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Global Chart Report

Meghan Trainor remains atop for a 5th week
Friday, October 31, 2014
by Fred Chuchel, Dresden

As expected, the very popular Japanese five-member idol-goup Arashi storms atop the Global Album Chart this week with their 13th studio album 'The Digitalian'. The effort sold 660.200 copies in its first week at retail, according Oricon. Exactly one year ago Arashi's former album 'Love' opened also atop with nearly the same sales (670.000). At the end of 2013 it was the best-selling album in Japan of that year with a total of 797.000 copies. Behind Arashi starts the controversial American nu-metal band Slipknot with their new set '.5: The Gray Chapter'. It found 251.000 buyers in its initial week, 131.800 of it in the USA, 30.700 in United Kingdom, are each 15.000 copies in Canada and Germany, 14.200 in Australia, 8.600 in Japan, and 5.900 in France. The previous album, which was released over six years ago in August 2008, climbed with 398.000 units at the top spot in the week 37, 2008. You can see the scary video-clip of Slipknot's current single 'The Devil In I' on our FACEBOOK account. Rounds out the top

three this week is another debut by singer / songwriter legend Neil Diamond. His new set 'Melody Road' arrives at no.3 with 128.000 copies sold. Neil's first album 'The Feel Of Neil Diamond' was released 48 (!!) years ago in 1966 and reached no.137 in the USA. In the seventies he had many big worldwide hits, as 'Sweet Caroline', 'Cracklin' Rose', 'I Am... I Said', 'Song Sung Blue' or 'Longfellow Serenade'. The no.1 on next week's hitlist will be clearly Taylor Swift's new album '1989'. Sales forecast has already been upgraded day by day, at the moment industry sources suggest 1,3 million copies in the USA alone! Some additional sales stats: 'Farbenspiel' by Helene Fischer sold 12.000 copies last week and reaches a total of 1.505.000 so far, 'GIRL' by Pharrell

Williams sold also 12.000 units last week, 1.797.000 so far, 'AM' by Arctic Monkey sold 9.000 units last week and has a total of 2.106.000 units so far, 'Night Visions' by Imagine Dragons sold 4.098.000 copies so far, 'Midnight Memories' by One Direction 4.181.000, and 'Marshall Mathers LP 2' by Eminem 4.263.000.  COMPLETE GLOBAL ALBUM CHART  Differently than initially reported, Taylor Swift's 'Shake It Off' don't turn around to the summit, but Meghan Trainor's 'All About That Bass' remains on the hot seat for a fifth consecutive week with 383.000 points. The reason: there was a huge difference between the earlier estimated sales of the current Taylor Swift single and the later reported official sales by SoundScan. So 'Shake It Off' holds tight at no.2 with 301.000 points. Taylor Swift presents also this week's second highest debut on the tally, 'Welcome To New York' starts at no.21 with 114.000 points. Above that at no.18 and with 4.000 points more is the highest, 'Happen Ending' by the South Korean hip-hop group Epik High. Biggest winner of the week is the ambitious 'Take Me To Church' by Irish musician Hozier. The tune is featured in a new TV commercial for Beats by Dre and makes a big jump from no.30 to no.8 (up 49% to 148.000 points). Pharrell Williams' 'Happy' hangs on the final place at no.40 and gets another 78.000 points. Now, with a total of 14.071.000 points, the smash is the first with seven time platinum since Elton John's 'Candle In The Wind 1997', 17 years ago! Outside the Top 40 waiting among other Sheppard's 'Geronimo' at no.42, Calvin Harris feat. Ellie Goulding's 'Outside' at no.45, Gwen Stefani's 'Baby Don't Lie' at no.46, V6' 'Sky Is The Limit' at no.55, and Nick Jonas' 'Jealous' at no.54 for their first appearance on the big list.  COMPLETE GLOBAL TRACK CHART

Global Chart - 10 Years Ago
'My Place' Nelly feat. Jaheim
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Global Chart - 20 Years Ago
'Always' Bon Jovi
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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

Billboard Report
Slipknot scores second no.1 album on Billboard 200 Chart
Wednesday, October 29, 2014
by Keith Caulfield, Los Angeles

