Madonna pumped up her 'Rebel Heart'
Friday, March 20, 2015
by Fred Chuchel, Dresden
As expected, Madonna's new
studio album 'Rebel Heart' shoots atop the Global Album Chart. The set
found 315.000 buyers in its initial week. With the additional 17.000
earlier sales from France in the previous week the album sold a total
of 332.000 units so far. At this point i would like to reiterate, that
we try to collect all sales from around the globe, and not only from
'some countries', as some claim over and over again. More informations
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Back to Madonna, 'Rebel Heart' had its biggest sales in the USA with
116.100 copies, followed by United Kingdom with 36.800 copies.
Madonna's former studio set 'MDNA' bowed also atop the Global Chart
with 740.000 units in the week 15, 2012 and sold nearly 2 million
copies so far. Remarkable is the decline of the lead-single success
from her last three studio sets: '4 MInutes' (feat. Justin Timberlake)
from 'Hard Candy' was a big no.1 smash globally in May / June 2008,
'Give Me All Your Luvin' (feat. Nicki Minaj & M.I.A.) from 'MDNA'
reached no.7 in the week 8, 2012, but 'Living For Love' from the
missed the Top 40 so far.
'Rebel Heart' leads eight debuts on this week's tally. Second highest
is the soundtrack to the Fox TV smash musical drama series 'Empire'.
It jumps at no.4 with 109.600 sales from the USA and additional 1.500
from Canada. Another soundtrack, 'Fifty Shades Of Grey', remains at
the vice position with another 126.000 copies sold, a total of
1.012.000 after five weeks on the hitlist. The soundtrack to 'Frozen'
ranks at no.23 this week with 28.000 sales and breaks through the 8
million border in total sales. It's the most successful soundtrack
since the 'Highschool Musical' from 2006. Some additional sales stats:
'My Everything' by Ariana Grande sold 17.000 copies last week and
reaches a total of 1.380.000 so far, '21' by Adele sold 5.000 units
last week, massive 26.770.000 so far, 'The Pinkprint' by Nicki Minaj
sold 13.000 units last week and has a total of 755.000 copies so far,
'Prism' by Katy Perry sold 3.536.000 copies so far, 'Never Been
Better' by Olly Murs 622.000, and 'Black Messiah' by D'Angelo & The
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 2013. In
the next months the site will be expanded to the full 60 years of our
chart-history. Back to this week's tally: 'Uptown Funk!' by Mark
Ronson feat. Bruno Mars turns back to the summit of the Global Track
Chart for a 13th non-consecutive week with 439.000 points, a 5%
decline compared to the previous week. The song climbs to no.140
ALL TIME CHART
with a total of 8.274.000
points. 'Love Me Like You Do' by Ellie Goulding from 'Fifty Shades Of
Grey' climbs back at no.2 with 410.000 points (down a minor 0,3%) and
'FourFiveSeconds' by Rihanna / Kanye West / Paul McCartney follows at
no.3 with 346.000 points (down 4%).
Sam Smith's million seller
'In The Lonely Hour' rises back to the Top 3 on the Album Chart with
114.000 sales, driven by the big success of the new single lift-off
'Lay Me Down'. Originally released two years ago as the lead single
from his album, it was only a minor hit. Now after the re-recording
with John Legend, 'Lay Me Down' exploded at no.6 globally at this
week's highest debut on the tally with 274.000 points. It's the fourth
Global Top 10 smash for Grammy Award winner Sam Smith. Outside our
weekly Top 40 waiting among other Natalie La Rose feat. Jeremih's
'Somebody' at no.41, Walk The Moon's 'Shut Up And Dance' at no.42,
Nick Jonas' 'Chains' at no.44, and Fetty Wap's 'Trap Queen' at no.47
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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'Empire', Madonna and Luke Bryan debut in the top three
Wednesday, March 18, 2015
by Keith Caulfield, Los Angeles
As reported earlier, Fox TV's smash musical drama series Empire sees its
soundtrack debut at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 chart, moving 130,000
equivalent album units in the week ending
March 15, 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). Empire continues to rack up big TV ratings as well: its March 11 episode was
seen by 14.9 million viewers according to Nielsen, making it the third
most-watched primetime broadcast of the week (behind only NCIS, with 16.2
million; and The Big Bang Theory, with 16.1 million).
Madonna's 13th studio album Rebel Heart debuts at No. 2 on the Billboard 200
with 121,000 units, securing the Queen of Pop her 21st top 10 album. All 13 of
her studio efforts have reached the top 10, and she's earned another eight top
10s with greatest hits packages, live albums and soundtracks. Madonna has the
second-most top 10 albums among women, trailing only Barbra Streisand, with 33.
