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Global Chart Report

'Shape Of You' sets even more records
Wednesday, April 19, 2017
by Fred Chuchel, Dresden

Despite another 288,000 equivalent sales (206,000 of it are pure sales), Ed Sheeran's outstanding million-seller 'Divide' can't return to the summit of the Global Album Chart. The set remains at the vice-position in its sixth week on the tally with a total of 4,250,000 units (3,282,000 pure sales). New number one on our chart is 'Memories...Do Not Open', the first full-length studio album by the American electronic music duo The Chainsmokers. It arrives with 315,000 consumption units in its initial week, 221,000 of it are from the United States alone, 25,000 from Canada, 18,300 from United Kingdom, and another 12,500 from Japan. Rounds out this week's top three is Drake's album (he calls it playlist) 'More Life'. In its fourth week on the hitlist it generated another 162,000 sales (46,000 pure sales), a total of 1,392,000 so far (569,000 pure sales). 'More Life' is now the second best selling album of the year. Behind The Chainsmokers there are another three new-entries on this week's Top 10 list: 'Ptx Vol.4: Classics EP',

the fifth extended play album by the American a cappella group Pentatonix, bows at no.6 with 67,000 sales, 'All-Amerikkkan Bada$$', the second album by the American rapper Joey Bada$$, lands shy behind at no.7 with some hundred sales fewer. Finally 'Pure Comedy', the third studio album by ex Fleet Foxes drummer Josh Tillman, a.k.a. Father John Misty, jumps at no.10 with 55,000 sales. 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 4,000 / 9,889,000, '21' by Adele 12,000 / 28,615,000, '25' by Adele 37.000 / 20.442.000, '4 Your Eyez Only' by J.Cole 13,000 / 919,000, 'A Head Full Of Dreams' by Coldplay 12,000 / 4,275,000, 'Anti' by Rihanna 21,000 / 1,879,000, 'Automaton' by Jamiroquai 41,000 / 127,000, 'Beauty Behind The Madness' by The Weeknd 13,000 / 2,623,000, 'Blue & Lonesome' by Rolling Stones 9,000 / 1,817,000, 'Blurryface' by Twenty One Pilots 29,000 / 2,917,000, 'Culture' by Migos 36,000 / 700,000, 'Dangerous Woman' by Ariana Grande 19,000 / 1,385,000, the 'Fifty Shades Darker' soundtrack 21,000 / 633,000, 'Future' by Future 46,000 / 549,000, 'Glory Days' by Little Mix 13,000 / 760,000, 'Hardwired...To Self-Destruct' by Metallica 41,000 / 2,296,000, 'Hndrxx' by Future 26,000 / 381,000, 'I Decided' by Big Sean 25,000 / 551,000, 'I See You' by The XX 6,000 / 424,000, 'Illuminate' by Shawn Mendes 15,000 / 1,069,000, 'In The Lonely Hour' by Sam Smith 8,000 / 6,836,000, 'Joanne' by Lady GaGa 14,000 / 1,271,000, the 'La La Land' soundtrack 34,000 / 1.013,000, 'Lemonade' by Beyoncé 9,000 / 2,960,000, 'Purpose' by Justin Bieber 19,000 / 5,661,000, 'Spirit' by Depeche Mode 45,000 / 425,000, 'Starboy' by The Weeknd 53,000 / 2,068,000, the 'Suicide Squad' soundtrack 13,000 / 1,214,000, 'The Getaway' by Red Hot Chili Peppers 4,000 / 1,408,000, 'The Heavy Entertainment Show' by Robbie Williams 3,000 / 706,000, 'This Is Acting' by Sia 18,000 / 1,783,000, 'Traveller' by Chris Stapleton 14,000 / 2,146,000, the 'Trolls' soundtrack 36,000 / 1,110,000, 'Views' by Drake 28,000 / 3,217,000, 'Wonderland' by Take That 21,000 / 171,000, 'X' by Ed Sheeran 33,000 / 9,313,000, 'You Want It Darker' by Leonard Cohen 4,000 / 1,086,000.  COMPLETE GLOBAL ALBUM CHART  'Shape Of You' is on the way to become one of the biggest hits in music history. This week the smash remains for a 14th week atop the Global Track Chart with another massive 500,000 points, a total of 8,127,000 points so far. It sprints currently another breathtaking 43 slots on the ALL TIME CHART from no.206 to no.163. Only five songs in the 62 years of our chart history had more than 8 million points after only 14 weeks on the tally: 'Candle In The Wind' by Elton John (1997), 'I Will Always Love You' by Whitney Houston (1992), 'We Are The World' by USA For Africa (1985), 'I Want To Hold Your Hand' by the Beatles (1963), and 'Hey Jude', also by the Beatles (1968). And 'Shape Of You' is the first song ever, which held (and hold) the top position in all key-markets for more than 10 weeks: USA, Canada, United Kingdom, France, Germany, and Australia. Like his ex-bandmate Zayn Malik (One Direction) with 'Pillowtalk' one year ago, Harry Styles starts his solo career with a bomb: 'Sign Of The Times' is a power ballad with a brilliant production and a brooding, desperate singing performance. The song shoots to the vice-position globally with 329,000 points. 'Sign Of The Times' ended the 13-week reign of Ed Sheeran's 'Shape Of You' in United Kingdom and Australia. By the way, producer and co-author Jeff Bhasker was decisively involved in global smashes like 'Uptown Funk' (Mark Ronson), 'Locked Out Of Heaven' (Bruno Mars), 'Photograph' (Ed Sheeran), 'We Are Young' (Fun), and 'Just Give Me A Reason' (Pink & Nate Ruess). Coincidence or not? Exactly 30 years ago another 'Sign Of ('O') The Times', yes, the ingenious Prince tune with the famous type-video, peaked at no.3 globally. Outside the Top 40 waiting among 'Really Really' by Winner at no.43, 'Way Down We Go' by Kaleo at no.45, and 'Congratulations' by Post Malone feat. Quavo at no.49 for their first appearance on the big list.  COMPLETE GLOBAL TRACK CHART

