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Drake floods the global hitlists
Thursday, July 12, 2018
by Fred Chuchel, Dresden


Is it the biggest album of 2018? 'Scorpion', the fifth studio set by Canadian Rap / R&B superstar Drake, makes a spectacular impact on the international hitlists. The double album with 25 tracks storms atop the tally with stellar 957,000 equivalent sales. It's the biggest weekly sales frame since Ed Sheeran's 'Divide' debuted with 1,789,000 sales in the week 11, 2017. All songs from the album enter this week's Billboard Hot 100, seven of it land in the Top 10, a new all time record! Drake's former studio album 'Views' went also easily at no.1 globally with 1,109,000 initial sales, two years ago in the week 19, 2016. J-pop legend Hikaru Utada bows on the runner-up slot this week with her 10th album 'Hatsukoi'. It sold 242,000 physical and digital copies in Japan alone, according to Oricon. Third highest debut of the week is 'High As Hope', the fourth studio set by the British indie rock band Florence & The Machine. It arrives at no.3 with 180,000 consumption units.

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 11,000 / 10,608,000, '21' by Adele 7,000 / 29,175,000, '24k Magic' by Bruno Mars 22,000 / 4,648,000, '25' by Adele 10,000 / 21,517,000, 'American Teen' by Khalid 22,000 / 2,200,000, 'Anti' by Rihanna 8,000, 25,73,000, 'Beautiful Trauma' by Pink 14,000 / 2,849,000, 'Beauty Behind The Madness' by The Weeknd 9,000 / 3,233,000, the 'Black Panther' soundtrack 20,000 / 1,404,000, 'Camila' by Camila Cabello 22,000 / 1.265,000, 'Culture II' by Migos 27,000 / 1,409,000, 'Damn.' by Kendrick Lamar 23,000 / 4,625,000, 'Dangerous Woman' by Ariana Grande 8,000 / 2,091,000, 'Everything Is Love' The Carters 58,000 / 310,000, 'Evolve' by Imagine Dragons 43,000 / 3,261,000, the 'Fifty Shades Freed' soundtrack 8,000 / 631,000, 'Helene Fischer' by Helene Fischer 12,000 / 1,355,000, 'Illuminate' by Shawn Mendes 13,000 / 2,339,000, 'In The Lonely Hour' by Sam Smith 11,000 / 7,634,000, 'KOD' by J.Cole 26,000 / 1,049,000, 'Liberation' by Christina Aguilera 25,000 / 161,000, 'Man Of The Woods' by Justin Timberlake 5,000 / 1,067,000, the 'Moana' soundtrack 14,000 / 2,850,000, 'More Life' by Drake 17,000 / 3,683,000, 'My Dear Melancholy,' by the Weeknd 16,000 / 758,000, 'Purpose' by Justin Bieber 8,000 / 6,480,000, 'Pray For the Wicked' by Panic! At The Disco, 'Red Pill Blues' by Maroon 5 32,000 / 1,064,000, 'Reputation' by Taylor Swift 27,000 / 4,006,000, 'Revival' by Eminem 10,000 / 1,862,000, 'Shawn Mendes' by Shawn Mendes 55,000 / 678,000, 'Starboy' by The Weeknd 12,000 / 3,699,000, 'Staying At Tamara's' by George Ezra 25,000 / 450,000, 'Stoney' by Post Malone 35,000 / 3,326,000, 'Tell Me You Love Me' by Demi Lovato 6,000 / 1,065,000, 'The Beautiful & Damned' by G-Eazy 10,000 / 813,000, 'The Thrill Of It All' by Sam Smith 16,000 / 2,364,000, 'Views' by Drake 17,000 / 4,359,000, 'Voicesnotes' by Charlie Puth 22,000 / 316,000, 'Wildness' by Snow Patrol 10,000 / 171,000, 'X' by Ed Sheeran 21,000 / 10,962,000, 'Ye' by Kanye West 39,000 / 538,000, 'Youngblood' by 5 Seconds Of Summer 46,000 / 323,000.  COMPLETE GLOBAL ALBUM CHART  Since quite some time, the international hitlists fill up more and more with rap songs. The reason for this is streaming, a technology that is being used extensively, especially by the younger generation. In the past were only one or two songs simultaneously decoupled from an album and released for the charts. Nowadays basically all songs from an album are available for the charts. No wonder then, that youth-related themes - like rap music - get so high priority in the hitlists. For example two weeks ago the Beligan-Congolese rapper Damso occupied the complete Top 10 in France with songs from his current album 'Lithopédion'. Several weeks ago the Egyptian-Dutch rapper Josylvio entered the Top 20 in the Netherlands with nine songs simultaneously. The Russian-German rapper Capital Bra had four songs in Germany's Top 10 two weeks ago. And this week the Canadian rapper Drake floods the hitlists around the globe, especially in the English-speaking territories, with his 25 songs from the new set 'Scorpion'. On our Top 40 list ranking seven Drake songs this week. 'Nonstop' is the highest placed at no.5 with 214,000 points, followed by 'Don't Matter To Me' (with the additional voice from Michael Jackson) at no.8 with 188,000 points, 'Nice For What' and 'God's Plan' at no.9 (176,000 points) and at no.10 (174,000 points). Moreover 'In My Feelings' at no.13 (132,000), 'Emotionless' (with a sample from Mariah Carey's 1991 hit 'Emotions') at no.15 (122,000) and finally 'I'm Upset' at no.23 (104,000). Despite all these Drake songs there's no change atop the Global Track Chart, 'Girls Like You' by Maroon 5 feat. Cardi B holds the number one spot for a second week with 260,000 points. And rap youngster Cardi B makes herself compete, 'I Like It', her collaboration with Bad Bunny & J Balvin and the sample from Pete Rodriguez 1967 boogaloo hit 'I Like It Like That', climbs from no.4 to no.2 with 239,000 points. Outside the Top 40 waiting among other 'Familiar' by Liam Payne & J Balvin at no.44, 'Delicate' by Taylor Swift at no.46, 'If You're Over Me' by Years & Years at no.48, 'Rise' by Jonas Blue feat. Jack & Jack at no.49, and 'Te Bote' by Casper Magico, Nio Garcia, Darell, Nicky Jam, Ozuna & Nicky Jam at no.57 for their first appearance on the big list.  COMPLETE GLOBAL TRACK CHART

