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'Mi Gente' jumps atop the tally
Thursday, October 12, 2017
by Fred Chuchel, Dresden

 

Pop / country queen Shania Twain is back: 'Now', her first studio album since 15 years, jumps straight ahead to number one of the Global Album Chart with 254,000 equivalent sales, exactly twice as much as the album on the runner-up slot, 'Tell Me You Love Me' by Demi Lovato. The biggest sales generated 'Now' in North America, 137,000 in the United States and remarkable 72,000 in Canada (according to Nielsen Soundscan & Billboard). Shania's biggest success was 'Come On Over' from 1997. The album sold around stellar 35 million copies so far and ranks at no.8 on the ALL TIME CHART. Demi Lovato opens with her sixth studio album at no.2 and 127,000 sales, 75,000 of it from the United States and nearly 12,000 from United Kingdom. Rounds out the top three is 'Love Yourself Her', the fifth extended play by the seven-member boy group BTS from South Korea. The set got another healthy 120,000 sales in its third week on the tally.

And now, as every week, additional stats from outside the current Top 10 in alphabetic order, the first figure means last week's sales, the second figure the total sales: '1989' by Taylor Swift 13,000 / 10,180,000, '21' by Adele 8,000 / 28,846,000, '24k Magic' by Bruno Mars 27,000 / 3,521,000, '25' by Adele 14,000 / 20,992,000, '4:44' by Jay-Z 12,000 / 719,000, 'A Head Full Of Dreams' by Coldplay 9,000 / 4,600,000, 'American Dream' by LCD Soundsystem 13,000 / 196,000, 'American Teen' by Khalid 40,000 / 1,019,000, 'Anti' by Rihanna 10,000 / 2,244,000, the 'Beauty And The Beast 2017' soundtrack 6,000 / 955,000, 'Beauty Behind The Madness' by The Weeknd 10,000 / 2,886,000, 'Blurryface' by Twenty One Pilots 11,000 / 3,351,000, 'Culture' by Migos 18,000 / 1,372,000, 'Damn' by Kendrick Lamar 49,000 / 3,148,000, 'Dangerous Woman' by Ariana Grande 11,000 / 1,797,000, 'Everything Now' by Arcade Fire 9,000 / 449,000, the 'Fast & Furious 8' soundtrack 9,000 / 541,000, 'Fifth Harmony' by Fifth Harmony 10,000 / 162,000, 'Future' by Future 11,000 / 1,102,000, 'Grateful' by DJ Khaled 22,000 / 880,000, the 'Guardians Of The Galaxy': Awesome Mix Vol.2' soundtrack 17,000 / 987,000, 'Hardwired...To Self-Destruct' by Metallica 7,000 / 2,657.000, 'Harry Styles' by Harry Styles 18,000 / 1,206,000, 'Helene Fischer' by Helene Fischer 13,000 / 838,000, 'Hndrxx' by Future 8,000 / 672,000, 'Human' by Rag'n'Bone Man 14,000 / 1,733,000, 'I Decided' by Big Sean 8,000 / 867,000, 'Illuminate' by Shawn Mendes 21,000 / 1,801,000, 'In The Lonely Hour' by Sam Smith 15,000 / 7,056,000, 'Joanne' by Lady GaGa 15,000 / 1,475,000, the 'La La Land' soundtrack 5,000 / 1,354,000, 'Lemonade' by Beyoncé 6,000 / 3,119,000, 'Lust For Life' by Lana Del Rey 21,000 / 580,000, 'Melodrama' by Lorde 13,000 / 587,000, 'Memories...Do Not Open' by the Chainsmokers 18,000 / 1,330,000, the 'Moana' soundtrack 26,000 / 2,114,000, 'More Life' by Drake 32,000 / 2,819,000, 'One More Light' by Linkin Park 18,000 / 908,000, 'Purpose' by Justin Bieber 14,000 / 6,093,000, 'Rainbow' by Ke$ha 17,000 / 361,000, 'Starboy' by The Weeknd 27,000 / 2,969,000, the 'Suicide Squad' soundtrack 5,000 / 1,443,000, 'This Is Acting' by Sia 5,000 / 2,049,000, 'Traveller' by Chris Stapleton 12,000 / 2,525,000, the 'Trolls' soundtrack 14,000 / 1,663,000, 'Views' by Drake 16,000 / 3,740,000, 'Villains' by Queens Of The Stone Age 20,000 / 363,000, 'Witness' by Katy Perry 15,000 / 793,000, 'Wonderful Wonderful' by The Killers 44,000 / 252,000, 'X' by Ed Sheeran 22,000 / 9,971,000.  COMPLETE GLOBAL ALBUM CHART  Driven by the help of a new remix with additional vocals from Beyoncé, 'Mi Gente' by J Balvin & Willy William spurts to the hot spot of the Global Track Chart! It's the second reggaetón smash atop the Global Chart this year, after 'Despacito' by Luis Fonsi & Daddy Yankee (including the Justin Bieber remix) ruled the Top 40 for massive 17 weeks. 'Mi Gente' benefits from the weak competition currently and rockets from no.8 to the summit with a 70% points boost to 278,000. Post Malone's 'Rockstar' remains at the runner-up slot for a third week with 258,000 points, up 10% compared to the previous week. Last week's chart-topper, 'Look What You Made Me Do' by Taylor Swift tumbles down at no.3 with 229,000 points, an 11% decline. Highest new entry of the week is 'Silence', a collaboration between electronic dance music producer and DJ Marshmello and singer / songwriter Khalid. The tune arrives at no.32 with 70,000 points. Outside the Top 40 waiting among other 'Shori No Gaika' by Touken Danshi Formation Of Mihotose at no.41, 'Reggaetón Lento' by CNCO at no.47, 'Free Fallin' by Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers at no.51 and 'Do Re Mi' by Blackbear at no.59 for their first appearance on the big list.  COMPLETE GLOBAL TRACK CHART


