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Global Chart Report

'7 Rings' reigns for a third week
Thursday, February 14, 2019
by Fred Chuchel, Dresden


Soundtracks continue to dominate the Global Album Chart. This week the top three are consist exclusively of soundtracks: the Oscar-nominated and Grammy winning 'A Star Is Born' soundtrack, starring Lady GaGa & Bradley Cooper turns back at the summit with 102,000 equivalent sales, a total of 2,89 million so far. The soundtrack to the Queen biopic, 'Bohemian Rhapsody', rises back to the runner-up slot with 94,000 sales, a comfortable 20% increase compared to the previous week. Exactly one year ago, the soundtrack to 'The Greatest Showman' placed at no.2 with 164,000 equivalent sales. Now, the set is still very successful and ranks at no.3 in its 46th week on the Global Top 10 with another 63,000 sales, a total of 6,03 million so far. No new-entry this week, but three re-entries: Travis Scott's 'Astroworld' turns back at no.7 with 55,000 sales, Drake's 'Scorpion' follows at no.8 with 54,000 and 21 Savage's 'I Am > I Was' touches no.10 with 51,000.

And now, as every week, additional stats from outside the current Global 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 / 10,889,000, '21' by Adele 10,000 / 29,453,000, '24k Magic' by Bruno Mars 10,000 / 5,037,000, '25' by Adele 11,000 / 21,847,000, 'American Teen' by Khalid 20,000 / 2,822,000, 'Beautiful Trauma' by Pink 6,000 / 3,197,000, the 'Black Panther' soundtrack 10,000 / 1,788,000, 'Camila' by Camila Cabello 13,000 / 1,776,000, 'Championships' Meek Mill 40,000 / 854,000, 'Culture II' by Migos 14,000 / 1,945,000, 'Damn.' by Kendrick Lamar 14,000 / 5,120,000, 'Dancing Queen' by Cher 8,000 / 505,000, 'Dangerous Woman' by Ariana Grande 11,000 / 2,380,000, 'Delta' by Mumford & Sons 12,000 / 704,000, 'Divide' by Ed Sheeran 46,000 / 13,919,000, 'Evolve' by Imagine Dragons 23,000 / 4,235,000, 'Goodbye & Good Riddance' by Juice WRLD 34,000 / 1,514,000, 'In The Lonely Hour' by Sam Smith 9,000 / 7,949,000, 'Invasion Of Privacy' by Cardi B 29,000 / 2,421,000, 'Kamikaze' by Eminem 30,000 / 2,290,000, 'Love' by Michael Bublé 13,000 / 1,018,000, 'Love Yourself 轉 Answer' by BTS (Bangtan Boys) 17,000 / 2,159,000, the 'Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again' soundtrack 11,000 / 1,292,000, the 'Moana' soundtrack 10,000 / 3,182,000, 'More Life' by Drake 11,000 / 4,052,000, 'My Dear Melancholy,' by the Weeknd 3,000 / 1,001,000, 'Origins' by Imagine Dragons 37,000 / 884,000, 'Pray For The Wicked' by Panic! At The Disco 22,000 / 1,062,000, 'Queen' by Nicki Minaj 16,000 / 1,121,000, 'Question Mark' by XXXTentacion 38,000 / 2,957,000, 'Red Pill Blues' by Maroon 5 17,000 / 1,702,000, 'Reputation' by Taylor Swift 17,000 / 4,674,000, 'Scorpion' by Drake 54,000 / 4,617,000, 'Shawn Mendes' by Shawn Mendes 16,000 / 1,563,000, 'Simulation Theory' by Muse 10,000 / 593,000, 'Skins' by XXXTentacion 17,000 / 436,000, the 'Spider Man: Into The Spider-Verse' soundtrack 42,000 / 445,000, 'Starboy' by The Weeknd 10,000 / 4,039,000, 'Staying At Tamara's' by George Ezra 15,000 / 1,176,000, 'Stoney' by Post Malone 27,000 / 4,208,000, 'Sweetener' by Ariana Grande 36,000 / 1,993,000, 'Tha Carter V' by Lil Wayne 19,000 / 1,385,000, 'The Thrill Of It All' by Sam Smith 8,000 / 2,654,000, 'Trench' by Twenty One Pilots 19,000 / 927,000, 'Views' by Drake 11,000 / 4,734,000, 'X' by Ed Sheeran 14,000 / 11,525,000, and 'Youngblood' by 5 Seconds Of Summer 13,000 / 974,000.  COMPLETE GLOBAL ALBUM CHART  Ariana Grande's new smash '7 Rings' remains at the summit of the Global Track Chart for a third straight week with 376,000 points, a 3% decline compared to the previous week. Also 'Sweet But Psycho' by Ava Max holds tight at the runner-up slot with 271,000 points (up 1%). The song was never at no.1 so far, but it leads the year-to-date chart with 1,556,000 points now, followed by 'Thank You, Next' by Ariana Grande with 1,491,000 points and 'Sunflower' by Post Malone & Swae Lee with 1,439,000 points. Back to this week's tally, where 'Bury A Friend' by Billie Eilish bows at no.12 as the highest debut with 170,000 points. The unusal minimalist electronica / industrial song is the third single from the 17 year-old American singer / songwriter's upcoming debut album 'When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go?' (will be released on March 29). Also new on the hitlist 'A Lot' by British rapper 21 Savage at no.23 with 88,000 points and 'Thotiana' by American rapper Blueface at no.40 with 60,000 points. Outside the Top 40 waiting among other 'Undecided' by Chris Brown at no.44 and 'Say My Name' by David Guetta | Bebe Rexha | J Balvin at no.47 for their first appearance on the big list.  COMPLETE GLOBAL TRACK CHART

