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Global Chart Report

'Espresso' reigns a fifth week
Sunday, June 23, 2024
by Fred Chuchel, Dresden


The second week in a row Sabrina Carpenter leads the Global Track Chart with two songs: 'Espresso' is still at the top position with another 421,000 points, a 5% decline compared to the previous week. Broken down by segments 'Espresso' generated 317,000 points by streaming (down 7%), 37,000 points by sales (down 24%), and 67,000 points by airplay (up 16%). By the way, the beautiful main guitar riff featured in the song is a loop coming from a Splice sample pack made by American DJ duo Oliver in 2021. Sabrina's new smash 'Please Please Please', the second single from her upcoming sixth studio album 'Short n' Sweet' (it's scheduled to be released on August 23), remains at the runner-up slot with 398,000 points (up 23% with 359,000 points by streaming, 32,000 points by sales, and 7,000 points by airplay). It's the largest points frame for a global number two hit since more than 15 months, when Karol G & Shakira's 'TQG' started also

with 398,000 points in the calendar week 10, 2023. Billie Eilish's 'Birds Of A Feather' rounds out still the top three with 283,000 points (down 7% with 242,000 points by streaming, 30,000 points by sales, and 11,000 points by airplay). After many turbulent weeks, things are getting much quieter now. Only one new-entry reaches the Top 40 this week: 'Slow It Down', the follow-up to Benson Boone's mega smash 'Beautiful Things', bows at no.34 with 97,000. Outside our weekly Top 40 waiting among other 'Feather' by Sabrina Carpenter at no.43, 'I Don't Wanna Wait' by David Guetta & OneRepublic at no.44, and 'The Night We Met' by Lord Huron at no.57 for their first appearance on the big list. Back to the roots: Over 20 years ago Media Traffic started the weekly Global Album Chart. At that time this hitlist was based exclusively on sales figures and - like the Track Chart - included 40 positions. But the global album sales fell dramatically over the years, and that's why we shortened the Top 40 to a Top 10 list in June 2016. Later we included streaming data and now with the further increase in the streaming share we can finally offer an expanded hitlist again. Last week's number one is also this week's number one: 'Golden Hour: Part 1', the 10th extended play by South Korean boy band Ateez, remains there with another 194,000 equivalent sales (32,000 streaming points + 162,000 sales points), a total of 459,000 after two weeks at retail. Taylor Swift's 'The Tortured Poets Department' holds tight at the runner-up slot with 181,000 equivalent sales (119,000 streaming points + 62,000 sales points). It gets a total of 5,66 million so far, so it's far and away the most successful album of the year 2024. Billie Eilish's 'Hit Me Hard And Soft' climbs back to no.3 with 147,000 consumption units (107,000 streaming points + 40,000 sales points). Highest debut of the week comes from British singer / songwriter Charli XCX. Her sixth studio album 'Brat' shoots at no.4 globally with 140,000 equivalent sales (72,000 streaming points + 68,000 sales points). And now, as every week, additional stats from outside the current Global Album Top 20 in alphabetic order, the first figure means last week's sales, the second figure the total sales: '1989' by Taylor Swift 12,000 / 16,281,000, '1989 (Taylor's Version)' by Taylor Swift 37,000 / 5,434,000, '21' by Adele 15,000 / 32,870,000, '25' by Adele 8,000 / 25,009,000, '30' by Adele 7,000 / 6,407,000, 'After Hours' by The Weeknd 28,000 / 9,546,000, the soundtrack to 'Barbie: The Album' 16,000 / 2,280,000, 'Certified Lover Boy' by Drake 8,000 / 6,626,000, 'Cowboy Carter' by Beyoncé 23,000 / 1,241,000, 'Divide' by Ed Sheeran 17,000 / 20,947,000, 'Endless Summer Vacation' by Miley Cyrus 10,000 / 1,876,000, 'Equals' by Ed Sheeran 9,000 / 5,978,000, 'Evermore' by Taylor Swift 14,000 / 5,944,000, 'Folklore' by Taylor Swift 32,000 / 10,085,000, 'For All The Dogs' by Drake 17,000 / 3,041,000, 'Future Nostalgia' by Dua Lipa 19,000 / 8,791,000, Génesis' by Peso Pluma 26,000 / 2,022,000, 'Golden' by Jung Kook 40,000 / 2,481,000, 'Harry's House' by Harry Styles 24,000 / 6,830,000, 'Hereos & Villains' by Metro Boomin 24,000 / 4,001,000, 'Midnights' by Taylor Swift 35,000 / 10,964,000, 'Radical Optimism' by Dua Lipa 34,000 / 465,000, 'Red (Taylor's Version)' by Taylor Swift 18,000 / 5,827,000, '17 Is Right Here' by Seventeen 21,000 / 1,131,000, 'Speak Now (Taylor's Version)' by Taylor Swift 15,000 / 3,271,000, 'Utopia' by Travis Scott 37,000 / 3,883,000, 'Vultures 1' by ¥$: Kanye West & Ty Dolla $ign 13,000 / 1,124,000, and 'When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go?' by Billie Eilish 17,000 / 11,826,000.

