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Global Chart Report

Country-rap atop the Global Chart
Thursday, April 18, 2019
by Fred Chuchel, Dresden


The new 21 year-old American R&B star Khalid overtakes the lead of the Global Album Chart with his second studio album 'Free Spirit'. The set starts with 273,000 equivalent sales, 202,000 of it coming from the United States, another 26,000 from Canada and 12,000 from United Kingdom. Khalid's first studio effort 'American Teen' from 2017 with the big hit singles 'Location' and 'Young Dumb & Broke' sold 2,99 millions to date. Billie Eilish's fantastic album debut 'When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go?' goes to the runner-up slot with another healthy 235,000 sales, a total of 749,000 after two weeks. There are five motley new-entries on this week's tally: behind R&B star Khalid arriving the South Korean / Japanese girl group Iz*One at no.3 with their second EP 'Heart*Iz' and 154,000 sales, the French rap-duo PNL rockets to no.4 with their fourth set 'Deux Fréres' and 129,000 sales, German Schlager-star Andrea Berg jumps at no.9 with her 16th studio

set 'Mosaik' and 56,000 sales and finally the Spanish musician legend Alejandro Sanz climbs at no.10 with his 12th album '#ElDisco' and 55,000 sales. 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 6,000 / 10,945,000, '21' by Adele 9,000 / 29,534,000, '24k Magic' by Bruno Mars 8,000 / 5,116,000, '25' by Adele 10,000 / 21,932,000, 'American Teen' by Khalid 23,000 / 2,993,000, 'Astroworld' by Travis Scott 31,000 / 3,106,000, 'Beautiful Trauma' by Pink 5,000 / 3,272,000, 'Beerbongs & Bentleys' by Post Malone 50,000 / 4,867,000, the 'Black Panther' soundtrack 9,000 / 1,868,000, 'Camila' by Camila Cabello 9,000 / 1,866,000, 'Championships' Meek Mill 26,000 / 1,136,000, 'Culture II' by Migos 11,000 / 2,054,000, 'Damn.' by Kendrick Lamar 13,000 / 5,243,000, 'Dangerous Woman' by Ariana Grande 7,000 / 2,458,000, 'Death Race For Love' by Juice WRLD 54,000 / 500,000, 'Divide' by Ed Sheeran 38,000 / 14,303,000, 'DNA' by the Backstreet Boys 5,000 / 557,000, 'Evolve' by Imagine Dragons 19,000 / 4,417,000, 'Goodbye & Good Riddance' by Juice WRLD 28,000 / 1,791,000, 'Head Above Water' by Avril Lavigne 9,000 / 223,000, 'I Am > I Was' by 21 Savage 21,000 / 824,000, 'In The Lonely Hour' by Sam Smith 9,000 / 8,031,000, 'Invasion Of Privacy' by Cardi B 24,000 / 2,671,000, 'Kamikaze' by Eminem 19,000 / 2,500,000, 'Love' by Michael Bublé 7,000 / 1,124,000, 'Love Yourself 轉 Answer' by BTS (Bangtan Boys) 14,000 / 2,311,000, 'More Life' by Drake 12,000 / 4,157,000, 'Origins' by Imagine Dragons 27,000 / 1,147,000, 'Pray For The Wicked' by Panic! At The Disco 16,000 / 1,220,000, 'Queen' by Nicki Minaj 11,000 / 1,219,000, 'Question Mark' by XXXTentacion 29,000 / 3,270,000, 'Red Pill Blues' by Maroon 5 9,000 / 1,793,000, 'Reputation' by Taylor Swift 10,000 / 4,786,000, 'Scorpion' by Drake 43,000 / 5,022,000, 'Shawn Mendes' by Shawn Mendes 18,000 / 1,723,000, 'Skins' by XXXTentacion 4,000 / 504,000, the 'Spider Man: Into The Spider-Verse' soundtrack 33,000 / 765,000, 'Starboy' by The Weeknd 10,000 / 4,125,000, 'Staying At Tamara's' by George Ezra 15,000 / 1,330,000, 'Still On My Mind' by Dido 13,000 / 143,000, 'Stoney' by Post Malone 25,000 / 4,442,000, 'Sweetener' by Ariana Grande 21,000 / 2,248,000, 'Tha Carter V' by Lil Wayne 13,000 / 1,517,000, 'The Greatest Showman' soundtrack 43,000 / 6,494,000, 'Trench' by Twenty One Pilots 16,000 / 1,095,000, 'Views' by Drake 12,000 / 4,840,000, 'X' by Ed Sheeran 12,000 / 11,641,000, and 'Youngblood' by 5 Seconds Of Summer 8,000 / 1,063,000. That was a rapid start-up, a fortnight ago the song bowed at no.40 globally, one week later it jumped at no.16 and now it's the big leader of the Global Track Chart: 'Old Town Road' by 20 year-old American rapper Lil Nas X (included a remix with additional vocals by country legend Billy Ray Cyrus) exploded there with 452,000 points, a massive 232% boost compared to the previous week. It's the first time ever that a country-rap song gets such a big international success. Already released on December 3, 2018, it became hugely popular through the social video sharing app TikTok. With a length of 1:53 minutes (original version) it's one of the shortest number-ones on the Global Chart ever. 'Old Town Road' partially samples Nine Inch Nails' track '34 Ghosts IV' from 2008. The song prominently features the playing of a banjo and trap drums throughout. Last week's number one, 'Bad Guy' by Billie Eilish, slides to the runner-up slot, but wins another 3% in points to 263,000. Rounds out the top three is also a former no.1 smash, '7 Rings' by Ariana Grande ranks there with 216,000 points, a 7% loss and a total of 3,992,000 points after 12 weeks on the tally, still the biggest hit of this year so far. Outside the Top 40 waiting among other 'Just You And I' by Tom Walker at no.44, 'Cool' by Jonas Brothers at no.47, 'Look Back At It' by A Boogie Wit Da Hoodie at no.54, and 'Baila Baila Baila' by Ozuna at no.55 for their first appearance on the big list.

