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'Perfect' is still at number one
Thursday, January 18, 2018
by Fred Chuchel, Dresden


The soundtrack to the film 'The Greatest Showman' is the new number one of the Global Album Chart. In its third week on the tally the set rises from no.3 to no.1, driven by a 17% sales boost to 168,000. The American historical drama musical film is a great success around the world and inspired by the story of P.T.Barnum's creation of the Barnum & Bailey Circus and the lives of its star attractions. Last week's chart topper, Ed Sheeran's 'Divide', slides to the runner-up slot with 163,000 equivalent sales, a total of 9,997,000 now. The only debut on this week's Top 10 is 'Westival', the fourth album by the seven-member Japanese boyband Johnny's West. It bows at no.3 with 105,000 sales, according to Oricon. Three albums turning back to the Top 10: Namie Amuro's 'Finally' moves to no.6 with 69,000 sales, a total of 2,01 million so far, Post Malone's 'Stoney' returns to no.9 (58,000) and G-Eazy's 'The Beautiful & Damned' crawls to no.10 (53.000).

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 12,000 / 10,361,000, '21' by Adele 10,000 / 28,976,000, '24k Magic' by Bruno Mars 50,000 / 3,886,000, '25' by Adele 17,000 / 21,207,000, 'American Teen' by Khalid 33,000 / 1,517,000, 'Anti' by Rihanna 9,000 / 2,370,000, 'Beautiful Trauma' by Pink 52,000 / 2,065,000, 'Beauty Behind The Madness' by The Weeknd 9,000 / 3,003,000, 'Blurryface' by Twenty One Pilots 12,000 / 3,495,000, 'Concrete And Gold' by the Foo Fighters 8,000 / 725,000, 'Culture' by Migos 14,000 / 1,586,000, 'Damn' by Kendrick Lamar 49,000 / 3,757,000, 'Dangerous Woman' by Ariana Grande 9,000 / 1,914,000, 'Flicker' by Niall Horan 20,000 / 624,000, 'Future' by Future 8,000 / 1,215,000, 'Grateful' by DJ Khaled 10,000 / 1,046,000, the 'Guardians Of The Galaxy': Awesome Mix Vol.2' soundtrack 13,000 / 1,200,000, 'Hardwired...To Self-Destruct' by Metallica 4,000 / 2,744,000, 'Harry Styles' by Harry Styles 14,000 / 1,436,000, 'Helene Fischer' by Helene Fischer 16,000 / 1,077,000, 'Human' by Rag'n'Bone Man 22,000 / 2,141,000, 'Illuminate' by Shawn Mendes 16,000 / 2,031,000, 'In The Lonely Hour' by Sam Smith 17,000 / 7,328,000, 'Lust For Life' by Lana Del Rey 9,000 / 715,000, 'Meaning Of Love' by Kelly Clarkson 10,000 / 286,000, 'Melodrama' by Lorde 10,000 / 728,000, 'Memories...Do Not Open' by the Chainsmokers 14,000 / 1,510,000, the 'Moana' soundtrack 20,000 / 2,451,000, 'More Life' by Drake 23,000 / 3,153,000, 'Now' by Shania Twain 11,000 / 455,000, 'One More Light' by Linkin Park 10,000 / 1,083,000, 'Purpose' by Justin Bieber 12,000 / 6,258,000, 'Rainbow' by Ke$ha 9,000 / 520,000, 'Red Pill Blues' by Maroon 5 23,000 / 568,000, 'Songs Of Experience' by U2 32,000 / 957,000, 'Starboy' by The Weeknd 20,000 / 3,276,000, 'Tell Me You Love Me' by Demi Lovato 23,000 / 677,000, the 'Trolls' soundtrack 13,000 / 1,841,000, 'Views' by Drake 15,000 / 3,953,000, 'Witness' by Katy Perry 6,000 / 920,000, 'X' by Ed Sheeran 30,000 / 10,367,000, 'Younger Now' by Miley Cyrus 5,000 / 277,000.  COMPLETE GLOBAL ALBUM CHART  On the Global Track Chart Ed Sheeran's 'Perfect' leads a sixth consecutive week with 505,000 points, a total of 5,823,000 so far. His former smash 'Shape Of You' sets another record, it slides from no.4 to no.8 this week and ranks a 39th week in the Global Top 10. Never before a song was such a long time there, the former record was held by Doris Day's 'Whatever Will Be, Will Be (Que Sera, Sera)' from 1956 with 38 weeks. Back to this week's hitlist, 'Havana' by Camila Cabello feat. Young Thug and 'Rockstar' by Post Malone feat. 21 Savage hold tight at no.2 and no.3 with 349,000, respectively 254,000 points. There are two strong debuts this week: a remix of Bruno Mars' 'Finesse' with additional vocals from rap newcomer Cardi B bows at no.4 with 250,000 points. It's the fourth lift-off from his album '24k Magic'. 'Filthy', the first sign from Justin Timberlake's fifth album 'Man Of The Woods', which will be released in February, starts at no.6 with 177,000 points. Outside the Top 40 waiting among other 'Gummo' by 6ix9ine at no.47, 'Never Be The Same' by Camila Cabello at no.53, and 'Whatever It Takes' by Imagine Dragons at no.56 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.