"Candle In The Wind 1997" by Elton John

wrote charty history 20 YEARS AGO ... it's the most successful single of all time. Preceded was, on September 6, 1997, the sumptuous funeral of the royal icon Diana Frances Spencer, the Princess of Wales. She been killed by a car accident just a few days before, at the age of only 36 years. As the highlight of the funeral celebration, which attracted at TV more than a billion people worldwide, Elton John sang his 'Candle In The Wind' as a kind of necrology, and thus probably hundreds of millions people were moved to tears... a global mass hysteria, which had not been existed before. The story of the song goes back to the year 1973: Bernie Taupin, lyricist of almost all Elton John songs, has just caught the phrase 'Candle In The Wind' in connection with the short life of the rock singer Janis Joplin, as he uses it as a title for a song about the equally wild and tragic life of the actress Marilyn Monroe. Elton John inserts this text into a fast-paced ballad that lands on his record 'Goodbye Yellow Brick Road', and which is a no.1 hit in United Kingdom in 1973. A live version of that song climbs up the US-charts in 1987. On April 7, 1990, Elton John dedicates the title for the 18-year-old Ryan White at his appearance at the Farm Aid 4 Festival. White was infected with AIDS, innocent by a blood tranfusion... and he dies the next day. In the summer of 1997, fashion designer and good friend of Elton John, Gianni Versace, is shot. To the funeral, John goes with another good friend, Lady Diana. Just six weeks later, the English musician reaches the news that Diana has also died in a car accident. He is so shocked that at first he does not want to go to the funeral. Friends persuade him to do so, and so he even decides to play a song at the mourning ceremony. Bernie Taupin and he are aware that the brevity of time does not allow a new composition, so one decides to dedicate the hit 'Candle In The Wind' with an adapted text to the deceased. Beatles producer George Martin is won for the studio session. Elton John plays this version only once, on the day of the funeral. The pre-orders for the single explode, record label Rocket is completely overburdened due the gigantic demand and commissioned hecticly all available record-manufactures with the production. Temporary, every six seconds a copy is sold worldwide. In nearly every country 'Candle In The Wind 1997' effortlessly breaks the historic sales record brands. For example in United Kingdom with 4,93 million singles sales or in Germany with 4,75 million sold. In the United States, where the song was released nine days late, it started with whopping 3,5 million sales in its initial week and was certified with a diamond certification (10 mio shipments) some times later. On the Global Chart 'Candle In The Wind 1997' made a deep impact in the week 39 with 1,4 million points, based on the sales of only one day! The following two weeks the song peaked with 3,3 million, respectively 5,1 million points... a historic record! By the way, in the Guinness Book of Records 'Candle In The Wind 1997' is still listed behind 'White Christmas' by Bing Crosby. The latter is supposed to be the most successful song of all time with more than 50 million singles sold. What a colossal nonsense! Who deals somewhat more closely with sales data, like us as Media Traffic, knows that there is a huge discrepancy between guess and reality. Since its release in autumn of 1942, 'White Christmas' has certainly sold not more than 10 million times worldwide. The entry in the Guinness book is probably based on erroneous sources, but is repeated every year since the first edition of the publication in 1955, and thus also spreads diligently (for example at Wikipedia)... the same error principle, which was responsible for a long-lasting persistent myth, that spinach contains significantly more iron than other green vegetables.


