Cabello's 'Havana' takes the lead
Thursday, November 16, 2017
by Fred Chuchel, Dresden
Sam Smith's second
studio album 'The Thrills Of It All' rockets to the summit of Global
Album Chart this week with 423,000 equivalent sales. No wonder,
considering that his first effort 'In The Lonely Hour' from 2014 sold
nearly 7,2 million to date. 'The Thrills Of It All' has its biggest
sales, of course, in the English-speaking territories, 237,000 in the
United States (according to Nielsen Music / Billboard), 97,000 in
United Kingdom (according to OCC), 16,000 in Canada (Nielsen
Music) and 10,000 in Australia (ARIA). The album is driven by the
ballad 'Too Good At Goodbyes', which climbs to no.4 on this week's
tally. December is the strongest selling month of the year. Of course,
many important albums are released shortly before... and next week the
flood of important new albums reaches a climax with the release of
'Reputation', the new set by Taylor Swift and 'Finally', a compilation
by J-pop legend Namie Amuro. Both album will sell more than a million
its initial week.
So it's the first time since the start of our Media Traffic Album
Chart in 2004, that we have two million sellers in a single week! Back
to this week, behind Sam Smith bows the South Korean boy group
Seventeen with their second album 'Teen, Age' and massive 216,000
sales, according to Hanteo. Musician and illustrator Kenshi Yonezu
from Japan arrives at no.3 with 'Bootleg' and 185,000 sales (according
to Oricon). 'Red Pill Blues', the sixth studio album by the American
pop/rock icon Maroon 5, starts with healthy 183,000 equivalent sales,
but because of the strong competition this week it lands only at no.4. 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 13,000 / 10,239,000, '21' by Adele 8,000 / 28,886,000, '24k
Magic' by Bruno Mars 19,000 / 3,625,000, '25' by Adele
21,058,000, 'American Teen' by Khalid 36,000 /
1,201,000, 'Anti' by Rihanna 9,000 / 2,292,000, 'Beauty Behind The Madness' by
The Weeknd 8,000 / 2,929,000, 'Blurryface' by Twenty One Pilots
10,000 / 3,399,000, 'Concrete And Gold' by the Foo Fighters 22,000 /
579,000, 'Culture' by Migos 16,000 / 1,455,000, 'Damn' by
Kendrick Lamar 35,000 / 3,342,000, 'Dangerous Woman' by Ariana Grande
by Imagine Dragons 50,000 / 1,506,000, 'Flicker' by Niall Horan 44,000
/ 343,000, 'Future' by Future 8,000 / 1,150,000, 'Grateful'
by DJ Khaled 11,000 / 958,000, the 'Guardians Of The Galaxy':
Awesome Mix Vol.2' soundtrack 11,000 / 1,050,000, 'Hardwired...To Self-Destruct'
by Metallica 8,000 / 2,691,000, 'Harry Styles' by Harry Styles 16,000
/ 1,278,000, 'Helene Fischer' by Helene Fischer
9,000 / 887,000, 'Hndrxx' by Future 6,000 / 706,000, 'Human' by Rag'n'Bone Man
13,000 / 1,793,000, 'Illuminate' by Shawn Mendes 14,000 / 1,887,000, 'In The Lonely Hour' by Sam Smith
7,152,000, 'Joanne' by Lady GaGa 7,000 /
1,520,000, the 'La La Land' soundtrack
5,000 / 1,377,000, 'Lemonade' by Beyoncé
3,000 / 3,138,000, 'Lust For Life' by Lana Del Rey 11,000 / 648,000, 'Melodrama' by
Lorde 9,000 / 638,000, 'Meaning Of Love' by Kelly Clarkson 35,000 /
133,000, 'Memories...Do Not Open' by the Chainsmokers
1,405,000, the 'Moana' soundtrack 23,000 / 2,233,000, 'More Life' by
Drake 23,000 / 2,943,000, 'Now' by Shania Twain 13,000 / 360,000, 'One More Light' by Linkin Park 13,000 /
982,000, 'Purpose' by Justin Bieber 12,000 /
6,155,000, 'Rainbow' by Ke$ha 13,000 / 429,000, 'Starboy' by The
Weeknd 23,000 / 3,083,000, 'Stoney' by Post Malone 57,000 /
1,663,000, 'Tell Me You Love Me' by Demi Lovato
37,000 / 358,000, 'This Is Acting' by Sia
4,000 / 2,071,000,
'Traveller' by Chris Stapleton 14,000 / 2,588,000, the
'Trolls' soundtrack 12,000 / 1,726,000, 'Views' by Drake 16,000 /
3,821,000, 'Villains' by Queens Of The Stone Age 8,000 / 419,000, 'Witness' by Katy Perry
11,000 / 845,000, 'Wonderful Wonderful' by The Killers 16,000 /
367,000, 'X' by Ed Sheeran
23,000 / 10,081,000, 'Younger Now' by Miley Cyrus 12,000 / 202,000.
