'Easy On Me' rules a fifth week
Wednesday, November 24, 2021
by Fred Chuchel, Dresden
Adele's new smash 'Easy On Me' holds tight at the summit of the
Global Track Chart for a fifth consecutive week with another 335,000
points, down 1,5% compared to the previous week. The song tops also
the (not published) Global Airplay Chart a third time with
115,000 points (up 5%). Another 180,000 points were generated by
streaming (down 6%) and 40,000 points by sales (up 3%).
'Easy On Me' is the lead single from Adele's recently released album
'30', which will make a deep impact on next week's hitlist. This
week's highest debut is an old, new song by Taylor Swift. 'All Too
Well' from her 2012 album 'Red' shoots as a new ten minute remix at
no.2 globally with 317,000 points. It's a part of the simultaneously
published and completely renewed 'Red (Taylor's Version)' album.
Rounds out the top three is
'Stay' by Kid Laroi and Justin Bieber with 307,000 points (down 7%).
With a total of 7,304,000 points after 19 weeks on the tally it
reaches no.3 on
the year-to-date list. It seems that the top three of the Year-End
Chart 2021 are completed now, because no other song has a chance to
enter the upper region during the last six weeks of the year. No.2
there is 'Levitating' by Dua Lupa with 8,209,000 points currently
and of course 'Save Your Tears' by the Weeknd as the big leader with
a total of 10,250,000 points so far. It's that time again, Mariah
Carey's Xmas classic 'All I Want For Christmas Is You' is back on
the chart. The song re-enters this week at no.38 with 71,000 points
and ranks now a 77th week on the tally. Outside our
weekly Top 40 waiting among other 'Sad Girlz Luv Money' by Amaarae |
Kali Uchis | Moliy at no.46,
'Better Days' by Neiked | Mae Muller | Polo G at no.54, and 'Do It
To It' by
Acraze feat. Cherish at no.56 for their first appearance on the big list.
It's an unusual situation on the Global Album Chart: seven efforts
with more than 150,000 equivalent sales last week! Big leader is
'Red (Taylor's Version)', the second re-recorded album by Taylor
Swift, following her first re-recorded set 'Fearless (Taylor's
Version)', which started with 406,000 sales in the week 16, 2021 and
generated a total of 1,290,000 so far. 'Red (Taylor's version)' bows
with massive 765,000 sales, 605,000 of it from the United States
alone (according to Nielsen Music / Billboard) and another 72,000
from United Kingdom (according to OCC). The re-recording venture is
Swift's countermeasure against the changed ownership of the masters
to her first six studio albums. At the runner-up slot arrives the
sixth studio album by the South Korean girl group Twice. 'Formula Of
Love: O+T=<3' starts with 336,000 sales in its initial week, 254,000
of it coming from the band's native country (according to Hanteo),
another 66,000 from the the United States (according to Nielsen
Music / Billboard). Rounds out the top three is last week's big
chart topper, Abba's spectacular comeback album 'Voyage'. The set
sold another 209,000 consumption units in its second week at retail,
a total of 968,000 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 19,000 / 12,424,000, '21' by
Adele 35,000 / 30,953,000, '25' by Adele 43,000 / 23,314,000, the 'A
Star Is Born' soundtrack 6,000 / 6,828,000, 'After Hours' by The
Weeknd 28,000 / 5,309,000, 'Astroworld' by Travis Scott 15,000 /
6,488,000, 'BE' by BTS (Bangtan Boys) 8,000 / 5,311,000, 'Beerbongs
