'Drivers License' tops an eighth week
Thursday, March 4, 2021
by Fred Chuchel, Dresden
by Olivia Rodrigo rules the Global Track Chart for an eighth consecutive week with another 308,000 points, a
compared to the previous week. The song tops also easily the
year-to-date chart with a total of 2,456,000 points. Canadian R&B
superstar The Weeknd still occupies no.2 and no.3 on the tally: 'Save Your Tears'
remains at the runner-up slot with 258,000 points (up 4%) and
'Blinding Lights' holds tight at the third place with 209,000 points
(down 9%). The latter ranks now an unbelievable 60th week inside the
Global Top 10, an outstanding all-time record. Shy behind 'Blinding
Lights' bows this week's highest debut: 'Boku Ga Bokujyanai
Mitaida', the fourth single by Japanese idol boy group SixTones,
starts with 172,000 points at no.4. And now another all-time record:
'Dance Monkey' by Tones And I runs an 80th week inside the Top 40,
never before a song was such a long time there! This week the song
rises back at no.30 with
87,000 points (up
5%). With a total of 17,191,000 points it placed at no.4 on the
ALL TIME CHART. Outside our
weekly Top 40 waiting among other 'Telepatia' by Kali Uchis at no.42,
'Heartbreak Anniversary' by Giveon at no.47, 'Love Not War (The Tampa Beat)' by
Jason DeRulo & Nuka at
no.52, 'Test Drive' by Ariana Grande, and 'Girls Like Me' by the Black Eyed Peas feat. Shakira at
no.58 for their first appearance on the big list. A new
deluxe-edition of Bangtan Boys' latest album 'BE' makes sure that
the set shoots back at the summit of the Global Album Chart with
another massive 666,000 consumption units. There were three cluster
last week: in South Korea 'BE' generated 508,000 sales (according to
Hanteo), in Japan 99,000 (according to Oricon), and in the United
States 36,000 (Soundscan / Nielsen Music). 'BE' started in the week
49, 2020 with 2,44 million equivalent sales worldwide, a total of
4,28 million so far. The only new-entry of the week comes from NCT
127, a sub-unit of the South Korean boy band NCT. 'Loveholic', their
seventh extended player, bows at the runner-up slot with 137,000
sales, all are from Japan. Rounds out the top three is last week's
'Dangerous: The Double Album' by Country newcomer Morgan Wallen
ranks at no.3 with another 98,000 sales, a total of 1,12 million so
far. It's the first album this year with equivalent sales more than
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 14,000 / 11,902,000,
'21' by Adele 10,000 / 30,507,000, '25' by Adele 9,000 / 22,808,000,
the 'A Star Is Born' soundtrack 16,000 / 6,475,000, 'Astroworld' by Travis Scott
5,730,000, 'Beerbongs & Bentleys' by Post Malone
18,000 / 7,698,000,
'Blackpink - The Album' by Blackpink 13,000 / 1,557,000, 'Blame It On Baby' by DaBaby
17,000 / 1,852,000, 'Chromatica' by Lady GaGa 7,000 / 1,725,000, 'Dark Lane Demo Tapes' by Drake 10,000 /
1,495,000, 'Death Race For Love' by Juice WRLD
20,000 / 2,605,000, 'Divide' by Ed Sheeran
27,000 / 17,034,000,
'Divinely Uninspired To A Hellish Extent' by Lewis Capaldi 32,000 /
4,160,000, 'Eternal Atake' by Lill Uzi Vert 16,000 / 2,271,000, 'Fine
Line' by Harry Styles 52,000 / 4,512,000, 'Folklore' by Taylor Swift
35,000 / 3,519,000, the 'Frozen
II' soundtrack 13,000 / 2,485,000, 'Goodbye & Good Riddance' by Juice
WRLD 31,000 / 4,331,000, the soundtrack of the Original Hollywood Cast
to 'Hamilton: An American Musical' 21,000 / 3,555,000,
'Hollywood's Bleeding' by Post Malone 36,000 / 6,087,000, 'Legends
Never Die' by Juice WRLD 45,000 / 3,148,000, 'Letter To
You' by Bruce Springsteen 9,000 / 893,000, 'Love Goes' by Sam Smith
15,000 / 562,000, 'Lover' by Taylor Swift
4,314,000, 'Map Of The Soul: 7' by
BTS (Bangtan Boys) 19,000 / 6,657,000, 'Medicinie At Midnight' 46,000
/ 323,000, 'Music To Be Murdered By' by
Eminem 25,000 / 2,367,000, 'My Turn' by Lil Baby 30,000 / 2,816,000, 'No.6 Collaborations' by Ed Sheeran
/ 4,135,000, 'Over It' Summer Walker 14,000 / 1,874,000, 'Plastic
Hearts' by Miley Cyrus 23,000 / 673,000, 'Please
Excuse Me For Being Antisocial' by Roddy Ricch 14,000 / 2,645,000,
'Positions' by Ariana Grande 80,000 / 1,597,000, 'Power Up' by AC/DC
18,000 / 1,331,000,
'Question Mark' by XXXTentacion 22,000 / 5,355,000,
Drake 15,000 / 7,239,000,
'Stoney' by Post Malone 14,000 /
6,246,000, 'Thank U, Next' by Ariana Grande 13,000 / 4,292,000, 'The
Greatest Showman' soundtrack 18,000 / 8,548,000, 'The Voice' by Lil
Durk 41,000 / 476,000, 'When We All Fall
Asleep, Where Do We Go?' by Billie Eilish 36,000 / 7,940,000, 'Wonder'
by Shawn Mendes 15,000 / 536.000, and 'X' by Ed Sheeran
11,000 / 12,634,000.
