131,000 CD album sales in Japan, according to Oricon. In this country it's Sexy Zone's seventh no.1 album, but the first globally. The only important international debut this week is 'Father Of All Motherfuckers', the thirteenth studio album by the legendary punk-rock band Green Day. The set bows at no.2 with 123,000 sales. The band's former studio set, Revolution Radio', started also on the hot spot in the week 42, 2016 with 206,000 sales. Green Day's most successful efforts were 'Dookie' from 1994 with 19 million and 'American Idiot' from 2004 with 15 million sales. Back to this week's hitlist: rounds out the top three is Eminem's 'Music To Be Murdered By' with 106,000 sales, still the year-to-date leader with a total of 822,000 sales. And now, as every week, additional stats from outside the current Global Top 10 in alphabetic order, the first figure means last week's sales, the second figure the total sales: '1989' by Taylor Swift 14,000 / 11,331,000, '21' by Adele 11,000 / 29,947,000, '25' by Adele 9,000 / 22,315,000, the 'A Star Is Born' soundtrack 23,000 / 5,626,000, 'American Teen' by Khalid 15,000 / 3,671,000, 'Astroworld' by Travis Scott 25,000 / 4,351,000, 'Beerbongs & Bentleys' by Post Malone 30,000 / 6,416,000, the 'Bohemian Rhapsody' soundtrack 10,000 / 4,167,000, 'Circles' by Mac Miller 35,000 / 357,000, 'Courage' by Celine Dion 6,000 / 578,000, 'Cuz I Love You' by Lizzo 28,000 / 1,426,000, 'Damn.' by Kendrick Lamar 14,000 / 5,749,000, 'Death Race For Love' by Juice WRLD 23,000 / 1,522,000, 'Divide' by Ed Sheeran 29,000 / 15,714,000, 'Divinely Uninspired To A Hellish Extent' by Lewis Capaldi 58,000 / 2,000,000, 'Everyday Life' by Coldplay 19,000 / 835,000, 'Evolve' by Imagine Dragons 12,000 / 5,025,000, 'Free Spirit' by Khalid 18,000 / 1,943,000, the 'Frozen II' soundtrack 51,000 / 1,104,000, 'Goodbye & Good Riddance' by Juice WRLD 30,000 / 2,826,000, 'Happiness Begins' by Jonas Brothers 13,000 / 1,322,000, 'In The Lonely Hour' by Sam Smith 8,000 / 8,365,000, 'Indigo' by Chris Brown 18,000 / 1,234,000, 'Invasion Of Privacy' by Cardi B 13,000 / 3,324,000, 'Jesus Is King' by Kanye West 7,000 / 768,000, 'Kamikaze' by Eminem 7,000 / 2,949,000, 'Love Yourself 轉 Answer' by BTS (Bangtan Boys) 10,000 / 2,830,000, 'Lover' by Taylor Swift 48,000 / 3,100,000, 'Map Of The Soul: Persona' by BTS (Bangtan Boys) 9,000 / 4,334,000, 'No.6 Collaborations' by Ed Sheeran 43,000 / 3,038,000, 'Norman Fucking Rockwell!!' by Lana Del Rey 13,000 / 823,000, 'Origins' by Imagine Dragons 6,000 / 1,706,000, 'Over It' Summer Walker 27,000 / 980,000, 'Pray For The Wicked' by Panic! At The Disco 7,000 / 1,740,000, 'Question Mark' by XXXTentacion 23,000 / 4,235,000, 'Rammstein' by Rammstein 8,000 / 1,299,000, 'Rare' by Selena Gomez 43,000 / 405,000, 'Reputation' by Taylor Swift 13,000 / 5,171,000, 'Romance' by Camila Cabello 34,000 / 545,000, 'Scorpion' by Drake 22,000 / 6,246,000, 'Seven' by Lil Nas X 21,000 / 1,182,000, 'Shawn Mendes' by Shawn Mendes 15,000 / 2,706,000, 'So Much Fun' by Young Thug 26,000 / 1,196,000, 'Stoney' by Post Malone 19,000 / 5,348,000, 'Sweetener' by Ariana Grande 8,000 / 2,796,000, 'Thank U, Next' by Ariana Grande 24,000 / 3,486,000, 'The Greatest Showman' soundtrack 20,000 / 7,683,000, 'Views' by Drake 11,000 / 5,308,000, 'We Love You Tecca' by Lil Tecca 17,000 / 820,000, and 'X' by Ed Sheeran 10,000 / 12,161,000.

