Adele's 'Easy On Me' still at no.1
Wednesday, January 26, 2022
by Fred Chuchel, Dresden
Adele's 'Easy On Me' leads the Global Track Chart for a remarkable
13th non-consecutive week with another 250,000 points. That's an 8%
decline compared to the previous week and the lowest score for a
no.1 hit since 'Dynamite' by BTS ruled with 243,000 points in the
week 2, 2021. Divided into segments 'Easy On Me' generated 126,000
points with streaming (down 6%), 31,000 points with sales (down
12%), and 93,000 points with airplay (down 9%). 'Stay' by Kid Laroi
& Justin Bieber holds tight at the runner-up slot with 242,000
points (down 0,5%). Last year the smash was already ten weeks at the
summit and - a little fun fact - would have Adele released her
current big hit a few months later, 'Stay' would be at no.1 for a
20th time this week. Newcomer Gayle reaches a new peak with her
major debut 'ABCDEFU'. The song climbs at no.3 with 237,000 points
(up 2,5%). The victory is within reach, because the distance to
'Easy On Me' is only 13,000 points
now. Outside our weekly Top 40 waiting among other 'I Love You So'
by The Walters at no.46, 'Pushin P' by Gunna | Future | Young Thug
at no.52, and 'Mon Amour' by Zzoilo & Aitana at no.57 for their
first appearance on the big list.
From last week on there's a change in the composition of the Global
Album Chart. The reason is the different approach to merging sales
figures and streaming (equivalent sales) in various countries. This
leads to distortions. That's why we decided, that the national
equivalent sales are additionally weighted to the market size of the
countries (according to the latest IFPI informations). This will
also ensure a little more stability in our Top 10. Brandnew number
one on the current tally is 'City', the second studio album by the
Japanese idol boy band SixTones. The set starts with massive 424,000
equivalent sales, enough for a big jump also at no.1 on the
year-to-date list. The group's debut album, appropriately titled as
'1st', started exactly one year ago with 467,000 sales. Nearly two
years after his last studio effort 'After Hours' with the both super
smash hits 'Blinding Lights' and 'Save Your Tears', Canadian R&B
musician The Weeknd released a new set. 'Dawn FM'
bows at the runner-up slot with 244,000 sales. That's far away from
the initial sales of 'After Hours', which catapulted to the summit
in the week 14, 2020 with 595,000 sales. Rapper Gunna's 'DS4Ever'
rounds out the current top three with 188,000 sales. 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 20,000 / 12,551,000, '21' by
Adele 28,000 / 31,167,000, '25' by Adele 37,000 / 23,583,000, the 'A
Star Is Born' soundtrack 9,000 / 6,880,000, 'After Hours' by The
Weeknd 29,000 / 5,524,000, 'An Evening With Silk Sonic' by Silk
Sonic 32,000 / 588,000, 'Astroworld' by Travis Scott 15,000 /
& Bentleys' by Post Malone 16,000 / 8,426,000, 'Certified Lover Boy' by Drake
55,000 / 2,879,000, 'Dangerous: The Double Album' by Morgan Wallen
50,000 / 3,605,000, 'Divide' by Ed Sheeran 33,000 / 18,250,000, 'Divinely
Uninspired To A Hellish Extent' by Lewis Capaldi 19,000 / 5,163,000,
'Donda' by Kanye West 29,000 / 1,582,000,
'Evermore' by Taylor Swift 23,000 / 2,961,000, 'Fighting Demons' by
Juice WRLD 47,000 / 396,000, 'Fine Line' by Harry
Styles 32,000 / 6,454,000, 'Folklore' by Taylor Swift 25,000 /
4,787,000, 'F*ck Love' by The Kid Laroi
43,000 / 3,065,000, 'Future Nostalgia' by Dua Lipa
43,000 / 5,209,000, 'Goodbye & Good Riddance' by Juice
WRLD 28,000 / 5,452,000, the soundtrack of the Original Hollywood Cast
to 'Hamilton: An American Musical' 20,000 / 4,417,000, 'Happier Than
Ever' by Billie Eilish 45,000 / 2,078,000,
'Hollywood's Bleeding' by Post Malone 28,000 / 7,433,000, 'Justice' by
