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'Old Town Road' scores a 10th week
Thursday, June 20, 2019
by Fred Chuchel, Dresden

 

The Japanese rock duo B'z, consisting of guitarist, composer and producer Takahiro Matsumoto and vocalist and lyricist Kôshi Inaba, known for their energetic hard rock tracks and pop rock ballads. It's the best-selling music act in Japan, having released 49 consecutive no.1 singles there, 25 no.1 albums, and 3 no.1 EPs (according to Oricon) and sold more than 80 million records. Well, the current studio album 'New Love' goes easily atop the Japanese Chart this week with 207,000 equivalent sales, also enough for a no.1 entry on the Global Chart. NCT 127 is the second sub-unit of the South Korean boy group NCT. Their name is a combination of the acronym for Neo Culture Technology which is their meaning for their unlimited members, and the number 127, which represents the longitudinal coordinate of Seoul. 'We Are Superhuman' is the fourth EP of the band and arrives at no.2 globally with 132,000 sales. Rounds out the top three is 'When We Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go' by Billie Eilish. It's the dinosaur of our current hitlist with a 10 weeks presence

and another 126,000 sales, a total of 1,95 million so far. 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 / 11,023,000, '21' by Adele 9,000 / 29,620,000, '24k Magic' by Bruno Mars 7,000 / 5,185,000, '25' by Adele 9,000 / 22,017,000, the 'A Star Is Born' soundtrack 56,000 / 4,491,000, 'American Teen' by Khalid 17,000 / 3,158,000, 'Astroworld' by Travis Scott 24,000 / 3,352,000, 'Beautiful Trauma' by Pink 4,000 / 3,334,000, 'Beerbongs & Bentleys' by Post Malone 38,000 / 5,251,000, the 'Black Panther' soundtrack 5,000 / 1,930,000, the 'Bohemian Rhapsody' soundtrack 48,000 / 3,284,000, 'Championships' Meek Mill 19,000 / 1,328,000, 'Confessions Of A Dangerous Mind' by Logic 21,000 / 230,000, 'Damn.' by Kendrick Lamar 12,000 / 5,356,000, 'Dangerous Woman' by Ariana Grande 5,000 / 2,515,000, 'Death Race For Love' by Juice WRLD 24,000 / 816,000, 'Divide' by Ed Sheeran 35,000 / 14,644,000, 'Evolve' by Imagine Dragons 17,000 / 4,577,000, 'Father Of Asahd' by DJ Khaled 45,000 / 364,000, 'Father Of The Bride' by Vampire Weekend 13,000 / 290,000, 'Free Spirit' by Khalid 50,000 / 923,000, 'Goodbye & Good Riddance' by Juice WRLD 22,000 / 2,011,000, 'Homecoming: The Live Album' by Beyoncé 15,000 / 298,000, 'Hurts 2B Human' by Pink 33,000 / 602,000, 'I Am > I Was' by 21 Savage 14,000 / 981,000, 'Igor' by Tyler, The Creator 42,000 / 382,000, 'In The Lonely Hour' by Sam Smith 8,000 / 8,104,000, 'Invasion Of Privacy' by Cardi B 18,000 / 2,846,000, 'Kamikaze' by Eminem 13,000 / 2,638,000, 'Love Yourself 轉 Answer' by BTS (Bangtan Boys) 15,000 / 2,463,000, 'Map Of The Soul: Persona' by BTS (Bangtan Boys) 46,000 / 3,679,000, 'Origins' by Imagine Dragons 17,000 / 1,337,000, 'Pray For The Wicked' by Panic! At The Disco 17,000 / 1,386,000, 'Queen' by Nicki Minaj 6,000 / 1,288,000, 'Question Mark' by XXXTentacion 23,000 / 3,490,000, 'Red Pill Blues' by Maroon 5 8,000 / 1,872,000, 'Reputation' by Taylor Swift 9,000 / 4,887,000, 'Scorpion' by Drake 35,000 / 5,350,000, 'Shawn Mendes' by Shawn Mendes 14,000 / 1,884,000, the 'Spider Man: Into The Spider-Verse' soundtrack 22,000 / 999,000, 'Staying At Tamara's' by George Ezra 10,000 / 1,444,000, 'Stoney' by Post Malone 20,000 / 4,643,000, 'Sweetener' by Ariana Grande 15,000 / 2,414,000, 'Tha Carter V' by Lil Wayne 10,000 / 1,622,000, 'Thank U, Next' by Ariana Grande 49,000 / 2,411,000, 'The Greatest Showman' soundtrack 35,000 / 6,831,000, 'Trench' by Twenty One Pilots 12,000 / 1,215,000, 'Views' by Drake 12,000 / 4,949,000, 'X' by Ed Sheeran 12,000 / 11,753,000, and 'Youngblood' by 5 Seconds Of Summer 6,000 / 1,120,000. The country / rap hybrid 'Old Town Road' by Lil Nas X (& Billy Ray Cyrus) reigns the Global Track Chart for a 10th week. It got another massive 548,000 points, down 7% compared to the previous week and a total of 5,472,000 points so far. The gap to the current year-to date-list leader has become very small: '7 Rings' by Ariana Grande tops a last week there with a total of 5,505,000 points. 'Old Town Road' is the first 10 week leader since 'Girls Like You' by Maroon 5 feat. Cardi B in 2018. We have a static top three since five weeks, the reason is the strong competition at the moment. Behind 'Old Town Road' remain 'I Don't Care' by Ed Sheeran & Justin Bieber at no.2 with 413,000 points (down 4%) and 'Bad Guy' by Billie Eilish at no.3 with 332,000 points (down 5%). These 332,000 points of our current no.3 smash are much more than many no.1 songs had during the last 12 months. This week's highest debut is 'Umi No Yûrei', the theme song of the Japanese animated film 'Children Of the Sea', written, produced and performed by Kenshi Yonezu. The song starts at no.14 with 127,000 points. Outside the Top 40 waiting among other 'Hold Me While You Wait' by Lewis Capaldi at no.53 and 'All Day And Night' by Jax Jones & Martin Solveig feat. Madison Beer at no.58 for their first appearance on the big list.