GLOBAL ALBUM CHART
As expected Camila Cabello's 'Havana' (feat. Young Thug) reaches the
number one spot of the Global Track Chart this week. In its 8th week
on the tally the song grows up another 8% to 324,000 points.
'Rockstar' by Post Malone feat. 21 Savage climbs back to the runner-up
slot and loses 1% in points to 296,000. Also Ed Sheeran's 'Perfect'
rises back to no.3 with a 10% points increase to 248,000. One week
before Taylor Swift's new album 'Reputation' will make a deep impact
on the charts, four songs from the set are indside the Global Top 40:
'Call It What You Want' debuts at no.18 with 110,000 points, 'Look
What You Made Me Do' falls to no.21 with 102,000 points, '...Ready For
It?' goes to no.32 with 71,000 points and 'Gorgeous' slides to no.36
with 62,000 points. Outside
the Top 40 waiting among other 'No Limit' by G-Eazy feat. A$AP Rocky &
Cardi B at no.42, 'Bad At Love' by Halsey at no.44, 'Reggaetón Lento' by CNCO at no.49,
and 'Ghostface Killers' by 21 Savage, Offset & Metro Boomin feat.
Travis Scott at no.50 for their first appearance on the big
COMPLETE GLOBAL TRACK CHART
"Candle In The Wind 1997" by
wrote charty history
20 YEARS AGO ... it's the
most successful single of all time. Preceded was, on September 6, 1997, the
sumptuous funeral of the royal icon Diana Frances Spencer, the Princess of
Wales. She been killed by a car accident just a few days before, at the age of
only 36 years. As the highlight of the funeral celebration, which attracted at
TV more than a billion people worldwide, Elton John sang his 'Candle In The
Wind' as a kind of necrology, and thus probably hundreds of millions people were
moved to tears... a global mass hysteria, which had not been existed before. The
story of the song goes back to the year 1973: Bernie Taupin, lyricist of almost
all Elton John songs, has just caught the phrase 'Candle In The Wind' in
connection with the short life of the rock singer Janis Joplin, as he uses it as
a title for a song about the equally wild and tragic life of the actress Marilyn
Monroe. Elton John inserts this text into a fast-paced ballad that lands on his
record 'Goodbye Yellow Brick Road', and which is a no.1 hit in United Kingdom in
1973. A live version of that song climbs up the US-charts in 1987. On April 7,
1990, Elton John dedicates the title for the 18-year-old Ryan White at his
appearance at the Farm Aid 4 Festival. White was infected with AIDS, innocent by
a blood tranfusion... and he dies the next day. In the summer of 1997, fashion
designer and good friend of Elton John, Gianni Versace, is shot. To the funeral,
John goes with another good friend, Lady Diana. Just six weeks later, the
English musician reaches the news that Diana has also died in a car accident. He
is so shocked that at first he does not want to go to the funeral. Friends
persuade him to do so, and so he even decides to play a song at the mourning
ceremony. Bernie Taupin and he are aware that the brevity of time does not allow
a new composition, so one decides to dedicate the hit 'Candle In The Wind' with
an adapted text to the deceased. Beatles producer George Martin is won for the
studio session. Elton John plays this version only once, on the day of the
funeral. The pre-orders for the single explode, record label Rocket is
completely overburdened due the gigantic demand and commissioned hecticly all
available record-manufactures with the production. Temporary, every six seconds
a copy is sold worldwide. In nearly every country 'Candle In The Wind 1997'
effortlessly breaks the historic sales record brands. For example in United
Kingdom with 4,93 million singles sales or in Germany with 4,75 million sold. In
the United States, where the song was released nine days late, it started with
whopping 3,5 million sales in its initial week and was certified with a diamond
certification (10 mio shipments) some times later. On the Global Chart 'Candle
In The Wind 1997' made a deep impact in the week 39 with 1,4 million points,
based on the sales of only one day! The following two weeks the song peaked with
3,3 million, respectively 5,1 million points... a historic record! By the way,
in the Guinness Book of Records 'Candle In The Wind 1997' is still listed behind
'White Christmas' by Bing Crosby. The latter is supposed to be the most
successful song of all time with more than 50 million singles sold. What a
colossal nonsense! Who deals somewhat more closely with sales data, like us as
Media Traffic, knows that there is a huge discrepancy between guess and reality.
