Mumford & Sons' 'Wilder Mind' rules
Friday, May 15, 2015
by Fred Chuchel, Dresden
'Wilder Mind', the third
album by the British folk / rock band Mumford & Sons, rockets
as expected easily atop the Global Album Chart with massive 441.000
initial sales. More than half of which were generated in the USA
(231.400), another 77.900 in United Kingdom and 40.000 in Canada.
Mumford & Sons' former album 'Babel' bowed also at no.1 globally, but
with more than twice as much sales as the current album (951.000 units
in the week 41, 2012). 'Babel' and also 'Sigh No More', Mumford &
Sons' debut effort, ranking in the Top 20 of the bestselling albums of
this decade, each with more than 5 million copies. 'Wilder Mind' leads
eight new entries on this week's tally, second highest comes from the
legendary Spanish singer / songwriter Alejandro Sanz. The eighteen
times Grammy-decorated musician shoots at no.3 globally with his 11th
studio album 'Sirope'. The set moved 77.000 copies in its first week
at retail, 62.000 of it in Spain alone, according to Promusicae. These
are the biggest weekly sales by an album
there since 2006. Third
highest and last debut inside the Top 10 this week is 'Special
Effects' by American rapper Tech N9ne. It's his 15th studio album and
opens at no.7 with 58.400 sales from the USA and additional 3.600 from
additional sales stats: 'Rock Or Bust' by AC/DC sold
12.000 copies last week and reaches a total of 2.503.000 so far, 'My
Ariana Grande sold 13.000 units last week, 1.505.000 so far,
'American Beauty / American Psycho'
by Fall Out Boy sold also 13.000 units last week and has a total of
669.000 copies so far, '1989' by Taylor Swift sold 7.182.000 copies
so far, 'In The Lonely Hour' by Sam Smith 5.016.000, and 'Prism' by
Katy Perry 3.571.000.
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, the emotional 'See You Again',
performed by American rapper Wiz Khalifa and compatriot and newcomer
Charlie Puth, from the 'Furious 7' soundtrack defends its
position atop the Global Track Chart for a straight fifth week. It
gets another 519.000 points, a total of 3.030.000 points after only
six weeks on the hitlist. 'Uptown Funk' by Mark Ronson feat. Bruno Mars
ranks still at the vice position with 252.000 points, a 7% loss
compared to the previous week. On the
ALL TIME CHART 'Uptown Funk' jumps from no.35 to
no.28 with massive 10.999.000 points. The Felix Jaehn Remix of Omi's
'Cheerleader' reaches a new peak at no.3 with 239.000 points. This
week's highest debut is 'Pretty Girls', Britney Spears collaboration
with Australian rapper Iggy Azaela and the first sign from her new
album. The song arrives at no.17 with 113.000 points.
Outside our weekly Top 40
waiting among other DJ Snake feat. AlunaGeorge's 'You Know You Like
It' at no.55, LunchMoney Lewis' 'Bills' at no.56, and Iggy Azalea feat.
Jennifer Hudson's 'Trouble' 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
'Pitch Perfect 2' soundtrack debuts at no.1
Wednesday, May 20, 2015
by Keith Caulfield, Los Angeles
The Pitch Perfect 2 soundtrack sings out at No. 1 on the
Billboard 200 albums chart, as the set debuts atop the list. The album,
which was released on May 12 through Universal Music, moved
units in the week ending May 17, according to Nielsen Music.
The Billboard 200 chart ranks the most popular albums of the week based on
multi-metric consumption, which includes traditional album sales, track
equivalent albums (TEA) and streaming equivalent albums (SEA).
Pitch Perfect 2 is the third soundtrack to reach No. 1 in 2015, following the
companion albums from Fox TV’s Empire series and the theatrical film Furious 7.
That’s the most No. 1 soundtracks in a calendar year since 2010, when three Glee
albums topped the list.
Pitch Perfect 2 earned $70.3 million at the U.S. and Canada box office in its
debut weekend (May 15-17), according to Box Office Mojo -- out-grossing the
entire domestic run of the first Pitch Perfect ($65 million). The first film’s
soundtrack peaked at No. 3 on the Billboard 200, and has sold 1.2 million
copies. The Pitch Perfect soundtrack spawned the fluke hit single “Cups,”
performed by the star of both films, Anna Kendrick. The tune peaked at No. 6 on
the Billboard Hot 100 chart and has
sold 2.1 million downloads.
