'Peaches' rules a third week
Thursday, April 15, 2021
by Fred Chuchel, Dresden
good-mood and summer-feeling smash 'Peaches' remains atop
the Global Track Chart for a third consecutive week with a new point
peak of 345,000 (up 14%). But it was a very close race, because the
21 year-old gay rapper Lil Nas X jumps from no.4 to the runner-up
slot with his new smash 'Montero (Call Me By Your Name)' and a
massive 52% points boost to 341,000. Also the American R&B super duo
Silk Sonic, consisting of Bruno Mars and Anderson.Paak, is still on
the rise with their debut single 'Leave The Door Open'. It jumps at
no.3 in its fifth week on the tally with 264,000 points (up 20%).
That's a new chart and point peak for this sound-a-like 1970's soul
hymn. Rounds out the top five is The Weeknd's 'Save Your Tears' at
no.4 with 237,000 points (down 5%) and Olivia Rodrigo's former no.1
smash 'Drivers License' at no.5 (down 1%). Right behind at no.7 bows
this week's highest debut: 'Film Out' by BTS (Bangtan Boys) is the
first sign of the band's upcoming Japanese-language
compilation album 'The Best' (release date June 16, 2021). 'Film
Out' starts with 215,000 points. Outside our
weekly Top 40 waiting among other 'Met Him Last Night' by Demi
Lovato feat. Ariana Grande at
no.42, 'Best Friend' by Saweetie feat. Doja Cat at no.49, and 'Arcade'
by Duncan Laurence at no.57 for their first appearance on the big list.
For the seventh time this year an album from South Korea scores the
Global Album Chart. Baekhyun, 28 year-old singer, songwriter, actor,
member of the Korean-Chinese boygroup Exo and leader of the South
Korean supergroup SuperM, bows easily atop this week's hitlist with
his fourth solo EP 'Bambi'. The set generated massive 816,000
equivalent initial sales globally. Justin Bieber's latest effort
'Justice' holds tight at no.2 with another 146,000 sales, a total of
605,000 after three weeks on the tally. Rounds out this week's top
three with 122,000 sales is 'Dancing With The Devil (The Art Of
Starting Over)', the seventh studio album by American singer and
actress Demi Lovato.
Pop Smoke's posthumous release 'Shoot
For The Stars, Aim For The Moon' returns to the Top 10 for an
impressive 37th week. The set sold already 3,26 million last year,
so it placed at no.4 on the year-end chart 2020. On the year-to-date
list 2021 it appears high up again at no.3 with another 1,04 million
sales. It's the third album this year which gets more than a million
equivalent sales, after Morgan Wallen's 'Dangerous: The Double
Album' (1,58 million) and BTS' 'BE' (1,41 million). And now, as every
week, additional stats from outside the current Global Album Top 10 in
alphabetic order, the first figure means last week's sales, the second
figure the total sales: '1989' by Taylor Swift 15,000 / 11,986,000,
'21' by Adele 8,000 / 30,560,000, '25' by Adele 8,000 / 22,861,000,
the 'A Star Is Born' soundtrack 11,000 / 6,548,000, 'After Hours' by
The Weeknd 51,000 / 4,007,000, 'Astroworld' by Travis Scott
5,847,000, 'BE' by BTS (Bangtan Boys) 32,000 / 4,770,000, 'Beerbongs & Bentleys' by Post Malone
19,000 / 7,817,000,
'Blackpink - The Album' by Blackpink 8,000 / 1,620,000, 'Blame It On Baby' by DaBaby
15,000 / 1,946,000, 'Chemtrails Over The Country Club' by Lana Del
Rey 40,000 / 279,000, 'Chromatica' by Lady GaGa 4,000 / 1,756,000, 'Dark Lane Demo Tapes' by Drake
1,557,000, 'Death Race For Love' by Juice WRLD
17,000 / 2,715,000, 'Divide' by Ed Sheeran
28,000 / 17,194,000,
'Divinely Uninspired To A Hellish Extent' by Lewis Capaldi 27,000 /
4,335,000, 'Eternal Atake' by Lill Uzi Vert 14,000 / 2,364,000,
'Evermore' by Taylor Swift 33,000 / 1,744,000, 'Fine
Line' by Harry Styles 55,000 / 4,834,000, 'Folklore' by Taylor Swift
32,000 / 3,737,000, the 'Frozen
II' soundtrack 10,000 / 2,554,000, 'Goodbye & Good Riddance' by Juice
WRLD 26,000 / 4,495,000, the soundtrack of the Original Hollywood Cast
to 'Hamilton: An American Musical' 21,000 / 3,679,000,
'Hollywood's Bleeding' by Post Malone 37,000 / 6,310,000, 'Legends
