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Justin Bieber versus One Direction
Wednesday, November 25, 2015
by Fred Chuchel, Dresden

It was the biggest chart-battle of the year: Canadian beau and idol Justin Bieber versus British boygroup sensation One Direction. And the winner is: Justin Bieber. His fourth studio-album 'Purpose' started with massive 863,000 sales globally. More than half of it were sold in the USA with 521,500 copies, according to Nielsen Soundscan. Another 77,000 copies are from his native country, Canada, 90,600 from United Kingdom, around 35,000 from Germany, 19,000 from Italy, 13,600 from Japan and 12,200 from France. Justin's former studio set 'Believe' opened also at the top position in the week 27, 2012 with 589,000 copies. Almost exactly one year ago One Direction's effort 'Four' shot at no.1 with 881,000 sales. The band's new album 'Made In The A.M.' found 764,000 buyers in its initial week and lands at no.2 on the Global Chart. Sorted by countries the album generated it biggest sales in the USA with 401,800 units, in United Kingdom with 93,200, Canada with 44,000, in Japan with 42,300, Germany with nearly 35,000, 

Italy with 29,000 and France 24,300 sales. No doubt, 'Purpose' and 'Made In The A.M.' are huge sellers, but we all know, nobody has a chance against next week's monster release, Adele's '25'. Latest forecasts suggest over 5 million copies in its initial week... an unbelievable, unique record in the music-history!!! Back to this week's hitlist, new at no.1 in Japan and at no.3 globally is Japanese boygroup Kanjani 8 with their seventh studio set 'Kanjani 8 No Genki Ga Deru CD!!' and 316,000 sales. New at no.1 in Germany is the Xmas effort by Helene Fischer. Her last studio-album 'Farbenspiel' from 2013 sold almost 2,5 million copies so far, this new album 'Weihnachten' bows at no.4 globally with 130,000 sales. French rock-legend Johnny Hallyday released his 50th(!!) studio-album. 'De L'amour' starts easily at no.1 in France and jumps at no.9 on the Global Chart with 88,000 copies. Johnny's debut album 'Nous Les Gars, Nous Les Filles' was released 54 years ago in 1961! Some additional sales stats: 'Revival' by Selena Gomez sold 19,000 copies last week and reaches a total of 292,000 so far, 'Confident' by Demi Lovato sold 18,000 units last week, 322,000 so far, 'Honeymoon' by Lana Del Rey sold 17,000 units last week and has a total of 468,000 copies so far, the soundtrack to 'Guardians Of The Galaxy: Awesome Mix Vol.1' sold 2,356,000 copies so far, 'Rebel Heart' by Madonna 842,000 and 'My Everything' by Ariana Grande 1,694,000.  COMPLETE GLOBAL ALBUM CHART  One week before Adele's '25' will explode on the hitlists, her single 'Hello' remains at the top position on the Global Track Chart for a fourth week in a row with another massive 700,000 points, a total of 4,112,000 points after only four weeks on the tally! On the following positions are three songs by Justin Bieber: 'Sorry' is still at no.2 with 329,000 points, 'Love Yourself', this week's highest debut on the chart, bows at no.3 with 268,000 points and 'What Do You Mean?' slides at no.4 with 261,000 points. It's the first time since more than six years, that an act is three times in the top five of the Global Chart. After Michael Jackson's death in June 2009, his classic 'Billie Jean' jumped back at no.3 in the week 28, 2009, followed by 'Thriller' at no.4 and 'Man In The Mirror' at no.5. Another big smash of the year 2015 left the Top 40: the Felix Jaehn remix of Omi's 'Cheerleader' was massive 43 weeks on the hitlist and got a total of 8,214,000 points. On the year-to-date list the song ranks currently at no.2, behind Mark Ronson feat. Bruno Mars' 'Uptown Funk', which left the Top 40 two weeks ago. Outside our weekly Top 40 waiting among other Thomas Rhett's 'Die A Happy Man' at no.41, Justin Bieber's 'Purpose' at no.44, Fleur East's 'Sax' at no.52 and Omi's 'Hula Hoop' at no.54 for their first appearance on the big list.  COMPLETE GLOBAL TRACK CHART

Global Chart ~ 10 Years Ago
'Hung Up' Madonna
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Global Chart ~ 20 Years Ago
'Gangsta's Paradise' Coolio feat. L.V.
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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
Adele tops Hot 100 for a fourth week
Thuesday, November 24, 2015
by Keith Caulfield & Silvio Pietroluongo, Los Angeles

