Adele's 'Easy On Me' is clear no.1
Wednesday, October 27, 2021
by Fred Chuchel, Dresden
As expected Adele's new smash 'Easy On Me' starts easily atop the
Global Track Chart. The song is the first sign from her upcoming
fourth studio album '30', scheduled for release on November 19.
'Easy On Me' gets 561,000 points in its initial week. That's the
largest weekly points frame since nearly two and a half year, when
Lil Nas X' 'Old Town Road' led the tally with 589,000 points in the
week 24, 2019. Undoubtedly a huge success, but far away from Adele's
lead single of her former set '25'. 'Hello' exploded with 1,531,000
points in the week 45, 2015. Sorted by segments 'Easy On Me'
generated 408,000 points by streaming, 88,000 points by sales, and
65,000 points by airplay. On Spotify 'Easy On Me' broke the record
for the most streams in a single day (24 million). 'Stay' by Kid Laroi and Justin Bieber
topped the Global Chart for massive 10 weeks, now it slides to the
runner-up slot with 381,000 points, down 5% compared to the previous
week. Rounds out the top
three is 'Love Nwantiti (Ah Ah Ah)' by Nigerian singer, songwriter
and producer Chukwuka Ekweani, better known as CKay, with 295,000
points (down 6%). 10 weeks until the chart year 2021 ends, so let's
take a look on the current situation: 'Save Your Tears' by The
Weeknd leads confidently the year-to-date list (and it will
definitely stay there) with a total of 9,744,000 points, followed by
Dua Lipa's 'Levitating' with 7,773,000 points, Lil Nas X' 'Montero
(Call Me By Your Name)' with 6,654,000, Justin Bieber's 'Peaches'
with 6,642,000, and Olivia Rodrigo's 'Drivers License' with
6,603,000 points. Outside our
weekly Top 40 waiting among other 'Meet Me At Our Spot' by The Anxiety | Willow | Tyler Cole at
no.44, 'Fancy Like' by Walker Hayes at no.49, 'Ghost' by Justin
Bieber at no.50, 'Scars' by Stray Kids at no.52, and 'Cúrame' by Rauw Alejandro at
no.59 for their first appearance on the big list.
There are three new entries inside the Top 10 of our current Global
Album Chart, and the highest is 'Savage', the debut extended play by
South Korean girlie group Aespa. The set was the best-selling album
last week globally with 287,000 equivalent sales, 257,000 of it
coming from the band's native country alone (according to Hanteo).
'Life Of A Don', the second studio album by American singer and
rapper Don Oliver, arrives at no.3 with 89,000 sales, 68,000 of it
are from the United States (according to Billboard / Nielsen Music).
Finally 'Seventeen Going Under', the second effort by British
musician Sam Fender, comes in at no.9 with 61,000 sales. The lion's
share of it - 44,000 - are from United Kingdom (according to OCC).
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 15,000 / 12,341,000, '21' by
Adele 23,000 / 30,787,000, '25' by Adele 29,000 / 23,099,000, the 'A
Star Is Born' soundtrack 7,000 / 6,797,000, 'After Hours' by The
Weeknd 29,000 / 5,168,000, 'Astroworld' by Travis Scott 18,000 /
6,403,000, 'BE' by BTS (Bangtan Boys) 10,000 / 5,267,000, 'Beerbongs
& Bentleys' by Post Malone 14,000 / 8,261,000, 'Best Of BTS' by BTS
(Bangtan Boys) 13,000 / 1,230,000, 'Blame It On Baby' by DaBaby