20 YEARS AGO... "Believe", released on October 19, 1998, was the lead single from Cher's twenty-second album with the same name. The song departed from Cher's pop-rock style of the time for an upbeat dance-pop style. It featured a pioneering use of the audio processor software Auto-Tune as a vocal effect, which became known as the 'Cher effect'. The lyrics describe empowerment and self-sufficiency after a painful breakup. The song contains samples of "Prologue" & "Epilogue", performed by Electric Light Orchestra. "Believe" was the biggest hit of the year 1999 and reached no.1 in many countries, among others in the United States, United Kingdom, Germany, France, Canada, Australia, Netherlands, Belgium, Switzerland, Sweden, Norway, Denmark, and Spain.

Billboard Report
Ariana Grande claims no.1, 2 & 3 on Billboard Hot 100
Thuesday, February 19, 2019
by Keith Caulfield & Gary Trust, Los Angeles

Ariana Grande’s Thank U, Next storms in at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 albums chart with 360,000 equivalent album sales earned in the U.S. in the week ending Feb. 14,

according to Nielsen Music. The set launches with the biggest week for a pop album in over a year and garners Grande her fourth No. 1 -- and second in less than six months. Of Thank U, Next’s starting unit sum, 116,000 were in album sales. Thank U, Next, released on Feb. 8 through Republic Records, is Grande’s fourth Billboard 200 No. 1. It also launches with the biggest streaming week ever for a pop album. Grande’s Fourth No. 1 Album: It follows Sweetener (which debuted atop the list dated Sept. 1, 2018), My Everything (Sept. 13, 2014) and Yours Truly (Sept. 21, 2013). Grande ties Taylor Swift for the second-most No. 1s among women this decade, trailing Lady Gaga, with five leaders since 2010. Thank U, Next has the largest week of any album since Oct. 13, 2018, when Lil Wayne’s Tha Carter V bowed at No. 1 with 480,000 units. Thank U, Next easily sets the record for the largest streaming week for a pop album (beating the debut frame of

