'Mood' reaches the top position
Thursday, November 19, 2020
by Fred Chuchel, Dresden
In its 12th week on the tally 'Mood' by 24kGoldn feat. Iann Dior jumps
finally atop the Global Track Chart. With the aid from new remixes
'Mood' got 317,000 points in the current week, a 29% boost compared
to the previous week. The song is also the new no.1 of the (not
published) Global Airplay Chart with 69,000 points. Back to the big
tally, just behind 'Mood' rises the reggaeton smash 'Dákiti' by Puerto
Rican musicians Bad Bunny and
Jhay Cortez to the runner-up slot with 311,000 points (up 45%),
followed by another reggaeton tune: 'Hawái'
by Maluma shoots from the no.10 spot back to no.3 (up massive 80%),
driven by a new remix with Canadian superstar The Weeknd. This is
the highest position for that song so far, the former peak was no.4
in the calendar week 39, 2020. The only debut of the week comes from
the Japanese boy group Sexy Zone, their 'Not Found' starts at no.29
with 98,000 points, based on 244,000 initial singles sales. A short
year-to-date list: an interesting fact is that the top three there
are all songs from the year 2019. 'Blinding Lights' by The Weeknd
started in the week 50, 2019 and generated a total of 13,997,000
points in the year 2020 so far. 'Dance Monkey' by Tones And I
arrived in the week 34, 2019 and reached no.9 on the Countdown Chart
2019 with 6,028,000 points. This year it collected another 9,919,000
points. 'Don't Start Now' by Dua Lipa reached the Global Top 40 in
the week 46, 2019, got 1,829,000 points in that year and another
8,801,000 this year. At no.4 follows the first 2020 release: 'Roses
(Imanbek Remix)' by Saint Jhn started in the calendar week 7 and
collected a total of 7,745,000 points so far. It seems that this top
four will remain unchanged until the end of the year. Outside
our weekly Top 40 waiting among other 'Life Is Good' by Future &
Drake at no.44, 'I Hope' by Gabby Barrett feat. Charlie Puth at
no.45, and 'Put Your Records On' by Ritt
Momney at no.54 for their first appearance on the big list.
The half of the current Global Album Chart Top 10 are efforts from
Asia: the new leader is the seventeenth studio album by the Japanese
idol group Arashi. 'This Is Arashi' starts with nearly 700,000 sales
(according to Oricon). It's their final recording before they go on
hiatus on December 31, 2020. At the runner-up slot bows the South
Korean boy group Monsta X with their third studio album 'Fatal Love'
and 173,000 sales, of course the lion's share - 167,000 - comes from
the band's native country alone (according to Hanteo). Last week's
no.2 album rounds out this week's top three, 'Positions' by Ariana
Grande ranks there with another healthy 152,000 equivalent sales, a
total of 424,000 since its release. And now, as every
week, additional stats from outside the current Global Album 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 / 11,722,000,
'21' by Adele 13,000 / 30,346,000, '25' by Adele 9,000 / 22,666,000,
the 'A Star Is Born' soundtrack 11,000 / 6,267,000, 'After Hours' by
The Weeknd 37,000 / 2,876,000, 'Astroworld' by Travis Scott
5,443,000, 'Beerbongs & Bentleys' by Post Malone 21,000 / 7,417,000,
'Blackpink - The Album' by Blackpink 44,000 / 1,210,000, 'Blame It On Baby' by DaBaby
28,000 / 1,521,000, 'Changes' by Justin Bieber
1,597,000, 'Chromatica' by Lady GaGa 14,000 / 1,561,000, 'Dark Lane Demo Tapes' by Drake 12,000 /
1,335,000, 'Death Race For Love' by Juice WRLD
20,000 / 2,285,000, 'Divide' by Ed Sheeran 22,000 / 16,669,000,
'Divinely Uninspired To A Hellish Extent' by Lewis Capaldi 36,000 /
3,663,000, 'Eternal Atake' by Lill Uzi Vert 18,000 / 2,030,000, 'Fine
