Global Chart Report
Jason Mraz at the global number one
Friday, July 25, 2014
by Fred Chuchel, Dresden
It was a tight race, until the last minute it
wasn't clear who win, but now we have the result: 'Yes!', the fifth
studio album of the American singer / songwriter Jason Mraz
bows atop the Global Album Chart with 118.000 initial sales, the
lion's share of it in the USA with 81.000. 'Yes!' overtakes Ed
Sheeran's 'X', which was no.1 the last two weeks and follows now close
behind at no.2 with 116.000 sales. 'Mandatory Fun', the new no.1 of
the Billboard Album Chart opens at no.3 globally with 110.000 sales.
It's the 14th album release by Comedian singer Weird Al Yankovic and
the first comedy album at no.1 in the USA since 1963. The unstoppable
soundtrack to Disney's blockbuster 'Frozen' ranks at no.4 this week
with another 102.000 sales, a total of 5,54 million so far. Rounds out
the top five is the third highest debut on the current tally: 'The
Black Market' by the Chicago based punk-rock band Rise Against. It
arrives with 99.000 global sales. Imagine Dragons' 'Night Vision' is
the big dinosaur on the tally. The effort ranks since
83 weeks on the Top 40, one year and seven
months, currently at no.27 with 25.000 sales, a total of 3,86 million
so far. Since the start of the Media Traffic album chart in 2004, it's
the 11th biggest longtime-seller. Adele's '19' was 85 weeks on the
hitlist, the follow-up '21' even 129 weeks. Justin Bieber's 'My World'
had a total of 86 weeks, Rihanna's 'Good Girl Gone Bad' with 91 weeks,
Kelly Clarkson's 'Breakaway' with 92 weeks, Mumford & Sons' 'Sigh No
More' with 93 weeks, Nickelback's 'All The Right Reasons' with 95
weeks, Amy Winehouse's 'Back To Black' with 113 weeks, Norah Jones'
'Come Away With Me' with 114 weeks and finally Lady GaGa's 'The Fame
(Monster)' with massive 137 weeks.
Some additional sales stats: 'A.K.A.' by Jennifer Lopez sold 11.000
last week and reaches a total of 117.000 so far, 'Caustic Love' by
Pablo Nutini sold 17.000 units last week, 533.000 so far,
'Born To Die' by Lana Del Rey sold also 17.000 units last week and has
a total of 4,79 million units so far, 'Back To Bedlam' by James
Blunt sold around 12,5 million copies so far, 'Back To Black'
by Amy Winehouse nearly 14 million and
'Born This Way' by
Lady GaGa 6,3 million.
COMPLETE GLOBAL ALBUM CHART
Ariana Grande's 'Problem' is the fourth time
atop the Global Track Chart. It leads with another 271.000 points, an 8%
points loss compared to the previous week. But close behind with 266.000
points climbs Sam Smith's 'Stay With Me' back at no.2, three weeks ago
it ruled the tally for one week. Could it return at the summit next
week? Unlikely, because the Canadian pop-reggae band Magic! is on the
way to the tip. This week their 'Rude' rises from no.7 to no.3, after a
12% points increase to 227.000. And next week, after the successful
release in United Kingdom, it will take another big leap - it seems like
till no.1! Back to this week's hitlist, highest debut is another tune
from 5 Seconds Of Summer self-titled album. 'Everything I Didn't Say'
bows at no.18 with 117.000 points. Besides three debuts by regional acts
from Japan and South Korea, there's only another international new-entry
this week: the excellent 'Riptide' by Australian newcomer Vance Joy. It
moves to no.40 with 69.000 points.
Outside the Top 40 waiting among
other Andreas Bourani's 'Auf Uns' at no.43, Kesney Chesney's 'American Kids' at
no.44, Dierks Bentley's Drunk On A
Plane' at no.52, David Guetta feat. Sam Martin's 'Lovers On The Sun' at
no.53 and Lady Antebellum's 'Bartender' at no.55 for their first appearance on the big list. Our
weekly survey contains global sales and global airplay. At the moment
the ratio is 75% for sales and 25% for airplay. The ratio will be
changed step by step in the next few weeks. Airplay will be devalued to
20%, Sales to 70% and new is Streaming with 10%. From last week on the
data of the main streaming provider company Spotify are including to our hitlist.
COMPLETE GLOBAL TRACK CHART
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
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Weird Al Yankovic gets first no.1 album on Billboard 200
Wednesday, July 23, 2014
by Keith Caulfield, Los Angeles
After more than 30 years on the charts, comedian-singer Weird Al
Yankovic earns his first No. 1 album on the Billboard 200, as "Mandatory
Fun" debuts atop the list. The album is the first
comedy set to top the chart since 1963, and
logs the largest sales week for a comedy album since 1994.
