Celine Dion celebrates great comeback
Thursday, November 28, 2019
by Fred Chuchel, Dresden
pop diva Celine Dion turns back on the scene with her 12th
English-language studio effort 'Courage'. The set shoots easily atop
the Global Album Chart with 254,000 equivalent sales, 113,000 of it
were from the United States, 55,000 from her native country (both
figures according to Billboard / Nielsen Soundscan). Another 23,000
were it generated in France (according to SNEP), and 19,000 in United
Kingdom (according to OCC). Celine's former English-language set
'Loved Me Back To Life' started six years ago, in the week 47, 2013,
at no.2 globally with 253,000 album sales, outsold by Eminem's 'The
Marshall Mathers LP 2', which started also in that week, with
1,221,000 sales. Celine Dion had her greatest successes in the
nineteens with 'Let's Talk About Love' (1997) and 'Falling Into You'
(1996) with 31 million, respectively nearly 30 million copies sold.
Ringo Sheena, Japanese singer / songwriter and ex-member of the rock
Tokyo Jihen, bows -
right on time for her 41st birthday - at the runner-up slot with the
greatest hits compilation 'Newton No Ringo: Hajimete No Best Ban' and
110,000 sales (according to Oricon). 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 8,000
/ 11,212,000, '21' by Adele 9,000 / 29,814,000, '25' by Adele 9,000 / 22,202,000,
the 'A Star
Is Born' soundtrack 26,000 / 5,321,000, 'AI YoungBoy 2' by YoungBoy
Never Broke Again 46,000 / 430,000, 'American Teen' by Khalid
12,000 / 3,500,000, 'Astroworld' by Travis Scott 28,000 / 4,042,000,
'Beerbongs & Bentleys'
by Post Malone 30,000 / 6,056,000, the 'Bohemian Rhapsody' soundtrack
3,962,000, 'Care Package' by Drake 5,000 / 371,000, 'Championships' Meek Mill 10,000 / 1,658,000,
'Christmas' by Michael Bublé 32,000 / 12,597,000,
'Cuz I Love You' by Lizzo 22,000 / 1,106,000, 'Damn.' by Kendrick
Lamar 10,000 / 5,612,000, 'Death Race For Love' by Juice WRLD 12,000 /
'Divide' by Ed Sheeran 25,000 / 15,388,000, 'Divinely Uninspired To A
Hellish Extent' by Lewis Capaldi 44,000 / 1,262,000, 'Evolve' by Imagine
Dragons 11,000 / 4,889,000, 'Father Of Asahd' by DJ Khaled 6,000 /
'Free Spirit' by Khalid 20,000 / 1,702,000, 'Goodbye & Good Riddance' by
Juice WRLD 14,000 / 2,388,000, 'Happiness Begins' by Jonas Brothers
13,000 / 1,141,000, 'Hurts 2B Human' by Pink 11,000 / 963,000, 'In The Lonely Hour' by Sam Smith
7,000 / 8,281,000, 'Indigo' by Chris Brown 27,000 / 982,000,
'Invasion Of Privacy' by Cardi B 11,000 / 3,177,000, 'Jesus Is King'
by Kanye West 49,000 / 569,000, 'Kamikaze' by
Eminem 7,000 / 2,862,000, 'Love Yourself 轉 Answer' by BTS (Bangtan
Boys) 7,000 / 2,707,000, 'Lover' by Taylor Swift 86,000 / 2,452,000, 'Map Of The Soul: Persona' by BTS (Bangtan
Boys) 11,000 / 4,185,000, 'Norman Fucking Rockwell!!' by Lana Del Rey
17,000 / 623,000, 'Origins' by Imagine Dragons 7,000 /
1,615,000, 'Over It' Summer Walker 49,000 / 573,000, 'Pray For The Wicked' by Panic! At The Disco
1,641,000, 'Question Mark'
by XXXTentacion 17,000 / 3,983,000, 'Rammstein' by Rammstein 11,000 /
1,170,000, 'Reputation' by Taylor Swift 7,000 / 5,076,000,
'Scorpion' by Drake 22,000 / 5,968,000, 'Seven' by Lil Nas X 20,000 /
949,000, 'Shawn Mendes' by Shawn Mendes
16,000 / 2,508,000, 'So Much Fun' by Young Thug 31,000 / 801,000, 'Staying At Tamara's' by George Ezra 5,000 /
1,612,000, 'Stoney' by Post Malone
18,000 / 5,1214,000, 'Sweetener' by
Ariana Grande 8,000 / 2,695,000, 'Thank U, Next' by Ariana Grande 25,000 /
3,177,000, 'The Greatest Showman' soundtrack 22,000 / 7,402,000, 'Trench' by Twenty
One Pilots 6,000 / 1,412,000, 'Views' by Drake 10,000 / 5,190,000, 'We
Are Not Your Kind' by Slipknot 5,000 / 571,000, 'We Love You Tecca'
by Lil Tecca 26,000 / 583,000,
'Western Stars' by Bruce Springsteen 15,000 / 769,000, and
'X' by Ed Sheeran 10,000 / 12,040,000. 'Dance Monkey' by