40 YEARS AGO ... 'Rivers Of Babylon' by Boney M. led the Global Charts for seven consecutive weeks. It was the biggest success in the career of the exotic German band. The song went to no.3 on the year-end chart 1978 and with a total of 10,734,000 points it ranks at no.40 on the All Time Chart

Billboard Report
Drake's 'Scorpion' sets new streaming record
Thuesday, July 10, 2018
by Keith Caulfield & Gary Trust, Los Angeles

Drake’s Scorpion album makes a smashing, streaming-powered debut atop the Billboard 200 chart, as the set opens with the largest overall week of 2018 for any album. Scorpion,

which was released on June 29 via Young Money/Cash Money/Republic Records, bows with 732,000 equivalent album units earned in the week ending July 5 according to Nielsen Music. Of that sum, 160,000 were in traditional album sales. Scorpion is Drake’s eighth consecutive No. 1 album on the Billboard 200 -- the entirety of his full-length releases. His only charting album to miss the top slot was his debut EP, So Far Gone, which bowed and peaked at No. 6 in 2009. Drake ties Kanye West and Eminem for the second-most credited No. 1 albums among hip-hop acts in the history of the chart. Only JAY-Z is ahead of them, as he owns 14 chart-toppers. (Among all acts, The Beatles have the most No. 1s with 19.) The 25-track Scorpion charges in with a new one-week record for on-demand audio streams generated by an album’s songs: 745.92 million. It beats the previous record-holder, Post Malone’s beerbongs & bentleys, when it arrived

