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Global Chart Report

'Beautiful Things' gets the crown
Sunday, February 25, 2024
by Fred Chuchel, Dresden


Benson Boone has finally did it, his 'Beautiful Things' is the new number one of the Global Chart! The song jumps from no.3 to the pole position, driven by another 16% points increase to 227,000. Broken down by segments the tune generated 181,000 points by streaming (up 14%), 31,000 points by sales (up 11%), and 15,000 points by airplay (up 46%). Benson Boone began sharing his music on TikTok in 2021 and subsequently auditioned for American Idol. He withdrew from the competition but continued to gain popularity on TikTok, amassing 1.7 million followers. His talent was recognized by Imagine Dragons' frontman Dan Reynolds, who signed Boone to his record label, Night Street Records. 'Love Trigger', the theme song for the Japanese TV Asahi drama 'Koisuru Keigo 24 Ji', performed by the idol group Snow Man, is this week's highest debut at no.13 with 152,000 points: 149,000 of it were generated by massive CD sales, so it's the best-selling

song far and wide. The most streamed track of the week is - also for the first time - 'Beautiful Things' and most played song for a 13th week in a row is Dua Lipa's 'Houdini' with 87,000 points. The latter placed at no.7 on the major hitlist with additional 15,000 sales points and 84,000 streaming points. Tate McRae's 'Greedy' fell from the throne after nine non-consecutive weeks there. Now it slides to the runner-up slot with 225,000 points, a 2% decrease compared to the previous hitlist (139,000 points by streaming, 22,000 points by sales, and 64,000 by airplay). Taylor Swift's 'Cruel Summer' from her 2019 album 'Lover' slips to the third place, despite a 4% points increase to 220,000 (144,000 by streaming, 29,000 by sales, and 47,000 by airplay). After the first full week at retail, Beyoncé's 'Texas Hold 'Em' makes a giant leap on the current tally from no.18 to no.4 with 216,000 points, a massive 81% boost compared to last week. Beyoncé's unusual country pop, western and soul song was a surprise release and debuted during Super Bowl LVIII on February 11, 2024. It's titled after the poker game of the same name. Outside our weekly Top 40 waiting among other 'Never Lose Me' by Flo Milli at no.51, 'The Night We Met' by Lord Huron at no.56, 'Overdrive' by Ofenbach feat. Norma Jean Martine at no.57, and 'First Love' by Oscar Ortiz & Edgardo Nuńez at no.59 for their first appearance on the big list. That already mentioned above 'Vultures 1' album by Kanye West and Ty Dolla $ign debuts easily atop the Global Album Chart this week with 216,000 equivalent sales. In contrast to West's previous two albums, 'Donda' and 'Jesus Is King', it finds him mostly forgoing religious themes. The album was released in the wake of West's antisemitic comments in late 2022. The second new-entry of the week comes from Usher. His ninth studio album was released on February 9, 2024, two days before his Super Bowl LVIII halftime show performance. The set sprints at no.3 with 103,000 sales and it's Usher's first solo album since 'Hard II Love', which started and peaked at no.8 in the calendar week 39, 2016, with 40,000 sales. Noah Kahan's third studio album 'Stick Season' reaches a new peak at the runner-up slot and 126,000 equivalent sales, driven by the continued success of the single with the same title and the release of an album deluxe version with nine new tracks. Released in October 2022, Taylor Swift's 'Midnights' is now the most recent album to reach the 10 million mark in equivalent sales and it's the second for Taylor Swift, after '1989' reached that mark in 2019. 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 24,000 / 15,963,000, '21' by Adele 17,000 / 32,554,000, '25' by Adele 12,000 / 24,822,000, '30' by Adele 9,000 / 6,277,000, 'After Hours' by The Weeknd 28,000 / 8,957,000, the soundtrack to 'Barbie: The Album' 28,000 / 1,787,000, 'Certified Lover Boy' by Drake 20,000 / 6,383,000, 'Dangerous: The Double Album' by Morgan Wallen 40,000 / 9,079,000, 'Divide' by Ed Sheeran 21,000 / 20,571,000, 'Endless Summer Vacation' by Miley Cyrus 23,000 / 1,620,000, 'Equals' by Ed Sheeran 13,000 / 5,759,000, 'Evermore' by Taylor Swift 32,000 / 5,511,000, 'Folklore' by Taylor Swift 52,000 / 9,285,000, 'For All The Dogs' by Drake 61,000 / 2,406,000, 'Future Nostalgia' by Dua Lipa 17,000 / 8,401,000, Génesis' by Peso Pluma 25,000 / 1,428,000, 'Golden' by Jung Kook 23,000 / 1,742,000, 'Guts' by Olivia Rodrigo 47,000 / 2,205,000, 'Hackney Diamonds' by the Rolling Stones 18,000 / 1,224,000, 'Harry's House' by Harry Styles 25,000 / 6,342,000, 'Her Loss' by Drake & 21 Savage 19,000 / 3,420,000, 'Hereos & Villains' by Metro Boomin 33,000 / 3,423,000, 'Lover' by Taylor Swift 74,000 / 8,951,000, 'Pink Friday 2' by Nicki Minaj 37,000 / 885,000, 'Red (Taylor's Version)' by Taylor Swift 30,000 / 5,311,000, 'Renaissance' by Beyoncé 15,000 / 3,460,000, 'Scarlet' by Doja Cat 22,000 / 785,000, 'SOS' by SZA 65,000 / 5,416,000, 'Sour' by Olivia Rodrigo 38,000 / 9,381,000, 'Speak Now (Taylor's Version)' by Taylor Swift 34,000 / 2,831,000, 'Subtract' by Ed Sheeran 9,000 / 1,251,000, 'The Highlights' by The Weeknd 56,000 / 6,827,000, 'Un Verano Sin Ti' by Bad Bunny 25,000 / 6,272,000, 'Utopia' by Travis Scott 57,000 / 2,982,000, 'When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go?' by Billie Eilish 15,000 / 11,472,000, and 'Zach Bryan' by Zach Bryan 48,000 / 1,703,000.

