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'Thank U, Next' earns 468,000 points
Thursday, December 13, 2018
by Fred Chuchel, Dresden

 

Until a few years ago the month December was the biggest sales period of the year, because a CD is a perfect gift. Now, with the strong shrinking CD sales the holiday season is fading more and more. In the first week of the holiday season this year we hardly see a difference to the sales of the weeks before. New no.1 is 'Wake,n', the 8th EP by the South Korean boy group Nu'est (short for New Establish Style Tempo). The set bows with 186,000 sales, 183,000 of it from the band's native country alone (according to Hanteo). The soundtrack to the Queen biopic 'Bohemian Rhapsody' reaches a new peak with no.2 and 145,000 equivalent sales. Michael Bublé's 'Love' remains at no.3 with 132,000 sales. His 'Christmas' set returns at no.9 with 79,000 sales, exactly one year ago the album ranked also at no.9, but with 71,000 sales. It's the eighth consecutive year, where 'Christmas' enters the international hitlists. Since its release in October 2011 it generated a total of

11,950,000 copies. 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 7,000 / 10,798,000, '21' by Adele 8,000 / 29,345,000, '24k Magic' by Bruno Mars 10,000 / 4,934,000, '25' by Adele 9,000 / 21,724,000, 'American Teen' by Khalid 21,000 / 2,623,000, 'Beautiful Trauma' by Pink 11,000 / 3,085,000, 'Beerbongs & Bentleys' by Post Malone 51,000 / 3,747,000, the 'Black Panther' soundtrack 8,000 / 1,682,000, 'Camila' by Camila Cabello 13,000 / 1,632,000, 'Caution' by Mariah Carey 26,000 / 101,000, 'Culture II' by Migos 13,000 / 1,800,000, 'Damn.' by Kendrick Lamar 12,000 / 4,976,000, 'Dancing Queen' by Cher 9,000 / 395,000, 'Dangerous Woman' by Ariana Grande 9,000 / 2,273,000, 'Delta' by Mumford & Sons 62,000 / 412,000, 'Divide' by Ed Sheeran 46,000 / 13,391,000, 'Evolve' by Imagine Dragons 25,000 / 3,961,000, 'Goodbye & Good Riddance' by Juice WRLD 34,000 / 1,159,000, 'In The Lonely Hour' by Sam Smith 9,000 / 7,855,000, 'Kamikaze' by Eminem 46,000 / 1,890,000, 'Love Yourself 轉 Answer' by BTS (Bangtan Boys) 24,000 / 1,931,000, the 'Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again' soundtrack 25,000 / 1,075,000, the 'Moana' soundtrack 8,000 / 3,084,000, 'More Life' by Drake 10,000 / 3,952,000, 'My Dear Melancholy,' by the Weeknd 5,000 / 946,000, 'Pray For The Wicked' by Panic! At The Disco 21,000 / 807,000, 'Queen' by Nicki Minaj 20,000 / 941,000, 'Question Mark' by XXXTentacion 43,000 / 2,545,000, 'Red Pill Blues' by Maroon 5 14,000 / 1,563,000, 'Reputation' by Taylor Swift 15,000 / 4,473,000, 'Scorpion' by Drake 57,000 / 4,021,000, 'Shawn Mendes' by Shawn Mendes 20,000 / 1,335,000, 'Simulation Theory' by Muse 61,000 / 334,000, 'Starboy' by The Weeknd 9,000 / 3,939,000, 'Staying At Tamara's' by George Ezra 27,000 / 836,000, 'Stoney' by Post Malone 25,000 / 3,932,000, 'Sweetener' by Ariana Grande 51,000 / 1,493,000, 'Tell Me You Love Me' by Demi Lovato 4,000 / 1,199,000, 'Tha Carter V' by Lil Wayne 36,000 / 1,136,000, 'The Thrill Of It All' by Sam Smith 7,000 / 2,575,000, 'Trench' by Twenty One Pilots 34,000 / 656,000, 'Views' by Drake 10,000 / 4,626,000, 'Voicesnotes' by Charlie Puth 5,000 / 563,000, 'X' by Ed Sheeran 15,000 / 11,370,000, 'Ye' by Kanye West 4,000 / 867,000, and 'Youngblood' by 5 Seconds Of Summer 14,000 / 828,000.  COMPLETE GLOBAL ALBUM CHART  After the release of its official video, 'Thank U, Next' by Ariana Grande inflates the score to 468,000 points, a massive 64% boost. Enough to stay at no.1 for a fourth week, despite the arrival of the new AKB 48 song 'No Way Man'. The ladder enters at no.2 with 404,000 points. After the change of the composition of Japan's multimetric consumption, the focus is now more on digital downloads and streaming, less on physical sales. That's why 'No Way Man' bows with significantly less points than former AKB 48 tunes. It's remarkable, that the song leads the current single-sales based list in Japan with stellar 1,2 million pieces, according to Oricon, but ranks outside the Top 20 on the digital download list with only few thousand units. Back to our tally, where 'All I Want For Christmas Is You' by Mariah Carey jumps from no.20 to no.6, after another 70% increase to 183,000 points and 'Last Christmas' by Wham! rises to no.22 with 102,000 points (up 81%). The catchy 'Sweet But Psycho' reaches the Top 10 with 150,000 points for the first time. It seems that the song by the American / Albanian musician Ava Max will be one of the strongest hits globally during the next months. Outside the Top 40 waiting among other 'Ruin My Life' by Zara Larsson at no.42, 'It's The Most Wonderful Time Of The Year' by Andy Williams at no.43, and 'Beautiful' by Bazzi feat. Camila Cabello at no.59 for their first appearance on the big list.  COMPLETE GLOBAL TRACK CHART


