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Global Chart Report

'Million Dollar Baby' shoots at No.1
Sunday, May 19, 2024
by Fred Chuchel, Dresden


24 year-old musician Tommy Richman was completely unknown some weeks ago and now he's the new number one of the Global Track Chart! 'Million Dollar Baby', the furious soundalike of a 1970s R&B and funk hybrid, reigns the tally with massive 407.000 points, a 41% increase compared to the previous week. Broken down by segments 'Espresso' generated 381,000 points by streaming (up 42%), 23,000 points by sales (up 15%), and 3,000 points by airplay (up 46%). Twelve weeks ago Benson Boone's 'Beautiful Things' topped the Global Chart with 227,000 points. This week Hozier's 'Too Sweet' ranks at no.11 with 231,000 points... what a difference!! The competition is extremely strong at the moment. Kendrick Lamar lands the biggest hit of his career: the diss track 'Not Like Us' climbs at the runner-up slot of the Global Chart with 357,000 points (up 19%) with 319,000 points by streaming, 36,000 by sales, and only 2,000 by airplay. Highest debut of the

week is Post Malone's 'I Had Some Help', a collaboration with American country super-star Morgan Wallen. It bows at no.3 with 355,000 points (283,000 points by streaming, 60,000 by sales, and 12,000 by airplay). It's the first Global Top 10 success for Morgan Wallen and the eighth for Post Malone. Last week's number one, Sabrina Carpenter's 'Espresso', throws down at no.4 with 231,000 points, despite a 0,5% increase. The Eurovision Song Contest 2024 leaves traces on the Global Chart: 'Europapa' by Joost arrives at no.35 with 97,000 points. The song was written by Dutch musician Joost Klein along with six other songwriters. Represented the Netherlands in the Eurovision Song Contest 2024, is was disqualified from the final due to Klein reportedly making "unlawful threats" to a member of the contest's production crew. The winner song, 'The Code' by Nemo from Switzerland, lands shy behind at no.36 with 96,000 points. Outside our weekly Top 40 waiting among other 'Slow It Down' by Benson Boone at no.44, 'Good Luck, Babe!' by Chappell Roan at no.53, Feather' by Sabrina Carpenter at no.56, and 'Come Back To Me' by RM at no.59 for their first appearance on the big list. Back to the roots: Over 20 years ago Media Traffic started the weekly Global Album Chart. At that time this hitlist was based exclusively on sales figures and - like the Track Chart - included 40 positions. But the global album sales fell dramatically over the years, and that's why we shortened the Top 40 to a Top 10 list in June 2016. Later we included streaming data and now with the further increase in the streaming share we can finally offer an expanded hitlist again. Taylor Swift's super-seller 'The Tortured Poets Department' returns atop the Global Album Chart with another healthy 322,000 equivalent sales (235,000 points by streaming and 87,000 points by physical or digital sales). After four weeks on the tally the album generated a total of 4,64 million consumption units, so it's the fast-selling album globally since Adele's '25' started in November 2015. Last week's number one, Seventeen's compilation '17 Is Right Here', sails to the runner-up slot with 106,000 sales. 'One Of Wun', the fifth studio album by American rapper Gunna, is this week's highest debut and lands at no.3 with 84,000 equivalent sales. Olivia Rodrigo's debut studio album 'Sour' from 2021 is the second effort from all releases in this decade, which reaches the 10 million border in equivalent sales, the first was Taylor Swift's 'Midnights', which jumped over this border in the calendar week 8, 2024. And now, as every week, additional stats from outside the current Global Album Top 20 in alphabetic order, the first figure means last week's sales, the second figure the total sales: '1989' by Taylor Swift 14,000 / 16,231,000, '1989 (Taylor's Version)' by Taylor Swift 40,000 / 5,283,000, '21' by Adele 16,000 / 32,808,000, '25' by Adele 8,000 / 24,977,000, '30' by Adele 7,000 / 6,379,000, 'After Hours' by The Weeknd 29,000 / 9,428,000, the soundtrack to 'Barbie: The Album' 21,000 / 2,209,000, 'Certified Lover Boy' by Drake 10,000 / 6,594,000, 'Divide' by Ed Sheeran 18,000 / 20,877,000, 'Endless Summer Vacation' by Miley Cyrus 11,000 / 1,833,000, 'Equals' by Ed Sheeran 10,000 / 5,943,000, 'Evermore' by Taylor Swift 16,000 / 5,889,000, 'Folklore' by Taylor Swift 34,000 / 9,952,000, 'For All The Dogs' by Drake 22,000 / 2,966,000, 'Future Nostalgia' by Dua Lipa 21,000 / 8,712,000, Génesis' by Peso Pluma 30,000 / 1,912,000, 'Golden' by Jung Kook 34,000 / 2,334,000, 'Harry's House' by Harry Styles 28,000 / 6,726,000, 'Hereos & Villains' by Metro Boomin 29,000 / 3,897,000, 'Midnights' by Taylor Swift 38,000 / 10,814,000, 'Red (Taylor's Version)' by Taylor Swift 21,000 / 5,750,000, 'Sour' by Olivia Rodrigo 41,000 / 10,017,000, 'Speak Now (Taylor's Version)' by Taylor Swift 19,000 / 3,207,000, 'Starboy' by The Weeknd 41,000 / 7,153,000, 'Vultures 1' by ¥$: Kanye West & Ty Dolla $ign 45,000 / 1,056,000, and 'When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go?' by Billie Eilish 19,000 / 11,750,000.