Justin Bieber 38,000 / 2,634,000, 'Legends
Never Die' by Juice WRLD 27,000 / 4,600,000, 'Map Of The Soul: 7' by
BTS (Bangtan Boys) 21,000 / 7,591,000, 'Montero' by Lil Nas X 44,000 /
1,054,000, 'Music Of The Spheres' by Coldplay 21,000 / 868,000, 'Music To Be Murdered By' by
Eminem 9,000 / 2,989,000, 'My Turn' by Lil Baby 20,000 / 3,960,000, 'No.6 Collaborations' by Ed Sheeran
/ 4,463,000, 'Planet Her' by Doja Cat 64,000 / 2,248,000, 'Positions' Ariana Grande
20,000 / 2,928,000,
'Question Mark' by XXXTentacion 22,000 / 6,103,000,
Drake 12,000 / 7,912,000, 'Shoot For The Stars, Aim For The Moon' by
Pop Smoke 34,000 / 6,021,000, 'Sticker (incl. Favorite)' by NCT 127
8,000 / 2,517,000,
'Stoney' by Post Malone 12,000 /
Greatest Showman' soundtrack 8,000 / 9,102,000, 'The Highlights' by
The Weeknd 49,000 / 2,216,000, 'The Voice' by Lil
Durk 8,000 / 1,130,000, 'Voyage' by Abba 30,000 / 1,749,000, 'When We All Fall
Asleep, Where Do We Go?' by Billie Eilish 24,000 / 9,447,000, and 'X' by Ed Sheeran
15,000 / 12,976,000.
GLOBAL NO.1 - 10 YEARS AGO
... "We Found Love" premiered on September 22, 2011 as lead single from
Rihanna's sixth studio album, Talk That Talk (2011). It's an uptempo
electro house song, with elements of techno and Europop. It is heavily
composed of repetitive synthesizers, alarm bells, and a keyboard. The
song's lyrics speak of a couple who "found love in a hopeless place".
Commercially, the song was a major success. In the United States, the
song topped the Billboard Hot 100 for ten non-consecutive weeks. "We
Found Love" went to no.1 in many other countries, including United
Kingdom, Canada, New Zealand, and Switzerland. The song's
accompanying music video, directed by Melina Matsoukas, depicts the
singer as a drug-abusing thrill-seeker in a relationship that quickly
spirals downward into addiction and violence. However, its impact was
significant, with the video winning a Grammy for "Best Short Form Music
Video" at the 55th Annual Grammy Awards and "Video of the Year" at the
2012 MTV Video Music Awards.
Gunna scores second no.1 album
Tuesday, January 18, 2022
by Keith Caulfield & Gary Trust, Los Angeles
his second No. 1 on the Billboard
chart as DS4Ever debuts
atop the tally (dated Jan. 22). The rapper previously led the
list with his last release, Wunna,
which bowed at No. 1 on the June 6, 2020-dated chart. In total, DS4Ever is
his fifth charting album and fourth top 10.
The star-studded, 19-track DS4Ever album
was released on Jan. 7 and boasts collaborations with and/or
featured turns from 21
Brown, Future, Lil
Ricch and Young
among others. The album and its release date were announced on
Jan. 1, after months of speculation.
with 150,300 equivalent album units earned in the U.S. in the
week ending Jan. 13, according to MRC Data, nearly all from
streaming activity. The launch marks his best week yet in terms
of units earned. His previous largest week, by units, was the
opening frame of Drip
a joint album with Lil Baby, and its 130,000 units in 2018. Of DS4Ever’s
150,300 equivalent album units earned, SEA units comprise
144,600 (equaling 193.5 million on-demand official streams of
the set’s songs in its first week, making it the most-streamed
album of the week), album sales comprise 4,700 and TEA units
at No. 2 on the Billboard 200, securing the superstar his eighth
top 10 album – the entirety of his charting releases. The
released on Jan. 7 and includes featured guest turns from Tyler,
the Creator and Lil
and guest appearances by Quincy
Dawn FM tunes
in with 148,000 equivalent album units earned in the U.S. in the
week ending Jan. 13, according to MRC Data. Of that sum, SEA
units comprise 131,300 (equaling 173.04 million on-demand
official streams of the set’s songs), album sales comprise
14,800 and TEA units comprise 1,900.