Line' by Harry Styles 58,000 / 3,599,000, 'Folklore' by Taylor Swift
46,000 / 2,629,000, the 'Frozen
II' soundtrack 16,000 / 2,259,000, 'Future Nostalgia' by Dua Lipa
36,000 / 1,806,000, 'Goodbye & Good Riddance' by Juice
WRLD 28,000 / 3,878,000, the soundtrack of the Original Hollywood Cast
to 'Hamilton: An American Musical' 37,000 / 3,161,000, 'High Off Life' by Future 13,000 /
'Hollywood's Bleeding' by Post Malone 39,000 / 5,535,000, 'Letter To
You' by Bruce Springsteen 61,000 / 393,000, 'Love Goes' by Sam Smith
60,000 / 166,000, 'Lover' by Taylor Swift
4,060,000, 'Manic' by Halsey 17,000 / 1,279,000, 'Map Of The Soul: 7' by
BTS (Bangtan Boys) 20,000 / 6,380,000, 'Map Of The Soul: Persona' by
BTS (Bangtan Boys) 7,000 / 4,627,000, 'Music To Be Murdered By' by
Eminem 9,000 / 1,825,000, 'My Turn' by Lil Baby 36,000 / 2,342,000, 'No.6 Collaborations' by Ed Sheeran
/ 3,954,000, 'Over It' Summer Walker 14,000 / 1,655,000, 'Please
Excuse Me For Being Antisocial' by Roddy Ricch 17,000 / 2,427,000,
'Question Mark' by XXXTentacion 19,000 / 5,049,000,
Drake 16,000 / 7,016,000,
'Shawn Mendes' by Shawn Mendes 5,000 / 3,070,000, 'So Much Fun' by
Young Thug 8,000 / 1,698,000, 'Stoney' by Post Malone 15,000 /
6,045,000, 'Thank U, Next' by Ariana Grande 15,000 / 4,074,000, 'The
Greatest Showman' soundtrack 16,000 / 8,298,000, 'When We All Fall
Asleep, Where Do We Go?' by Billie Eilish 36,000 / 7,314,000, and 'X' by Ed Sheeran
7,000 / 12,497,000.
GLOBAL NO.1 - 30 YEARS AGO...
"Unchained Melody" was
originally written in 1955 as the theme for the little-known
prison film 'Unchained'. It has since become a standard and
one of the most recorded songs of the 20th century, most
notably by the Righteous Brothers. Their version was
released 1965 and peaked at no.5 globally in September of
that year. It was re-released in 1990 after the Righteous
Brothers' recording was used in the box office blockbuster
film "Ghost", starring Patrick Swayze, Demi Moore, and
Whoopi Goldberg. Consequently the epic hymn reached the no.1
spot in United Kingdom, Australia, the Netherlands, Austria,
New Zealand, and Ireland.
Ariana Grande tops Billboard Top 200 a second week
Tuesday, November 17, 2020
by Keith Caulfield & Gary Trust, Los Angeles
24kGoldn's "Mood," featuring iann dior, spends a fourth week at
No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 songs chart. It also takes over as the
most-streamed song of the week for the first time,
logging its first
frame atop the Streaming Songs tally.
"Mood," released on Records / Columbia Records, and the first Hot 100 No. 1 for
both 24kGoldn and iann dior, drew 25.3 million U.S. streams (up 32%) and sold
13,000 downloads (up 86%) in the week ending Nov. 12, according to Nielsen
Music/MRC Data. It also earned 85 million radio airplay audience impressions (up
nearly 1%) in the week ending Nov. 15.
The track spends a third week at No. 1 on the Radio Songs chart; as noted above,
tops Streaming Songs for the first time, surging from No. 6; and jumps 6-2 for a
new peak on Digital Song Sales. It was helped by the Nov. 6 release of its remix
with, in addition to 24kGoldn and dior, Justin Bieber and J Balvin (although
neither Bieber nor J Balvin receives billing on the song on the Hot 100, as the
remix did not outperform the original version in chart activity in the tracking
week). Ariana Grande's "Positions" holds at No. 2 on the Hot 100 after it
the Nov. 7-dated
chart. It dips to No. 3 on Streaming Songs after two weeks at the summit
(21.2 million, down 17%); climbs 28-21 on Radio Songs (31.6 million, up
14%); and ranks at No. 22 on Digital Song Sales (5,000).
