Four songs get into tight race for no.1
Thursday, January 24, 2019
by Fred Chuchel, Dresden
physical and digital sales... yes, and we have currently new all time
lows. Let's take a look to the three biggest music markets globally:
in the United States the soundtrack to 'A Star Is Born' lead the sales
chart this week with 22,000 physical and digital sales (without
streaming), at no.10 on this hitlist were only 6,000 sales generated.
Only eight years ago (before streaming became so enormously
successful) Cake led the list with 'Showroom Of Compassion' and 44,000
sales. The no.10 album in that week was Kanye West's 'My Beautiful
Dark Twisted Fantasy' with 25,000 sales. In United Kingdom 'The
Greatest Showman' soundtrack tops with 15,000 real sales this week,
the no.10 album, 'Unchained Melodies' by Roy Orbison & The Royal
Philharmonic Orchestra, got under 3,000 sales, eight years ago
Rihanna's 'Loud' album scored with 45,000 sales, at no.10 ranked Take
That's 'Progress' with 14,000 sales. In Japan, where
streaming isn't so
omnipresent, the differences are not quite so huge: this week Gen
Hoshino's 'Pop Virus' rules with 21,000 sales, at no.10 hangs Kana
Nishino's 'Love Collection 2 ~ Pink' with nearly 5,000 sales, eight
years ago Maaya Sakamoto reigned with 'You Can't Catch Me' and 27,000
sales, at no.10 placed Mr.Children's 'Sense' with nearly 8,000 sales.
The global no.1 this week is the soundtrack to 'A Star Is Born' with
109,000 equivalent sales, 55,000 of it are physical and digital sales. And now, as every week, additional stats from
outside the current Global 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 /
10,856,000, '21' by Adele 11,000 / 29,412,000, '24k Magic' by Bruno
Mars 10,000 / 4,999,000, '25' by Adele 14,000 / 21,797,000, 'American
Teen' by Khalid 18,000 / 2,746,000, 'Beautiful Trauma' by Pink 9,000
/ 3,162,000, the 'Black Panther' soundtrack
11,000 / 1,747,000, 'Camila'
by Camila Cabello 17,000 / 1,719,000, 'Caution' by Mariah Carey
7,000 / 180,000, 'Championships' Meek Mill 53,000 / 682,000, 'Culture II' by Migos 15,000 /
1,891,000, 'Damn.' by Kendrick Lamar 14,000 / 5,066,000, 'Dancing
Queen' by Cher 8,000 / 475,000, 'Dangerous
Woman' by Ariana Grande 10,000 / 2,336,000, 'Delta' by Mumford & Sons
17,000 / 649,000, 'Divide' by Ed Sheeran
54,000 / 13,728,000, 'Evolve' by Imagine Dragons 29,000 /
4,139,000, 'Goodbye & Good Riddance' by Juice WRLD 37,000 / 1,376,000,
'In The Lonely Hour' by Sam Smith
9,000 / 7,910,000, 'Invasion Of Privacy' by Cardi B 35,000 /
2,304,000, 'Kamikaze' by Eminem 34,000 / 2,166,000, 'Love' by Michael
Bublé 25,000 / 950,000, 'Love Yourself
轉 Answer' by BTS (Bangtan Boys) 22,000 / 2,085,000, the 'Mamma Mia! Here We Go
Again' soundtrack 18,000 / 1,238,000, the 'Moana' soundtrack 10,000 /
3,140,000, 'More Life' by Drake 10,000 / 4,009,000, 'My Dear
Melancholy,' by the Weeknd 6,000 / 982,000, 'Origins' by Imagine Dragons
49,000 / 728,000, 'Pray For The Wicked' by
Panic! At The Disco 27,000 / 969,000, 'Queen' by Nicki Minaj 16,000 /
1,059,000, 'Question Mark' by XXXTentacion
40,000 / 2,800,000, 'Red Pill Blues' by Maroon 5 14,000 / 1,649,000,
'Reputation' by Taylor Swift 28,000 / 4,594,000, 'Shawn Mendes' by Shawn Mendes 23,000 / 1,491,000,
'Simulation Theory' by Muse 16,000 / 546,000,
'Skins' by XXXTentacion 27,000 / 352,000, 'Starboy' by The Weeknd 9,000 / 3,998,000, 'Staying At Tamara's' by
George Ezra 25,000 / 1,105,000, 'Stoney' by Post Malone 31,000 /
4,097,000, 'Sweetener' by Ariana Grande 45,000 / 1,835,000, 'Tha Carter V' by Lil Wayne
25,000 / 1,304,000, 'The Thrill Of It All' by Sam Smith
8,000 / 2,619,000, 'Trench' by Twenty One Pilots 21,000 / 848,000, 'Views' by Drake 10,000 / 4,691,000, 'Voicesnotes'
by Charlie Puth 4,000 / 590,000, 'X' by Ed Sheeran 16,000 / 11,467,000, and 'Youngblood' by 5 Seconds Of Summer 15,000 /
GLOBAL ALBUM CHART
There's a new number one on the Global Track Chart: 'Sunflower', Post
Malone's collab with Swae Lee, one half of the hip hop duo Rae
Sremmurd, rises to the hot slot in its 13th week on the tally, driven
by a 6% points increase to 267,000. But it was a very tight race, four
songs on this week's hitlist received between 256,000 and 267,000
points. 'Sweet But Psycho' by Ava Max and 'Without Me' by Halsey climb
one place at no.2, respectively no.3, each with 264,000 points.