GLOBAL NO.1 - 60 YEARS AGO
... "Are You Lonesome Tonight?" was originally recorded several times in 1927,
first by Charles Hart, with successful versions by Vaughn De Leath, Henry Burr,
and the duet of Jerry Macy and John Ryan. In 1950 the Blue Barron Orchestra
version reached the Top 20 in the United States. In April 1960, after Presley's
two-year service in the U.S.Army, he recorded the song at the suggestion of
manager Colonel Tom Parker; "Are You Lonesome Tonight?" was Parker's wife, Marie
Mott's, favorite song. Its release was delayed by RCA executives, who thought
the song did not fit Presley's new (and publicized) style. Finally "Are You
Lonesome Tonight?" jumps at no.1 in the United States, United Kingdom, Canada,
Australia, Belgium, and Spain. Unforgettable is Presley's live-version of that
song, called the "Laughing Version", from the midnight show at the International
Hotel in Las Vegas on August 26, 1969.
Morgan Wallen spends seventh weet at No.1
Tuesday, March 2, 2021
by Keith Caulfield & Gary Trust, Los Angeles
Morgan Wallen’s Dangerous: The Double Album makes chart
history as the only country album to spend its first seven weeks at No.
1 in the 64-year history of the Billboard 200.
The set rules the list for a
seventh total week, all consecutive, after having debuted atop the list
six weeks ago (chart dated Jan. 23).
Dangerous earned 89,000 equivalent album units in the U.S. in the week
ending Feb. 25 (down 5%), according to MRC Data.
The only other country set to tally its first six weeks at No. 1 was
Garth Brooks’ The Chase. It debuted at No. 1 on the Oct. 10, 1992-dated
list and spent six weeks in the lead (through Nov. 14, 1992). It then
slipped from the top slot for two weeks, returning for one more week at
No. 1 (Nov. 28, 1992).
Dangerous and The Chase are two of only eight country albums that have
spent at least seven weeks in total at No. 1.
Of Dangerous’ 89,000 equivalent album units earned in the tracking week
ending Feb. 25, SEA units comprise 80,000 (down 1%, equaling 110.79
million on-demand streams of the album’s songs), album sales comprise
7,000 (down 31%) and TEA units comprise 2,000 (down 22%). Dangerous
is one of just eight
country albums that have spent at least seven weeks in total at No. 1
since the Billboard 200 began publishing on a regular weekly basis in
March of 1956.
The last album to spend seven weeks in a row at No. 1, regardless of
genre, was Drake’s Views, which spent its first nine weeks at No. 1 in
2016. Views spent a total of 13
nonconsecutive weeks at No. 1, all in 2016. Only three albums of any
genre have spent at least seven weeks at No. 1 in the last five years:
Dangerous, Taylor Swift’s Folklore (eight nonconsecutive weeks, 2020)
and Drake’s Views (13 nonconsecutive weeks, 2016).
At No. 2 on the Billboard 200, Ariana Grande’s former No. 1 Positions
rises seven spots with 49,000 equivalent album units earned (up 66%).
The album was reissued on Feb. 19 with five additional tracks. Pop
Smoke’s Shoot for the Stars Aim for the Moon rises 4-3 with 43,000 units
Lil Durk’s The Voice falls 3-4 with 38,000 equivalent album units earned
(down 3%), Pooh Shiesty’s Sheisty Season is a non-mover at No. 5 with
37,000 units (up less than 1%) and The Weeknd’s former No. 1 After Hours
falls 2-6 with just under 37,000 units (down 13%).
