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Global Chart Report

The Chart Archive is completed!
Friday, December 19, 2014
by Fred Chuchel, Dresden

Sam Smith's 'Stay With Me' debuts at no.354 on the ALL TIME CHART with a total of 6.064.000 points. It's the 371st smash on that unique list, which is completed since a few days, because our CHART ARCHIVE is finished now. It was a long way to go, but now we can proudly report, that our work is done. More than eight years it took, to collect and process all data. There's for the first time in history a complete weekly hitlist with all big hits worldwide... and in some days we can celebrate 60 years of Media Traffic charts! Today, Media Traffic is one of the most successful websites for music & charts with more than 800.000 page impressions per month. Special thanx to Google for the provision of the weekly editions of the Billboard Magazine, thanx also to Miroslav Jurčeka and Steffen Hung for the processing of the weekly charts from many countries around the world. Thanx also to the Taurus publishing company and Record Research Inc. for their great publications... back to the current hitlist: he was the producer of Amy

Winehouse's legendary mega-seller 'Back To Black' and now Mark Ronson has the first big global smash under his own name. 'Uptown Funk!' with the vocals by Bruno Mars makes another big jump from no.5 to the hot spot this week, driven by a massive 65% points boost to 371.000. Taylor Swift's 'Blank Space' was only one week granted at the top, now it slides back to no.2, despite another little 1% points increase to 361.000. Hozier's Grammy-nominated 'Take Me To Church' will constantly stronger. It remains at no.3 this week globally, but wins another 20% in points to 295.000. Ed Sheeran climbs from no.6 to no.4 with his gorgeous ballad 'Thinking Out Loud' and expands 32% in points to 291.000. Rounds out the top five is this week's highest debut '12 Gatsu No

Kangaroo' by the Japanese girl idol outfit SKE 48 with 274.000 points. After Mariah Carey's 'All I Want For Christmas Is You' re-entered the Global Top 40 last week (currently at no.21 with 113.000 points), also Wham!'s Xmas classic finds the way back on the tally. 'Last Christmas' creeps up to no.38 with 70.000 points. Also Pharrell Williams' 'Happy' comes back at no.40. It's the 49th week on the chart for the biggest hit 2014. Outside the Top 40 waiting among other Big Sean feat. E 40's 'I Don't F**k With You' at no.45, AronChupa's 'I'm An Albatroaz' at no.49, and I Love Makonnen feat. Drake's 'Tuesday' at no.55 for their first appearance on the big list.  COMPLETE GLOBAL TRACK CHART  Lately various countries added track sales and streaming to their national album chart. And from this week on, the biggest music market of the world, the USA, makes the same. The official Billboard Top 200 Album Chart combined now album sales (conversion factor 1:1), digital track sales (10:1) and streaming (1500:1). And it seems that other countries follow this example in the next time. Let us look back in the past: with the breakthrough of the Compact Disc at the end of the Eighties and the earlier Nineties, the global album sales grew strongly with a peak in the second half of the Nineties. But now, for over 10 years the global album sales shrink dramatically. What happened?? The main reason for this decline was the new market of the Digital Tracks! Today many people don't buy a complete album as before, but they looking for the best tunes of an album and purchase only these songs. Since one, two years there's another 'problem'... Streaming! More and more people having a subscription of Spotify or other streaming-providers and buying no longer music in digital or physical formats. That's why the downward momentum of the global album sales accelerated this year and for the first time ever also the digital track sales are on the way down. Several times in the last months i thought about it, to give it up the Global Album Chart, because the worldwide sales fall further and further (certainly also in the coming years). I will summarize again: the Digital Track Sales and Streaming are the reasons for the decay of the global album sales, and that's why we follow the example of the US-Billboard Chart and other... from next year on we'll integrate Track Sales and Streaming tentatively for a hidden Global Album Chart. But the official hitlist on our Media Traffic website remains provisionally a pure sales chart (by popular request), till more countries and key markets switch over to a combined album chart  COMPLETE GLOBAL ALBUM CHART 

