Childish Gambino rules a second week
Thursday, May 24, 2018
by Fred Chuchel, Dresden
second album 'Beerbongs & Bentleys' tops the Global Album Chart for a
second week with another healthy 282,000 equivalent sales, a total of
885,000 after two weeks at retail. Four songs from the set are still
in the Global Top 40 Track Chart. Despite five new-entries this week,
there isn't a debut in the top three: the soundtrack to 'The Greatest
Showman' returns to no.2 in its 20th week on the tally with 113,000
sales, a total of 2,97 million so far. J.Cole's 'KOD' album moves up
one slot at no.3 with 91,000 sales, a total of 705,000 after three
weeks on the hitlist. Highest debut of the week is 'Attention
Attention', the sixth studio album by the American rock band
Shinedown. The effort bows at no.5 with 82,000 sales, 60,000 of it
from the United States (according to Nielsen Music & Billboard),
another 7,700 from United Kingdom (according to OCC). Next week Ed
Sheeran's 'Divide' will be climb to no.3 of the decade-chart (included
charts from January
2010 till to date). Adele's '21' leads this list with 29,12 million
sales, followed by her '25' with 21,44 million and for the time being
at no.3 is Michael Bublé's 'Christmas' with 11,76 million. 'Divide'
reaches 11,73 million this week. And
now, as every week, additional stats from outside the current Top 10
in alphabetic order, the first figure means last week's sales, the
second figure the
total sales: '1989' by Taylor Swift 10,000 / 10,529,000, '21' by Adele
7,000 / 29,121,000, '24k Magic' by Bruno Mars 21,000 / 4,500,000, '25' by Adele 11,000 / 21,438,000, 'American Teen' by Khalid
2,010,000, 'Anti' by Rihanna 8,000 / 2,517,000, 'Beautiful Trauma' by
Pink 20,000 / 2,545,000, 'Beauty Behind The
Madness' by The Weeknd 9,000 / 3,166,000, the 'Black Panther'
soundtrack 43,000 / 1,162,000, 'Blurryface' by Twenty One
Pilots 8,000 / 3,652,000, 'Camila' by Camila Cabello 30,000 / 1.060,000,
'Culture II' by Migos 38,000 / 1,172,000, 'Damn.' by Kendrick Lamar
32,000 / 4,428,000, 'Dangerous Woman' by Ariana Grande
8,000 / 2,028,000, 'Evolve' by Imagine Dragons 45,000 / 2,923,000, the
'Fifty Shades Freed' soundtrack 17,000 / 531,000, 'Finally' by Namie Amuro
11,000 / 2,216,000, 'Flicker' by Niall Horan
7,000 / 797,000, 'Helene Fischer' by Helene Fischer 21,000 / 1,263,000,
'Illuminate' by Shawn
Mendes 14,000 / 2,231,000, 'In The Lonely Hour' by Sam Smith 10,000 /
7,553,000, 'Man Of The Woods' by Justin Timberlake 18,000 / 987,000, 'Melodrama' by Lorde
9,000 / 892,000, the 'Moana' soundtrack 14,000 / 2,741,000, 'More Life' by
Drake 20,000 / 3,540,000, 'My Dear Melancholy,' by the Weeknd 42,000
/ 557,000, 'Question Mark' by XXXTentacion 42,000 /
681,000, 'Purpose' by Justin
Bieber 8,000 / 6,418,000, 'Red
Pill Blues' by Maroon 5 12,000 / 867,000, 'Reputation' by Taylor Swift
31,000 / 3,766,000, 'Revival' by Eminem 18,000 / 1,758,000, 'Songs Of Experience' by U2
6,000 / 1,203,000, 'Starboy' by The Weeknd
16,000 / 3,591,000, 'Staying At Tamara's' by George Ezra 19,000 /
274,000, 'Stoney' by Post Malone 43,000 / 3,024,000, 'Tell Me You Love Me'
by Demi Lovato 13,000 / 985,000, 'The Beautiful & Damned' by G-Eazy
11,000 / 733,000, 'The Thrill Of It All' by Sam Smith 18,000 /
2,234,000, 'Views' by Drake 16,000 / 4,237,000, and 'X' by Ed Sheeran 21,000 / 10,804,000. COMPLETE
GLOBAL ALBUM CHART
The spectacular and heavily controversial 'This Is America' by actor,
comedian and singer, rapper, DJ Donald McKinley Glover Jr., better
known under his stage name Childish Gambino, tops the Global Track
Chart for a second week with another 262,000 points, a 4% increase
compared to its start week. 'One Kiss' by Calvin Harris & Dua Lipa
reaches a new peak at no.2 with 254,000 points (up 2%), Adriana
Grande's 'No Tears Left To Cry' sails behind to no.3 with 242,000
points (down 3%). Highest debut of the week is 'Back To You' by Selena
Gomez at no.29 with 78,000 points. The song comes from the soundtrack
to the Netflix series '13 Reasons Why: Season 2'. Ed Sheeran's monster
smash 'Shape Of You' left the hitlist now, after massive 70 weeks on
the hitlist. No other song since the start of the Media Traffic Top 40
in January 1999 was such a long time on the tally. And with a total of
18,547,000 points, 'Shape Of You' is the second most succesful song
ever, only overtaken by Elton John's 'Candle In The Wind 1997' with
21,314,000 points. Outside
the Top 40 waiting among other 'Heaven' by Kane Brown at no.43, 'Leave A Light
On' by Tom Walker at no.44, and 'Delicate' by Taylor Swift at no.58 for their first
appearance on the big list.
