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'7 Rings' reigns for a third week
Thursday, February 14, 2019
by Fred Chuchel, Dresden

 

Soundtracks continue to dominate the Global Album Chart. This week the top three are consist exclusively of soundtracks: the Oscar-nominated and Grammy winning 'A Star Is Born' soundtrack, starring Lady GaGa & Bradley Cooper turns back at the summit with 102,000 equivalent sales, a total of 2,89 million so far. The soundtrack to the Queen biopic, 'Bohemian Rhapsody', rises back to the runner-up slot with 94,000 sales, a comfortable 20% increase compared to the previous week. Exactly one year ago, the soundtrack to 'The Greatest Showman' placed at no.2 with 164,000 equivalent sales. Now, the set is still very successful and ranks at no.3 in its 46th week on the Global Top 10 with another 63,000 sales, a total of 6,03 million so far. No new-entry this week, but three re-entries: Travis Scott's 'Astroworld' turns back at no.7 with 55,000 sales, Drake's 'Scorpion' follows at no.8 with 54,000 and 21 Savage's 'I Am > I Was' touches no.10 with 51,000.

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 7,000 / 10,889,000, '21' by Adele 10,000 / 29,453,000, '24k Magic' by Bruno Mars 10,000 / 5,037,000, '25' by Adele 11,000 / 21,847,000, 'American Teen' by Khalid 20,000 / 2,822,000, 'Beautiful Trauma' by Pink 6,000 / 3,197,000, the 'Black Panther' soundtrack 10,000 / 1,788,000, 'Camila' by Camila Cabello 13,000 / 1,776,000, 'Championships' Meek Mill 40,000 / 854,000, 'Culture II' by Migos 14,000 / 1,945,000, 'Damn.' by Kendrick Lamar 14,000 / 5,120,000, 'Dancing Queen' by Cher 8,000 / 505,000, 'Dangerous Woman' by Ariana Grande 11,000 / 2,380,000, 'Delta' by Mumford & Sons 12,000 / 704,000, 'Divide' by Ed Sheeran 46,000 / 13,919,000, 'Evolve' by Imagine Dragons 23,000 / 4,235,000, 'Goodbye & Good Riddance' by Juice WRLD 34,000 / 1,514,000, 'In The Lonely Hour' by Sam Smith 9,000 / 7,949,000, 'Invasion Of Privacy' by Cardi B 29,000 / 2,421,000, 'Kamikaze' by Eminem 30,000 / 2,290,000, 'Love' by Michael Bublé 13,000 / 1,018,000, 'Love Yourself 轉 Answer' by BTS (Bangtan Boys) 17,000 / 2,159,000, the 'Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again' soundtrack 11,000 / 1,292,000, the 'Moana' soundtrack 10,000 / 3,182,000, 'More Life' by Drake 11,000 / 4,052,000, 'My Dear Melancholy,' by the Weeknd 3,000 / 1,001,000, 'Origins' by Imagine Dragons 37,000 / 884,000, 'Pray For The Wicked' by Panic! At The Disco 22,000 / 1,062,000, 'Queen' by Nicki Minaj 16,000 / 1,121,000, 'Question Mark' by XXXTentacion 38,000 / 2,957,000, 'Red Pill Blues' by Maroon 5 17,000 / 1,702,000, 'Reputation' by Taylor Swift 17,000 / 4,674,000, 'Scorpion' by Drake 54,000 / 4,617,000, 'Shawn Mendes' by Shawn Mendes 16,000 / 1,563,000, 'Simulation Theory' by Muse 10,000 / 593,000, 'Skins' by XXXTentacion 17,000 / 436,000, the 'Spider Man: Into The Spider-Verse' soundtrack 42,000 / 445,000, 'Starboy' by The Weeknd 10,000 / 4,039,000, 'Staying At Tamara's' by George Ezra 15,000 / 1,176,000, 'Stoney' by Post Malone 27,000 / 4,208,000, 'Sweetener' by Ariana Grande 36,000 / 1,993,000, 'Tha Carter V' by Lil Wayne 19,000 / 1,385,000, 'The Thrill Of It All' by Sam Smith 8,000 / 2,654,000, 'Trench' by Twenty One Pilots 19,000 / 927,000, 'Views' by Drake 11,000 / 4,734,000, 'X' by Ed Sheeran 14,000 / 11,525,000, and 'Youngblood' by 5 Seconds Of Summer 13,000 / 974,000.  COMPLETE GLOBAL ALBUM CHART  Ariana Grande's new smash '7 Rings' remains at the summit of the Global Track Chart for a third straight week with 376,000 points, a 3% decline compared to the previous week. Also 'Sweet But Psycho' by Ava Max holds tight at the runner-up slot with 271,000 points (up 1%). The song was never at no.1 so far, but it leads the year-to-date chart with 1,556,000 points now, followed by 'Thank You, Next' by Ariana Grande with 1,491,000 points and 'Sunflower' by Post Malone & Swae Lee with 1,439,000 points. Back to this week's tally, where 'Bury A Friend' by Billie Eilish bows at no.12 as the highest debut with 170,000 points. The unusal minimalist electronica / industrial song is the third single from the 17 year-old American singer / songwriter's upcoming debut album 'When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go?' (will be released on March 29). Also new on the hitlist 'A Lot' by British rapper 21 Savage at no.23 with 88,000 points and 'Thotiana' by American rapper Blueface at no.40 with 60,000 points. Outside the Top 40 waiting among other 'Undecided' by Chris Brown at no.44 and 'Say My Name' by David Guetta | Bebe Rexha | J Balvin at no.47 for their first appearance on the big list.  COMPLETE GLOBAL TRACK CHART