GLOBAL NO.1 - 30 YEARS AGO... Madonna is known for her blatant style- and taboo breaks. With the release of the lead single 'Like A Prayer' for the album of the same name, she came with really heavy guns: a 180 ° image turn-around from the blonde beast to a meekly brunette ... her music changed into an exalted, hymn-like and danceable sound with religious-controversial and provocative texts. But the big bone of contention was the music video, directed by Mary Lambert. It portrays Madonna as a witness to the murder of a girl by white supremacists. While a black man is arrested for the murder, Madonna hides in a church for safety seeking strength to go forth as a witness. The clip depicts a church and Catholic symbols such as stigmata. It also features a Ku Klux Klan-style cross burning, and a dream about kissing a black saint. The Vatican condemned the video, while family and religious groups protested against its broadcast. They boycotted products by soft drink manufacturer Pepsi, who had used the song in their commercial. The company canceled their sponsorship contract with Madonna, but allowed her to retain the fee. 'Like A Prayer' became, not least because of this rather unintentionally publicity through the condemnation of parent associations and church representatives, the world's biggest hit in 1989.

Billboard Report
Khalid's 'Free Spirit' debuts at no.1 on Billboard 200
Tuesday, April 16, 2019
by Keith Caulfield & Gary Trust, Los Angeles

Khalid notches his first No. 1 on the Billboard 200 albums chart, as his 3rd release, Free Spirit, opens atop the tally. The set, released on April 5 through Right Hand / RCA Records,

starts with 202,000 equivalent album units earned in the week ending April 11, according to Nielsen Music -- the fourth-largest week of 2019 for an album. Of that sum, 85,000 were in traditional album sales. Free Spirit’s start of 202,000 equivalent album units is the fourth-biggest week for an album in 2019, and the largest for a set by a male solo artist. The only bigger weeks logged in 2019 were the starting frames of Ariana Grande’s Thank U, Next (360,000), Billie Eilish’s When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go? (313,000) and Backstreet Boys’ DNA (234,000). Of Free Spirit’s opening-week unit sum, 111,000 were in SEA units (translating to 146.9 million on-demand audio streams for the albums tracks), 85,000 were in album sales (boosted by a concert ticket/album sale redemption offer with his upcoming tour) and 6,000 were in TEA units. At No. 2 on the new Billboard 200, Eilish’s When We All Fall Asleep dips from No. 1 in its second week on the tally,