Australian singer / songwriter Tones And I rules the Global Track
Chart for a sixth straight week with another point-peak of 419,000, up
3% compared to the previous week. Also 'Memories' by Maroon 5 reaches
another peak at the runner-up slot with 285,000 points (up 4%). Still
rounds out the top three is Post Malone's latest smash 'Circles' with
259,000 points (down 1%). Highest debut of the week comes from Billie
Eilish. The ballad 'Everything I Wanted' bows at no.4 globally with
256,000 points. It's Billie's second global Top 10 smash after 'Bad
Guy', which leaves the Top 10 this week, after a massive 33-week
presence. With a total of 9,576,000 points it ranks still at no.2 on
the year-to-date list. It's that time agian... Xmas-classics storms
back to the hitlists, especially Mariah Carey's 'All I Want For
Christmas Is You', which is the most successful holiday tune since
many years. It returns at no.38 this week with 72,000 points. Last
year it turned back in the same calendar week at no.39 with 61,000
points. Five weeks later it peaked at no.1 with 342,000 points. For
the first time ever an song from India comes near to the Global Top
40: 'Filhall' by B Praak arrives at no.43 with 62,000 points, due a
massive presence at YouTube (96 million views last week) and powerful
streaming. Also outside
the weekly Top 40 waiting among other 'Nice To Meet Ya' by Niall Horan
at no.44, 'Woah' by Lil Baby at no.46, 'Watermelon Sugar' by Harry
Styles at no.47, and 'Outnumbered' by Dermot
Kennedy at no.55 for their first appearance on the big list.
GLOBAL NO.1 - 50 YEARS AGO...
Sugar", released on May 24, 1969, became the biggest hymn of
the bubblegum pop genre that flourished from 1968 to 1973.
Originally The Archies was an American fictional band that
featured in the animated TV series, The Archies Show. The music
featured in the series was recorded by session musicians,
including Ron Dante on lead vocals and Toni Wine on duet and
backing vocals. Together they provided the voices of The Archies
using multitracking. "Sugar Sugar" went to no.1 in many countries
and was the most successful song of the year 1969 in the United
States and United Kingdom. On the Global Chart it reached no.4 on
the year-end hitlist 1969, but with the additional success in 1970
and a total of 9.974.000 points, it was also worldwide the most
successful single release of the year 1969.
Post Malone's 'Circles' spends second week at no.1
Tuesday, December 3, 2019
by Keith Caulfield & Gary Trust, Los Angeles
Rapper Trippie Redd captures his first No. 1 album on the
Billboard 200 chart, as A Love Letter to You 4 debuts atop the tally.
The set, which was released on Nov. 22 via TenThousand
Projects, earned just under
104,000 equivalent album units in the week ending Nov. 28 in the U.S.,
according to Nielsen Music.
A Love Letter To You 4 marks the prolific artist’s fourth top 10 album
on the Billboard 200, and all of them have come in a little over a year.
He previously visited the top 10 with ! (No. 3 on the chart dated Aug.
24, 2019), A Love Letter to You 3 (No. 3; Nov. 24, 2018) and Life’s a
Trip (No. 4; Aug. 25, 2018).
Of A Love Letter to You 4’s total unit start of nearly 104,000, album
sales comprise 14,000, TEA units equal 1,000 and SEA units total 88,000.
(All numbers are rounded to the nearest thousand.) The set’s first week
got a small bump from album sales generated by a concert ticket/album
sale redemption offer with the artist’s upcoming tour (starting in
January) and some merchandise/album bundles sold via his official
website. At No. 2 on the Billboard 200, Jason Aldean debuts with his new
9 album, starting with 83,000 equivalent
album units earned. The bulk of the new studio effort’s bow
was tallied via 68,000 in album sales. Like Trippie Redd, Aldean’s sales
figure was goosed by a concert ticket/album sale redemption offer.