GLOBAL NO.1 - 30 YEARS AGO ... "Streets Of Philadelphia" was released on February 2, 1994 for the 1993 American legal drama film Philadelphia, starring Tom Hanks, an early mainstream film dealing with HIV / AIDS. Philadelphia director Jonathan Demme asked Springsteen to write a song for his fim. In late August 1993, after the conclusion of the "Other Band" tour, he recorded a demo of his completed song at Thrill Hill Recording, Beverly Hills, California (his home studio), supplying all of the instrumentation. He mailed the tape to Demme, who later said, "my wife and I sat down and listened to it, and we were literally weeping by the end". "Streets Of Philadelphia" reached the top position in Germany, France, Italy, Norway, Austria, Ireland, and won four Grammy Awards: Song of the Year, Best Rock Song, Best Rock Vocal Performance, Solo, and Best Song Written Specifically for a Motion Picture or Television.

Billboard Report
Taylor Swift spends a month at No.1 on Billboard 200
Tuesday, May 21, 2024
by Keith Caulfield & Gary Trust, Los Angeles

Taylor Swift’s The Tortured Poets Department locks in its fourth consecutive week atop the Billboard 200 (dated May 25), as the set earned 260,000 equivalent album units in the U.S. in the

week ending May 16 (down 8%), according to Luminate. The effort is the first album to spend its first four weeks at No. 1 since Travis Scott’s Utopia led in its first four weeks last summer (Aug. 12-Sept. 2, 2023). With 260,000 units earned in Poets’ fourth week, the set scores the largest fourth-week for any album since Adele’s 25 tallied 825,000 units in its fourth frame (chart dated Jan. 2, 2016). Of The Tortured Poets Department’s fourth-week unit sum of 260,000, SEA units comprise 217,500 (down 5%, equaling 282.4 million on-demand official streams of the set’s songs), traditional album sales comprise 41,000 (down 19%) and TEA units comprise 1,500 (up 18%). Gunna lands his sixth top 10-charting effort, all of which have reached the top five, as One of Wun enters at No. 2 with 91,000 equivalent album units earned. Of that sum, SEA units comprise 90,000 (equaling 118.52 million on-demand official streams of the set’s songs), while album sales

