Muse bow with 4th global no.1 album
Friday, June 26, 2015
by Fred Chuchel, Dresden
It's a little sensation, 13
years after the last studio album 'October Road', the 67 year-old
legendary American singer / songwriter James Taylor released
his 17th album and lands the first global number one in his long
career! 'Before This World' opens at the summit with 123.000 sales,
95.900 of it in the USA alone, another 13.500 in United Kingdom.
Five-time Grammy Award winner James Taylor began his career in 1970
with the song 'Fire And Ice' (no.9 in the week 49, 1970) and landed
the biggest hit some months later with a cover of the Carole King
classic 'You've Got A Friend' (no.4 in the week 31, 1971). For this
song he won a Grammy Award for the Best Male Pop Vocal Performance in
1971. His 'Greatest Hits' compilation from 1976 peaked at no.15 in the
US Billboard Charts. However it became a steady seller for many years
and sold more than 11 million copies to date in this country alone.
Back to this week's hitlist: shy behind James Taylor follows last
week's no.1 album, 'Drones' by Muse with 122.000 sales, a 66%
decline compared to the
initial week. Behind at no.3 lands the second highest debut of the
week, 'The Original High' by American singer and stage actor Adam
Lambert. It's his third album and starts with 69.000 sales globally,
41.800 of it in the USA, another 9.500 in United Kingdom and 4.800 in
Canada. Ed Sheeran's six-million seller 'X' is now exactly one year on
the tally and makes an impressive jump back from no.11 to no.5 with
another 59.000 sales. On the year-to-date chart 'X' ranks still at
no.2 with 2.565.000 sales, behind Taylor Swift's '1989' with 2.944.000
sales. The complete half-year balance sheet of the Global Album and
Track Chart 2015 here on our
FACEBOOK account. Some additional
sales stats: 'My Everything' by Ariana Grande sold 9.000 copies last
week and reaches a total of 1.573.000 so far, 'Night Visions' by
Imagine Dragons sold 14.000 units last week, 4.478.000 so far,
the 'Frozen' soundtrack sold 17.000 units last week and has a total of
8.316.000 copies so far, '1000 Forms Of Fear' by Sia sold 1.179.000 copies
so far, 'Listen' by David Guetta 1.049.000, and 'Sol Invictus' by
Faith No More 183.000.
COMPLETE GLOBAL ALBUM CHART
There's a new feature on our
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. Back to this week's hitlist: Will be 'Cheerleader' the
next global number one? The Felix Jaehn Remix of the reggae / pop song
by Jamaican singer Omi climbed constantly over the last weeks and
reaches now no.2 globally with 297.000 points (up 6%). For the moment 'See You Again' by Wiz
Khalifa feat. Charlie Puth has still the lead. It reigns now for
an impressive 10th week with 328.000 points (down 8%). Highest new
entry of the week is 'Five More Hours', a collaboration between
American R&B star Chris Brown and Mexican DJ Deorro. The song bows at
no.26 with 82.000 points. American rapper Silento debuts at no.32 with
'Watch Me' and 72.000 points, finally Swedish electronic duo Galantis
jumps at no.39 with 'Runaway (U&I)' and 61.000 points.
Outside our weekly Top 40
waiting among other Bangtan Boys' 'For You' at no.48, Feder feat. Lyse's 'Goodbye' at no.53,
and Nicky Jam feat. Enrique Iglesias' 'El Perdón' at no.59 for their first
appearance on the big list.
COMPLETE GLOBAL TRACK CHART
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
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of that tune
Wiz Khalifa no.1 on Billboard Hot 100 'Again'
Wednesday, July 1, 2015
by Keith Caulfield, Los Angeles
Wiz Khalifa's "See You Again," featuring Charlie Puth, tops the Billboard Hot
100 for an 11th week, moving to within a week of the record for the longest stay
at No. 1 ever for a rap single. 'See You
Again' is a week from tying the longest reign ever for a rap hit, while
Gomez's 'Good for You' launches as the week's best-selling song.