GLOBAL NO.1 - 40 YEARS AGO ... While at a June 1982 concert by the Rolling Stones in West Berlin, Nena's guitarist Carlo Karges noticed that balloons were being released. As he watched them move toward the horizon, he noticed them shifting and changing shapes, where they looked like strange spacecraft. He thought about what happen if they floated over the Berlin Wall to the Soviet sector, that's how this song came about. Originally released in January 1983 in the German-speaking territories, "99 Luftballons" initially reached number one in Germany, Switzerland, and Austria. One year later, the song surprisingly became a big smash in the United States, where it peaked at no.2. At the same time it topped the hitlists in United Kingdom, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, and Ireland. US-American, Australian, and New Zealand audiences preferred the original German version, whereas an English translation of the song was released in the other three countries. Furthermore it was another big success in France, the Netherlands, Belgium, Sweden, Norway, Finland, Spain, and even in Japan. "99 Luftballons" became an anthem for the peace movement in the 1980s.

Billboard Report
Beyoncé's 'Texas Hold 'Em' hits No. 1
Tuesday, February 27, 2024
by Keith Caulfield & Gary Trust, Los Angeles

Beyoncé's “Texas Hold ‘Em” shuffles to No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100, a week after it debuted at No. 2. The superstar earns her ninth leader on the list, and her first since “Break My Soul”

in 2022. Released on Parkwood / Columbia Records / Columbia Nashville, the song becomes the 1,164th No. 1 in the Hot 100’s 65-year history. “Texas Hold ‘Em” drew 29 million streams (up 51%) and 16.1 million radio airplay audience impressions (up 233%) and sold 29,000 downloads (down 25%) in the Feb. 16-22 tracking week, according to Luminate, as the song claims dual top Streaming and Airplay Gainer honors on the Hot 100. The single adds a second week at No. 1 on the Digital Song Sales chart, ascends 2-1 Streaming Songs and debuts at No. 43 on Radio Songs chart. Beyoncé notches her ninth Hot 100 No. 1 as a soloist... Additionally, Destiny’s Child, with Beyoncé as a member, scored four Hot 100 No. 1s. Notably, in looking at acts’ group and solo careers combined, Beyoncé’s span of appearing atop the Hot 100 stretches 24 years, seven months and two weeks, from the first week at No. 1 for Destiny’s Child’s “Bills, Bills, Bills” (July