COMPLETE GLOBAL TRACK CHART
20 YEARS AGO
began its triumphant advance at the cinemas. For director James Cameron and the
film studio 20th Century Fox, it was a risky undertaking, because the originally
estimated US $ 150 million production costs and the time limits were far
exceeded. To complete the film at all, a second major production company was
brought aboard - Paramount Pictures. But the gigantic effort should pay off,
'Titanic' became the most suceessful film in history (till that date), showered
with prizes, including 11 Oscar Awards. Embedded in the technically complex and
brilliant story of the sinking of the RMS Titanic 1912 in the North Atlantic
Ocean is the love story of Jack and Rose. Since the film plays on two time
levels, the transience of human being forms to a central issue here, reinforced
by the ship disaster. The many impressions and emotions bundle up in the
phenomenal music of James Horner. He used largely orchestral elements and merged
them with Celtic folklore, for which one originally wanted to commit Enya. Also
this soundtrack broke records, with 27 million copies sold, it's the
best-selling classic album of all time. And the only real song on this album,
'My Heart Will Go On', performed by Celine Dion, pulled along. Also released in
January 1998, it became Celine's biggest hit, 15 weeks at number one on the
Global Chart and the biggest smash in that year worldwide, decorated with three
'Beerbongs & Bentleys' spends third week at no.1
Thuesday, May 22, 2018
by Keith Caulfield & Gary Trust, Los Angeles
For the third week in a row, Post Malone’s beerbongs & bentleys sits
atop the Billboard 200 chart dated May 26, as the album earned 147,000
equivalent album units in the week
ending May 17 (down 24 percent), according to
The set is only the second album to notch three total weeks at No. 1 in 2018
(following Black Panther: The Album, which logged its three frames on top
non-consecutively) and scores the longest streak at No. 1 since Taylor Swift’s
reputation linked together three consecutive weeks at No. 1 (Dec. 2-16, 2017) of
its four total nonconsecutive No. 1 frames.
Post Malone’s beerbongs is still largely powered by streams, as it collected
122,000 in SEA units (down 24 percent), while the remainder of its total for the
week is comprised of 18,000 in traditional album sales (down 24 percent) and TEA
units (down 16 percent).
At No. 2, P!nk’s Beautiful Trauma -- as expected -- comes roaring back up the
Billboard 200 with an 83-2 vault (139,000 units; up 1,715 percent). The former
No. 1 zooms up the list thanks to big sales (135,000; up 3,197 percent) mostly
generated by a concert ticket / album sale redemption
offer with the next leg of
her U.S. tour that went on sale May 11.
Thanks to Beautiful Trauma’s big leap, it logs the largest positional jump into
the top two in over 20 years. Radiohead’s In Rainbows last posted a bigger vault
into the top two, when it ran from No. 156 to No. 1 on the Jan. 19, 2008-dated
list. (The set had a large gain on the list owed to a premature debut a week
prior, spurred by eager retailers that began selling the set before its official
Rapper Playboi Carti earns his best week yet, as his surprise release Die Lit
debuts at No. 3 with 61,000 units. The album starts with a smashing 55,000 SEA
units, with only 5,000 in traditional album sales and a scant 1,000 in TEA
units. Die Lit garners the artist his highest charting set yet -- and first top
10 -- surpassing the No. 12 debut and peak of his self-titled 2017 release.
Pop singer-songwriter Charlie Puth nabs his highest charting album, as his
second full-length studio effort Voicenotes launches at No. 4 with 58,000 units
(mostly powered by traditional album sales: 39,000 copies sold). Voicenotes
passes Puth’s previous peak on the list, when his debut full-length, 2016’s Nine
Track Mind, topped out at No. 6 in its first week (65,000 units earned),
Voicenotes is Puth’s third set to chart, as he also logged an entry with his
introductory EP, Some Kind of Love, which reached No. 27 in 2015.