GLOBAL NO.1 - 30 YEARS AGO... Madonna is known for her blatant style- and taboo breaks. With the release of the lead single 'Like A Prayer' for the album of the same name, she came with really heavy guns: a 180 ° image turn-around from the blonde beast to a meekly brunette ... her music changed into an exalted, hymn-like and danceable sound with religious-controversial and provocative texts. But the big bone of contention was the music video, directed by Mary Lambert. It portrays Madonna as a witness to the murder of a girl by white supremacists. While a black man is arrested for the murder, Madonna hides in a church for safety seeking strength to go forth as a witness. The clip depicts a church and Catholic symbols such as stigmata. It also features a Ku Klux Klan-style cross burning, and a dream about kissing a black saint. The Vatican condemned the video, while family and religious groups protested against its broadcast. They boycotted products by soft drink manufacturer Pepsi, who had used the song in their commercial. The company canceled their sponsorship contract with Madonna, but allowed her to retain the fee. 'Like A Prayer' became, not least because of this rather unintentionally publicity through the condemnation of parent associations and church representatives, the world's biggest hit in 1989.


USA
Billboard Report
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Jonas Brothers' Happiness Begins' debuts at no.1
Tuesday, June 18, 2019
by Keith Caulfield & Gary Trust, Los Angeles


Jonas Brothers celebrate their third No. 1 album on the Billboard 200, as Happiness Begins bows atop the chart. The set earned 414,000 equivalent album units in the U.S. in the

week ending June 13, of which 357,000 were in album sales. Both figures represent the largest week of the year for any album in terms of units and album sales. Happiness Begins was released June 7 via Republic Records and is the pop trio’s first studio album since 2009’s chart-topping Lines, Vines and Trying Times. In total, Happiness Begins’ starting sum of 414,000 equivalent album units are comprised of 357,000 in album sales, 52,000 in SEA units and 5,000 in TEA units. It's the biggest sales week of 2019 for any album. The last album to post a larger week was Lil Wayne’s Tha Carter V (also released via Republic Records), which started at No. 1 on the Oct. 13, 2018-dated chart with 480,000 units earned. (Happiness surpasses 2019’s previous high-water mark for an album, when Ariana Grande’s Thank U, Next -- another Republic title -- bowed at No. 1 with 360,000 units on the Feb. 23 chart.) At No. 2 on the Billboard 200, Billie Eilish’s former No. 1