GLOBAL NO.1 - 50 YEARS AGO ... "Waterloo" was released on March 4, 1974, as the first single of the group's second album of the same name. After winning the 14th edition of the Melodifestivalen, the song represented Sweden in the 19th edition of the Eurovision Song Contest held in Brighton, winning the contest and beginning Abba's path to worldwide fame. The title and lyrics reference the 1815 battle of Waterloo, and use it as a metapher for a romantic relationship. The production style was influenced by Phil Spector's 'Wall Of Sound". Engineer Michael B.Tretow had read Richard Williams' book Out Of His Head: The Sound Of Phil Spector, which inspired him to layer multiple instrumental overdubs on the band's recordings, becoming an integral part of Abba's sound. "Waterloo" topped the hitlists in United Kingdom, Germany, the Netherlands, Belgium, Norway, Finland, Denmark, Switzerland, Ireland and it reached even no.6 in the United States, very unusual for an Eurovision winner. On the Year-End Chart 1974 it landed at no.3 with 8,541,000 points.

Billboard Report
Taylor Swift spends two months atop Billboard 200
Tuesday, June 18, 2024
by Keith Caulfield & Gary Trust, Los Angeles

Taylor Swift’s The Tortured Poets Department holds atop the Billboard 200 chart for an eighth consecutive and total week. The set earned 128,000 equivalent album units earned in the

U.S. in the week ending June 13 (down 14%), according to Luminate. Poets is the first album to spend its first eight weeks at No. 1 since Morgan Wallen's One Thing at a Time led for its first 12 weeks a year ago (March 18-June 3, 2023-dated charts). Of The Tortured Poets Department’s 128,000 equivalent album units earned, SEA units comprise 104,000 (down 14% — it’s No. 1 on Top Streaming Albums for an eighth week; its SEA units equal 135.53 million on-demand official streams of the deluxe edition’s 31 songs), album sales comprise 23,000 (down 13%) and TEA units comprise 1,000 (down 11%). Billie Eilish’s Hit Me Hard and Soft rises 3-2 on the Billboard 200 in its fourth week, matching its debut and peak position, with 106,000 equivalent album units earned (down 9%). Charli XCX achieves her second top 10 on the Billboard 200, and her highest-charting album yet, as Brat debuts at No. 3 with 82,000 equivalent album units earned (also her best week