GLOBAL NO.1 - 40 YEARS AGO... "Another Brick In The Wall (Part II)" was released on November 30, 1979 as a part of Pink Floyd's rock opera The Wall that explores Pink, a jaded rockstar whose eventual self-imposed isolation from society is symbolized by a wall. The protest song "Another Brick In The Wall (Part II)" against rigid schooling, features a children's choir. It describes the protagonist's traumas including his overprotective mother and abusive schoolteachers become metaphorical bricks in the wall. Dave Gilmour recorded his impressive guitar solo in one take, with no editing or mixing. The song went to no.1 in many countries around the world, like the United States, United Kingdom, Germany, France, Canada, Austria, Switzerland, Sweden, Norway, Finland, Ireland and it was the biggest hit of the year 1980 globally.

Billboard Report
'The Box' tops Hot 100 for seventh week
Tuesday, February 25, 2020
by Keith Caulfield & Gary Trust, Los Angeles

Roddy Ricch's "The Box" notches a seventh week at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100. It posts an eighth week at No. 1 on the Streaming Songs chart, despite a 12% drop to 52.2 million

U.S. streams in the week ending Feb. 25, according to Nielsen Music/MRC Data. It pushes 8-7 on Digital Song Sales, down 3% to 11,000 sold in the week ending Feb. 20, and 13-10 on Radio Songs, gaining by 12% to 59.3 million all-format airplay audience impressions in the week ending Feb. 23. Future's "Life Is Good," featuring Drake, spends its sixth consecutive week at No. 2 on the Hot 100, encompassing its entire, and unprecedented, run on the chart; a week ago, it became the first song ever to log its first five weeks on the Hot 100 at No. 2. It also keeps at No. 2 on Streaming Songs (42 million, up 6%), while surging 21-5 on Digital Song Sales (11,000, up 56%) and rising 26-25 on Radio Songs (39.5 million, up 12%). Helping spark the track's gains, a remix, featuring Drake, DaBaby and Lil Baby, was released on Feb. 15. Post Malone's "Circles" is steady at No. 3 on the Hot 100, after three nonconsecutive weeks at No. 1, as it notches a ninth week at

