Ed Sheeran jumps back to the summit
Wednesday, August 26, 2015
by Fred Chuchel, Dresden
It's a little surprise: in
its 60th week on the tally Ed Sheeran's 'X' returns to the hot
spot of the Global Album Chart for a third time with healthy 119.000
sales. The first time the album led the chart was after the release in
the week 28, 2014 with massive 549,000 sales. Two weeks later it
turned back to no.1 with 151,000 copies sold. Now after 60 weeks on
the tally 'X' sold a total of 6,593,000 units, 3,107,000 of it this
year alone. On the year-to-date list 'X' remains at no.2, behind
Taylor Swift's '1989' with 3,387,000 sales. There's a gap of 280,000
units between these both albums, and the gap becomes increasingly
smaller. Will be 'X' the best-selling album of 2015 by the end of the
year, or '1989' stays at no.1, or Adele's new album will be published
in the autumn and outstrip the other two? Back to this week's hitlist,
let's look us the other end of the chart at no.40: exactly one year
ago in the week 35, 2014 we registered a new alltime low, when One
Direction's 'Midnight Memories' placed at no.40 in that week with only
Now it goes down a further
step, Led Zeppelin's remastered 'Presence' ranks at the final place
this week with only 13,000 sales! Also in the middle of our Top 40 we
have a new alltime low, for the first time ever a no.20 album sold
less than 20,000 copies, 'Chaos And The Calm' by James Bay climbs at
this place with only 19,000 sales. Last week's no.1, 'Compton' by
Dr.Dre slides at no.3, after a massive 82% sales erosion to 75,000 and
Luke Bryan's 'Kill The Lights' remains at no.2 with 93,000 copies, a
73% sales decline compared to the previous week. Some
additional sales stats: 'If You're Reading This, It's Too Late'' by
Drake sold 13,000 copies
last week and reaches a total of 1,300,000 so far, 'Born In The Echoes' by
the Chemical Brothers sold also 13,000 units last week, 128,000 so far, 'Something
More Than Free' by
Jason Isbell sold 9,000 units last week and has a total of 108,000 copies so far,
Disney's 'Frozen' sold
so far, '21' by Adele 26,888,000, and '1989' by
Taylor Swift 8,006,000.
COMPLETE GLOBAL ALBUM CHART
There's a new feature on our
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. A tight race this week atop the Global Track Chart,
three songs are in the range between 250,000 and 265,000 points. And
winner for a second time is 'Can't Feel My Face' by The Weeknd. In its
10th week on the tally the song gets another 265.000 points, a 4%
decrease compared to the previous week. Felix Jaehn's remix of Omi's
'Cheerleader' holds tight at no.2 with 257,000 points, 5% less as the
week before. At no.3 debuts this week's highest debut, 'Maenomeri' by
SKE 48 with 251,000 points. It's the 13th Global Top 10 smash for the
Japanese idol girl group. Beside 'Maenomeri' there's only another
new-entry on the current tally, it's 'Hard Knock Days' by Generations
from Exile Tribe at no.27 with 86.000 points. Outside our weekly Top 40
waiting among other Shawn Mendes' 'Stitches' at no.42,
Jess Glynne's 'Don't Be So Hard On Yourself' at no.43, Adam
Lambert's 'Ghost Town' at no.48, Fall Out Boy's 'Uma Thurman' at no.50,
Sam Feldt feat. Kimberley Anne's 'Show Me Love' at no.52, and Robin
Schulz feat. Ilsey's 'Headlights' at no.56 for their first
appearance on the big list.
COMPLETE GLOBAL TRACK CHART
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
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of that tune
Luke Bryan spends 2nd week at no.1 on Billboard 200 Album
Thuesday, August 25, 2015
by Keith Caulfield & Silvio Pietroluongo, Los Angeles
scores a second week at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 chart with his Kill
the Lights album. The set shifted another 99,000 equivalent album units
in the week ending Aug. 20, according to
Nielsen Music. A week ago it debuted atop
the list with 345,000 units.
Kill the Lights is the first country album to spend more than one week at No. 1
in two years. The feat last occurred with Bryan’s own previous album, Crash My
Party, which spent its second and final frame at No. 1 on the chart dated Sept.
In two weeks, Kill the Lights has sold 403,000 in pure album sales.
Behind Bryan is a surging Ed Sheeran, who sees his X album jump 6-2 with 97,000
units (up 196 percent). It rallies thanks to publicity generated by his NBC TV
concert special Ed Sheeran -- Live at Wembley Stadium (which aired Aug. 18) and
sales spurred by the album’s temporary 99-cent discount pricing in the Google
Play store. The set’s album sales rose to 80,000 for the week (up 378 percent).
Of that figure, download sales equated to 72,000 (up 607 percent). Dr. Dre’s
Compton slips to No. 3 with 51,000 units (down 83 percent) in its second week.
