Drake's 'God's Plan' rules a 5th week
Thursday, March 15, 2018
by Fred Chuchel, Dresden
There's only one
new entry on this week's Top 10 of the Global Album Chart. 'Memories
Don't Die', the 2nd album by the Canadian rapper and singer Tory
Lanez, lands at no.4 with 81,000 equivalent sales. Two-thirds of this
sum - 54,000 - are from the United States, another 8,000 from Tory's
native country. At the summit for a third non-consecutive week is the
soundtrack to 'The Greatest Showman'. In the 11th week on the chart it
generated another 174,000 sales, even a 10% increase over the last
week. Ed Sheeran's 'Divide' rises back to no.2 with 110,000 sales.
Exactly one year ago, in the week 11, 2017, the album exploded atop
the Global Chart with massive 1,789,000 sales... now it has a total of
10,971,000 so far. And it's the fourth best-selling album of this
decade, after Michael Bublé's 'Christmas' (11,75 million), Adele's
'25' (21,32 million) and her '21' (29,05 million). The 'Black Panther'
soundtrack rounds out this week's top three with 109,000 sales.
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 9,000 / 10,443,000, '21' by Adele
9,000 / 29,046,000, '24k Magic' by Bruno Mars 36,000 / 4,246,000, '25' by Adele 14,000 / 21,323,000, 'American Teen' by Khalid 31,000 /
1,774,000, 'Anti' by Rihanna 9,000 / 2,445,000, 'Beautiful Trauma' by
Pink 29,000 / 2,342,000, 'Beauty Behind The
Madness' by The Weeknd 9,000 / 3,076,000, 'Blurryface' by Twenty One
Pilots 11,000 / 3,574,000, 'Culture' by Migos 12,000 / 1,694,000,
'Damn.' by Kendrick Lamar 42,000 / 4,126,000, 'Dangerous Woman' by Ariana Grande
6,000 / 1,968,000, 'Finally' by Namie Amuro
12,000 / 2,154,000, 'Flicker' by Niall Horan
10,000 / 723,000, 'Grateful' by DJ Khaled 7,000 /
1,113,000, the 'Guardians Of The Galaxy': Awesome Mix Vol.2'
soundtrack 7,000 / 1,269,000, 'Harry Styles' by Harry Styles 4,000 /
1,497,000, 'Helene Fischer' by Helene Fischer 9,000 / 1,164,000,
'Human' by Rag'n'Bone Man 10,000 / 2,236,000, 'Illuminate' by Shawn
Mendes 8,000 / 2,120,000, 'In The Lonely Hour' by Sam Smith 14,000 /
7,445,000, 'Mania' by
Fall Out Boy 11,000 / 318,000, 'Melodrama' by Lorde 8,000 / 797,000, 'Memories...Do Not Open' by the Chainsmokers 10,000
/ 1,600,000, the 'Moana' soundtrack 18,000 / 2,598,000, 'More Life' by
Drake 24,000 / 3,346,000, 'Purpose' by Justin
Bieber 10,000 / 6,338,000, 'Rainbow' by Ke$ha 6,000 / 588,000, 'Red
Pill Blues' by Maroon 5 19,000 / 737,000, 'Reputation' by Taylor Swift
30,000 / 3,494,000, 'Revival' by Eminem 38,000 / 1,529,000, 'Songs Of Experience' by U2
12,000 / 1,115,000, 'Starboy' by The Weeknd
19,000 / 3,435,000, 'Tell Me You Love Me'
by Demi Lovato 20,000 / 838,000, 'The Damned & Beautiful' by G-Eazy
24,000 / 594,000, 'The Thrill Of It All' by Sam Smith 31,000 /
2,031,000, the 'Trolls' soundtrack 11,000 /
1,933,000, 'Views' by Drake 18,000 / 4,088,000, 'Witness' by Katy
Perry 4,000 / 968,000, and 'X' by Ed Sheeran 27,000 / 10,582,000. COMPLETE
GLOBAL ALBUM CHART
Canadian rapper Drake holds the number one of the Global Track Chart for
a fifth consecutive week with 404,000 points, a 7% decline
over the last week. Ed Sheeran's 'Perfect' follows still at the
runner-up slot and lost also 7% in points to 264,000. Camila Cabello's
'Havana' climbs back to no.3 in its 25th week with a 4%
points decrease to 238,000. 'Despacito' by Luis Fonsi & Daddy Yankee
is now the most successful Spanish-language song of all time. Last
week it turned back on the hitlist at no.38 and remains there this
week. After 54 weeks on the tally is got a total of 14,137,000 points, climbs to no.9 of the
ALL TIME CHART
and relegates Los Del Rio's 'Macarena' (1996) to no.10. Highest debut
on our current hitlist is 'Doraemon' by the 37 year-old Japanese
singer-songwriter Gen Hoshino. The song starts at no.15 globally with
137,000 points and tops the current chart is Japan with 144,000
physical and 54,000 digital sales. Outside
the Top 40 waiting among other 'Leave A Light
On' by Tom Walker at no.53 and 'King's Dead' by Jay Rock feat.