20 YEARS AGO... "Believe", released on October 19, 1998, was the lead single from Cher's twenty-second album with the same name. The song departed from Cher's pop-rock style of the time for an upbeat dance-pop style. It featured a pioneering use of the audio processor software Auto-Tune as a vocal effect, which became known as the 'Cher effect'. The lyrics describe empowerment and self-sufficiency after a painful breakup. The song contains samples of "Prologue" & "Epilogue", performed by Electric Light Orchestra. "Believe" was the biggest hit of the year 1999 and reached no.1 in many countries, among others in the United States, United Kingdom, Germany, France, Canada, Australia, Netherlands, Belgium, Switzerland, Sweden, Norway, Denmark, and Spain.


USA
Billboard Report
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'Hoodie SZN' returns to no.1 on Billboard 200
Thuesday, February 12, 2019
by Keith Caulfield & Gary Trust, Los Angeles


In a sleepy week on the Billboard 200 albums chart, rapper A Boogie Wit da Hoodie’s former No. 1, Hoodie SZN, reclaims the crown for a third nonconsecutive week. The set rises 3-1,

and earned 47,000 equivalent album units in the week ending Feb. 7, according to Nielsen Music (down 1 percent). Hoodie SZN’s chart fortunes are powered almost entirely by streaming activity. In the tracking week, of its total of 47,000 units, 45,000 were in SEA units, which equals 68.4 million on-demand audio streams for the album’s songs. The remaining overall units were from TEA units (about 1,000) and album sales (less than 1,000). The album once again trumps its own record for the smallest weekly album sales total for a No. 1 album on the Billboard 200 since the chart flipped from an album sales-only list to a multi-metric consumption ranking in December of 2014. 21 Savage’s I Am > I Was vaults 8-2 with 40,000 units (up 14 percent), likely owed, in part, to increased interest in the album generated by news of his arrest on Feb. 3 by Immigration and Customs Enforcement. The former chart-topper spent two weeks atop the list in January. Future’s