Since its release in autumn of 1942, 'White Christmas' has certainly sold not
more than 10 million times worldwide. The entry in the Guinness book is probably
based on erroneous sources, but is repeated every year since the first edition
of the publication in 1955, and thus also spreads diligently (for example at
Wikipedia)... the same error principle, which was responsible for a long-lasting
persistent myth, that spinach contains significantly more iron than other green
Paul Malone rules Billboard
Hot 100 for fifth week
Thuesday, November 14, 2017
by Keith Caulfield & Gary Trust, Los Angeles
Sam Smith scores his first No. 1 album on the Billboard 200 chart, as The Thrill
of It All debuts atop the list. The set earned 237,000 equivalent album units in
the week ending Nov. 9,
according to Nielsen Music. Of that sum, 185,000 were in traditional album
sales. The album is Smith’s second full-length studio effort, and was released
on Nov. 3 through Capitol Records. It follows his debut studio set, In the
Lonely Hour, which debuted and peaked at No. 2 on the July 5, 2014-dated chart.
Smith claims his best sales week ever with the arrival of The Thrill of It All
-- 185,000 copies sold. That trumps his previous best week, when In the Lonely
Hour debuted with 166,000. (In the Lonely Hour has sold a total of 2.4 million
Smith’s album was led by the single “Too Good at Goodbyes,” which peaked at No.
5 on the Billboard Hot 100, marking his fifth top 10 song on the tally. At No. 2
on the new Billboard 200, Maroon 5 collects its sixth top 10 album, as Red Pill
Blues debuts at No. 2. The set earned 122,000 equivalent album units, of which
94,000 were in traditional album sales. The band’s last album launched at No. 1
in 2014, starting
with 164,000 copies sold (before the chart transitioned to a units-ranked list
later that year).
The debut sales frames of both Maroon 5’s album as well as Sam Smith’s The
Thrill of It All were aided by concert ticket/album bundle sale redemption
promotions in association with the acts’ respective upcoming tours.
Chris Brown’s Heartbreak on a Full Moon holds steady at No. 3, with 73,000 units
(up 7 percent). The album debuted a week ago with 68,000 units, but with only
three full tracking days of activity, following its release on Tuesday, Oct. 31.
In its second chart week, the album’s sales and TEA units are down (20,000 sold;
down 22 percent, and 3,000 TEA units; down 11 percent), but its SEA units gained
(50,000; up 28 percent).
Blake Shelton arrives at No. 4 with his latest album, Texoma Shore, starting
with 63,000 units (55,000 in traditional album sales). It’s Shelton’s 11th top
10 album, stretching back to 2003’s The Dreamer, which debuted and peaked at No.
8. 21 Savage, Offset and Metro Boomin’s Without
Warning slips one rung to No. 5 in its second week (56,000 units; up 4 percent).
Its gain is owed to streaming activity, and how the set only had three days of
tracking on the previous week’s chart -- as, like Brown’s Heartbreak album,
Without Warning was also released on Oct. 31. While Without Warning takes a dive
in traditional album sales (4,000; down 64 percent) and TEA units (2,000; down
11 percent), it rallies in SEA units (50,000; up 25 percent).
Kenny Chesney’s Live in No Shoes Nation falls from No. 1 to No. 6 in its second
week, earning 52,000 units (down 76 percent). It also falls 76 percent in
traditional album sales (sliding to 51,000 sold).