9 is the country star’s eighth top 10 album, and all of them have been
consecutive. Aldean started his top 10 hot streak with 2007’s
Relentless, which rose to No. 7. Amongst his top 10s are four No. 1s in
a row: Night Train (2012), Old Boots, New Dirt (2014), They Don’t Know
(2016) and Rearview Town (2018). Aldean’s only charting effort to miss
the top 10 was his first entry, a self-titled set, which peaked at No.
37 in 2005.
The Frozen 2 soundtrack storms into the top 10, vaulting 15-3 in its
second week on the list. The set earned 79,000 equivalent album units
(up 214%), with 43,000 of that sum in album sales (up 133%). The album
is basking in the glow of the film’s blockbuster grosses in U.S.
theaters since its debut on Nov. 21.
The new film is the sequel to the 2014’s Frozen, which saw its
soundtrack spend a whopping 13 weeks at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 chart
(back when it was an album sales-only ranking), the most for a
soundtrack this century. The first Frozen soundtrack finished 2014 as
the second-biggest selling album of that year in the U.S., and the No. 1
album on the year-end Billboard 200 chart.
Back on the new Billboard 200, Post Malone’s former No. 1 Hollywood’s
Bleeding dips 3-4 with 73,000 equivalent album units earned (up 6%).
Another former No. 1, Billie Eilish’s When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do
We Go?, bolts 9-5 with 52,000 units (up 52%). The set’s rise is owed
largely to the $15 sale pricing of the album’s vinyl edition at both
Walmart and Target during the tracking week. In total, the album --
across all formats, including CD, download and vinyl LP -- sold 27,000
copies, with a gain of 180%, and most of those sales were on wax. In
terms of pure vinyl LP sales, it moved a whopping 20,000 copies (up
345%) -- the second-largest sales week of 2019 for a vinyl LP (trailing
only the 25,000-copy debut of The Raconteurs’ Help Us Stranger).
Taylor Swift’s former No. 1 Lover falls 4-6 on the Billboard 200 with
51,000 equivalent album units (down 10%).
Coldplay collects its seventh top 10 album with the debut of its new
studio effort Everyday Life at No. 7. The set launches with 48,000
equivalent album units earned, with 36,000 of that sum in album sales.
The band first visited the Billboard 200 chart nearly 19 years ago, when
the group’s debut full-length studio set, Parachutes, bowed on the tally
dated Dec. 30, 2000 at No. 189. Parachutes eventually climbed to a peak
of No. 51 on March 17, 2001. Since then, all seven of Coldplay’s
subsequent full-length studio efforts, including the new album, have
debuted in the top 10 (including four No. 1s).
The fourth and final debut in the top 10 is YNW Melly’s Melly vs.
Melvin, which bows at No. 8 with 43,000 equivalent album units (with
just 1,000 of that sum in album sales). It’s the first top 10 for the
rapper, who is currently in jail after being charged with two counts of
first-degree murder earlier in 2019.
Closing out the new top 10 are Luke Combs’ previous No. 1, What You See
Is What You Get, which falls 5-9 with 41,000 equivalent album units
and Summer Walker’s Over It, which slips 7-10 with 39,000 units (down
Post Malone tallies a second week at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 with
"Circles," which takes over as the top-selling song in the U.S. after
the singer-songwriter and rapper performed it on the American Music
Awards on Nov. 24.
"Circles," released on Republic Records, blasts from No. 6 to No. 1 on
the Digital Song Sales chart, surging by 45% to 20,000 sold in the week
ending Nov. 28, according to Nielsen Music. It rises 5-3 on Streaming
Songs, up 5% to 24.6 million U.S. streams in the same span, while
keeping at No. 3 on Radio Songs, with 90.6 million audience impressions,
essentially even week-over-week, in the week ending Dec. 1.
Lewis Capaldi's "Someone You Loved" holds at No. 2 on the Hot 100, after
the ballad logged three weeks at No. 1. It becomes his first No. 1 on
the Adult Contemporary radio airplay chart (after topping the Adult Pop
Songs and Pop Songs airplay tallies for seven and three weeks,
Lizzo's "Good as Hell" spends a second week at its No. 3 Hot 100 best,
as it adds a fifth week at No. 1 on the Hot R&B Songs chart and a third
frame atop Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs, as well as a second week at
No. 1 on Radio Songs (97.4 million, up 4%).
Maroon 5's "Memories" is steady at its No. 4 Hot 100 high, as it becomes
the band's record-extending 14th No. 1 on Adult Pop Songs.