Global Chart - 30 Years Ago
'Do They Know It's Christmas?' Band Aid
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Global Chart - 20 Years Ago
'All I Want For Christmas' Mariah Carey
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30 years ago Madonna landed her first big smash on the Global Chart with 'Like A Virgin'. In the week 49, 1984 the song entered the Top 10 and went to the vice-position some weeks later. The song was written by Billy Steinberg and Tom Kelly and produced by Chic-mastermind Nile Rodgers. In the USA Madonna was the first time seen on the charts one year earlier at October 29, 1983, when 'Holiday' arrived on the Billboard Top 100 at no.88. After two other hits ('Borderline' and 'Lucky Star') 'Like A Virgin' was her first no.1 in the USA. Now after 30 years Madonna is the most successful female artist of all time with massive 47 hits on the Global Top 10, included 22 no.1 smashes, more than each other act in history! By the way,

Madonna's biggest hit according to the performance on the Global Chart was 'Like A Prayer' from 1989. It ranks at no.70 on the ALL TIME CHART. There are nine songs by Madonna on that list, only the Beatles had more with 18 hits.  GLOBAL CHART - 30 YEARS AGO  click the picture to see the video

Billboard Report
J.Cole earns third no.1 album on Billboard 200 chart
Wednesday, December 17, 2014
by Keith Caulfield, Los Angeles

J. Cole's 3rd album, 2014 Forest Hills Drive, easily debuts at No.1 on the Billboard 200 chart, marking the rapper's third consecutive chart-topper. He previously led the list with his debut effort, 2011's

Cole World: The Sideline Story, and its follow-up, 2013's Born Sinner. 2014 Forest Hills Drive moved 375,000 equivalent units in the week ending Dec. 14, according to Nielsen Music. (The Billboard 200 chart measures multi-metric consumption, including pure album sales. The ranking includes on-demand streaming and digital track sales, in addition to traditional album sales, all measured by Nielsen.) 2014 Forest Hills Drive sold 354,000 copies in it first week, and it also debuts at No. 1 on the Top Album Sales chart. The sum is the fifth-largest sales week for an album in 2014, and the biggest for a hip-hop set in over a year. The only larger weeks this year were racked up by Taylor Swift's 1989 (in its first two frames: 1.29 million and 402,000, respectively), One Direction's first week with Four (387,000) and Coldplay's arrival with Ghost Stories (383,000). The last hip-hop album to score a bigger sales week than 2014 Forest Hills Drive's opener was Eminem's The Marshall Mathers LP 2, when it launched at

No. 1 with 792,000 in the week ending Nov. 10, 2013. Taylor Swift's 1989 slips one rung to No. 2 after five non-consecutive weeks atop the Billboard 200. It shifted 324,000 units (up 18 percent), of which 278,000 were pure album sales (up 21 percent). Pentatonix's That's Christmas to Me falls 2-3 with 218,000 units (down 1), powered largely by pure album sales (207,000, down 1 percent). The bulk of Pentatonix's units were comprised of album sales (95 percent), with 3.8 percent driven by TEA and another 1.4 percent by SEA. Carrie Underwood scores her fifth consecutive top five album, as her Greatest Hits: Decade #1 bows at No. 4 with 103,000 units (94,000 in pure album sales). This is the first best-of collection for the singer, who previously logged four