comprise 1,000 and TEA units comprise a negligible sum. Gunna previously visited the top 10 with A Gift & a Curse (No. 3, 2023), DS4Ever (No. 1, 2022), Wunna (No. 1, 2020), Drip or Drown 2 (No. 3, 2019) and Drip Harder (No. 4, 2018). Morgan Wallen’s chart-topping One Thing at a Time is steady at No. 3 on the Billboard 200 with 75,000 equivalent album units (up 7%); Future and Metro Boomin’s former No. 1 We Don’t Trust You is also a non-mover at No. 4 (53,000; down 13%); and Wallen’s earlier leader Dangerous: The Double Album climbs 7-5 (44,000; up 6%). Both Wallen albums likely post increases due to the publicity and promotion around the May 10 release of Post Malone’s “I Had Some Help,” featuring Wallen — even though the song is not on either of the Wallen albums. (The track is expected to be on Post Malone’s upcoming album.) Wallen last had two titles in the top five at the same time on the July 29, 2023-dated chart, when One Thing at a Time and Dangerous were Nos. 2 and 5, respectively. Noah Kahan’s Stick Season rises 9-6 on the new Billboard 200 with 41,000 equivalent album units (up 2%); SZA’s chart-topping SOS climbs 10-7 (38,000; down 1%); Zach Bryan’s self-titled former No. 1 bumps 12-8 (38,000; up 5%); Benson Boone’s Fireworks & Rollerblades glides 11-9 (just over 35,000; down 4%); and Beyoncé’s chart-topping Cowboy Carter dips 8-10 (35,000; down 14%). Post Malone notches his sixth leader and Wallen adds his second. Post Malone’s “I Had Some Help,” featuring Morgan Wallen, launches at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 songs chart. Post Malone achieves his sixth leader with the bitter breakup song and Wallen adds his second. “I Had Some Help” arrives as the 1,172nd No. 1 in the Hot 100’s history, and the 80th to debut in the top spot. “I Had Some Help,” on Mercury / Republic / Big Loud, enters the Hot 100 with 76.4 million official streams, 31.1 million radio airplay audience impressions and 69,000 sold in the U.S. in the week ending May 16, following its wide release May 10. First sent to radio May 9, it drew 15.9 in airplay audience that day. Helping build anticipation for the song, Post Malone teased it on social media on March 20, and he and Wallen debuted it in concert during Wallen’s April 28 headlining spot at the Stagecoach festival in Indio, Calif. With “I Had Some Help,” Post Malone earns his sixth Hot 100 No. 1 – and second No. 1 debut, following “Fortnight,” and his first No. 1 debut as a lead artist. Here’s a rundown of his leaders (as he ties Ariana Grande and Kendrick Lamar as the only acts with two No. 1s each this year). Wallen claims his second Hot 100 No. 1, and first chart-topping debut, after “Last Night” dominated for 16 weeks, nonconsecutively, in March-August 2023 – the most atop the Hot 100 ever for a song by one credited act. Kendrick Lamar’s “Not Like Us” dips to No. 2 a week after bounding in at No. 1 on the Hot 100, although with a 2% gain from 70.9 million streams to 72 million. The track is also up by 146% to 12.4 million in radio audience, good for the Hot 100’s top Airplay Gainer award. Tommy Richman’s first Hot 100 hit, “Million Dollar Baby,” backtracks to No. 3 from its No. 2 Hot 100 high, but takes top Streaming and Sales Gainer honors (66.3 million streams, up 14%; 7,000 sold, up 17%). Shaboozey’s “A Bar Song (Tipsy)” rises 5-4 on the Hot 100, after reaching No. 3; Benson Boone’s No. 2-peaking “Beautiful Things” rebounds 9-5; and Teddy Swims’ “Lose Control,” which led for a week in March, pushes 10-6, as it tops Radio Songs for a sixth week (73.8 million in audience, up 1%). Future, Metro Boomin and Kendrick Lamar’s “Like That,” which spent its first three weeks on the Hot 100 at No. 1 in April, drops 6-7 and Taylor Swift’s “Fortnight,” featuring Post Malone, falls 4-8, after spending its first two weeks on the chart at No. 1 beginning three weeks ago. (With “I Had Some Help” and “Fortnight,” Post Malone has multiple songs in the top 10 simultaneously for the first time since the chart dated Oct. 12, 2019.) Rounding out the Hot 100’s top 10, Sabrina Carpenter’s “Espresso” slides 8-9 after hitting No. 4 and Hozier’s “Too Sweet” ascends 11-10, four weeks after it hit No. 1.

Record Of The Month
Another big country smash by a black artist:
'A Bar Song (Tipsy)' by Shaboozey

United Kingdom
Music Week Report
Sabrina Carpenter's 'Espresso' is still number No.1
Monday, May 20, 2024
by Alan Jones, London

Trailing on sales flashes all week, Sabrina Carpenter’s Espresso got a timely but ultimately unneeded shot from the release of the CD edition on Thursday, cementing its third straight week at No.1 on consumption of 75,649 units (618 CDs, 1,001 digital downloads, 74,030 sales-equivalent

streams). The track which threatened to derail it would have restored one of the duo whom Carpenter dethroned to the summit. I’m talking about singer and rapper Post Malone, who was top with Taylor Swift and Fortnight, and was looking for a quickfire return to the apex courtesy of his new Morgan Wallen collaboration, I Need Some Help. Valiant in failure, it opens instead at No.2 on consumption of 73,605 units (2,047 digital downloads, 71,558 sales-equivalent streams). Only the second hit for Wallen, who reached No.28 last year with Last Night, it is a full-on country song, and delivers Malone his 35th hit in total, and 10th Top 10 entry. America’s top two singles continue their UK chart climbs: Not Like Us, which opened atop the Billboard Hot 100 last week, jumps 10-6 (47,403 sales) for Kendrick Lamar, while Tommy Richman’s viral debut, Million Dollar Baby – No.2 stateside – climbs 7-3 (65,208 sales). While one country song debuts at No.2, two others drift to

