'Blinding Lights' reigns a 15th week
Thursday, May 28, 2020
by Fred Chuchel, Dresden
no new-entry on the whole wide Top 40 this week. It happened for the
first time in one year and a half (week 49, 2018). Leader for a 15th
consecutive week is 'Blinding Lights' by The Weeknd with another
369,000 points (down 3%). There's still no other song in sight that
could overtake the smash in the next few weeks. And 'Blinding Lights'
needs only four additional weeks at no.1 to equalize the alltime
record, which is hold by Bryan Adams' '(Everything I Do) I Do It For
You' (1991) and Pharrell Williams' 'Happy' (2014). Both songs led the
Global Chart 19 weeks. Back to this week's hitlist, where Imanbek's
remix of Saint Jhn's 'Roses' rises back to the runner-up slot with
271,000 points (down 1%) and 'Say So' by Doja Cat returns at no.3 with
265,000 points (down 10%). Biggest winner of the week for a second
time is 'Rockstar' by American rapper DaBaby, featuring vocals from
American rapper Roddy Ricch. The tune rises to no.4 with 240,000
points (up 20%).
'Rockstar' leads currently the hitlists in United Kingdom, Australia,
New Zealand, Ireland, and Switzerland. Outside our weekly
Top 40 waiting among other 'Salt' by Ava Max at no.43, 'In Your Eyes' by Robin Schulz feat. Alida at no.45,
and 'The Bones' by Maren Morris at no.57 for their first appearance on the big list.
Three new albums atop the Global Album Chart this week: American
rapper Future leads the tally with his eighth studio album 'High Off
Life'. The set generated 190,000 equivalent sales in its first week,
153,000 of it from the United States alone (according to Billboard /
Nielsen Music). The eighth EP of the South Korean boy band Nu'est,
titled as 'The Nocturne', starts at the runner-up slot with 189,000
sales, 186,000 of it from South Korea alone (according to Hanteo).
Rounds out the top three is 'The Goat', second studio album by
American rapper Polo G with 122,000 consumption units. 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 11,000 / 11,469,000,
'21' by Adele 10,000 / 30,083,000, '25' by Adele 9,000 / 22,441,000,
the 'A Star Is Born' soundtrack 16,000 / 5,877,000, 'Astroworld' by Travis Scott
4,742,000, 'Beerbongs & Bentleys' by Post Malone 26,000 / 6,805,000,
'Calm' by 5 Seconds Of Summer 14,000 / 383,000, 'Changes' by Justin Bieber 34,000 /
1,177,000, 'Circles' by Mac Miller 9,000 / 585,000, 'Cuz I Love You'
by Lizzo 16,000 / 1,702,000, 'Death Race For Love' by Juice WRLD
18,000 / 1,781,000, 'Divide' by Ed Sheeran 27,000 / 16,076,000,
'Divinely Uninspired To A Hellish Extent' by Lewis Capaldi 48,000 /
2,683,000, 'Eternal Atake' by Lill Uzi Vert 48,000 / 1,345,000, 'Evolve' by
Imagine Dragons 10,000 / 5,176,000, 'Fine Line' by Harry Styles 58,000
/ 2,062,000, 'Free Spirit' by Khalid 14,000 / 2,153,000, the 'Frozen
II' soundtrack 31,000 / 1,705,000, 'Goodbye & Good Riddance' by Juice
WRLD 24,000 / 3,179,000, 'Happiness Begins' by Jonas Brothers 9,000 /
1,462,000, 'In The Lonely Hour' by Sam Smith 5,000 / 8,461,000,
'Indigo' by Chris Brown 12,000 / 1,428,000, 'Invasion Of Privacy' by
Cardi B 11,000 / 3,475,000, 'Lover' by Taylor Swift 31,000 /
3,524,000, 'Manic' by Halsey 18,000 / 915,000, 'Map Of The Soul: 7' by
BTS (Bangtan Boys) 37,000 / 5,606,000, 'Map Of The Soul: Persona' by
BTS (Bangtan Boys) 5,000 / 4,434,000, 'Music To Be Murdered By' by
Eminem 25,000 / 1,458,000, 'No.6 Collaborations' by Ed Sheeran 25,000
/ 3,472,000, 'Over It' Summer Walker 17,000 / 1,261,000, 'Please
Excuse Me For Being Antisocial' by Roddy Ricch 35,000 / 1,840,000,
'Question Mark' by XXXTentacion 21,000 / 4,542,000, 'Rare' by Selena
Gomez 19,000 / 784,000, 'Romance' by Camila Cabello 14,000 / 842,000, 'Scorpion' by
Drake 20,000 / 6,549,000, 'Seven' by Lil Nas X 11,000 / 1,362,000,
'Shawn Mendes' by Shawn Mendes 10,000 / 2,870,000, 'So Much Fun' by
Young Thug 14,000 / 1,426,000, 'Stoney' by Post Malone 17,000 /
5,608,000, 'Thank U, Next' by Ariana Grande 16,000 / 3,732,000, 'The
Greatest Showman' soundtrack 17,000 / 7,923,000, and 'X' by Ed Sheeran
10,000 / 12,307,000.
GLOBAL NO.1 - 30 YEARS AGO...
was released on March 27, 1990 as the lead single of the soundtrack
album I'm Breathless (1990). Madonna was inspired by vogue dancers and
choreographers Jose Gutierez Xtravaganza and Luis Xtravaganza from the
Harlem House Ball community, the origin of the dance form, and they
introduced Vogueing to her at the Sound Factory club in New York City.