Future Hndrxx Presents: The WIZRD slips 2-3 in its third week on the tally, earning just under 40,000 units (down 28 percent). Travis Scott’s Astroworld climbs 9-4 with 38,000 units (up 11 percent) and Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper’s A Star Is Born soundtrack dips 4-5 with nearly 38,000 units (down 7 percent). Post Malone’s beerbongs & bentleys is steady at No. 6 with 36,000 units (up less than 1 percent), Meek Mill’s Championships is also a non-mover at No. 7 with 35,000 units (down 3 percent); Drake’s Scorpion returns to the top 10, rising 11-8 with 34,000 units (up 3 percent); and the Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse soundtrack steps 10-9 with 31,000 units (down 9 percent). Closing out the top 10 is Kodak Black’s Dying to Live, jumping back into the top tier with a 13-10 move, earning 26,000 units (down 5 percent). Ariana Grande's "7 Rings" rules the Billboard Hot 100 for a third week, topping the tally dated Feb. 16, after debuting at No. 1 two weeks earlier. The song launched as Grande's second Hot 100 No. 1, and second to start at the top spot, following "Thank U, Next," which debuted atop the chart in November and led for seven total weeks. "Rings" leads the Streaming Songs chart for a third frame, with 57.7 million U.S. streams, down 9 percent, in the week ending Feb. 7, according to Nielsen Music. It also tops the Digital Song Sales chart for a third week, with 42,000 downloads sold, up 7 percent, in the week ending Feb. 7. On Radio Songs, "Rings" rockets 19-10, up 21 percent to 50.6 million audience impressions in the week ending Feb. 10, good for the Hot 100's top Airplay Gainer award. The song reaches the Radio Songs top 10 in just its third week, marking the quickest climb to the region since Drake's "In My Feelings" also needed only three frames in July-August. Marshmello and Bastille's "Happier" vaults 8-2, hitting a new peak, on the Hot 100 after Marshmello's Fortnite concert Feb. 2. The song had previously peaked at No. 3 on Nov. 10. The DJ's virtual set, the first of its kind in Fortnite and which mixed his tracks "Alone," "Check This Out," "Chasing Colors" (with Ookay and featuring Noah Cyrus), "Flashbacks," "Everyday" (with Logic), "Fly" (featuring Leah Culver) and "Happier," took place within the game's Pleasant Park location. The full roughly 10-minute performance was uploaded to Marshmello's official YouTube channel, along with other related clips, while he also released an extended mix of the set to Apple Music (while numerous gamers uploaded portions of the performance to their channels). "We made history today!," Fortnite fan Marshmello wrote on Twitter afterwards. "The first-ever live virtual concert inside of @fortnite with millions of people in attendance. So insane!" Aided by the set and its online presence, "Happier" hikes 11-2 on Streaming Songs, up 120 percent to 51.8 million U.S. streams in the week ending Feb. 7, earning the Hot 100's top Streaming Gainer prize. The collab had hit a previous No. 10 high on Streaming Songs in November (and a prior weekly best of 25.4 million streams, as reflected on the chart dated Feb. 2). On Digital Song Sales, it jumps 11-5 (22,000 sold, up 82 percent); it reached No. 2 on the chart on October. "Happier" holds at No. 4 on Radio Songs (89.3 million, down 4 percent) after leading the list for a week in November. Rounding out the Hot 100's top five are three former No. 1s: Halsey's "Without Me" dips 2-3.  COMPLETE CHARTS


Song Of The Month
Pedro Capó, musician, singer, songwriter and grandson of Puerto Rican singer Bobby Capó and former Miss Puerto Rico Irma Nydia Vázquez, shines with his first international smash 'Calma'. After Farruko joined him for the remix, the music video has become a huge success with more than 400 million views on YouTube, especially in the Latin America territories.


United Kingdom
Music Week Report
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The Specials atop the album tally for the first time
Monday, February 11, 2019
by Alan Jones, London

 
Thirty-nine years to the week after Too Much Too Young became the first of their two No.1 singles, The Specials top the album chart for the very first time with Encore. In early sales flashes, new albums from Ian Brown and Busted led the way, but after a week of in-store signings and a social media campaign, Encore prevailed, albeit on

sales of 18,199 copies (including 417 from sales-equivalent streams) – the lowest for a No.1 since Ed Sheeran’s Divide topped 76 weeks ago with 13,975. The eighth studio album to bear The Specials’ name, Encore marks the 40th anniversary of their debut, is the first to feature principal original members Terry Hall, Lynval Golding and Horace Panter since 1980 and is their first charted album of new recordings since 1984, when In The Studio peaked at No.34. It marks their first chart appearance since April 2008 CD/DVD compilation The Best Of The Specials debuted and peaked at No.28. It is the first Specials album to feature lead vocalist Hall since their second album, More Specials, which reached No.5 in 1980, and the first studio album to bear The Specials’ name since 2001 covers set Conquering Ruler, a spectacular flop which, to this day, has amassed a mere 148 sales. Busted’s eponymous 2002 debut and 2003 follow-up A Present For Everyone, both peaked