Last week’s No. 1 album, Mumford & Sons’ Wilder Mind, slips to No. 2 in its
second chart week with 58,000 units (down 77 percent). The Fifty Shades of Grey
soundtrack scoots 6-3 with 48,000 units (down 8 percent).
David Guetta’s Listen album zooms into the top 10, jumping from No. 30 to No. 4
-- a new peak for the album and artist -- with 43,000 units (up 198 percent), as
the album was deeply discounted to 99 cents in the Google Play store during the
tracking week. Listen sold 29,000 downloads (up 2,136 percent), re-entering at
No. 2 on the Digital Albums chart.
The Furious 7 soundtrack climbs 7-5 with 41,000 units (down 12 percent). Rock
band Incubus is the second and final debut in the latest top 10, as its new EP
(Side A) bows at No. 6 with 40,000 units. It’s the sixth top 10
album for the group, which last visited the top 10 in 2011 with If Not Now,
When? It debuted and peaked at No. 2, selling 80,000 copies in its first week.
Rounding out the top 10… Zac Brown Band’s former No. 1, Jekyll + Hyde, slips 5-7
with 39,000 units (down 41 percent). Josh Groban’s Stages descends 2-8 with
38,000 (down 62 percent). Taylor Swift’s 1989 holds steady at No. 9 with 37,000
(and a 3 percent gain). Sam Smith’s In the Lonely Hour falls 8-10 with 36,000
(down 8 percent). Over on the Billboard Hot 100
Wiz Khalifa's Furious 7 soundtrack smash "See You Again," featuring Charlie
Puth, rules for a sixth week.
"Again" spends a seventh week at No. 1 on the Digital Songs chart with
229,000 downloads sold (down 9 percent) in the week ending May 17, according to
Nielsen Music. And it logs a sixth week at No. 1 on both Streaming Songs (22.9 million U.S.
streams, down 7 percent) and the subscription services-based On-Demand Songs
chart (7 million, down 7 percent). Airplay continues to close in on the higher
sales and streaming points percentages on the Hot 100 for "Again," which pushes
4-2 on Radio Songs with a 16 percent bump to 148 million all-format impressions.
Fetty Wap's "Trap Queen" holds at its No. 2 Hot 100 high. It keeps at No. 2 on
Streaming Songs, up by 5 percent to 19.5 million. It dips 3-4 on Digital Songs
(113,000, down 6 percent) and inches 12-11 on Radio Songs (66 million, down 2
The Weeknd's "Earned It (Fifty Shades of Grey)" likewise stays at its Hot 100
peak (No. 3) and spends a fourth week atop Radio Songs (154 million, down 3
percent). The song lifts 5-4 on Streaming Songs (12.5 million, up 25 percent),
likely powered in part by Fifty Shades of Grey's release on DVD and Blu-ray May
8. On Digital Songs, "Earned" holds at No. 7 (88,000, down 7 percent).
Walk the Moon's "Shut Up and Dance" hits a new high on the Hot 100, rising 5-4.
It keeps at No. 2 on Digital Songs (142,000, up 5 percent), aided by the band's
performance of it on NBC's The Voice May 11. It backtracks 2-3 on Radio Songs,
but with a 5 percent gain to 138 million, and retreats 11-12 on Streaming Songs,
although also with an increase (6.8 million, up 4 percent). The pop/rock/dance
hybrid hit tops Hot Rock Songs for an eighth week.
Rounding out the Hot 100's top five, Mark Ronson's "Uptown Funk!," featuring
Bruno Mars, drops 4-5 on the Hot 100 after leading for 14 weeks, tying for the
second-longest reign in the Hot 100's 56-year history. "Funk" posts its 24th
week in the top five and is now just one week from tying the record for most
weeks spent in the top five by any song: LeAnn Rimes totaled 25 weeks in the
region with "How Do I Live" (which peaked at No. 2) in 1997-98. "Funk" passes
Chubby Checker's iconic "The Twist," which tallied 23 weeks in the top five over
two release cycles in 1960-62, the only song to top the Hot 100 in two runs.