Ed Sheeran’s ÷ [Divide] with 126.7 million on-demand audio streams for its songs; March 25, 2017) and the biggest streaming week for an album by a woman (surpassing the debut week of Cardi B’s Invasion of Privacy with 202.6 million; April 21, 2018). At No. 2 on the new Billboard 200, Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper’s A Star Is Born soundtrack steps 5-2 with 49,000 units (up 31 percent). The set is basking in the glow of Gaga’s performance of the album’s “Shallow” on the Feb. 10 Grammy Awards, where the song also won a pair of trophies (including one presented during the CBS broadcast: best pop duo/group performance). Another soundtrack, Bohemian Rhapsody, rebounds to its peak position on the Billboard 200, as it zooms from No. 11 to No. 3 with 48,000 units (up 84 percent). The album’s parent film of the same name was released on DVD and blu-ray on Feb. 12, thus stirring interest in the movie’s soundtrack with consumers. (The movie was already available on digital home video.) A Boogie Wit da Hoodie’s Hoodie SZN falls to No. 4 on the new Billboard 200 after three nonconsecutive weeks at No. 1 with 43,000 units (down 7 percent). Post Malone’s beerbongs & bentleys rises 6-5 with 39,000 units (up 10 percent), Travis Scott’s Astroworld descends 4-6 with 37,000 units (down 3 percent), 21 Savage’s I Am > I Was tumbles 2-7 with nearly 37,000 units (down 8 percent), and Drake’s Scorpion is steady at No. 8 with 35,000 units (up 4 percent). Kacey Musgraves’ Golden Hour rides its pair of Grammy Award wins on Feb. 10 to a return to the top 10, as the set re-enters the chart straight in at No. 9 with 35,000 units (up 524 percent). Of that sum, 20,000 were in album sales -- a gain of 735 percent. Golden Hour won Grammy Awards for album of the year and best country album, while its songs “Butterflies” and “Space Cowboy” also took home trophies, for best country solo performance and best country song, respectively. Musgraves performed the album’s “Rainbow” on the Grammy Awards broadcast and also took part in an all-star tribute performance to Dolly Parton. (“Rainbow” is now being promoted as Musgraves latest single at country, adult pop and adult contemporary radio stations.) Golden Hour debuted and peaked at No. 4 last April. Closing out the new top 10 on the Billboard 200 is Meek Mill’s Championships, which falls 7-10 with 34,000 units (down 2 percent). Ariana Grande becomes the first artist to hold the Nos. 1, 2 and 3 spots on the Billboard Hot 100 songs chart simultaneously since The Beatles in 1964, as her new album Thank U, Next launches at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 albums tally. Grande's "7 Rings" rules the Hot 100 (dated Feb. 23) for a fourth week, while "Break Up With Your Girlfriend, I'm Bored" debuts at No. 2 and former seven-week leader "Thank U, Next" rebounds from No. 7 to No. 3. All three songs are from the Thank U, Next album, released on Republic Records. Grande is just the second act in the Hot 100's 60-year history to monopolize the top three in a week. The Beatles earned the honor for five weeks in March and April 1964, even claiming the entire top five on the April 4, 1964-dated chart. "7 Rings" spends a fourth week atop the Hot 100, encompassing its entire run on the chart. "Rings" leads the Streaming Songs chart for a fourth frame, with 63.5 million U.S. streams, up 10 percent, in the week ending Feb. 14, according to Nielsen Music. On Radio Songs, "Rings" rises 10-9, up 23 percent to 61.7 million audience impressions in the week ending Feb. 17, good for the Hot 100's top Airplay Gainer award for a third week. "Break Up" bows at No. 2: New Thank U, Next single "Break Up With Your Girlfriend, I'm Bored" blasts onto the Hot 100 at No. 2 (marking Grande's 13th top 10). It launches at No. 2 on both Streaming Songs (59.2 million) and Digital Song Sales (36,000 sold), while drawing 13.4 million airplay impressions. "Next" up, at No. 3: Meanwhile, the Thank U, Next title track and lead single rebounds 7-3 on the Hot 100, after spending seven weeks at No. 1, beginning with its Nov. 17 debut at the summit. It's powered most heavily by its 36.8 million U.S. streams, up 52 percent, as it surges 14-5 on Streaming Songs and claims the Hot 100's top Streaming Gainer nod. Ariana meets The Beatles: Grande is only the second act in the Hot 100's history to rank at Nos. 1, 2 and 3 simultaneously and the first in nearly 55 years. The Beatles achieved the feat for five weeks in 1964, that March 14, 21 and 28 and April 4 and 25; on April 4, 1964, the group claimed the entire top five.  COMPLETE CHARTS

Song Of The Month
Pedro Capó, musician, singer, songwriter and grandson of Puerto Rican singer Bobby Capó and former Miss Puerto Rico Irma Nydia Vázquez, shines with his first international smash 'Calma'. After Farruko joined him for the remix, the music video has become a huge success with more than 400 million views on YouTube, especially in the Latin America territories.

United Kingdom
Music Week Report
Lewis Capaldi's 'Someone You Loved' climbs at no.3
Monday, February 18, 2019
by Alan Jones, London

Ariana Grande tops the singles chart for the fourth week in a row… but after three weeks at the summit, 7 Rings is pushed to No.2 (80,816 sales) by the chart-topping debut of another Grande hit, Break Up With Your Girlfriend, I’m Bored (84,701 sales, including 79,049 from sales-equivalent streams). Technically still an album

track, Break Up… is the third No.1 from Grande’s fifth album, Thank U, Next, which also debuts at No.1. Grande thus becoming the first female solo artist to simultaneously top the singles and albums chart since Adele did so almost eight years ago, in March 2011 with Someone Like You and parent album, 21. Grande also becomes the first woman in chart history to replace herself at No.1, and the second woman to have the top two singles simultaneously, emulating Madonna, who was No.1 with Into The Groove and No.2 with Holiday in the same week in August 1985. Limited to a maximum of three simultaneous Top 75 entries as a primary artist, Grande would – without that cap and ACR - actually have had 12 tracks in the Top 75 this week, all of them in the Top 22. In reality, her third and final concurrent hit is Needy, which opens its account at No.8 (40,204 sales). She is the first primary female artist to have three simultaneous Top 10 hits since Ruby Murray in

