Global Chart Report
Pink Floyd back at no.1 after 20 years
Friday, November 21, 2014
by Fred Chuchel, Dresden
The legendary British rock
group Pink Floyd celebrates a triumphant comeback on the
charts. 20 years after the last studio album 'The Division Bell', the
new effort 'The Endless River' jumps easily at no.1 globally with
658.000 sales. In many countries the start-sales were higher than
Taylor Swift's '1989' album two week ago. Not so in the USA and
Canada, where 'The Endless River' starts with 160.400, respectively
31.000 sales. '1989' sold 1.286.500, respectively 107.000 copies in
the initial week. But especially in United Kingdom and Germany the new
Pink Floyd effort shines with huge sales. In UK 'The Endless River'
bows with 139.400 units. That are the third-highest start sales of an
album this year there, trailing only the 182.400 copies that Ed
Sheeran's 'X' sold, and the 168.000 copies from Coldplay's 'Ghost
Stories'. In Germany it's even the second highest debut of the year,
only topped by rapper Kollegah and his album 'King', which found
162.000 buyers in its first week at retail. It's difficult to compared
new with the former Pink
Floyd album, because 1994 there was no Media Traffic chart, but 'The
Division Bell' started surely with much more than one million sales
and it would have been also a quite clear no.1 on the Global Chart.
Back to the current hitlist, 'The Endless River' ends Taylor Swift's
two week reigns with her '1989' set. It slips at no.2 this week, after
a 22% sales decline to 445.000 copies, a total of 2.699.000 units so
far. Now it's at no.3 on the year-to-date list, topped only by the
'Frozen' soundtrack (6.370.000) and Coldplay's 'Ghost Stories'
(2.845.000). Highest debut this week (Pink Floyd bowed at no.27 last
week due earlier sales from Italy) is the eight album of the Foo
Fighters, 'Sonic Highways' arrives at no.3 globally with massive
416.000 copies, the highest
tally for a no.3 album since
the Xmas week 2012 (!!). The sales of that week were dated to
the week 01, 2013 and no.3 was One Direction's 'Take Me Home' with
442.000 copies. Foo Fighters' former set 'Wasting Light' was a clear
no.1 in the week 17, 2011 with 505.000 start-sales. Some additional
sales stats: '21' by Adele sold 454.000 copies this year and reaches a
total of 26.620.000 so far, Beyoncé's self-titled sold 2.162.000 units
this year, 3.516.000 so far, 'Unorthodox Jukebox' by Bruno Mars sold
1.140.000 units this year and has a total of 6.151.000 units so far, 'Christmas' by
Michael Bublé sold 8.790.000 copies so far, 'Prism' by Katy Perry
3.334.000, and 'Xscape' by
Michael Jackson 1.497.000.
COMPLETE GLOBAL ALBUM CHART
Any news from the top of the Global Track Chart,
'All About That Bass' by Meghan Trainor remains at the summit
for an eighth consecutive week with 325.000 points, a 16% decrease
compared to the previous week. Meghan's strongest competitor of the
last weeks was Taylor Swift's 'Shake It Off' (this week at no.3 with
301.000 points), but now another Taylor Swift tune comes closer with
giant steps. It's her 'Blank Space', which makes a surprising jump
from no.11 to no.2 this week, driven by a massive 113% points boost to
305.000. It's Taylor Swift's 11th Global Top 10 smash. DJ and producer
guru David Guetta returns to the global Top 10 the first time since
nearly three years, 'Dangerous', a collaboration with Sam Martin,
shoots from no.20 to no.10 with 149.000 points. His former smash
'Lovers On The Sun' (also with Sam Martin) missed the Top 10 narrowly
and climbed to no.11 twelve weeks ago. David's former Top 10 smash was
'Turn Me On' (with Nicki Minaj), it reached no.6 in the week 13, 2012.
Outside the Top 40 waiting among
other Berryz Kobo's 'Romance Wo Katatte' at no.46, Alesso feat. Tove
Lo's 'Heroes (We Could Be)' at no.50, I Love Makonnen feat. Drake's
'Tuesday' at no.52, Big Sean feat. E 40's 'I Don't F**k With You' at
no.53, and Meghan Trainor's
'Lips Are Moving' at no.55 for their first appearance on the big list.
COMPLETE GLOBAL TRACK CHART
The Jamaican producer Biddu has a new song for to that date
unknown soul-singer Carl Douglas: 'I Want To Give You My
Everything'. Carl sings the tune willingly, but asks, if he
can releases an own song for the B-side of the planned single.