USA
Billboard Report
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Rapper NF scores his first no.1 album on Billboard 200
Thuesday, October 17, 2017
by Keith Caulfield & Gary Trust, Los Angeles


Rapper NF notches his first No. 1 album on the Billboard 200 chart -- and first top 10 -- as his third full-length studio album, Perception, debuts atop the list. The set was released on

Oct. 6 through NF Real Music/Capitol/Caroline and starts with 55,000 equivalent album units earned in the week ending Oct. 12, according to Nielsen Music. Of that sum, 38,000 were in traditional album sales -- NF’s best sales week yet. Twenty-six-year-old NF (real name Nate Feuerstein) tops the list following initial industry forecasts suggesting he was vying for No. 1 with an estimated start of 50,000 alongside Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers’ Greatest Hits and Lil Pump’s debut self-titled album. NF comes out on top by a sizable gap ahead of Petty at No. 2 (55,000 vs. 47,000) thanks to better-than-expected sales for Perception, aided in part by direct-to-consumer offers via NF’s official website. Still, Perception’s launch is the smallest for a No. 1-debuting album in 2017 and the fifth-smallest unit total for a No. 1 album overall since the chart began ranking titles by consumption units in late 2014. NF is also just the second act in 2017 to

reach No. 1 without ever charting a song on the all-genre Billboard Hot 100, following alternative rock band Brand New. The latter saw its Science Fiction launch atop the Billboard 200 dated Sept. 9 with 58,000 units. As noted above, Petty and The Heartbreakers’ Greatest Hits holds at No. 2 for a second week, earning 47,000 units (down 44 percent) and selling 29,000 in traditional album sales (down 45 percent). The album re-entered the chart a week ago, at its new peak, following the death of Petty on Oct. 2. Rapper Lil Pump premieres at No. 3 with his self-titled debut effort, earning 46,000 units (just 6,000 in traditional album sales). The effort was powered largely by streams, as the title earned 38,000 SEA units (equating to 56.8 million on demand audio streams of the album’s tracks). A further 2,000 were generated by TEA units. To put Lil Pump’s streaming figure in perspective, the album would have still debuted in the top 10 without any traditional album sales or TEA units. Lil Pump’s album was led by the hit single “Gucci Gang,” which currently ranks at No. 12 on the Hot Rap Songs chart (dated Oct. 21). Post Malone’s Stoney hits a new chart high -- and the top five for the first time -- after 44 weeks on the list, as the album rises 6-4 with 45,000 units (up 7 percent). The set debuted and initially peaked at No. 6 on Dec. 31, 2016-dated chart and has never left the top 25. The album’s top five ascent comes concurrent with the success non-album cut “Rockstar,” featuring 21 Savage, as well as the surprise viral hit of the Stoney track “I Fall Apart.” Stoney’s slow rise to the top five is the longest climb to the top five for a continuously charting album in over nine years, since Amy Winehouse’s Back to Black reached the top five in its 49th week. Kane Brown’s self-titled album also hits a new peak on the new Billboard 200, following its deluxe reissue on Oct. 6. The set zooms 56-5 with 43,000 units (up 332 percent) and 26,000 in traditional album sales (up 1,163 percent). The