& Bentleys' by Post Malone 12,000 / 8,327,000, 'Best Of BTS' by BTS
(Bangtan Boys) 9,000 / 1,281,000, 'Dangerous: The Double Album' by Morgan Wallen
49,000 / 3,210,000, 'Divide' by Ed Sheeran 27,000 / 18,042,000, 'Divinely
Uninspired To A Hellish Extent' by Lewis Capaldi 19,000 / 5,031,000,
'Donda' by Kanye West 57,000 / 1,332,000,
'Evermore' by Taylor Swift 27,000 / 2,742,000, 'Fine Line' by Harry
Styles 37,000 / 6,146,000, 'Folklore' by Taylor Swift 32,000 /
4,570,000, 'F*ck Love' by The Kid Laroi
40,000 / 2,778,000, 'Future Nostalgia' by Dua Lipa
38,000 / 4,904,000, 'Goodbye & Good Riddance' by Juice
WRLD 21,000 / 5,279,000, the soundtrack of the Original Hollywood Cast
to 'Hamilton: An American Musical' 16,000 / 4,285,000, 'Happier Than
Ever' by Billie Eilish 52,000 / 1,653,000,
'Hollywood's Bleeding' by Post Malone 24,000 / 7,246,000, 'Justice' by
Justin Bieber 37,000 / 2,351,000, 'Legends
Never Die' by Juice WRLD 27,000 / 4,402,000, 'Map Of The Soul: 7' by
BTS (Bangtan Boys) 21,000 / 7,439,000, 'Montero' by Lil Nas X 48,000 /
728,000, 'Music Of The Spheres' by Coldplay 49,000 / 549,000, 'Music To Be Murdered By' by
Eminem 12,000 / 2,920,000, 'My Turn' by Lil Baby 23,000 / 3,799,000, 'No.6 Collaborations' by Ed Sheeran
/ 4,422,000, 'Planet Her' by Doja Cat 60,000 / 1,769,000, 'Positions' Ariana Grande
14,000 / 2,780,000,
'Question Mark' by XXXTentacion 15,000 / 5,976,000,
Drake 10,000 / 7,827,000, 'Shoot For The Stars, Aim For The Moon' by
Pop Smoke 34,000 / 5,766,000, 'Sour' by Olivia Rodrigo 67,000 /
3,596,000, 'Sticker (incl. Favorite)' by NCT 127 54,000 / 2,368,000,
'Stoney' by Post Malone 10,000 /
Greatest Showman' soundtrack 9,000 / 9,036,000, 'The Highlights' by
The Weeknd 28,000 / 1,805,000, 'The Voice' by Lil
Durk 8,000 / 1,069,000, 'When We All Fall
Asleep, Where Do We Go?' by Billie Eilish 24,000 / 9,229,000, and 'X' by Ed Sheeran
10,000 / 12,890,000.
GLOBAL NO.1 - 30 YEARS AGO
... "(Everything I Do) I Do It For You" was released on June 18, 1991. The
power ballad was featured on two albums, firstly the soundtrack album from the
1991 film Robin Hood: Prince Of Thieves and then on Adams' sixth album, Waking
Up The Neighbours (1991). The musicians on the original recording are Adams on
the lead vocals, backing vocals and rhythm guitar, Bill Payne (piano), Mickey
Curry (drums), Larry Klein (bass), Keith Scott (lead guitar & backing vocals),
and Mutt Lange (synthesizers). Based on orchestral music by Michael Kamen, the
song was written in London, at the studio Adams working at in 1990, and he and
Lange wrote it in 45 minutes. "(Everything I Do) I Do It For You" was an
enormous chart success internationally, reaching the number-one positions in
almost all countries, inter alia 17 weeks in the United States (sales-only
chart) and 16 weeks in United Kingdom. On the Year-End Chart 1991 the song was
the clear winner with massive 15.694.000 points.
Taylor Swift scores 10th no.1 album
Tuesday, November 23, 2021
by Keith Caulfield & Gary Trust, Los Angeles
Taylor Swift storms in at No. 1 on the Billboard 200
albums chart dated Nov. 27 with Red (Taylor’s Version), her re-recording
of her 2012 album, Red, which led the list for 7 weeks in 2012-13.
The new 30-track release, which adds a bevy of previously unheard
“From the Vault” songs, gives Swift a milestone 10th No. 1 on the chart, making
her just the second woman with 10 No. 1s in chart’s 65-year history. Barbra
Streisand has the most No. 1s among women, with 11.