Arizona Zervas' breakthrough hit "Roxanne" bounds from No. 12 to No. 5
on the Hot 100, as it tallies a second week at No. 1 on Streaming Songs
(36.6 million, up 22%), rises 42-33 on Digital Song Sales (5,000, up
12%) and pushes closer to Radio Songs (15.2 million, up 65%).
The track reaches the Hot 100's top 10 in its fourth week on the survey,
after it debuted at No. 34 on the chart dated Nov. 16. Upon its
entrance, the song was self-released, before Zervas signed with Columbia
Selena Gomez's "Lose You to Love Me" dips 5-6 on the Hot 100, after
becoming her first No. 1, while becoming her eighth top 10 on Radio
Songs (13-9; 62.2 million, up 16%).
Shawn Mendes and Camila Cabello's former Hot 100 No. 1 "Señorita"
descends 6-7 and Dan + Shay and Justin Bieber's "10,000 Hours" rises
9-8, after debuting at its No. 4 peak. The latter leads the multi-metric
Hot Country Songs chart for an eighth week.
Rounding out the Hot 100's top 10, Lizzo's former seven-week No. 1
"Truth Hurts" rebounds 10-9 (after she performed her song "Jerome" on
the AMAs) and Chris Brown's "No Guidance," featuring Drake, falls 7-10,
after reaching No. 5.
Song Of The Month
'10,000 Hours', with guest vocals by Justin Bieber, is the first sign of the
upcoming new studio album by Dan & Shay, an American country music duo composed
of vocalists and songwriters Dan Smyers and Shay Mooney.
Music Week Report
Coldplay beat Robbie Williams to no.1
Monday, December 2, 2019
by Alan Jones, London
The group and the solo artist with most No.1
albums in the 21st century went head-to-head for chart supremacy this week, and
after a titanic tussle the winners were Coldplay. Securing their eighth
consecutive No.1 studio album since their 2000 debut, Coldplay came from
behind to debut atop the chart with Everyday Life, leaving
Robbie Williams to open in second place with his seasonal set, The Christmas
Everyday Life racked up the third highest artist album sale of the year, with
consumption of 80,974 units (including 5,895 from sales-equivalent streams)
trailing only the first week tallies of 125,031 by Ed Sheeran’s No.6
Collaborations Project and 89,506 by Lewis Capaldi’s Divinely Uninspired To A
Hellish Extent, 19 weeks ago, and 27 weeks ago, respectively.
It is, however, a lower first week sale than all but Coldplay’s very first
album, Parachutes, which shifted 70,935 copies on release in 2000 Ahead of it
are the first week sales of X&Y (464,471 copies, 2005), Viva La Vida Or Death
And All His Friends (302,074 sales in three days, 2008), A Rush Of Blood To The
Head (273,924 sales, 2002), A Head Full Of Dreams (235,975 sales, 2015), Mylo
Xyloto (208,343 sales, 2011) and Ghost Stories (168,048 sales, 2014). The only
Coldplay studio album NOT to debut at No.1,
A Head Full Of Dreams debuted at No.2, but surged 10-1 nine weeks later,
after being made available for 99p at Google Play.I took a little license in calling Coldplay the group with most No.1 studio
albums in the opening paragraph – they were previously, and they are again now,
but for the past week they were tied on seven with Westlife, whose Spectrum
equaled things up last week when it opened at No.1, and now falls to No.8
(13,823 sales). In pursuit of his 13th No.1 solo album in total, and his 11th of
the 21st Century (17th and 13th, respectively if we count his Take That work)
Robbie Williams was almost 13,000 sales up on Coldplay in the first of the
week’s sales flashes with The Christmas Present, but it failed to keep pace, and
has to settle for a No.2 debut on sales of 67,182 copies. The closer we get to
Christmas, of course, the more pertinent it becomes, and it is entirely possible
it will reach No.1 in due course. For a precedent, look no further than Michael
Buble’s Christmas, which debuted at No.3 in 2011, taking a further three weeks
to reach No.1. Now a perennial, it advances 18-14 (8,047 sales) this week, and
it is the biggest selling Christmas album of all time, with to-date consumption
of 2,933,905 units. Completing an all-new top three with an unprecedented 36
No.1 albums between them, Rod Stewart marks 50 years as a solo artist with
You’re In My Heart, which combines classic vocals with newly-recorded
arrangements performed by The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, whose name is writ
large on the album artwork, but sadly missing from the OCC chart credit. Opening
at No.3 on consumption of 37,723 units – the highest by far for a record in this
position so far this year – it also includes the new song Stop Loving Her Today,
plus Robbie Williams duet It Takes Two. The latter title, with which Rod had a
No.5 hit in collaboration with Tina Turner in 1990 – is also on Robbie’s album,
The Christmas Present, alongside another Williams/Stewart duet, Fairytales.
