'Thank U, Next' recaptures no.1
Thursday, December 6, 2018
by Fred Chuchel, Dresden
Until a few years
ago the month December was the biggest sales period of the year,
because a CD is a perfect gift. Now, with the strong shrinking CD
sales the holiday season is fading more and more. In the first week of
the holiday season this year we hardly see a difference to the sales
of the weeks before. New no.1 is 'Wake,n', the 8th EP by the South
Korean boy group Nu'est (short for New Establish Style Tempo). The set
bows with 186,000 sales, 183,000 of it from the band's native country
alone (according to Hanteo). The soundtrack to the Queen biopic
'Bohemian Rhapsody' reaches a new peak with no.2 and 145,000
equivalent sales. Michael Bublé's 'Love' remains at no.3 with 132,000
sales. His 'Christmas' set returns at no.9 with 79,000 sales, exactly
one year ago the album ranked also at no.9, but with 71,000 sales.
It's the eighth consecutive year, where 'Christmas' enters the
international hitlists. Since its release in October 2011 it generated
a total of
11,950,000 copies. 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 7,000 /
10,798,000, '21' by Adele 8,000 / 29,345,000, '24k Magic' by Bruno
Mars 10,000 / 4,934,000, '25' by Adele 9,000 / 21,724,000, 'American
Teen' by Khalid 21,000 / 2,623,000, 'Beautiful Trauma' by Pink 11,000
/ 3,085,000, 'Beerbongs & Bentleys' by Post Malone 51,000 / 3,747,000, the 'Black Panther' soundtrack
8,000 / 1,682,000, 'Camila'
by Camila Cabello 13,000 / 1,632,000, 'Caution' by Mariah Carey
26,000 / 101,000, 'Culture II' by Migos 13,000 /
1,800,000, 'Damn.' by Kendrick Lamar 12,000 / 4,976,000, 'Dancing
Queen' by Cher 9,000 / 395,000, 'Dangerous
Woman' by Ariana Grande 9,000 / 2,273,000, 'Delta' by Mumford & Sons
62,000 / 412,000, 'Divide' by Ed Sheeran
46,000 / 13,391,000, 'Evolve' by Imagine Dragons 25,000 /
3,961,000, 'Goodbye & Good Riddance' by Juice WRLD 34,000 / 1,159,000,
'In The Lonely Hour' by Sam Smith
9,000 / 7,855,000, 'Kamikaze' by Eminem 46,000 / 1,890,000, 'Love Yourself
轉 Answer' by BTS (Bangtan Boys) 24,000 / 1,931,000, the 'Mamma Mia! Here We Go
Again' soundtrack 25,000 / 1,075,000, the 'Moana' soundtrack 8,000 /
3,084,000, 'More Life' by Drake 10,000 / 3,952,000, 'My Dear
Melancholy,' by the Weeknd 5,000 / 946,000, 'Pray For The Wicked' by
Panic! At The Disco 21,000 / 807,000, 'Queen' by Nicki Minaj 20,000 / 941,000, 'Question Mark' by XXXTentacion
43,000 / 2,545,000, 'Red Pill Blues' by Maroon 5 14,000 / 1,563,000,
'Reputation' by Taylor Swift 15,000 / 4,473,000, 'Scorpion' by Drake
57,000 / 4,021,000, 'Shawn Mendes' by Shawn Mendes 20,000 / 1,335,000,
'Simulation Theory' by Muse 61,000 / 334,000,
'Starboy' by The Weeknd 9,000 / 3,939,000, 'Staying At Tamara's' by
George Ezra 27,000 / 836,000, 'Stoney' by Post Malone 25,000 /
3,932,000, 'Sweetener' by Ariana Grande 51,000 / 1,493,000, 'Tell Me You Love Me' by Demi Lovato
4,000 / 1,199,000, 'Tha Carter V' by Lil Wayne 36,000 / 1,136,000, 'The Thrill Of It All' by Sam Smith
7,000 / 2,575,000, 'Trench' by Twenty One Pilots 34,000 / 656,000, 'Views' by Drake 10,000 / 4,626,000, 'Voicesnotes'
by Charlie Puth 5,000 / 563,000, 'X' by Ed Sheeran 15,000 / 11,370,000, 'Ye' by Kanye West
4,000 / 867,000, and 'Youngblood' by 5 Seconds Of Summer 14,000 /
GLOBAL ALBUM CHART
Ariana Grande's 'Thank U, Next' returns to the summit of the Global
Track Chart for a third week with 286,000 points. With the release of
the official video clip, the song will make a big jump in points next
week, but it'll lose the top position (temporarily), because 'No Way
Man', the new smash by Japanese pop sensation AKB 48, explode on the
hitlist. Back to the current tally: it's a very rare week with no new
entry, only two returners. 'Old Fashion' by the Japanese rock power
trio Back Number entered at no.40 a fortnight ago, only based on CD
sales. Now with release of the digital download, the song comes back
at no.32 with 74,000 points. And of course 'Last Christmas' by Wham!