Dawn FM is
the follow-up to The Weeknd’s No. 1 2020 release After
which launched a trio of No. 1 singles on the Billboard Hot 100
chart: “Heartless,” “Blinding Lights” and “Save Your Tears”
Dawn FM was
led by the single “Take My Breath,” which debuted and peaked at
No. 6 on the Hot 100 dated Aug. 21, 2021.
At No. 3 on the new Billboard 200, the Encanto film
soundtrack is pushed down from No. 1 to No. 3 – though with a
32% gain in equivalent album units earned, as the album
continues to grow in popularity. The set tallied 95,700 units
for the week – its highest single-week sum.
former leader 30 falls
2-4 with 48,300 equivalent album units earned (down 15%) and Morgan
The Double Album dips
3-5 with 42,800 units (up 2%).
The Weeknd’s hits compilation The
8-6 with 36,300 equivalent album units (up 8%), Olivia
former No. 1 Sour falls
4-7 with 35,600 units (down 14%), Drake’s chart-topping Certified
Lover Boy slips
6-8 with 35,100 units (down 4%) and Doja
7-9 with 33,600 units (down 2%). Rounding out the top 10 is Taylor
former leader Red
(Taylor’s Version) descends
5-10 with 33,200 units (down 12%).
“Easy on Me” notches a ninth week at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100
“Easy on Me,” released on Columbia Records and which first led the Hot
100 in late October, drew 101.2 million radio airplay audience
impressions (up 2%) and 15.1 million U.S. streams (down 4%) and sold
6,000 downloads (down 24%) in the Jan. 7-13 tracking week, according to
The ballad spends an eighth week at No. 1 on the Radio Songs chart and
drops 4-5 on Digital Song Sales, following two weeks on top, and 5-16 on
Streaming Songs, after five weeks at No. 1.
Notably, the song is the first to surpass 100 million in radio reach in
over a year-and-a-half, since The Weeknd’s “Blinding Lights” drew 115
million as reflected on the Radio Songs chart dated May 23, 2020 (on its
way to a record 26-week Radio Songs command, and its status atop the
Greatest of All Time Hot 100 Songs chart).
The Kid LAROI and Justin Bieber’s
“Stay” holds at No. 2 on the Hot 100, after seven weeks at No. 1
beginning in August, and
“Heat Waves” keeps at its No. 3 high, as it leads the Hot Rock &
Alternative Songs and Hot Alternative Songs charts, both of which use
the same multi-metric methodology as the Hot 100, for a 17th week each.
“We Don’t Talk About Bruno,” by Carolina Gaitán, Mauro
Castillo, Adassa, Rhenzy Feliz, Diane Guerrero, Stephanie Beatriz and
the Encanto Cast,
ascends 5-4 for a new Hot 100 highpoint. It drew 29 million streams (up
15%) and tops Streaming Songs for a second week and sold 8,000 (up 10%)
and pushes 6-3 on Digital Song Sales.
Closing out the Hot 100’s top five, Ed
“Shivers” dips to No. 5 from its No. 4 high.
“Super Gremlin” surges 10-6 for a new Hot 100 best. It concurrently
takes over atop the multi-metric Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs and Hot Rap Songs
charts, becoming his second No. 1 on each survey, after “ZEZE,”
featuring Travis Scott and Offset, led each list for a week in October
Gunna and Future’s
“Pushin P,” featuring Young Thug, bounds onto the Hot 100 at No. 7,
powered by its No. 2 start on Streaming Songs (22.5 million streams).
The track is from Gunna’s album DS4Ever, which soars in as his second
Billboard 200 No. 1.
“Need to Know” rises 9-8 on the Hot 100, returning to its high first
reached in November.
“abcdefu” climbs 11-9 on the Hot 100, marking her first top 10 in her
first visit to the chart. The song drew 25.4 million in radio airplay
audience (up 22%) and 16.5 million U.S. streams (up 2%) and sold 10,200
in the tracking week.