"If you'd told me 30 years ago this would happen, I never would've believed it,"
Yankovic tweeted on Wednesday. "If you'd told me 2 weeks ago, I never would've
"Mandatory Fun" was released July 15 through Way Moby and RCA Records, and sold
104,000 copies in the week ending July 20, according to Nielsen SoundScan. It
was promoted by a well-received daily viral video campaign that launched Monday,
July 14. Starting with his parody of Pharrell's "Happy," Yankovic released eight
music videos for the album through the week on various sites, like The Wall
Street Journal, Yahoo, Nerdist, College Humor and YouTube. "Mandatory" is the
first comedy album to top the Billboard 200 since Allan Sherman's "My Son, the
Nut" spent eight weeks at No. 1 beginning on the chart dated Aug. 31, 1963. A
couple of comedy sets came close since then, including Steve Martin's No.
2-peaking "A Wild and Crazy
Guy" back in 1978 and a pair of No. 2
Cheech & Chong titles in the early 1970s.
Yankovic leads a debut-filled top four on the Billboard 200, where Jason Mraz's
"Yes!" starts at No. 2, Rise Against's "The Black Market" bows at No. 3, and
Kidz Bop Kids' "Kidz Bop 26" enters at No. 4. The entire top four has not been
populated by debuts since the Oct. 12, 2013 chart, when Drake's "Nothing Was the
Same" opened at No. 1.
Mraz was initially in a slight battle with Yankovic for the new No. 1 slot, as
industry forecasters suggested both "Yes!" and "Mandatory" would sell around
70,000 to 75,000 copies in their first week. Ultimately, while both albums sold
stronger than forecast, "Mandatory" blew past expectations. That said,
"Yes!," which sold 81,000 copies, is the fourth top 10 album for
Mraz and second to reach the No. 2
slot. (He has yet to earn a No. 1.) "Yes!" follows
2012's "Love Is a Four Letter Word," which also debuted and peaked in the
runner-up slot, selling 102,000 in its first week.
Rock band Rise Against nets its fourth top 10 album as well, as "The Black
Market" opens at No. 3 with 53,000. It follows 2011's "Endgame," which debuted
and peaked at No. 2 with 85,000.
Kidz Bop Kids' "Kidz Bop 26" is the fourth and final arrival in the top 10, as
the latest in the kids-sing-the-hits series starts with 46,000. It's the 40th
charting album for the Kidz Bop franchise and the 19th top 10 for the series.
The new set features kid-friendly (and kid-sung) covers of such hits as
Pharrell’s "Happy," Katy Perry's "Dark Horse" and One Direction's "Story of My
The "Frozen" soundtrack spends its 30th straight week in the top five, as it
descends 2-5 with 43,000 (down 6 percent). The last album to spend a longer
consecutive run in the top five was Adele's "21," which wrapped a 39-week reign
in the region on Dec. 3, 2011.
Sam Smith's "In the Lonely Hour" dips 3-6 (35,000; down 17 percent), Ed
Sheeran's "x" falls 5-7 (24,000; down 32 percent), the "Now 50" album slips 7-8
(23,000; up 4 percent), and Trey Songz's "Trigga" drops 4-9 (nearly 23,000; down
Blake Shelton closes out the top 10 with his surging "Based On a True Story …"
album. It vaults 63-10 with 22,000 — up a whopping 386 percent. The album was
sale-priced in the iTunes Store last week for $5.99 and grew by 1,000 percent in
overall download sales. To promote the sale pricing, Shelton's Twitter account
sent out two Tweets during the week to the country star's 6.8 million followers.
His Facebook page, which has 8.3 million likes, also spread the word about the
Overall album sales in this past chart week (ending July 20) totaled 4.4 million
units, up 7 percent compared with the sum last week (4.1 million) and down 8
percent compared with the comparable sales week of 2013 (4.7 million).
Year-to-date album sales stand at 133.5 million, down 15 percent compared with
the same total at this point last year (156.5 million).
Over on the Digital Songs chart, Magic's "Rude" holds at No. 1 with 195,000
downloads sold (up 6 percent), and Smith's "Stay With Me" rises 3-2 with 164,000
(up 1 percent). Iggy Azalea's "Fancy," featuring Charli XCX, climbs 4-3 with
155,000, and 5 Seconds of Summer's "Everything I Didn't Say" bows at No. 4 with
149,000. It's the sixth song released in the lead-up to the debut of the band's
new self-titled album, which was issued July 22.
Ariana Grande's "Problem," featuring Azalea, is steady at No. 5 with 114,000
(down 8 percent), and Maroon 5's "Maps" rises 7-6 with 105,000 (down less than 1
percent). Florida Georgia Line's "Dirt" drops 2-7 in its second week, selling
99,000 (down 46 percent). Nico & Vinz's "Am I Wrong" descends 6-8 with 96,000
(down 13 percent), and Sia's "Chandelier" reaches the top 10 for the first time,
flying 18-10 with 83,000 (up 29 percent).
Digital track sales this past week totaled 20.4million downloads, up less than 1
percent compared with last week (20.3 million) and down 11 percent stacked next
to the comparable week of 2013 (22.8 million). Year-to-date track sales are at
655.5 million, down 13 percent compared with the same total at this point last
year (752.2 million).