March 1955. Grande has now had five No.1 hits, 13 Top 10 singles and 28 Top 75 entries. Someone You Loved improves its position and sales for the fifth straight week for Lewis Capaldi, advancing 9-3 (48,244 sales), while his first hit, Grace jumps 40-26 (14,233 sales) to surpass its previous No.33 peak, and his very first single - April 2017 release Bruises - finally breaches the Top 75, advancing 95-72 (6,972 sales). Don’t Call Me Up holds at No.5 for Mabel, with sales up again at 45,394, but everything else in the Top 10 is down on falling sales, specifically: Dancing With A Stranger (3-4, 47,024 sales) by Sam Smith & Normani, Giant (4-6, 45,384 sales) by Calvin Harris & Rag’n’Bone Man, Wow (6-7, 40,765 sales) by Post Malone, Nothing Breaks Like A Heart (8-9, 33,710 sales) by Mark Ronson feat. Miley Cyrus and Bury A Friend (7-10, 30,637 sales) by Billie Eilish. Overall singles sales are up 3.17% week-on-week at 17,877,793, 11.41% above same week 2018 sales of 16,046,935. Paid-for sales are up 1.49% week-on-week at 803,826, and are 23.82% below same week 2018 sales of 1,055,128. They are below same-week, previous-year sales for the 289th week in a row. It’s a banner week in the career of Ariana Grande, who racks up her third consecutive No.1 album with Thank U, Next, which simultaneously provides her fifth (and its third) No.1 single in the form of Break Up With Your Girlfriend, I’m Bored, which dethrones her fourth (and its second), 7 Rings. Grande’s fifth studio album, Thank U, Next’s release comes less than six months after her fourth, Sweetener, which opened on sales of 44,755 copies last August – a personal best for Grande that Thank U, Next shatters, with first week consumption of 65,214 units (including a massive 43,811 from sales-equivalent streams, and 540 from its similarly chart-topping cassette version) – the highest for an artist album since the Motion Picture Cast Recording of The Greatest Showman topped the Christmas chart eight weeks ago on sales of 68,606 copies. The 175 days (25 weeks) that elapsed between the No.1 debuts of Sweetener and Thank U, Next is the shortest interval between consecutive No.1 debuts of studio albums by any artist in chart history, eclipsing the 238 days (34 weeks) that elapsed between the chart-topping openings of The Beatles’ last two albums, Abbey Road and Let It Be – though it should be noted that debuting at No.1 was harder in the past when sales weeks didn’t align with chart compilation weeks, and both The Beatles and The Monkees landed consecutive No.1 albums in a shorter timeframe, without meeting the No.1 debut criterion. AJ Tracey’s eponymous first full length album is diverse and creative, spanning grime, garage, rap, dancehall and even a little country, and has earned almost unanimously positive reviews for the 24-year-old Londoner. Considering his limited chart profile hitherto – one Top 20 single collaboration with Not3s, and a No.13 album chart posting from eight song, 25 minute EP Secure The Bag! In 2017 – it opens at an impressive No.3, with consumption of 12,894 units, 10,668 of which are from sales-equivalent streams. Debuting at No.8 on sales of 7,095 copies, Restless Minds is the third album by twins Catherine and Lizzy Ward Thomas, non-identical 24-year-old twins from Hampshire. Ward Thomas are a contemporary country duo, and made chart history in 2016 when their second album, Cartwheels, became the first No.1 album by a British country act and also the first No.1 by an act consisting only of twins. It was the follow-up to Ward Thomas’ No.41 2014 debut, Where We Stand, and has thus far sold 93,555 copies, of which 12,127 came from that chart-topping debut. There are recoveries for recent blockbuster soundtrack sets The Greatest Showman (3-2, 17,689 sales), Bohemian Rhapsody (6-4, 10,322 sales) by Queen and A Star Is Born (8-6, 9,827 sales) by Lady Gaga & Bradley Cooper. Bohemian Rhapsody was released on vinyl for the first time and sold 883 copies in that format to top the vinyl albums chart. Elsewhere in the Top 10, The Specials’ Encore heads south (1-5, 9,888 sales), George Ezra’s Staying At Tamara’s is the only stationary album (7-7, 8,403) and there are re-entries for The Platinum Collection (11-9, 5,970 sales) by Queen and Always In Between (13-10, 5,225 sales) by Jess Glynne. Overall album sales are up 2.44% week-on-week at 1,747,787, 1.25% below same week 2018 sales of 1,769,952. Sales-equivalent streams accounted for a record 1,149,536 sales, 65.77% of the total. Sales of paid-for albums are down 2.20% week-on-week at 598,251, 27.86% below same week 2018 sales of 829,287.  COMPLETE CHARTS

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