Taylor Switft returns to the hot spot
Thursday, September 21, 2017
by Fred Chuchel, Dresden
A repackage version of 'The
War', the latest album by the South Korean boy group Exo, found
another 337,000 buyers last week, enough for a big jump back to the
summit of the Global Album Chart, where the set started seven weeks
ago with massive 476,000 sales. With the new version the total sales
of 'The War' growing up to 1,253,000 so far. Highest debut of the week
is 'Sleep Well Beast', the seventh studio album by the American indie
rock band The National. It docks at no.2 globally with 135,000
equivalent sales. Highest sales by countries are 63,000 from the
United States, 20,000 from United Kingdom and 10,000 from Canada
(according to Nielsen Soundscan / OCC). The National's former effort,
'Trouble Will Find Me', went also to no.2 in the week 23, 2013, with
147,000 sales. In that week Daft Punk's album 'Random Access Memories'
leaded with huge 1,027,000 sales. Back to this week's tally, at no.3
bows 'Life Changes', the third album from country-pop singer Thomas
Rhett, son of country star Rhett Akins. 'Life Changes' starts with
133,000 equivalent sales, 123,000 of it in the United States alone.
And now, as every week, additional stats from outside the current Top 10 in alphabetic
order, the first figure means last
week's sales, the second figure the total sales: '1989' by Taylor
Swift 17,000 / 10,138,000, '21' by Adele 9,000 / 28,822,000, '24k
Magic' by Bruno Mars 31,000 / 3,440,000, '25' by Adele
20,948,000, '4:44' by Jay-Z 14,000 / 683,000, '4 Your Eyez Only'
by J.Cole 8,000 / 1,150,000, 'A Head Full Of Dreams' by Coldplay
/ 4,571,000, 'American Dream' by LCD Soundsystem 26,000 / 148,000, 'American Teen' by Khalid 40,000 /
897,000, 'Anti' by Rihanna 12,000 / 2,212,000, the 'Beauty And The Beast 2017'
soundtrack 4,000 / 938,000, 'Beauty Behind The Madness' by
The Weeknd 10,000 / 2,856,000, 'Blurryface' by Twenty One Pilots
13,000 / 3,317,000, 'Culture' by Migos 21,000 / 1,313,000, 'Damn' by
Kendrick Lamar 52,000 / 2,999,000, 'Dangerous Woman' by Ariana Grande
1,761,000, 'Everything Now' by Arcade Fire 18,000 / 415,000, the 'Fast & Furious 8' soundtrack
8,000 / 514,000, 'Fifth Harmony' by Fifth Harmony 21,000 / 122,000, the 'Fifty Shades Darker' soundtrack
871,000, 'Future' by Future 12,000 / 1,068,000, 'Grateful'
by DJ Khaled 31,000 / 805,000, the 'Guardians Of The Galaxy':
Awesome Mix Vol.2' soundtrack 25,000 / 933,000, 'Hardwired...To Self-Destruct'
by Metallica 12,000 / 2,620.000, 'Harry Styles' by Harry Styles 20,000
/ 1,148,000, 'Helene Fischer' by Helene Fischer
23,000 / 794,000, 'Hndrxx' by Future 8,000 / 648,000, 'Human' by Rag'n'Bone Man
20,000 / 1,687,000, 'I Decided' by Big Sean
'Illuminate' by Shawn Mendes 28,000 / 1,732,000, 'In The Lonely Hour' by Sam Smith
7,010,000, 'Is This the Life We Really Want?' by Roger Waters 5,000 /
431,000, 'Joanne' by Lady GaGa 6,000 /
1,438,000, 'Jungle Rules' by French Montana 18,000 / 284,000, the 'La La Land' soundtrack
5,000 / 1,339,000, 'Lemonade' by Beyoncé
5,000 / 3,096,000, 'Lust For Life' by Lana Del Rey 26,000 / 511,000, 'Melodrama' by
Lorde 14,000 / 542,000, 'Memories...Do Not Open' by the Chainsmokers
1,272,000, the 'Moana' soundtrack 31,000 / 2,030,000, 'More Life' by
Drake 31,000 / 2,724,000, 'One More Light' by Linkin Park 21,000 /
851,000, 'Purpose' by Justin Bieber 16,000 /
6,051,000, 'Rainbow' by Ke$ha 24,000 / 303,000, 'So Good' by Zara Larrson 10,000 /
519,000, 'Starboy' by The
Weeknd 29,000 / 2,884,000, the 'Suicide Squad' soundtrack
1,424,000, 'This Is Acting' by Sia
6,000 / 2,034,000,
'Traveller' by Chris Stapleton 12,000 / 2,489,000, the
'Trolls' soundtrack 15,000 / 1,620,000, 'Views' by Drake 17,000 /
3,689,000, 'Villains' by Queens Of The Stone Age 40,000 / 286,000, 'Witness' by Katy Perry
18,000 / 733,000, 'X' by Ed Sheeran
22,000 / 9,904,000.