Red (Taylor’s Version) earned 605,000 equivalent album units in
the U.S. in the week ending Nov. 18, according to MRC Data. That marks the
second-largest week of the year, trailing only the debut frame of Drake’s
Certified Lover Boy, which racked up 613,000 units in the week ending Sept. 9.
Red (Taylor’s Version) also launches with the best week of the year in terms of
traditional album sales: 369,000.
Red (Taylor’s Version) is Swift’s second re-recorded album,
following Fearless (Taylor’s Version), which also debuted at No. 1, in April.
Of Red (Taylor’s Version)’s 605,000 equivalent album units earned
in the U.S. in the week ending Nov. 18, album sales comprise
369,000, SEA units comprise 227,000 (equaling 303.23 million
on-demand streams of the set’s 30 tracks), and TEA units comprise 9,000 units.
Red (Taylor’s Version) was announced on June 18 for release on
Nov. 19. On Sept. 30, the release date was moved up a week to Nov. 12. Swift
ushered in the album with appearances on NBC’s The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy
Fallon and Late Night With Seth Meyers (both on Nov. 11), followed by a
performance on Saturday Night Live on Nov. 13. On the latter, she performed the
10-minute version of the album’s “All Too Well.”
Swift garnered her first No. 1 with Fearless, her second studio
LP, which debuted atop the chart dated Nov. 29, 2008. The previous largest sales
week of the year was held by Swift’s latest studio album of all-original
material, Evermore, when it sold 192,000 copies in the week ending June 3,
following its release on vinyl LP.
Sales of Red (Taylor’s Version) were also enhanced by the
availability of CDs signed by Swift in her official webstore and at independent
Silk Sonic arrives at No. 2 on the Billboard 200 with the pair’s
first album, An Evening With Silk Sonic. The set bows with 104,000 equivalent
album units earned. It’s the fourth top 10 for Mars, all of which have reached
the top three on the list. It’s the second top 10, and highest charting album
yet, for Anderson .Paak, who previously hit a No. 4 high with Ventura in 2019.
Of An Evening With’s starting sum of 104,000, SEA units comprise 60,000
(equaling 82.6 million on-demand streams of the set’s nine tracks), album sales
comprise 42,000 and TEA units comprise 2,000.
Coincidentally, Mars’ last two albums both debuted at No. 2 — and
one of them also arrived behind a Swift album. Mars’ 24K Magic debuted and
peaked at No. 2 on the Dec. 10, 2016-dated chart, behind Metallica’s
also-debuting Hardwired… To Self-Destruct. Before that, Mars’ Unorthodox Jukebox
debuted at No. 2 on the Dec. 29, 2012-dated chart behind Taylor Swift’s Red,
which was in its fifth nonconsecutive week at No. 1. Unorthodox Jukebox
eventually climbed to No. 1, on the list dated March 16, 2013. Twice captures
its second top 10 album on the Billboard 200, and highest charting effort yet,
as Formula of Love: O+T=<3 debuts at No. 3 with 66,000 equivalent album units
earned. Of that sum, album sales comprise 58,000, SEA units comprise 8,000
(equaling 12 million on-demand streams of the set’s tracks) and TEA units
comprise a negligible sum. Like many K-pop releases, the CD edition of the new
album was issued in multiple collectible packages (six, including two
The South Korean girl group hit the top 10 earlier in 2021 with
the No. 6-peaking Taste of Love: The 10th Mini Album.