Finally 'Thank You, Next' by Ariana Grande slips at no.4 with 256,000
points, after eight non-consecutive week at no.1. Back to Post Malone,
'Sunflower' is his second global no.1, after 'Rockstar' led the tally
for two weeks in October 2017. Furthermore his 'Wow.' enters the Top
10 this week at no.9 with 164,000 points. Together with 'Nothing
Breaks Like A Heart' by Mark Ronson feat. Miley Cyrus at no.10 with
159,000 points, these are the first Top 10 debuts since six weeks!
Never before in our chart history passed so many weeks without Top 10
debuts. Highest new entry inside the Top 40 is 'Dancing With A
Stranger', the new smash by Sam Smith and a collab with former Fifth
Harmony member Normani. The tune bows at no.13 with 129,000 points. Outside
the Top 40 waiting among other 'Leave Me Alone' by Flipp Dinero at no.42
and 'Say My Name' by David Guetta feat. Bebe Rexha & J Balvin at no.47 for
their first appearance on the big list.
COMPLETE GLOBAL TRACK CHART
40 YEARS AGO...
'Y.M.C.A.' by the Village People held the top position of the Global
Chart for massive 12 weeks. The song
is one of the biggest party- and gayhymns of the Seventies. Taken at
face value, the song's lyrics extol the virtues of the Young Men's
Christian Association. In the gay culture from which the Village
People sprang, the song was implicitly understood as celebrating the
YMCA's reputation as a popular cruising and hookup spot, particularly
for the younger men to whom it was addressed. The song remains popular
and is played at many event, with crowds using the dance in which the
arms are used to spell out the four letters of the song's title.
"Y.M.C.A." jumped atop the charts in almost all countries, among
others in United Kingdom, Germany, Canada, Australia, Italy,
Netherlands, Belgium, Austria, and it was the biggest hit in 1979
'Without You' returns to no.1
Thuesday, January 22, 2019
by Keith Caulfield & Gary Trust, Los Angeles
A Boogie Wit da Hoodie’s Hoodie
SZN spends a second week leading the Billboard 200 albums chart, as the
set earned 56,000 equivalent album units in the U.S. in the week ending
Jan. 17, according to Nielsen
Music (down 4 percent).
Hoodie SZN’s second stanza atop the list is also the eighth straight week a rap
album has been No. 1 on the tally – the longest streak for any genre since
Drake’s Views spent its first eight weeks at No. 1 (May 28-July 16, 2016-dated
Hoodie SZN continues to be overwhelmingly driven by streaming activity on the
chart, as almost 55,000 of its total units come from SEA units, while TEA units
equal 1,000, and album sales number a little under 1,000. The set’s album sales
actually dip a bit from what they were a week ago. (Billboard rounds all Nielsen
Music units and sales to the nearest thousand.) Thus, with Hoodie SZN’s sales
slipping further, it beats its own record for the smallest weekly album sales
total for a No. 1 on the Billboard 200 since the tally transitioned from an
album sales-only list to a multi-metric-consumption ranking in December of 2014.
At No. 2 on the new Billboard 200, the
Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse
soundtrack hits a new high, rising 3-2 with 52,000 units (up 6 percent).