The single becomes GAYLE’s first leader on Digital Song Sales (2-1);
ranks at No. 9 on Streaming Songs, after reaching No. 4 a week earlier;
and jumps 39-28 on Radio Songs.
Rounding out the Hot 100’s top 10, Elton
John and Dua Lipa’s
“Cold Heart (Pnau Remix)” ranks at No. 10, a week after it entered the
tier at No. 7 (marking John’s 28th top 10; his first top 10 in nearly 24
years; and his latest update of his own writing to chart in the top 10
twice). The track tops the multi-metric Hot Dance/Electronic Songs chart
for a 14th week.
Record Of The Month
A shining song pearl with a fantastic, heartwarming video-clip from
the last year.
The American singer, songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist Julien Baker is noted
for its moody
quality and confessional lyrical style, as well as frank
explorations of issues including spirituality,
addiction, mental illness, and
human nature. 'Hardline' comes from her third album 'Little Oblivions'.
Music Week Report
Gayle's 'ABCDEFU' climbs to the top
Monday, January 17, 2022
by Alan Jones, London Twenty-one weeks after it was released, eight weeks after it made the
Top 40 and six weeks after it first peaked at No.2, Abcdefu by Gayle
breezes to the top of the singles chart on consumption of 41,079 units,
ending the brief second reign of Adele’s Easy On Me which dips 1-2
(36,229 sales). At 17
years, six months and six days, Gayle is the sixth youngest of the
nine female solo artists to top the chart before their 18th birthday.
Her coronation comes a year to the week since Olivia Rodrigo was the
last addition to the list, with Drivers License arriving at the summit
to start a nine week reign when she was 17 years 10 months and 26 days
The rest of those chart-toppers: Helen Shapiro (14y 10m 15d, at her 12
August 1961 coronation), followed by Billie (15y 9m 19d, 11 July 1998),
Tiffany (16y 3m 28d, 30 January 1988), Lorde (16 y 11m 25d, 1 November
2013), Britney Spears (17y 5m 25d, 27 February 1999), Nicole (17y 6m
20d, 15 May 1982) and Sandie Shaw (17y 7m 27d, 24 October 1964).
Under her full name of Taylor Gayle Rutherford, Gayle is one of only
three female solo artists under 18 to have a hand in writing their first
No.1, the others being Lorde and Rodrigo. The first ever female solo
artist to single-handedly write herself a No.1 is still the
nearly 44 years after the fact. Written on 5 March 1977, and reaching
No.1 exactly a year later, when she was 19 years seven months and five
days old, the song is Wuthering Heights and the precociously talented
teen is Kate Bush.
The twin turbines of youth and talent also drive this week’s highest Top
75 debut. Born in the UK, resident in Canada since the age of three and
a graduate of American Idol, 18-year-old Lauren Spencer-Smith’s
introductory hit, Fingers Crossed, nabbed a No.90 debut from just two
days of availability last week and now jumps to No.4 (29,467 sales).
Driven by TikTok, where Spencer-Smith has an impressive 2.8m followers
and 63.3m. likes, the track is also beginning to make an impression
across the Atlantic, debuting at No.39 in Canada and No.59 in the U.S.A.
After debuting at No.14 last week, Jessica Darrow’s first hit, Surface
Pressure jumps to No.8 (24,720 sales). Lifted from Lin-Manuel Miranda’s
soundtrack to new Disney smash Encanto, it therefore joins the film’s
first hit We Don’t Talk About Bruno in the Top 10. The latter title – by
Adassa, Stephanie Beatriz, Mauro Castillo, Rhezy Feliz, Carolina Gaitan
& Diane Guerrer- registers strong growth of 44.60% in consumption to
35,938 units in the week, and advances 4-3 as a result. The third chart
eligible cut from the album, The Family Madrigal, moves 30-29 (14,07
sales) for Stephanie Beatriz & Olga Merediz.