Summer Walker’s Still Over It falls from No. 1 to No. 4 in its
second week on the Billboard 200, earning 64,000 equivalent album units (down
61%). Drake’s former No. 1 Certified Lover Boy dips 3-5 with 57,000 units (down
8%), Wallen’s chart-topping Dangerous: The Double Album descends 5-6 with 45,000
units (though up 5%) and Ed Sheeran’s former No. 1 = drops 4-7 with 38,000 units
Jason Aldean’s Macon debuts at No. 8 on the Billboard 200,
marking his ninth top 10 on the chart. Macon launches with 37,000 equivalent
album units earned. Of that sum, album sales comprise 19,000, SEA units comprise
16,000 (equaling 21.62 million streams of the set’s 15 tracks) and TEA units
comprise 2,000 units. Rounding out the Billboard 200’s new top 10 are Kanye
West’s former No. 1 Donda, up 13-9 with nearly 37,000 equivalent album units, up
46% thanks to its Nov. 13 deluxe reissue with additional tracks, and Doja Cat’s
Planet Her, falling 6-10 with 35,000 units (down 5%). Taylor Swift blasts in at
No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 songs chart with “All Too Well (Taylor’s
Version).” The song, long considered a classic among her catalog, is from her
new re-recorded LP, Red (Taylor’s Version), which concurrently launches at No. 1
on the Billboard 200 albums chart.
Swift first released the song on her 2012 album Red, with that
version having spent a week on the Hot 100, at No. 80, on the ranking dated Nov.
“All Too Well (Taylor’s Version)” was released on Red (Taylor’s
Version) Nov. 12 on Republic Records, via two versions on the set: its 5-minute,
29-second and 10-minute, 13-second versions, both of which are combined into one
listing on Billboard‘s charts. (The song’s original 5-minute, 29-second 2012
version is tracked separately.)
As the song becomes the 1,132nd No. 1 in the Hot 100’s 63-year
history, and the 58th to enter on top, let’s dig deeper into its coronation.
Streams, airplay & sales: “All Too Well (Taylor’s Version)” begins with 54.4
million U.S. streams, 286,000 radio airplay audience impressions and 57,800
downloads sold in the Nov. 12-18 tracking week, according to MRC Data.
Adele’s “Easy on Me” dips to No. 2 on the Hot 100 after four
weeks at No. 1. It descends to No. 3 after four weeks atop Streaming Songs,
although with a 2% gain to 24.1 million streams; drops to No. 2 after two frames
atop Digital Song Sales, surging by 70% to 24,800 sold; and holds at its No. 2
high on Radio Songs, up 9% to 84.8 million in radio reach, as it wins both the
Hot 100’s top Sales and Airplay Gainer awards.
The song’s parent album, 30, was released Friday, Nov. 19, while
Adele performed the ballad on CBS’ Adele: One Night Only, Nov. 14.
The Kid Laroi and Bieber’s “Stay” slips 2-3 on the Hot 100, after
seven weeks at No. 1, as it leads Radio Songs for a 10th week (86.9 million,
Lil Nas X and Jack Harlow’s “Industry Baby” retreats 3-4 on the
Hot 100, after a week at No. 1, as it logs a 13th week atop both the
multi-metric Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs and Hot Rap Songs charts.
“Smokin Out the Window” by Silk Sonic, the twosome of Bruno Mars
and Anderson .Paak, jumps 8-5 in its second week on the Hot 100, led by 23.8
million streams (up 13%) and 13.7 million in airplay audience (up 135%). The
collab (which contributes to the chart histories of both artists) is Mars’ 17th
top five Hot 100 hit and Anderson .Paak’s second, after their “Leave the Door
Open” spent two weeks at No. 1 in April-May. Both songs are from the pair’s
album An Evening With Silk Sonic, which debuts at No. 2 on the Billboard 200.
Ed Sheeran’s “Bad Habits” backtracks 4-6 on the Hot 100, after
reaching No. 2, and his “Shivers” slides to No. 7 from its No. 5 high.
Rounding out the Hot 100’s top 10, Glass Animals’ “Heat Waves”
pushes 10-8 for a new best, as it leads the multi-metric Hot Rock & Alternative
Songs and Hot Alternative Songs charts for a ninth week each; Doja Cat’s “Need
to Know” keeps at No. 9 on the Hot 100, after hitting No. 8; and Walker Hayes’
“Fancy Like” falls 7-10, after reaching No. 3.