GLOBAL ALBUM CHART
After the big downfall of AKB 48's latest smash '# Suki Nanda' (this
week down from no.1 to no.21), Taylor Swift's 'Look What You Made Me Do'
returns to the summit of the Global Track Chart for a second week,
despite another massive 24% points decline to 313,000. '...Ready For
It?', the second lift-off from her upcoming new album 'Reputation',
falls from no.4 to no.14 in its second week on the tally, after a 44%
points implosion to 142,000. Highest debut of the week is 'Too Good
At Goodbyes', the first sign of Sam Smith's upcoming second studio
album. The song rockets to the vice-position with 265,000 points.
Around three years ago his big smash 'Stay With Me' reached number one
of the Global Chart and ranked at no.5 on the Year-End Chart 2014 with
6,198,000 points. Also his debut album 'In The Lonely Hour' was (and
is) a big success and sold 7,01 million copies to date.
'Despacito' by Luis Fonsi feat. Daddy Yankee remains at no.3 in its
30th week on the tally, but since some weeks it falls dramatically in
points - this week another 17% to 260,000. It seems that 'Despacito'
will definitely rank at no.2 on the Year-End Chart 2017, behind Ed
Sheeran's 'Shape Of You'. So it could be the strongest smash at the
vice position of a Year-End Chart ever. At the moment 'I'll Be Missing
You' by Puff Daddy & Faith Evans feat. 112 still holds this record. It
placed at no.2 on the Year-End Chart 1997 with 11,865,000 points,
behind Elton John's 'Candle In The Wind 1997'. 'Despacito' got
11,457,000 points so far and climbs to no.24 on the
ALL TIME CHART. But also Ed Sheeran's 'Shape Of
You' is on the way to a new record, the smash ranks now a 36th week inside the Top
10, this week at no.8 with 168,000 points. In the nearly
63-year history of the Media Traffic Global Chart there were only
two other songs, which stood a
longer time in the Top 10: 'Whatever Will Be, Will Be (Que Sera,
Sera)' by Doris Day remained for 38 weeks in 1956/57 and 'You're
Beautiful' by James Blunt 37 weeks in 2005/06. Outside
the Top 40 waiting among other 'Havana' by Camila Cabello feat.
Young Thug at no.43, 'Versace On The Floor' by Bruno Mars
at no.51, 'Reggaetón Lento' by CNCO at no.56, and 'No Promises' by Cheat Codes feat. Demi Lovato at no.58 for their first appearance on the big
COMPLETE GLOBAL TRACK CHART
10 years ago
"Big Girls Don't Cry" by
Fergie led the Global Chart
for five consecutive weeks
it was the biggest solo-smash of the Black Eyed Peas' singer
and it placed at no.3 on the Year-End Chart with 7.201.000 points
Thomas Rhett earns first number one on Billboard 200 chart
Thuesday, September 19, 2017
by Keith Caulfield & Gary Trust, Los Angeles
Country singer/songwriter Thomas Rhett achieves his first No. 1 album on
the Billboard 200 chart, as his new effort Life Changes bows atop the
list. The set -- which brings country back to No. 1
for the first time in exactly one year --
earned 123,000 equivalent album units in the week ending Sept. 14, according to
Nielsen Music. Of that sum, 94,000 were in traditional album sales, Rhett’s best
sales week and the third largest sales week of 2017 for a country effort.
Life Changes is the first No. 1 country album in 2017, and the first in a year
-- since Jason Aldean’s They Don’t Know spent one week in the penthouse on the
list dated Oct. 1, 2016.
