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Global Chart Report

Ed Sheeran jumps back to the summit
Wednesday, August 26, 2015
by Fred Chuchel, Dresden

It's a little surprise: in its 60th week on the tally Ed Sheeran's 'X' returns to the hot spot of the Global Album Chart for a third time with healthy 119.000 sales. The first time the album led the chart was after the release in the week 28, 2014 with massive 549,000 sales. Two weeks later it turned back to no.1 with 151,000 copies sold. Now after 60 weeks on the tally 'X' sold a total of 6,593,000 units, 3,107,000 of it this year alone. On the year-to-date list 'X' remains at no.2, behind Taylor Swift's '1989' with 3,387,000 sales. There's a gap of 280,000 units between these both albums, and the gap becomes increasingly smaller. Will be 'X' the best-selling album of 2015 by the end of the year, or '1989' stays at no.1, or Adele's new album will be published in the autumn and outstrip the other two? Back to this week's hitlist, let's look us the other end of the chart at no.40: exactly one year ago in the week 35, 2014 we registered a new alltime low, when One Direction's 'Midnight Memories' placed at no.40 in that week with only 14,000 sales.

Now it goes down a further step, Led Zeppelin's remastered 'Presence' ranks at the final place this week with only 13,000 sales! Also in the middle of our Top 40 we have a new alltime low, for the first time ever a no.20 album sold less than 20,000 copies, 'Chaos And The Calm' by James Bay climbs at this place with only 19,000 sales. Last week's no.1, 'Compton' by Dr.Dre slides at no.3, after a massive 82% sales erosion to 75,000 and Luke Bryan's 'Kill The Lights' remains at no.2 with 93,000 copies, a 73% sales decline compared to the previous week. Some additional sales stats: 'If You're Reading This, It's Too Late'' by Drake sold 13,000 copies last week and reaches a total of 1,300,000 so far, 'Born In The Echoes' by the Chemical Brothers sold also 13,000 units last week, 128,000 so far, 'Something More Than Free' by Jason Isbell sold 9,000 units last week and has a total of 108,000 copies so far, Disney's 'Frozen' sold 8,433,000 copies so far, '21' by Adele 26,888,000, and '1989' by Taylor Swift 8,006,000. COMPLETE GLOBAL ALBUM CHART  There's a new feature on our website: NO.1 CHRONICLES. It's a list with all number one songs of the United World Chart in a chronological order with song-credits and many interesting facts about each tune. The feature is under construction, for the moment there's a test run with the no.1 smashes of the time between 2010 and 2015. In the next months the site will be expanded to the full 60 years of our chart-history. A tight race this week atop the Global Track Chart, three songs are in the range between 250,000 and 265,000 points. And winner for a second time is 'Can't Feel My Face' by The Weeknd. In its 10th week on the tally the song gets another 265.000 points, a 4% decrease compared to the previous week. Felix Jaehn's remix of Omi's 'Cheerleader' holds tight at no.2 with 257,000 points, 5% less as the week before. At no.3 debuts this week's highest debut, 'Maenomeri' by SKE 48 with 251,000 points. It's the 13th Global Top 10 smash for the Japanese idol girl group. Beside 'Maenomeri' there's only another new-entry on the current tally, it's 'Hard Knock Days' by Generations from Exile Tribe at no.27 with 86.000 points. Outside our weekly Top 40 waiting among other Shawn Mendes' 'Stitches' at no.42, Jess Glynne's 'Don't Be So Hard On Yourself' at no.43, Adam Lambert's 'Ghost Town' at no.48, Fall Out Boy's 'Uma Thurman' at no.50, Sam Feldt feat. Kimberley Anne's 'Show Me Love' at no.52, and Robin Schulz feat. Ilsey's 'Headlights' at no.56 for their first appearance on the big list.  COMPLETE GLOBAL TRACK CHART