with 431.3 million on the May 12-dated chart. Post Malone now has the second-biggest streaming week. Drake now has four out of the 10 biggest streaming weeks for an album: Scorpion is No. 1, followed by 2017’s More Life’s debut frame (the No. 3 largest, with 384.84 million), More Life’s second week (No. 6 with 253.49 million) and the opening week of 2016’s Views (No. 7 with 245.09 million). It's the first album to Hit 1 billion streams for its songs globally in a single week: industry sources previously confirmed to Billboard that Scorpion is the first album to spur 1 billion on-demand audio streams, globally, for its songs in a single week. Largest Overall Week of 2018 for an Album: Scorpion’s big bow of 732,000 equivalent album units is the biggest week for any album in 2018. It's also the largest since Taylor Swift’s reputation, which started with 1.24 million units at No. 1 (Dec. 2, 2017-dated chart). The bulk of Scorpion’s starting sum was driven by streams, as it garnered 551,000 SEA units. The remainder of its total unit sum was comprised of 21,000 TEA units and 160,000 in traditional album sales. Drake’s last album, More Life, bowed at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 with 505,000 equivalent album units total, of which 257,000 were SEA units, 23,000 were TEA units and 226,000 were traditional album sales. Florence + The Machine’s High as Hope bows at No. 2 with 84,000 units (74,000 in traditional album sales). High as Hope is the third top 10 effort for the act, following their last album, How Big How Blue How Beautiful in 2015 (No. 1) and Ceremonials (No. 6 in 2011). How Big bowed with 137,000 units, of which 128,000 were in traditional album sales. Post Malone’s former No. 1, beerbongs & bentleys, holds steady at No. 3 with 72,000 units (down 3 percent). Animated band Gorillaz log its fifth top 10 effort, as The Now Now starts at No. 4 with 63,000 units (52,000 in traditional album sales). The act’s last album, 2017’s Humanz, launched at No. 2 with 140,000 units (115,000 in album sales). XXXTentacion’s ? moves down one rung on the new Billboard 200 to No. 5 with 62,000 units (down 28 percent), Cardi B’s Invasion of Privacy is up two places to No. 6 with 47,000 units (up 10 percent), Juice WRLD’s Goodbye & Good Riddance is stationary at No. 7 with 39,000 units (down 11 percent) and The Carters’ Everything Is Love falls 4-8 with 37,000 units (down 38 percent). Panic! at the Disco’s Pray for the Wicked drops from No. 1 to No. 9 in its second chart week, with 35,000 units (down 81 percent). Rounding out the new top 10 is Guns N’ Roses’ former No. 1, Appetite for Destruction. The band’s classic debut album, released in 1987, re-enters the chart at No. 10 following the release of its deluxe remastered reissue on June 29. For tracking and charting purposes, all versions of the album are combined. In the week ending July 5, the album earned 33,000 units (up 1,541 percent). Appetite for Destruction debuted on the Billboard 200 dated Aug. 29, 1987 at No. 182 and eventually reached No. 1 nearly a year later, on the Aug. 6, 1988-dated list. The set spent five nonconsecutive weeks at No. 1, and finished 1988 as the No. 6 biggest album on the Billboard 200. Drake dominates the Billboard Hot 100 chart (dated July 14) in record-breaking fashion, as his new LP Scorpion launches at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 albums chart with the biggest week of consumption for an album in 2018. Atop the Hot 100, the set's "Nice for What" rebounds from No. 6 to No. 1 for an eighth total week at the summit. Among Drake's record feats on the Hot 100, he boasts seven songs in the top 10 simultaneously, besting the Beatles' record of five that had stood since 1964. (The Beatles remain the only act to monopolize the Hot 100's entire top five in a week.) Drake adds five new Hot 100 top 10s, upping his career count to 31, passing Michael Jackson for the most among male soloists; one of those new top 10s, "Don't Matter to Me," features Jackson, who earns his 30th top 10. Beyond the top 10, Drake charts 27 songs overall on the July 14-dated Hot 100, breaking his own record for the most simultaneously charted titles. All 25 tracks from Scorpion, released on Young Money/Cash Money/Republic Records, appear on the chart. 'Nice' at No. 1 on the Hot 100: "Nice for What" returns for an eighth week at No. 1 on the Hot 100 fueled most heavily by its 63 percent gain to 41.9 million U.S. streams in the week ending July 5, according to Nielsen Music, as it bullets at No. 10 on the Streaming Songs chart. It ranks at No. 5 on the Radio Songs chart with 92.3 million audience impressions, down 1 percent, in the week ending July 8. Drake's "Nonstop" starts at No. 1 on Streaming Songs with 58.6 million U.S. streams, becoming Drake's record-extending sixth leader on the list. Justin Bieber ranks second with four, followed by Miley Cyrus and Taylor Swift, each with three since the list launched in 2013. Rap keeps ruling: Rap songs have now led the Hot 100 for a record-extending 24 consecutive weeks. The streak has encompassed Drake's "God's Plan" (for eleven weeks) and "Nice" (eight weeks); Childish Gambino's "This Is America" (two); Post Malone's "Psycho," featuring Ty Dolla $ign (one); XXXTentacion's "Sad!" (one); and, last week's leader, Cardi B, Bad Bunny and J Balvin's "I Like It."  COMPLETE CHARTS