Gabby Barrett's "I Hope," featuring Charlie Puth, rises 5-3 on the Hot 100,
hitting a new high, as it posts a third week at No. 2 on Radio Songs (78.1
million, down 2%), after a week at No. 1; bounds 15-6 on Digital Song Sales
(9,000, up 81%); and re-enters Streaming Songs at No. 30 (9.8 million, up 14%).
The song gains in all metrics after Barrett and Puth performed it on the 54th
annual Country Music Association Awards, broadcast on ABC on Nov. 11.
Drake's "Laugh Now Cry Later," featuring Lil Durk, drops 3-4 on the Hot 100,
after debuting at its No. 2 peak. It adds a third week atop the multi-metric Hot
R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart, where two weeks earlier it became Drake's
record-setting 21st No. 1.
The Weeknd's "Blinding Lights" retreats 4-5 on the Hot 100, after spending four
weeks at No. 1. It ranks in the top five for a record-extending 33rd week, while
adding a record tying 39th week in the top 10, matching Post Malone's "Circles."
Internet Money and Gunna's "Lemonade," featuring Don Toliver and NAV, rises to a
new No. 6 Hot 100 high, from No. 7.
Justin Bieber's "Holy," featuring Chance the Rapper returns to the Hot 100's top
10 (11-7), after debuting at its No. 3 high (Oct. 3). The track ascends 11-10 on
Radio Songs (48.1 million, up 8%), becoming Bieber's 16th top 10 and Chance the
Rapper's third (all in collaboration with Bieber; DJ Khaled's "I'm the One,"
featuring the pair, as well as Quavo and Lil Wayne, and "No Brainer," by the
same lineup except for Lil Wayne, reached Nos. 5 and 8 in 2017 and 2018,
Bad Bunny and Jhay Cortez's "Dakiti" rises 9-8 in its second week on the Hot
100, as it holds at No. 2 on Streaming Songs with 22.2 million streams
(essentially even week-over-week). It crowns the multi-metric Hot Latin Songs
chart for a second week.
Jawsh 685 and Jason Derulo's "Savage Love (Laxed – Siren Beat)" descends 6-9 on
the Hot 100, after a week at No. 1, aided by BTS remixes.
Rounding out the Hot 100's top 10, Pop Smoke's "For the Night," featuring Lil
Baby and DaBaby, re-enters the tier (12-10) for the first time since it debuted
at No. 6 on the July 18-dated chart. The song has spent all 19 of its weeks on
the Hot 100 in the top 40, and this week posts its 15th frame in the top 20, as
it holds at No. 5 on Streaming Songs (18.5 million down 6%) and debuts at No. 42
on Radio Songs (17.8 million, up 34%, good for the Hot 100's top Airplay Gainer
Ariana Grande’s Positions spends a second week at No. 1 on the Billboard 200
albums chart, as the set earned 82,000 equivalent album units in the U.S. in the
week ending Nov. 12 (down 53%), according to Nielsen Music / MRC Data. It bowed
atop the list a week ago with 174,000 units earned.
It’s Grande’s second chart-topping album to spend two weeks at No. 1, following
Thank U, Next, which spent a total of two weeks in the lead (its debut week, and
second week – Feb. 23 and March 2, 2019). Positions is Grande’s fifth No. 1
Of Positions’ 82,000 units earned in the tracking week ending Nov. 12, SEA units
comprise 73,000 (down 43%, equaling 99.5 million on-demand streams of the
album’s songs), 8,000 comprise album sales (down 81%) and 1,000 comprise TEA
units (down 61%).