Back on the new Billboard 200 chart, the soundtrack to The Greatest Showman
climbs 7-5 (a little more than 53,000 units; up 3 percent), J. Cole’s KOD dips
2-6 (53,000; down 22 percent) and Cardi B’s Invasion of Privacy slips 4-7 (just
under 53,000; down 15 percent).
Arctic Monkeys arrive with their third top 10 album, as Tranquility Base Hotel +
Casino debuts at No. 8 with 47,000 units (37,000 in traditional album sales).
It’s the alt-rock group’s first album since 2013’s AM, which reached No. 6. The
act also collected a top 10 with 2007’s Favourite Worst Nightmare, which peaked
at No. 7. In total, Tranquility lands Arctic Monkeys their sixth consecutive top
40 effort (their entirety of charting titles) since the band arrived on list in
2006 with the No. 24-peaking Whatever People Say I Am, That’s What I’m Not.
Black Panther: The Album holds steady at No. 9 on the new Billboard 200 with
33,000 units (up 12 percent).
Closing out the top 10 is rapper Tee Grizzley’s debut studio album Activated,
which arrives at No. 10 with 33,000 units (with 26,000 of that in SEA units).
The set boasts a guest list that includes Lil Yachty, Chris Brown, Jeezy and
Childish Gambino's "This Is America" crowns the Billboard Hot 100 chart for a
second week. Also for a second frame, the song heads up a top four consisting
entirely of rap hits, a feat that, until the past two weeks, had not occurred in
consecutive frames in 15 years.
"America," released on mcDJ / Wolf + Rothstein / RCA (as Childish Gambino's first
RCA single) is the first Hot 100 leader for actor-director Donald Glover's
musical alter ego, who premiered the song as the musical guest on the May 5
episode of NBC's Saturday Night Live (as Glover hosted); the song and its
socially-conscious video were released simultaneously around midnight ET Sunday,
Following its first seven-day tracking period of streaming and sales, "America"
tops the Streaming Songs chart for a second week, up 7 percent to 69.6 million
U.S. streams in the week ending May 17, according to Nielsen Music. It also
takes over atop the subscription services-based On-Demand Streaming Songs chart,
rising 3-1 with 26.7 million on-demand audio streams, up 27 percent, in the week
ending May 17.
"America" leads the Digital Song Sales survey for a second frame, with a 36
percent decline to 50,000 downloads sold in the week ending May 17, while
advancing below the Radio Songs chart, up 77 percent to 16.7 million in
all-format airplay audience in the week ending May 20.
Drake's "Nice for What," which ruled the Hot 100 for its first four weeks on the
chart, dating to its No. 1 debut, spends a second week at No. 2. It keeps at No.
2 on Streaming Songs (42 million, down 8 percent), rebounds 4-3 on Digital Song
Sales (25,000, down 8 percent) and pushes 8-6 on Radio Songs (77.1 million, up 6
Drake also holds at No. 3 on the Hot 100 with "God's Plan," which launched at
No. 1 and spent 11 weeks at the summit prior to "Nice." COMPLETE
Congratulations to Netta Barzilai and Israel
for the terrific victory at the Eurovision Song Contest 2018 in Lisbon. Her song
'Toy' won with 529 points, before Cyprus with 436 and Austria with 342 points.
It was Israel's fourth win in the Eurovision Song Contest history, after 1978,
1979 and 1998.
Music Week Report
Calvin Harris & Dua Lipa ruling a fifth
Monday, May 21, 2018
by Alan Jones, London
Calvin Harris’ One
Kiss collaboration with Dua Lipa is not to be moved, spending its fifth straight
week at the top of the chart. Thus surpassing his first No.1 – 2008 Dizzee
Rascal & Chrome collaboration Dance Wiv Me – to have the longest
uninterrupted run at the summit of all his nine chart-toppers – it again
does so with
consummate ease, heading up a top five
that are all frozen in the same positions as last week, while suffering
declining sales. They are: One Kiss (1-1, 62,000 sales, including 43,813 from
sales-equivalent streams), Nice For What (2-2, 45,597 sales) by Drake, No Tears
Left To Cry (3-3, 43,541 sales) by Ariana Grande, Freaky Friday (4-4, 37,655
sales) by Lil Dicky feat. Chris Brown and 2002 (5-5, 35,572 sales) by
With its powerful video racking up millions of clicks of YouTube, Childish
Gambino finally has a bona fide hit of his own, as This Is America – which
addresses several political hot potatoes, including racism and violence – vaults
14-6 (33,204 sales) on its second frame. Leaving far behind his only previous
Top 75 entry as a primary artist – 2016’s No.51 hit Redbone – it has also
surpassed the peak position of his only other chart entry, as featured rapper on
Leona Lewis’ 2012 No.7 hit Trouble.
