Drake & Travis Scott on top
Thursday, August 16, 2018
by Fred Chuchel, Dresden
26 year-old American rapper Jacques Bermon Webster II, known
professionally as Travis Scott, storms atop the Global Album Chart
this week with his third studio album 'Astroworld', named after the
closed-down theme park Six Flags AstroWorld located in Houston, Texas.
The set bows with massive 650,000 equivalent sales. Sorted by the
biggest national sales, 'Astroworld' moved 537,000 copies in the
United States, 27,000 in Canada, nearly 19,000 in United Kingdom,
around 10,000 in Germany, 8,300 in France, and 7,600 in Australia.
Nearly two years ago, in the week 37, 2016, Travis Scott's former
studio set, 'Birds In The Trap Sing McKnight' debuted at no.4 globally
with 68,000 copies.
Drake's 'Scorpion', which was five weeks at no.1, slides down at no.3
with 189,000 copies, a total of 2,47 million after six weeks on the
tally. Sandwiched between Travis Scott and Drake lands 'Umi No Oh,
Yeah!', a new best-of compilation by the legendary Japanese
rock band Southern All Stars, first formed in 1974. The effort jumps
at the runner-up slot with 325,000 copies, according to Oricon, Japan.
And now, as every week, additional stats from outside the current Top
alphabetic order, the first figure means last week's sales, the
second figure the total sales: '1989' by Taylor Swift 11,000 /
10,662,000, '21' by Adele 8,000 / 29,213,000, '24k Magic' by Bruno
Mars 18,000 / 4,743,000, '25' by Adele 10,000 / 21,567,000, 'American
Teen' by Khalid 21,000 / 2,308,000, 'Beautiful Trauma' by Pink 14,000
/ 2,915,000, 'Beauty Behind The Madness' by The Weeknd 8,000 /
3,273,000, the 'Black Panther' soundtrack 16,000 / 1,489,000, 'Camila'
by Camila Cabello 19,000 / 1.369,000, 'Culture II' by Migos 21,000 /
1,529,000, 'Damn.' by Kendrick Lamar 20,000 / 4,726,000, 'Dangerous
Woman' by Ariana Grande 7,000 / 2,129,000, 'Everything Is Love' The
Carters 31,000 / 512,000, 'Evolve' by Imagine Dragons 40,000 /
3,467,000, the 'Fifty Shades Freed' soundtrack 6,000 / 666,000,
'Goodbye & Good Riddance' by Juice WRLD 51,000 / 469,000,
'Helene Fischer' by Helene Fischer 8,000 / 1,400,000, 'Illuminate' by
Shawn Mendes 10,000 / 2,394,000, 'In The Lonely Hour' by Sam Smith
10,000 / 7,687,000, 'KOD' by J.Cole 19,000 / 1,155,000, 'Liberation'
by Christina Aguilera 12,000 / 249,000, 'Man Of The Woods' by Justin
Timberlake 4,000 / 1,088,000, the 'Moana' soundtrack 14,000 /
2,918,000, 'More Life' by Drake 14,000 / 3,758,000, 'My Dear
Melancholy,' by the Weeknd 13,000 / 830,000, 'Pray For The Wicked' by
Panic! At The Disco 31,000 / 483,000, 'Purpose' by Justin Bieber 8,000
/ 6,520,000, 'Red Pill Blues' by Maroon 5 32,000 / 1,222,000,
'Reputation' by Taylor Swift 26,000 / 4,154,000, 'Revival' by Eminem
8,000 / 1,910,000, 'Shawn Mendes' by Shawn Mendes 43,000 / 912,000,
'Starboy' by The Weeknd 12,000 / 3,758,000, 'Staying At Tamara's' by
George Ezra 19,000 / 555,000, 'Stoney' by Post Malone 31,000 /
3,487,000, 'Tell Me You Love Me' by Demi Lovato 9,000 / 1,113,000,
'The Beautiful & Damned' by G-Eazy 9,000 / 861,000, 'The Now Now' by
the Gorillaz 19,000 / 279,000, 'The Thrill Of It All' by Sam Smith
10,000 / 2,422,000, 'Views' by Drake 14,000 / 4,432,000, 'Voicesnotes'
by Charlie Puth 18,000 / 411,000, 'X' by Ed Sheeran 23,000 / 11,069,000, 'Ye' by Kanye West
27,000 / 693,000, and 'Youngblood' by 5 Seconds Of Summer 35,000 /
GLOBAL ALBUM CHART
With the drive of the viral internet dance challenge, which based on
his song, Drake's 'In My Feelings' defends its top position of the
Global Track Chart for a fifth week with 475,000 points, a 1%
increase compared to the previous week. Simultaneously to this album
release, three tracks of Travis Scott's 'Astroworld' reach the Global
Top 40: 'Sicko Mode' debuts at no.8 with 179,000 points, 'Stargazing'
arrives at no.13 with 135,000 points, and 'Carousel' climbs at no.40
with 73,000 points. Ed Sheeran is now the third act in history, which
has two hits inside the Top 20 of the
ALL TIME CHART
(besides of the Beatles and Pharrell Williams). 'Shape Of You' is no.2
there with 18,739,000 points and 'Perfect' rises to no.18 with a total
of 11.912,000 points. Outside
the Top 40 waiting among other 'Te
Bote' by Casper Magico, Nio Garcia, Darell, Nicky Jam, Ozuna & Nicky
Jam at no.48 and 'Natural' by Imagine Dragons at
no.53 for their first
appearance on the big list.