Never Die' by Juice WRLD 40,000 / 3,397,000, 'Letter To
You' by Bruce Springsteen 4,000 / 926,000, 'Love Goes' by Sam Smith
11,000 / 638,000, 'Lover' by Taylor Swift
4,410,000, 'Map Of The Soul: 7' by
BTS (Bangtan Boys) 17,000 / 6,764,000, 'Medicinie At Midnight' 14,000
/ 458,000, 'Music To Be Murdered By' by
Eminem 17,000 / 2,493,000, 'My Turn' by Lil Baby 30,000 / 3,003,000, 'No.6 Collaborations' by Ed Sheeran
/ 4,198,000, 'Plastic
Hearts' by Miley Cyrus 15,000 / 776,000, 'Please
Excuse Me For Being Antisocial' by Roddy Ricch 13,000 / 2,726,000,
'Positions' by Ariana Grande 39,000 / 1,875,000, 'Power Up' by AC/DC
11,000 / 1,416,000,
'Question Mark' by XXXTentacion 19,000 / 5,476,000, 'Revelación' by
Selena Gomez 13,000 / 88,000,
Drake 17,000 / 7,337,000, 'Shoot For The Stars, Aim For The Moon' by
Pop Smoke 64,000 / 4,304,000,
'Stoney' by Post Malone 15,000 /
6,332,000, 'Thank U, Next' by Ariana Grande 11,000 / 4,360,000, 'The
Greatest Showman' soundtrack 16,000 / 8,651,000, 'The Voice' by Lil
Durk 25,000 / 660,000, 'When We All Fall
Asleep, Where Do We Go?' by Billie Eilish 42,000 / 8,204,000, 'Wonder'
by Shawn Mendes 6,000 / 589.000, and 'X' by Ed Sheeran
5,000 / 12,679,000.
GLOBAL NO.1 - 40 YEARS AGO
... "Woman", another tune
from Lennon's final studio album Double Fantasy (1980), was released on
January 8, 1981. The track was chosen by Lennon to be the
second single from the album, and it was the first Lennon
single issued after his murder on December 8, 1980. Lennon
wrote "Woman" as an ode to his wife Yoko Ono, and to all
woman. It begins with Lennon whispering, 'for the other half
of the sky...', a paraphrase of a Chineses proverb, once
used by Mao Zedong. The romantic track climbed to the top
position in United Kingdom, Canada, New Zealand, and
Ireland, in the United States it reached no.2.
Silk Sonic tops Billboard Hot 100
Tuesday, April 13, 2021
by Keith Caulfield & Gary Trust, Los Angeles
"Leave the Door Open" by Silk Sonic, the duo of Bruno Mars and Anderson .Paak,
rises from No. 3 to No. 1 for its first week atop the Billboard Hot 100 songs
chart. "Door," released on
Aftermath / Atlantic Records, is the 1,121st No. 1 in the Hot
100's 62-year history.
Streams, sales & airplay: "Door" drew 21.5 million U.S. streams (up 13%) and
sold 28,600 copies, downloads and CDs combined (up 138%), in the week ending
April 8, according to MRC Data. It also attracted 59.1 million radio airplay
audience impressions (up 9%) in the week ending April 11.
The track pushes 5-2 for a new high on Radio Songs and climbs 4-2 on Digital
Song Sales and 7-3 on Streaming Songs, returning to its best rank on each of the
latter two charts. Combining digital and physical sales, the song was the
most-sold of the tracking week, aided by two CD versions that shipped to
purchasers in that span (one for $2.50 and a live version for the standard $1.29
single price), as it wins the Hot 100's top Sales Gainer award. As the Silk Sonic billing counts for both Bruno Mars
and Anderson. Paak's individual chart histories, "Door" marks the former's
Hot 100 No. 1 and the latter's first.
Lil Nas X's "Montero (Call Me by Your Name)" drops to No. 2 after it launched
atop the Hot 100 a week earlier. It adds a second week atop Streaming Songs
(38.1 million, down 19%) and slips 2-3 on Digital Song Sales (14,500, down 31%),
while gaining by 189% to 3.2 million in airplay audience.
Justin Bieber's "Peaches," featuring Daniel Caesar and Giveon, descends 2-3, two
weeks after debuting atop the Hot 100, while claiming the chart's top Airplay
Gainer nod (31.6 million, up 37%), and
Cardi B's "Up" holds at No. 4, three weeks after reaching No. 1. "Up" adds a
seventh week atop the multi-metric Hot Rap Songs chart.
Olivia Rodrigo's former eight-week Hot 100 No. 1 "Drivers License" keeps at No.
5, as it spends a fifth week at No. 1 on Radio Songs (62.8 million, down 6%);
The Weeknd's "Save Your Tears" is steady at No. 6 on the Hot 100, after reaching
No. 4; and
Dua Lipa's "Levitating," featuring DaBaby, repeats at No. 7, after hitting No.
