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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 Canada. Some 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 Everything' by 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 website: NO.1 CHRONICLES. 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



Global Chart - 20 Years Ago
No.1
'Have You Ever Really' Bryan Adams
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Global Chart - 20 Years Ago
No.2
'Scatman (Ski-Ba-Bop)' Scatman John
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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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USA
Billboard Report
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'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

107,000 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 Trust Fall

(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 percent). 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.  COMPLETE CHARTS


Spotlight
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


United Kingdom
Music Week Report
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'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.  COMPLETE CHARTS



Japan
Oricon Single Chart
No.1  Arashi 'Aozora No Shita, Kimi No Tonari'

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Germany
Media Control Album Chart
No.1  Genetikk
'Achter Tag'
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