17, 1999) through this week’s takeover on top for “Texas Hold ‘Em.” Beyoncé boasts the seventh-most weeks spent atop the Hot 100, as “Texas Hold ‘Em” ups her count to 45 in her solo career. Beyond Beyoncé on the Hot 100, Jack Harlow’s “Lovin on Me” ranks at No. 2, following six nonconsecutive weeks at No. 1. Still, it adds a sixth week atop Radio Songs. Teddy Swims’ “Lose Control” rebounds 5-3 on the Hot 100, after reaching No. 2; Ye (formerly known as Kanye West) and Ty Dolla $ign’s “Carnival,” featuring Rich the Kid and Playboi Carti, dips 3-4 in its second week on the chart; and Benson Boone’s “Beautiful Things” backtracks 4-5 on the Hot 100, after hitting No. 2. SZA’s “Snooze” rises 7-6 on the Hot 100, after reaching No. 2, Taylor Swift’s “Cruel Summer” falls 6-7 on the Hot 100, following four nonconsecutive weeks at No. 1 beginning in October, and Tate McRae’s “Greedy” pushes 9-8, after reaching No. 3. Zach Bryan’s “I Remember Everything,” featuring Kacey Musgraves, slides 8-9 on the Hot 100, after it led for a week upon its debut last September. Rounding out the Hot 100’s top 10, Doja Cat’s “Agora Hills” reenters the region (12-10), after hitting No. 7. Ye (formerly known as Kanye West) and Ty Dolla $ign’s collaborative album Vultures 1 spends a second week atop the Billboard 200 albums chart (dated March 2), earning 75,000 equivalent album units in its second week in the U.S. (down 50%), according to Luminate. Of Vultures 1’s 75,000 units earned in the tracking week ending Feb. 22, SEA units comprise 72,000 (down 44%, equaling 95.25 million on-demand official streams of the set’s songs), album sales comprise 2,000 (down 89%) and TEA units comprise 1,000 (down 25%). Rapper Yeat notches his highest-charting title yet on the Billboard 200, as his newest album, 2093, debuts at No. 2. It earned 70,000 equivalent album units in its first week — the artist’s best week by units earned. Of that sum, SEA units comprise 58,000 (equaling 79.15 million on-demand official streams of the set’s songs), album sales comprise 12,000 and TEA units comprise a negligible sum. Yeat made his debut on the Billboard 200 a little over two years ago with Up 2 Me, when it bowed on the list dated Jan. 22, 2022. It eventually peaked at No. 59. Since then, he’s logged four more entries, and all of them have started in the top 10: 2 Alive (No. 6 in 2022), Lyfe (No. 10 in 2022), AfterLyfe (No. 4 in 2023) and now 2093 (No. 2). Morgan Wallen's chart-topping One Thing at a Time rises 4-3 on the new Billboard 200 with 64,000 equivalent album units earned (up 1%), while Noah Kahan’s Stick Season slips 3-4 with 60,000 (down 29%). SZA’s former No. 1 SOS rounds out the top five, as it’s steady at No. 5 with 46,000 (down 9%). Five former No. 1s finish off the second half of the top 10, as Taylor Swift’s 1989 (Taylor’s Version) is a non-mover at No. 6 (just over 44,000 equivalent album units; down 12%); Swift’s Lover is stationary at No. 7 (a little more than 43,000; down 11%); Drake’s For All the Dogs climbs 10-8 (43,000; down 4%); Swift’s Midnights dips 8-9 (40,000; down 14%); and 21 Savage’s American Dream rises 11-10 (37,000; down 12%).