Hawked as a personal celebration of love and life, Happy Days (No.6, 16,441
sales) was released to mark the Dutch bandleader and violinist Andre Rieu’s 70th
birthday. Dubbed the “world’s first classical superstar” and “the king of the
waltz”, Rieu has now had 19 Top 50 albums - all since the age of 60 - and 10 Top
More than three years after his death at the age of 82, Canadian
singer/songwriter Leonard Cohen’s 16th and final studio album, Thanks For The
Dance, is a selection of Cohen compositions recorded at the same time as his
last album, You Want It Darker, and debuts at No.7 (14,623 sales), becoming his
sixth Top 10 album, and his 20th Top 75 entry.
His previous Top 10 albums being Join Bing And Sing Along (No.7, 1960) and Live
At The London Palladium (No.9 shortly after his death in 1977), Bing Crosby is
in the top tier for only the third time, with Bing At Christmas (No.9, 13,045
sales), on which his original vocals are augmented by the instrumental stylings
of the London Symphony Orchestra.
The rest of the Top 10: Divinely Uninspired To A Hellish Extent (4-4, 25,543
sales) by Lewis Capaldi, Back Together (3-5, 18,520 sales) by Michael Ball &
Alfie Boe and No.6 Collaborations Project (6-10, 11,706 sales) by Ed Sheeran. It
is the first time this year that the entire Top 10 sold more than 10,000 copies.
Overall album sales are up 11.76% week-on-week at 2,322,463, their highest level
thus far in 2019 but 8.48% below same week 2018 sales of 2,537,593.
Sales-equivalent streams accounted for a record 1,263,058 sales, 54.38% of the
total. Sales of paid-for albums are up 28.72% week-on-week at 1,059,405, 28.48%
below same week 2018 sales of 1,481,337.
Tones And I’s terpsichorean simian, Dance Monkey, is king of the jungle again,
spending its ninth straight week atop the singles chart on consumption of 80,230
copies (including 72,393 from sales equivalent streams). It is the seventh week
in a row that its consumption has exceeded 80,000 units, but the lowest tally it
has returned in that run. Tones And I’s reign is the longest by a chart act on
debut since 1957, when Paul Anka’s Diana also spent nine weeks at the summit.
On its first full week of availability, Before You Go catapults 19-2 (66,539
sales) for Lewis Capaldi, becoming the fifth Top 10 single from his newly
expanded debut album, Divinely Uninspired To A Hellish Extent.
Own It is the fourth single from Stormzy’s eagerly-awaited second album, and the
highest new entry of the week, dashing to a No.3 debut (55,771 sales). Featuring
Ed Sheeran and rising talent Burna Boy, it is Stormzy’s seventh Top 10 hit and
27th Top 75 entry, Sheeran’s 27th Top 10 hit and 52nd chart entry, and Burna
Boy’s fourth hit and third Top 10 entry, giving the Nigerian dancehall act a
higher Top 10 conversion rate than his more famous colleagues.
UK/US rap collaboration Down Like That slipped 18-22 last week but now powers to
No.10 (30,080 sales), for KSI feat. Rick Ross, Lil Baby & S-X. It is Ross’
second Top 10, but the first for the rest.
Viral hit Roxanne has slowed for Arizona Zervas but is the only existing Top 10
hit to reach a new peak this week, advancing 10-7 (34,164 sales).
The rest of the Top 10: Don’t Start Now (2-4, 52,353 sales) by Dua Lipa,
Everything I Wanted (3-5, 36,971 sales) by Billie Eilish, Bruises (6-6, 34,504
sales) by Lewis Capaldi, Memories (5-8, 33,788 sales) by Maroon 5 and South Of
The Border (7-9, 31,319 sales) by Ed Sheeran feat. Camila Cabello & Cardi B.
Overall singles sales are up 1.89% week-on-week at a record 19,774,476, 20.09%
above same week 2018 sales of 16,466,496. Paid-for sales are up 2.91%
week-on-week at 577,752 – 25.52% below same week 2018 sales of 775,754. They are
below same week, previous year sales for the 330th week in a row.