No. 1 on Radio Songs (104.5 million, essentially even week-over-week), and Tones and I's "Dance Monkey" climbs from No. 5 to a new No. 4 Hot 100 high. Dua Lipa's "Don't Start Now" rises 6-5 on the Hot 100, marking her first top five hit. Her sole prior top 10, "New Rules," reached No. 6 in February 2018. "Start" also becomes Lipa's second No. 1 on the Pop Songs airplay ranking, after "Rules" reigned for four weeks, also in February 2018. Arizona Zervas' "Roxanne" bumps 7-6 on the Hot 100, after reaching No. 4; Maroon 5's "Memories" drops 4-7, after hitting No. 2; and Lewis Capaldi's "Someone You Loved" keeps at No. 8, after it spent three weeks at No. 1. Bieber's "Intentions," featuring Quavo, rises 11-9 on the Hot 100, as parent album Changes launches as Bieber's seventh No. 1 on the Billboard 200. The track holds at No. 3 on Streaming Songs, up 10% to 24.3 million streams. Bieber adds his 18th Hot 100 top 10, and second from Changes, after "Yummy" bowed and peaked at No. 2 in January. Quavo collects his sixth top 10, and third via a Bieber collab, after DJ Khaled's "I'm the One," featuring Bieber, Quavo, Chance the Rapper and Lil Wayne (No. 1, one week, May 2017), and "No Brainer," by the same lineup minus Lil Wayne (No. 5, August 2018). Quavo further outpaces the top 10 total of Migos (the trio of himself, Offset and Takeoff), which has tallied four top 10s. Rounding out the Hot 100's top 10, The Weeknd's "Blinding Lights" lifts 12-10. It also ranks at No. 10 on Streaming Songs (19.4 million, up 11%). The Weeknd achieves his 10th Hot 100 top 10 and second from his album After Hours, due March 20, after "Heartless" topped the chart dated Dec. 14, becoming his fourth No. 1. Justin Bieber scores his seventh No. 1 album on the Billboard 200 chart as Changes debuts atop the tally. The set, which was released on Feb. 14 via SchoolBoy/Raymond Braun/Def Jam Recordings, earned 231,000 equivalent album units in the U.S. in the week ending Feb. 20, according to Nielsen Music/MRC Data. Changes’ 231,000 first-week units represent the third-largest week of 2020 for an album, behind the debut frames of Eminem’s Music to Be Murdered By (279,000; chart dated Feb. 1) and Halsey’s Manic (239,000; also Feb. 1). Changes is Bieber’s first album in more than four years, since Purpose debuted at No. on the Dec. 5, 2015-dated chart with 649,000 units (with 522,000 of that sum in album sales). Of Changes’ first-week sum, 126,000 are in album sales, 101,000 are in SEA units (equating to 135 million on-demand streams of the songs on the album) and 4,000 are in TEA units. The album’s sales were bolstered by a concert ticket/album sale redemption offer with Bieber’s upcoming tour, and many merchandise/album bundle offers sold via Bieber’s official webstore. Notably, at 25, Bieber is the youngest solo artist to achieve seven No. 1 albums. (He turns 26 on March 1.) Previously, the youngest soloist to land seven No. 1s was Elvis Presley, who logged his seventh leader (of 10 total) when he was 26 years and 11 months old (with Blue Hawaii on Dec. 11, 1961). At No. 2 on the new Billboard 200, A Boogie Wit da Hoodie’s Artist 2.0 debuts with 111,000 equivalent album units -- nearly all from streaming activity. Of the set’s starting sum, 106,000 are in SEA units (equaling 149 million in on-demand streams of songs from the album), making it the No. 1 most-streamed album of the week. The remainder of the album’s units were driven by album sales (3,000) and TEA units (1,000). Artist 2.0 is A Boogie Wit da Hoodie’s sixth charting album and third top 10 effort, following Hoodie SZN (No. 1 on Jan. 19, 2019) and The Bigger Artist (No. 4 on Oct. 21, 2017). Of note, the rapper’s last album, Hoodie SZN, also debuted at No. 2 (on Jan. 5, 2019), but waited until Jan. 19 to ascend to No. 1. Tame Impala achieves its highest charting album ever on the Billboard 200, as The Slow Rush bows at No. 3 with 110,000 equivalent album units (with 80,000 of that in album sales). The act previously topped out at No. 4 in 2015 with Currents. Further, The Slow Rush logs Tame Impala its best sales week for an album, trumping the 45,000 first-week sales of Currents. (The Slow Rush’s sales were goosed by a concert ticket/album sale redemption offer with the act’s upcoming tour, as well as a handful of merchandise/album sale bundles sold via its webstore.) Roddy Ricch​’s Please Excuse Me for Being Antisocial falls from No. 1 to No. 4 on the new Billboard 200 chart with 70,000 equivalent album units earned (down 11%). The set has logged four total weeks on top. Monsta X rounds out the new arrivals in the top 10, as the six-member South Korean vocal group makes its Billboard 200 chart debut at No. 5 with its first all-English-language album, All About Luv. The set launches with 52,000 equivalent album units earned, with 50,000 of that sum comprising album sales. All About Luv is Monsta X’s first album for Epic Records since signing with the label in 2019. All About Luv's first week was bolstered by sales generated from a concert ticket/album sale redemption offer, a bevy of merchandise/album bundles, in-store appearances during street week, and more than a dozen different variants of the album available for fans to purchase (such as multiple CD editions, each with a different cover for one of the group’s members). Post Malone’s former No. 1 Hollywood’s Bleeding descends from No. 2 to No. 6 with 50,000 equivalent album units earned (down 4%), while Billie Eilish​’s former leader When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go? dips from No. 5 to No. 7 with 44,000 units (down 4%). Pop Smoke’s Meet the Woo, V.2 is pushed down one spot to No. 8, though with an 11% increase in units (to 40,000) in its second week on the list. The album gains in the wake of fan reaction to the rapper’s death on Feb. 19. Eminem’s former chart-topper Music to Be Murdered By, slipping from No. 3 to No. 9 with 39,000 equivalent album units earned, and Halsey’s Manic, falling from No. 8 to No. 10 with 31,000 units.