COMPLETE GLOBAL TRACK CHART
... she had one of the most striking and impressive voices of the 20th century.
An American icon, called 'Queen Of Soul'. Between 1967 and 1987 Aretha was ten
times on the Global Chart. On August 16, she passed away, aged 76... Goodbye,
Travis Scott's 'Astroworld' bows at no.1
Thuesday, August 14, 2018
by Keith Caulfield & Gary Trust, Los Angeles
Travis Scott’s Astroworld bows atop the Billboard 200 chart with 2018’s
second-largest week for an album, earning the rapper his second No. 1. The set,
which was released Aug. 3
via Cactus Jack / Grand
Hustle / Epic Records -- earned 537,000 equivalent album units in the week
ending Aug. 9, according to Nielsen Music. Of that total, 270,000 were driven by
traditional album sales -- the biggest sales week of 2018. Of Astroworld’s total
units, 261,000 are SEA units, 6,000 are TEA units, and 270,000 are traditional
album sales. Second-Largest Overall Week of 2018: Scott's amusement park-themed
album charges in with 537,000 units earned -- the second-largest week of 2018
for an album. The only set to post a larger frame was Drake’s Scorpion, which
started with 732,000 units. Scott’s Second No. 1: Astroworld grants Scott his
second No. 1 on the Billboard 200, following his previous release, 2016’s Birds
in the Trap Sing McKnight. The latter started with 88,000 units (of which 53,000
were in traditional album sales). Astroworld is Scott’s third chart entry -- he
also notched a No. 3-peaking album with his debut studio effort, Rodeo,
in 2015. At No. 2 on the new
Billboard 200, Drake’s Scorpion falls one slot, after spending five straight
weeks atop the list. Scorpion earned 117,000 equivalent album units (down 19
percent). Mac Miller’s Swimming arrives at No. 3 with 66,000 units (of which
30,000 were in traditional album sales), garnering the hip-hop artist his fifth
consecutive top five-charting release. His last album, The Divine Feminine,
debuted and peaked at No. 2 in 2016 with 48,000 units earned (32,000 of what sum
were album sales). Malone’s beerbongs & bentleys falls one rung to No. 4 with
58,000 units (down 7 percent). The album has yet to depart the top four in its
15 weeks on the list. At No. 5, YG notches his third top 10 effort, as Stay
Dangerous bows with 56,000 units (11,000 in traditional album sales). He
previously visited the top 10 with 2016’s Still Brazy (No. 6) and 2014’s My
Krazy Life (No. 2). Juice WRLD’s Goodbye & Good Riddance falls 4-6 with 38,000
units (down 3 percent), Cardi B’s Invasion of Privacy descends 5-7 with 35,000
units (down 8 percent) and XXXTentacion’s ? moves 6-8 with 33,000 units (down 13
percent). Hip-hop dominates the top 10, as, for the first time, the entire top
eight titles are all hip-hop sets. That beats the previous hot streak, when the
top six were locked down by hip-hop on the July 21-dated tally (which was then
replicated on the July 28 and Aug. 11-dated lists). Closing out the Billboard
200’s new top 10 are the highest ranking non-hip-hop sets on the tally: the
soundtracks to Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again (moving 7-9 with 28,000 units; down
27 percent) and The Greatest Showman (9-10 with 25,000 units; down 9 percent).
