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Drake floods the global hitlists
Thursday, July 12, 2018
by Fred Chuchel, Dresden


Is it the biggest album of 2018? 'Scorpion', the fifth studio set by Canadian Rap / R&B superstar Drake, makes a spectacular impact on the international hitlists. The double album with 25 tracks storms atop the tally with stellar 957,000 equivalent sales. It's the biggest weekly sales frame since Ed Sheeran's 'Divide' debuted with 1,789,000 sales in the week 11, 2017. All songs from the album enter this week's Billboard Hot 100, seven of it land in the Top 10, a new all time record! Drake's former studio album 'Views' went also easily at no.1 globally with 1,109,000 initial sales, two years ago in the week 19, 2016. J-pop legend Hikaru Utada bows on the runner-up slot this week with her 10th album 'Hatsukoi'. It sold 242,000 physical and digital copies in Japan alone, according to Oricon. Third highest debut of the week is 'High As Hope', the fourth studio set by the British indie rock band Florence & The Machine. It arrives at no.3 with 180,000 consumption units.

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 11,000 / 10,608,000, '21' by Adele 7,000 / 29,175,000, '24k Magic' by Bruno Mars 22,000 / 4,648,000, '25' by Adele 10,000 / 21,517,000, 'American Teen' by Khalid 22,000 / 2,200,000, 'Anti' by Rihanna 8,000, 25,73,000, 'Beautiful Trauma' by Pink 14,000 / 2,849,000, 'Beauty Behind The Madness' by The Weeknd 9,000 / 3,233,000, the 'Black Panther' soundtrack 20,000 / 1,404,000, 'Camila' by Camila Cabello 22,000 / 1.265,000, 'Culture II' by Migos 27,000 / 1,409,000, 'Damn.' by Kendrick Lamar 23,000 / 4,625,000, 'Dangerous Woman' by Ariana Grande 8,000 / 2,091,000, 'Everything Is Love' The Carters 58,000 / 310,000, 'Evolve' by Imagine Dragons 43,000 / 3,261,000, the 'Fifty Shades Freed' soundtrack 8,000 / 631,000, 'Helene Fischer' by Helene Fischer 12,000 / 1,355,000, 'Illuminate' by Shawn Mendes 13,000 / 2,339,000, 'In The Lonely Hour' by Sam Smith 11,000 / 7,634,000, 'KOD' by J.Cole 26,000 / 1,049,000, 'Liberation' by Christina Aguilera 25,000 / 161,000, 'Man Of The Woods' by Justin Timberlake 5,000 / 1,067,000, the 'Moana' soundtrack 14,000 / 2,850,000, 'More Life' by Drake 17,000 / 3,683,000, 'My Dear Melancholy,' by the Weeknd 16,000 / 758,000, 'Purpose' by Justin Bieber 8,000 / 6,480,000, 'Pray For the Wicked' by Panic! At The Disco, 'Red Pill Blues' by Maroon 5 32,000 / 1,064,000, 'Reputation' by Taylor Swift 27,000 / 4,006,000, 'Revival' by Eminem 10,000 / 1,862,000, 'Shawn Mendes' by Shawn Mendes 55,000 / 678,000, 'Starboy' by The Weeknd 12,000 / 3,699,000, 'Staying At Tamara's' by George Ezra 25,000 / 450,000, 'Stoney' by Post Malone 35,000 / 3,326,000, 'Tell Me You Love Me' by Demi Lovato 6,000 / 1,065,000, 'The Beautiful & Damned' by G-Eazy 10,000 / 813,000, 'The Thrill Of It All' by Sam Smith 16,000 / 2,364,000, 'Views' by Drake 17,000 / 4,359,000, 'Voicesnotes' by Charlie Puth 22,000 / 316,000, 'Wildness' by Snow Patrol 10,000 / 171,000, 'X' by Ed Sheeran 21,000 / 10,962,000, 'Ye' by Kanye West 39,000 / 538,000, 'Youngblood' by 5 Seconds Of Summer 46,000 / 323,000.  COMPLETE GLOBAL ALBUM CHART  Since quite some time, the international hitlists fill up more and more with rap songs. The reason for this is streaming, a technology that is being used extensively, especially by the younger generation. In the past were only one or two songs simultaneously decoupled from an album and released for the charts. Nowadays basically all songs from an album are available for the charts. No wonder then, that youth-related themes - like rap music - get so high priority in the hitlists. For example two weeks ago the Beligan-Congolese rapper Damso occupied the complete Top 10 in France with songs from his current album 'Lithopédion'. Several weeks ago the Egyptian-Dutch rapper Josylvio entered the Top 20 in the Netherlands with nine songs simultaneously. The Russian-German rapper Capital Bra had four songs in Germany's Top 10 two weeks ago. And this week the Canadian rapper Drake floods the hitlists around the globe, especially in the English-speaking territories, with his 25 songs from the new set 'Scorpion'. On our Top 40 list ranking seven Drake songs this week. 'Nonstop' is the highest placed at no.5 with 214,000 points, followed by 'Don't Matter To Me' (with the additional voice from Michael Jackson) at no.8 with 188,000 points, 'Nice For What' and 'God's Plan' at no.9 (176,000 points) and at no.10 (174,000 points). Moreover 'In My Feelings' at no.13 (132,000), 'Emotionless' (with a sample from Mariah Carey's 1991 hit 'Emotions') at no.15 (122,000) and finally 'I'm Upset' at no.23 (104,000). Despite all these Drake songs there's no change atop the Global Track Chart, 'Girls Like You' by Maroon 5 feat. Cardi B holds the number one spot for a second week with 260,000 points. And rap youngster Cardi B makes herself compete, 'I Like It', her collaboration with Bad Bunny & J Balvin and the sample from Pete Rodriguez 1967 boogaloo hit 'I Like It Like That', climbs from no.4 to no.2 with 239,000 points. Outside the Top 40 waiting among other 'Familiar' by Liam Payne & J Balvin at no.44, 'Delicate' by Taylor Swift at no.46, 'If You're Over Me' by Years & Years at no.48, 'Rise' by Jonas Blue feat. Jack & Jack at no.49, and 'Te Bote' by Casper Magico, Nio Garcia, Darell, Nicky Jam, Ozuna & Nicky Jam at no.57 for their first appearance on the big list.  COMPLETE GLOBAL TRACK CHART