40 YEARS AGO ... 'MacArthur Park' by Donna Summer led the global chart. The original version was written and composed by Jimmy Webb in the summer and fall of 1967 as part of an intended cantata. Webb initially brought the entire cantata to the Association, but the group rejected it. The inspiration for the song was his relationship and breakup with Susie Horton. MacArthur Park, in Los Angeles, was where the two occasionally met for lunch and spent their most enjoyable times together. The song was firstly recorded by Richard Harris and went to no.9 globally in June 1968. Donna Summer's disco arrangement was the most successful version of that composition.


USA
Billboard Report
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Meek Mill's 'Championships' debuts at no.1
Thuesday, December 11, 2018
by Keith Caulfield & Gary Trust, Los Angeles


Meek Mill is a winner on the new Billboard 200 albums chart (dated Dec. 15), as his new release Championships debuts at No. 1. The set earned 229,000 equivalent album units in the

week ending Dec. 6, according to Nielsen Music. Of that sum, 42,000 were in traditional album sales. The album was released on Nov. 30 via Maybach/Atlantic Records and is the hip-hop artist’s second chart-topper, following 2015’s Dreams Worth More Than Money. Championships is Meek Mill’s first full-length album since his release from prison in April. In July, he dropped the four-song EP Legends of the Summer, which debuted and peaked at No. 9 on the July 21-dated tally. In total, Championships is Meek Mill’s sixth consecutive top 10 effort -- the entirely of his charting albums. Championships also logs the ninth-largest streaming week of 2018 for an album, the sixth-largest debut streaming frame of the year for an album, and Meek Mill’s best streaming week ever. The album bows with 235.4 million on-demand audio streams tallied for its tracks in the week ending Dec. 6. The largest streaming week of 2018 (and of all time) for an album is owned by