at No.2 and sold upwards of 1m copies, but the chartscape had changed considerably when the pop/punk trio – Charlie Simpson, Matt Willis and James Bourne – reconvened for third studio album, Night Driver, which reached No.13 in 2016. Their fourth album, Half Way There, far surpasses that this week, debuting at No.2 (17,136 sales) ahead of their March tour of the same name as first single Radio is the week’s ninth most-played song on Radio 2, where it was aired 14 times in the latest frame. Stone Roses’ lead singer Ian Brown’s first solo album in more than nine years and seventh solo album in all, Ripples consists of two reggae covers and eight new original songs, and opens at No.4 (12,138 sales), surpassing the No.8 debut/peak of his last release, 2009’s My Way. It is No.1 on the vinyl and cassette charts, with sales of 3,476 in the former format, and 1,440 in the latter format. A week short of a year since his Tables Turn debuted and peaked at No.5 on sales of 8,094 copies, London hip-hop/grime MC Fredo hops back onto the chart, equaling that position and surpassing those sales with Third Avenue (No.5, 9,634 sales). The fifth and final new entry to debut inside the Top 10 – the highest tally for 11 weeks – is My Wildest Dreams, the introductory solo album of 41-year-old Steps member Claire Richards. It debuts at No.9 (6,104 sales) – a decent result, considering that none of five singles/preview tracks released thus far has dented the OCC Top 100, although the latest of these, Shame On You, has surpassed the rest on the radio airplay chart, where it improves 60-48 this week. Richards has charted five studio albums as a member of Steps. She also released the album Another You, Another Me with Steps’ colleague Ian Watkins – as H & Claire – but it reached only No.58 on release in 2002, during Steps’ 12 year hiatus. Sandwiched by four new entries, the Motion Picture Cast Recording of The Greatest Showman is the only album from last week’s Top 5 to still be there, although it falls 2-3 (17,057 sales). The rest of this week’s Top 10: Bohemian Rhapsody (3-6, 8,049 sales) by Queen, Staying At Tamara’s (4-7, 7,268 sales) by George Ezra, A Star Is Born (6-8, 7,055 sales) by Lady Gaga & Bradley Cooper and Amo (1-10, 6,003 sales) by Bring Me The Horizon. Overall album sales are down 0.29% week-on-week at 1,706,117, 0.91% below same week 2018 sales of 1,721,781. Sales-equivalent streams accounted for [b]1,094,408 sales, 64.15% of the total. Sales of paid-for albums are down 0.73% week-on-week at 611,709, 22.53% below same week 2018 sales of 789,571. There is no change in the top three again this week, with Ariana Grande’s 7 Rings completing a hat trick of chart victories on sales of 71,909 copies (including 65,551 from sales-equivalent streams), while Ava Max’s Sweet But Psycho and Sam Smith & Normani’s Dancing With A Stranger are stationary at No.2 (55,018 Sales) and No.3 (51,591 sales), respectively. While her debut album Don’t Smile At Me prospers anew, Billie Eilish has released Bury A Friend, the slightly ghoulish third single from her second album, When We Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go, which drops next month. With six of her songs to date amassing cumulative consumption figures in excess of 100,000 units, the 17 year old singer/songwriter has a fast growing following, so it’s no surprise to find Bury A Friend – which she co-wrote with brother / producer Finneas - instantly becoming her biggest hit, debuting at No.7 (38,281 sales). None of her other singles has ventured higher than No.21. The single’s success also helped Don’t Smile At Me - an August 2017 release – to increase consumption 24.23% week-on-week to 4,917 sales – as it climbs 19-12, achieving a new peak a year and a half after release. Don’t Call Me Up advances 7-5 (42,508 sales) for Mabel. Her first top five hit, it thus surpasses the peak position of the biggest hits of her half-brother Marlon Roudette (When The Beat Drops Out, No.7, 2015) and her uncle Eagle Eye-Cherry (Save Tonight, No.6, 1998) – but mum Neneh Cherry had three bigger hits, including 1995 chart-topper Love Can Build A Bridge, alongside Cher, Chrissie Hynde and Erc Clapton. Someone You Loved climbs for the fourth straight week since its chart debut for Lewis Capaldi – but barely, advancing 10-9, despite sales increasing 29.33% week-on-week to 34,556. The rest of the Top 10: Giant (4-4, 47,706 sales) by Calvin Harris & Rag’N’Bone Man, Wow (5-6, 42,303 sales) by Post Malone, Nothing Breaks Like A Heart (6-8, 36,707 sales) by Mark Ronson feat. Miley Cyrus and Sunflower (8-10, 31,159 sales) by Post Malone feat. Swae Lee. Overall singles sales are up 0.74% week-on-week at 17,328,250, 9.51% above same week 2018 sales of 15,823,320. Paid-for sales are down 0.08% week-on-week at 792,029, and are 25.59% below same week 2018 sales of 1,064,446. They are below same-week, previous-year sales for the 288th week in a row.  COMPLETE CHARTS

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