Global Chart - 10 Years Ago
'We Belong Together' Mariah Carey
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Global Chart - 20 Years Ago
'You Are Not Alone' Michael Jackson
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Our weekly global countdown dated back to 1955. The year when Rock'n'Roll was born and popular music started to influence and determine the spirit and mood of any era. The music industry was at the very beginning, many countries hadn't yet an official chart. That's why the first hitlists merged the charts only from the USA, United Kingdom, Germany and additional informations from France, Australia, Italy, Belgium and the Netherlands. The first no.1 in January 1955 was 'Mr.Sandman' by the Chordettes and biggest hit of that year 'Cherry Pink And Apple Blossom White', a mambo classic by Perez Prado.
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Billboard Report
Luke Bryan spends 2nd week at no.1 on Billboard 200 Album
Thuesday, August 25, 2015
by Keith Caulfield & Silvio Pietroluongo, Los Angeles

Luke Bryan scores a second week at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 chart with his Kill the Lights album. The set shifted another 99,000 equivalent album units in the week ending Aug. 20, according to

Nielsen Music. A week ago it debuted atop the list with 345,000 units. Kill the Lights is the first country album to spend more than one week at No. 1 in two years. The feat last occurred with Bryan’s own previous album, Crash My Party, which spent its second and final frame at No. 1 on the chart dated Sept. 7, 2013. In two weeks, Kill the Lights has sold 403,000 in pure album sales. Behind Bryan is a surging Ed Sheeran, who sees his X album jump 6-2 with 97,000 units (up 196 percent). It rallies thanks to publicity generated by his NBC TV concert special Ed Sheeran -- Live at Wembley Stadium (which aired Aug. 18) and sales spurred by the album’s temporary 99-cent discount pricing in the Google Play store. The set’s album sales rose to 80,000 for the week (up 378 percent). Of that figure, download sales equated to 72,000 (up 607 percent). Dr. Dre’s Compton slips to No. 3 with 51,000 units (down 83 percent) in its second week. Dre can also be found at No. 4 as a member of N.W.A, as the group

zooms 30-4 with Straight Outta Compton (44,000 units; up 254 percent). The latter album reaches a new chart high and benefits from the opening weekend (Aug. 14-16) of the theatrical film of the same name. The Now 55 compilation descends 3-5 with 40,000 units (down 254 percent). Singer Melanie Martinez (a former contestant on The Voice) starts at No. 6 with her debut full-length album Cry Baby (40,000 units). She had previously visited the Heatseekers Albums chart with her 2014 Dollhouse EP, which reached No. 4 on that developing artists tally. Taylor Swift’s 1989 dips 5-7 with 32,000 units (down 4 percent). The album has spent all 43 of its chart weeks in the Top 10. Rock band Bullet for My Valentine launches at No. 8 with its latest album, Venom, moving 28,000 units

 (of which 26,000 are pure album sales). It’s the second Top 10 album from the band, which also hit the region with 2009’s Scream Aim Fire (No. 4) and 2010’s Fever (No. 3). The Nos. 8-10 albums on the Billboard 200 chart are only separated by a few hundred units, but when their sums for the week are rounded to the nearest thousand, they all end up totaling 28,000. That said, closing out the Top 10 are Future’s DS2 (7-9 with nearly 28,000 units; down 11 percent) and Sam Hunt’s Montevallo (9-10 with almost 28,000 as well; up 1 percent). Over on the Billboard Hot 100 OMI's debut smash "Cheerleader" tops for a sixth week. The reggae/pop tune again fends off "Can't Feel My Face" by The Weeknd, who wowed the crowd in his headlining set at the inaugural Billboard Hot 100 Music Festival at Jones Beach, N.Y., over the weekend. "Cheerleader" holds atop the Hot 100 while maintaining its No. 2 ranks on Radio Songs (147 million in audience, down 1 percent, according to Nielsen Music), Streaming Songs (15.1 million U.S. streams, down 7 percent) and Digital Songs, which it led for four weeks (105,000 downloads sold, down 11 percent, in the week ending Aug. 20). "Cheerleader" additionally passes 2 million (2.1 million) in sales to date. Six weeks on top for "Cheerleader," OMI ties for the longest run at No. 1 on the Hot 100 for a reggae song in more than 22 years. It matches the six-week command of MAGIC!'s "Rude" last summer. The last reggae ruler to reign longer? Snow's "Informer," which led for seven weeks in March-April 1993. At No. 2 on the Hot 100 for a second week after topping the chart, The Weeknd's "Face" remains the most-heard song on radio and the top-selling title. It spends a third week each at No. 1 on Radio Songs (157 million, essentially even from last week) and Digital Songs (109,000 downloads sold, down 8 percent) and retreats 4-5 on Streaming Songs (13.6 million, down 2 percent). "Face" also leads Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs and the subscription services-based On-Demand Songs charts for a sixth week each. Still, The Weeknd again claims two simultaneous top five Hot 100 hits, as "The Hills" holds at its No. 5 peak so far. The track keeps at No. 5 on Streaming Songs (13.6 million, up 1 percent) and zooms 7-6 on Digital Songs (79,000, up 6 percent) and 42-25 on Radio Songs (44 million, up 49 percent). With its latest sales frame, "The Hills" pushes past 1 million sold since its release. Between The Weeknd's "Face" and "The Hills" on the Hot 100, Silento's "Watch Me" remains at its No. 3 peak, while leading Streaming Songs (16.8 million, down 21 percent) and Hot Rap Songs for a fifth week each. At No. 4 on the Hot 100, Major Lazer and DJ Snake "Lean On," featuring MO, stays at its best rank, highlighted by its 4-3 lift on Radio Songs (117 million, up 9 percent). "Lean" leads Billboard's Hot Dance/Electronic Songs chart for a sixth week.  COMPLETE CHARTS