Drake’s Scorpion, which clocked 745.9 million on-demand audio streams for its tracks in its first week (July 14-dated chart). At No. 2 on the new Billboard 200, Lil Baby notches his highest-charting album, as his third release of 2018, Street Gossip, starts with 88,000 equivalent album units (with 5,000 of that sum in album sales). The set was largely driven by streaming activity, as it logged 82,000 SEA units, which translates to 114.2 million on-demand audio streams for its tracks in its opening week. Street Gossip follows Drip Harder (with Gunna, peaking at No. 4 on the Oct. 20 chart) and the solo effort Harder Than Ever (No. 3, June 2). 6ix9ine’s Dummy Boy is at No. 3 with 83,000 units after its first full tracking week. The album debuted on the chart a week ago from only three days of tracking activity, after it was released on Tuesday, Nov. 27, instead of the previous Friday, Nov. 23, as originally planned. Rock band The 1975 bows at No. 4 with its new album A Brief Inquiry Into Online Relationships, as the set begins with 66,000 equivalent album units. Of that sum, 48,000 were in album sales, which also makes the set the top-selling album of the week. The new album is the group’s second top 10 effort and follows the chart-topping 2016 release I Like It When You Sleep, For You Are So Beautiful, Yet So Unaware of It (chart dated March 19, 2016). Michael Bublé’s ever-popular Christmas is at No. 5, as the former No. 1 album, released in 2011, earns 55,000 units (18,000 in album sales). Rapper Ski Mask the Slump God starts at No. 6 with his debut full-length set, Stokeley, which earned 51,000 equivalent album units (5,000 in album sales). Like many hip-hop releases, the set is powered by streaming activity: 45,000 in SEA units, equaling 71.5 million in on-demand audio streams for the album’s tracks. Stokeley is the artist’s second chart effort on the Billboard 200, following Beware of the Book of Eli, which debuted and peaked at No. 50 (May 26). Rounding out the new top 10 at Nos. 7-10, respectively: Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper’s A Star Is Born soundtrack (48,000 units), Travis Scott’s Astroworld (47,000 units), Queen’s Bohemian Rhapsody soundtrack (a little more than 40,000 units) and Pentatonix’s Christmas Is Here! (40,000 units). Ariana Grande's "Thank U, Next" tops the Billboard Hot 100 (dated Dec. 15), returning for a fourth week at No. 1 following the Nov. 30 arrival of its retro-2000s-themed official video. The song reigns in large part due to its 93.8 million U.S. streams in the week ending Dec. 6, according to Nielsen Music, the biggest weekly total ever for a song by a female artist. It passes the 84.5 million that Taylor Swift's "Look What You Made Me Do" logged in its first week (September 16, 2017). "Next" jumps 5-2 on the Digital Song Sales chart with a 146 percent burst to 43,000 downloads sold in the week ending Dec. 6. On Radio Songs, it zooms 23-11 (57 million audience impressions, up 44 percent). "Next" controls the Hot 100 with nearly a 2-to-1 points lead over Travis Scott's "Sicko Mode," which last week became his first No. 1 on the chart. The latter track dips to No. 2, although it gains in all metrics, holding at No. 2 on Streaming Songs (43.3 million, up 16 percent); backtracking 2-3 on Digital Song Sales (25,000, up 5 percent); and bulleting at No. 8 on Radio Songs (65.7 million, up 1 percent). Halsey's "Without Me" hits a new Hot 100 peak, pushing 4-3. It paces Digital Song Sales for a third week (50,000, up 75 percent) and rises 6-4 on Streaming Songs (32.7 million, up 29 percent) and 9-6 on Radio Songs (71.7 million, up 10 percent).  COMPLETE CHARTS


Song Of The Month
On the way to a global smash: since its release in August 2018 'Sweet But Psycho' gets stronger week by week. The debut of the American / Albanian singer Ava Max is already no.1 in the North European countries and now it storms the charts in all other countries of the world.


United Kingdom
Music Week Report
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The 1975 celebrate their third no.1 album
Monday, December 10, 2018
by Alan Jones, London

 
The 1975 maintain their 100% strike rate on the album chart, with their third effort, A Brief Inquiry Into Online Relationships debuting atop the chart, just as their two earlier albums did. First week consumption of 50,209 copies of the album (including 8,800 from sales-equivalent streams) are higher than the 31,538 copies their

eponymous first album sold on debut in September 2013, but below the 58,378 copies that follow-up I Love It When You Sleep, For You Are So Beautiful Yet So Unaware Of It sold on debut in March 2016. Seven songs from A Brief Inquiry… have made the Top 75 of the singles chart since June, with two of them reaching the Top 30 – the latter result matching their first two albums. A Brief Inquiry’s overall sales included a major contribution from vinyl (8,286 sales) and from cassette, with white, purple, green and red cassettes, some in bundles with art prints, T-shirts or Q magazine, securing combined sales of 7,147 copies – the highest weekly tally for any cassette since July 2002, when Now That’s What I Call Music had 12,074 cassette sales out of a grand total of 227,615 sales. The last artist cassette to sell more copies in a week was Russell Watson’s Encore, with 10,203 sales in week ending 22 December 2001. Overall albums sales of The 1975