Dre can also be found at No. 4 as a member of N.W.A, as the group
zooms 30-4 with Straight Outta Compton (44,000 units; up 254 percent). The
latter album reaches a new chart high and benefits from the opening weekend
(Aug. 14-16) of the theatrical film of the same name.
The Now 55 compilation descends 3-5 with 40,000 units (down 254 percent).
Singer Melanie Martinez (a former contestant on The Voice) starts at No. 6 with
her debut full-length album Cry Baby (40,000 units). She had previously visited
the Heatseekers Albums chart with her 2014 Dollhouse EP, which reached No. 4 on
that developing artists tally. Taylor Swift’s 1989 dips 5-7 with 32,000 units
(down 4 percent). The album has
spent all 43 of its chart weeks in the Top 10. Rock band Bullet for My Valentine
launches at No. 8 with its latest album, Venom, moving 28,000 units
(of which 26,000 are pure album sales). It’s the
second Top 10 album from the band, which also hit the region with 2009’s Scream
Aim Fire (No. 4) and 2010’s Fever (No. 3).
The Nos. 8-10 albums on the Billboard 200 chart are only separated by a few
hundred units, but when their sums for the week are rounded to the nearest
thousand, they all end up totaling 28,000.
That said, closing out the Top 10 are Future’s DS2 (7-9 with nearly 28,000
units; down 11 percent) and Sam Hunt’s Montevallo (9-10 with almost 28,000 as
well; up 1 percent). Over on the Billboard Hot 100
OMI's debut smash "Cheerleader" tops for a sixth week. The
reggae/pop tune again fends off "Can't Feel My Face" by The Weeknd, who wowed
the crowd in his headlining set at the inaugural Billboard Hot 100 Music
Festival at Jones Beach, N.Y., over the weekend.
"Cheerleader" holds atop the Hot
100 while maintaining its No. 2 ranks on Radio Songs (147 million in audience,
down 1 percent, according to Nielsen Music), Streaming Songs (15.1 million U.S.
streams, down 7 percent) and Digital Songs, which it led for four weeks (105,000
downloads sold, down 11 percent, in the week ending Aug. 20). "Cheerleader"
additionally passes 2 million (2.1 million) in sales to date. Six weeks on top for "Cheerleader," OMI ties for the longest run at No.
1 on the Hot 100 for a reggae song in more than 22 years. It matches the
six-week command of MAGIC!'s "Rude" last summer. The last reggae ruler to reign
longer? Snow's "Informer," which led for seven weeks in March-April 1993.
At No. 2 on the Hot 100 for a second week after topping the chart, The Weeknd's
"Face" remains the most-heard song on radio and the top-selling title. It spends
a third week each at No. 1 on Radio Songs (157 million, essentially even from
last week) and Digital Songs (109,000 downloads sold, down 8 percent) and
retreats 4-5 on Streaming Songs (13.6 million, down 2 percent). "Face" also
leads Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs and the subscription services-based On-Demand Songs
charts for a sixth week each.
Still, The Weeknd again claims two simultaneous top five Hot 100 hits, as "The
Hills" holds at its No. 5 peak so far. The track keeps at No. 5 on Streaming
Songs (13.6 million, up 1 percent) and zooms 7-6 on Digital Songs (79,000, up 6
percent) and 42-25 on Radio Songs (44 million, up 49 percent). With its latest
sales frame, "The Hills" pushes past 1 million sold since its release.
Between The Weeknd's "Face" and "The Hills" on the Hot 100, Silento's "Watch Me"
remains at its No. 3 peak, while leading Streaming Songs (16.8 million, down 21
percent) and Hot Rap Songs for a fifth week each. At No. 4 on the Hot 100, Major
Lazer and DJ Snake "Lean On," featuring MO, stays at its best rank, highlighted
by its 4-3 lift on Radio Songs (117 million, up 9 percent). "Lean" leads
Billboard's Hot Dance/Electronic Songs chart for a sixth week.
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
Music Week Report
Jess Glynne has her fifth number one
Monday, August 24, 2015
by Alan Jones, London
Cementing her claim to be one of the hottest new female vocalists
around, Jess Glynne scores her fifth number one hit in less than
19 months, with Don't Be So Hard On Yourself vaulting 78-1 (61,994
sales, including 10,140 from streams) in a tight top three which sees
Marvin Gaye fall 1-2 (58,160 sales) for Charlie Puth feat. Meghan
and How Deep Is Your Love drift 2-3 (56,191
sales) for Calvin Harris + Disciples.