Plus, three songs hit the top 10, by The Weeknd, Silento and Selena Gomez, with
Gomez's "Good for You," featuring A$AP Rocky, blasting onto the Hot 100 at No.
9. It also enters the Digital Songs chart at No. 1.
"Again," from the blockbuster film Furious 7, and released on Atlantic Records
and promoted to radio by Roadrunner Promotions, keeps the No. 1 spot on the Hot
100 by tallying a sixth week atop the Radio Songs chart with 163 million in
all-format audience (down 3 percent), according to Nielsen Music. It holds at
No. 2 on Streaming Songs (15.4 million U.S. streams, down 7 percent), after
eight weeks on top, and falls 4-7 on Digital Songs (98,000 downloads sold, down
17 percent, in the week ending June 28), which it led for seven weeks. It also
passes 3 million (3.1 million) in sales to-date. "Again" holds the top rank on
the Hot 100 with a smaller margin of victory than
it sported last week over the No. 2 track, Taylor Swift's "Bad Blood," featuring
Kendrick Lamar, as the former decreases by 8 percent in overall activity and the
latter, by 4 percent. "Blood" spends a fifth week at No. 2 after scoring a frame
at No. 1, interrupting the reign of "Again" on the chart dated June 6.
"Blood" pushes 3-2 on Radio Songs (152 million, up 6 percent); falls 1-3 on
Digital Songs (147,000, down 15 percent), after five weeks on top; and keeps at
No. 7 on Streaming Songs (9 million, down 4 percent). OMI's "Cheerleader"
charges 4-3 on the Hot 100. The reggae artist's breakthrough hit bullets for a
second week at No. 2 on Digital Songs (175,000, up 10 percent), darts 6-4 on
Streaming Songs (10.6 million, up 11 percent) and reaches the Radio Songs top 10
(12-8; 83 million, up 22 percent).
Looking ahead, "Cheerleader" has the markings of a challenger for No. 1 on the
Hot 100. With "Blood" still gaining in airplay, it has a chance to reclaim the
top spot from "Again," but the momentum of "Cheerleader," which gains in all
three Hot 100 metrics (sales, airplay and streaming), and is up by 13 percent in
overall chart points, makes it perhaps a stronger contender for a potential
Fetty Wap's "Trap Queen" dips 3-4 on the Hot 100 after reaching No. 2. It logs a
fourth week at No. 1 on Streaming Songs (19.4 million, essentially even as
compared to last week) and a sixth week atop the subscription services-based
On-Demand Songs chart (5.5. million, down 4 percent).
Rounding out the Hot 100's top five, Walk the Moon's "Shut Up and Dance" holds
at No. 5 after rising to No. 4. It rules the Hot Rock Songs chart for a 14th
week. Over on the Billboard Top 200 Album Chart rock band Breaking Benjamin celebrates its first No. 1 -- and their best sales week ever -- as Dark Before Dawn arrives in
the top slot. The set moved 141,000 equivalent album units in the week ending
June 28, according to Nielsen Music. Of that sum, 135,000 were pure album sales
-- the group’s best week ever.
Previously, Breaking Benjamin’s best sales frame came when its last studio
effort, 2009’s Dear Agony, bowed at No. 4 with 134,000. That wasn’t their
highest charting album, however, as that honor had fallen to 2006’s No.
2-peaking Phobia (though it started with a smaller sum: 125,000).
Breaking Benjamin leads a busy new top 10, as four more albums debut in the
Singer Tori Kelly sees her first full-length album, Unbreakable, bow in the No.
2 slot with 75,000 units (of which 65,000 are traditional album sales). The
album was preceded by the singles “Nobody Love” (which reached No. 16 on the Pop
Songs airplay chart) and “Should’ve Been Us” (which climbs 32-26 on the latest
chart). Kelly previously reached the Billboard 200 with the EP Forward, which
debuted and peaked at No. 16 in 2013.