lower positions in the Top 10 despite increasing consumption: A Bar Song (Tipsy) retreats 3-4 for Shaboozey despite a muscular 23.01% rise week-on-week to 61,494, while Austin is down one slot week-on-week and three on its peak to No.10 even though its consumption increases for the 12th week in a row, adding 7.01% to 39,538 units. The Shaboozey hit tops the download singles chart (2,554 sales). The rest of the Top 10: Too Sweet (2-5, 58,587 sales) by Hozier, Beautiful Things (4-7, 46,430 sales) by Benson Boone, Fortnight (5-8, 43,174 sales) by Taylor Swift feat. Post Malone and I Like The Way You Kiss Me (6-9, 39,739 sales) by Artemas. Outside of the first week after Christmas, when streaming elevates sales to giddy heights, Hozier’s tally is the highest for a No.5 singles since Shawn Mendes’ Stitches achieved 60,434 units in February 2016. Overall singles consumption is up 3.26% week-on-week, busting through the 30 million mark for the first time at 30,971,974 units, 11.29% above same week 2023 consumption of 27,830,369 units. Paid-for sales are up 1.52% week-on-week at 277,950 – 8.24% below same week 2023 sales of 302,911. Resuming at No.1 despite its consumption falling for the third straight week, The Tortured Poets Department (TTPD) is the third of 12 No.1 albums by Taylor Swift to climb back to the summit after being dethroned. Emulating 2020 set Evermore and 2022’s Midnights, TTPD does so with consumption falling just 6.76% week-on-week to 29,740 units as her Eras tour rolls into Europe – 1,837 CDs, 1,313 vinyl albums. 15 cassettes, 429 digital downloads and 26,146 sales-equivalent streams. In so doing, it earns its third and Swift’s 23rd week at No.1, the latter tally including an impressive 19 (8.33%) of the 228 weeks that have elapsed so far in the 2020s. In America, where TTPD will secure its fourth straight week at No.1, Swift will have spent a much more impressive 73 weeks at No.1, more than any other solo artist – The Beatles lead the overall list with 131 weeks at the top. In Ireland, where TTPD is No.1 for the fourth straight week, Swift has spent 35 weeks at No.1. Swift’s return to the summit this week was anything but a formality, however, as she was up against familial Followill foursome Kings Of Leon, who were in pursuit of their seventh No.1 with ninth studio album, Can We Please Have Fun. Comprising a dozen new songs co-written by the quartet – brothers Caleb, Nathan and Jared and their cousin Matthew – Can We Please Have Fun was ahead on sales flashes until Wednesday but its inferior streaming power saw it slip to No.2 in the final reckoning, with consumption of 17,981 units (6,614 CDs, 5,500 vinyl albums, 2,560 cassettes, 987 digital downloads and 2,320 sales-equivalent streams). That’s 7.93% below the 19,530 sales their last album, When You See Yourself, sold on debuting at No.1 in 2021. Their ninth Top 10 and 11th Top 75 album, Can We Please… nudges their overall UK album consumption to upwards of eight million – 8,000,485 to be precise, of which 2008 fourth album Only By The Night accounts for 3,178,352 units, 2007 third album Because Of The Times for 1,030,911 units and 2010 fifth album, Come Around Sundown for 995,014 units. Can We Please Have Fun topped all of the pure sales charts for which it was eligible, but ranked only 55th on streaming. American rapper Gunna’s sixth chart album – his entire solo output plus Lil Baby collaboration Drip Harder – One Of Wun is his fourth straight Top 10 entry debuting at No.4 (8,196 sales) to equal his best placing. Twenty years to the week after it debuted at No.1 on pure sales of 155,373, Keane’s debut album, Hopes And Fears, has been remastered and supplemented by b-sides, rarities and demos in new CD, vinyl, Blu-ray and digital anniversary editions, and is back in the chart for the first time in more than 17 years, re-entering at No.7 (6,926 sales). Its initial sales were very impressive as, by that point, they had only two hits, their No.3 debut smash Somewhere Only We Know and follow-up Everybody’s Changing, which opened and peaked at No.4 the day the album dropped. Hopes And Fears remains Keane’s biggest album, with to-date consumption of 2,950,712 units (all pure sales but for 88,094 sales-equivalent streams) outselling everything else by a margin of more than three to one. Somewhere Only We Know similarly leads their singles rankings, going triple platinum today (1,807,079 sales), with Everybody’s Changing (797,629 sales) second. With consumption off 80.44% week-on-week, Radical Optimism drops 1-3 (9,058 sales) for Dua Lipa. The rest of the Top 10: The Highlights (4-5, 8,171 sales) by The Weeknd, Guts (5-6, 7,985 sales) by Olivia Rodrigo, 50 Years: Don’t Stop (7-8, 6,278 sales) by Fleetwood Mac, Gold: Greatest Hits (9-9, 5,979 sales) by ABBA and Sour (10-10, 5,434 sales) by Olivia Rodrigo. Overall album sales are down 1.46% week-on-week at 2,426,756, 7.12% above same week 2023 sales of 2,265,403. Physical product accounts for 251,225 sales, 10.35% of the total.