A near-record eight debuts arrive in the top 10 of the Billboard 200 albums chart, led by Justin Bieber’s Purpose at No. 1 and One Direction's Made in the A.M. at No. 2. It’s only the fourth time in

chart history we’ve had eight debuts in the region. It last happened on the list dated May 21, 2011. Before that, it occurred on Dec. 4, 2010 and Oct. 17, 2009. Justin Bieber earns his sixth No. 1 album on the Billboard 200 chart, as his new release Purpose debuts atop the tally. The set -- released Nov. 13 -- earned 649,000 equivalent album units in the week ending Nov. 19, according to Nielsen Music. That’s the largest weekly unit total for an album since the Billboard 200 began tracking popularity based on overall equivalent units earned in December of 2014. (It beats the debut week of Drake’s If You’re Reading This It’s Too Late, which launched with 535,000 units.) Further, Purpose sold 522,000 in pure album sales -- Bieber’s largest sales week ever. It surpasses his previous high, logged with Believe sold 374,000 in its first week back in 2012. Also impressive, Purpose’s 522,000 is the biggest sales week for an album since Taylor Swift’s 1989 debuted with 1.29 million (week ending Nov. 2, 2014),

and the largest for a male artist’s album since Eminem’s The Marshall Mathers LP 2 bowed with 792,000 (week ending Nov. 10, 2013). For One Direction, Made In the A.M. gives the vocal quartet its fifth straight album to debut in the top two of the chart, following four consecutive No. 1 albums. The new set launches with 459,000 in equivalent album units earned in the week ending Nov. 19, according to Nielsen Music (of which 402,000 are in pure album sales). That sales start surpasses the bow of the group’s last album, 2014’s Four, which entered the list with 387,000 sold. Rapper Logic launches at No. 3 on the new Billboard 200 with The Incredible True Story (135,000 units; 118,000 in album sales). It’s Logic’s best rank yet on the chart, and his highest sales frame.

(He previously hit the top 10 with Under Pressure in 2014, which debuted and peaked at No. 4). Jeezy jumps onto the new Billboard 200 at No. 4 with Church In These Streets (107,000 units; 98,000 in album sales). It’s his seventh consecutive top 10 album (his entire chart history), and follows the No. 2-peaking Seen In All: The Autobiography in 2014. Country singer Chris Young debuts at No. 5 with I’m Comin’ Over (65,000 units; 57,000 in album sales). It’s the second-largest sales week for Young, as only the debut of his 2011 album Neon (73,000) was bigger. Last week’s No. 1, Chris Stapleton’s Traveller, falls to No. 6 with 53,000 units (down 57 percent). Trans-Siberian Orchestra collects its third top 10 album as Letters From the Labyrinth starts at No. 7 with 46,000 units (nearly all from pure album sales). The act also hit the region with Dreams of Fireflies (On a Christmas Night) (EP) in 2012 (No. 9) and Night Castle in 2009 (No. 5). The Weeknd’s Beauty Behind the Madness drops 4-8 with 43,000 units (down 8 percent). Nearly the end of the top 10, Alessia Cara’s debut full-length album Know-It-All arrives at No. 9 with 36,000 units (22,000 in pure album sales). The album was led by her hit single “Here,” which has so-far peaked at No. 11 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. Rounding out the top 10 is gospel superstar Kirk Franklin with his new album Losing My Religion, which debuts at No. 10 with 35,000 units (33,000 in album sales). It’s the fifth top 10 effort for Franklin, who last hit the chart in 2011 with the No. 5-peaking Hello Fear. Over on the Billboard Hot 100 Adele's "Hello" tops for a fourth week, helping set the stage for what could be record-breaking sales for parent album 25. It holds at No. 1 on Digital Songs with 327,000 downloads sold (down 32 percent) in the week ending Nov. 19, according to Nielsen Music. Following its record debut week (1.11 million sold) and three subsequent frames, "Hello" has sold 2,555,000 downloads in its first four weeks. "Hello" holds atop Streaming Songs with 34.7 million U.S. streams, down 23 percent. The song is just the second to link four consecutive weeks of at least 30 million domestic streams; Baauer's "Harlem Shake" first did so for four frames in 2013 (heavily driven by user-generated videos featuring the song's official audio). The ballad remains the most-heard song on U.S. radio, leading Radio Songs with a 13 percent increase to 160 million all-format audience impressions (and earning top Airplay Gainer honors on the Hot 100 for a third week). As reported last week, when the track bounded 6-1 on Radio Songs in its fourth week, it became the fastest-rising No. 1 on the list in 22 years. Beneath "Hello" on the Hot 100, Bieber's "Sorry" returns to its No. 2 peak (3-2) after launching at No. 2 three weeks ago. The song charges 3-2 on Streaming Songs (26.5 million, up 23 percent, becoming the Hot 100's top Streaming Gainer) and 16-12 on Radio Songs (68 million, up 32 percent), while dropping 2-5 on Digital Songs (82,000, down 46 percent). It also takes over atop the subscription services-based On-Demand Songs chart with 12.9 million on-demand streams, up 35 percent. "Sorry" is the second single from Bieber's album Purpose, which launches atop the Billboard 200. Lead single "What Do You Mean?" rebounds 6-5 on the Hot 100 after debuting as his first No. 1 on the Sept. 19 chart. Meanwhile, the set's "Love Yourself" blasts onto the Hot 100 at No. 4, starting at No. 2 on Digital Songs (141,000) and No. 5 on Streaming Songs (17.4 million). His new entry is his ninth Hot 100 top 10. At Nos. 2, 4, and 5, Bieber joins elite company: only two other acts have charted at least three songs in the top five at once: the Beatles, for eight weeks in 1964 (including the entire top five on April 4, 1964), and 50 Cent, for two weeks in 2005. Bieber and the Beatles are the only acts to earn the honor as a lead artist on all three songs. Bieber makes additional history with a record 17 songs on the Hot 100 simultaneously, passing the mark of 14, previously notched by the Beatles and Drake.  COMPLETE CHARTS