Luke Bryan rounds out the trio of debuts in the new top 10, as his latest spring
break-themed album, Spring
Break…Checkin' Out, starts at No. 3 with 106,000 units. Over on the Top Country
Albums chart, the set enters at No. 1, giving Bryan his fifth chart-topper. Of
his five No. 1s, three of them have been part of his spring break-themed series
Outside of the top three, the rest of the top 10 is fairly quiet. The Fifty
Shades of Grey soundtrack slips 2-4 with 72,000 units (down 25 percent) while
Taylor Swift's 1989 descends 3-5 with 62,000 (down 19 percent). Sam Smith's In
the Lonely Hour jumps 8-6 with 61,000 (up 23 percent), spending its 32nd
nonconsecutive week in the top 10. That's the most weeks in the top 10 for an
album by a male artist since Usher's Confessions racked up 41 weeks in
the region between 2004 and 2005. Drake's
former No. 1 If You're Reading This It's Too Late (which happens to
include a song titled "Madonna") drops 4-7 with 58,000 (down 20 percent).
Ed Sheeran's x slides 5-8 with 53,000 (down 15 percent) and Maroon 5's V moves
7-9 with 48,000 (down 4 percent).
Big Sean's Dark Sky Paradise rounds out the top 10, as it descends 6-10 with
38,000 (down 35 percent). Over on the Billboard Hot 100
"Uptown Funk!," released on RCA Records, becomes just the 19th No. 1 in history
to lead for at least 11 weeks. It's just the second to reach that level this
decade: Robin Thicke's "Blurred Lines," featuring T.I. and Pharrell, began a
12-week command in June 2013.
"Funk" logs an 11th week atop the Digital Songs chart with 189,000 downloads
sold (down 10 percent) in the week ending March 15, according to Nielsen Music.
It's now one of just three songs to lead Digital Songs for at least 11 weeks:
Flo Rida's "Low," featuring T-Pain, racked a record 13 weeks on top in 2007-08,
while Pharrell Williams' "Happy" dominated for 11 weeks last year.
Maroon 5's "Sugar" hits a new high on the Hot 100, rising 3-2. It holds at No. 2
on Digital Songs (178,000, up 4 percent) and No. 4 on both Radio Songs (123
million, up 7 percent) and Streaming Songs (9.9 million, up 4 percent). With its
advance, "Sugar" becomes the highest-peaking Hot 100 hit from Maroon 5's album
V. Lead single "Maps" reached No. 6 and follow-up "Animals" rose to No. 3.
With Maroon 5's climb to No. 2 on the Hot 100, Ed Sheeran's "Thinking Out Loud"
falls to No. 3 after peaking at No. 2 for eight weeks. "Loud" keeps at No. 2 on
Radio Songs (146 million, down 5 percent) and Streaming Songs (10.9 million,
down 7 percent) and slips 3-5 on Digital Songs (137,000, down 13 percent).
Ellie Goulding's "Love Me Like You Do" holds at No. 4 on the Hot 100 after
hitting No. 3 three weeks ago. The Fifty Shades of Grey soundtrack single stays
at No. 3 on Streaming Songs (14.2 million, up 3 percent) and No. 4 on Digital
Songs (152,000, down 2 percent). "Love" adds the Hot 100's top Airplay Gainer
award for a second week, lifting 7-6 on Radio Songs (97 million, up 25 percent).
Rihanna, Kanye West and Paul McCartney's "FourFiveSeconds" is stationary at No.
5 on the Hot 100 after rising as high as No. 4 three weeks ago.
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
Sam Smith & John Legend are still at no.1
Monday, March 23, 2015
by Alan Jones, London
Sam Smith & John Legend remain atop the singles chart for a
second week with their version of Smith's Lay Me Down selling a further
68,739 copies, including 5,758 streaming sales. Proceeds from sales of
the track go to Comic Relief, unlike Smith's original recording of the
track, which also remains in the Top 20, moving 18-19 (21,411 sales).
Dethroned by Lay Me Down last week, Years & Years' King continues to sell
strongly, remaining at number two after shifting a further 60,032 copies.
FourFiveSeconds returns to its peak for Rihanna, Kanye West and Paul McCartney,
bouncing 5-3 (48,954 sales) to extend its top five tenure to eight weeks. It is
Rihanna's longest-running top five entry since Calvin Harris collaboration We
Found Love racked up 11 in row - including six at number one - in 2011 and
passes 2007 number one Stronger to become West's longest-running top five song.