50 years ago
"Somethin' Stupid" by Nancy & Frank Sinatra

held the summit of the Global Chart for eight consecutive weeks
35 years later a cover version by Robbie Williams and Nicole Kidman reached no.3

Billboard Report
Kendrick Lamar tops both major Billboard lists
Thuesday, April 25, 2017
by Keith Caulfield & Gary Trust, Los Angeles

As previously reported, Kendrick Lamar notches his third No. 1 album on the Billboard 200 chart as DAMN. debuts atop the tally dated May 6. The set launches with the biggest week for an album

in nearly a year: 603,000 equivalent album units earned in the week ending April 20, according to Nielsen Music. DAMN. was released April 14 through Top Dawg/Aftermath/Interscope Records. DAMN. sold 353,000 in traditional album sales (the largest sales week for an album since December and a career-high sales week for Lamar) and earned 227,000 in SEA units (the second-largest streaming week ever for an album) and 23,000 in TEA units. DAMN. follows Lamar’s previous No. 1 sets: last year’s Untitled Unmastered. and 2015’s To Pimp a Butterfly. He joins Drake and Future as the only acts to have achieved at least one No. 1 album in each 2015, 2016 and 2017. Drake had two No. 1s in 2015, including a collaborative set with Future (What a Time to Be Alive), as well as one No. 1 in both 2016 (Views) and 2017 (More Life). Future topped the list twice in 2015 (DS2 and What a Time to Be Alive), once in 2016 (Evol) and twice in 2017 (his self-titled album and HNDRXX). At No. 2 on the new Billboard