Record Of The Month
Nigeria is gradually becoming a hot spot in our new multicolored
music world. Already last year a song from there, 'Jerusalema' by Master KG
feat. Nomcebo Zikode, was a big international success and now 'Love Nwantiti (Ah
Ah Ah)' by Nigerian singer, songwriter and producer Chukwuka Ekweani, better
known as CKay, is on the way to the top... this week at no.3 with 300.000
Music Week Report
Abba's 'Voyage' slides to the runner-up slot
Monday, November 22, 2021
by Alan Jones, London
Swift by name, swift by nature: Taylor Swift racks up her
fourth No.1 album of the 2020s, with Red (Taylor’s Version) – a
considerably expanded remake of her fourth album and very first No.1 in
2012 – opening atop the chart on first week consumption of 72,319 units,
including 45,338 CDs and 7,086
quadruple vinyl box sets. Red (Taylor’s Version) is Swift’s fourth No.1 album in a
mere 476 days, beating the previous record of 518 days set by The
Beatles in 1964/65. She is the only artist to have four No.1 albums in the
2020s – runners-up Drake, The Killers and Paul Weller have two apiece;
the artist with most weeks at No.1 in the 2020s - seven, two more than
second placed Olivia Rodrigo; and the artist with the second highest
level of album consumption (behind Ed Sheeran) in the 2020s.
Sales of the original Red – which dips 54-107 (1,402
sales) this week - are the second-highest for a Swift album, trailing
follow-up 1989, which has consumption of 1,414,643 units to date, and
provided Swift’s career highest weekly sale of 90,336. Red’s tally of
796,529 included a first week tally of 61,799. If Swift goes ahead with
her avowed intent of re-recording new versions of her six albums for Big
Machine in a dispute with Scooter Braun, there will be four more
Taylor’s Versions to come. Her release, in April, of a Taylor’s Version
of her second album, Fearless, was also a No.1, albeit on sales of just
21,145, which have since increased to a 32-week tally of 63,094. With eight to her credit, Swift moves level with Kylie
Minogue on the list of female soloists with most No.1 albums. Only
Madonna, with 11 (12 if we include the Madonna-heavy Evita soundtrack)
has more. Two things all Little Mix albums share are a November
release date, and a Top 5 chart position. Their seventh straight Top 5
album, compilation Between Us, debuts at No.4 on sales of 33,822 copies.
3,134 of those sales were on cassette, in which format it is No.1. Rod Stewart was hoping to score an 11th solo No.1 with
The Tears Of Hercules this week but the album falls short, debuting at
No.5 (20,470 sales), to provide his 39th Top 10 entry (including three
with the Faces). Had Stewart, 76, reached No.1, he would have become the
fourth oldest male soloist to top the chart behind Tom Jones (80), Bob
Dylan (79) and Paul McCartney (78). Thirteen months after they topped the chart with second
album Ultra Mono on sales of 27,182 copies, Bristol punk band Idles’
follow-up, Crawler, is their third Top 10 entry, debuting at No.6
(14,351 sales). The vast majority (9,584) of those sales were on vinyl,
in which format it is No.1. Blur and Gorillaz vocalist Damon Albarn reached No.2 with
his only previous solo studio album, Everyday Robots in 2013, and opens
at No.7 (14,120 sales) with his second, The Nearer The Fountain, More
Pure The Stream Flows. One of Britain’s top boy bands between 2010 and 2013,
racking up three Top 10 albums with sales in excess of 927,000 and 12
Top 30 singles, with sales upwards of 4,461,000, The Wanted have
reconvened in support of band member Tom Parker, who has been diagnosed
with brain cancer. The result, Most Wanted: The Greatest Hits, housing
all the hits and three new recordings, debuts at No.8 (12,896 sales).