LP -- which initially debuted and peaked at No. 10 on the Dec. 24, 2016-dated list with 51,000 units -- was reissued on Oct. 6 with a handful of bonus tracks. On the Oct. 21-dated Hot Country Songs chart, the its “What If’s,” featuring Lauren Alaina, become brown’s first No. 1. (The song was on the original version of the album.) A Boogie Wit da Hoodie’s The Bigger Artist slips 4-6 in its second week on the chart (39,000 units; down 42 percent), while Lil Uzi Vert’s former No. 1, Luv Is Rage 2, holds steady at No. 7 (37,000 units; down 9 percent). Marilyn Manson debuts at No. 8 with Heaven Upside Down (35,000 units; 32,000 in traditional album sales), granting the rock act his ninth top 10 effort (and seventh in a row). Manson has been on a top 10 roll since 2003, when The Golden Age of Grotesque bowed at No. 1 (the act’s second leader, following 1998’s Mechanical Animals). Following Golden, he hit the top 10 successively with Lest We Forget: The Best Of (No. 9 in 2004), Eat Me, Drink Me (No. 8, 2007), The High End of Low (No. 4, 2009), Born Villain (No. 10, 2012), The Pale Emperor (No. 8, 2015) and now Heaven Upside Down. Before Mechanical Animals, Manson notched one more top 10 with Antichrist Superstar (No. 3 in 1996). Rounding out the top 10, Imagine Dragons’ Evolve descends one rung to No. 9 with 34,000 units (down 11 percent) and Ed Sheeran’s ÷ (Divide) is stationary at No. 10 with 32,000 units (up 3 percent). Post Malone, whose "Rockstar," featuring 21 Savage, released on Republic Records, becomes the 1,068th No. 1 in the Hot 100's 59-year history. Post Malone (born Austin Richard Post) had previously peaked at a No. 8 high with "Congratulations," featuring Quavo, in July, while 21 Savage (Shayaa Bin Abraham-Joseph) had hit a No. 12 best with "Bank Account." No. 1 in Streaming: After spending its first three weeks on the Hot 100 at No. 2, "Rockstar" reigns as it logs a third (nonconsecutive) week at No. 1 on the Streaming Songs chart with 51.3 million U.S. streams, up 3 percent, in the week ending Oct. 12, according to Nielsen Music (without the benefit so far of an official proper video, for that matter). It rises 5-3 on Digital Song Sales (which it led for a week), up 11 percent to 48,000 downloads sold in the week ending Oct. 12, and debuts at No. 38 on Radio Songs with 35 million in all-format audience, up 36 percent, in the week ending Oct. 15. Cardi B's "Bodak Yellow" drops to No. 2 on the Hot 100. In ceding the summit, it remains tied for the longest-leading Hot 100 No. 1 by a female artist in 2017, matching the three-week rule of the song it supplanted at the top spot, Taylor Swift's "Look What You Made Me Do." (No song by a lead female has led for more than three weeks since Sia's "Cheap Thrills," featuring Sean Paul: four frames in August 2016.) "Bodak" holds at No. 2 on Streaming Songs (46.1 million, down 3 percent). It drops 4-6 on Digital Song Sales with 40,000 downloads sold (down 13 percent) and 10-11 on Radio Songs (75 million, although up 4 percent). Logic's "1-800-273-8255," featuring Alessia Cara and Khalid, returns to its No. 3 Hot 100 peak, from No. 4. It's steady at No. 3 on Streaming Songs (31.2 million, down 5 percent) and reaches the Radio Songs top 10 (12-8; 76 million, up 11 percent). Logic and Khalid each earn their first Radio Songs top 10, while Cara collects her fourth.  COMPLETE CHARTS