Years & Years
are a British-Australian electronica trio founded in London. The group consists of frontman and keyboardist Olly Alexander, bassist Mikey Goldsworthy and synth player Emre Turkmen. Years & Years' music has been described as electropop, mixing R&B and '90s house elements, with Flying Lotus, Diplo, Radiohead and Jai Paul being their core influences. The band formed in 2010, after Goldsworthy moved to the United Kingdom from Australia and met Turkmen online. Shortly afterwards, Alexander joined the band as lead vocalist after Goldsworthy heard him singing in the shower. The band was originally a five-piece group, with Noel Leeman and Olivier Subria. Leeman left the band in 2013. Years & Years' debut single "I Wish I Knew" was released in July 2012 on the label Good Bait, with the band performing as a five-piece group. In 2013 the group signed to French label Kitsuné Records as a three-piece and released their second single "Traps" in September 2013. In 2014 the group signed to Polydor Records and released the single "Take Shelter". The EP reached the number 1 spot on the iTunes UK Singles Electronic Chart. In January 2015, Years & Years won the prestigious BBC Sound of 2015. Years & Years were also nominated for the Critics Choice Award for the Brit Awards 2015. Their new single 'King' was released on March the 1st and became a number one smash in the British Singles Charts.   >> source: Wikipedia - click the picture to see the video

United Kingdom
Music Week Report
Jess Glynne has her fifth number one
Monday, August 24, 2015
by Alan Jones, London

Cementing her claim to be one of the hottest new female vocalists around, Jess Glynne scores her fifth number one hit in less than 19 months, with Don't Be So Hard On Yourself vaulting 78-1 (61,994 sales, including 10,140 from streams) in a tight top three which sees Marvin Gaye fall 1-2 (58,160 sales) for Charlie Puth feat. Meghan Trainor,

and How Deep Is Your Love drift 2-3 (56,191 sales) for Calvin Harris + Disciples. 25 year old Londoner Glynne previously topped the chart as featured vocalist on number one hits by Clean Bandit (Rather Be, February 2014), Route 94 (My Love, March 2014) and Tinie Tempah (Not Letting Go, July 2015) and in her own right with Hold My Hand (April 2015). The OCC are hailing Ms. Glynne for equalling Cheryl Fernandez-Versini's haul of number ones as a solo British female but I take issue with that, as only two of the songs are solo hits. Glynne may have provided the main vocals for Rather Be, My Love and Not Letting Go but they are by no stretch of the imagination solo records. Fernandez-Versini was at least the main artist on all five of her 'solo' number ones, although Tinie Tempah was featured on Crazy Stupid Love. Cheryl also had four number ones as a member of Girls Aloud bringing her tally of number ones to nine - ten if you count her very minor role in Helping Haiti's cover of REM's Everybody Hurts. More than