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. >>
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Music Week Report
Mancunian boy band Rixton tops single list
Monday, July 21, 2014
by Alan Jones, London
Already a major hit in many territories, Mancunian boy band Rixton's
debut single Me And My Broken Heart opens its UK career at number one.
However, despite several weeks of pre-sales, its first week tally of
63,478 sales - including 2,203 from streams - is the lowest for a number
one since Lily Allen's version of Keane's Somewhere Only We Know
sold 47,676 copies on its second and last
week at number one last December, 31 weeks ago.
Although Rixton are chart newcomers, Me And My Broken Heart was written
by a committee of four very experienced songwriters (Steve Mac, Wayne
Hector, Ammar Malik and Benjamin Levin) with previous number ones to
their credit, and incorporates a sample from Matchbox 20 singer Rob
Thomas' 2005 solo song Lonely No More. Thomas thus gets his first
writing credit on a number one, beating his previous best of number
three for Santana's Smooth, on which he was also credited vocalist. Mac
& Hector are the most experienced of Me And My Broken Heart’s writers,
having jointly penned (sometimes with others) nine previous number ones:
Westlife’s Say It Again (1999), Flying Without Wings (1999), Queen Of My
Heart (2001) and World Of Our Own (2002), Michelle’s All This Time
(2004), JLS' Beat Again (2009) and Everybody In Love (2009), The
Wanted's All Time Low (2010) and Glad You Came (2011).
Hector also got a credit on
Peter Andre's 1996 number one Flava, and JLS' Love You More (2010) while
Mac also has a further JLS number one to his credit, The Club Is Alive.
Unable to challenge the Manchester lads, Nicole Scherzinger nevertheless
acquits herself well with Your Love debuting at number six (41,062
sales) to become her 15th Top 10 hit, including Pussycat Dolls releases.
It is likely to be the first single from her yet-to-be-named second solo
album - but you can never be sure, as she has reportedly scrapped five
albums in her solo career thus far. Until this year, the only Ella to
have charted a solo single in the UK was Ella Fitzgerald more than 50
years ago, but two more have joined the list in 2014 and they are
currently in the Top 20 together - Ella Henderson's
chart-topping debut single
Ghost retreats 3-4 (46,100 sales), while Ella Eyre's If I Go debuts at
number 16 (23,292 sales).
After debuting last week at number one, It's My Birthday drifts to
number three (46,619 sales) for Will.I.Am feat. Cody Wise.
Elsewhere in the Top 10: Problem holds at number two (48,383 sales) for
Ariana Grande feat. Iggy Azalea, Budapest holds at number five (44,822
sales) for George Ezra, Right Here slips 6-7 (38,214 sales) for Jess
Glynne, Sing falls 7-8 (33,388 sales) for Ed Sheeran, Gecko (Overdrive)
declines 8-9 (29,460 sales) for Oliver Heldens & Becky Hill and Stay
With Me holds at number 10 (28,989 sales) for Sam Smith.
Overall singles sales are down 2.33% week-on-week, at 5,148,727.
Streaming accounted for 49.14% of those sales. Under previously existing
criteria where only paid-for purchases were included, overall singles
sales are down 3.68% week-on-week at 2,618,735 – 23.68% below same week
2013 sales of 3,431,468, and the 49th consecutive week in which they
have declined versus a year ago.
Ed Sheeran's X continues to dominate the album chart, topping the list
for the fourth straight week, on sales of 39,375 copies. Although
Sheeran's 2011 debut + has been in the Top 200 continuously since
release 149 weeks ago, accumulating sales of 1,824,151 copies, it spent
only three weeks at number one, and never managed even two in a row.
The last album by any act to spend its first four weeks at number one
was Britain's Got Talent alumni Richard & Adam's The Impossible Dream
last August but the last by a male solo artist was Robbie Williams'
Escapology, way back in 2002. James Blunt's Back To Bedlam spent eight
straight weeks at number one in 2005, but not from the very start of its
career. Morrissey has the week's highest new entry, debuting at number
two (18,762 sales) with his 10th solo album, World Peace Is None Of Your
Business. It is his first album of new material since 2009, when Years
Of Refusal debuted and peaked at number three on significantly higher
first week sales of 39,203.
Retro London R&B duo Jungle impressed on the John Peel stage at
Glastonbury ahead of the release of their eponymous debut album, which
duly arrives this week at number seven (9,952 sales).
Elsewhere in the Top 10: Blue Smoke/The Best Of Dolly Parton holds at
number three (15,408 sales), In The Lonely Hour by Sam Smith holds at
number four (14,990 sales),Wanted On Voyage by George Ezra holds at
number five (12,158 sales), Caustic Love by Paolo Nutini rises 9-6
(10,985 sales), Ghost Stories by Coldplay falls 7-8 (9,456 sales), 5
Seconds Of Summer dips 6-9 (8,768 sales) and Halcyon by Ellie Goulding
jumps 20-10 (6,748 sales).
Overall album sales are down 3.56% week-on-week at 1,267,587 – 2.21%
below same week 2013 sales of 1.296,244.