earning 118,000 units (down 62%). Nipsey Hussle’s Victory Lap slips one rung to No. 3 with 63,000 units (down 5%), Grande’s Thank U, Next falls 3-4 with 47,000 units (down 12%) and Juice WRLD’s Death Race for Love is steady at No. 5 with 38,000 units (down 14%). Sara Bareilles’ Amidst the Chaos debuts at No. 6 on the Billboard 200, marking the singer-songwriter’s sixth top 10 effort. The set launches with 35,000 equivalent album units earned (of which 29,000 were in album sales). She previously visited the top 10 with What’s Inside: Songs From Waitress (No. 10 in 2015), The Blessed Unrest (No. 2, 2013), Once Upon Another Time (No. 8, 2012), Kaleidoscope Heart (No. 1, 2010) and Little Voice (No. 7, 2008). Post Malone’s beerbongs & bentleys is a non-mover at No. 7 with 31,000 units (down 1%). Country duo Brooks & Dunn returns to the top 10 for the first time in nearly a decade, as Reboot debuts at No. 8. The all-star collaborations effort features Brooks & Dunn covering their familiar hits with the likes of Kacey Musgraves, Luke Combs and Thomas Rhett. The album bows with 31,000 equivalent album units earned, with 21,000 of that sum in album sales. All told, Reboot marks Brooks & Dunn’s 10th top 10 album, and first since the 2009 greatest hits album #1s… And Then Some (No. 5; Sept. 26, 2009). With Brooks & Dunn’s 10th top 10 album, the act breaks out of a tie with Rascal Flatts for the most top 10 albums on the Billboard 200 among country duos and groups. Rounding out the new top 10 on the Billboard 200, A Boogie Wit da Hoodie’s Hoodie SZN and Drake’s Scorpion are stationary at Nos. 9 and 10, respectively, earning 30,000 units (down 1%) and 29,000 units (up less than 1%). Lil Nas X logs a second week atop the Billboard Hot 100 as "Old Town Road," now featuring Billy Ray Cyrus, who joined for a remix released April 5, reigns with a record-blasting streaming week. The track leads the Streaming Songs chart for a second frame with 143 million U.S. streams in the week ending April 11, according to Nielsen Music. The sum easily surpasses the prior mark, set when Drake's "In My Feelings" drew 116.2 million streams, as reflected on the chart dated July 28, 2018. (Both the remix and original version of "Road" count toward the song's singular chart placement.) "Road" also roars by 454% to 124,000 downloads sold in the week ending April 11, as it tops Digital Song Sales for the first time. That's the biggest weekly total since Drake's "God's Plan" debuted with 127,000 sold (Feb. 3, 2018). Airplay advances: "Road" additionally surges in radio airplay, entering the all-genre Radio Songs chart at No. 33, up 142% to 28.8 million audience impressions in the week ending April 14. Post Malone and Swae Lee's former one-week Hot 100 leader "Sunflower (Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse)" is steady at No. 2, while Post Malone's solo single "Wow." rebounds 4-3 following its No. 2 peak. Grande's "7 Rings" slips 3-4 on the Hot 100 after eight weeks at No. 1, while topping Radio Songs for a second week (82 million, down 8%); Halsey's former two-week Hot 100 No. 1 "Without Me" holds at No. 5.

Song Of The Month
'A Kind Of Sorrow' by A-Lin is the undisputed no.1 in China at the moment.
A-Lin is a 35 year-old Taiwanese aboriginal singer and songwriter of Amis descent.

United Kingdom
Music Week Report
A seventh week at no.1 for Lewis Capaldi
Monday, April 15, 2019
by Alan Jones, London

Lewis Capaldi makes it seven straight weeks at No.1 with Someone You Loved, which increases consumption to 69,076 units (including 56,565 from sales-equivalent streams), a new personal best, surpassing the 66,725 units it achieved a fortnight earlier. It has maintained its lead very comfortably in recent weeks, but faces a

potential challenge to its reign next week from Lil Nas X’s debut hit, Old Town Road, which jumped 67-39 last week and now powers to No.2, with consumption up 392.70% week-on-week at 62,975 sales. The controversial track from the Atlantan, who turned 20 last Tuesday (April 9), blends hip-hop and country elements and scorches 15-1 on the latest US Hot 100. It is helped in both countries by the viral success of the associated Yeehaw Challenge meme. The original Lil Nas X solo version of Old Town Road is now very much the weaker of two versions of the track in the UK sales/streaming mix, trailing a longer version which adds country seasoning from Achy Breaky Heart hitmaker and dad of Miley, Billy Ray Cyrus. Powered by streams of Free Spirit – which debuts at No.2 on the album chart – Khalid scores his fourth Top 10 hit with Talk (16-9, 29,091 sales), his 11th Top 40 hit with My Bad (59-32, 13,829 sales) and his 18th Top 75 entry with Outta