Joanna Newsom
is an American harpist, keyboardist, vocalist, songwriter and actress. Newsom was born (January 18, 1982) and raised in the small town of Nevada City, California. She was exposed to music from a young age. Newsom attended a Waldorf school where she studied theater and learned to memorize and recite long poems. After high school Newsom studied composition and creative writing at Mills College in Oakland, California. While at Mills, she played keyboards in The Pleased. She dropped out of the school in order to focus on her music. In 2002 and 2003, Newsom recorded two EPs, Walnut Whales and Yarn and Glue. Drag City Recordings signed Newsom and released her debut album The Milk-Eyed Mender in 2004. Her work has become very prominent on the independent music scene. Joanna Newsom's new album Divers was released on October 23, 2015. Speaking about the album's creative process in an interview with Entertainment Weekly, she said "I spent a year or two on the instrumental arrangements and overdubs. I wanted the character and colors of the instrumentation to shift definitively, from song to song, which entailed a wide pool of collaborators and a lengthy collaborative process with each person." She further described the process of making the album as "probably the most fun I’ve had making a record". Entertainment Weekly also reported Newsom "as using an arsenal of nearly a dozen keyboards and synths including clavichords, mellotrons and Marxophones" for the album while members of the City of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra feature as players on the album.   >> source: Wikipedia - click the picture to see the video

United Kingdom
Music Week Report
Justin Bieber stays at number one
Monday, November 30, 2015
by Alan Jones, London

Adele's Hello is the biggest selling single for the fifth week in a row but there's more to the chart than paid-for downloads and physical sales these days, and his massive streaming support earns Justin Bieber the rare honour of having the top two songs on the chart simultaneously, with Sorry, which moved
to the summit last week to become his second

number one, repeating on sales of 111,655 copies (including 59,326 from streams) while Love Yourself - which is really only an album track at this stage - climbing 3-2 (98,361 sales). Bieber is the first artist to have the top two singles in the chart since August 1985, when Madonna was number one with Into The Groove and number two with Holiday. Frankie Goes To Hollywood were the last group to do the double, topping with Two Tribes and placing second with Relax in July 1984. The last male soloist before Bieber to turn the trick was the late John Lennon, who was number one with Imagine and number two with Woman simultaneously in 1981, just a few weeks after his death. Meanwhile, What Do You Mean - which was Bieber's first number one single - rebounds 5-4 (59,039 sales) and he still has a further 12 songs in the Top 75. Nathan Sykes scored 10 Top 10 hits with The Wanted between 2010 and 2013. He scores his first in a solo capacity, with Over And Over Again debuting at number eight (33,206 sales). It is the