The album is basking in the glow of its No. 1 Billboard Hot 100 hit,
“Sunflower,” by Post Malone and Swae Lee. The track climbing to No. 1 on
the most recently published list, dated Jan. 19. The rest of the
Billboard 200’s new top 10 is full of former No. 1s:
21 Savage’s I Am > I Was falls 2-3 (46,000 units; down 17 percent),
Post Malone’s beerbongs & bentleys steps 5-4 (43,000 units; down 1 percent)
and Meek Mill’s Championships slips 4-5 (42,000 units; down 9 percent).
Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper’s A Star Is Born soundtrack ascends 7-6 (40,000
units; down 1 percent) while remaining the top-selling album of the week, with
22,000 copies sold (up 6 percent).
Travis Scott’s Astroworld moves 6-7 (nearly 40,000 units; down 3 percent),
Drake’s Scorpion is a non-mover at No. 8 (39,000 units; down 4 percent)
and the soundtrack to The Greatest Showman, which rises 11-9 (36,000 units; up 4
Closing out the top 10 is Kodak Black’s Dying to Live, falling 9-10 (35,000
units; down 10 percent).
Halsey's "Without Me" rebounds from No. 2 to No. 1 for a second week
atop the Billboard Hot 100 chart (dated Jan. 26). The song first led the
list dated Jan. 12.
"Without Me" dethrones Post Malone and Swae Lee's "Sunflower
(Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse)," which dips to No. 2 after a week
at No. 1 on the Hot 100. Still, Post Malone adds a new top 10, as solo
single "Wow." rises 11-9.
"Without Me," which two weeks earlier became Halsey's first Hot 100 No.
1 on her own (after she ruled for 12 weeks in 2016 as featured on The
Chainsmokers' "Closer"), returns to the summit with top Streaming Gainer
honors, as it pushes 3-2 on the Streaming Songs chart, up 23 percent to
47 million U.S. streams in the week ending Jan. 17, according to Nielsen
Music. Aiding the advance, Halsey released a new vertical video for the
song Jan. 9, just ahead of the Jan. 11-17 tracking week feeding the
latest, Jan. 26-dated charts. (The song's official proper clip premiered
in late October.)
"Without Me" likewise rises 3-2 on Radio Songs, up 4 percent to 106.6
million audience impressions in the week ending Jan. 20. It holds at No.
2 on Digital Song Sales, up 4 percent to 41,000 downloads sold in the
week ending Jan. 17.
Post Malone and Swae Lee's "Sunflower" retreats to No. 2 on the Hot 100,
a week after becoming the former's third No. 1 and the latter's first as
a soloist. Still, the track tops Streaming Songs for a second week (52.8
million, up 11 percent; like "Without Me," it was also helped by a new
video released Jan. 9) and Digital Song Sales for a third frame (41,000,
down 14 percent). On Radio Songs, "Sunflower" lifts 10-9 (63.3 million,
up 4 percent).
Thus, while "Sunflower" ranks at No. 1 on both Streaming Songs and
Digital Song Sales, a notch above "Without Me" on each survey, the
latter track's sizable lead on Radio Songs makes the difference in their
ranks on the Hot 100.
Elsewhere, Travis Scott's "Sicko Mode," which led the Hot 100 dated Dec.
8, rebounds 4-3 and Panic! at the Disco's "High Hopes" climbs to new
peak (5-4), as it leads Hot Rock Songs for a 12th week and Radio Songs
for a ninth frame (126.5 million, down 4 percent).
Rounding out the Hot 100's top five, Ariana Grande's "Thank U, Next"
drops 3-5 after it spent seven nonconsecutive weeks at No. 1. As
previously reported, the song takes over atop the Pop Songs airplay
chart, while follow-up single "7 Rings" debuts, ahead of its likely
lofty Hot 100 launch next week.
Song Of The Month
On the way to a global smash: since its release in August 2018 'Sweet But
Psycho' gets stronger week by week. The debut of the American / Albanian singer
Ava Max is already no.1 in the North European countries and now it storms the
charts in all other countries of the world.
