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First no.1 hit from Norway since 29 years!
Friday, August 15, 2014
by Fred Chuchel, Dresden
 

After the sensational success of the 'Frozen' score, it seems we have another big soundtrack this year. In its second week on the tally 'Guardians Of The Galaxy: Awesome Mix Vol.1' shoots from no.7 to no.1 on the Global Album Chart with healthy 144.000 copies sold. It's the only album this week with more than 100.000 sales. 'Guardians' jumps also at no.1 in the USA and Canada, at no.2 on the British compilation list and at no.7 in Australia. This week's highest debut comes from the new seven-member J-pop boy group Johnny West. Their first album 'Go West, Yoi Don!' bows at no.1 Japan and at no.4 globally with 83.000 initial sales, according to Oricon. Last week's two big new-entries by the rock veterans Eric Clapton and Tom Petty falling very different. The latter throws down from no.1 to no.10 with his 'Hypnotic Eye' after a 69% sales loss to 56.000. Eric Clapton's 'The Breeze: An Appreciation Of JJ Cale' loses only one slot at no.3 and only 38% in sales to 84.000. Ed Sheeran's 'X' climbs back at the vice position,

despite a 2% sales decrease to 91.000 copies, a total of 1,32 million after seven weeks on the tally. The 'Frozen' soundtrack holds tight at no.5 with another 75.000 sales, a 13% decline compared to the previous week and a total of 5,79 million after 37 weeks on the hitlist. Other notable debuts this week come from American hard rock band Godsmack with their new effort '1000 HP' (no.7 / 63.000 sales), American alternative band Spoon with 'They Want My Soul' (no.12 / 42.000 sales), and Australian brother-sister folk-blues group Angus & Julia Stone with their self-titled album (no.15 / 32.000 sales). Some additional sales stats: 'Love in The Future' by John Legend sold 16.000 copies last week and reaches a total of 1,04 million so far, 'Turn Blue' by The Black Keys sold 12.000

units last week, 720.000 so far, 'Midnight Memories' by One Direction sold 15.000 units last week and has a total of 4,08 million units so far, Shakira's self-titled album sold 672.000 copies so far, 'Yours Truly' by Ariana Grande 650.000 and 'Britney Jean' by Britney Spears 570.000.  COMPLETE GLOBAL ALBUM CHART  16 months after the release in its native country, 'Am I Wrong' by the Norwegian duo Nico & Vinz tops finally the Global Track Chart. Driven by the massive first-week sales from United Kingdom, the tune jumps from no.3 to no.1 on the current hitlist and grows up 29% in points to 285.000. It's the first global no.1 by a Norwegian act since A-ha's 'Take On Me' topped the list for six weeks nearly 29 years ago, in the autumn 1985. 'Am I Wrong' ends the two-week reign of 'Rude' by Magic!, which ranks now at no.2 and shrinks a minor 1% in points to 268.000 points. Sam Smith's 'Stay With Me' slides one place at no.3 (down 3% to 248.000 points). 20 year-old singer-songwriter, musician and producer Maghan Trainor from Massachusetts is the big new star! Her smash 'All About That Bass' runs with giant steps straight to the top. This week it shoots from no.12 to no.4 after a 35% points boost to 201.000. Rounds out the top five is Maroon 5's 'Maps' with 197.000 points. 'Eight Ranger' is a Japanese film from 2012, starring the members of the boy group Kanjani 8. The follow-up, 'Eight Ranger 2', was released last month. A song from this movie, simply titled as 'ER2', is this week's highest new entry on the global chart at no.18 with 136.000 points. It jumps also atop the Oricon Chart after massive 208.000 singles sales. Also new are 'Anaconda' by Nicki Minaj at no.21 with 116.000 points and 'Body Language' by San E feat. Bumkey at no.34 with 83.000 points. Outside the Top 40 waiting among other Becky G's 'Shower' at no.43, Lady Antebellum's 'Bartender' at no.50 and Dierks Bentley's Drunk On A Plane' at no.53 for their first appearance on the big list.  COMPLETE GLOBAL TRACK CHART