For McCartney, whose guitar-playing embellishes the track, it is the
longest-running top five entry since 1977/8, when Wings' Mull Of Kintyre/Girls'
School spent 12 weeks in the zone, nine of them at number one.
Three weeks after reaching its previous peak of number eight, James Bay's Hold
Back The River surges 10-4 (48,563 sales).
Five weeks after peaking at number seven, Sugar bounces 11-10 (36,282 sales) for
Maroon 5. Elsewhere in the Top 10, Ellie Goulding's
Love Me Like You Do drifts 4-5
(46,451 sales), Flo Rida's G.D.F.R (feat Sage The Gemini and Lookas)
falls 3-7 (43,241 sales), Mark Ronson's Uptown Funk (feat. Bruno Mars)
rallies 9-8 (40,804 sales) and The Weeknd's Earned It falls 7-9 (38,754
Overall singles sales decreased 1.58% week-on-week to 6,502,576. Streaming
accounted for 3,986,061 sales – 61.30% of the total. Under previously existing
criteria where only paid-for purchases were included, overall singles sales are
down 3.94% week-on-week at 2,516,515 – 11.43% below same week 2014 sales of
2,841,340 and the 84th consecutive week in which they have declined versus a
year ago. Sam Smith's sixth separate residency atop the album chart comes to an
end, with In The Lonely Hour slipping to
second place (29,123 sales)
Kendrick Lamar, who becomes the first rapper since 2013 to have a number one, as
his third album To Pimp A Butterfly flutters to the top of the tree on sales of
29,695 copies (including 3,722 streams).
While 27 year old Lamar has the week's highest debuting album, two senior
citizens return to the Top 10 with their latest albums.
Dire Straits legend Mark Knopfler is 65, and shows no sign of slowing down, with
new solo set Tracker being his ninth release since 2000. It is also the most
successful, debuting at number three (20.528 sales), to become the 18th Top 10
album of his career, including solo, Dire Straits and collaborative efforts. His
previous highest charting solo album was Sailing To Philadelphia, which got to
number four in 2000. Four albums by Dire Straits reached number one.
Knopfler also scores an 'assist' on Duets: Re-working The Catalogue, the 35th
studio album by famous curmudgeon Van Morrison, which debuts at number five
(14,353 sales). The legendarily grumpy Ulsterman, who will be 70 in August, has
dusted off some of the less well known songs from his lengthy career for the
album, and each of its 16 tracks finds him in musical harmony with a different
co-vocalist. It is
Morrison's 39th Top 75 entry in an album chart career that spans more than 45
years, and brings to 22 his tally of Top 20 albums.
When Marina And The Diamonds' second album, Electra Heart, debuted atop the
album chart in 2012 on sales of 21,358 copies, it did so at a time when second
single Primadonna was not only at its peak (number 11) but also at the highest
position attained by any Marina single. The Welsh singer/songwriter hasn't had a
hit single since then, and the absence of a current hit seems to have affected
third album Froot, which debuts at number 10 (10,411 sales) this week. Marina's
first album, The Family Jewels debuted and peaked at number five in 2011 on
higher sales (27,618) than either of its successors. It remains her biggest
seller, with a to-date tally of 195,358, well over twice the 89,676 copies that
Electra Heart has sold.
Dipping 3-4 (19,621 sales), X has now sold 2,025,984 copies for Ed Sheeran in
nine months. It is the fifth album to sell more than 2m copies in the 2010s, the
others being 21 by Adele (4,744,316 sales), Progress by Take That (2,372,892
sales), Christmas by Michael Buble (2,215,580 sales) and Our Version Of Events
by Emeli Sande (2,203,726 sales). 32 albums have sold a million copies in the
same timeframe, including seven compilations / soundtracks.
Its decline perhaps slowed by the fact she appeared on The Jonathan Ross Show a
couple of hours before the latest chart week started, Madonna's new album Rebel
Heart still suffers a 67.46% dip in sales week-on-week, and falls to number
seven (11,983 sales).
Elsewhere in the Top 10: Chasing Yesterday falls 4-6 (12,707 sales) for Noel
Gallagher's High Flying Birds, Wanted On Voyage slides 5-8 (10,872 sales) for
George Ezra and 1989 declines 8-9 (10,487 sales) for Taylor Swift.
Overall album sales are down 17.24% week-on-week at 1,234,274 - their lowest
level for six weeks and 9.25% below same week 2014 sales of 1,360,022.
Incidentally, although individual albums' weekly sales now include streaming,
their cumulative sales and the overall market data both continue to be based
purely on actual sales, though the situation is likely to change later this