Billboard Report
'The Greatest Showman' soundtrack remains at no.1
Thuesday, January 16, 2018
by Keith Caulfield & Gary Trust, Los Angeles

The soundtrack to the musical drama film The Greatest Showman scores a second week at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 chart, as the set earned 104,000 equivalent album units

(down 3 percent) in the week ending Jan. 11, according to Nielsen Music. Of that sum, 70,000 were in traditional album sales (down 10 percent). The Greatest Showman is just the fifth soundtrack in the last 10 years to spend multiple weeks at No. 1. Since The Greatest Showman’s release in theaters on Dec. 20, the movie has earned an estimated $95 million at the U.S. and Canada box office, according to Box Office Mojo. The Greatest Showman album features performances by the movie’s stars, including Hugh Jackman, Zac Efron, Zendaya and Michelle Williams. Four songs from the album debuted on the Billboard Hot 100 chart dated Jan. 13, led by “This Is Me,” by Keala Settle and the film’s ensemble. Back on the new Billboard 200 chart, Ed Sheeran’s ÷ (Divide) holds at No. 2 with 53,000 units (down 21 percent), while G-Eazy’s The

Beautiful & Damned returns to its peak (and debut position) at No. 3 with 38,000 units (down 10 percent). Bruno Mars’ 24K Magic hits its highest rank in eight months, and returns to the top 10 after more than four months, climbing 15-4 with 37,000 units (up 75 percent). The set’s rises is driven by the strong start of its new single, “Finesse,” which has been boosted by a new remix with rapper Cardi B. (The remix is merged with the original version of "Finesse," and contributes to the SEA and TEA units of the song's parent album, as most remixes do.) The album has not ranked this high since the April 22, 2017-dated list, when it placed at No. 4; and has not been in the top 10 since Sept. 2, 2017, when it was No. 10. The album debuted and peaked at No. 2 on the Dec. 10, 2016 chart. Post Malone’s Stoney ascends 8-5 on the latest Billboard 200, with nearly 37,000 units (down 6 percent), Taylor Swift’s Reputation falls 3-6 with a little over 36,000 units (down 24 percent) and Eminem’s Revival dips 6-7 with 36,000 units (down 11 percent). Kendrick Lamar’s DAMN. slides 5-8 with 35,000 units (down 15 percent), Huncho Jack’s Huncho Jack, Jack Huncho is steady at No. 9 with 32,000 units (down 17 percent), and Sam Smith’s The Thrill of It All climbs back into the top 10, rising 12-10 with 29,000 units (up 5 percent). Camila Cabello's "Havana" logs a seventh week at its No. 2 Hot 100 peak. The last No. 2 hit by a lead female to post seven weeks at the runner-up rank? Lady Gaga's "Bad Romance" in 2009-10. (Missy "Misdemeanor" Elliott's "Work It" shares the peak longevity mark among all No. 2 Hot 100 hits: it spent 10 weeks at the position in 2002-03. The track tied Foreigner's "Waiting for a Girl Like You," which hit a No. 2 high for 10 weeks in 1981-82. Starting with "Finesse," the new jack swing-reviving collaboration was originally released as a solo song on Mars' 2016 album 24K Magic (on Atlantic Records). After the arrival of its remix and official video Jan. 4, the song entered the Jan. 13-dated Hot 100 on the strength of a day of streaming and sales tracking, and three days of airplay tracking, for its new version (with all versions contributing to its singular chart listing). After a first full week of tracking after the new version's release, "Finesse" roars onto the Streaming Songs chart at No. 1, with 38.3 million U.S. streams (up 342 percent) in the week ending Jan. 11, according to Nielsen Music. It charges 13-2 on Digital Song Sales, with 87,000 downloads sold (up 189 percent) in the week ending Jan. 11, and 49-14 on Radio Songs, with 52 million in all-format airplay audience (up 103 percent) in the week ending Jan. 14.  COMPLETE CHARTS

"Man's Not Hot" by Big Shaq

The rap tune by the British comedian Michael Dapaah, better known under his stage name Big Shaq, placed since several weeks in the Top 10 of United Kingdom and ranks at no.39 on the Global Track Chart. It samples the instrumental 'Lurk' by GottiOnEm & Mazza from 1986.