"1-800-273-8255" by Logic feat. Alessia Cara & Khalid

is one of the most ambitious songs of the year. The song is taken from 'Everybody', the third album from 27 year-old American rapper, singer, songwriter and record producer Sir Robert Bryson Hall II, better known by his stage name Logic. The song's name is the phone number for the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline in the United States. The impressive music video was directed by Andy Hines and centers around a young man who struggles with feelings accepted due to his sexuality. '1-800-273-8255' ranks at no.8 this week with 167,000 points.


United Kingdom
Music Week Report
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Post Malone is Britain's 'Rockstar' for a second week
Monday, October 16, 2017
by Alan Jones, London


Rockstar continues atop the singles chart for Post Malone and 21 Savage, with combined sales increasing 4.07% to 48,834, helped by a 10.15% lift in paid-for sales to 9,894 copies, and a 2.64% increase in sales-equivalent streams to 38,940.
Malone's growing popularity also sees I Fall Apart – the belated third chart single from his first

album Stoney – advancing 40-22 (14,492 sales), and Quavo collaboration Congratulations jumping 33-27 (11,904 sales) to surpass the No.28 peak it previously scaled eight weeks ago. The album itself reaches a new peak for the third week in a row, climbing 15-12 (4,928 sales). Still way ahead on streaming, Rockstar closes 7-4 on paid-for sales, where Camila Cabello's Havana (feat. Young Thug) takes control for the first time, contributing 14,228 of its overall tally of 39,452 sales, which propel it 3-2 on the Top 75. It is the eighth week in a row the track has reached a new peak, and it now matches Cabello's highest position from her tenure with Fifth Harmony, whose Work From Home (feat. Ty Dolla $ign) occupied the same berth in April 2016. There's a new peak for Stefflon Don & French Montana's Hurtin' Me which rises for the sixth week in a row, moving 11-9 (25,998 sales) to deliver the first Top 10 hit for Don and the third for Montana. Although she isn't rewarded