Rock band Slipknot crowns the Billboard 200 chart for a second time, as their new album, .5: The Gray Chapter, debuts atop the list. The album sold 132,000 copies in the week ending Oct. 26,

according to Nielsen SoundScan. It was released through Roadrunner Records, and is the group's fifth studio effort. Slipknot last topped the list with their previous studio release, 2008's All Hope Is Gone, which debuted with 240,000 sold. .5: The Gray Chapter is the act's fourth top 10 set overall, dating back to Iowa, which debuted and peaked at No. 3 in 2001. Slipknot leads a debut-filled top four, with rapper T.I. starting in the No. 2 slot with Paperwork. The new album starts with 80,000 sold — slightly more than expected. (A week ago, industry forecasters suggested the set would launch with between 65,000 and 70,000.) Paperwork is his ninth top 10 album, and follows 2013's Trouble Man: Heavy Is the Head, which debuted and peaked at No. 2 with 179,000 sold in its first week. (It came out in the thick of the Christmas shopping season, which partially why it started with a more robust sales figure). Pop veteran Neil Diamond collects his 18th top 10 album, as Melody Road drives in at No. 3 with 78,000. The album

was released on Capitol Records, making it the 73-year old's first studio effort for the label after decades with Columbia Records. He last visited the top 10 with his previous studio album, 2010's Dreams on Columbia Records (No. 8; 35,000 sold in its first week). Rapper Logic takes a bow at No. 4 with his debut studio release, Under Pressure (73,000). Of the album's first week, 82 percent of its total sales were generated by digital retailers. (One of those retailers, Google Play, discounted the album to $3.99 during release week.) Last week's No. 1, Florida Georgia Line's Anything Goes, falls to No. 5 with 59,000 (down 70 percent). Another former No. 1, Jason Aldean's Old Boots, New Dirt, slips 2-6 with 56,000 (down 38 percent). Country group Little Big Town claims

its third top 10 effort, as Pain Killer bows at No. 7 with 42,000 sold. It follows 2012's Tornado, which blew in at No. 2 (its peak, and the act's chart high) with 113,000 sold in its debut frame. Tornado was powered by its lead single, "Pontoon," which became their first No. 1 single on the Hot Country Songs chart, and has sold 2.5 million downloads. The new album's lead single, "Day Drinking," as so far peaked at No. 13 on the Country Songs chart, and at No. 5 on the Country Airplay tally. Barbra Streisand's Partners moves 5-8 in its sixth week on the Billboard 200, selling 40,000 (down just 1 percent). Partners' total sales just crossed the half-million mark, with 526,000 copies sold. It is now her best selling release since 2003's The Movie Album (694,000). The final two slots in the top 10 are both owned by new arrivals: Pentatonix's holiday effort That's Christmas To Me (No. 9 with just over 32,000) and Annie Lennox's new standards album, Nostalgia (No. 10, with 32,000). That's Christmas To Me is Pentatonix's fourth top 10 album in less than a year, following PTX: Vol. II (No. 10, on the Nov. 23, 2013-dated chart), PTXMAS (EP) (No. 7 on the Dec. 21, 2013), and PTX: Vol. III (EP) (No. 5, Oct. 11, 2014). Diva Lennox returns to the top 10 for the first time since 2007's Songs of Mass Destruction debuted and peaked at No. 9. Nostalgia also hits No. 1 on both the Jazz Albums and Traditional Jazz Albums charts, a first for Lennox. Nostalgia includes interpretations of such songs as "Summertime," "I Put a Spell On You," "Strange Fruit" and "Memphis In June." Overall album sales in this past chart week (ending Oct. 19) totaled 4.45 million units, up 2 percent compared with the sum last week (4.40 million) and down less than 1 percent compared with the comparable sales week of 2013 (4.49 million). Year to date album sales stand at 193.40 million, down 14 percent compared to the same total at this point last year (223.95 million). Over on the Digital Songs chart, Meghan Trainor retakes the No. 1 slot with "All About That Bass," selling 143,000 downloads (down 3 percent). Hozier's "Take Me to Church" has a huge gain, vaulting 13-2 with 132,000 (up a whopping 107 percent). The song is featured in a new TV commercial for Beats by Dre, starring LeBron James. Hozier also got a lot of promotion from Shazam, which sent email blasts about the singer/songwriter to all 11 million of its email subscribers last week. Maroon 5's "Animals" rises 4-3 with 117,000 (down less than 1 percent) and Tove Lo's "Habits (Stay High)," climbs 6-4 with 89,000 (down 7 percent). Taylor Swift's new "Welcome to New York" debuts at No. 5 with 84,000. It's the final preview track from her latest album, 1989, which is on course for a huge debut at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 chart next week. Jessie J, Ariana Grande and Nicki Minaj's "Bang Bang" dips 5-6 with 82,000 (down 15 percent), Jason Derulo's "Trumpets" is a non-mover at No. 7 with 81,000 (down 6 percent) and Pitbull's "Fireball," featuring John Ryan, zips 16-8 with 69,000 (up 21 percent). Fall Out Boy's "Centuries" jumps 12-9 with 67,000 (down 2 percent) and Sam Smith's "I'm Not the Only One" descends 9-10 with just under 67,000 (down 8 percent). Digital track sales this past week totaled 17.22 million downloads, down 1 percent compared with last week (17.32 million) and down 13 percent stacked next to the comparable week of 2013 (19.89 million). Year to date track sales are at 918.08 million, down 13 percent compared to the same total at this point last year (1.05 billion).  COMPLETE CHARTS