BTS’ former No. 1 Be bounds 74-7 with 36,000 equivalent album units
earned (up 254%) after the album was issued on Feb. 19 in a new deluxe
CD package, dubbed the “essential edition.” Of the album’s units earned
in the week ending Feb. 25, album sales comprise 28,000 (up 888%). No
additional tracks were added to the essential edition of the album,
which sells for $30.98 on BTS’ official U.S. webstore. The essential
edition offers different packaging and internal paper goods (including
one randomized collectible photocard) as compared to Be’s original CD
release, which sold for $50.98 and had more paper goods (though none
Dua Lipa’s Future Nostalgia slips 7-8 on the latest Billboard 200 with
30,000 equivalent album units earned (down 7%), Luke Combs’ former No. 1
What You See Is What You Get climbs 11-9 with just over 28,000 units (up
4%) and Lil Baby’s former leader My Turn bumps 13-10 with 28,000 units
Olivia Rodrigo's "Drivers License" logs a seventh week at No. 1 on the
Billboard Hot 100, encompassing its entire run on the chart so far.
"License" was released Jan. 8 on Geffen / Interscope Records and debuted
at No. 1 on the Jan. 23-dated Hot 100, marking Rodrigo's first leader.
The song from the singer-songwriter and actress, who broke through with
roles on Disney Channel's Bizaardvark and Disney+'s High School Musical:
The Musical: The Series, totaled 21.5 million U.S. streams (down 4%) and
13,000 downloads sold (up 38%) in the week ending Feb. 25, according to
MRC Data. It also drew 67.3 million radio airplay audience impressions
(up 13%) in the week ending Feb. 28.
The track rebounds 8-2 on the Digital Song Sales chart (after three
weeks at No. 1), as it wins the Hot 100's top Sales Gainer award; pushes
5-2 on Radio Songs; and slips 2-3 on Streaming Songs (after four weeks
at No. 1).
Cardi B's "Up" jumps 5-2 on the Hot 100, returning to its highpoint
where it debuted two weeks ago. It rises 3-2 on Streaming Songs (24.3
million, up 8%), 5-4 on Digital Song Sales (9,000, down 17%) and 41-33
on Radio Songs (22.8 million, up 20%).
Chris Brown and Young Thug's "Go Crazy" soars 8-3 for a new Hot 100
high, besting its prior No. 5 peak, following the Feb. 19 release of its
remix featuring Future, Lil Durk and Mulatto. The track adds a seventh
week atop Radio Songs (77.6 million in audience, down 2%); blasts 50-12
on Streaming Songs (13.2 million, up 74%); and re-enters Digital Song
Sales at No. 35 (3,000 sold, up 76%). (Future, Lil Durk and Mulatto are
not credited on the song on the Hot 100, as the remix did not draw the
majority of its activity in the tracking week.)
Brown posts his highest Hot 100 rank in over a dozen years, since
"Forever" peaked at No. 2 for two weeks in summer 2008.
Ariana Grande's "34+35" drops to No. 4 on the Hot 100, a week after it
revisited its No. 2 high (when it was sparked the Feb. 12 premiere of
its official video starring Grande, Doja Cat and Megan Thee Stallion).
The Weeknd's "Blinding Lights" dips 4-5 on the Hot 100. The song spent
four weeks at No. 1 last April-May (eventually finishing as the Hot
100's top hit of all of 2020) and posts its 64th total week on the
chart. It adds a record-extending 51st week in the top 10 and
record-padding 42nd week in the top five.
The Weeknd boasts back-to-back hits in the Hot 100's top 10, as "Save
Your Tears" holds at No. 6, two weeks after reaching its No. 4 high.
24kGoldn's "Mood," featuring Iann Dior, keeps at No. 7 on the Hot 100,
after eight nonconsecutive weeks at No. 1 in October through
mid-January. It rules the multi-metric Hot Rock & Alternative Songs and
Hot Alternative Songs charts for a 26th week each.
Lil Tjay's "Calling My Phone," featuring 6LACK, falls to No. 8 on the
Hot 100, a week after it launched at No. 3. It adds a second week atop
Streaming Songs (25.4 million, down 25%).
Rounding out the Hot 100's top 10, Grande's "Positions" rises 10-9,
after spending its first week on the chart at No. 1 in November, and Dua
Lipa's "Levitating," featuring DaBaby, backtracks 9-10, after reaching
Record Of The Month
A New Zealand whaler song from the 19th century becomes a big chart success at
the moment. Some time ago the video of Nathan Evans, a 26 year-old (former)
postman from Scotland, with his version of the Shanty 'Soon May The Wellerman
Come' triggered a gigantic hype on the internet platform TikTok. The song
consists of almost endless call-and-response intervals... short stanzas as a
call and the recurring chorus in response. The obvious connection between the
isolation of young people as whalers in the 19th century and during the Covid19
pandemic certainly contributed to the great success.