Kendrick Lamar, Future & James Blake at no.57 for their first
appearance on the big list.
COMPLETE GLOBAL TRACK CHART
20 YEARS AGO
... 'Titanic' began its triumphant advance at the cinemas. For director
James Cameron and the film studio 20th Century Fox, it was a risky undertaking,
because the originally estimated US $ 150 million production costs and the time
limits were far exceeded. To complete the film at all, a second major production
company was brought aboard - Paramount Pictures. But the gigantic effort should
pay off, 'Titanic' became the most suceessful film in history (till that date),
showered with prizes, including 11 Oscar Awards. Embedded in the technically
complex and brilliant story of the sinking of the RMS Titanic 1912 in the North
Atlantic Ocean is the love story of Jack and Rose. Since the film plays on two
time levels, the transience of human being forms to a central issue here,
reinforced by the ship disaster. The many impressions and emotions bundle up in
the phenomenal music of James Horner. He used largely orchestral elements and
merged them with Celtic folklore, for which one originally wanted to commit
Enya. Also this soundtrack broke records, with 27 million copies sold, it's the
best-selling classic album of all time. And the only real song on this album,
'My Heart Will Go On', performed by Celine Dion, pulled along. Also released in
January 1998, it became Celine's biggest hit, 15 weeks at number one on the
Global Chart and the biggest smash in that year worldwide, decorated with three
Logic scores second no.1 album on Billboard 200
Thuesday, March 20, 2018
by Keith Caulfield & Gary Trust, Los Angeles
Logic scores his 2nd No. 1 album in less than a year on the Billboard
200 chart, as his new mixtape, Bobby Tarantino II, debuts atop the list.
The set, which was released on March 9
through Visionary / Def Jam, bows with 119,000
equivalent album units earned in the week ending March 15, according to Nielsen
Music. Of that sum, 32,000 were in traditional album sales.
Bobby Tarantino II’s debut was powered mostly by streams, as the album launches
with 82,000 SEA units (equaling 123 million on-demand audio streams for the
album’s tracks in the week ending March 15; each SEA unit equals 1,500 on-demand
audio streams). With 32,000 copies of the album sold, the remainder of the
title’s equivalent units was generated by TEA units (5,000).
Logic topped the Billboard 200 less than a year ago with his last studio album,
Everybody. The effort opened at No. 1 on the list dated May 27, 2017 with
247,000 units earned (of which 196,000 were in traditional album sales). Logic’s previous mixtape, Bobby Tarantino, debuted and peaked at No. 12
in 2016 with 19,000 units in its first week (of which 16,000 were in traditional
At No. 2 on the new Billboard 200, Lil Yachty notches a new personal high-water
mark on the list, as he sails in with his new studio album, Lil Boat 2, bowing
with 64,000 units (7,000 in traditional album sales). It’s his highest charting
album yet, second top 10 effort, and best week in terms of units earned.