When We Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go? holds in the runner-up slot with 59,000 equivalent album units (down 6%). The album has yet to depart the top four rungs of the chart since its debut 11 weeks ago at No. 1. Santana collects its 15th top 10 album, as Africa Speaks debuts at No. 3 on the new Billboard 200 chart with 57,000 equivalent album units earned (nearly all from album sales). The rock band, led by Carlos Santana, first visited the top 10 nearly 50 years ago, when the act’s self-titled album climbed 13-10 on the Oct. 25, 1969-dated list. The album would later peak at No. 4 (Nov. 15, 1969). Like Jonas Brothers’ Happiness Begins, the debut sales frame for Africa Speaks was also driven by a concert ticket/album sale redemption offer. Next up, Luke Combs’ The Prequel EP drives in at No. 4 on the Billboard 200 with 48,000 equivalent album units -- with 22,000 of that sum in album sales. The Prequel is Combs’ second top 10 effort and matches the peak position of his other top 10 set, the full-length effort This One’s for You, which topped out at No. 4 (June 16, 2018). The new five-song EP contains Combs’ current hit single “Beer Never Broke My Heart,” which has so far peaked at No. 3 on the Hot Country Songs chart, and at No. 10 on the Country Airplay list (as of the most recently published lists, dated June 15). Future nets his 12th top album, as his new EP Save Me starts at No. 5 on the Billboard 200 with 42,000 equivalent album units (with 5,000 of that sum in album sales). The seven-track set follows his last full-length project, the chart-topping Future Hndrxx Presents: The WIZRD, which started at No. 1 on the list dated Feb. 2. The fifth and final debut in the Billboard 200’s new top 10 belongs to Polo G’s debut album Die a Legend. The effort — led by the top 10 Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs hit “Pop Out,” featuring Lil Tjay — enters at No. 6 with 38,000 equivalent album units earned (of which a little under 1,000 were in album sales). The set’s start was powered almost entirely by streaming activity, as the album generated nearly 37,000 SEA units (with the rest – 1,000 units, spread across both album sales and TEA units). Rounding out the rest of the new top 10 on the Billboard 200: Khalid’s Free Spirit dips 4-7 (36,000 units; down 5%), DJ Khaled’s Father of Asahd slips 3-8 (31,000 units; down 22%), DaBaby’s Baby On Baby falls 8-9 (29,000 units; down 6%) and Elton John’s Diamonds descends 7-10 (nearly 29,000 units; down 10%). Lil Nas X's "Old Town Road," featuring Billy Ray Cyrus, rules the Billboard Hot 100 for an 11th week. The song boasts the chart's longest reign since Drake spent 11 weeks at No. 1 with "God's Plan" last February through April. As on the Hot 100, "Old Town Road" (on Columbia Records) leads the Streaming Songs chart for an 11th week, with 99.9 million U.S. streams, down 14%, in the week ending June 13, according to Nielsen Music. "Road" set the record for the top streaming week ever (143 million) following the April 5 arrival of its remix with Cyrus and claims nine of the 11 biggest streaming frames to date, including the top three. "Road" logs an eighth week atop the Digital Song Sales chart with 71,000 downloads sold, down 18%, in the week ending June 13. On Radio Songs, "Road" dips from its No. 2 high to No. 3, with 99.1 million audience impressions, up nearly 1%, in the week ending June 16. Billie Eilish's "Bad Guy" holds at its No. 2 Hot 100 high, while Khalid's "Talk" keeps at its No. 3 best, with top Airplay Gainer honors for a third week (up 9% to 106 million). The track becomes Khalid's first Radio Songs No. 1 (3-1), after he reached No. 3 with three other hits: as featured, with Alessia Cara, on Logic's "1-800-273-8255" (November 2017) and with "Love Lies," with Normani (September 2018), and "Eastside," with Benny Blanco and Halsey (this March). Jonas Brothers' former one-week Hot 100 No. 1 "Sucker" lifts 5-4 and Ed Sheeran and Justin Bieber's "I Don't Care" slips 4-5, after debuting at its No. 2 peak four weeks earlier.


Song Of The Month
25 year-old Dutch singer-songwriter Duncan Laurence became a semi-finalist in the fifth season of The Voice Of Holland. He represented the Netherlands in the Eurovision Song Contest 2019 in Tel Aviv with the song 'Arcade' and went on to win the competition.


United Kingdom
Music Week Report
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Sheeran and Bieber are still at number one
Monday, June 17, 2019
by Alan Jones, London

 
After last week’s historic deep freeze, which saw each of the Top 10 singles static for the first time in chart history, movement returns to the top tier this week… but gently. There is no change at the very top, where Ed Sheeran & Justin Bieber’s I Don’t Care racks up its fifth straight week at No.1 on consumption of 67,959 units (including