Drake's "In My Feelings" logs a fifth week at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100
chart (dated Aug. 18). Notably, the song decreased in streams in the first full
tracking week following the Aug. 2 premiere of its official video, after it had
been heavily driven in recent weeks by the viral "In My Feelings" challenge.
As it leads the Hot 100 for a fifth week, "Feelings," released on Young
Money / Cash Money / Republic Records, likewise posts a fifth frame at No. 1 on the
Streaming Songs chart, with 92.7 million U.S. streams, down 3 percent, in the
week ending Aug. 9, according to Nielsen Music, after its official video arrived
late Thursday (Aug. 2). (The sum marks the eighth-highest streaming week for a
song; three weeks earlier, the track set the mark by logging 116.2 million.)
"Feelings" also spends a fifth week atop the Digital Song Sales chart (58,000
downloads sold, down 20 percent, in the week ending Aug. 9). On Radio Songs,
"Feelings" keeps at its No. 3 high, increasing by 12 percent to 107.4 million
audience impressions in the week ending Aug. 12, as it claims the Hot 100's top
Airplay Gainer award for a fifth straight week.
While "Feelings" maintains its robust lead over the competition atop the Hot
100, Maroon 5's "Girls Like You," featuring Cardi B, hits a new high, rising
4-2, while leading Radio Songs for a third week (128.9 million, up 4 percent).
It rebounds 3-2 on Digital Song Sales (39,000, down 5 percent) and dips 6-7 on
Streaming Songs (31 million, essentially even week-over-week). Maroon 5 notches
its highest Hot 100 rank since April 2015, when "Sugar" spent its fourth and
final week peaking at No. 2.
Travis Scott surges onto the Hot 100 with two songs in the top 10, "Sicko Mode"
and "Stargazing," at Nos. 4 and 8, respectively. The tracks launch at Nos. 2 and
4 on Streaming Songs with 55.1 million and 39 million U.S. streams,
respectively. They also enter Digital Song Sales at Nos. 5 and 47 with a
respective 22,000 and 7,000 sold. COMPLETE
Song Of The Month
Nearly 20 years after his big successes, like 'La Passion' or 'Bla Bla Bla',
the Italian DJ and musician Gigi D'Agostino surprisingly lands another big hit,
together with the Lithuanian music producer Dynoro.
'In My Mind' reigns the official chart in Germany at the moment
Music Week Report
'Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again' holds at no.1
Monday, August 13, 2018
by Alan Jones, London
weeks have elapsed thus far in 2018, and in 24 of them – 75% – the No.1 album
has been a Motion Picture Cast Recording. The latest such phenomenon, Mamma Mia!
Here We Go Again has an easy third week at the summit, albeit with
consumption in decline for the first time, falling 12.82% week-on-week
units, including 8,256 from sales-equivalent streams.
The Greatest Showman soundtrack, which spent 21 weeks at the summit earlier this
year, remains at No.2, although its sales – off 11.30% week-on-week at 22,992 –
are at their lowest level for 31 weeks.
Travis Scott’s third full-length album, Astroworld, makes a much bigger first
impression than predecessors Rodeo (No.22, 3,290 sales) and Birds In The Trap
Sing McKnight (No.19, 3,797 sales) in 2015 and 2016, respectively, opening at
No.3 (18,609 sales) on digital platforms alone. The album – which is set for
release on CD and vinyl next month – also spins off the week’s three highest new
entries on the singles chart. Although the album includes more guests than most
– Drake, Frank Ocean, Stevie Wonder, The Weeknd, Pharrell Williams, Quavo and
Take Off among them – they are mentioned only on the album’s notes, with Scott
himself the only credited artist at track level.
With founder members Tim
Booth (vocals) and Jim Glennie (bass) still on board, veteran Manchester indie
band James’ 15th studio album, Living In Extraordinary Times debuts at No.6
(12,268 sales). Their ninth Top 10 album and 16th chart album in a 32-year chart
career, it is the follow-up to 2016 set Girl At The End Of The World, which
achieved their highest chart position for a regular release, debuting at No.2 on
sales of 16,317 copies. Their 1998 Best Of set is their only No.1 and by far
their biggest seller, with to-date sales of 910,722 copies, while the following
year’s Millionaires – their eighth studio album – is their biggest selling
regular release, with 175,516 sales. Girl At The End Of The World has sold
Norfolk alt. rockers Deaf Havana score their third consecutive Top 10 album with
fifth studio set, Rituals, debuting at No.8 (6,432 sales). It is the follow-up
to All These Countless Nights, which is their highest charting album to date,
opening at No.5 (7,359 copies) in 2017. Their second album, 2011’s Fools And
Worthless Liars peaked at No.49 but is their biggest seller, with to-date sales
of 51,368. Rituals opens at No.2 on both the vinyl and cassette albums charts,
trailing James’ Living In Extraordinary Times on both.