(∆) was formed when Gwil Sainsbury (guitar/bass), Joe Newman (guitar/lead vocals), Gus Unger-Hamilton (keyboards/vocals) and Thom Green (drums) met at Leeds University in 2007. Unger-Hamilton (younger brother of Ferdy, head of A&R for Polydor Records) studied English, the other three Fine Art. In their second year of studies, Newman showed Sainsbury a handful of his own songs and, inspired by his guitar-playing dad, the pair began recording on GarageBand in their hall rooms with Sainsbury acting as producer. The band's unusual sound stems from the fact that due to living in student halls, where noise had to be kept to a minimum, they were unable to use bass guitars or bass drums. The Band was originally called "Daljit Dhaliwal" after a British TV presenter, Daljit Dhaliwal. After graduating they moved to Cambridge, where they claimed Jobseeker's Allowance, spending two years rehearsing before signing a deal with Infectious Records in December 2011. Their self-titled first 4-track EP ∆, was recorded with producer Charlie Andrew in London. Their first 2012 release for Infectious Records was the triangle-shaped 7" "Matilda"/"Fitzpleasure", followed by "Breezeblocks" as an advance of their first album An Awesome Wave, which was recorded in Brixton, playing tracks as it fit into the recording studio's spare time. On 9 June 2014, they announced their second album This Is All Yours, that was released on 22 September 2014. This Is All Yours went straight to Number 1 on the UK's Official Albums Chart.   >> source: Wikipedia - click the picture to see the video

United Kingdom
Music Week Report
Ben Howard lands his first no.1
Monday, October 27, 2014
by Alan Jones, London

Born in London but raised in Devon, folk/rock singer/songwriter Ben Howard debuts atop the chart with second album I Forgot Where We Were selling 44,993 copies last week. The album is the follow-up to his critically acclaimed, Mercury Prize nominated debut Every Kingdom, which opened at number seven in 2011 on sales of 14,492 copies, even

though Howard's highest charting single at that point had reached only number 74. An appearance on Later...With Jools Holland and the subsequent success of Only Love - which reached number nine of the singles chart and has thus far sold 298,312 copies - lifted Every Kingdom to a new peak position of number six on its 33rd week on release, and it topped that by surging 46-4 in the immediate aftermath of Howard winning Brit awards for British Breakthrough Act and Best British Male in February 2013, on its 73rd week on release. With 160 weeks on the Top 200 to date, it returned to the Top 75 in the period before I Forgot Where We Were was released. Although it dips from its 65 week high of number 25 to number 27 this week, it sold a further 2,907 copies last week, raising its cumulative tally to 595,379. The success of I Forgot Where We Were comes nine weeks after the title track - the longest unedited song in the chart, and one of the longest Top 75 entries ever at 7m 46s - debuted and peaked at number 60.