Olivia Rodrigo's "Drivers License" follow-up "Deja Vu" debuts at No. 8 on the
Hot 100, marking her second top 10.
Released April 1, it enters at No. 4 on Streaming Songs with 20.3 million
streams and No. 7 on Digital Song Sales with 7,400 sold in the April 2-8
tracking week; it also drew 9.3 million in radio reach in the week ending April
As "License," which soared onto the Hot 100 at No. 1 in January and "Deja Vu"
are Rodrigo's first two singles promoted to radio, streaming services and other
platforms (and mark her second and third Hot 100 entries, respectively, after
"All I Want," from High School Musical: The Musical: The Series [Music From the
Disney+ Original Series], reached No. 90 in January 2020), she is the first
artist to send her first two proper singles straight onto the Hot 100 in the top
The Weeknd's "Blinding Lights" backtracks 8-9 on the Hot 100, after spending
four weeks at No. 1 in April-May 2020. It adds a record-extending 57th week in
the top 10, after it became the first song to total a year in the region.
Rounding out the Hot 100's top tier, Masked Wolf's first entry on the chart,
"Astronaut in the Ocean," rises 12-10. It also reaches the Streaming Songs top
10 (11-8; 18 million, up 9%), while dipping 3-4 on Digital Song Sales (12,000,
down 1%) and debuting at No. 50 on Radio Songs (15.5 million, up 26%).
Justin Bieber’s Justice returns to No. 1 on the Billboard 200 albums chart
(dated April 17), scoring its second nonconsecutive week atop the list – and
becomes his first multi-week No. 1 album since 2010. Plus, Demi Lovato lands her
highest charting album since 2015, and Lil Tjay debuts in the top five.
Justice rises 2-1 on the Billboard 200 in its third week on the chart, having
earned 74,000 equivalent album units in the U.S. in the week ending April 8
(down 25%), according to MRC Data. Of that sum, 67,000 comprise SEA units (down
23%, equaling 89.44 million on-demand streams of the set’s songs), 6,000
comprise album sales (down 43%) and 2,000 comprise TEA units (down 38%). Justice
debuted at No. 1 on the chart dated April 3, and fell to No. 2 on the April 10
Justice continues to profit from the success of its smash single “Peaches,”
featuring Daniel Caesar and Giveon. On the most recently published Billboard Hot
100 and Streaming Songs charts (dated April 10), the song sat at No. 2, after it
debuted atop both charts the previous week (April 3).
Demi Lovato lands her highest charting album since 2015 on the Billboard 200, as
her new effort Dancing With the Devil… The Art of Starting Over debuts at No. 2.
It’s also her seventh consecutive top five-charting album – the entirety of her
Dancing bows with 74,000 equivalent album units earned. Of that sum, 38,000
comprise album sales (making it the top-selling album of the week), 33,000
comprise SEA units (equaling 46.50 million on-demand streams of the album’s
songs) and 2,000 comprise TEA units.
Rod Wave’s SoulFly falls 1-3 in its second week on the Billboard 200, earning
67,000 equivalent album units (down 48%). Morgan Wallen’s former No. 1
Dangerous: The Double Album rises 5-4 with 63,000 units (down 1%).
Lil Tjay’s Destined 2 Win is the only other debut in the top 10, as the album
bows at No. 5 with 62,000 equivalent album units earned. Of that sum, 58,000
comprise SEA units (equaling 86.14 million on-demand streams of the album’s
songs), 3,000 comprise album sales and 1,000 comprise TEA units.
The album was led by the single “Calling My Phone,” featuring 6LACK, which
became his first top 10 hit on the all-genre Hot 100 chart, reaching No. 3 in
February. Destined 2 Win is the rapper’s second top 10 effort on the Billboard
200, and matches his high on the chart. He previously debuted and peaked at No.
5 with True 2 Myself (Oct. 26, 2019-dated chart).
The Weeknd’s The Highlights is a non-mover at No. 6 on the new Billboard 200
(43,000 equivalent album units earned; down 4%), Pop Smoke’s formerstalgia What You Get rises 14-10
(28,000 units; up 2%).
Record Of The Month
Rap was one of the last gay-free bastions in our society. But the 21 year-old
Lil Nas X is about to change that. Already his mega-smash 'Old Town Road' two
years ago sat new standards with its ambiguous statements. But the brandnew
'Montero (Call Me By Your Name)' with its accompanying spectacular video is pure
gay rap... and another big success for Lil Nas X.
BScottish rockers The Snuts leading the album tally
Monday, April 12, 2021
by Alan Jones, London
Its chart sales surging by an impressive 36.6% week on week, Montero
(Call Me By Your Name) spends a second week at the top of the singles
chart for Lil Nas X. The single’s lead of 15,343 over the competition is
slightly more comfortable than last week's margin, which saw it sneak to
No.1 by the small matter of 324 copies.