Kelsea Ballerini gets her first top 10 album, as her second studio effort,
Unapologetically, debuts at No. 7 (44,000 units, 35,000 in traditional album
sales). It follows her first album, the appropriately titled The First Time,
which debuted and peaked at No. 31 in 2015.
Ballerini is only the fourth female country act to reach the top 10 in 2017. She
follows: Shania Twain (Now, No. 1, Oct. 21-dated chart), Alison Krauss (Windy
City, No. 9, March 11) and Reba McEntire (Sing It Now: Songs of Faith & Hope,
No. 4, Feb. 25).
Kid Rock nabs his ninth top 10 album with the No. 8 debut of Sweet Southern
Sugar (43,000 units; 41,000 in traditional album sales). It follows Kid Rock’s
2015 effort First Kiss, which launched with 146,000 units (137,000 in
traditional album sales).
Rounding out the top 10: Post Malone’s Stoney (5-9 with 40,000 units; down 3
percent) and Ed Sheeran’s ÷ (Divide) (8-10 with 36,000 units; up 14 percent).
Post Malone's "Rockstar," featuring 21 Savage, tallies a fifth week at No. 1 on
the Billboard Hot 100 chart (dated Nov. 25).
"Rockstar," released on Republic Records, logs a sixth (nonconsecutive) week at
No. 1 on the Streaming Songs chart with 43.6 million U.S. streams (down 5
percent), in the week ending Nov. 9, according to Nielsen Music. It slips 4-5 on
Digital Song Sales, which it led for a week, with 47,000 downloads sold (up 2
percent) in the week ending Nov. 9.
"Rockstar" bounds 14-10 on Radio Songs with 74 million in all-format audience
(up 17 percent) in the week ending Nov. 12, marking Post Malone's first Radio
Songs top 10. He previously reached the chart with "White Iverson" (No. 24,
2015) and "Congratulations," featuring Quavo (No. 34, August). 21 Savage
likewise achieves his first Radio Songs top 10.
Camila Cabello's "Havana," featuring Young Thug, holds at No. 2 on the Hot 100.
It gains by 22 percent to 57,000 downloads sold, despite a 3-4 retreat on
Digital Song Sales, and holds at No. 4 on Streaming
Songs (31.9 million, down 1 percent).
On Radio Songs, "Havana" hurtles 17-9 (75 million, up 23 percent), good for top
Airplay Gainer honors on the Hot 100. Cabello earns her second solo Radio Songs
top 10, following "Bad Things," with Machine Gun Kelly. As a
member of Fifth Harmony (whom she departed nearly a year ago), she notched two
Radio Songs top 10s: "Worth It," featuring Kid Ink (No. 9, 2015), and "Work From
Home," featuring Ty Dolla $ign (No. 4 2016).
Cardi B's former three-week Hot 100 No. 1 "Bodak Yellow (Money Moves)" is steady
at No. 3. COMPLETE
"1-800-273-8255" by Logic
feat. Alessia Cara & Khalid
is one of the most
ambitious songs of the year. The song is taken from 'Everybody', the
third album from 27 year-old American rapper, singer, songwriter and
record producer Sir Robert Bryson Hall II, better known by his stage
The song's name is the phone number for the National Suicide
Prevention Lifeline in the United States. The impressive music video
was directed by Andy Hines and centers around a young man who
struggles with feelings accepted due to his sexuality.
'1-800-273-8255' ranks at no.12 this
week with 126,000 points.
Music Week Report
Sam Smith's new album rules
Monday, November 13, 2017
by Alan Jones, London
With paid-for sales increasing for the 14th week in a row but streams
down slightly, Camila Cabello's Havana tops the singles chart for the
second straight week. With 50,997 sales (including 30,236 from sales
equivalent streams), and lengthens its lead over former incumbent,
Rockstar – Post Malone's collaboration
with 21 Savage,
which holds at No.2 (40,917 sales).
Havana is Cabello's love song to the Cuban capital where she was born, and its
success earns her the honour of being only the first Cuban-born recording artist
to have a No.1 in this country.