Pop Smoke’s former No. 1 Shoot for the Stars, Aim for the Moon rises 3-2 with
57,000 equivalent album units earned (down 5%). With Positions and Shoot for the
Stars both released via Republic Records, the company holds the top two for the
eighth time in the last three months. (Shoot for the Stars was released via
Victor Victor Worldwide / Republic Records.)
The Kid Laroi hits a new high on the Billboard 200, as his F*ck Love album
surges to a new peak of No. 3 (up from No. 81 a week ago), following the set’s
deluxe reissue on Nov. 6 with seven bonus tracks (including tunes featuring
YoungBoy Never Broke Again, Marshmello and Machine Gun Kelly). For tracking and
charting purposes, all versions of the album are combined, and the set earned
52,000 equivalent album units in the week ending Nov. 12 (up 458%) -- a new
one-week high for the artist and the album. The original 15-track album was
released on July 24 and debuted at No. 8 on the Aug. 8-dated chart with 40,000
units. Both the No. 8 debut and the 40,000 units represented high-water marks
for the artist until this week.
Luke Combs’ former No. 1 What You See Is What You Get is a non-mover at No. 4 on
the new Billboard 200, with 46,000 equivalent album units earned (down 12%).
King Von’s Welcome to O’Block surges into the top 10, rising 13-5 in its second
chart week, following the rapper’s death on Nov. 6 (the first day of the latest
chart’s tracking week). The set earned 44,000 equivalent album units in the week
ending Nov. 12 (up 69%). The album bowed on the chart a week ago with 26,000
units. Welcome to O’Block is the first top 10 for the late artist (born Dayvon
Daquan Bennett), who died at 26 after being shot in an Atlanta nightclub.
NAV tallies his fourth top 10 album, as his mixtape Emergency Tsunami storms in
at No. 6 with 42,000 equivalent album units earned. He previously visited the
region with Good Intentions (No. 1 this May 23), Bad Habits (No. 1; April 6,
2019) and Reckless (No. 8; June 2, 2018). Of Emergency Tsunami’s starting sum,
35,000 comprise SEA units (equaling 46.4 million on-demand streams of the set’s
songs), 7,000 comprise album sales and a negligible figure comprises TEA units.
Juice WRLD’s Legends Never Die falls one rung to No. 7 (39,000 equivalent album
units; down 1%),
Lil Baby’s My Turn is steady at No. 8 (33,000; down 5%),
the original Broadway cast recording of Hamilton: An American Musical rises a
spot to No. 9 (31,000; up 5%) and
Taylor Swift’s Folklore jumps 27-10 (29,000; up 52%) thanks to a surge in vinyl
album sales from Swift's official webstore. The set sold 14,000 copies across
all formats for the week (up 309%), with vinyl albums comprising 9,000 of that
sum. The vinyl edition of the album has been available to order since Folklore
was released on July 24, but its manufacturing and shipment was delayed. (Sales
of physical albums only count once they are fulfilled to the customer.)
Record Of The Month
The bizarre track 'Daisy' is performed by the 24 year-old British singer and
rapper Ashton Nicole Casey, better known as Ashnikko. The song is a wild mixture
of pop, indie, hip hop, and trap with elements of EDM and metal. According to
Ashnikko, 'Daisy' was written from the perspective of the song's title
character, Daisy, a rapist-killing vigilante and dominatrix who wears
exclusively latex and platform shoes and leaves behind daisies as a calling
card, hence the lyric, "I bite back, daisies on your nightstand".
Kylie Minogue starts with highest weekly sales of 2020
Monday, November 16, 2020
by Alan Jones, London
No pun intended, but Ariana Grande’s position is unchanged at the head
of the singles market. Positions remains firmly in place at No.1 to
become the sixth chart-topper in the last seven to spend at least three
weeks at the summit. Her lead at the top remains comfortable despite a
12.9% drop in consumption week-on-week to 44,348 chart
sales (1,222 of these
Lemonade by Internet Money remains in second place for its own third week in
succession since it was deposed from the top. This is now the single’s sixth
straight week as a Top 3 hit single, as it adds 35,435 to take its cumulative
chart sales to date to 340,193.