6,000 / 2,220,000, 'Dangerous: The Double Album' by Morgan Wallen
46,000 / 2,973,000, 'Death Race For Love' by Juice WRLD 14,000 /
3,113,000, 'Divide' by Ed Sheeran 28,000 / 17,903,000, 'Divinely
Uninspired To A Hellish Extent' by Lewis Capaldi 20,000 / 4,933,000,
'Donda' by Kanye West 58,000 / 1,083,000,
'Evermore' by Taylor Swift 19,000 / 2,636,000, 'Fine Line' by Harry
Styles 37,000 / 5,968,000, 'Folklore' by Taylor Swift 25,000 /
4,437,000, the 'Frozen II' soundtrack 5,000 / 2,741,000, 'F*ck Love' by The Kid Laroi
51,000 / 2,559,000, 'Future Nostalgia' by Dua Lipa
47,000 / 4,693,000, 'Goodbye & Good Riddance' by Juice
WRLD 20,000 / 5,179,000, the soundtrack of the Original Hollywood Cast
to 'Hamilton: An American Musical' 18,000 / 4,201,000, 'Happier Than
Ever' by Billie Eilish 67,000 / 1,373,000,
'Hollywood's Bleeding' by Post Malone 25,000 / 7,126,000, 'Justice' by
Justin Bieber 52,000 / 2,147,000, 'Legends
Never Die' by Juice WRLD 25,000 / 4,276,000, 'Lover' by Taylor Swift
4,869,000, 'Map Of The Soul: 7' by
BTS (Bangtan Boys) 15,000 / 7,298,000, 'Music To Be Murdered By' by
Eminem 9,000 / 2,857,000, 'My Turn' by Lil Baby 25,000 / 3,689,000, 'No.6 Collaborations' by Ed Sheeran
/ 4,391,000, 'Positions' Ariana Grande
17,000 / 2,700,000,
'Question Mark' by XXXTentacion 15,000 / 5,899,000,
Drake 12,000 / 7,770,000, 'Senjutsu' by Iron Maiden 34,000 / 419,000, 'Shoot For The Stars, Aim For The Moon' by
Pop Smoke 41,000 / 5,588,000,
'Stoney' by Post Malone 11,000 /
6,659,000, 'Thank U, Next' by Ariana Grande 9,000 / 4,599,000, 'The
Greatest Showman' soundtrack 10,000 / 8,988,000, 'The Highlights' by
The Weeknd 34,000 / 1,657,000, 'The Voice' by Lil
Durk 9,000 / 1,026,000, 'When We All Fall
Asleep, Where Do We Go?' by Billie Eilish 25,000 / 9,102,000, and 'X' by Ed Sheeran
7,000 / 12,840,000.
GLOBAL NO.1 - 30 YEARS AGO
... "(Everything I Do) I Do It For You" was released on June 18, 1991. The
power ballad was featured on two albums, firstly the soundtrack album from the
1991 film Robin Hood: Prince Of Thieves and then on Adams' sixth album, Waking
Up The Neighbours (1991). The musicians on the original recording are Adams on
the lead vocals, backing vocals and rhythm guitar, Bill Payne (piano), Mickey
Curry (drums), Larry Klein (bass), Keith Scott (lead guitar & backing vocals),
and Mutt Lange (synthesizers). Based on orchestral music by Michael Kamen, the
song was written in London, at the studio Adams working at in 1990, and he and
Lange wrote it in 45 minutes. "(Everything I Do) I Do It For You" was an
enormous chart success internationally, reaching the number-one positions in
almost all countries, inter alia 17 weeks in the United States (sales-only
chart) and 16 weeks in United Kingdom. On the Year-End Chart 1991 the song was
the clear winner with massive 15.694.000 points.
Young Thug's 'Punk' debuts at no.1
Tuesday, October 26, 2021
by Keith Caulfield & Gary Trust, Los Angeles
Adele's "Easy on Me" skyrockets to No. 1 on the Billboard
Hot 100 songs chart, following its first full week of tracking. A week
earlier, it debuted at No. 68 from its first five hours of availability.
The ballad becomes Adele's fifth Hot 100 No. 1 and first since
"Hello" ruled for 10 weeks in 2015-16.