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
'Cheerleader' leads a third week
Monday, May 18, 2015
by Alan Jones, London
Recovering from a big midweek deficit,
OMI's Cheerleader spends its third straight week atop the singles chart,
selling a further 89,201 copies (including 31,590 streaming sales). Its
would-be conqueror Bills is the debut hit by American rapper LunchMoney
Lewis. Entering at number two (77,790 sales), it was actually number one
on paid-for sales by some
distance but achieved only 7,079
streaming sales, hence its failure to top the chart. Bills has already
been a big hit in several countries but not, oddly, in America, where it
ended a short stint in the Hot 100 - where it peaked at number 79 - a
couple of weeks ago.
Although Bills was unable to challenge Cheerleader in the final
analysis, it pushes Wiz Khalifa's former number one, See You Again, down
to third place on sales of 67,609 copies.
Swedish dance duo Galantis are also doing better here than in their
homeland. Their maiden hit Runaway (U & I) peaked at number 25 there but
surges 133-4 here (47,503 sales) to comprehensively cap that. Follow-up
Peanut Butter Jelly enters the Swedish singles chart at number 77 this
week. Completing the Top 10: Lean On (5-5, 46,679 sales) by Major Lazer
feat. M.O. & DJ Snake, I Really Like You (3-6, 44,466 sales) by Carly
Rae Jepsen, Where Are U Now (6-7, 41,164 sales) by Skrillex & Diplo
feat. Justin Bieber, Hold My Hand (7-8, 38,491 sales) by Jess Glynne,
All Cried Out (4-9, 34,796
sales) by Blonde feat. Alex Newell and Firestone (8-10, 28,127 sales) by
Kygo feat. Conrad Sewell.
Overall singles sales increased 2.74% week-on-week to 7,011,958.
Streaming accounted for 4,578,015 sales – a record 65.29% of the total.
Under previously existing criteria where only paid-for purchases were
included, overall singles sales are down 0.77% week-on-week at
2,433,943. That is 11.93% below same week 2014 sales of 2,763,640, and
the 92nd consecutive week in which they have declined versus a year ago.
After changing hands for a record 19 times in a row, leadership of the
album chart this week remains in the hands of Mumford & Sons, whose
third album, Wilder Mind, again proves too strong for the chasing pack,
and landing its
second straight victory on sales of 29,922 copies,
including 3,054 from streams.
Wilder Mind's tenacity also brings to an end a run of eight straight
weeks in which there has been a number one debut - this week's best
placed new arrival is Eric Clapton's new compilation Forever Man, which
features recordings from his 30 year tenure at Reprise Records, and
marks his 70th birthday. Opening at number eight (8,690 sales), it is
the 49th chart album of his career, which has seen him top the chart
solo and as a member of both Cream and Blind Faith.
A week short of its first birthday in the Top 10, Sam Smith's In The
Lonely Hour climbs a notch to number two on sales of 14,689 copies. It
is its 11th week as runner-up. Hozier scored a massive debut hit with Take Me
To Church, and the continuing advance of follow-up Someone New - which
climbs 27-24 (18,430 sales) this week proves he is not a one hit wonder.
Consequently, sales of his eponymous debut album rise for the fourth
straight week, lifting it to a new chart peak. The album, which debuted
31 weeks ago at number five and revisited that peak 17 weeks ago and 14
weeks ago, vaults 6-3, with sales of 13,070 in the week, and 228,057 in
its career to date.
Elsewhere in the Top 10: Taylor Swift's 1989 jumps 8-4 (12,338 sales),
Paul Simon's The Ultimate Collection climbs 7-5 (10,054 sales), Meghan
Trainor's Title rebounds 10-6 (9,756 sales), Ed Sheeran's X retreats 4-7
(8,829 sales), James Bay's Chaos And The Calm holds at number nine
(8,051 sales) and Sia's 1,000 Forms Of Fear fades 5-10 (6,982 sales).
Overall album sales are down 6.99% week-on-week at 1,199,679 - 1.58%
below same week 2014 sales of 1,218,965.
Oricon Single Chart
No.1 Arashi 'Aozora No Shita, Kimi No Tonari'
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Media Control Album Chart
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