Scottish post-rock band Mogwai bows at number one
Monday, March 1, 2021
by Alan Jones, London
It has taken 13 albums and over 23 years but veteran Scottish
experimental wizards Mogwai finally have a No.1 album to their name.
Unable for obvious reasons to promote them on tour the band instead gave
their new tracks a live premiere via a webstream shot at Glasgow Tramway
earlier this month. Their reward is to see their
10th studio release As The Love Continues debut at the top of the
charts. The album posts sales of 10,456, 7,305 of these physical. It is
the group's third Top 10 album in a row following Rave Tapes (No.10,
2014) and Every Country's Sun (No.6, 2017). Their biggest seller is
1999's Come On Die Young which has accumulated 51,306 sales since
Also enjoying a best ever chart week is Ghetts, who flies straight to
No.2, landing 7,554 sales for himself with his third studio album
Conflict Of Interest. He made No.23 in 2014 with Rebel With Cause and
No.30 in 2018 with Ghetto Gospel: The New Testament, records now
eclipsed in some style by this 16-track collection which boasts
collaborations with artists such as Ed Sheeran, Emeli Sande and Stormzy.
As reported by Music Week, Dua Lipa's career album sales now number over
one million. Future Nostalgia continues to add to that total and as the
most streamed album of the week it is back in the
Top 3 for the first
time since early January and its 10th week in total since its release
almost 11 months ago. Its 5,715 sales this week take the acclaimed
album’s total to date to 302,011. Dua Lipa's eponymous debut also
continues to tick over steadily. No.37 with 2,061 sales it has been a
Top 75 album for all but two of the 194 weeks since its 2017 release
with its own cumulative sales standing at 709,076.
A lack of any other big new releases gives the Top 5 room to breathe and
The Highlights from The Weeknd climbs back to No.4, adding a further
5,425 sales. Positions by Ariana Grande was expanded to a new
digital-only deluxe edition this week, although with the exception of
the 34+35 remix none of the five new tracks are much more than two
minutes in length. But the renewed interest was enough to send its sales
surging, 4,955 sales taking the album to No.5 and its highest chart
placing since its second week on release back in November.
Meanwhile Greatest Hits by Queen continues to do extraordinary things.
No.6 (4,708 sales) is its highest chart placing as a standalone release
since January 1992 in the immediate aftermath of Freddie Mercury’s
death. This is its 34th week as a Top 10 record and 664th week overall
on the Top 75. Not bad for a compilation album whose newest track turns
40 years old this year.
Albums sales slide 2.55% to stand at 1,748,817 for the week. A thin
release slate inevitably means physical sales take a greater tumble
shedding 10.56% week on week to sit at 272,133, their lowest total for
A week free of any suitably heavyweight challengers means Olivia Rodrigo
strolls comfortably to a seventh consecutive week at No.1. Drivers
License has now enjoyed the longest uninterrupted run at the top of the
charts since Dance Monkey's 11-week spell at the end of 2019. A further
46,404 chart sales (44,533 from streams) mean the American teenager's
cumulative sales to date top half a million for the first time.
Unable to match their opening week totals, Lil Tjay and 6lack still add
a further 37,654 sales to remain at No.2 for a second week with Calling
My Phone. Just below Nathan Evans enjoys a fifth consecutive week in the
Top 3 with Wellerman. No longer just an internet meme, the sea shanty
has instead turned into a genuine pop smash, a further 36,970 sales
taking its cumulative total to 175,370.
The Top 5 is completed by The Business by Tiesto rising to another new
peak of No.4 (31,652 sales) and Kid Laroi's Without You steady at No.5
Friday by Riton / Nightcrawlers / Mufasa & Hypeman continues to make
strides, rising to No.7 (25,899 sales). It further hammers home the
extraordinary versatility of the core groove, originally created by Mark
Kinchen as a remix of the Nightcrawlers' original track Push The Feeling
On in 1994 and most recently used last year as the basis of AJ Tracey's
Changes in artist credits during a single's run are rare and only happen
in exceptional circumstances, but in an acknowledgement that it is the
remix which is driving the popularity of Goosebumps the Top 10 smash is
as of this week credited to Travis Scott and HVME together. The single
holds firm at No.9 (24,126 sales) and now officially Scott's fourth Top
10 single, his first since Highest In The Room in October 2019.
Singles sales are down 0.69% to 21,765,403. Paid-for sales slide 3.36%