by units). Of that sum, album sales comprise 45,000 (her largest sales week ever), SEA units comprise 37,000 (equaling 46.72 million on-demand official streams of its deluxe edition’s 18 songs; her biggest streaming week yet) and TEA units comprise less than 1,000. Charli XCX previously visited the top 10 with Crash, which debuted and peaked at No. 7 in 2022. Morgan Wallen’s chart-topping One Thing at a Time is a non-mover at No. 4 on the new Billboard 200 with 72,000 equivalent album units earned (up 2%). Bon Jovi collects its 14th top 10-charting effort on the Billboard 200 as Forever starts at No. 5. The set earned 52,000 equivalent album units, of which album sales comprise 50,000 (it’s the top-selling album of the week and debuts at No. 1 on Top Album Sales), SEA units comprise 2,000 (equaling 2.31 million on-demand official streams of the 12 songs on the streaming edition of the set) and TEA units comprise a negligible sum. Bon Jovi made its Billboard chart debut just over 40 years ago, when the single “Runaway” debuted on the Mainstream Rock Airplay chart dated Feb. 11, 1984. Two weeks later, the band made its Billboard 200 debut with its self-titled album entering the Feb. 25, 1984-dated list at No. 178, on its way to a No. 43 peak that April. In total, Forever marks the 22nd charting album on the Billboard 200 for Bon Jovi. The band first reached the top 10 in 1986 with Slippery When Wet, their first of six No. 1s. They have notched new top 10s in the 1980s, ‘90s, 2000s, ‘10s (adding their latest leader with This House Is Not for Sale in 2016) and now the ‘20s. Bon Jovi is the fifth group to achieve a newly-charting top 10 album on the Billboard chart in each of the last five decades, joining AC/DC, Def Leppard, Metallica and U2. Ateez’s Golden Hour: Part.1 falls 2-6 in its second week on the Billboard 200 (45,000 equivalent album units earned, down 66%); Wallen’s former leader Dangerous: The Double Album slips 6-7 (44,000; up 1%); Noah Kahan’s Stick Season dips 7-8 (42,000; down 1%); and Shaboozey’s Where I’ve Been, Isn’t Where I’m Going falls 5-9 in its second week (41,000; down 17%). Closing out the top 10 is a new arrival to the region, as Chappell Roan’s The Rise and Fall of a Midwest Princess pounces 12-10 with 40,000 equivalent album units earned (up 26%). The set posted double-digital percentage gains in album sales (8,000; up 87%), streaming equivalent album units (32,000; up 16%) and track equivalent album units (a negligible sum, though up 23%). Post Malone’s “I Had Some Help,” featuring Morgan Wallen, logs a fifth total and consecutive week at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 songs chart. The song, Post Malone’s sixth leader and Wallen’s second, is the first to notch at least its first five weeks on the chart at No. 1 since Miley Cyrus’ “Flowers” spent its first six weeks on the survey at the summit in January-March 2023. “I Had Some Help,” on Mercury / Republic / Big Loud, adds a fifth week at No. 1 on the Hot 100, with 66.2 million radio airplay audience impressions (up 12%), 43.3 million official streams (down 5%) and 12,000 sold (down 12%) in the U.S. June 7-13. The collaboration keeps at No. 2 after it led the Streaming Songs chart in its debut week; rises 5-3 on Radio Songs and dips 3-4 after two weeks atop Digital Song Sales. Sabrina Carpenter scores two songs in the Hot 100’s top three – marking her first appearances in the region – as “Please Please Please” debuts at No. 2, becoming her second top 10, and “Espresso” rises to a new No. 3 best. “Please Please Please” opens with 50.3 million streams, 533,000 in airplay audience and 7,000 sold in its first week. “Espresso” drew 47.7 million in radio reach (up 18%), 38.4 million streams (up 27%) and 28,000 in digital and physical sales (up 366%) in the same span. The former was released June 7, alongside its official video starring Carpenter’s boyfriend, Oscar-nominated Saltburn star Barry Keoghan. “Please Please Please” concurrently launches as Carpenter’s first Streaming Songs No. 1 and her second Digital Song Sales top 10 (No. 7), while “Espresso” wins the Hot 100’s top Streaming and Sales Gainer awards. Hozier’s “Too Sweet” holds at No. 7 on the Hot 100, following a week at No. 1 in April, as it becomes his first No. 1 on the Radio Songs chart (70.5 million in audience, up 7%). In his lone prior Radio Songs appearance, he peaked at No. 3 with his breakthrough hit “Take Me to Church” in 2015. Billie Eilish’s “Birds of a Feather” ascends 11-9 on the Hot 100. It drew 30.7 million streams (up 8%) and 3.2 million in airplay audience (up 221%) and sold 3,000 (up 9%) in the tracking week. Elsewhere in the Hot 100’s top 10, Shaboozey’s “A Bar Song (Tipsy)” holds at No. 4 after reaching No. 3. Tommy Richman’s “Million Dollar Baby” slips 3-5 on the Hot 100, after hitting No. 2, as it takes top Airplay Gainer honors (46.1 million in audience, up 31%) for a second week. Kendrick Lamar’s “Not Like Us” descends 5-6 on the Hot 100, after led in its debut week in May. Rounding out the Hot 100’s top 10, Eminem’s “Houdini” falls to No. 8 a week after it debuted at No. 2 and Teddy Swims’ “Lose Control,” which led for a week in March, drops 8-10.​