Its sale this week of 62,065 (including 60,514
from 8.5m audio streams) is the most any No.1 has managed in nine weeks.
Lil Nas X heads up a rather becalmed looking Top 10 as one of no fewer than six
non-movers. Peaches rises to No.2 (46,712 sales) for Justin Bieber, Caesar and
Giveon as the Canadian's fifth single to peak (so far) in second place. Nathan
Evans' Wellerman dips to No.3 (43,283 sales) and there is no move for both
Latest Trends by A1 & J1 (No.4, 36,992 sales) and Friday by Riton &
Nightcrawlers (No.5, 36,827 sales). The market remains red hot overall, the
average chart sale of a Top 10 single this week reaching a year-to-date high of
That consistency extends to the Top 20 as well, although there is room for a
significant chart jump for Body by Russ Millions and Tion Wayne, which rockets
to a new peak of No.12 (23,051 sales). Masked Wolf's Astronaut In The Ocean also
eases to a new peak of No.18 (20,925 sales) and
Silk Sonic's Leave The Door Open
finally returns to its No.20 peak after three weeks of decline as it rises to
The highest new entry of the week is that of Olivia Rodrigo, whose new single
Deja Vu drifts into view at a mere No.27 (16,522 sales). Her third Top 40 hit in
total the single is of course the follow-up to global smash hit Drivers License
which neatly enough sits one place below as it continues a gentle downward
A drop in singles consumption of 2.55% takes the market to 22,625,463 but we
cross a new watershed for paid-for sales which collapse to a mere 398,094,
dipping below the 400K mark for the first time in over 16 years. It is the
lowest weekly total since Week 6 2005 in which just 357,227 singles were
After a nervous end to the week, during which time they
briefly surrendered the lead to Demi Lovato and after outright war threatened to
break out between competing online fandoms, the relentless cheerleading of The
Snuts paid off in the nick of time. By the small matter of just 272 sales the
debut, WL, from the Scottish rockers is this week's No.1 album as they become
the first act from north of the border to top the charts with their debut
release since 2007. In common with almost every chart-topping album so far this
year, sales of WL are overwhelmingly on disc, 15,962 physical sales helping them
to a first week total of 20,455.
Some commiserations them to Demi Lovato, whose army of fans were also highly
invested in her chart fate. Dancing With The Devil ... The Art Of Starting Over
is the American singer's rawest and most emotional work to date, its songs
dealing with her journey of recovery from the well-documented personal and
health issues which continue to affect her life. Lovato's seventh studio album
is her fifth to chart in this country and now becomes far and away her biggest
chart success, hitting No.2 with an equally impressive first week sale of 20,183
copies. Her biggest British seller to date is 2013's Demi, which has accumulated
188,831 sales to date.
Just behind Justin Bieber's Justice at No.3 (9,408 sales), are post-punks Dry
Cleaning. The four-piece have captured attention thanks to their gimmick of
having lead singer Florence Shaw narrate rather than sing their songs and that
attention has proved to be more than sufficient to propel their debut album New
Long Leg to No.4 with 7,203 sales to its name. The Top 5 is rounded off by the
apparently evergreen Future Nostalgia by Dua Lipa, announced this week by
Official Charts as the biggest album of 2021 to date, as it adds a further 6,379
sales to take its cumulative total to 340,347.
Home to chart smash Calling My Phone, Lil Tjay's second album proper Destined 2
Win becomes easily his biggest chart success to date as the fourth new entry
inside the Top 10 at No.7 with 4,741 sales.
Effectively a mini hits collection such is the enduring popularity of its
tracks, Fleetwood Mac's 1977 album Rumours has been more or less a chart
constant in the six years since streams began to be counted for the album chart.
Its evergreen popularity has been further boosted by both the surge in "grey
streaming" during lockdowns and the continuing virality of the track Dreams and
that popularity this week hits a new high as Rumours charges to a streaming-era
peak of No.8 (4,545 sales). It is the album’s first visit to the Top 10 since a
deluxe reissue in February 2013 propelled it back into the Top 3. Rumours spends
a 45th week as a Top 10 album in what is now its 689th week on the Top 75. In
tandem Fleetwood Mac’s actual hits collection 50 Years - Don't Stop returns to
the Top 10 for the first time since October last year as it bounces to No.6
A 3.47% week on week decline takes album sales to 1,809,130. The holiday weekend
is perhaps the reason that physical sales take a larger hit, falling fully 11.5%
to 295,475 down once more to a mere 16.33% of the market. The impact of high
street shops and record stores in particular reopening in England this Monday
will be fascinating to observe.