Streaming activity, by far, fuels Lil Boat 2’s debut, as it earned 54,000 SEA
units. Even without album sales and TEA units (2,000), Lil Boat 2 still would
have debuted in the top five from just streams alone. Lil Yachty’s first studio
set, Teenage Emotions, debuted at No. 5 (June 17, 2017) with 46,000 units.
David Byrne earns his highest charting album ever on the Billboard 200, as
American Utopia enters at No. 3 with 63,000 units. Unlike Logic and Lil Yachty,
Byrne’s debut is driven by traditional album sales, as effectively all of its
units were in pure sales (resulting in his biggest sales week since Nielsen
Music began tracking sales in 1991). American Utopia’s arrival was enhanced by
sales generated from a concert ticket/album sale redemption offer with the
artist’s tour, which started earlier in March.
The band Talking Heads, of which Byrne was a member, charted a dozen albums on
the Billboard 200 between 1977 and 2009. Eight of them reached the top 40, with
the act’s highest-charting effort being 1983’s Speaking in Tongues. The album
reached No. 15, powered by its hit single “Burning Down the House.” The track
was the band’s only top 10 on the Hot 100, climbing to No. 9.
Back on the current Billboard 200, Black Panther: The Album drops from No. 1 to
No. 4 with 63,000 units (down 18 percent). The album’s parent film, Black
Panther, continues to rake in the dough at the U.S. and Canada box office.
Through March 18, the blockbuster film grossed $605.5 million (of its $1.182
At No. 5 on the Billboard 200, rock band Judas Priest roars with the group’s
highest charting album ever, as Firepower bows with 49,000 units (48,000 from
traditional album sales -- the act's best sales frame since 2005's Angel of
Retribution bowed with 54,000 copies sold). Like Byrne, Judas Priest's bow was
bolstered by a concert ticket/album sale redemption offer.
Firepower surpasses the group’s previous chart high, logged with 2014’s Redeemer
of Souls debuted and peaked at No. 6. The two sets are the veteran band’s only
top 10 efforts, though the act has been charting since 1978 with Stained Class
(No. 173). The group collected its first top 40 set in 1980 with British Steel
(No. 34) and its first top 20 effort with 1982’s Screaming for Vengeance (No.
The new album was ushered in by the single “Lightning Strike,” which has so far
peaked at No. 21 on the Mainstream Rock Songs airplay chart. It’s the band’s
highest charting single on the tally since way back in 1982, when their classic
hit “You’ve Got Another Thing Comin’” peaked at No. 4.
The Greatest Showman soundtrack dips 2-6 on the new Billboard 200, earning
48,000 units (down 21 percent), while Migos’ Culture II descends 4-7 with 45,000
units (down 13 percent).
Jimi Hendrix’s latest posthumous album, Both Sides of the Sky, arrives at No. 8,
garnering the rock legend his 10th top 10 effort. The archival set -- released
via Experience Hendrix/Legacy -- launched with 37,000 units, of which 35,000
were in traditional album sales.
Closing out the chart’s new top 10 are Ed Sheeran’s ÷ (Divide), falling 5-9
(33,000 units; down 8 percent) and Post Malone’s Stoney, dropping 6-10 (32,000
units; down 8 percent).
Drake's "God's Plan" leads the Billboard Hot 100 chart for an eighth week, a run
that encompasses the song's entire time on the survey, dating to its debut at
No. 1. Notably, "Plan," which launched atop the Feb. 3-dated Hot 100, is just
the sixth song in the chart's 59-year history to spend at least its first eight
weeks on the list at No. 1.
As on the Hot 100, "Plan," released on Young Money / Cash Money / Republic Records,
logs its eighth week at No. 1 on the Streaming Songs chart, down 11 percent to
72.9 million U.S. streams in the week ending March 15, according to Nielsen
"Plan" leads the Digital Song Sales chart for a sixth week (49,000 downloads
sold in the week ending March 15, down 15 percent). On the Radio Songs chart,
"Plan" dips 3-4, but gains by 6 percent to 100 million in all-format airplay
audience in the week ending March 18.