Record Of The Month
He's the grandson of reggae-legend Bob Marley and the son of Fugees front woman Lauryn Hill.
22 year-old YG Marley debuts with his first song 'Praise Jah In The Moonlight'.
It samples his grandfather's 1978 song 'Crisis' and sounds like a genuine Bob Marley song.

United Kingdom
Music Week Report
Idles' 'Tangk' rules the album chart
Monday, February 26, 2024
by Alan Jones, London

Beyoncé hits the jackpot this week, with country-tinged single Texas Hold ‘Em vaulting 9-1 on its first full week of availability, with consumption soaring 111.88% week-on-week to 59,272 units (6,072 digital downloads and 53,200 sales-equivalent streams). It takes its name from a popular variant of poker,

so it's somehow appropriate that it is her first No.1 since she teamed with Poker Face hitmaker Lady Gaga for 2010 chart-topper Telephone, which debuted at number 30, topping the chart on its 17th week in the Top 200, its 15th in the Top 75, its eighth in the Top 40 and its first in the Top 10. Becoming the first ever No.1 to namecheck her home state in its title – previous highest achiever, Yellow Rose Of Texas was No.2 for Mitch Miller in 1955 – Texas Hold ‘Em makes her Queen Bey for the eighth time, a tally which includes two as a member of Destiny’s Child, four collaborations and just one previous hit on which she had sole credit, 2008’s If I Were A Boy. With 81 hits (15 of them with Destiny’s Child), Beyoncé is undoubtedly one of the most successful singers ever, and has achieved staggering lifetime UK single consumption of 52,729,635 units, including 9,332,499 with Destiny’s Child. In pursuit of her fifth No.1, Dua Lipa has to settle for a No.4 debut with 27th hit