Global Chart - 10 Years Ago
No.1
'This Love' Maroon 5
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Global Chart - 20 Years Ago
No.1
'I Swear' All 4 One
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Timeline
It was the first successful track of the glamorous Disco-era: 'Rock Your Baby' by George McCrae. The song was written and produced by Harry Wayne Casey and Richard Finch of the KC & The Sunshine Band. Originally the vocals should be added by soul-singer Gwen McCrae. Accidentally her husband George visited the studio during the recordings and suddenly he was behind the microphone... a magnificent moment of the pop history! 'Rock Your Baby' became a massive international hit, reached the no.1 in almost all countries around the globe. On the global chart the track occupied the no.1 spot for sensational 16 weeks! On the year-end chart 1974 it achieved no.2, short behind Terry Jacks' 'Seasons In The

Sun'. And on the ALL TIME CHART 'Rock Your Baby' ranks at no.49 with impressive 10.287.000 points, only eight other songs of the Seventies had more global success. By the way, 'Rock Your Baby' inspired the drum part in the ABBA smash 'Dancing Queen'. George McCrae, now 68 years old, is a typical one-hit wonder. Nevertheless he released 15 albums, the latest, 'Time For A Change', was released in 2009 without appreciable success.  GLOBAL CHART - 40 YEARS AGO  click the picture to see the video


USA
Billboard Report
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'Guardians Of The Galaxy' hits No.1 on Billboard 200
Wednesday, August 13, 2014
by Keith Caulfield, Los Angeles

The Guardians of the Galaxy soundtrack rises to No. 1 on the Billboard 200, becoming the second chart-topping soundtrack of 2014. The blockbuster film's set, subtitled Awesome Mix Vol. 1,

sold 109,000 copies in the week ending Aug. 10 (up 83 percent), according to Nielsen SoundScan. It debuted a week ago at No. 3 with 60,000. The 12-song multi-artist collection follows Frozen as the second soundtrack to top the chartthis year. Both albums were released by the Disney Music Group. (The company's Hollywood Records issued Guardians of the Galaxy while Walt Disney Records released Frozen.) 2014 is the first year since 2009 where multiple theatrical film soundtracks reached No. 1. Three movie sets topped the list in 2009: Hannah Montana: The Movie, The Twilight Saga: New Moon and Michael Jackson's This Is It. Guardians of the Galaxy is an especially notable No. 1 album because it is the first No. 1 soundtrack where the whole album is composed of previously released songs. All of its tunes were released between the late 1960s and late 1970s, and most were chart hits on the Billboard Hot 100. The album and its music play an important role in the movie: They are all on a mixtape in the

main character's Walkman, which was given to him by his late mother. (All but one of the soundtrack album's dozen songs are heard in the film, too.) As for the rest of the top 10, the Now 51 compilation enters at No. 2 with 94,000, giving the long-running Now That's What I Call Music! franchise its 57th top 10 album. All 51 of the titles in the main series have hit the top 10, while an additional six Now-branded titles (like Now That's What I Call Christmas! ) have reached the top 10. Godsmack starts at No. 3 with its newest album, 1000HP, selling 58,000. It's the band’s first full-length studio album to not enter at No. 1 since 2000's Awake debuted and peaked at No. 5. Following that project, the act notched three straight chart-toppers with the studio efforts Faceless (2003), IV (2006)