Rhett’s new album was led by the single “Craving You,” featuring Maren Morris,
which hit No. 3 on the Hot Country Songs chart and No. 1 on the Country Airplay
tally. The song was followed by the album’s second radio offering,
“Unforgettable,” which hit the top 10 on Hot Country Songs and jumped 13-11 on
the most recent Country Airplay chart, dated Sept. 23.
Life Changes is Rhett’s third full-length studio album, and fourth effort
overall. It follows Tangled Up (No. 6 on the Billboard 200 in 2015), It Goes
Like This (No. 6 in 2013) and his self-titled debut EP (No. 133 in
2012). Rhett leads a big week for country in the top 10 on the Billboard 200, as
a total of three country efforts arrive in the top 10. Dustin Lynch’s Current
Mood bows at No. 7, while Kip Moore’s Slowheart starts at No. 10. Electronic music duo ODESZA launches at No.
2 with A Moment Apart. The set earned 63,000 units its first week, with 52,000
coming from traditional album sales. The album’s handsome debut frame -- the
act’s best sales week yet -- was enhanced by a concert ticket/album bundle sale
redemption promotion with the duo’s upcoming tour. Earlier in 2017, the act
notched four hits on the Hot Dance/Electronic Songs chart, including “Line of
Sight,” featuring Wynne and Mansionair.
Rock band The National enters at No. 3 on the new Billboard 200 with its seventh
full-length studio album, Sleep Well Beast (62,000 units; 56,000 in album
sales). The album is the third from the group to reach No. 3 (so far, the act’s
high-water mark on the tally) following Trouble Will Find Me in 2013 and High
Violet in 2010. In total, Sleep Well Beast is The National’s fourth release to
hit the chart, as the band first entered the list with its fourth studio set,
Boxer, in 2007. It debuted and peaked at No. 68.
Lil Uzi Vert’s former No. 1, Luv Is Rage 2, falls 2-4 in its third week with
56,000 units (down 24 percent).
Singer/songwriter Jack Johnson collects his seventh top 10 album on the
Billboard 200, as All the Light Above It Too bows at No. 5 with 44,000 units
(41,000 in traditional album sales). Johnson’s last studio effort, From Here to
Now to You, was released in 2013 and debuted at No. 1. Johnson has earned a
total of four leaders on the list, and logged his first top 10 in 2003 with On
and On (No. 3).
Like ODESZA, both The National and Jack Johnson’s new albums were also supported
by a concert ticket/album bundle sale redemption offer.
Rapper XXXTentacion falls 3-6 on the new Billboard 200 with 17, earning 40,000
units (down 22 percent).
Country singer/songwriter Dustin Lynch snags his highest-charting album yet, and
second top 10, as Current Mood bows at No. 7 with 36,000 units (27,000 in album
sales). It trumps his previous high, set when his last release, Where It’s At,
peaked at No. 8 in 2014. The new album was ushered in by a pair of top five hits
on the Hot Country Songs chart: “Seein’ Red” (No. 5) and “Small Town Boy” (No.
2). Both tracks hit No. 1 on the Country Airplay chart.
Kendrick Lamar’s former Billboard 200 No. 1, DAMN., descends 4-8 with 35,000
units (down 13 percent) while Khalid’s American Teen moves 5-9 with 31,000 units
(down 4 percent).
Closing out the top 10 is country singer/songwriter Kip Moore, who scores his
third top 10 album with the No. 10 debut of third full-length studio set
Slowheart (29,000 units; 25,000 in album sales). He previously hit the top 10
with his first two studio albums: Wild Ones (No. 4 in 2015) and Up All Night
(No. 6 in 2012). The new set has snagged a top 15-charting single on the Hot
Country Songs chart with “More Girls Like You” (No. 13), which has also reached
the top 10 on the Country Airplay chart.
Taylor Swift's "Look What You Made Me Do" rules the Billboard Hot 100 chart
(dated Sept. 30) for a third week.
"Look," released on Big Machine / Republic Records as the lead single from Swift's
sixth studio album, Reputation, due Nov. 10, remains atop the Hot 100 despite
not leading any of the chart's three main component rankings. It dips 1-2 on
Streaming Songs with 39.9 million U.S. streams, down 35 percent, in the week
ending Sept. 14, according to Nielsen Music, and holds at No. 2 on Digital Song
Sales with 69,000 downloads sold, down 39 percent, in the week ending Sept. 14.