albums that reached the top two: her Some Hearts debut (No. 2 in 2005), followed by three No. 1s: Carnival Ride (2007), Play On (2009) and Blown Away (2012). Back on the new Billboard 200, AC/DC's Rock or Bust descends 3-5 with 94,000 units (down 46 percent). K. Michelle achieves her second top 10 album as Anybody Wanna Buy a Heart? arrives at No. 6 with 88,000 units (84,000 in album sales). It follows the singer's first album, 2013's Rebellious Soul, which debuted and peaked at No. 2 with 72,000 sold in its opening week. One Direction's Four falls 5-7 with 82,000 units (up 11 percent). Pure album sales make up 72,000 of that figure. Sam Smith's In the Lonely Hour moves 4-8 with 81,000 units (up less than 1 percent), with 60,000 of that sum consisting of album sales. Ed Sheeran's x returns to the top 10 for the first time since the Sept. 6-dated chart, as his album climbs 11-9 with 65,000 units (up 56 percent). He was up across the board in album sales (36,000; up 62 percent), TEA (22,000; up 65 percent) and SEA (7,000; up 17 percent). A lot of his gain's credit is owed to his performance of the album's "Thinking Out Loud" on the Victoria's Secret Fashion Show, which aired Dec. 9 on CBS. The song concurrently bounds into the top 10 on the Billboard Hot 100. Rounding out the new Billboard 200's top 10 is Garth Brooks' Man Against Machine, descending 8-10 with 62,000 units (up 8 percent). On the Top Album Sales chart, it falls 7-8 with the same sum, as the album is unavailable on streaming services, and its individual tracks are unavailable to purchase. Taylor Swift's "Blank Space" tops the Billboard Hot 100 for a fifth week, granting the superstar her longest command among her three career No. 1s. The track also takes over atop the Radio Songs chart. Plus, Swift bestie Ed Sheeran zooms to his best Hot 100 rank, as "Thinking Out Loud" surges 24-6. We're taking a break from our holiday shopping (translation: we haven't started yet) to do what we do each Wednesday: run down the top 10 and more on the sales/airplay/streaming-based Hot 100. With "Space," released on Big Machine Records and promoted to radio by Republic Records, at No. 1 for a fifth frame, Swift establishes her longest Hot 100 reign. Her prior single, and second No. 1, "Shake It Off" spent four weeks on top. Swift's first leader, "We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together," ruled for three weeks in 2012. Reaching the top of Radio Songs in just its sixth week, "Space" ties Pharrell Williams' "Happy" (the No. 1 Hot 100 song of the year) for the fastest flight to No. 1 in 2014. In fact, in the past 12 years, just two songs other than "Space" and "Happy" have soared to the summit in only six weeks: Eminem's "The Monster" (featuring Rihanna) (2013) and Lady Gaga's "Born This Way" (2011). "Space" tallies a sixth nonconsecutive week atop the Digital Songs chart with 249,000 downloads sold (down 2 percent) in the week ending Dec. 14. As on the Hot 100, Swift rewrites her longest command on Digital Songs, passing the five-week reign of "Never." "Space" also leads Streaming Songs for a fifth week, with 12.2 million U.S. streams (up 1 percent). Hozier's "Take Me to Church" holds at No. 2 on the Hot 100. The Irish singer/songwriter's debut hit tops the subscription services-based On-Demand Songs chart for a fifth week (5 million, up 11 percent) and rises 3-2 on Digital Songs (202,000, up 29 percent), 6-3 on Streaming Songs (9.4 million, up 14 percent) and 10-9 on Radio Songs (78 million, up 11 percent). On the Hot Rock Songs chart, "Church" rules for an eighth week. Mark Ronson's "Uptown Funk!" (featuring Bruno Mars) pushes 5-3 on the Hot 100, adding top Airplay Gainer honors. The track bumps 4-3 on Digital Songs (170,000, up 12 percent), 22-15 on Streaming Songs (6.2 million, up 18 percent) and 31-17 on Radio Songs (49 million, up 33 percent). Meghan Trainor lands her second top five Hot 100 hit, as "Lips Are Movin" leaps 8-4. The track holds at No. 5 on Digital Songs (116,000, up 6 percent); reaches the Streaming Songs top five (8-5; 8 million, up 2 percent); and powers 36-23 on Radio Songs (44 million, up 23 percent). Meanwhile, Trainor's breakthrough hit "All About That Bass" falls 3-7. It led the Hot 100 for eight weeks and, like "Shake," is Grammy-nominated for record and song of the year. Rounding out the Hot 100's top five, Sam Smith likewise notches his second top five Hot 100 hit, as "I'm Not the Only One" rises 7-5, led by its 9 percent increase to 91 million on Radio Songs, where it holds at No. 6. Smith reached No. 2 on the Hot 100 in August with "Stay With Me," another dual contender for record and song of the year; Smith could additionally take home Grammys for "One" and "Stay" parent set In the Lonely Hour, up for album of the year, and for best new artist. Ed Sheeran shakes up the Hot 100's top 10, as "Thinking Out Loud" rockets 24-6 as the top Digital Gainer. It flies 15-4 on Digital Songs with a 124 percent increase to 137,000 after Sheeran sang the ballad on the Victoria's Secret extravaganza. "Loud" bounds 25-17 on Streaming Songs (6.1 million, up 35 percent) and debuts on Radio Songs at No. 45 (28 million, up 43 percent). Upon the Hot 100 vault of "Loud," Sheeran scores his second top 10 and highest placement on the chart. Prior single "Don't" peaked at No. 9 last month. Below Trainor's "Bass" at No. 7 on the Hot 100, Maroon 5's No. 3-peaking "Animals" falls 4-8 (and departs the No. 1 spot on Radio Songs after four weeks); Ariana Grande & The Weeknd's "Love Me Harder" rebounds 10-9 after reaching No. 7; and Swift's "Shake" dips 6-10 (having spent all of its 17 weeks on the Hot 100 in the top 10).  COMPLETE CHARTS