Record Of The Month

The 33 year-old Guyanese-Amercian rapper Sainth Jhn was previously largely unknown, until this remix. Originally 'Roses' was released in July 2016. Three years later the Kazakh producer and musician Imanbek Zeykenov remixed this song and released it as a single in September 2019 through the Russian label Effective Records without Saint Jhn's involvement.

United Kingdom
Music Week Report
Billie Eilish has her first number one single
Monday, February 24, 2020
by Alan Jones, London

No Time To Die is the theme to the 25th James Bond film of the same name, but only the 2nd to reach No.1, debuting atop the chart on sales of 90,488 copies (including 72,596 from sales-equivalent streams) for Billie Eilish, Eilish’s 10th chart entry but first No.1, it tops the chart more than four years after Sam Smith’s Writing On

The Wall – the theme to the last Bond vehicle, Spectre – opened its account at No.1 on consumption of 69,604 units (including 13,953 from sales-equivalent streams), and is the 14th Bond theme to make the Top 10. It secures the highest first week sales of any Bond theme, beating the 84,010 copies that Adele’s Skyfall sold when debuting at No.4 in 2012, on its way to a No.2 peak. Although 007 himself seems invulnerable – he has survived numerous sticky situations since the Bond franchise’s first film Dr. No was released in 1962 – Eilish is the fifth artist to have a hit Bond theme which includes die or derivatives thereof in its title, following Paul McCartney & Wings’ Live And Let Die (No.9, 1973), Tomorrow Never Dies (No.12, 1997) by Sheryl Crow, Die Another Day (No.3, 2002) by Madonna and Another Way To Die (No.9, 2008) by Jack White & Alicia Keys. That’s a lot of dying, when you consider that, in more than 67 years of singles charts,