Divide falls 7-10 (6,131 sales) to occupy the lowest chart position of its
career, while extending its opening chart run in the Top 10 to 75 weeks for Ed
Sheeran. It thus eclipses the introductory 74 week Top 10 run achieved by
immediate predecessor X, which slipped 9-12 on its 75th week in 2015. The two
albums have the longest opening runs in the Top 10 in the 21st century, while
X’s overall tally of 99 weeks in the Top 10 is also a 21st century record.
The rest of the Top 10: Scorpion (3-4, 14,208 sales) by Drake, Staying At
Tamara’s (4-5, 12,636 sales) by George Ezra, Mamma Mia! (5-7, 8,435 sales) and
Gold: Greatest Hits (6-9, 6,143 sales) by Abba.
Overall album sales are down 5.56% week-on-week at 1,659,553, 4.96% above same
week 2017 sales of 1,581,079. Streaming accounted for 947,382 sales – 57.09% of
the total. Sales of paid-for albums are down 11.19% week-on-week at 712,171,
16.35% below same week 2017 sales of 851,356.
Two acts have
spent 30 weeks atop the singles charts in the 2010s – and they’re both Canadian.
Justin Bieber was first to the target, scoring six No.1s between 2015 and 2017,
the last of which was Despacito, a track that was originally by Luis Fonsi &
Daddy Yankee, but which spent 11 weeks at the summit once Bieber’s vocals had
been added to it.
The second is rapper Drake, who secures his 30th week at the summit this week,
with his fifth No.1 since 2010, In My Feelings, spending its fourth straight
week at the top on consumption of 83,085 units, including 70,478 from
sales-equivalent streams. Aside from Bieber and Drake, the act with most weeks
at No.1 in the 2010s is Ed Sheeran (23).
Bieber could up the ante again shortly, as his latest hit, No Brainer – a
collaboration with DJ Khaled, Quavo and Chance The Rapper – climbs 4-3, with
consumption up 8.42% week-on-week at 45,887 units. For the moment, however, it
remains behind George Ezra’s Shotgun, which spends its fifth straight week at
No.2 (65,441 sales). Drake co-wrote and raps on the week’s highest new entry –
but even if it gets to No.1 it won’t add to his official tally. That’s because
the track in question - Sicko Mode, which debuts at No.9 (31,787 sales) –
credits only Travis Scott. It is one of three songs from Texan rapper Scott’s
new album, Astroworld, to debut this week, ahead of Stargazing (No.15, 28,744
sales) and Carousel (No.29, 16,675 sales). Thirteen of the 14 other tracks from
the album are ‘starred out’ of the Top 75, due to the regulation that restricts
primary artists to a maximum of three concurrent chart singles.
There’s more Canadian talent in the Top 10 in the form of Toronto DJ/production
duo Loud Luxury – Andrew Fedyk and Joe Depace – whose debut smash Body (feat.
American singer Brando) was a bit of a sleeper, taking 35 weeks to make the Top
40, but made it a fortnight ago, and now explodes 19-8 (33,230 sales).
Taste by Tyga (feat. Offset) debuted 11 weeks ago at No.82 and has improved its
chart position every week since. It finally breaches the Top 10, moving 11-10
(31,112 sales), while Swish becomes Tyga’s 11th Top 75 entry, moving 82-72
The rest of the Top 10: Rise (3-4, 40,182 sales) by Jonas Blue feat. Jack &
Jack, Youngblood (5-5, 38,001 sales) by 5 Seconds Of Summer, Jackie Chan (6-6,
35,816 sales) by Tiesto & Dzeko feat. Preme & Post Malone and Girls Like You
(8-7, 35,206 sales) by Maroon 5 feat. Cardi B.
Overall singles sales are down 0.25% week-on-week at 15,328,274, 18.35% above
same week 2017 sales of 12,952,030. Paid-for sales are down 6.18% week-on-week
at 904,917 and are 26.93% below same week 2017 sales of 1,238,482. They are
below same-week, previous-year sales for the 262nd week in a row. The last time
paid-for sales were lower was nearly 13 years ago, in chart week 42, 2005 (sales
week ending October 22), when 882,819 singles were sold.COMPLETE