should pass the million mark in the next fortnight. The 1975 has sold 584,808 copies and I Like It When You Sleep… has sold 332,497 copies. Sumptuous new seasonings from The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra help True Love Ways (12-10, 22,645 sales) to become Buddy Holly’s 10th Top 10 album – and first since 1993 – and Roy Orbison’s Unchained Melodies to a new peak (8-6, 24,347 sales). Although latest single Hold My Girl has its progress towards the Top 20 blocked by an avalanche of Christmas songs, it still helps George Ezra’s Staying At Tamara’s album to increase sales for the sixth week in a row, and achieve its highest position for 14 weeks, jumping 9-4 (28,942 sales). Into the Top 10 for the seventh time in eight years – it only failed to reach the top tier in 2015, when it stalled at No.12 – Michael Buble’s Christmas jumps 16-7 (24,147 sales) but still lags behind his latest album, Love, which dips 2-3 (33,828 sales). The rest of the Top 10: The Greatest Showman soundtrack (3-2, 43,588 sales), the Bohemian Rhapsody soundtrack (8-7, 23,333 sales) by Queen and Si (6-9, 22,954 sales) by Andre Bocelli. Overall album sales are up for the seventh week in a row, climbing 10.29% week-on-week to 2,798,585, 9.18% below same week 2017 sales of 3,081,474. Sales-equivalent streams accounted for a record 1,099,752 sales, 39.30% of the total. Sales of paid-for albums are up 14.68% week-on-week at 1,698,833, 22.90% below same week 2017 sales of 2,203,442. Ariana Grande’s Thank U, Next returns to growth with consumption growing 50.99% week-on-week to 83,660 sales, as it racks up its fifth straight week at No.1. That total includes 75,563 from sales-equivalent streams, which hit a record 14,870,218, more than half of which are for its newly released video. The last single by a female soloist to debut at No.1 and remain there longer was Leona Lewis’ Bleeding Love, which rattled off seven straight weeks at the summit in 2007. With Ava Max’s debut smash Sweet But Psycho advancing 6-2 (45,310 sales) and Halsey’s Without Me climbing 4-3 (38,513 sales), the chart’s medal positions are all owned by American female solo artists in their mid-20s. It is the only the third top three comprising entirely of female soloists in the 466 chart weeks that have elapsed in the 2010s. The first was on 13 November 2010, when Rihanna's Only Girl (In The World), Cheryl Cole's Promise This and Alexis Jordan's Happiness were the top three (in that order), and the second on 4 September 2017, when Taylor Swift’s Look What You Made Me Do topped ahead of Dua Lipa’s New Rules and Pink’s What About Us. I’m not sure it’s a ‘force from above’ but The Power Of Love is potent. Thirty-four years ago to the week since the Frankie Goes To Hollywood original topped the chart, and six years to the week since Gabrielle Aplin’s cover did likewise, a new version of the song - the Coronation single of 15th X Factor winner Dalton Harris accompanied by James Arthur, who won the ninth season in 2012 - is No.1 on pure sales. With paid-for sales of 26,717 copies, the song struggled on streaming, however, and with total consumption of 35,493 units, debuts at No.4. The Power Of Love is one of two Top 10 newcomers for Arthur, whose Anne-Marie collaboration, Rewrite The Stars, bounds 17-8 (27,597 sales), surpassing the No.16 peak that the original Zac Efron & Zendaya version – from The Greatest Showman – scaled earlier this year. US rapper 6ix9ine and featured Canadian rapper Tory Lanez both earn their first Top 10 hit as their collaboration Kika surges 38-9 (27,273 sales). It is the breakout single from 6ix9ine’s new album Dummy Boy, and is being pursued by Mama (6ix9ine feat. Nicki Minaj & Kanye West), which explodes 68-29 (16,971 sales) and Tic Toc (6ix9ine feat. Lil Baby), which debuts at No.43 (13,735 sales). Mark Ronson is prepping his fifth album as an artist, and first single Nothing Breaks Like A Heart (feat. Miley Cyrus) debuts at No.10 (26,869 sales). Ronson’s seventh Top 10 hit, and Cyrus’ fourth, it is the 16th Top 75 entry for both. In the Top 40 for the 12th December in a row, Mariah Carey’s 1994 classic All I Want For Christmas Is You leaps 34-6 (31,203 sales). Overall singles sales are up 6.21% week-on-week at 17,488,423, 14.57% above same week 2017 sales of 15,264,188. Paid-for sales are up 15.62% week-on-week at 896,964, and are 22.16% below same week 2017 sales of 1,152,239. They are below same-week, previous-year sales for the 279th week in a row.  COMPLETE CHARTS

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