Ed Sheeran's former Hot 100 No. 1 "Perfect" holds at No. 2. It led the list for
six weeks beginning Dec. 23.
Bruno Mars and Cardi B's "Finesse" is steady at its No. 3 Hot 100 peak and
crowns Radio Songs for a second week (136 million, up 2 percent). It leads Hot
R&B Songs for a 10th week.
Rexha and Florida Georgia Line's "Meant to Be" advances 5-4 on the Hot 100.
Rexha earns another new career-best rank, while FGL ties its top-charting hit.
The twosome's debut smash "Cruise," featuring Nelly, reached No. 4 in July 2013.
"Meant" gains in all metrics, as it lifts 4-3 on Radio Songs (103 million, up 12
percent); keeps at No. 6 on Digital Song Sales (35,000, up 3 percent); and jumps
18-11 on Streaming Songs (22.8 million, up 3 percent). It tops Hot Country Songs
for a 16th week. On Country Airplay, it rises 9-7 with Greatest Gainer honors
for a second consecutive week (30 million, up 14 percent). The crossover hit
concurrently elevates 8-5 on Adult Pop Songs and 9-6 on Pop Songs.
Rounding out the Hot 100's top five, Post Malone's "Psycho," featuring Ty Dolla
$ign, slips 4-5. It debuted at No. 2 on the March 10-dated chart. The collab
holds at No. 2 on Streaming Songs (37.4 million, down 4 percent); rises 14-13 on
Digital Song Sales (22,000, down 9 percent); and debuts on Radio Songs at No. 42
(23 million, up 42 percent). COMPLETE
No.2 in United Kingdom and at no.9 on
the Global Chart is 'These Days' by the British drum and bass outfit Rudimental
with additional vocals from Jess Glynne, Macklemore and Dan Caplen.
Music Week Report
'The Greatest Showman' remains a 10th week at no.1
Monday, March 19, 2018
by Alan Jones, London
Motion Picture Cast Recording of The Greatest Showman was the 246th new title to
top the artist album chart in the 2010s when it first topped the chart in
January...and it remains there still, racking up its 10th straight week at No.1.
The only other album to have a longer run of consecutive weeks at the
summit since 1986 is Adele's
21, which topped for 11 straight weeks in 2011.
Presumably boosted by the Mother's Day effect at the start of the trading week,
The Greatest Showman racked up 45,963 sales, including 14,324 from
sales-equivalent streams. That's the second highest tally of its reign.
Climbing 3-2 on sales of 19,193 copies, Ed Sheeran's ÷ – which has spent 20
weeks at No.1 – is runner-up for the 16th time in its career, and for the fifth
time to The Greatest Showman.
The highest of 14 Top 75 debuts is Only Human, the introductory album by
29-year-old Britain's Got Talent discovery Calum Scott. Debuting at No.4 (11,536
sales) it has done very well considering that Scott's only Top 40 single thus
far is his cover of Robyn's Dancing On My Own in 2016 – although that was a
monster, spending 15 weeks in the Top 10, reaching No.2 and selling 1,499,750
copies. Follow-up Rhythm Inside climbed only to No.90. Scott's third single, You
Are The Reason, debuted at No.49 four
weeks ago, and bounces 65-52 (7,504 sales) this week. Heavy metal
veterans Judas Priest return to the Top 10 for the first time in 38 years, with
18th studio album, Firepower, opening at No.5 (11,061 sales). Their only prior
Top 10 appearances came in a seventh month period in 1979/80, when the live set
Unleashed In The East reached No.10, and their sixth studio album British Steel
reached No.4. Firepower is their 17th Top 75 album in all, and their first since
last studio album, Redeemer Of Souls, which debuted and peaked at No.12 (6,243
sales) in 2014. From the same neck of the woods as Judas Priest (Birmingham),
Editors rack up their sixth straight Top 10 studio album – their entire output –
with Violence (No.6, 9,671 sales). The band have sold nearly 1.2m copies of
their previous albums in the UK, and topped the chart with their second (An End