40 YEARS AGO ... 'Rivers Of Babylon' by Boney M. led the Global Charts for seven consecutive weeks. It was the biggest success in the career of the exotic German band. The song went to no.3 on the year-end chart 1978 and with a total of 10,734,000 points it ranks at no.40 on the All Time Chart

Billboard Report
Drake dethrones Drake atop Billboard Hot 1000
Thuesday, July 17, 2018
by Keith Caulfield & Gary Trust, Los Angeles

Drake’s Scorpion holds at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 albums chart for a second week, logging the biggest sophomore week for any album in more than two years. The set earned 335,000

equivalent album units in the week ending July 12 according to Nielsen Music (down 54 percent from its big start of 732,000 units a week earlier). Of its second week sum, 29,000 were in traditional album sales. Scorpion Spends Second Week at No. 1: Scorpion is only the fourth album to log multiple weeks at No. 1 in 2018. It follows Post Malone’s beerbongs & bentleys (three straight weeks at No. 1), Black Panther: The Album (three nonconsecutive weeks at No. 1) and The Greatest Showman soundtrack (two weeks in a row at No. 1). Largest Second Week for an Album in More Than Two Years: As Scorpion earned 335,000 units in its second week, it tallied the largest sophomore stanza for an album in over two years. The last set to log a larger second week was Adele’s 25, which earned 1.16 million units in its second week (chart dated Dec. 19, 2015). Third-Largest Streaming Week for an Album: Scorpion’s second week is fueled largely by