Music Week Report
'The Greatest Showman' strolls to summit in
slow chart week
Monday, January 21, 2019
by Alan Jones, London
January used to be a month of substantial activity in the chart, with
clearance sales having a huge effect on the album rankings, while the
soft market made the month ideal for launching new singles artists – Men
At Work and Babylon Zoo spring immediately to mind – and providing
established fanbase acts with an opportunity to chart
higher than normal. Iron
Maiden were a classic example of the latter, with Bring Your Daughter… To The
Slaughter providing them with a surprise No.1 single at the start of 1991.
Those days are gone, particularly in the artist album chart, where there are no
new entries this week, and where The Motion Picture Cast Recording of The
Greatest Showman strolls to another easy week atop the rankings, spending its
sixth straight week and 27thweek in total at the apex on sales of 26,879 copies
(including 11,654 from sales-equivalent streams). It is the fourth week in a row
its sales have fallen, and the smallest winning tally on the album chart for 10
George Ezra’s Staying At Tamara’s is also frozen, taking runners-up slot for the
fourth week in a row and eighth time in all, on sales of 13,229 copies, its
lowest consumption for nine weeks. There are two changes to the Top 10, with
Clean Bandit’s What Is Love (9-11, 5,157 sales) and Queen’s The Platinum
(10-12, 4,984 sales) being replaced by Dua Lipa’s 2017 eponymous debut album
(12-9, 5,547 sales) and Ed Sheeran’s Divide (13-10, 5,331 sales).
Queen’s Bohemian Rhapsody soundtrack is on the rise for the fourth time in a
row, and returns to its peak, advancing 4-3 (9,264 sales).
The rest of the Top 10: A Star Is Born (3-4, 8,526 sales) by Lady Gaga & Bradley
Cooper, Always In Between (6-5, 7,241 sales) by Jess Glynne, 50 Years: Don’t
Stop (5-6, 6,303 sales) by Fleetwood Mac, the Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again
soundtrack (8-7, 5,704 sales) and Odyssey (7-8, 5,643 sales) by Take That.
Overall album sales are down 3.19% week-on-week at 1,735,879, 2.29% above same
week 2018 sales of 1,696,986. Sales-equivalent streams accounted for a record
1,129,748 sales, and a record 65.08% of the total market. Sales of paid-for
albums are down 15.40% week-on-week at 606,131, 21.72% below same week 2018
sales of 774,280 and their lowest level since Kantar Millward Brown started
compiling sales data for OCC in 1994.
Coasting to a fourth straight week at No.1, Ava
Max’s introductory smash Sweet But Psycho returns to growth, with consumption up
3.50% week-on-week to 70,721 units, including 59,174 from sales-equivalent
streams. Sweet But Psycho is the first debut hit by a female soloist to spend
this long at No.1 since 2014, when Meghan Trainor’s All About That Bass enjoyed
There are new peaks and rising consumption for Ava Max’s two nearest
challengers, Nothing Breaks Like A Heart (3-2, 40,326 sales) by Mark Ronson
feat. Miley Cyrus and Wow (4-3, 39,656 sales) by Post Malone.
Sam Smith & Calvin Harris spent six weeks at No.1 together with Promises but
competed for highest debut honours on the latest chart, with Smith’s Normani
collaboration Dancing With A Stranger up against Harris’ Rag’n’Bone Man pairing,
Both land in the Top 10, with Smith’s single becoming his 10th Top 10 entry and
18th hit in all as it debuts at No.4 (39,160 sales), while Harris scores his
26th Top 10 hit and 38th Top 75 entry with Giant (No.7, 32,933 sales). Normani
and Rag’n’Bone Man are comparative novices, with Promises becoming the former’s
second hit, and Giant becoming Rag’n’Bone Man’s fourth hit.
French DJ Gesaffelstein scores his first hit, with Lost In The Fire debuting at
No.9 (22,912 sales). It features Canada’s The Weeknd, for whom it is the 32nd
Top 75 entry, and the seventh Top 10 hit.
Jax Jones scores his fourth Top 10 entry, and Years & Years their fifth as Play
advances 11-8 (24,342 sales).
The rest of the Top 10: Sunflower (5-5, 38,377 sales) by Post Malone feat. Swae
Lee, Thank U, Next (2-6, 37,616 sales) by Ariana Grande and Without Me (10-10,
22,691 sales) by Halsey. Overall singles sales are up 5.71% week-on-week at
17,646,766, 13.02% above same week 2018 sales of 15,613,440. Paid-for sales are
up 3.52% week-on-week at 789,409, and are 27.22% below same week 2018 sales of