and The Oracle (2010). The band also nabbed a top 10 EP in that span of time with The Other Side (No. 5) in 2004. Another rock band, Spoon, rounds out the new arrivals in the top four, as its latest, They Want My Soul, bows at No. 4 with 39,000. It's the third top 10 for the group, which previously visited the region with 2010's Transference (No. 4) and 2007's Ga Ga Ga Ga Ga (No. 10). Last week's No. 1 album, Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers' Hypnotic Eye, falls to No. 6 in its second week with 34,000 (down 74 percent). It's right behind 5 Seconds of Summer's self-titled set, which falls 4-5 with 36,000 (down 35 percent). Eric Clapton & Friends' all-star tribute album, The Breeze: An Appreciation of JJ Cale, descends 2-7 with 29,000 (down 52 percent). The Frozen soundtrack shifts 6-8 (28,000, down 15 percent), and Sam Smith's In the Lonely Hour moves 7-9 (27,000, down 10 percent). New U.K. pop band The Vamps arrive at No. 10 with debut EP Somebody to You. The quartet's effort sells 20,000 and is the fifth EP to debut in the top 10 this year. A year ago at this point, no EPs had arrived in the top 10. Just last week Shawn Mendes' self-titled EP arrived at No. 5. It falls to No. 32 in its second week. Overall album sales in this past chart week (ending Aug. 10) totaled 4.27 million units, down 1 percent compared with the sum last week (4.33 million) and down 9 percent compared with the comparable sales week of 2013 (4.7 million). Year-to-date album sales stand at 146.4 million, down 14 percent compared with the same total at this point last year (171 million). Over on the Digital Songs chart, a new No. 1 is crowned, as Meghan Trainor's "All About That Bass" rises 2-1 with 197,000 downloads sold (up 17 percent). Jessie J, Ariana Grande and Nicki Minaj's "Bang Bang" drops 1-2 in its second week, selling 141,000 (down 39 percent). Minaj makes a second appearance in the top three, as her new solo single, "Anaconda," bows at No. 3 with 141,000. She is the first lead act to have two concurrent songs in the top three of the chart since the Sept. 22, 2012 list. That week, Taylor Swift led with "We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together" at No. 1 and "Ronan" at No. 2. Smith's "Stay With Me" remains at No. 4 on the new Digital Songs chart with 123,000 (down 11 percent), Magic's "Rude" is also steady at No. 5 with 122,000 (down 8 percent), and Jason Aldean's "Burnin' It Down" is another stationary track, sitting at No. 6 for another week (107,000; down 7 percent). Iggy Azalea's "Black Widow," featuring Rita Ora, climbs 8-7 with 106,000 (up 6 percent), and Azalea's "Fancy," featuring Charli XCX, slips 7-8 with 98,000 (down 8 percent). Maroon 5's "Maps" tumbles 3-9 with 97,000 (down 31 percent), and Sia's "Chandelier" moves 9-10 with 91,000 (down 7 percent). Digital track sales this past week totaled 20.2 million downloads, down 1 percent compared with last week (20.4 million) and down 8 percent stacked next to the comparable week of 2013 (22.1 million). Year-to-date track sales are at 715.6 million, down 13 percent compared with the same total at this point last year (820.2 million).  COMPLETE CHARTS


Spotlight
Magic!
is a Canadian reggae fusion band, composed of songwriter and record producer Nasri Atweh on lead vocals and Mark Pellizzer, Alex Tanas and Ben Spivak. In 2013, they released their debut single, 'Rude' from their debut album 'Don't Kill The Magic' released worldwide on July 1, 2014. All members of the band are originally from the Toronto area. The lead singer of Magic!, Nasri, had been working with and writing songs for different pop acts prior to the start of the band, mainly alongside Adam Messinger, together known as The Messengers. He had met Mark Pelli in the studio and within a week they had written the song 'Don't Judge Me' for Chris Brown. Nasri described the chemistry between himself and Pelli as 'different than writing chemistry, it was more artistic'. A few weeks later, while Mark played a reggae tune on the guitar, Nasri suggested to start a band like 'modern-day Police'. The debut single 'Rude' is a great international success now.   >> source: Wikipedia - click the picture to see the video


United Kingdom
Music Week Report
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Nico & Vinz topping finally the british hitlist
Monday, August 11, 2014
by Alan Jones, London

Ownership of the singles chart remains in foreign hands, passing from Canadian pop/reggae group Magic! to Norwegian duo Nico & Vinz. A major hit over much of the rest of the world is the past few months, Nico & Vinz's debut hit Am I Wrong charted on streaming points alone and was previously making slow progress, climbing 72-58-53-52. By jumping