200 chart, singer/songwriter John Mayer debuts with The Search for Everything. The album earned 132,000 equivalent album units (120,000 in traditional album sales). It was preceded by two introductory EPs that each featured four songs from the full 12-song album: The Search for Everything: Wave One (No. 2 on the Feb. 11-dated chart) and The Search for Everything: Wave Two (No. 13; March 18). The new full-length Search album is the eighth top 10 effort for Mayer. If the set doesn’t go any higher on the list, it will mark his fourth No. 2-peaking set, following The Search for Everything: Wave One, Paradise Valley (2013) and Continuum (2006). (He's notched thee Billboard 200 No. 1s.) Drake’s More Life slips 2-3 on the new Billboard 200 with 87,000 units (down 19 percent), Ed Sheeran’s ÷ (Divide) falls 3-4 with 66,000 units (down 5 percent) and The Chainsmokers’ Memories… Do No Open, descends 1-5 in its second week with 61,000 units (down 72 percent). The Moana soundtrack climbs a spot to No. 6 with 50,000 units (up 16 percent), Bruno Mars’ 24K Magic moves 6-7 with 44,000 units (down 3 percent), Future’s self-titled album rises 9-8 with 38,000 units (down 2 percent) and the live-action Beauty and the Beast soundtrack ascends 11-9 with a little more than 37,000 units (up 7 percent). Closing out the top 10 is the debut of the soundtrack to The Fate of the Furious, which drives in at No. 10 with 37,000 units (16,000 in traditional album sales). It’s one of four soundtracks in the top 10. The chart housed four soundtracks in the top 10 on the Jan. 21-dated chart, but before then one has to go all way back to Sept. 5, 1998, to find as many in the region (Armageddon, Dr. Dolittle, How Stella Got Her Groove Back and City of Angels). Kendrick Lamar's "Humble." rises from No. 3 to No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart (dated May 6), becoming the rapper's second Hot 100 No. 1 and first as a lead artist. The song unseats Ed Sheeran's "Shape of You" after 12 weeks atop the Hot 100. "Humble." becomes the 1,062nd No. 1 in the Hot 100's history (which dates to Aug. 4, 1958) and Lamar's second, and first as a lead act. He first topped the June 6, 2015-dated chart as featured on Taylor Swift's "Bad Blood." "Humble." surpasses its prior No. 2 Hot 100 high, set upon its debut two weeks ago. The track spends a third week at No. 1 on Streaming Songs, up 56 percent to an astounding 67.4 million U.S. streams in the week ending April 20, according to Nielsen Music (good for the Hot 100's top Streaming Gainer award). Only one song has posted a greater weekly total on Streaming Songs (which originated on March 2, 2013): Baauer's "Harlem Shake," which peaked with 103 million, powered heavily by user-generated clips featuring the song's audio, the week that the survey debuted. Notably, in between "Harlem" and "Humble.," Adele's "Hello" posted the highest weekly streaming sum: 61.6 million, in its first week (Nov. 14, 2015). "Humble." also leads the audio subscription services-based On-Demand Streaming Songs chart for a third frame with the highest weekly total (62.9 million on-demand U.S. streams) in the chart's history (handily passing the 36.2 million logged by Drake's "One Dance," featuring WizKid and Kyla, as reflected on the May 21, 2016, chart). It drops 5-10 on Digital Song Sales (56,000 downloads sold, down 3 percent, in the week ending April 20) and debuts at No. 47 on Radio Songs (23 million in airplay audience, up 26 percent, in the week ending April 23). Despite dipping to No. 2 on the Hot 100, Sheeran's "Shape" adds an 11th week at No. 1 on Radio Songs (184 million, down 1 percent). It drops 2-4 on Streaming Songs (39.5 million, down 5 percent) and 3-6 on Digital Song Sales (66,000, essentially even week-over-week). The song led the rankings for four and 10 weeks, respectively. Along with Lamar and Sheeran in the Hot 100's top four spots, Bruno Mars' "That's What I Like" descends to No. 3 from its No. 2 high (after four total weeks in the runner-up rank). It keeps at No. 2 on both Radio Songs (160 million, up 6 percent) and Digital Song Sales (80,000, up 9 percent). "Like" leads the Hot R&B Songs chart for a 10th week and hits No. 1 on Pop Songs; it's Mars' eighth Pop Songs leader, tying him with Justin Timberlake for the most among male soloists (dating to the chart's 1992 start).  COMPLETE CHARTS

"Million Eyes" by Loïc Nottet
climbed to no.5 on the official SNEP chart in France last week
The Belgian singer became famous nearly two years ago when he represented
his native country in the Eurovision Song Contest and placed at no.4

United Kingdom
Music Week Report
'Shape Of You' returns at no.1 for a 14th week
Monday, April 24, 2017
by Alan Jones, London

When you debut at No.1 there's only one direction to go - and that is down. The last nine No.1 singles have all lingered at least three weeks before starting their descent but One Direction star Harry Styles breaks that run with his introductory solo single Sign Of The Times, which opened atop the list last week, now slipping to No.4 with sales off

45.17% week-on-week at 34,485, making it the fastest fading song in the entire Top 200. Although it may rebound next week, and will certainly slow its descent after Styles performed it on The Graham Norton Show (Friday 21st), it is the first chart-topper to be disposed off this quickly since Styles' former bandmate Zayn Malik's first solo single Pillow Talk slipped 1-2 in February 2016. For what it is worth, Sign Of The Times remains top of the paid-for sales list - but its tally of just 16,686 such sales is the lowest for a No.1 on this list since such data was first collected by chart compilers BMRB in 1969. It replaces the previous low of 17,694 sales recorded by Orson's No Tomorrow when it climbed 2-1 on the chart dated 26 March 2006. By the way, when I mentioned last week that One Direction were the second band, after The Beatles, to have four or more members with Top 10 solo hits I left out the vital word male. All five Spice Girls, of course, made the Top 10 after launching solo careers. Replacing Styles at the