Has A Start) and third (In This Light And On This Evening) albums in 2007 and
2009, respectively. The fourth and final album to debut in the Top 10 is Both
Sides Of The Sky, the latest posthumous release by Jimi Hendrix. The legendary
guitarist and singer died at the age of 27 in 1970, less than four years after
coming to fame. Various compilations, live sets and studio recordings have been
released at regular intervals ever since, and when People, Hell & Angels reached
No.39 five years ago last week it was officially touted as the last 'archive
retrieval' release. However, Both Sides Of The Sky – 13 studio recordings made
between 1968 and 1970, 10 of which have never been released before – is of
similar heritage, and debuts at No.8 (8,057 sales), to become Hendrix's 33rd
charted album. The first six made the list in the last three years of his life,
the last 27 posthumously. The rest of the Top 10: A Real Labour Of Love (2-3,
11,678 sales) by UB40 feat. Ali, Astro & Mickey, Dua Lipa (4-7, 9,385 sales),
The Thrill Of It All (7-9, 6,795 sales) by Sam Smith and Human (6-10, 6,495
sales) by Rag'N'Bone Man. Overall album sales are up 7.53% week-on-week at
1,848,937, 2.21% below same week 2017 sales of 1,890,752. Streaming accounted
for 977,274 sales – 52.86% of the total. Sales of paid-for albums are up 7.92%
week-on-week at 871,663, 23.87% below same week 2017 sales of 1,144,906.
new No.1 of the 21st century, God's Plan by Drake has now spent more
consecutive weeks at No.1 – eight – than all but five of its
predecessors but it was pushed harder than at any previous time, with
Rudimental's These Days (feat. Jess Glynne, Macklemore & Don Caplen)
looking set fair to unseat it but fading at the finish to remain at
Consumption of God's Plan – at 48,101 units – was down 6.98%
week-on-week. As usual it was heavily dependent on sales-equivalent
streams, which accounted for 87.01% (41,854) of that total.
With a 59p price tag at iTunes helping to shore up its paid-for sales
which, at 15,421, mean it is the most purchased song for the sixth week
in a row, These Days ended up just 1.95% behind its quarry on overall
consumption of 47,164 units, a new high.
History now beckons for the track, which looked on course to become
Rudimental's third No.1 when it vaulted 11-2 in February but which has
now spent six weeks in a row at No.2. The only songs to spend more
consecutive weeks at No.2 without reaching the summit are I Swear by
All-4-One and Moves Like Jagger by Maroon 5 feat. Christina Aguilera
which both spent seven weeks cooling their heels as runners-up - in 1994
and 2011 respectively - before giving up the chase.
The only new entry to the Top 10 is The Middle (18-10, 22,929 sales) by
Zedd, Marin Morris & Grey. It is Zedd's fourth Top 10 single, Morris &
On its 31st week in the Top 75, Portugal The Man's debut smash Feel It
Still reaches a new peak, advancing 4-3 (36,230 sales). Marshmello &
Anne-Marie's Friends also reaches a new peak, climbing 5-4 (34,676
sales), while Keala Settle's This Is Me - the breakout hit from The
Greatest Showman soundtrack - spends its eighth week in the Top 10,
bouncing 7-6 (28,796 sales).
The rest of the Top 10: IDGAF (3-5, 32,383 sales) by Dua Lipa, Psycho
(6-7, 27,171 sales) by Post Malone feat. Ty Dolla $ign, All The Stars
(8-8, 26,030 sales) by Kendrick Lamar & SZA and Say Something (9-9,
24,117 sales) by Justin Timberlake feat. Chris Stapleton.
Overall singles sales are up 4.44% week-on-week at a record 16,466,769,
25.51% above same week 2017 sales of 13,119,374. Streams accounted for
15,458,061 sales, 93.87% of the total - both records. Paid-for sales are
down 5.77% week -on-week at 1,008,708 and are 28.67% below same week
2017 sales of 1,414,234. They are below same-week, previous-year sales
for the 241st week in a row.COMPLETE