with a credit, the mix of Mi Gente that includes a vocal from Beyonce is largely responsible for J Balin & Willy William's Mi Gente returning to the Top 10 after an absence of five weeks, moving 14-8 (26,141 sales). The rest of the Top 10: Too Good At Goodbyes (2-3, 36,013 sales) by Sam Smith, New Rules (4-4, 33,428 sales) by Dua Lipa, Lonely Together (5-5, 30,707 sales) by Avicii feat. Rita Ora, Dusk Till Dawn (7-6, 28,561 sales) by Zayn feat. Sia, Reggaeton Lento (6-7, 27,054 sales) by CNCO & Little Mix and 1-800-273-8255 (9-10, 23,732 sales) by Logic feat. Alessia Cara & Khalid. Overall singles sales are up 1.89% week-on-week at 14,263,000, 39.63% above same week 2016 sales of 10,214,766. Streams accounted for 13,122,022 sales, a record 92.00% of the total. Paid-for sales are down 3.41% week -on-week at 1,140,978, and are 26.12% below same week 2016 sales of 1,544,376. They are below same-week, previous-year sales for the 219th week in a row. Only the third artist album to sell more than 100,000 copies in a week thus far in 2017, Liam Gallagher's debut solo set, As You Were, outpaced the rest of the Top 15 combined and would be No.1 even if it had been released only on vinyl, so emphatic was its victory. With sales of 102,660 copies, including 8,882 from streams, it provides Gallagher, who turned 45 last month, with the ninth No.1 album of his career, the other eight being as frontman of Oasis between 1994 and 2010. His brother Noel went solo at that point but Liam reconvened with the rest of the band – Gem Archer, Andy Bell and Chris Sharrock – as Beady Eye, subsequently reaching No.3 with Different Gear Still Speeding on sales of 66,817 in 2011, and No.2 with BE on sales of 34,552 in 2013, before disbanding in 2014. As You Were thus secured more first week sales than both Beady Eye albums combined total sales. As You Were sold 54,498 copies on CD, 23,116 on paid-for downloads and 16,164 copies across three vinyl variants, thus securing the highest weekly sale for a vinyl album in the last 20 years. It surpasses by 20.01% the previous record of 13,546 set by Ed Sheeran's ÷ as it debuted atop the chart 31 weeks ago. Sheeran's album was, of course, one of the two artist albums to sell more than 100,000 copies in a week this year, doing so in each of its first five weeks on release, progressing 671,542-303,520-206,411-197,190-108,265. Rag'N'Bone Man's Human also sold a six-figure quantity (117,101 copies) on debut 34 weeks ago. London grime artist Giggs must be sick of Mancunians – his fourth album Landlord debuted and peaked at No.2 behind Manchester band Blossom's eponymous first album in August 2016, and his fifth album Wamp 2 Dem is runner-up to Manc legend Liam Gallagher this week. Landlord sold 11,437 copies on its debut – including 2,307 on CD. Wamp 2 Dem is not available physically at all, but still ups the ante with a first week tally of 12,350 sales. It is the ninth album in chart history to make the top two without being available physically, five of which were No.1s. Starting in 1989, MTV Unplugged was both a popular programme for the MTV network and a potent chart force with many artists enjoying big sales from albums recorded for the series. Its effectiveness and the frequency of such programmes has declined considerably since then but Norway's veteran pop trio A-ha's MTV Unplugged: Summer Solstice – which includes guest vocals from Alison Moyet and Ian McCullough among others – powers to a No.6 debut on sales of 6,982 copies this week. The first such album to chart since 2012 – when Florence & The Machine's MTV Unplugged debuted and peaked at No.27 – it delivers A-ha its seventh Top 10 album and 16th Top 75 album some 32 years into their recording career. Goth rocker Marilyn Manson is in the Top 10 for the first time in a decade and the fifth time in all, with his 10th studio album, Heaven Upside Down, debuting at No.7 (6,636 sales). His last album, The Pale Emperor, debuted and peaked at No.16 (5,984 sales) in 2015. Fourteen years after their debut album Permission To Land topped the chart, UK metal/glam rock quartet The Darkness secure their third Top 10 album with fifth release Pinewood Smile debuting at No.8 (6,539 sales). Home to three of The Darkness' Top 10 hits – including the back-to-back No.2 smashes I Believe In A Thing Called Love and Christmas Time (Don't Let The Bells Chime) – Permission To Land took eight weeks to reach No.1 but went on to spend weeks in the Top 10 (five of them at No.1) and has sold 1,404,906 copies, nearly five times as many as the rest of their output combined. Mancunian singer-songwriter JP Cooper first came to notice as vocalist on Jonas Blue's No.2 smash Perfect Strangers. He subsequently had a No.7 hit in his own right with September Song, one of the highlights of his first album, Raised Under Grey Skies, which debuts at No.9 (6,524 sales). Comedian Jason Manford is the third Mancunian to penetrate the Top 10 this week, courtesy of his debut album as a singer – the appropriately titled A Different Stage, wherein he majors on show tunes like The Impossible Dream, I Have Dreamed and On The Street Where You Live. The seventh and last new entry to the Top 10, it debuts at No.10 (5,862 sales). Manford previously released two albums of live comedy sketches, neither of which charted. The other three albums in the Top 10 are all climbers, namely ÷ (4-3, 11,831 sales) by Ed Sheeran, Wonderful Wonderful (7-4, 7,473 sales) by The Killers and Concrete And Gold (6-5, 7,065 sales) by Foo Fighters. Overall album sales are down 1.10% week-on-week at 1,700,286, 12.27% above same week 2016 sales of 1,514,426. Streaming accounted for 821,928 sales – 48.34% of the total. Sales of paid-for albums are down 4.66% week-on-week at 878,358, 11.09% below same week 2016 sales of 976,851.  COMPLETE CHARTS

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