25 year old Londoner Glynne previously topped the chart as featured
vocalist on number one hits by Clean Bandit (Rather Be, February 2014),
Route 94 (My Love, March 2014) and Tinie Tempah (Not Letting Go, July
2015) and in her own right with Hold My Hand (April 2015). The OCC are
hailing Ms. Glynne for equalling Cheryl Fernandez-Versini's haul of
number ones as a solo British female but I take issue with that, as only
two of the songs are solo hits. Glynne may have provided the main vocals
for Rather Be, My Love and Not Letting Go but they are by no stretch of
the imagination solo records. Fernandez-Versini was at least the main
artist on all five of her 'solo' number ones, although Tinie Tempah was
featured on Crazy Stupid Love. Cheryl also had four number ones as a
member of Girls Aloud bringing her tally of number ones to nine - ten if
you count her very minor role in Helping Haiti's cover of REM's
Everybody Hurts. More than
four years after his previous biggest hit Hello - a collaboration with
Dragonette - reached number 13, French DJ/producer Martin Solveig scores
his first Top 10 hit. GTA collaboration Intoxication - which was number
108 on streaming alone last week - jumps to number five (36,634 sales).
The rest of the Top 10: Can't Feel My Face (3-4, 41,796 sales) by The
Weeknd, Black Magic (4-6, 35,536 sales) by Little Mix, Are You With Me?
(5-7, 34,494 sales) by Lost Frequencies, Shut Up & Dance (8-8, 33,538
sales) by Walk The Moon, Shine (7-9, 29,737 sales) by Years & Years and
Glitterball (6-10, 29,314 sales) by Sigma feat. Ella Henderson. Overall
singles sales are down 1.75% week-on-week at 6,999,767. Streams
accounted for 4,933,804 sales - 70.49%
of the total. Paid-for sales are
down 5.02% week-on-week at 2,065,963, and are 17.84% below same week
2014 sales of 2,514,426 - the 106th week in a row they have declined
versus a year previous.
After climbing to the top of the chart for the first time in sales
flashes on the day of her funeral, The Very Best Of Cilla Black was duly
and sadly crowned as the new number one on Friday (21st).
The Liverpudlian legend, who died in Spain aged 72 at the start of the
month, had consecutive number one singles with Anyone Who Had A Heart
and You're My World in 1964 but her previous highest charting album was
Cilla Sings A Rainbow, which peaked at number four in 1966. More than 51
years elapsed between Black's first number one single and first number
one album - not a record, as nearly 55 years elapsed between Vera Lynn's
My Son, My Son topping the singles chart in 1954 and We'll Meet Again:
The Very Best Of putting the then 92 year old top of the album chart for
the first and only time in 2009.
Any number one is worthy simply by dint of selling more copies in the
survey period than any other but Black's coronation comes in a woeful
week, securing just 12,965 sales, 63 of them from streams. That's the
second lowest tally for a number one album in the 816 weeks that have
thus far elapsed in the 21st century, beating only the 9,578 copies that
Rihanna's Talk That Talk sold when it returned to number one in August
2012, some 158 weeks ago. It could have been worse - driven by TV
coverage of her funeral, 3,978 of Black's sales (30.68%) occurred on
Thursday, more than three times the market average of 9.27%.
Ahead of Black in all the early sales flashes, Bridgend heavy metal band
Bullet For My Valentine's fifth studio album, Venom, has to settle for a
number three debut on sale of 9,595 copies. Their highest charting album
to-date, it nevertheless sold 8.62% fewer copies than the 10,499 copies
that their last album, Temper Temper, shifted when debuting and peaking
at number 11 in February 2013. Their only previous Top 10 albums, Scream
Aim Fire and Fever provided their best ever weekly sales of 23,476 and
21,965 respectively, when debuting at number five in February 2008 and
The only other debut inside the Top 10 this week comes from another
Welsh band - Wrexham pop/punk quintet Neck Deep, whose second album,
Life's Not Out To Get You, opens at number eight (6,136 sales),
surpassing by exactly 100 places their first album Wishful Thinking,
which debuted and peaked at number 108 in January of last year on sales
of 1,303 copies.
Number one last week on downloads and streams only, Dr Dre's Compton
came out on CD on Wednesday (19 August), and sold 787 copies on that
format by close of business on Thursday but still dips to number five
The rest of the Top 10: James Bay's Chaos & The Calm (7-2, 10,365
sales), Ed Sheeran's X (3-4, 9,584 sales), Sam Smith's In The Lonely
Hour (5-6, 9,298 sales), Years & Years' Communion (4-7, 7,598 sales),
Taylor Swift's 1989 (9-9, 5,671 sales) and Florence + The Machine's How
Big, How Blue, How Beautiful (12-10, 4,501 sales).
Overall album sales are down 8.30% week-on-week at 1,450,444. Streaming
accounted for 442,078 sales - 30.48% of the total. Sales of paid-for
albums are down 11.52% week-on-week at 1,008,366 - 21.06% below same
week 2014 sales of 1,277,294.
Oricon Album Chart
No.1 Dreams Come True 'The Best'
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Media Control Album Chart
No.1 Saltatio Mortis
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