(The song led the lists for two weeks and one week, respectively.) On Radio
Songs, "Look" lifts 13-10 with 75 million all-format audience impressions, up 11
percent, in the week ending Sept. 17, becoming Swift's 13th top 10 on the
It's rare, but not entirely uncommon, for a song to top the Hot 100 but not be a
week's No. 1 title in streaming, airplay or sales (while still accumulating
enough overall chart points to reign). Bruno Mars' "That's What I Like" last did
so, leading the Hot 100 dated May 13, when it ranked No. 2 in both airplay and
sales and No. 4 in streaming.
Cardi B's "Bodak Yellow" holds at its No. 2 high on the Hot 100 and takes over
at No. 1 on Streaming Songs with 40.8 million U.S. streams (despite a 12 percent
decline). It falls 8-12 on Digital Song Sales (30,000, down 14 percent) and
bullets at No. 16 on Radio Songs (57 million, up 2 percent). The rapper's
breakthrough hit spends a fifth week at No. 1 on the Hot Rap Songs chart and a
third week atop Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs.
Logic's "1-800-273-8255," featuring Alessia Cara and Khalid, hits a new Hot 100
peak, pushing 5-3. The positive-message song, whose title doubles as the
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline and which gained further momentum after the
trio performed it at the MTV Video Music Awards Aug. 27, rises 5-3 on Streaming
Songs (34.2 million, up 12 percent); 4-3 on Digital Song Sales (51,000, although
down 17 percent); and 33-29 on Radio Songs (41 million, up 16 percent).
Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee's "Despacito," featuring Justin Bieber, descends 3-4
on the Hot 100 after spending a record-tying 16 weeks at No. 1. Still, it tops
the Hot Latin Songs chart for a 33rd week.
Smith's "Too Good at Goodbyes" blasts onto the Hot 100 at No. 5, arriving at No.
1 on Digital Song Sales with 90,000 sold. Smith scores his second leader on the
sales tally, following "Stay With Me," which spent two weeks on top in 2014. On
the Hot 100, Smith easily lands his highest debut (toppling his prior best, set
when "Omen," by Disclosure featuring Smith, began at No. 64 in 2015). He notches
his fifth Hot 100 top 10, following "Latch," also by Disclosure featuring Smith
(No. 7, 2014); "Stay" (No. 2, 2014); "I'm Not the Only One" (No. 5, 2014); and
"Lay Me Down" (No. 8, 2015).
"Goodbyes" starts at No. 10 on Streaming Songs (20.8 million first-week U.S.
streams), where it's Smith's fourth top 10, and ranks at No. 35 on Radio Songs
(35 million, up 38 percent) following its first full week of tracking. As
previously reported, the song debuts as the British singer-songwriter's sixth
No. 1 on the Official UK Singles chart. COMPLETE
"Feel It Still" by
Portugal. The Man
is the first big international success for the alternative rock band
the song climbs this week to no.23 on the Global Chart with 106,000
Music Week Report
Sam Smith stays at number one
Monday, September 25, 2017
by Alan Jones, London
Four of five previous Sam Smith singles to reach No.1 spent a single week at the
summit but his sixth, Too Good At Goodbyes, secures its second week at the
summit, albeit on sales that are off 24.80% week-on-week at 46,415, including
27,792 from sales-equivalent streams. Rappers Post Malone and 21 Savage have had
three and two Top 75
respectively in the last year but pooling their resources for Rockstar - which
credits Post Malone Feat. 21 Savage - they sail into the Top 10, securing by far
the week's top debut, landing at No.5 (28,333 sales). It made a great start on
streaming, where it ranked No.3 for the week but lags a little on paid-for
sales, where it ranks 22nd. It is the first single from Malone's upcoming second
album, Beerbongs And Bentleys.
Another duo who have formed a successful alliance is Avicii & Rita Ora. They are
somewhat more seasoned chart campaigners than the above, and their single Lonely
Together brings Avicii his ninth Top 10 hit and Ora her 10th as it climbs for
the fifth week in a row, 21-10 (22,990 sales).
Camila Cabello's Havana (feat. Young Thug) berthed in the Top 10 last week and
continues to grow, jumping 10-7 (27,271 sales).
Its sales on the rise again, Dua Lipa's New Rules - which previously spent a
fortnight at No.1 - secures its fourth straight week at No.2 (41,486 sales),
while Pink's What About Us climbs 4-3
(31,893 sales), returning to its peak.