its streaming activity, as the set collected 288,000 SEA units, which equals 390.98 million on-demand audio streams. That latter figure is the third-largest weekly streaming sum for an album’s tracks. The largest was earned by Scorpion in its debut frame (745.9 million), while the second-biggest was Post Malone’s opening week with beerbongs & bentleys (431.3 million) earlier in 2018. At No. 2 on the new Billboard 200, Post Malone’s former No. 1 beerbongs & bentleys moves up one slot with 71,000 units (down 2 percent). Future’s streaming-only album Beastmode 2 debuts at No. 3 with 57,000 units (73.5 million streams), granting the rapper his ninth top 10 and the highest-charting streaming-exclusive album. It surpasses Chance the Rapper’s Coloring Book, which debuted and peaked at No. 8 on the June 4, 2016-dated list. It bowed with 38,000 units (57.3 million streams). XXXTentacion’s ? moves 5-4 on the new Billboard 200 with 51,000 units (down 16 percent), Cardi B’s Invasion of Privacy climbs 6-5 with 44,000 units (down 6 percent) and Juice WRLD’s Goodbye & Good Riddance is up one spot to No. 6 with 41,000 units (up 4 percent). The Greatest Showman soundtrack rises 11-7 with 30,000 units (down 6 percent) and The Carters’ Everything Is Love is steady at No. 8 with 29,000 units (down 21 percent). Meek Mill scores his fifth top 10 effort, as his four-song Legends of the Summer set arrives at No. 9 with 26,000 units (6,000 in album sales). The effort is his first new album since his release from prison in April. The rapper previously visited the top 10 with Wins and Losses (No. 3, 2017), DC4 (No. 3, 2016), Dreams Worth More Than Money (No. 1 for two weeks, 2015) and Dreams and Nightmares (No. 2, 2012). Closing out the new top 10 is Lil Baby’s Harder Than Ever, rising 12-10 with 27,000 units (down 6 percent). Drake replaces himself atop the Billboard Hot 100 chart (dated July 21), as the viral challenge-fueled "In My Feelings" blasts from No. 6 to No. 1, supplanting his own "Nice for What." Both songs, which also surge to the top of the Streaming Songs and Digital Song Sales charts, are from his LP Scorpion, which spends a second week at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 albums chart. "Feelings" is the 1,077th No. 1 in the Hot 100's history (which dates to Aug. 4, 1958), soars to No. 1 on the Hot 100 as it likewise leaps to the top of Streaming Songs, rising 2-1 with 71.7 million U.S. streams, up 58 percent, in the week ending July 12, according to Nielsen Music. It also blasts 9-1 on Digital Song Sales with 89,000 downloads sold, up 337 percent, in the same tracking week. On Radio Songs, the track is the highest debut, at No. 29, with 36.5 million audience impressions, up 239 percent, in the week ending July 15. Helping power the advances of "Feelings" is the "In My Feelings" challenge. Last Wednesday (July 10), Instagram comedian Shiggy, the creator of The Shiggy dance craze, which synchs to Drake lyrics, posted a video of Drake deftly performing the routine onstage. Since the dance's inception, such stars as Will Smith, Ciara and her husband Russell Wilson, Kevin Hart and Odell Beckham Jr. have all taken on the challenge. Drake dethrones Drake: As "Feelings" replaces "Nice" atop the Hot 100, Drake is the first artist to dethrone himself at the summit since...Drake. On the April 21-dated chart, "Nice" debuted at No. 1, ending the reign of his "Plan." Drake joins only Justin Bieber, Usher and the Beatles in having swapped titles atop the tally twice. 40th total week at No. 1: Drake posts his 40th career week at No. 1 on the Hot 100. He's the seventh act to reach the milestone, following Mariah Carey (79 weeks), Rihanna (60), the Beatles (59), Boyz II Men (50), Usher (47) and Beyoncé (42). Cardi B, Bad Bunny and J Balvin's "I Like It" rebounds 3-2 on the Hot 100 after topping the July 7-dated chart. On Radio Songs, it blasts 6-1 (102.7 million in audience, up 15 percent). Cardi B earns her second Radio Songs No. 1, after "Finesse," with Bruno Mars, which led for four weeks beginning in March. Bad Bunny and Balvin each notch their first leader non the survey. "Like" makes the greatest positional leap to No. 1 on Radio Songs since Adele's "Hello," which also vaulted 6-1 on Nov. 28, 2015. JAY-Z and Alicia Keys' "Empire State of Mind" made the same jump exactly six years earlier (Nov. 28, 2009), while one song has sprung even farther: Kanye West's "Stronger" pounced 7-1 on Oct. 6, 2007. "Like" additionally spends its first week atop the Songs of the Summer chart, which ranks the top-performing titles on the Hot 100 between Memorial Day and Labor Day. The song supplants Drake's "Nice" after four weeks in the lead. Maroon 5's "Girls Like You," featuring Cardi B, hits a new Hot 100 high, rising 5-3, while Drake's "Nice" drops 1-4.  COMPLETE CHARTS

Song Of The Month
It's the sound from the current publicity campaign of the Swedish car manufacturers Volvo,
'If You Got Somebody Waiting' by compatriot Joel Alme.
The song reminds something of American country legend John Denver

United Kingdom
Music Week Report
'Three Lions' back at number one after 22 years
Monday, July 16, 2018
by Alan Jones, London

Football, it seems, isn’t coming home – but the wave of patriotic fervour created by England’s progress to the semi-finals was more than enough to trigger massive increases in sales and streaming of their official 1996 European Championship anthem, Three Lions, by David Baddiel, Frank Skinner & The Lightning Seeds, which rockets

back to No.1, 22 years after its initial coronation. Jumping 24-1 on sales of 79,779 copies (including 36,410 from sales-equivalent streams), Three Lions thus joins a small elite of recordings that have topped the chart on two entirely separate occasions. Another version of Three Lions was recorded by Baddiel, Skinner & The Lightning Seeds for the 1998 World Cup campaign, and also reached No.1. It is now bundled with the original digitally, and thus contributes to its renewed success. Incidentally, under a new tweak to chart rules introduced last week, tracks only escape ACR if they are being actively promoted. As Three Lions isn’t, its stream conversion rates are 1:200 for subscription and 1:1200 for ad-supported, both audio and video. Were it being actively promoted, its sales this week would be 116,189. George Ezra, who selflessly encouraged fans to purchase Three Lions, is the victim of the track’s success, which sees his latest smash, Shotgun,