51 places to reach the summit, it is the second biggest climber to pole position in the history of the Top 75, being eclipsed only by the 73-1 jump that Pixie Lott's Boys & Girls made in 2009. A further 19 songs have jumped to number one from positions outside the Top 75 but inside the Top 200, with the biggest being Westlife's 200-1 leap with Mandy in 2003. Am I Wrong sold 106,370 copies last week including 9,043 streaming sales, and easily dethroned Magic!'s Rude which dips to number two on sales of 73,993 copies. Although Norwegian songwriters regularly pen British number one singles - the last was Ina Wroldsen, who wrote James Arthur's Impossible with Icelandic partner Arnthor Birgissono - Nico (Sereba) and Vincent (Dery) are the first Norwegian act to have a number one single as artists here since A-ha topped with The Sun Always Shines On TV in 1986. The only new release with enough clout to debut inside the Top 20 is Love Runs Out, which dashes to a number three debut (51,053 sales) for

OneRepublic. The track is one of several new additions to the band's third album, Native, in a deluxe edition which was released today (11th). It joins prior hits If I Lose Myself (number eight) and Counting Stars (number one) on the album. The original release of Native debuted at number 35 in April 2013, and peaked at number 17 on its 29th week in the shops. It climbs 77-70 (1,343 sales) this week. Elsewhere in the Top 10: Cheryl Cole's Crazy Stupid Love dips 2-4 (34,605 sales), George Ezra's Budapest climbs 6-5 (34,274 sales), Elle Henderson's Ghost fades 4-6 (34,051 sales), ZHU's Faded falls 3-7 (31,585 sales), Ariana Grande's Problem (feat. Iggy Azalea) slips 7-8 (29,667 sales), Charli XCX's Boom Clap declines 8-9 (27,582 sales) and Will.I.Am's It's My Birthday

ebbs 9-10 (25,523 sales). Overall singles sales are down 1.72% week-on-week, at 5,254,746. Streaming accounted for 2,597,880 sales - 49.44% of the total. Under previously existing criteria where only paid-for purchases were included, overall singles sales are down 4.16% week-on-week at 2,656,866 – 16.13% below same week 2013 sales of 3,167,976, and the 52nd consecutive week in which they have declined versus a year ago. Already the biggest selling artist album of 2014, Ed Sheeran's X extends its stay atop the album chart while selling a further 29,741 copies - the lowest tally for a number one for 17 weeks - to increase its overall tally to 461,503. At seven weeks, X's opening run at number one matches that of Robbie Williams' November 2001 album Swing When You're Winning as the longest of the 21st century for an album by a male soloist. The last album to meet those qualifications and spend longer at number one at the start of its career was Ladies & Gentlemen: The Best Of George Michael which rattled off eight straight weeks at number one in 1998/9. That, of course, was a compilation - the last male solo artist studio album to have a longer opening run at number one than X and Swing When You're Winning was Phil Collins' ...But Seriously which managed eight in a row in 1989/90, before losing leadership of the chart - albeit temporarily - to The Christians' Colour. Sheeran's continued leadership of the chart means that, for the third straight week, Blue Smoke/The Best Of Dolly Parton is number two. Selling a further 16,665 copies last week, Parton's album has been in the Top 10 (actually, the top seven) throughout its nine week chart career, and has thus far sold 156,316 copies. Charlie Simpson had three chart albums as a member of highly successful pop quartet Busted and three more as the main man of alternative rock band Fightstar before his first solo album, Young Pilgrim debuted and peaked at number six (10,502 sales) three years ago next week. Follow-up Long Road Home shows the 29 year old still has fans, debuting this week at number 10 (5,521 sales). Elsewhere in the Top 10: Sam Smith's In The Lonely Hour climbs 4-3 (11,185 sales), Coldplay's Ghost Stories rallies 6-4 (8,086 sales), George Ezra's Wanted On Voyage holds at number five (7,849 sales), Paloma Faith's A Perfect Contradiction bounces 11-6 (6,937 sales), Ellie Goulding's Halcyon advances 13-7 (5,942 sales), Paolo Nutini's Caustic Love rises 10-8 (5,927 sales) and The Breeze falls 3-9 (5,697 sales) for Eric Clapton. Overall album sales are down 6.71% week-on-week at 1,323,346 - 4.75% below same week 2013 sales of 1,389,381.  COMPLETE CHARTS



Japan
Oricon Album Chart
No.1 Johnny West 'Go West, Yoi Don!'

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Germany
Media Control Track Chart
No.1
'Lovers On The Sun' David Guetta
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