is back at no.39 with 56,000 points. Simultaneously 'All I Want For
Christmas Is You' by Mariah Carey rises to no.20 with 108,000 points.
Notably, that last year at the same time the ladder was at no.24 with
83,000 points, 'Last Christmas' ranked outside the Top 40 with 41,000
points. Las Vegas based rock band Panic! At The Disco land their first
global Top 10 success: 'High Hopes' jumps from no.11 to no.8 with
144,000 points. Outside
the Top 40 waiting among other 'Beautiful' by Bazzi feat. Camila
Cabello at no.49, 'Close To Me' by Ellie Goulding feat. Diplo at
no.55, and 'Ruin My Life' by Zara Larsson at no.56 for
their first appearance on the big list.
COMPLETE GLOBAL TRACK CHART
40 YEARS AGO
'MacArthur Park' by Donna Summer led the global chart. The original version was written and
composed by Jimmy Webb in the summer and fall of 1967 as part of
an intended cantata. Webb initially brought the entire cantata to
the Association, but the group rejected it. The inspiration for
the song was his relationship and breakup with Susie Horton.
MacArthur Park, in Los Angeles, was where the two occasionally met
for lunch and spent their most enjoyable times together. The song
was firstly recorded by Richard Harris and went to no.9 globally
in June 1968. Donna Summer's disco arrangement was the most
successful version of that composition.
Meek Mill's 'Championships' debuts at no.1
Thuesday, December 11, 2018
by Keith Caulfield & Gary Trust, Los Angeles
Meek Mill is a winner on the new
Billboard 200 albums chart (dated Dec. 15), as his new release
Championships debuts at No. 1. The set earned 229,000 equivalent album
units in the
week ending Dec. 6, according to Nielsen Music. Of that sum, 42,000 were
in traditional album sales. The album was released on Nov. 30 via
Maybach/Atlantic Records and is the hip-hop artist’s second
chart-topper, following 2015’s Dreams Worth More Than Money.
Championships is Meek Mill’s first full-length album since his release
from prison in April. In July, he dropped the four-song EP Legends of
the Summer, which debuted and peaked at No. 9 on the July 21-dated
In total, Championships is Meek Mill’s sixth consecutive top 10 effort
-- the entirely of his charting albums.
Championships also logs the ninth-largest streaming week of 2018 for an
album, the sixth-largest debut streaming frame of the year for an album,
and Meek Mill’s best streaming week ever. The album bows with 235.4
million on-demand audio streams tallied for its tracks in the week
ending Dec. 6. The largest streaming week of 2018 (and of all time) for
an album is owned by
Drake’s Scorpion, which clocked
745.9 million on-demand audio streams for its tracks in its first week
(July 14-dated chart).
At No. 2 on the new Billboard 200, Lil Baby notches his highest-charting
album, as his third release of 2018, Street Gossip, starts with 88,000
equivalent album units (with 5,000 of that sum in album sales). The set
was largely driven by streaming activity, as it logged 82,000 SEA units,
which translates to 114.2 million on-demand audio streams for its tracks
in its opening week. Street Gossip follows Drip Harder (with Gunna,
peaking at No. 4 on the Oct. 20 chart) and the solo effort Harder Than
Ever (No. 3, June 2).
6ix9ine’s Dummy Boy is at No. 3 with 83,000 units after its first full
tracking week. The album debuted on the chart a week ago from only three
days of tracking activity, after it was released on Tuesday, Nov. 27,
instead of the previous Friday, Nov. 23, as originally planned.