there has been an average of less than one die/died/dying/dies/dead/death hit a year. That being the case it is surprising that the week’s second highest chart entry, is not only another ‘death’ song – To Die For (No.20, 22,631 sales) – but one by the person who was responsible for the last Bond theme Sam Smith, who thus registers chart entry No.20. Getting back to Bond for a moment, in addition to the death songs, there have also been a couple of kills – A View To A Kill (No.2, 1985) by Duran Duran and License To Kill (No.6, 1989) by Gladys Knight. It’s a good week for Justin Bieber, who tops the album chart with Changes, secures his 19th Top 10 hit with Intentions (14-10, 32,389 sales) and scores his third hit from the set (and 60th hit in total), with Forever (No.29, 17,158 sales), which also features rappers Post Malone and Clever. Meanwhile, Yummy – the first single from Changes – climbs to No.12 (31,316 sales), ending a four-week run at No.13 – the longest in chart history. Seven more tracks from Bieber’s album are ‘starred-out’ of the Top 75. Reaching a new peak for the fifth week in a row, SAINt JHN’s Roses improves 8-7 (37,882 sales). The rest of the Top 10: Blinding Lights (1-2, 64,466 sales) by The Weeknd, The Box (2-3, 50,756 sales) by Roddy Ricch, Before You Go (3-4, 44,597 sales) by Lewis Capaldi, Don’t Start Now (4-5, 42,859 sales) by Dua Lipa, Someone You Love (7-6, 41,248 sales) by Lewis Capaldi, Life Is Good (6-8, 33,373 sales) by Future feat. Drake and Everything I Wanted (9-9, 32,697 sales) by Billie Eilish. Singles sales are up 1.70% week-on-week at 21,173,927, 17.60% above same week 2019 sales of 18,005,647. Paid-for sales are up 5.01% week-on-week at 585,499 – 25.77% below same week 2019 sales of 788,781, and below same week, previous year sales for the 342nd week in a row. Lewis Capaldi gathered a pair of BRIT awards on Tuesday (February 18), but the boost this gave to his blockbusting debut album, Divinely Uninspired To A Hellish Extent, wasn’t quite enough to send it to the top of the chart for the sixth time. It ultimately fell 144 sales short, remaining at No.2 with sales up 20.20% week-on-week at 17,537. After a titanic battle with Tame Impala, it is Justin Bieber who emerges triumphant with his fifth studio album, Changes, providing his second No.1 on consumption of 17,681 units (including 11,237 from sales-equivalent streams) – the lowest for a No.1 for 40 weeks. Bieber’s third studio album, Believe, delivered his only previous No.1 album in 2012 on sales of just 38,115 copies, while his last album, Purpose, shifted a massive 90,596 copies on the week of its release in 2015 but still had to settle for runners-up position behind One Direction’s Made In The AM. Despite not topping the chart, Purpose is by far Bieber’s most successful album in terms of consumption, with 1,330,226 units to date, followed by 2010 debut My World 2.0, which peaked at No.3 (828,291 units) with Believe a distant third (249,309 units). Like Bieber, Australia’s Tame Impala debuted in 2010, and last delivered an album in 2015. The act’s fourth studio album, The Slow Rush made a fast break, topping early sales flashes – like its 2015 predecessor Currents – but eventually ending up at No.3, again like Currents, but on considerably higher consumption of 16,489 units versus Currents’ 12,391. A psych-rock act whose only permanent member is 34-year-old Kevin Parker, Tame Impala had never had a Top 75 single until this week (see singles analyses for details) though the uncharted The Less I Know The Better – the stand-out track on Currents – has achieved hit-level consumption of 538,589 units, including 22,710 paid-for downloads. Currents tops the Tame Impala album consumption rankings, with a to-date tally of 180,972 units. Pop trio New Hope Club – former Stereo Kicks member Reece Bibby plus Blake Richardson and George Smith – have released several singles without charting but their eponymous first album is off to an encouraging start, debuting at No.5 (8,467 sales). Aside from Lewis Capaldi, there were major Brit-fuelled boosts inside the Top 10 for Billie Eilish’s When We Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go (6-4, 10,384 sales, a 48.20% increase) and Harry Styles’ Fine Line (9-8, 6,849 sales, 29.32% increase) – and elsewhere in the Top 40 for Eilish’s Don’t Smile At Me (17-13, 4,492 sales, 28.86% increase), Dave’s Psychodrama (57-14, 3,772 sales, 110.94% increase) and Lizzo’s Cuz I Love You (126-35, 2,393 sales, 113.67% increase). The rest of the Top 10: Music To Be Murdered By (3-6, 7,435 sales) by Eminem, Heavy Is The Head (7-7, 7,225 sales) by Stormzy, No.6 Collaborations Project (5-9, 6,811 sales) by Ed Sheeran and Big Conspiracy (4-10, 6,127 sales) by J Hus. Overall album sales are up 1.35% week-on-week at 1,833,447, 9.37% above same week 2019 sales of 1,676,356. Sales-equivalent streams accounted for 1,364,893 sales, a record 74.44% of the total. Sales of paid-for albums are down 1.82% week-on-week at 468,554, 12.03% below same week 2019 sales of 532,600.