Andrew Hozier-Byrne (born 17 March 1990), known simply as Hozier, is an Irish musician from Bray, County Wicklow. In 2013 he released his debut EP Take Me to Church and his second EP From Eden in 2014, with his debut studio album Hozier released in Ireland in September 2014 and globally in October 2014. The son of a musician, he graduated from St. Gerard's school in Bray in 2009. He then began a degree in music at Trinity College, Dublin, but dropped out midway through his first year in order to record demos for Universal Music. While at Trinity, he became involved with the Trinity Orchestra. He was a member of Anúna from 2008 to 2012, and appears as a soloist on their 2012 release Illumination singing "La Chanson de Mardi Gras". He toured and sang with the group internationally including performances in Norway and the Netherlands. In 2013, Hozier released the EP Take Me to Church, with the title track becoming his breakthrough single after it went viral on YouTube. It reached number one on the Irish iTunes singles chart and number two in the official chart on 25 October 2013. Hozier followed up Take Me to Church with the new EP From Eden, and a number of festival tour dates and television appearances in the United States. Hozier released his self-titled album, Hozier on 19 September 2014. It had 5 singles including "Take Me to Church", "Work Song", and "From Eden", which were hits on his earlier EPs.   >> source: Wikipedia - click the picture to see the video

United Kingdom
Music Week Report
Ed Sheeran's 'X' returns stop the album list
Monday, December 15, 2014
by Alan Jones, London

Its release brought forward after Fleur East's X Factor cover topped iTunes' chart, Mark Ronson's Uptown Funk! (feat. Bruno Mars) didn't become available until very late on Monday but made light of its late start and trounced the opposition to debut convincingly atop the chart on sales of 118,117 copies, including 13,455 streaming sales. East's version

would likely also be in the Top 10 but, like all X Factor tracks prior to the winner's coronation single, its sales are not logged by The Official Charts Company, and it has no chart position. Uptown Funk! is the first single from 39 year old Ronson's upcoming fourth album Uptown Special. It is his first number one, and Mars' fifth. Ronson's previous biggest hits as an artist came within six months of each other in 2007, when first Stop Me (feat. Daniel Merriweather) then Valerie (feat. Amy Winehouse) reached number two. Having topped the chart in July with his debut hit Gecko (Overdrive) which featured Becky Hill on vocals, 19 year old Dutch DJ Oliver Heldens continues his survey of exotic pets with follow-up hit Last All Night (Koala) debuting at number five (38,937 sales). Both tracks started life as instrumentals, and had their animal epithets added when vocalised. He's only toying with us, as the creatures concerned aren't