Song Of The Month
It's the sound from the current publicity campaign of the Swedish car manufacturers Volvo,
'If You Got Somebody Waiting' by compatriot Joel Alme.
The song reminds something of American country legend John Denver

United Kingdom
Music Week Report
George Ezra remains at number one
Monday, July 9, 2018
by Alan Jones, London

The Singles Chart will be 66 in four months but instead of retiring, it takes on a new, more radical shape this week, with the incorporation of video streaming and an adjustment to audio stream conversion rates making it more fit for purpose. Despite these radical changes – which value both audio and video streams on subscription services

at 1/100th of a sale and on ad-funded services at 1/600th of a sale – there is no change at the top of the chart, with George Ezra’s Shotgun blasting us into the new era, just as it fired the final shots of the old era. No sales that I quote this week are strictly comparable with anything that has gone before but, cosmetically at least, Shotgun’s consumption is up 41.51% week-on-week to 75,986 units. With more physical sales (1,415 copies on 7-inch), more paid-for downloads (18,132) and more audio and video streams combined (8,090,633) than any other track, its continued reign is not even slightly contentious. It is, however, possible that at some point in the future a track will be top of physical and download rankings, with more audio streams and video streams than any other record and still not be No.1 overall, if most of its streaming is at a 1:600 conversion ratio and something else scores well on 1:100 conversion ratio. Drake established a chart record that can’t