It rebounds 89-64 (6,164 sales) this week. In the six years since Slipknot's fourth studio album, All Hope Is Gone, debuted and peaked at number two on sales of 49,949 copies, the hard rock band from Iowa have been through some changes, and the title of their new album - 5: The Gray Chapter - acknowledges the album's rank in their chronology and salutes their bassist Paul Gray, who died from a drugs overdose in 2010. The album also debuts at number two (30,745 sales). Neil Diamond had just celebrated his 30th birthday when he first entered the UK album chart in 1971. Now nearly 74, he scores his 41st chart album with new studio set Melody Road. Debuting at number four (27,384 sales), it is his 13th Top 10 album. Status Quo have also had notable chart longevity,

they had had half a dozen hit singles before they landed their first chart album in 1973 with Piledriver but have been album chart regulars ever since, notching their 38th chart album with Aquostic: Stripped Bare (number five, 23,688 sales). Ella Henderson drops from number one to number seven, with Chapter One selling a further 16,718 copies. Elsewhere in the Top 10: Ed Sheeran's X dips 2-3 (28,857 sales), Sam Smith's In The Lonely Hour falls 3-6 (20,865 sales), George Ezra's Wanted On Voyage declines 4-8 (14,540 sales), Barbra Streisand's Partners slips 7-9 (9,859 sales) and Jessie J's Sweet Talker ebbs 5-10 (7,446 sales). Overall album sales are up 6.52% week-on-week at 1,330,325 - 3.00% below same week 2013 sales of 1,371,433. Meghan Trainor's All About That Bass enjoys an easy fourth week atop the singles chart on sales of 82,163 copies (including 14,226 streaming sales). It thus equals the longest consecutive run at the top this year, set by Clean Bandit's Rather Be (feat. Jess Glynne) in February/March, and is the first number one by a female solo artist to sustain for this long since Carly Rae Jepsen's debut smash Call Me Maybe in April/May 2012. Waze & Odyssey's Bump & Grind 2014, which was number 164 last week on streaming alone, now jumps to number three on sales of 49,552 copies. A British DJ/production team, Waze & Odyssey have released more than 20 songs in the last three years but Bump & Grind 2014 - which incorporates enough vocal elements of R. Kelly's 1995 number eight hit Bump 'n' Grind for him to get a featured credit - is their first to make the Top 75. The only other debut inside the Top 10 comes from Fuse ODG whose T.I.N.A. (feat. Angel) opens at number nine (28,156 sales). It is Fuse ODG's fifth hit in the last 16 months, following Antenna (number seven), Azonto (feat. Itz Tiffany, number 30), Million Pound Girl (Badder Than Bad) (number five) and Dangerous Love (feat. Sean Paul, number three). All five are on Fuse ODG's debut album, which is also called T.I.N.A., and is released next Monday (3 November). Now surpassing the peak positions of all of his hits apart from the number one Sing, Ed Sheeran's Thinking Out Loud vaults 4-2 (53,929 sales). Elsewhere in the Top 10: Bang Bang climbs 5-4 (47,617 sales) for Jessie J, Ariana Grande and Nicki Minaj, Shake It Off dips 2-5 (47,578 sales) for Taylor Swift, Don't Tell 'Em holds at number six (31,918 sales) for Jeremih, and Blame recovers 8-7 (29,419 sales) for Calvin Harris feat. John Newman, trading places with Changing (7-8, 28,441 sales) by Sigma feat. Paloma Faith. Sam Smith's I'm Not The Only One returns to the Top 10, climbing 12-10 (25,700 sales). Overall singles sales are down 0.88% week-on-week at 5,607,004. Streaming accounted for 3,131,297 sales last week – a record 55.85% of the total. Under previously existing criteria where only paid-for purchases were included, overall singles sales are down 4.19% week-on-week at 2,475,707 – 17.81% below same week 2013 sales of 3,012,294 and the 63rd consecutive week in which they have declined versus a year ago.  COMPLETE CHARTS

Oricon Album Chart
No.1  Arashi 'The Digitalian'

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Media Control Album Chart
No.1  Shindy
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