retreat to No.2 after a fortnight at the summit, although its sales are up for the 10th straight week, at 76,253. ‘Starred out’ of the chart between No.7 and No.8 last week, In My Feelings is now the most popular track by Drake, with consumption surging 30.90% to 50,226 units as it debuts at No.4, becoming the seventh hit from his new Scorpion set, and his 75th hit in all. He achieves his maximum entitlement of three hits as primary artist with Don’t Matter To Me (feat. Michael Jackson, 2-5, 49,130 sales) and Nonstop (4-15, 30,878 sales), which means that after debuting at No.5 last week, I’m Upset – now the fifth most consumed Drake track – loses its chart status. Rise does just that for the sixth week in a row to become the fourth Top 10 hit for Londoner Jonas Blue and the first for featured guests Jack & Jack, a Nebraskan duo comprising Jack Johnson and Jack Gilinsky. The track jumps 11-7 (39,362 sales). Girls Like You continues to climb for Maroon 5 feat. Cardi B, advancing 10-8 (37,688 sales). The rest of the Top 10: Solo (3-3, 51,654 sales) by Clean Bandit feat. Demi Lovato, If You’re Over Me (9-6, 45,305 sales) by Years & Years, I Like It (8-9, 37,646 sales) by Cardi B, Bad Bunny & J Balvin and 2002 (6-10, 37,204 sales) by Anne-Marie. Overall singles sales are down 5.12% week-on-week at 14,864,797, 13.06% above same week 2017 sales of 13,147,787. Paid-for sales are down 1.65% week-on-week at 973,232, and are 25.88% below same week 2017 sales of 1,313,038. They are below same-week, previous-year sales for the 258th week in a row. Drake’s Scorpion continues to sting The Greatest Showman’s chances of equaling the 21st century record of 23 weeks at No.1, as set by Adele’s 21. The Greatest Showman was pushed down to No.3 last week, and is still unable to register its 22nd week at the summit, as Scorpion – which dethroned it last term – becomes the only other album to spend even two consecutive weeks at No.1 this year, remaining in pole position on sales of 29,630 copies, of which a massive 89.80% (26,609) are from sales-equivalent streams. Although Scorpion wasn’t officially released on CD until Friday (July 13), there was some low-level leakage ahead of the date, with its latest paid-for sales of 3,021 including a contribution of 323 from the format. On the overall paid-for sales chart, Scorpion dips 1-7. The Greatest Showman rises 3-2, with consumption of the title exceeding 20,000 units for the 27th straight week although falling 11.31% week-on-week to 23,637 units, its lowest level for 27 weeks. The aforementioned 21 is the only album to have a longer opening run of sales above 20,000 this decade, with 52 consecutive weeks. Follow-up 25 managed 18 in a row, while Ed Sheeran’s +, X and ÷ managed 21, 13 and 21, respectively. Neither Drake nor The Greatest Showman would have come within range of topping the chart this week had Years & Years’ second album, Palo Santo, opened nearly as big as their 2015 debut, Communion. Despite its second single, If You’re Over Me, returning to its peak position of No.6, Palo Santo sold just 20,297 copies last week to debut at No.3. Communion opened at No.1 on sales of 55,592, hot on the heels of their No.1 single King and only a week after subsequent smash Shine peaked at No.2. Rallying 104-64 this week to appear in the Top 75 for the first time in nearly two years, Communion sold 1,212 copies in the week, raising its cumulative tally to 474,450. Previously charting only in a supporting role on singles by Chase & Status and Bugzy Malone, London-based singer/songwriter Tom Grennan’s introductory long player, Lighting Matches, debuts at No.5 (10,856 sales), helped by Radio 1 and Radio 2 supporting current single Barbed Wire. Lighting Matches debuts at No.1 on the vinyl album chart (1,260 sales). The rest of the Top 10: Staying At Tamara’s (4-4, 17,949 sales) by George Ezra, High As Hope (2-6, 10,055 sales) by Florence + The Machine, Beerbongs & Bentleys (10-7, 7,181 sales) by Post Malone, ÷ (7-8, 6,664 sales) by Ed Sheeran, Cruising With Jane McDonald (8-9, 5,381 sales) and ? (11-10, 5,185 sales) by Xxxtentacion. Overall album sales are down 11.69% week-on-week at 1,540,641, 2.88% below same week 2017 sales of 1,586,358. Streaming accounted for 901,039 sales – 58.48% of the total. Sales of paid-for albums are down 16.45% week-on-week at 639,602, 24.69% below same week 2017 sales of 849,317, and their lowest level since Kantar Millward Brown started compiling sales data for OCC in 1994.  COMPLETE CHARTS

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