The 32 year-old singer, a passionate fan of Asian martial arts
styles, has written a song about this, called 'Kung Fu
Fighting'. The decision makers of Pye Records are quick to
agree, that this song should be the clear A-side. And they
were right, 'Kung Fu Fighting' grows up to an enormous
worldwide smash, a no.1 in many countries. On the Global Chart
it peaked for 11 weeks and ranks at no.91 on the
ALL TIME CHART.
The song and the death of martial arts star Bruce Lee some
months ago in
1973, unleashed a boom for Asian martial arts in the Western
Hemisphere. 'Kung Fu Fighting' was the only big hit for Carl Douglas.
GLOBAL CHART - 40 YEARS AGO
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Taylor Swift's '1989' no.1 for third week on Billboard 200
Wednesday, November 19, 2014
by Keith Caulfield, Los Angeles
Taylor Swift's 1989 album spends a third consecutive week at No. 1 on
the Billboard 200 chart, making it only the second album to spend three
weeks atop the list in 2014. Only the Frozen
soundtrack, which racked 13 nonconsecutive
weeks at No. 1, spent longer at the top.
1989 sold 312,000 copies in the week ending Nov. 16 -- down just 22 percent in
its third frame -- according to Nielsen SoundScan. It's the first album to sell
more than 300,000 copies in its first three weeks since Beyonce's self-titled
effort in December 2013. Beyonce debuted at No. 1 with 617,000 (from only three
days of sales), then spent a second (374,000) and third week (310,000) at No.1.
1989's total sales now stand at 2 million. It continues to rank as 2014's
second-largest-selling album, behind the Frozen soundtrack (3.25 million). They
are the only two albums to sell a million copies in 2014.
In total, Swift has spent 27 cumulative weeks at No. 1 with her four
chart-topping albums. That puts her ahead of Barbra Streisand on the list of
women with the most weeks at No. 1. Among leading ladies, Whitney Houston has
the most (46 weeks), followed by Mariah Carey (30), Swift (27) and Streisand
(26). It's likely that Swift will step
aside next week for a new No. 1: One
Direction's Four. The latter could sell over 420,000 in the week ending Nov. 23,
according to industry forecasters.
At No. 2 on the latest Billboard 200, rock band Foo Fighters arrive with their
new studio album Sonic Highways, selling 190,000. It's the seventh top 10 album
for the act, and all but one of their studio sets have reached the top 10 (only
their self-titled debut missed the region, peaking at No. 23). The new release
follows 2011's Wasting Light, which debuted at No. 1 with 325,000, marking the
act's first chart-topper. Pink Floyd collects its 10th top 10 album on the
Billboard 200 chart, as its new release, The Endless River, sails in at No. 3.
It sold 170,000 and also debuts
at No. 2 on Top Rock Albums. The album is the band's first collection of
new studio recordings since 1994's
The Division Bell, which debuted at No. 1 (with 465,000). The new set was
assembled from music that originated during the Division Bell sessions and is
advertised as a tribute to the band's Richard Wright, who died in 2008.
Country legend Garth Brooks debuts at No. 4 with Man Against Machine, his first
studio album in 13 years. It enters with 130,000 sold and also lands at No. 1 on
Top Country Albums -- his 14th leader on that list. His last new studio album
was 2001's Scarecrow, which debuted at No. 1 on both charts with 466,000. Man
Against Machine is notably unavailable through digital retailers, except for
Brooks' own GhostTunes website, which did not report sales of the album to
Rapper Big K.R.I.T. logs his best sales week yet, as Cadillactica drives in at
No. 5 on the Billboard 200 with 44,000. It also starts at No. 1 on Top
R&B/Hip-Hop Albums and Rap Albums. The artist's previous best week came when
Live From the Underground debuted and peaked at No. 5 on the Billboard 200 with
Nick Jonas is the fifth and final debut in the top 10, as his self-titled effort
starts at No. 6 with just over 37,000. Jonas last charted under his own name in
2010 with the album Who I Am, credited to Nick Jonas & the Administration. It
launched with 82,000. The new album is supported by the hit single "Jealous,"
which climbs 11-9 on the Pop Songs Airplay chart (dated Nov. 29).
As for the rest of the top 10 on the Billboard 200: the Now 52 album slips 2-7
with 37,000 (down 39 percent) while Pentatonix's That's Christmas to Me rises
23-8 with just over 34,000; up 131 percent) and Sam Smith's In the Lonely Hour
climbs dips 8-9 with just over 30,000 (though up 12 percent). George Strait's
The Cowboy Rides Away closes out the region, zipping 60-10 with 30,000 (up 309
percent). The latter blasts up the list thanks to a new deluxe version of the
album, exclusively available through Walmart.