The rest of the Top 10: Look What You Made Me Do (3-4, 30,119 sales) by Taylor
Swift, Reggaeton Lento (7-6, 27,835 sales) by CNCO & Little Mix, Friends (6-8,
24,696 sales) by Justin Bieber & BloodPop and Dusk Till Dawn (5-9, 24,117 sales)
by Zayn Feat. Sia.
Overall singles sales are up 6.12% week-on-week at 13,563,875, 31.98% above same
week 2016 sales of 10,276,880. Streams accounted for 12,445,951 sales, a record
91.76% of the total. Paid-for sales are down 4.04% week -on-week at 1,117,924 -
their lowest level since week 32, 2006 (chart dated 19 August 2006), when
1,012,965 singles were sold - and are 29.24% below same week 2016 sales of
1,579,992. They are below same-week, previous-year sales for the 216th week in a
row. Foo Fighters' ninth album Concrete And
Gold delivers their fourth No.1, debuting atop the chart on sales of 61,254
copies (including 4,282 from streams).
Their profile already raised by their incendiary performance at Glastonbury in
June, the US rockers returned to these shores for a sell-out O2 gig and a spot
on the Later...With Jools Holland 25 gig at The Royal Albert Hall in the week,
helping Concrete And Gold to rack up the highest weekly sale of any artist album
for 22 weeks. Its sales were marginally higher than the rest of the Top 10
combined, the first album to be able to make such a claim since Ed Sheeran's ÷
on its second week at No.1 some 27 weeks ago.
Thirty-nine years after his pioneering role in the new wave explosion fronting
Tubeway Army, Gary Numan is still churning out albums - and his 21st and latest
studio release, the concept album Savage (Songs From A Broken World) makes a
stunningly high debut opening at No.2 (13,445 sales) to become the seventh Top
10 album (including one as Tubeway Army) for the 59-year-old, who was last this
high in 1980, when Telekon became his third and last No.1. Early evidence of
Numan's return to popularity came in 2013 when last album, Splinter (Songs From
A Broken Mind) opened and peaked at No.20 (6,187 sales), ending a run of three
albums that failed to make even the Top 75 and 10 in a row that fell short of
the Top 40.
Prophets Of Rage is a rock/rap supergroup whose members are drawn from Public
Enemy, Cypress Hill, Rage Against The Machine and Audioslave, whose eponymous
first album debuts at No.6 (5,677 sales).
Defeating shortlisted albums by Ed Sheeran, The xx, Alt-J and Stormzy to become
the 26th winner of the Mercury Prize, Sampha's debut full length album, Process,
surges 152-7 (4,815 sales), returning to the Top 10 some 32 weeks after it
debuted and peaked at No.7 on sales of 6,140 copies. Although it has spent just
three weeks in the Top 75 hitherto, the album has now accumulated 31,247 sales
in total. Last year's Mercury Prize winner, Skepta's Konnichiwa, which debuted
and peaked at No.2, surged 53-13 following its victory, and turned sales to that
point of 85,392 into a current 147,611.
The National's Sleep Well Beast dips 1-9 (3,944 sales).
The rest of this week's Top 10: ÷ (3-3, 11,423 sales) by Ed Sheeran, Freedom
Child (5-4, 6,861 sales) by The Script, Human (4-5, 6,629 sales) by Rag'N'Bone
Man, Dua Lipa (10-8, 4,007 sales) and the Moana soundtrack (13-10, 3,735 sales).
Overall album sales are up 6.45% week-on-week at 1,547,724, 6.80% above same
week 2016 sales of 1,449,186. Streaming accounted for 769,539 sales – a record
49.72% of the total. Sales of paid-for albums are up 3.02% week-on-week at
778,185, 14.62% below same week 2016 sales of 911,472. The total of paid-for
sales is the lowest since Millward Brown started compiling market data for OCC
in 1994 and less than the 800,307 copies that Adele's 25 alone sold on the week
of its debut in November 2015. Incidentally, 25 spent 94 consecutive weeks in
the Top 75 before being exiled to the budget album chart a fortnight ago after
its dealer price was lowered. Only paid-for sales count there, and 25 falls 9-15
this week, with just 566 of them, a tally which climbs to 1,822 when
sales-equivalent streams are added.COMPLETE