be broken – unless the rules change – in March 2017, when all 22 songs from his album/playlist More Life were present in the Top 75 at the same time. Under current rules, no act can now have more than three simultaneous Top 100 entries as a primary artist, otherwise Drake would have shattered that record with his new set, Scorpion. The album surrenders three new chart entries – Don’t Matter To Me (feat. Michael Jackson, No.2, 61,432 sales), Nonstop (No.4, 54,774 sales) and Emotionless (No.5, 44,483 sales) this week but the other 22 songs from the album are among the Top 66 of the Tracks chart, which doesn’t take into account either ACR or Primary Artist limits. Back on the main chart, I’m Upset – which was No.53 last week - sees consumption surge 206.90% week-on-week but is ‘starred out’ between No.9 and No.10. I’m Upset was one of three tracks from Scorpion to chart previously, and with the three that enter this week. Drake’s tally of hits jumps to 74 - a record for a rapper. If, as would have been the case previously, the other 19 were admitted this week, he would be up to 93 hits. The one category in which George Ezra’s Shotgun didn’t lead the way last week was video streaming, where the top track was Girls Like You by Maroon 5 feat. Cardi B. With 2,671,862 streams of its female celebratory packed video – 377,204 more than Shotgun – contributing to its overall consumption of 35,219 units, Girls Like You jumps 13-10 to become Maroon 5’s 10th Top 10 hit and Cardi B’s third. The rest of the Top 10: Solo (2-3, 55,802 sales) by Clean Bandit feat. Demi Lovato, 2002 (3-6, 41,875 sales) by Anne-Marie, I’ll Be There (4-7, 38,610 sales) by Jess Glynne, I Like It (8-8, 37,849 sales) by Cardi B, Bad Bunny & J Balvin and If You’re Over Me (6-9, 37,743 sales) by Years & Years. With conversion rates amended, notional singles sales are down 7.95% week-on-week at 15,666,764, 17.60% above same week 2017 sales of 13,321,629. Paid-for sales are up 5.03% week-on-week at 989,537, and are 27.41% below same week 2017 sales of 1,363,196. They are below same-week, previous-year sales for the 257th week in a row. Aiming for her/their fourth straight No.1 album, Florence + The Machine’s high hopes for High As Hope end in stinging disappointment as Drake’s Scorpion hightails it to the summit. Drake’s fifth official studio album – and his first double – Scorpion contains 25 songs and almost 90 minutes of music, including the No.1 hits God’s Plan and Nice For What, the No.37 hit I’m Upset and a trio of new hits that debut in the Top Five of the singles chart this week. Not released on CD until July 13, Scorpion racked up first week sales of 63,690 copies, including a massive 49,715 from sale-equivalent streams a total surpassed only by the 78,944 streaming sales registered by Ed Sheeran’s ÷ on debut 69 weeks ago. Scorpion’s first week sales are 18.76% below the 78,397 sales (including 12,232 from streams) that attended the debut and coronation of Drake’s last album, Views, in May 2016. (Note: subsequent release More Life, which debuted and peaked at No.2 with exactly 1,000 fewer sales than Scorpion – 62,690, including 36,411 from streams – was officially a mixtape). Drake’s seventh Top 10 album/mixtape, Scorpion was always going to struggle to match Views and More Life, and has had a lot of negative reviews in the press, while also leaving some fans underwhelmed. Its average iTunes rating of 3.66 stars out of five at the time of writing is substantially below the 4.43 average achieved by Views and the 4.48 average achieved by More Life; and even further adrift of 2018’s best received albums: George Ezra’s Staying At Tamara’s (4.52) and Kylie Minogue’s Golden (4.49). The Greatest Showman – technically a 2017 release – beats them all with ease, however, with a 4.72 average from 1,237 ratings. Had High As Hope had as high a sale as hoped – or as high as any of its predecessors – Florence + The Machine would be No.1 but its first week sales of 40,304 copies see it debut at No.2. That’s a 41.41% downturn on the introductory sales of 68,788 copies for Florence + The Machine’s last album, How Big, How Bold, How Beautiful in June 2015. Debut album, Lungs, sold 63,032 copies on debuting at No.2 in 2009 while 2011 follow-up, Ceremonials, sold 94,050 copies to debut at No.1 in 2011. Lungs did reach No.1 eventually – but not until its 28th week on the chart. However, it is by far the biggest seller of the three with a to-date tally of 1,775,511, followed by Ceremonials (820,942) and How Big… (364,617). All tallies include sales-equivalent streams. With a pair of debuts thus outperforming it, The Greatest Showman is not No.1 for only the fifth time in 26 weeks and not in the top two for the first time in 26 weeks. Its sales off a mere 0.45% to 26.650 to a 10-week low as it dips to No.3, while its consumption has exceeded 20,000 copies for the 26th week in a row. Arriving just 14 months after their last album, Humanz, debuted at No.2 on sales of 44,465 copies, virtual band Gorillaz – fronted, as always by Blur’s Damon Albarn – chalk up their fifth top five albums with The Now Now debuting at No.5 (16,535 sales). Remastered for the first time, and released in much-expanded deluxe and super deluxe editions across several formats, Guns N’ Roses 1987 debut album – Appetite For Destruction – which peaked at No.5 in 1989 – is in the Top 10 for the first time since, re-entering at No.6 (10,576 sales). The rest of this week’s Top 10: Staying At Tamara’s (3-4, 20,493 sales) by George Ezra, ÷ (5-7, 7,798 sales) by Ed Sheeran, Cruising With Jane McDonald (6-8, 6,951 sales), Pray For The Wicked (2-9, 6,856 sales) by Panic! At The Disco and Beerbongs & Bentleys (7-10, 6,848 sales) by Post Malone. Overall album sales are up 5.04% week-on-week at 1,744,526, 5.02% above same week 2017 sales of 1,661,060. Streaming accounted for 978,996 sales – 56.12% of the total. Sales of paid-for albums are up 11.55% week-on-week at 765,530, 16.29% below same week 2017 sales of 914,529.  COMPLETE CHARTS

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