60,190 from sales-equivalent streams) – the lowest of its reign. No.2 for the seventh week in a row, and eighth week in total, Lil Nas X’s Old Town Road draws closer in percentage term, with consumption in the week at 66,406 units, reducing Sheeran & Bieber’s advantage from 7.02% to 2.34%. Last week’s No.3, Someone You Loved by Lewis Capaldi (57,025 sales); No.4, Vossi Bop by Stormzy (45,962 sales); and No.5, Bad Guy by Billie Eilish (42,760 sales) also hold their positions – but after a fortnight at No.6, Meduza’s Piece Of Your Heart (feat. Goodboys) is hit by ACR, and tumbles to No.17 (19,928 sales) as a result. The highest of 12 new entries is No Guidance (No.8, 32,956 sales), the second hit and first Top 10 single from Chris Brown’s upcoming album, Indigo. Brown’s 55th hit and 17th Top 10 single, it also features Canadian rapper Drake, for whom it is the 84th hit in a chart career of less than 10 years, and 19th Top 10 hit. Brown also

scores his 56th hit this week, as featured vocalist on Tyga’s Haute (No.66, 7,890 sales). It is the seventh of Tyga’s 13 hits to feature Brown, and also features J Balvin, for whom it is the sixth hit. The rest of the Top 10: Hold Me While You Wait (7-6, 38,996 sales) by Lewis Capaldi, SOS (8-7, 35,647 sales) by Avicii feat. Aloe Blac, Cross Me (9-9, 31,625 sales) by Ed Sheeran feat. Chance The Rapper & PnB Rock and All Day And Night (feat. Madison Beer), which returns to its peak for Jax Jones & Martin Solveig, rising 11-10 (25,686 sales) as it swaps places with If I Can’t Have You (10-11, 25,439 sales) by Shawn Mendes. Overall singles sales are up 0.42% week-on-week at 18,209,197, 8.54% above same week 2018 sales of 16,776,536. Paid-for sales are up 2.54% week-on-week at 741,936, and are 23.04% below same week 2018 sales of 964,077. They are below same-week, previous-year sales for the 306th week in a row. Sales of Lewis Capaldi’s Divinely Uninspired To A Hellish Extent continue to ebb but the 22-year-old Scot remains atop the chart for the fourth week in a row with the set on consumption of 27,590 units (including 14,983 from sales-equivalent streams). The last album by a new artist to debut at No.1 and take longer to be dethroned was X Factor winner Leona Lewis’ Spirit, which racked up seven straight weeks at the summit in 2007. Capaldi has already denied The National and Skepta of No.1 albums, and this week his extended reign foils the Jonas Brothers, whose first album in a decade, Happiness Begins, settles for a No.2 debut (14,120 sales), although it tops the cassette album chart (1,439 sales). Their fifth album, it is the fraternal trio’s highest charting set to date, surpassing the No.9 debut/peak achieved by both their eponymous second album in 2008 on sales of 14,514 copies, and the following year’s Lines, Vines And Trying Times, their fourth and last album before hiatus, that sold 18,340 copies to achieve the same position. London rapper MoStack’s debut full length album, Stacko, opens its account at No.3 (12,155 sales). Home to current Top 40 collaborations with Stormzy, Dave & J Hus and Fredo, it is his follow-up to mixtape High Street Kid, which debuted and peaked at No.16 (5,493 sales) two years ago last week. Written and produced as ever by Neil Hannon – the 48-year-old from Derry who is their only constant member – The Divine Comedy's 12th studio album, Office Politics, instantly becomes their highest charting, debuting at No.5 (8,526 sales). Their only previous Top 10 studio albums are 1998’s Fin De Siecle (No.9), and most recent release Foreverland (No.7, 2016). Their 1999 compilation, A Secret History...The Best Of The Divine Comedy, is their only other Top 10 entry (reaching No.2) and their biggest seller, with consumption to date of 247,582 units. Avicii’s posthumous Tim opens at No.7 (7,560 sales), maintaining the late Swede’s record of making the Top 10 with each of his studio albums, emulating 2013 debut True (No.2) and 2015 follow-up Stories (No.9). The rest of the Top 10: When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go? (4-4, 9,257 sales) by Billie Eilish, The Greatest Showman soundtrack (6-6, 7,914 sales), Diamonds (7-8, 6,968 sales) by Elton John, Ignorance Is Bliss (2-9, 6,050 sales) by Skepta and Bohemian Rhapsody (9-10, 5,901 sales) by Queen. Overall album sales are up 5.41% week-on-week at 1,805,370, 0.40% below same week 2018 sales of 1,812,577. Sales-equivalent streams accounted for 1,168,951 sales, 64.75% of the total. Sales of paid-for albums are up 14.30% week-on-week at 636,419, 23.79% below same week 2018 sales of 835,120.

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