Former X Factor judge Rita Ora returned to the show last Sunday to sing her
latest single, Anywhere, and although her appearance coincided with the show's
record low audience, the track jumps 11-5 (34,667 sales) to become her 10th Top
After completing a 10-week residency in the Top 10 last week, Reggaeton Lento
rebounds 12-9 (24,710 sales) for CNCO & Little Mix. Eight weeks after
commencing a three-week residency at No.1, Too Good At Goodbyes bounces 7-3
(36,921 sales) for Sam Smith, its improvement helped by a big increase in
streaming following the release of his new album, The Thrill Of It All.
Completing this week's Top 10: Silence (3-4, 34,859 sales) by Marshmello feat.
Khalid, Perfect (6-6, 27,487 sales) by Ed
Sheeran, Dusk Till Dawn (5-7, 26,839 sales) by Zayn feat. Sia, Lonely
Together (4-8, 24,720 sales) by Avicii feat. Rita Ora and Finders Keepers (8-10,
23,977 sales) by Mabel feat. Kojo Funds.
Overall singles sales are up 1.79% week-on-week at a record 14,379,226, 47.48%
above same week 2016 sales of 9,750,139. Streams accounted for 13,279,792 sales,
a record 92.35% of the total. Paid-for sales are up 0.37% week -on-week at
1,099,434 and are 25.55% below same week 2016 sales of 1,476,793. They are below
same-week, previous-year sales for the 223rd week in a row.
Eight weeks after its introductory
single Too Good At Goodbyes debuted atop the chart for Sam Smith, his second
album, The Thrill Of It All, does likewise.
With a first frame of 97,328 sales (60,641 CD, 1,961 vinyl, 21,035 downloads and
13,691 from sales-equivalent streams), The Thrill Of It All has the
fifth-biggest opening of 2017 for an artist album, trailing Ed Sheeran's ÷
(671,542 sales), Rag'N'Bone Man's Human (117,101 sales), Take That's Wonderland
(113,211 sales) and Liam Gallagher's As You Were (102,660 sales).
After adding new strings and appeal to three albums of original recordings by
Elvis Presley, The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra now work their magic on Roy
Orbison, with their newly-recorded contributions to A Love So Beautiful
propelling the set to a No.2 debut on sales of 31,762 copies. Helmed by
producers Don Reedman and Nick Patrick – who were responsible for the same role
on the Presley albums – and with additional instrumental flavourings from
Orbison's sons, Wesley, Alex and Roy Jr. – A Love So Beautiful arrives in the
Top 10 nearly 29 years after Orbison's death, and exactly a year to the week
after his career-spanning compilation The Ultimate Collection peaked at No.10.
A little over three years after her version of Cilla Black's hit Anyone Who Had
A Heart – recorded for her role as the late Liverpudlian in ITV's biopic –
peaked at No.80 on the singles chart, actress Sheridan Smith's first album,
Sheridan, debuts at No.9. With first week sales of 10,839 copies the album –
which includes Smith's versions of songs like Mad About The Boy, Superstar and,
less expectedly Gnarls Barkley's Crazy – was helped by a TV special devoted to
Smith on ITV last Sunday (November 5).
The rest of the Top 10: Together Again (1-3, 28,785 sales) by Michael Ball &
Alfie Boe, Divide (6-4, 16,435 sales) by Ed Sheeran, Beautiful Trauma (5-5,
14,844 sales) by Pink, Nat "King" Cole & Me (3-6, 14,740 sales) by Gregory
Porter, Listen Without Prejudice Volume 1 (4-7, 14,170 sales) by George Michael,
As You Were (7-8, 11,753 sales) by Liam Gallagher and Scream Above The Sounds
(2-10, 10,645 sales) by Stereophonics. It is the first time every Top 10 album
has sold more than 10,000 copies for 20 weeks.
Overall album sales are up 6.74% week-on-week at 1,892,238, 7.95% above same
week 2016 sales of 1,752,812. Streaming accounted for 843,439 sales – 44.57% of
the total. Sales of paid-for albums are up 9.23% week-on-week at 1,048,799,
15.11% below same week 2016 sales of 1,235,541. It is the highest level for
overall album sales for 32 weeks, the highest ever level for sales-equivalent
streams and the first time that paid-for sales have topped a million for 14