"Easy on Me" is the 1,131st No. 1 in the Hot 100's 63-year
history. It drew 65 million radio airplay audience impressions and 53.9 million
U.S. streams and sold 74,000 downloads in the week ending Oct. 21, according to
The track debuts atop the Streaming Songs and Digital Song Sales
charts and at No. 4 on Radio Songs. Released on Columbia Records at 7 p.m. ET
Thursday, Oct. 14, "Easy on Me" entered the Hot 100 dated Oct. 23 at No. 68
thanks to its activity from its premiere through midnight ET Oct. 14, with that
chart's tracking week having spanned Oct. 8-14. It debuted with 3.1 million
streams, 3.1 million in radio audience and 14,800 sold in its first five hours
The song blasts to No. 1 on the Oct. 30-dated Hot 100, which
reflects its first full tracking week, covering Oct. 15-21. As "Easy on Me"
launches at No. 4
on Radio Songs, it makes the highest debut since the chart became
an all-format ranking in December 1998. In that span, it bests the No. 6 start
of Lady Gaga's "Born This Way" in February 2011.
As noted above, The Kid LAROI and Justin Bieber's "Stay" ranks at
No. 2 on the Hot 100, holding in place after seven weeks at No. 1, as it rules
Radio Songs for a sixth week (90.9 million, up 3%).
Lil Nas X and Jack Harlow's "Industry Baby" drops to No. 3 on the
Hot 100, a week after it led, as it spends a ninth week atop both the Hot
R&B/Hip-Hop Songs and Hot Rap Songs charts, which use the same multi-metric
methodology as the Hot 100.
Walker Hayes' "Fancy Like" dips to No. 4 from its No. 3 Hot 100
high, as it tops the multi-metric Hot Country Songs chart for a 15th week; Ed
Sheeran's "Bad Habits" slips 4-5 on the Hot 100, after reaching No. 2; Drake's
"Way 2 Sexy," featuring Future and Young Thug, drops 5-6, following its No. 1
arrival in September; and Olivia Rodrigo's "Good 4 U" descends 6-7, after it
debuted at No. 1 in May.
Dua Lipa's "Levitating" remains at No. 8 on the Hot 100, after
rising to No. 2. It spends a 40th week in the top 10, overtaking Post Malone's
"Circles" (2019-20) for the second-longest top 10 run in the chart's archives.
The Weeknd's "Blinding Lights" leads with 57 top 10 weeks (February 2020-April
Rounding out the Hot 100's top 10, Ed Sheeran's "Shivers" climbs
10-9 for a new high and Doja Cat's "Kiss Me More," featuring SZA, falls 7-10,
after reaching No. 3.
Young Thug achieves his third No. 1 on the Billboard 200 albums
chart (dated Oct. 30) as his latest release, Punk, debuts in the top slot. The
set earned 90,000 equivalent album units earned in the U.S. in the week ending
Oct. 21, according to MRC Data.
The 20-track Punk boasts an array of guest stars, including A$AP
Rocky, J. Cole, Doja Cat, Drake, Future, Gunna, Juice WRLD, Post Malone, Mac
Miller, Nate Ruess and Travis Scott.
Of Punk’s 90,000 equivalent album units earned in the U.S. in the
week ending Oct. 21, SEA units comprise 77,000 (equaling 102 million on-demand
streams of the album’s songs), album sales comprise 12,000 and TEA units
comprise 1,000. Punk marks Young Thug’s third visit to No. 1. He previously
topped the list by way of the Young Thug-led Slime Language 2 album earlier in
2021 and So Much Fun in 2019.
Drake’s former No. 1 Certified Lover Boy falls to the No. 2 slot
after four nonconsecutive weeks in the lead. It earned 83,000 equivalent album
units in the week ending Oct. 21 (down 12%). Mac Miller’s Faces mixtape debuts
at No. 3 with 67,000 equivalent album units earned. Of that sum, album sales
comprise 34,000, SEA units comprise 33,000 (equaling 43.03 million on-demand
streams of the set’s songs) and TEA units comprise a negligible sum. Faces was
initially released for free in 2014, but was not commercially issued or
distributed to streaming services until Oct. 15, 2021.