Rock band The 1975 bows at No. 4 with its new album A Brief Inquiry Into
Online Relationships, as the set begins with 66,000 equivalent album
units. Of that sum, 48,000 were in album sales, which also makes the set
the top-selling album of the week. The new album is the group’s second
top 10 effort and follows the chart-topping 2016 release I Like It When
You Sleep, For You Are So Beautiful, Yet So Unaware of It (chart dated
March 19, 2016).
Michael Bublé’s ever-popular Christmas is at No. 5, as the former No. 1
album, released in 2011, earns 55,000 units (18,000 in album sales).
Rapper Ski Mask the Slump God starts at No. 6 with his debut full-length
set, Stokeley, which earned 51,000 equivalent album units (5,000 in
album sales). Like many hip-hop releases, the set is powered by
streaming activity: 45,000 in SEA units, equaling 71.5 million in
on-demand audio streams for the album’s tracks. Stokeley is the artist’s
second chart effort on the Billboard 200, following Beware of the Book
of Eli, which debuted and peaked at No. 50 (May 26).
Rounding out the new top 10 at Nos. 7-10, respectively: Lady Gaga and
Bradley Cooper’s A Star Is Born soundtrack (48,000 units), Travis
Scott’s Astroworld (47,000 units), Queen’s Bohemian Rhapsody soundtrack
(a little more than 40,000 units) and Pentatonix’s Christmas Is Here!
Ariana Grande's "Thank U, Next" tops the Billboard Hot 100 (dated Dec.
15), returning for a fourth week at No. 1 following the Nov. 30 arrival
of its retro-2000s-themed official video.
The song reigns in large part due to its 93.8 million U.S. streams in
the week ending Dec. 6, according to Nielsen Music, the biggest weekly
total ever for a song by a female artist. It passes the 84.5 million
that Taylor Swift's "Look What You Made Me Do" logged in its first week
(September 16, 2017).
"Next" jumps 5-2 on the Digital Song Sales chart with a 146 percent
burst to 43,000 downloads sold in the week ending Dec. 6. On Radio
Songs, it zooms 23-11 (57 million audience impressions, up 44 percent).
"Next" controls the Hot 100 with nearly a 2-to-1 points lead over Travis
Scott's "Sicko Mode," which last week became his first No. 1 on the
chart. The latter track dips to No. 2, although it gains in all metrics,
holding at No. 2 on Streaming Songs (43.3 million, up 16 percent);
backtracking 2-3 on Digital Song Sales (25,000, up 5 percent); and
bulleting at No. 8 on Radio Songs (65.7 million, up 1 percent).
Halsey's "Without Me" hits a new Hot 100 peak, pushing 4-3. It paces
Digital Song Sales for a third week (50,000, up 75 percent) and rises
6-4 on Streaming Songs (32.7 million, up 29 percent) and 9-6 on Radio
Songs (71.7 million, up 10 percent).COMPLETE
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 1975 celebrate their third no.1 album
Monday, December 10, 2018
by Alan Jones, London
The 1975 maintain their 100% strike rate on the
album chart, with their third effort, A Brief Inquiry Into Online Relationships
debuting atop the chart, just as their two earlier albums did. First week
consumption of 50,209 copies of the album (including 8,800 from
sales-equivalent streams) are higher than the 31,538 copies their
first album sold on debut in September 2013, but below the 58,378 copies that
follow-up I Love It When You Sleep, For You Are So Beautiful Yet So Unaware Of
It sold on debut in March 2016.
Seven songs from A Brief Inquiry… have made the Top 75 of the singles chart
since June, with two of them reaching the Top 30 – the latter result matching
their first two albums.
A Brief Inquiry’s overall sales included a major contribution from vinyl (8,286
sales) and from cassette, with white, purple, green and red cassettes, some in
bundles with art prints, T-shirts or Q magazine, securing combined sales of
7,147 copies – the highest weekly tally for any cassette since July 2002, when
Now That’s What I Call Music had 12,074 cassette sales out of a grand total of
227,615 sales. The last artist cassette to sell more copies in a week was
Russell Watson’s Encore, with 10,203 sales in week ending 22 December 2001.
Overall albums sales of The 1975
should pass the million mark in the next fortnight. The 1975 has sold 584,808
copies and I Like It When You Sleep… has sold 332,497 copies.