mentioned in the lyrics of either track. Band Aid 30's Do They Know It's Christmas rebounds 12-3 following its physical release. CD sales accounted for 43,856 of the track's sales, with 11,312 downloads and 20 streaming sales making up the rest of its 55,188 total. One Direction score their 12th Top 10 single, with Night Moves improving 19-7 (34,120 sales). Ed Sheeran's Thinking Out Loud dips 1-2 on sales of 57,208 copies. Elsewhere in the Top 10: Take That's These Days falls 3-4 (46,102 sales), Taylor Swift's Blank Space retreats 4-6 (38,937 sales), Olly Murs' Wrapped Up (feat. Travie McCoy) falls  5-8 (29,159 sales), Calvin Harris' Outside (feat. Ellie Goulding) recovers 10-9 (28,642 sales) and Clean Bandit's Real Love (feat. Jess Glynne) falls 6-10

(27,674 sales). Overall singles sales are up 3.61% week-on-week at 6,151,677. Streaming accounted fo r3,528,390 sales – 54.24% of the total. Under previously existing criteria where only paid-for purchases were included, overall singles sales are up 4.91% week-on-week at 2,623,287 – 6.82% below same week 2013 sales of 2,815,215 and the 70th consecutive week in which they have declined versus a year ago. A week after Take That lost leadership of the singles chart but gained leadership of the album chart, Ed Sheeran does the same. 2014's biggest selling album by far, Sheeran's X sold 152,262 copies last week - its highest sale since it debuted atop the chart 24 weeks ago on sales of 182,427 - and racks up its 10th week at number one. The album topped the chart for its first eight weeks on release, and returned to the summit five weeks ago. Never out of the top six thus far, it has now sold 1,263,505 copies. While Sheeran is number one for the week and the year, Sam Smith is number two for the week and the year. Smith's debut album In The Lonely Hour rebounds 4-2. Also not out of the top six in a chart career that so far stretches to 29 weeks and includes four weeks at number one, In The Lonely Hour sold 108,495 copies last week, a personal best which exceeds the 101,752 copies it sold on debut. With a total of 936,744 copies sold by midnight on Saturday, it should waltz past the million sales mark later this week. After debuting at number one last week, Take That's III dives to number six (71,771 sales). With release schedules looking threadbare, the only album to enter the Top 10 this week is a returning favourite - Michael Buble's Christmas. Sales of the set were already strong and rising, and really took off as the week went on, with the album ultimately selling 39,487 copies, as it jumped 13-10. It is the fourth straight Christmas that the album has made the Top 10, topping the chart for three weeks in 2011, reaching number two in 2012 and number seven in 2013. Selling as little as seven copies in its weakest week, it has nevertheless amassed a massive 2,124,475 sales and is the fourth biggest seller of the 2010s. Elsewhere in the Top 10: Olly Murs' Never Been Better climbs 6-3 (80,474 sales), One Direction's Four moves 5-4 (75,975 sales), George Erza's Wanted On Voyage improves 7-5 (71,855 sales), AC/DC's Rock Or Bust declines 3-7 (51,353 sales), Pink Floyd's The Endless River holds at number eight (44,926 sales) and Taylor Swift's 1989 recovers 10-9 (44,022 sales). Overall album sales are up 5.89% week-on-week at 3,767,515 - their highest level of the year for the third week in a row. They are 7.25% below same week 2013 sales of 4,062,130.  COMPLETE CHARTS

Oricon Album Chart
No.1  Kinki Kids 'M Album'

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Media Control Album Chart
No.1  Helene Fischer
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