Faces’ album sales was bolstered by its release on vinyl LP,
which comprises 32,000 of its sales sum, while the remaining 2,000 were digital
album sales. Faces is the seventh top 10 effort on the Billboard 200 for the
late artist, who died in 2018. Coldplay’s latest studio album, Music of the
Spheres, starts at No. 4 on the Billboard 200, earning 57,000 equivalent album
units. Of that sum, album sales comprise 37,000, SEA units comprise 15,000
(equaling 20.55 million on-demand streams of the set’s songs) and TEA units
comprise 4,000. Music of the Spheres is the eighth top 10 effort for the band,
and follows the 2019 album Everyday Life, which debuted and peaked at No. 7. The
new album was led by the single “Higher Power,” which marked the group’s 14th
top 10 on the Alternative Airplay chart. The album’s second single, “My
Universe,” with BTS, debuted at No. 1 on the all-genre Billboard Hot 100,
marking the second leader for Coldplay.
The Beatles’ former No. 1 Billboard 200 album Let It Be surges
back onto the chart, re-entering at No. 5 following its deluxe special edition
reissue on Oct. 15. The set earned 55,000 equivalent album units in the week
ending Oct. 21 (up 3,899%). Of that sum, album sales comprise 48,000 (up
11,570%; making it the top-selling album of the week), SEA units comprise 6,000
(up 589%; equaling 8.34 million on-demand streams of the set’s tracks) and TEA
units comprise 1,000 (up 1,180%).
Let It Be was first released in 1970 as the final studio effort
from the band. It spent four weeks atop the chart (June 13-July 4, 1970-dated
charts). For its special edition, the album was reintroduced in a variety of
expanded formats and editions, including many with previously unreleased tracks.
All versions of the album, old and new, are combined for tracking and charting
YoungBoy Never Broke Again’s former No. 1 Sincerely, Kentrell
falls 3-6 with 44,000 equivalent album units earned (down 15%), Doja Cat’s
Planet Her is a non-mover at No. 7 with 42,000 units (down 1%), Morgan Wallen’s
chart-topping Dangerous: The Double Album is stationary at No. 8 with just under
42,000 units (down 1%) and Olivia Rodrigo’s former leader Sour falls 5-9 with
40,000 units (down 9%). Lil Nas X’s Montero rounds out the top 10, as it falls
6-10 with 36,000 units (down 16%).
Record Of The Month
Nigeria is gradually becoming a hot spot in our new multicolored
music world. Already last year a song from there, 'Jerusalema' by Master KG
feat. Nomcebo Zikode, was a big international success and now 'Love Nwantiti (Ah
Ah Ah)' by Nigerian singer, songwriter and producer Chukwuka Ekweani, better
known as CKay, is on the way to the top... this week at no.3 with 295.000
Music Week Report
Coldplay landing their ninth no.1 album
Monday, October 25, 2021
by Alan Jones, London
That Adele’s first new material in six years is an immediate and huge-selling
No.1 will come as a surprise to practically no-one. However, it is the way the
British superstar blasts her way past the rest of the market which rightly grabs
all the headlines.
Her 3rd No.1 single, Easy On Me debuts at the top with a colossal
chart sale of 217,317. It is the first single to notch up 200,000 sales in a single week
since Shape Of You by Ed Sheeran debuted with 226,808 sales in January 2017.
Adele doesn’t so much break the all-time streaming record, as obliterate it.
Her single was played almost exactly 24 million times during the course of the
last seven days, these contributing a record 193,779 sales to her total. She
notably becomes only the second artist (after Ariana Grande) to hold the record
twice, having originally set a high water mark in 2015 when Hello became the
first single to reach what was, at the time, the unthinkable level of 7.32
The herald of her upcoming fourth album 30, Easy On Me is for the moment the
only new Adele track available, but it has prompted something of a first: a
wholesale surge of interest in her back catalogue of the kind that is normally
reserved for the recently departed. It means chart returns for When We Were
Young, originally a
No.9 hit in 2016 but now back at No.25 (12,890 sales), and
2011 global smash Someone Like You which accelerates to No.34 (11,736 sales). As
catalogue tracks, both are restricted to permanent ACR status, without which
they would be contending for Top 10 positions.
Eight further Adele tracks are starred-out from positions elsewhere in the Top
75, almost as if an entirely new audience is discovering her work.