Sumptuous new seasonings from The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra help True Love
Ways (12-10, 22,645 sales) to become Buddy Holly’s 10th Top 10 album – and first
since 1993 – and Roy Orbison’s Unchained Melodies to a new peak (8-6, 24,347
Although latest single Hold My Girl has its progress towards the Top 20 blocked
by an avalanche of Christmas songs, it still helps George Ezra’s Staying At
Tamara’s album to increase sales for the sixth week in a row, and achieve its
highest position for 14 weeks, jumping 9-4 (28,942 sales).
Into the Top 10 for the seventh time in eight years – it only failed to reach
the top tier in 2015, when it stalled at No.12 – Michael Buble’s Christmas jumps
16-7 (24,147 sales) but still lags behind his latest album, Love, which dips 2-3
The rest of the Top 10: The Greatest Showman soundtrack (3-2, 43,588 sales), the
Bohemian Rhapsody soundtrack (8-7, 23,333 sales) by Queen and Si (6-9, 22,954
sales) by Andre Bocelli.
Overall album sales are up for the seventh week in a row, climbing 10.29%
week-on-week to 2,798,585, 9.18% below same week 2017 sales of 3,081,474.
Sales-equivalent streams accounted for a record 1,099,752 sales, 39.30% of the
total. Sales of paid-for albums are up 14.68% week-on-week at 1,698,833, 22.90%
below same week 2017 sales of 2,203,442.
Ariana Grande’s Thank U, Next returns to growth
with consumption growing 50.99% week-on-week to 83,660 sales, as it racks up its
fifth straight week at No.1. That total includes 75,563 from sales-equivalent
streams, which hit a record 14,870,218, more than half of which are for its
newly released video.
The last single by a female soloist to debut at No.1 and remain there longer was
Leona Lewis’ Bleeding Love, which rattled off seven straight weeks at the summit
With Ava Max’s debut smash Sweet But Psycho advancing 6-2 (45,310 sales) and
Halsey’s Without Me climbing 4-3 (38,513 sales), the chart’s medal positions are
all owned by American female solo artists in their mid-20s. It is the only the
third top three comprising entirely of female soloists in the 466 chart weeks
that have elapsed in the 2010s. The first was on 13 November 2010, when
Rihanna's Only Girl (In The World), Cheryl Cole's Promise This and Alexis
Jordan's Happiness were the top three (in that order), and the second on 4
September 2017, when Taylor Swift’s Look What You Made Me Do topped ahead of Dua
Lipa’s New Rules and Pink’s What About Us.
I’m not sure it’s a ‘force from above’ but The Power Of Love is potent.
Thirty-four years ago to the week since the Frankie Goes To Hollywood original
topped the chart, and six years to the week since Gabrielle Aplin’s cover did
likewise, a new version of the song - the Coronation single of 15th X Factor
winner Dalton Harris accompanied by James Arthur, who won the ninth season in
2012 - is No.1 on pure sales. With paid-for sales of 26,717 copies, the song
struggled on streaming, however, and with total consumption of 35,493 units,
debuts at No.4.
The Power Of Love is one of two Top 10 newcomers for Arthur, whose Anne-Marie
collaboration, Rewrite The Stars, bounds 17-8 (27,597 sales), surpassing the
No.16 peak that the original Zac Efron & Zendaya version – from The Greatest
Showman – scaled earlier this year.
US rapper 6ix9ine and featured Canadian rapper Tory Lanez both earn their first
Top 10 hit as their collaboration Kika surges 38-9 (27,273 sales). It is the
breakout single from 6ix9ine’s new album Dummy Boy, and is being pursued by Mama
(6ix9ine feat. Nicki Minaj & Kanye West), which explodes 68-29 (16,971 sales)
and Tic Toc (6ix9ine feat. Lil Baby), which debuts at No.43 (13,735 sales).
Mark Ronson is prepping his fifth album as an artist, and first single Nothing
Breaks Like A Heart (feat. Miley Cyrus) debuts at No.10 (26,869 sales). Ronson’s
seventh Top 10 hit, and Cyrus’ fourth, it is the 16th Top 75 entry for both.
In the Top 40 for the 12th December in a row, Mariah Carey’s 1994 classic All I
Want For Christmas Is You leaps 34-6 (31,203 sales).
Overall singles sales are up 6.21% week-on-week at 17,488,423, 14.57% above same
week 2017 sales of 15,264,188. Paid-for sales are up 15.62% week-on-week at
896,964, and are 22.16% below same week 2017 sales of 1,152,239. They are below
same-week, previous-year sales for the 279th week in a row.COMPLETE