follow-up to his first solo single, Kiss Me Quick, which peaked at number 14 in July. The rest of the Top 10: Sax (4-5, 47,993 sales) by Fleur East, Never Forget You (7-6, 41,536 sales) by MNEK & Zara Larsson, Take Me Home (6-7, 35,987 sales) by Jess Glynne, Perfect (10-9, 32,499 sales) by One Direction and In2 (8-10, 32,153 sales) by WSTRN. Overall singles sales are down 0.09% week-on-week at 7,638,248. Streams accounted for 5,675,202 sales - 74.30% of the total. Paid-for sales are up 1.51% week-on-week at 1,963,046 - 25.53% below same week 2014 sales of 2,635,854, and the 120th week in a row that they have fallen versus a year earlier. Breaking numerous records in its whirlwind wake, Adele's third studio album 25 annihilated the competition last week, surging to sales

of 800,307 copies. That's the highest tally for any album in any chart week, surpassing the previous mark of 695,761 sales set by Oasis' Be Here Now in 1997. Be Here Now was actually on sale for only three days in the week of its debut, and still holds the record for most sales in a seven day period, having sold more than 813,000 copies a week after release. Be Here Now also crossed the million sales barrier in record time, doing so just 11 days after release - which means that 25 needs to sell 199,693 copies in the next four days to match that pace. First week sales of 25 dwarf those of Adele's previous albums: 19 sold 73,341 copies when debuting at number one in 2008, and 21 sold 208,090 copies when it did likewise three years later. 25 would likely have achieved a higher notional sale had it been available for streaming last week. As it is, its sales are made up of 542,498 CDs, 252,423 downloads and 5,386 12-inch albums. Its CD sales are the second highest ever in a week, again trailing Be Here Now, which sold 620,601 copies in that format on debut week. Although its first week download sales, at 31.54%, are below the 36.83% achieved by downloads of 21 on its debut, the sheer volume of 25's sales mean that it sold way more copies on download last week than the two previous top albums combined - Ed Sheeran's X sold 95,709 copies on debut in June 2014, and Daft Punk's Random Access Memories sold 92,834 copies on debut in May 2013. 19 wasn't issued on vinyl initially, and 21 sold 390 copies on debut, but 25's handsome first week tally is the sixth largest of the 21st century, and the biggest since Pink Floyd's The Endless River sold 6,624 copies in the format just 54 weeks ago. 25's release also had a revitalising effect on Adele's previous albums 21, which jumps 29-15 (14,658 sales), and 19, up 53-22 (11,242 sales). Including streaming sales, the former has now sold 4,811,256 copies, and the latter 2,256,976. 25 sold slightly more copies than the rest of the Top 75 combined, cornering a 27.02% share of the overall paid-for album sales market. It outsold the number two album by a margin of 10.36 to one. That's the biggest difference in sales, percentagewise, between the top two in the 21st century, surpassing the previous mark set in week 9, 2000 - 821 weeks ago - when Travis' The Man Who was runner-up on sales of 38,752 - 12.45% of the 311,265 sales with which Oasis' Standing On The Shoulders Of Giants was debuting at number one. That number two album mentioned above is Elvis Presley & The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra's two week chart topper If I Can Dream, which rebounds from number three on sales of 77,261 copies, trading places with Justin Bieber's Purpose (2-3, 74,028 sales). Enya's first album since 2008, Dark Sky Island debuts at number four (39,954 sales), becoming her eighth straight studio album to make the Top 10 and her highest charting album for 18 years. That's the 54 year old Irish singer's entire studio output except for her eponymous 1987 debut, which peaked at number 69. She also made the Top 10 with 1997 compilation, Paint The Sky With Stars. One Direction's Made In The A.M. dips 1-5 (36,543 sales). The rest of the Top 10: Little Mix's Get Weird (5-6, 35,227 sales), Jeff Lynne's ELO's Alone In The Universe (4-7, 30,905 sales), Jess Glynne's I Cry When I Laugh (6-8, 29,981 sales), Olly Murs' Never Been Better (173-9, 24,184 sales) and Rod Stewart's Another Country (7-10, 23,796 sales). Overall album sales are up 57.70% week-on-week at 3,440,198 - their highest level of 2015 by far. Streaming accounted for 479,281 sales - 13.93% of the total. Driven by Adele and Now! 92, sales of paid-for albums are up 74.16% week-on-week at 2,960,917 - 1.69% above same week 2014 sales of 2,911,582.  COMPLETE CHARTS

Oricon Album Chart
No.1  AKB 48 '0 To 1 No Aida ~ Million Singles'

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Media Control Album Chart
No.2  Helene Fischer 'Weihnachten'

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