No.1 in 2011 with Titanium, and No.8 in
2012 with She Wolf (Falling To Pieces), French DJ David Guetta and Australian
singer Sia score their third joint Top 10 hit with Flames (11-9, 26,899 sales).
The track is Guetta’s 24th Top 10 hit in total, and Sia’s 11th.
Shawn Mendes’ 10th Top 75 hit, In My Blood vaults 21-10 (26,125 sales) to become
his fifth Top 10 hit. It is the third track lifted from the 19-year-old
Canadian’s eponymous new album which drops next Friday (May 25), following In My
Blood (No.13) and Youth (feat. Khalid, No.35).
The rest of the Top 10: Answerphone (6-7, 29,816 sales) by Banx & Ranx and Ella
Eyre feat. Yxng Bane and Paradise (7-8, 27,762 sales) by George Ezra.
Overall singles sales are down 3.05% week-on-week at 17,186,684, 25.49% above
same week 2017 sales of 13,695,152. Streams accounted for 16,170,030 sales,
94.08% of the total. Paid-for sales are up 3.99% week-on-week at 1,016,654, and
are 26.26% below same week 2017 sales of 1,378,742. They are below same-week,
previous-year sales for the 250th week in a row.
Six albums, six instant number ones – that’s the proud record of Arctic Monkeys,
whose first album in nearly five years, Tranquility Base Hotel + Casino, storms
to a No.1 debut, while spinning off three simultaneous Top 40 singles chart
Tranquility Base Hotel + Casino is the first album ever to sell upwards of
20,000 copies on CD, download and vinyl in the same week. It sold 86,359 copies
last week, made up of 27,681 CDs, 15,679 paid-for downloads, 24,478 vinyl albums
and 505 cassettes, with the remainder of its consumption (18,016 sales)
generated by sales-equivalent streams. Tranquility Base accounted for 31.05% of
vinyl album sales and 73.40% of cassette sales in the week.
It is the vinyl portion of those sales that is most remarkable – although the
band’s last album, AM, is the 2010s fifth biggest vinyl seller, with a to-date
tally of 75,875 in the format, only 5,170 of those were first week sales.
Tranquility Base’s opening vinyl tally is nearly five times that, and by far the
biggest weekly sale of any vinyl album in the last 25 years, surpassing the
previous record holder, Liam Gallagher’s As You Were, which chalked up 16,164
sales on debut last October.
The only acts to have had more than six number one albums in a row are Abba, Led
Zeppelin and Eminem (all eight) and The Beatles (seven). Of these acts, however,
only The Beatles' run started – like Arctic Monkeys' – with their first album.
Home to the singles Attention and How Long – both of which peaked at No.9 –
Charlie Puth’s second album, Voicenotes, opens at No.4 on sales of 11,376
copies. His first album, Nine Track Mind, debuted and peaked at No.6 on sales of
20,590 copies in 2016 and has thus far sold 222,610 copies.
Guitar virtuoso Ry Cooder returns to his roots with The Prodigal Son and is
rewarded with the first Top 10 album of his career. Combining his passion for
slide guitar and religion, it opens at No.10 (3,954 sales) to become his 10th
chart album, surpassing his previous best of No.18 set in 1982 by The Slide
Area. Cooder famously produced the Buena Vista Social Club album, and has scored
many films, most notably Paris, Texas.
Dethroned for the fourth time, despite increasing sales 19.24% week-on-week, the
Original Motion Picture Soundtrack of The Greatest Showman makes its customary
retreat to No.2, selling a further 33,603 copies.
The rest of the Top 10: Beerbongs & Bentleys (2-3, 19,115 sales), Staying At
Tamara’s (4-5, 10,228 sales) by George Ezra, Divide (6-6, 8,790 sales) by Ed
Sheeran, Speak Your Mind (7-7, 6,857 sales) by Anne-Marie, Dua Lipa (10-8, 4,958
sales) and Invasion Of Privacy (11-9, 4,233 sales) by Cardi B.
Overall album sales are down 0.57% week-on-week at 1,723,133, 1.31% above same
week 2017 sales of 1,700,920. Streaming accounted for 985,585 sales – 57.20% of
the total. Sales of paid-for albums are up 3.28% week-on-week at 737,548, 21.31%
below same week 2017 sales of 937,302.COMPLETE