The soulful retro R&B stylings of Silk Sonic – a side
project for Bruno Mars and Anderson .Paak – has earned the duo four Top
75 singles thus far, all taken from the album An Evening With, which
debuts at No.9 (12,484 sales).
Exactly a year after debuting at No.1 (54,905 sales),
Kylie Minogue’s Disco returns to the chart at No.10 (10.409 sales)
powered by the newly-released Guest List Edition, which adds
collaborations with Dua Lipa, Gloria Gaynor, Years & Years and Jessie
Ware, and other new material. Sales to date: 142,393.
It is only the fourth time in 99 weeks of the 2020s that
the entire Top 10 have cleared 10,000 sales. Of last week’s Top 10, only Abba’s Voyage (1-2, 44,053
sales) and Ed Sheeran’s = (2-3,. 34,068 sales) remain in the top tier,
with exits for The Lockdown Sessions (6-12, 6,613 sales) by Elton John,
Gold: Greatest Hits (9-14, 5,770 sales) by Abba, Music Of The Spheres
(10-16, 4,991 sales) by Coldplay, Still Over It (5-27, 3,665 sales) by
Summer Walker, Thank You (7-29, 2,958 sales) by Diana Ross, Still
Rising: The Collection (8-35, 2,754 sales) by Gregory Porter, It All
Makes Sense In The End (3-47, 2,496 sales) by James Arthur and Kid A
Mnesia (4-73, 1,775 sales) by Coldplay.
Overall album sales are up 2.30% week-on-week at
2,139,541, their highest level of the year and 13.01% above same week
2020 sales of 1,893,310. Physical product accounted for 583,911 sales,
27.29% of the total. The No.1 single for the fifth week in
a row is Easy On Me (67,102 sales), the introductory single from 30, the
new album from Adele, which dropped today (November 19).
Now the longest-running No.1 by a British female solo artist since
Duffy’s Mercy spent five weeks at the summit at the start of 2008, Easy
On Me will likely receive a massive boost from the release of 30, and
extend its tenure still further.
Not a single when included on Taylor Swift’s fourth album Red, in 2012,
All Too Well is nevertheless her 35th most popular track, with
consumption of nearly 175,000 up to last week. It has now emerged as the
star attraction on Swift’s Red (Taylor’s Version) remake of that set, in
which it appears in two versions, one of them more than 10 minutes long.
Pure sales and streaming of the new versions (but not the old) both
count towards consumption of 58,932 copies of the track this week,
earning it a No.3 debut. Also new to the chart are Taylor’s Versions of
State Of Grace (No.18, 19,837 sales) and the title track, Red (No.22,
17,300 sales), both of which surpass the originals’ respective 2012
peaks of No.36 and No.26.
A further 25 tracks from the Red (Taylor’s Version) album – a record -
are ‘starred-out’ of the Top 75 under the rule that allows a maximum of
three tracks as a primary artist. Swift has now had 54 Top 75 hits, with
All Too Well becoming her 18th Top 10 entry.
Also new to the Top 10: Seventeen Going Under (22-9, 25,964 sales) the
first Top 10 hit for Sam Fender, and Coming For You (14-10, 25,006
sales) the first hit of any size by UK rapper SwitchOTR (feat A1 x J1).
Ed Sheeran continues to have a triple presence in the Top 10 with
Shivers (2-2, 59,356 sales), Bad Habits (3-4, 49,310 sales) and Overpass
Graffiti (6-6, 32,020 sales).
The rest of the Top 10: Flowers (Say My Name) (5-5, 37,549 sales) by
ArrDee, Love Nwantiti (7-7, 30,753 sales) by Ckay and Cold Heart (4-8,
27,417 sales) by Elton John & Dua Lipa.
Singles sales are up 3.31% week-on-week at 23,978,247, 15.33% above same
week 2020 sales of 20,791,454. It is their highest level for 24 weeks,
and their second highest level ever. Paid-for sales are down 1.38%
week-on-week at 363,614 – 15.98%
above/below same week 2020 sales of 432,773.