United Kingdom
Music Week Report
'Perfect' still leads, 'River' on the runner-up slot
Monday, January 15, 2018
by Alan Jones, London

Parent album ÷ is no longer No.1 – but Perfect, the fourth single from the set, spends its sixth straight week atop the singles chart for Ed Sheeran. Eclipsing Camila Cabello's five-week topper, Havana, Perfect becomes the longest reigning No.1 since Despacito spent six weeks at No.1 for Luis Fonsi, Daddy Yankee and Justin Bieber last

May/June. Including sales and streams of Sheeran's original album version and duet versions with Beyonce and Andrea Bocelli, Perfect had a combined tally of 49,550 sales (including 34,319 from sales-equivalent streams) in the week, the smallest of its reign. Sales of Sheeran's River collaboration with Eminem are falling at a slower rate, and the track spends its third week at No.2 in total and its second in a row, on sales of 41,440 copies. The highest new entry to the Top 75 this week is Finesse, which debuts at No.7 (24,443 sales) to become the 11th Top 10 hit thus far for Bruno Mars and the first for Cardi B. The original version of Finesse is on Mars' third album, 24K Magic, and has sold a little over 50,000 copies since the album's release in 2016, without previously making the Top 75. Cardi B's addition to the track is driving its success, though sales and streams of Mars' original are counted alongside the new version. No.4 on paid-for sales in the

latest frame but only No.28 on streaming, I Know You jumps 15-10 (21,102 sales) for Craig David feat. Bastille, becoming the former's 14th Top 10 hit, the latter's third. Elsewhere in the Top 10 there are new peaks for Barking (8-4, 28,777 sales) by Ramz, I Miss You (6-5, 27,383 sales) by Clean Bandit feat. Julia Michaels and Let You Down (10-6, 24,605 sales) by NF. Completing the Top 10, Rita Ora's Anywhere advances 4-3 (28,927 sales), MK's 17 slips 7-8 (24,356 sales) and Big Shaq's Man's Not Hot falls 3-9 (23,052 sales). After returning to the Top 10 last week, Camila Cabello's Havana (feat, Young Thug) and Selena Gomez & MarshMello's Wolves leave again, descending 5-13 (18,798 sales) and 9-17 (17,205 sales), respectively. Overall singles sales are up 5.16% week-on-week to 14,995,633, 34.03% above same week 2017 sales of 11,188,142. Streams accounted for 13,937,749 sales, a record 92.95% of the total. Paid-for sales are down 7.71% week -on-week at 1,057,884, and are 38.91% below same week 2017 sales of 1,731,822. They are below same-week, previous-year sales for the 232nd week in a row. Previously dethroned by albums from Kasabian, The Beatles, London Grammar, The Vamps, Queens Of The Stone Age and Eminem, Ed Sheeran's ÷ loses leadership of the chart for the seventh time, falling to No.2 (22,788 sales) behind the Motion Picture Cast Recording of The Greatest Showman. The soundtrack album to the current hit film about Barnum & Bailey Circus king P.T. Barnum, The Greatest Showman includes contributions from the film's stars Zac Efron, Hugh Jackman, Keala Settle, Zendaya, Michelle Williams and from Loren Allred, who is not in the film but provides the vocals for the character Jenny Lind. Jumping 4-1 on sales of 26,445 copies (10,990 from streams) – the lowest for a No.1 for 14 weeks – The Greatest Showman is the first soundtrack album to top the artist album chart since La La Land last February. Benj Pasek & Justin Paul wrote the songs for The Greatest Showman, and also contributed to the La La Land soundtrack. Its sales up 55.05% week-on-week, The Greatest Showman stands alone in a little changed Top 10 in which every other title declined at least 20%. The rest of the Top 10: The Thrill Of It All (2-3, 14,498 sales) by Sam Smith, Human (3-4, 13,120 sales) by Rag'N'Bone Man, Revival (5-5, 12,725 sales) by Eminem, Together Again (6-6, 8,742 sales) by Michael Ball & Alfie Boe, Beautiful Trauma (7-7, 8,380 sales) by Pink, Reputation (8-8, 7,823 sales) by Taylor Swift, The Architect (9-9, 7,202 sales) by Paloma Faith and Glory Days (12-10, 7,201 sales) by Little Mix. Overall album sales are down 10.10% week-on-week at 1,725,397, 5.90% above same week 2017 sales of 1,629,307. Streaming accounted for 885,417 sales – a record 51.32% of the total. It is the first time streams have topped 50% of overall sales. Meanwhile, sales of paid-for albums are down 21.05% week-on-week at 839,980, 20.55% below same week 2017 sales of 1,057,183.  COMPLETE CHARTS

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