four years after his previous biggest hit Hello - a collaboration with Dragonette - reached number 13, French DJ/producer Martin Solveig scores his first Top 10 hit. GTA collaboration Intoxication - which was number 108 on streaming alone last week - jumps to number five (36,634 sales). The rest of the Top 10: Can't Feel My Face (3-4, 41,796 sales) by The Weeknd, Black Magic (4-6, 35,536 sales) by Little Mix, Are You With Me? (5-7, 34,494 sales) by Lost Frequencies, Shut Up & Dance (8-8, 33,538 sales) by Walk The Moon, Shine (7-9, 29,737 sales) by Years & Years and Glitterball (6-10, 29,314 sales) by Sigma feat. Ella Henderson. Overall singles sales are down 1.75% week-on-week at 6,999,767. Streams accounted for 4,933,804 sales - 70.49%

of the total. Paid-for sales are down 5.02% week-on-week at 2,065,963, and are 17.84% below same week 2014 sales of 2,514,426 - the 106th week in a row they have declined versus a year previous. After climbing to the top of the chart for the first time in sales flashes on the day of her funeral, The Very Best Of Cilla Black was duly and sadly crowned as the new number one on Friday (21st). The Liverpudlian legend, who died in Spain aged 72 at the start of the month, had consecutive number one singles with Anyone Who Had A Heart and You're My World in 1964 but her previous highest charting album was Cilla Sings A Rainbow, which peaked at number four in 1966. More than 51 years elapsed between Black's first number one single and first number one album - not a record, as nearly 55 years elapsed between Vera Lynn's My Son, My Son topping the singles chart in 1954 and We'll Meet Again: The Very Best Of putting the then 92 year old top of the album chart for the first and only time in 2009. Any number one is worthy simply by dint of selling more copies in the survey period than any other but Black's coronation comes in a woeful week, securing just 12,965 sales, 63 of them from streams. That's the second lowest tally for a number one album in the 816 weeks that have thus far elapsed in the 21st century, beating only the 9,578 copies that Rihanna's Talk That Talk sold when it returned to number one in August 2012, some 158 weeks ago. It could have been worse - driven by TV coverage of her funeral, 3,978 of Black's sales (30.68%) occurred on Thursday, more than three times the market average of 9.27%. Ahead of Black in all the early sales flashes, Bridgend heavy metal band Bullet For My Valentine's fifth studio album, Venom, has to settle for a number three debut on sale of 9,595 copies. Their highest charting album to-date, it nevertheless sold 8.62% fewer copies than the 10,499 copies that their last album, Temper Temper, shifted when debuting and peaking at number 11 in February 2013. Their only previous Top 10 albums, Scream Aim Fire and Fever provided their best ever weekly sales of 23,476 and 21,965 respectively, when debuting at number five in February 2008 and May 2010. The only other debut inside the Top 10 this week comes from another Welsh band - Wrexham pop/punk quintet Neck Deep, whose second album, Life's Not Out To Get You, opens at number eight (6,136 sales), surpassing by exactly 100 places their first album Wishful Thinking, which debuted and peaked at number 108 in January of last year on sales of 1,303 copies. Number one last week on downloads and streams only, Dr Dre's Compton came out on CD on Wednesday (19 August), and sold 787 copies on that format by close of business on Thursday but still dips to number five (9,464 sales). The rest of the Top 10: James Bay's Chaos & The Calm (7-2, 10,365 sales), Ed Sheeran's X (3-4, 9,584 sales), Sam Smith's In The Lonely Hour (5-6, 9,298 sales), Years & Years' Communion (4-7, 7,598 sales), Taylor Swift's 1989 (9-9, 5,671 sales) and Florence + The Machine's How Big, How Blue, How Beautiful (12-10, 4,501 sales). Overall album sales are down 8.30% week-on-week at 1,450,444. Streaming accounted for 442,078 sales - 30.48% of the total. Sales of paid-for albums are down 11.52% week-on-week at 1,008,366 - 21.06% below same week 2014 sales of 1,277,294.  COMPLETE CHARTS

Oricon Album Chart
No.1  Dreams Come True 'The Best'

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Media Control Album Chart
No.1  Saltatio Mortis
'Zirkus Zeitgeist'
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