Commiserations to the other big hits of the moment, reduced to runner-up status
– at least for the moment. Last week’s Top 3 singles all move a rung down in
tandem. Cold Heart by Elton John and Dua Lipa actually increases sales to 66,017
but is down to No.2, and similarly Shivers by Ed Sheeran rises to 63,649 sales
but languishes at No.3. Love Nwantiti (Ah Ah Ah) by Ckay is No.4 with 36,289
Adele was, however, not the only British act to enjoy amazing sales for her new
material this week. Coldplay’s new Music Of The Spheres album makes a splash of
its own with the group commanding enough streaming attention to land a string of
hits of their own. Current single My Universe (with BTS) is propelled back into
the Top 10 after a fortnight away, returning at No.5 as its sales climb back to
32,173. The album’s most popular new cut is the Selena Gomez featuring Let
Somebody Go, which arrives at No.24 (13,429 sales), just ahead of the album’s
lead single Higher Power which re-enters at No.26 (12,870 sales) having
originally peaked at No.12 back in May.
It is quite a week for power ballads.
The singles market eases up 0.39% to 22,889,483 to reach its highest level for
12 weeks. Paid sales, however, dip to 363,582, a drop of almost 6% which takes
them to their second-lowest level since downloads were introduced to chart
compilation tallies in 2005.
Superlative numbers are the order of the day for the week’s biggest album, as
well as its top single. Coldplay’s ninth studio album, the space-themed Music Of
The Spheres, follows its eight predecessors to the top of the charts and does so
in a quite spectacular style. With a total chart sale of 101,045 it becomes the
first album since Ed Sheeran’s No.6 Collaborations Project over two years ago to
reach the six-figure mark. It is also Coldplay’s biggest opening sales week
since A Head Full Of Dreams debuted with just short of 236,000 in December 2015,
easily eclipsing the 80,974 with which their last album Everyday Life opened its
account two years ago. Music Of The Spheres also moved a quite extraordinary
86,430 physical copies last week, the biggest physical sale reported by an album
since Take That sold 99,034 copies of Odyssey in November 2018.
Coming in a distant, but still quite creditable second is the deluxe reissue of
The Beatles’ final album Let It Be, completing the set of Giles Martin’s
lovingly curated 50th anniversary editions of their final studio works.
Originally No.1 for three weeks when first released in May 1970 this is
effectively the highest chart placing for the album since. Even its CD debut in
1987 only saw it return to No.50. The songs did however reach the Top 10 in 2003
when Let It Be... Naked, which removed Phil Spector's controversial orchestrated
overdubs, made No.7. Let It Be posts 17,123 sales but alas is destined not to
follow the similarly remastered Sgt Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band and Abbey
Road back to the top and charts instead at No.2.
Adele’s new single was streamed in record-breaking numbers this week, but so too
was much of her back catalogue. The result is a continuation of the startling
chart surges begun last week by her three previous albums. 25 climbs to No.3
with 10,853 sales – an extraordinary number for a six-year-old album that has
not been re-issued or formally re-promoted. This is its first Top 3 appearance
since June 2016. Close behind is 21, rising to No.6 (7,625 sales) and a Top 10
album for the first time since August 2012. Meanwhile her debut 19 rockets back
to No.15 (4,010 sales) for its own highest chart placing in over five years. All
three albums had their paid sales but make no mistake, these surges are driven
by DSP consumption. All told, Adele tracks were played 55.2m times over the last
seven days, meaning that one in every 50 songs streamed this week was one
performed by the British singer.
There were other new releases too of course. Daniel O’Donnell has his 47th chart
album and his 19th to reach the Top 10 as anniversary release 60 slides in at
No.4 with 8,332 sales. Just below is BRITs Rising Star nominee Joy Crookes, who
lands at No.5 (7,926 sales) with her debut album Skin.
Frank Carter And The Rattlesnakes make the Top 10 for the third time in a row as
the punk revivalists fourth album Sticky arrives at No.8 with 6,450 sales.
Unlucky not to make the Top 10 are The Charlatans, whose first hits collection
in 15 years, A Head Full Of Ideass, is instead new at No.11 with 5,233 sales.
Albums sales rise 5.21% this week to 1,870,714, their highest level for over
five months. Physical sales rocket a massive 32.43% to 408,604 with a 21.84%
market share, the highest level for both since Christmas 2020.