Country star Kacey Musgraves is up next on the Billboard 200, as her second
album, Pageant Material, debuts at No. 3 with 60,000 units (including 55,000 in
pure album sales -- her best sales frame yet). Her 2013 debut Same Trailer
Different Park launched at No. 2 with 43,000 -- her previous largest sales week.
The new album’s current single, “Biscuits,” has so far peaked at No. 41 on the
Country Airplay chart.
Taylor Swift’s 1989 dips 2-4 in its 35th week on the chart (54,000 units; down 6
percent) and last week’s No. 1, James Taylor’s Before This World, falls 1-5 with
50,000 (down 49 percent).
R&B newcomer Leon Bridges debuts at No. 6 with his first album Coming Home, as
it enters with 42,000 units. It also starts at No. 1 on both Top R&B/Hip-Hop
Albums and R&B Albums. The set’s breakout single, “Coming Home,” peaked at No. 3
on the Billboard + Twitter Emerging Artists chart in April. During the album’s
release week, Bridges played NBC’s The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon (June
22) and garnered coverage on National Public Radio’s Fresh Air (June 25).
Ed Sheeran’s x descends 4-7 with 35,000 units (down 10 percent), Sam Hunt’s
Montevallo moves 6-8 with 30,000 units (down 6 percent) and Maroon 5’s V is
steady at No. 9 with 27,000 units (down 1 percent).
Rounding out the top 10 is a new entry at No. 10: Walt Disney Records’ Teen
Beach 2 TV soundtrack, which sails in with 24,000 units. It follows 2013’s Teen
Beach Movie soundtrack, which debuted at No. 8 and later peaked at No. 3.
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
Music Week Report
Tinie Tempah lands another number one
Monday, June 29, 2015
by Alan Jones, London
Tinie Tempah scores his sixth number one and
Jess Glynne her fourth as their collaboration Not Letting Go debuts atop the
singles chart on sales of 110,001 copies (including 10,840 from streams), ending
the four week reign of Jason Derulo's Want To Want Me, which slips to number
three (51,803 sales). The introductory single from Tempah's still to be
named third album, Not Letting
Go is his third number one as primary artist following first hit Pass Out and
third hit Written In The Stars (feat. Eric Turner), both of which were released
in 2010. Since then, Tempah has had a trio of number ones as featured rapper on
Rita Ora's R.I.P. (2012), DVBBS & Borgeous's Tsunami (Jump) (2014) and Cheryl's
Crazy Stupid Love (2014). The biggest seller to bear Tempah's name, however,
wasn't a number one - it was another track on which he garnered a featured
credit - Labrinth's Earthquake, which has sold 956,7145 copies, putting his own
Pass Out (929,399) in the shade. Tempah is the only artist to have six number ones this decade, moving ahead of Rihanna, Calvin Harris, Will.I.Am and Bruno
Mars, all of whom have had five. Three of Glynn's four number ones are also in a
featured capacity - Not Letting Go, Clean Bandit's Rather Be and Route
94's My Love (both 2014). She had her first number one in her own right
with Hold My Hand in April. Glynne is a novice
compared to Tempah, with just
six hits to her credit in all, compared to his tally of 21.
After moving 70-46 last week when it had limited availability, Belgian DJ Lost
Frequencies' Are You With Me is now fully released and surges to number two
(99,271 sales). His first hit here, it has already been a number one record in
Austria, Germany, Sweden and Switzerland as well as his home country. There's an
even bigger move within the Top 200 for I Don't Like It, I Love It by
Flo Rida feat. Robin Thicke & Earth, Wind & Fire bassist Verdine White.
The track debuted last week at number 144 on streaming alone, but is now
fully available and vaults to number seven. It is the second single from
Flo Rida's upcoming fifth album My House, following G.D.F.R. (feat. Sage
The Gimini and
Lookas) which opened and
peaked at number three in March on sales of 67,972
copies. It is his 14th Top 10 hit, and 24th hit in all.