Record Of The Month
Another big country smash by a black artist:
'A Bar Song (Tipsy)' by Shaboozey

United Kingdom
Music Week Report
Eminem has his 11th number one single
Monday, June 17, 2024
by Alan Jones, London

In the chart with his debut hit, My Name Is, when Sabrina Carpenter was born in May 1999, Eminem’s 2024 renaissance Houdini denies her the opportunity of securing the chart’s top two positions simultaneously, as it coasts to a second week at No.1 on consumption of 85,724 units (4,591 digital downloads,

81,133 sales-equivalent streams). Although it is his 11th No.1, Houdini is, somewhat surprisingly, the first Eminem single to spend more than one week at the summit. His 2002 No.1, Without Me, which Houdini references, moves 38-37 (13,008 sales). Elbowed aside last week, Carpenter’s five-week chart-topper, Espresso holds at No.2 (80,537 sales), right ahead of her latest hit, Please Please Please, which debuts at No.3 (78,151 sales). Espresso’s consumption surged 18.15% week-on-week to its highest level yet, helped by new 7-inch vinyl and cassette formats, which attracted sales of 3,305 and 423, respectively. Its to-date sales stand at 618,707, making it her very first platinum single. Carpenter’s 13th Top 75 and second Top 10 hit, Please Please Please surpasses the No.6 start made by Espresso to become her highest-debuting song to date. This all augurs well for Carpenter’s upcoming sixth album, Short N’ Sweet, which is home to both hits, and