Overall album sales in this past chart week (ending Nov. 16) totaled 5.38
million units, up 9 percent compared with the sum last week (4.94 million) and
down less than 1 percent against the comparable sales week of 2013 (5.39
million). Year-to-date album sales stand at 209.52 million, down 13 percent
compared to the same total at this point last year (239.72 million).
Over on the Digital Songs chart, Swift's "Blank Space" bumps up to No. 1,
selling 328,000 downloads (up 100 percent), while last week's leader, Meghan
Trainor's "All About That Bass," falls to No. 3 with 126,000 (down 34 percent).
Hozier's "Take Me to Church" rebounds to its peak position, rising 4-2 with
131,000 (up 7 percent).
Maroon 5's "Animals" ascends 5-4 with 124,000 (up 8 percent), Swift's "Shake It
Off" dips 3-5 with 93,000 (down 28 percent), and Sam Smith's "I'm Not the Only
One" jumps 7-6 with 93,000 (up 10 percent). Jonas' "Jealous" zips 16-7 with
83,000 (up 38 percent), I Love Makonnen's "Tuesday," featuring Drake, flies 12-8
with 69,000 (up 2 percent) and Tove Lo's "Habits (Stay High)" moves 10-9 with
67,000 (down 18 percent). Big Sean's "I Don't F--- With You," featuring E-40,
closes out the top 10, as it steps 14-10 with 65,000 (up 3 percent).
Digital track sales this past week totaled 17.72 million downloads, down 3
percent compared with last week (18.29 million) and down 11 percent stacked next
to the comparable week of 2013 (19.88 million). Year to date track sales are at
971.37 million, down 13 percent compared to the same total at this point last
year (1.11 billion).
Alt-J (∆) 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.
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Music Week Report
Gareth Malone wakes up at number one
Monday, November 17, 2014
by Alan Jones, London
In a singles chart that celebrated its 62nd birthday last week, more
than 30 songs have topped the chart in versions by two or more different
acts, of which the latest is Wake Me Up, which spent three weeks atop
the chart for Avicii in July / August 2013, and now debuts at number one
in a version credited to Gareth Malone's All Star Choir, and
Children In Need charity.
The seventh Children In Need song to reach number one, the new version sold
120,312 copies last week (including just 309 from streams) and features vocal
contributions from Mel Giedroyc, Jo Brand, John Craven, Craig Revel Horwood,
Linda Robson, various actors, sport personalities and children. It is Malone's
third number one, following Military Wives, who had the last number one of 2011
with Wherever You Are, and 2012's Sing by Gary Barlow & The Commonwealth Band
feat. Military Wives. Brian Wilson & Various Artists' revival of The Beach Boys'
God Only Knows - which also benefits Children In Need - is strongly resurgent
following Friday night's BBC1 Children In Need telethon, bouncing 170-39 (10.206
Charity records aside, Ed Sheeran's Thinking Out Loud would have returned to
number one but instead holds at number two, selling a further 66,485 copies.
Four weeks after debut, One Direction's Steal My Girl rebounds 9-3
to equal its peak. It is one
of seven One Direction songs in the Top 75 taken from their new album
After debuting at number one last week, Cheryl's I Don't Care dips to number
four (47,787 sales).
Meghan Trainor's All About That Bass is also in the slide, falling 3-5 (42,401
sales) but Outside holds steady at number six (35,590 sales) for Calvin Harris &
Ellie Goulding. Tom Odell scores his highest charting single to date, with his
cover of The Beatles' hit Real Love jumping 21-7 (31,206 sales) on its
first full week on sale. It eclipses his previous highest charting hit,
debut chart entry Another Love, which reached number 10 in January 2013. Real Love's surge comes as John
Lewis' TV advertising campaign - for which it was recorded - moves into top
gear. It's five
years since Australia's Origliasso twins, Lisa and Jessica - known as
The Veronicas - scored back-to-back Top 20 hits with Untouched (number eight)
and 4Ever (number 17) from their second album, Hook Me Up. That album was
actually released in their homeland in 2007 and, for various reasons, it has
taken them until now to come up with their eponymous follow-up which has been
tentatively scheduled for 23 February 2015. Ahead of that, dramatic orchestral
ballad You Ruin Me debuts at number eight (26,957 sales).