Walk The Moon's Shut Up & Dance reaches a new peak, climbing 5-4 (5,389 sales).
The rest of the Top 10: Lean On Me (2-5, 47,722 sales) by Major Lazer feat. MO &
DJ Snake, Cheerleader (3-6, 47,541 sales) by OMI, Trap Queen (8-8, 39,130 sales)
by Fetty Wap, Five More Hours (4-9, 38,706 sales) by Deorro feat. Chris Brown
and Runaway (U & I) (6-10, 33,272 sales) by Galantis.
Overall singles sales increased 3.11% week-on-week to 6,994,280. Streaming
accounted for 4,478,036 sales – 64.02% of the total. Under previously existing
criteria where only paid-for purchases were included, overall singles sales are
up 9.37% week-on-week at 2,516,244. That's 11.76% below same week 2014 sales of
2,851,548 and the 98th consecutive week in which they have declined versus a
Its sales barely a fifth of those with which it debuted at number one three
weeks ago, Florence & The Machine's How Big, How Blue, How Beautiful
nevertheless bounces 2-1 to secure its second week as the UK's number one artist
album. Its sales continue to fall however, with just 14,419 'sales', including
836 from streams, in the latest frame, a reduction of 24.97% week-on-week. That
fall would have been greater - and the album would probably not have returned to
number one - had it not be for a Friday night's BBC2 screening of the act's
incendiary Friday night set at Glastonbury's Pyramid stage.
Attracting enthusiastic audiences and building their profile since 2010, Wolf
Alice have only now released their first album, My Love Is Cool, which led on
sales flashes all week but was eventually overhauled by Florence & The Machine
and debuts at number two on sales of 13,891 copies (including 562 from streams).
Although the London rock quartet commercially released 18 songs prior to the
album - a combination of singles, bonus tracks and EPs - none of them has
charted hitherto, although Bros (number 157, 2,791 sales) provides their singles
chart debut this week.
Drawing members from around the country, Everything Everything score their
second Top 10 album, with their third album, Get To Heaven, debuting at number
seven (10,478 sales). It instantly surpasses their debut set Man Alive, which
sold 7,087 copies when opening and peaking at number 17 in 2010, but not 2013
follow-up Arc, which sold 13,679 copies to debut/peak at number five in 2013.
Man Alive has thus far sold 64,861 copies, while Arc has sold 50,012 copies.
The third and final new entry to the Top 10 is Coming Home (number eight, 8,486
sales), the first album by 25 year old Texan Leon Bridges, a retro soul singer
who impressed many when he sang a couple of songs on Later...With Jools Holland
last month. Bridges co-wrote all of the songs on the album with Austin Michael
Jenkins, Chris Vivion and Joshua Block.
After two weeks at number one, Muse's Drones dips to number three (11,702
Two former number ones return to the Top 10 - Taylor Swift's 1989 bounces 12-4
(11,365 sales) in the wake of publicity generated by her successful campaign
against Apple, while James Bay's Chaos And The Calm dashes 11-6 (10,658 sales)
as Let It Go (45-17, 22,761 sales) becomes his second Top 20 single. Bay was
also one of the first acts to appear at Glastonbury 2015, and was helped by BBC
Three's screening of his Friday set.
The rest of the Top 10: X by Ed Sheeran holds at number five (11,126 sales), Sam
Smith's In The Lonely Hour repeats at number nine (7.900 sales) and Paul Simon's
The Ultimate Collection dips 3-10 (7,740 sales).
Overall album sales are down 9.48% week-on-week at 1,687,254. Streaming
accounted for 411,148 sales - 24.37% of the total. Under previously existing
criteria where only paid-for purchases were included, overall album sales are
down 12.11% week-on-week at 1,276,106 - 8.56% below same week 2014 sales of