The Weeknd suddenly dropped a new album, Dawn FM, last Friday (February
7). Duly debuting atop the album chart, it also generates its first Top
10 hit (The Weeknd’s 12th in total) in the form of Sacrifice, which
debuts at No.10 (24,152 sales). Take My Breath, which debuted and peaked
at No.13 last August, turns out to have been the first single from the
album, and now rebounds 57-14 (20,648 sales). The third track from the
set eligible to chart under primary artist rules, How Do I Make You Love
Me, debuts at No.22 (15,985 sales), becoming The Weeknd’s 45th hit.
Overseas secures the highest position of its eight week chart career and
of D-Block Europe’s 32-hit career, rising 8-7 (24,817 sales).
The rest of this week’s Top 10: Seventeen Going Under (3-5, 27,296
sales) by Sam Fender, Peru (6-6, 26,988 sales) by Fireboy DML & Ed
Sheeran and Coming For You (5-9, 24,210 sales) by SwitchOTR feat. A1 &
Singles consumption is up 6.64 week-on-week at 23,038,706 units – 13.52%
above same week 2021 consumption of 20,294,238 units. Paid-for sales are
down 2.22% week-on-week at 326,110 – 20.44% below same week 2021 sales
Announced just 11 days ago (January 4) and released four days later,
the first significant album of 2022 is the upbeat and somewhat retro
Dawn FM, an immediate and substantial success for The Weeknd, debuting
Released so suddenly that it has no physical element yet, the album
cruises to the summit, with consumption of 20,726 units made up of
digital sales of 1,259 copies, and sales-equivalent streams of 19,467
The Weeknd’s six Top 10 album, and third No.1, it is his first release
since the compilation The Highlights – which holds at No.9 this week
(4,752 sales) - debuted 11 months ago at No.2; and his first album of
new material since After Hours – which sprints 102-64 (1,692 sales) this
week to achieve a 29-week high - opened atop the list on sales of 25,677
The 31-year-old Torontonian is one of just 12 Canadian acts to have a
No.1 album in the UK, and moves to joint fourth in the list of those
with most No.1s. The others, and their tallies: 5: Celine Dion, 4:
Michael Buble, Drake, 3: Avril Lavigne, Bryan Adams, Arcade Fire, 2:
Justin Bieber, Shania Twain, 1: Alanis Morrisette, Neil Young,
American rapper Gunna gave his audience more time to get used to the
fact he was releasing a new album – but only just. His third solo album,
DS4Ever was announced on New Year’s Day, and was made available six days
later. Opening at No.4, it also has an exclusively digital profile, with
sales-equivalent streams of 10,555 and digital sales of 67 copies
completing its opening frame of 10,622 units. His debut solo album Drip
Or Drown 2 debuted and peaked at No.24 (3,370 sales) in March 2019, and
follow-up Wunna debuted and peaked at No.5 (5,882 sales) in June 2020.
He previously reached No.12 with 2018 Lil Baby collaboration Drip
The third and final new entry to the Top 10 has a very different
consumption profile to the two albums above but was itself supposed to
be a fast turnaround surprise release in 2001.
Released on the day before what would have been his 75th birthday, just
three days before the sixth anniversary of his death, Toy (Toy Box)
comprises 2000 re-recordings of material David Bowie first recorded
between 1964 and 1971. The 12 tracks that were to be released as Toy in
2001 (which were included in the box set Brilliant Adventure, which was
released last month, reaching No.24) are accompanied in Toy (Toy Box) by
a further 26 recordings including alternate mixes, demos and b-sides, of
which 20 have not been previously released. Issued as a triple CD and on
a six disc 10-inch vinyl box which retails for nearly £100, Toy (Toy
Box) debuts at No.5 (,384 sales).
Number one for the last two weeks, Ed Sheeran’s = dips to No.2 (12,522
The rest of the Top 10: 30 (2-3, 11,607 sales) by Adele, Between Us
(4-6, 5,294 sales) by Little Mix, Sour (5-7, 5,281 sales) by Olivia
Rodrigo, Home Alone 2 (6-8, 4,776 sales) by D-Block Europe and Voyage
(3-10, 4,356 sales) by ABBA.
Overall album sales are up 4.59% week-on-week to 1,973,721 – 19.54%
above same week 2021 sales of 1,651,158. Physical product accounted for
290,535 sales, 14.72% of the total.