summit is the man who helped pen One Direction's 2012 No.1 Little Things, and the man who was himself replaced atop the chart last week, Ed Sheeran, whose Shape Of You rebounds 2-1 (48,770 sales, including 38,256 from streams) to secure its 14th week at No.1. It thus equals the total number of weeks that Queen's Bohemian Rhapsody spent at No.1 - made up of nine weeks in 1975 and a further five in 1991, when it was a double A-side alongside These Are The Days Of Our Lives. The only tracks to spend longer at No.1 are I Believe by Frankie Laine (18 weeks in three runs, 1953), (Everything I Do) I Do It For You by Bryan Adams (16 weeks in one run, 1991), Wet Wet Wet's Love Is All Around (15 weeks in one run, 1994) and Drake's One Dance (feat. WizKid & Kyla, 15 weeks, one run 2016). The only new arrival in the Top 10 this week is Humble, the introductory single from rapper Kendrick Lamar's new album Damn. Humble debuted a fortnight ago at No.21, and dipped to No.30 last week but, reinforced by streaming of Damn, which itself debuts at No.2, Humble leaps to No.6 (28,474 sales), surpassing the No.20 peak of Lamar's previous biggest hit, I. All of the other 13 songs on Damn debut inside the Top 100 this week, 11 of them inside the Top 75. Focusing again on the Top 10, Symphony bounces 4-2 (45,839 sales) to reach a new peak for Clean Bandit feat. Zara Larsson, although its sales are down 13.90% week-on-week, while Galway Girl holds at No.3 (43,891 sales) for Ed Sheeran and Passionfruit remains at No.5 (31,269 sales) for Drake. There are declines for Something Just Like This (6-7, 28,305 sales) by The Chainsmokers & Coldplay, Solo Dance (7-8, 28,114 sales) by Martin Jensen and Stay (8-9, 27,841 sales) by Zedd & Alessia Cara. Completing the top tier, Julia Michaels' Issues rebounds 11-10 (26,077 sales). Overall singles sales are down 2.71% week-on-week at 12,428,793, 32.68% above same week 2016 sales of 9,367,302. Streams accounted for 11,092,575 sales, 89.25% of the total. Paid-for sales are down 3.51% week-on-week at 1,336,218 – 24.81% below same week 2016 sales of 1,777,085 and below same-week, previous-year sales for the 194th week in a row. They are at their lowest level since week 38, 2007 (chart dated 29 September 2007) – exactly 500 weeks ago - when the marginally smaller total of 1,335,402 paid-for sales were recorded. While Shape Of You returns to the singles summit, Divide racks up its seventh straight week atop the album chart for Ed Sheeran. Although they have fallen every week thus far, sales of Divide last week, at 62,108 (including 19,941 from streams), are still beyond the reach of challengers, of which the latest is Damn, the fourth studio album from 29-year-old Californian rapper Kendrick Lamar, and his first studio album since To Pimp A Butterfly debuted atop the chart a little over two years ago on sales of 29,695 copies, although an unexpected album of demos, Untitled Unmastered subsequently debuted and peaked at No.7 (12,112 sales) a little over a year ago. Released thus far only digitally, Damn debuts at No.2 while setting a new personal best sale (31,543) for Lamar, with 10,318 of its sales coming from paid-for downloads, the remainder (21,225) from streaming, on which metric it becomes the first album to topple Divide. All 14 songs from Damn are in the Top 100, with 12 in the Top 75, Humble hurtling 31-6 to become Lamar's first Top 10 hit. Full details can be found in this week's singles analysis. Home to four hit singles, including 2015 chart-topper Not Letting Go (feat. Jess Glynne) and 2016 No.5 hit Girls Like (feat. Zara Larsson), Youth is the third album from Tinie Tempah, and opens at No.9 (5,863 sales). His debut album Disc-Overy debuted at No.1 on sales of 84,993 copies, while follow-up Demonstration debuted at No.3 (29,980 sales) in 2013. Disc-Overy eventually spawned seven Top 40 hits and has gone on to sell 854,365 copies. Demonstration surrendered five, and has sold 139,664 copies.Rag'N'Bone Man's Human has spent half of its 10 prior weeks, including last week, at No.2 - but this week is pushed to No.3 (22,100 sales). Elsewhere in the Top 10, More Life remains at No.4 (12,275 sales) for Drake, and Wonderland at No.5 (7,911 sales) for Take That, while The Chainsmokers' Memories...Do Not Open slips 3-6 (7,741 sales), the Moana soundtrack remains at No.7 (7,032 sales), Ed Sheeran's X bounces 10-8 (6,871 sales) and Little Mix's Glory Days climbs 13-10 (5,845 sales) to resume in the top tier after a four week break. Overall album sales are down 13.13% week-on-week at 1,595,406, 7.77% above same week 2016 sales of 1,480,392. Streaming accounted for 710,628 sales – 44.54% of the total. Sales of paid-for albums are down 22.63% week-on-week at 884,778 - their second worst performance not only of the 21st century, but since Millward Brown - under OCC auspices - took over chart compilation duties from Gallup in February 1994, slightly surpassing the 880,640 nadir they plumbed in sales week ending 18 August 2016. They are 10.80% below same week 2016 sales of 991,909.  COMPLETE CHARTS

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