My Head (No.45, 11,387 sales), an unexpected collaboration with eclectic singer/songwriter John Mayer, who scores only the fourth hit of his career and his first in 11 years as a consequence. After surging 58-32-10 in the last fortnight, their debut hit Piece Of Your Heart jumps to No.5 (39,965 sales) for Italian production trio Meduza and UK pop/rock trio Goodboys. Almost 10 years since they last charted and six years after their last single, the reunited fraternal trinity The Jonas Brothers scored their first Top 10 hit, dashing to a No.6 debut with Sucker last month. It drifts 5-7 (33,418 sales) this week, while follow-up Cool debuts at No.39 (12,111 sales). The rest of the Top 10: Bad Guy (2-3, 53,574 sales) by Billie Eilish, Giant (3-4, 41,050 sales) by Calvin Harris & Rag’n’Bone Man, Just You And I (4-6, 39,831 sales) by Tom Walker, Location (7-8, 30,113 sales) by Dave feat. Burna Boy and Bury A Friend (6-10, 28,146 sales) by Billie Eilish. Overall singles sales are down 1.57% week-on-week at 17,847,418, 10.81% above same week 2018 sales of 16,106,086. Paid-for sales are up 0.29% week-on-week at 742,845, and are 27.09% below same week 2018 sales of 1,018,852. They are below same-week, previous-year sales for the 297th week in a row. Leadership of the album chart is unchanged this week, with 17-year-old singer/songwriter Billie Eilish’s When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go? remaining in pole position despite a 50.46% dip in second week consumption to 23,982 units, including 16,922 from sales-equivalent streams. When We All… is Eilish’s debut full-length album, and the first such release by a female solo artist to spend its first fortnight at No.1 since 2009, when Susan Boyle’s I Dreamed A Dream opened its account with four straight weeks at No.1. Eilish’s 2017 EP, Don’t Smile At Me, has been bouncing around the Top 75 since last summer, and moves to within a place of its No.12 peak this week, improving 14-13 (4,831 sales) while upping its cumulative sales to 146,634. Eilish’s tenacity is bad news for Khalid, who would otherwise be debuting atop the chart with his second full-length album, Free Spirit. Khalid’s March 2017 debut album, American Teen, was released before he had had a Top 75 single. He has racked up 18 since, and the album – which debuted at No.112 – has sold very well without ever exploding, reaching a peak position of No.44 50 weeks after its release. It helped to create a buzz for his seven song, 21-minute EP Suncity, which debuted and peaked at No.20 (3,728 sales) last October which, in turn, helped to fuel demand for Free Spirit, which now opens at No.2 (12,253 sales). Genesis guitarist Mike Rutherford’s highly successful side project Mike + The Mechanics score their highest charting studio album in more than 30 years with their ninth such effort, Out Of The Blue, debuting at No.7 (7,591 sales), more than a decade after Rutherford said they had “run their course”. Their fifth Top 10 album in all – four studio sets and 1996 compilation Hits – Out Of The Blue marks their 35th anniversary and has only three new songs, with the remainder of its contents being 2019 versions and acoustic interpretations of their earlier successes, such as The Living Years, Silent Running and All I Need Is A Miracle. Mike + The Mechanics’ last album, Let Me Fly, debuted and peaked at No.9 two years ago this week, on sales of 8,300 copies. Favourable comparisons with The Hives, The Strokes, The Vaccines and The Libertines helped Liverpool indie quartet Circa Waves to a No.10 debut/peak (9,079 sales) with first album, Young Chasers, in 2015. Follow-up Different Creatures opened at No.11 (5,724 sales) in 2017, and third album, What’s It Like Over There, arrives this week at No.10 (6,099 sales). The rest of the Top 10: The Greatest Showman soundtrack (2-3, 11,888 sales), What A Time To Be Alive (3-4, 8,723 sales) by Tom Walker, Staying At Tamara’s (4-5, 8,249 sales) by George Ezra, Bohemian Rhapsody (5-6, 8,188 sales) by Queen, Thank U, Next (8-8, 6,862 sales) by Ariana Grande and Psychodrama (10-9, 6,541 sales) by Dave. Overall album sales are down 8.06% week-on-week at 1,667,938, 4.49% below same week 2018 sales of 1,746,434. Sales-equivalent streams accounted for 1,131,725 sales, 67.85% of the total. Sales of paid-for albums are down 17.86% week-on-week at 536,213, 34.00% below same week 2018 sales of 812,407.