There's a double dose of Sam Smith to round out the Top 10. Latest single Like I
Can debuts at number nine (25,728 sales) to become the fourth Top 10 single from
his debut album In The Lonely Hour, while I'm Not The Only One holds at number
10 (24,866 sales). The latter track spent six weeks in the Top 10, peaking at
number three, before dipping to number 12 for a fortnight but has since spent
four straight weeks at number 10.
Overall singles sales are up 4.30% week-on-week at 5,776,046. Streaming
accounted for 3,220,840 sales last week – 55.76% of the total. Under previously
existing criteria where only paid-for purchases were included, overall singles
sales are up 4.94% week-on-week at 2,555,206 – 17.66% below same week 2013 sales
of 3,103,225 and the 66th consecutive week in which they have declined versus a
It is very much a case of the long and the short of it at the top of the charts
this week, with Pink Floyd registering the longest span of number one albums by
a group, while Wake Me Up stages one of the fastest ever returns to the top of
the singles chart for a song, with the new version by Gareth Malone's All Star
Choir debuting in pole position less than a year and a half after Avicii's
Pink Floyd's 15th - and apparently last - studio album, The Endless River makes
an impressive debut at number one on sales of 139,351 copies, the third highest
of the year, trailing only the 182,427 that Ed Sheeran's X sold on debut 20
weeks ago, and the 168,048 copies than Coldplay's Ghost Stories sold on debut 25
weeks ago. The veteran prog rock band's sixth number one - following Atom Heart
Mother (1970), Wish You Were Here (1975), The Final Cut (1983), The Division
Bell (1994) and Pulse (1995) - The Endless River is Pink Floyd's first album
since the 2008 death of keyboards player Richard Wright.
It is a little over 44 years since Atom Heart Mother became Floyd's first number
one album, giving them the longest span of new number ones by any group. Missing
from that list of number ones by the group, incidentally, is their 1973 magnum
opus The Dark Side Of The Moon, which peaked at number two (behind the K-Tel
compilation 20 Flash Back Greats Of The Sixties) and is not just their biggest
seller but also one of the biggest selling albums of all-time in the UK, with a
to-date tally of 4,240,620 sales. It jumps 98-61 (2,071 sales) this week.
Floyd's fast start denied Foo Fighters their fourth number one, with
their eighth studio album Sonic Highways settling for a number two
debut, on sales of 88,637 copies - the highest tally for a runner-up
this year. Their last album, Wasting Light was the first of seven albums
to dethrone Adele's 21, ending its introductory 11 week reign on sales
of 114,557 in 2011. Sonic Highways is Foo Fighters' ninth Top 10 album,
and their 10th chart album in all.
Queen's Greatest Hits is the biggest-selling album of all-time in the UK with
sales at a staggering 6,082,883 - but their new compilation, Forever, is off to
a less stellar start, debuting at number five (35,665 sales). Comprising hits,
classic tracks, alternate mixes, new remasters and a trio of previously unissued
tracks, it includes the Michael Jackson collaboration There Must Be More To Life
That This, which is the only track on the album not available as a standalone
download, hence its lack of a singles chart appearance. Proving she is
indeed Only Human, Cheryl's fourth album, which bears that title, falls
well short of the opening week's position and sales of all its
predecessors, despite the fact that it is the first of the former Girls
Aloud star's solo albums to generate two number one singles. Selling
just 21,839 copies last week, Only Human debuts at number seven. Her
first solo album, Three Words, sold 125,271 copies when it debuted at
number one in 2009.
After returning to the top of the chart last week, Ed Sheeran's X now dips to
number three, although its sales are up fractionally, at 45,477.
With latest single Like I Can debuting inside the Top 10, Sam Smith's In The
Lonely Hour album enjoys a more sizzling 102.11% increase in sales week-on-week
to 43,446 but is rewarded only with a modest 5-4 climb.
Both Sheeran and Smith's albums are galloping towards their millionth sale, with
X currently on 882,841 and In The Lonely Hour on 655,956.
Elsewhere in the Top 10: Taylor Swift's 1989 dips 3-6 (26,038 sales), Andre
Rieu's Love In Venice slips 4-8 (18,567 sales), Calvin Harris' Motion slumps 2-9
(17,372 sales) and George Ezra's Wanted On Voyage declines 8-10 (15,362 sales).
Overall album sales are up 26.45% week-on-week at 1,915,832 - their highest
level since 2,086,240 albums were sold in the first week of 2014 (45 weeks ago),
and 1.54% below same week 2013 sales of 1,945,722.
Oricon Album Chart
No.1 Kana Nishino 'With Love'
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Media Control Track Chart
No.1 David Guetta &
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