drops in August. Ahead of that, she makes her first ever appearance in the Top 75 album chart this week, with fifth album, Emails I Can’t Send, jumping 98-54 (2,652 sales), two years after peaking at No.76. After two weeks at No.5, Birds Of A Feather has a new, higher perch for Billie Eilish, gliding to No.4 (59,339 sales). Myles Smith’s introductory Top 10 hit, Stargazing, increases consumption for the fourth straight week since release, edging to a new peak (8-7, 43,016 sales). Dasha makes chart history as her debut hit, Austin, becomes the first single ever to spend five consecutive weeks at No.10. Its consumption easing 0.64% to 37,880 units, the track has spent 10 straight weeks in the Top 10, peaking at No.7. The rest of the Top 10: A Bar Song (Tipsy) (4-5, 54,977 sales) by Shaboozey, Band4Band (3-6, 45,977 sales, exactly 9,000 fewer than the No.5) by Central Cee feat. Lil Baby, Lunch (6-8, 40,910 sales) by Billie Eilish and I Had Some Help (7-9, 39,555 sales) by Post Malone feat. Morgan Wallen. Overall singles consumption is down 0.93% week-on-week to 29,534,778 units, 4.54% above same week 2023 consumption of 28,252,019 units. Paid-for sales are up 4.34% week-on-week at 299,407 – 2.56% above same week 2023 sales of 291,938. New releases from Bon Jovi and Charli XCX both took turns at No.1 in sales flashes but neither had the legs to prevent The Tortured Poets Department (TTPD) from topping the chart for the third time in a row, and sixth time in eight weeks for Taylor Swift. Now the longest-running No.1 of her career – relegating five-week topper Midnights to second place in her canon – TTPD increased consumption by 46.73% to 35,941 units (17,136 CDs, 1,481 vinyl albums, five cassettes, 1,134 digital downloads and 16,185 sales-equivalent streams), raising its to-date tally to 507,519 units. Swift thus equals the all-time record for a female solo artist of 11 concurrent Top 75 entries, set by Kate Bush in sales week ending 30 August 2014. Coinciding with the start of Bush's 22-night run at the Hammersmith Apollo, the compilation The Whole Story and all 10 of Bush's studio albums were charted between No.6 and No.49. The all-time record for most simultaneous Top 75 albums was set in January 2016, when David Bowie died suddenly two days after his 69th birthday, and posthumously had 16 albums on the list that week, including his newly-released set Blackstar, which debuted at No.1 on sales of 146,168 copies. Swift’s previous personal record for most simultaneous Top 75 entries – nine – was set last July, and subsequently equalled a staggering 33 times. It has yet to yield a Top 20 single but Charli XCX’s sixth studio album, Brat, makes a creditable debut at No.2. Her fifth charted album, it really upped its game vs. Crash – its 2022 predecessor, and her only No.1 album. Brat’s first week consumption of 27,234 units is her best yet, and 68.98% above the 16,117 start made by Crash. Brat briefly topped the sales flashes on Thursday, overhauling Bon Jovi, but both eventually lost out to Taylor Swift. XCX is primarily a singles artist, as evidenced by the fact that her track consumption (9,556,578 units) prior is more than 38 times her album consumption (248,332 units), while Swift’s multiple is less than nine and Bon Jovi’s (post 1994) is just 1.48. One of the main reasons for Brat selling so well was its 12 vinyl variants, which together accounted for 10,687 sales – 39.24% of the total – alongside 6,077 CDs, 339 cassettes, 507 digital downloads and 9,624 sales-equivalent streams. The releases of a deluxe version of the album, with three extra tracks, only three days after the initial release, also helped. Eleven tracks by XCX have achieved BPI sales certifications but none of her albums have, although Crash should do so before too long, with consumption to date of 58,673 units – 1,327 short of achieving silver status. Arriving 40 years after their eponymous debut, Bon Jovi’s 16th studio set, Forever, led all the sales flashes until Thursday but was foiled in its attempts to become their sixth No.1 by inferior streaming, which contributed just 875 of its overall consumption of 22,812 units as it debuts at No.3. Forever’s overall consumption – 89.09% of it physical -is a whopping 130.63% above the debut/peak week of their last album, 2020, which opened in the year after which it is titled at No.5 on consumption of 9,891 units. Forever is Bon Jovi’s 21st Top 75 and 18th Top 10 album. Norwegian singer/songwriter Aurora’s fifth release, What Happened To The Heart? debuts at No.8 (6,132 sales), becoming her fourth chart entry and second Top 10 album, equalling the peak set by her first, 2022’s The Gods We Can Touch. The rest of the Top 10: Hit Me Hard And Soft (2-4, 17,980 sales) by Billie Eilish, Curtain Call: The Hits (7-5, 7,496 sales) by Eminem, The Highlights (6-6, 7,479 sales) by The Weeknd and 50 Years: Don’t Stop (9-10, 5,443 sales) by Fleetwood Mac. A 2005 release, the Eminem title is at its highest position for 71 weeks, and becomes his first album to spend 50 weeks in the Top 10, while upping its lifetime consumption to 3,171,135 units, including 1,688,814 physical sales, and 241,073 digital downloads. Overall album sales are down 0.29% week-on-week at 2,414,454, 4.60% above same week 2023 sales of 2,308,245. Physical product accounts for 316,516 sales, 13.11% of the total.