Training Session, 14 weeks after its predecessor, Houdini debuted and peaked at No.2. Both tracks are taken from Lipa’s yet to be named third album. Houdini racked up first week consumption of 40,933 units (including 4,671 CDs), while Training Session opens with 40,497 sales (including 3,045 CDs, 3,937 7-inch vinyl and 2,598 cassettes). Although denied the No.1 spot on the main chart, Training Session is No.1 on each of its physical formats’ individual charts. Benson Boone’s first Top 10 hit, Beautiful Things continues to rise, advancing 3-2 (44,617 sales). After four straight weeks of decline, Yes, And? bounces 10-7 (28,675 sales) for Ariana Grande, after being released in a new duet mix with Mariah Carey. The chart’s top two songs for the last four weeks both fell victim to ACR this week, and consequently no longer hold those positions. After seven weeks at No.1, Stick Season dips to No.5 for Noah Kahan on consumption of 34,406 units, though its unadjusted tally of 67,171 units means it is still No.1 in the Top 200 Combined Tracks chart ahead of Beyonce. Meanwhile, Murder On The Dancefloor slides 2-16 (18,442 sales) for Sophie Ellis-Bextor, but would have lost its runners-up position anyway, with unadjusted consumption of 35,311 units relegating it to sixth place. A further two songs in the Top 10 are destined for ACR next week, these being: Prada (6-8, 27,407 sales) by Cassö, Raye & D-Block Europe and Greedy (8-10, 25,854 sales) by Tate McRae. Lose Control by Teddy Swims was also set for ACR but will avoid it after its consumption climbed 8.97% week-on-week to its best yet tally of 43,115 units, returning it to its peak position of No.3. Completing the Top 10 are: Praise Jah In The Moonlight (5-6, 32,658 sales) by YG Marley and Cruel Summer (7-9, 27,112 sales) by Taylor Swift. Overall singles consumption is down 1.06% week-on-week to 28,873,620 units, 11.58% above same week 2023 consumption of 25,877,731 units. Paid-for sales are down 1.15% week-on-week at 288,845 – 2.09% above same week 2023 sales of 282,928. Both seeking to secure their second No.1 album having failed to do so last time out, Idles and Paloma Faith were locked in an intriguing tussle for superiority all week, Ultimately, the punk quintet formed in Bristol in 2009 won the race comfortably, leaving Faith to contemplate the third No.2 album of her career. Idles’ fifth studio album since their 2017 recording debut, Tangk is a typically energetic but polished affair comprising 11 new songs, with lyrics penned by lead vocalist Joe Talbot, and music written, as usual, by the entire band. Effecting the 14th change of leadership of the chart in as many weeks, it secured first week consumption of 20,230 units (3,962 CDs, 12,904 vinyl albums, 416 cassettes, 868 digital downloads and 2,080 sales-equivalent streams) to take the title – 40.97% more than its immediate predecessor, Crawler, which debuted and peaked at No.6 on consumption of 14,351 units in 2021, but 25.58% down on the album before that, Ultra Mono, which dashed to the summit in 2020 with first week consumption of 27,182 units. Unchanged since before their recording career began, the Anglo/Welsh band’s line-up consists of Talbot (39), bass guitarist Adam Devonshire (39), lead guitarist Mark Bowen (36), rhythm guitarist Lee Kiernan (36) and drummer Jon Beavis (32). Including their live album, A Beautiful Thing, they have had four Top 10 and six Top 75 albums, with cumulative sales of 294,414 units. Their biggest seller, second album Joy As An Act Of Resistance, reached No.5 in 2018 and is poised to go gold in the next few weeks, having achieved to-date consumption of 98,441 units. Their success has come despite their complete absence from the singles chart – the nearest thing they have to a hit is Never Fight A Man With A Perm, the fifth single from Joy As An Act Of Resistance, which has racked up consumption of 112,974 units to date. Their only track to make the Top 200 of the radio airplay chart, Model Village, reached No.82 in 2020. By contrast, Paloma Faith has racked up 15 OCC Top 75 singles – though none since 2018 – and 26 Top 75 radio airplay hits. Despite her higher profile, and the fact that she appeared on Jonathan Ross’s ITV chat show last Saturday (February 17) to talk and sing Sweatpants, the opening track from her new album, The Glorification Of Sadness, the album was eventually fairly well beaten, debuting at No.2 on consumption of 14,247 units. It is the sixth straight Top 10 album for the 42-year-old London singer/songwriter since her 2009 debut, Do You Want The Truth Or Something Beautiful? opened at No.14 on sales of 17,326 copies, peaking three weeks later at No.9. Liverpool alt-rock quartet Crawlers – Holly Minto (24), Liv May (23), Amy Woodall (22) and Harry Breen (25) – open at No.7 (6,278 sales) with their first full length album, fifteen months after reaching No.22 with six song EP, Loud Without Noise. Biographical music drama Bob Marley: One Love has opened to mixed reviews but is a box office hit, and has a galvanising effect on the titular hero’s (and band The Wailers’) albums, most noticeably propelling Legend – his 1984 hits set, which spent 12 weeks at No.1 – to jump 18-6, climbing for the sixth consecutive week to return to the Top 10 after an absence of 184 weeks, with consumption up 57.22% week-on-week to 7,377 units. The rest of the Top 10: Stick Season (1-3, 11,270 sales) by Noah Kahan, The Highlights (4-4, 10,267 sales) by The Weeknd, Vultures 1 (2-5, 10,154 sales) by Kanye West & Ty Dolla Sign, 1989 (Taylor’s Version) (6-8, 5,947 sales) by Taylor Swift, 50 Years: Don’t Stop (10-9, 5,351 sales) by Fleetwood Mac, and Curtain Call: The Hits (8-10, 5,274 sales) by Eminem. Overall album sales are down 1.60% week-on-week at 2,393,384, 11.56% above same week 2023 sales of 2,145,345. Physical product accounts for 292,351 sales, 12.21% of the total.