Surging into the Top 3 are Little Mix, their sixth album Confetti making them
one of the most streamed acts of the week. That is to the benefit of the album’s
latest single Sweet Melody, which reverses its previous decline and rockets 12-3
with consumption rising 42.3% week-on-week to 33,270 sales. It is their first
Top 3 hit single in just over two years and seventh of their career.
The rest of the Top 10 adopt a holding pattern with everyone appearing to have
bedded down for the month. See Nobody by Wes Nelson and Hardy Caprio is down to
No.4 (31,181 sales) while Midnight Sky by Miley Cyrus climbs back to its peak of
No.5. This rise is attributable to the
release of a new remix which plays up the track’s links to Stevie Nicks’
1982 track Edge Of Seventeen and stirs in specially recorded new vocals from the
lady herself. It was enough to cause the single to jump 6.3% week on week to
post 29,732 sales.
The only other new arrival to the Top 10 is Levitating by Dua Lipa, which is
No.10 (22,874 sales) to become the fourth Top 10 single to be taken from her
Future Nostalgia album and the 10th such hit of her career. Exiting the top end
of the chart are Ariana Grande’s 34+35 (down to No.18) and Ain’t It Different by
Headie One, AJ Tracey and Stormzy, whose 11-week stay in the Top 10 comes to an
end with a 6-31 drop as the single falls onto ACR.
Singles sales remain steady, 20,791,454 sales a 0.09% increase on last week’s
total. Paid-for sales though are up, rising 4.76% to stand at 432,773.
It is a tale of two albums. One from a veteran star of over 30 years standing,
who still inspires as much excitement as she did at the height of her career.
The other from four women who continue to defy assumptions and expectations of
the shelf life of both pop bands and talent show discoveries.
The winner of what remained throughout the week an absorbing chart battle is
Disco by Kylie Minogue. The Australian singer's 15th studio album surges to the
top with a quite phenomenal sale of 54,905, the highest weekly tally of 2020 so
far. It is her eighth No.1, Madonna (12) the only solo female with more
chart-topping albums. Kylie becomes the latest addition to a growing list of
acts who can boast No.1 albums in five consecutive decades, chart-toppers in the
80s, 90s, 00s, 10s and now 20s making her the first female solo artist to
achieve such a run.
Runners up then are Little Mix, who by no means disgrace themselves with a chart
sale of 49,887 for Confetti, the highest total for a No.2 album since Week 51
last year. Assuming it climbs no further Confetti will be their second album to
peak in the runners-up position. But they still deserve accolades, the first
all-female act to release six studio albums with an unchanged line-up. They lost
the chart race thanks to fewer physical sales (35,646 vs 45,497) and fewer
downloads (3,981 vs 6,368), their superior streaming numbers (10,260 vs 3,040)
not enough to close the ensuing deficit.
Last week's No.1 and No.2 are bumped down, Positions from Ariana Grande at No.3
with 11,576 sales and Love Goes by Sam Smith at No.4 with 9,888 sales.
All but overlooked in the KylieMix battle was the impressive performance of I
Owe It All To You by Shirley Bassey. It is the first album in six years from the
83-year-old industry legend and the mixture of new songs and cover versions
makes a glorious debut at No.5 with 8,568 sales, only the eighth Top 10 album of
her long and storied career and her highest charting record since her literally
titled 25th Anniversary Album reached No.3 almost exactly 42 years ago this
With six chart singles to his name already in 2020, Stephan "Dutchavelli" Allen
makes his albums chart debut with mixtape Dutch From The 5th. Home to hit
singles Bando Diaries and Cool With Me, it debuts with a splash at No.8 with
7,555 sales, needless to say the vast majority of these from calculated streams.
Two big new pop albums help assuage fears that Lockdown 2 might impact the
market the same way as the first, sales hitting 1,893,310 this week to once more
post their highest total for 45 weeks. Physical sales are slightly down and
stand at exactly 463,000 but their market share of 24.45% tops the 20% barrier
for the seventh week in a row.