"Vogue" is an upbeat house song which set trends in dance music in the
1990s with strong influences of 1970s disco within its composition. It
also contains a spoken section, in which Madonna name-checks various
golden-era Hollywood celebrities. Lyrically, the song is about
enjoying oneself on the dance floor no matter who one is, and it
contains a theme of escapism. "Vogue" reached the no.1 spot in the
United States, United Kingdom, Canada, Australia, Italy, Spain,
Portugal, Sweden, Norway, and New Zealand. At the end of the year 1990
the song landed at the runner-up slot of the Global Countdown Chart
with a total of 8.575.000 points.
Gunna earns first no.1 album on Billboard 200
Tuesday, June 2, 2020
by Keith Caulfield & Gary Trust, Los Angeles
Gunna grabs his first No. 1 album on the Billboard 200 chart as his
latest release, Wunna, debuts atop the tally. The set, which was
released via Young Stoner Life / 300 on May 22,
launches with 111,000
equivalent album units earned in the U.S. in the week ending May 28,
according to Nielsen Music/MRC Data. Of Wunna’s starting sum of 110,000
equivalent album units, SEA units comprise 106,000 (equating to 143.6
million on-demand streams of the set’s tracks in the week ending May
28), album sales total 4,000 and TEA units equal less than 1,000. Gunna
ranked as high as No. 3 with his last release, Drip or Drown 2, when it
debuted on the March 9, 2019-dated list with 90,000 units earned. The
rapper clocked one prior top 10 with Drip Harder, his collaborative set
with Lil Baby, which reached No. 4 on the Oct. 20, 2018, chart. Speaking
of Lil Baby, his latest album, My Turn, rises one spot to No. 2 on the
new Billboard 200. The former No. 1 tallied 65,000 equivalent album
units in the latest tracking week, down less than 1%. Future’s High Off
Life falls from No. 1 to No. 3 in its second week, with 61,000 units
The 1975’s Notes on a Conditional Form debuts at No. 4 with 54,000
equivalent album units earned. Of that sum, 39,000 are from album sales.
It’s the third top 10 album for the band, which previously visited the
region with A Brief Inquiry Into Online Relationships (No. 4 in 2018)
and I Like It When You Sleep, For You Are So Beautiful Yet So Unaware of
It (No. 1 in 2016).
Polo G’s The Goat slips from No. 2 to No. 5 in its second frame, earning
52,000 equivalent album units (down 48%), while
Drake’s Dark Lane Demo Tapes descends from No. 4 to No. 6 with 48,000
units (down 17%).
Four former No. 1s round out the top 10:
DaBaby’s Blame It on Baby falls 5-7 with 42,000 units (down 3%),
The Weeknd’s After Hours shifts 7-8 with 40,000 units (up 6%),
Lil Uzi Vert’s Eternal Atake dips 6-9 with 37,000 units (down 4%) and
Post Malone’s Hollywood’s Bleeding moves 8-10 with just under 37,000
units (down 1%).
Lady Gaga and Ariana Grande's new duet "Rain on Me" storms onto the
Billboard Hot 100 songs chart at No. 1. Gaga achieves her fifth Hot 100
leader and Grande earns her fourth, among other honors for each star.
The duet was released to digital service providers for streaming and
purchase at midnight EST Friday, May 22, while its official video
premiered that afternoon. The song is the second single from Gaga's
album Chromatica, which arrived Friday, May 29; first single "Stupid
Love" debuted and peaked at No. 5 on the Hot 100 in March.
"Rain" is the 1,103rd No. 1 in the Hot 100's nearly 62-year history, and
the 39th to debut in the top spot. "Rain" rockets onto the Digital Song Sales chart with
72,000 downloads sold in the week ending May 28.
The song was on sale in four physical / digital combination offerings
during the tracking week. Consumers could purchase cassette, CD and
vinyl singles, each with a digital download; the download would be sent
to consumers upon purchase, with physical versions due to arrive at a
"Rain" launches at No. 2 on Streaming Songs with 31.4 million U.S.
streams in the week ending May 28 and drew 11.1 million audience
impressions in the week ending May 31. The last five weeks have seen five songs
each spend a first week at No. 1 on the Hot 100, as Lady Gaga and
Grande's "Rain" follows Megan Thee Stallion's "Savage," featuring
Beyoncé (May 30); Grande and Bieber's "Stuck With U" (May 23); Doja
Cat's "Say So," featuring Nicki Minaj (May 16); and The Scotts, Travis
Scott and Kid Cudi's "The Scotts" (May 9).
The turnover at the top is the most for songs
tallying their first weeks at No. 1 in nearly 30 years, and the most
since Nielsen Music/MRC Data figures began fueling the chart in November
Gaga No. 1 in the '00s, '10s and 20s: Lady Gaga
is the third soloist to have topped the Hot 100 in the 2000s, '10s and
'20s, following Carey, who, with "All I Want for Christmas Is You" in
January, became the first artist to have ranked at No. 1 in four
distinct decades (1990s, 2000s, '10s and '20s), and Beyoncé, who a week
ago joined the exclusive three-decade club thanks to her featured turn
on Megan Thee Stallion's "Savage," which jumped 5-1.
Megan Thee Stallion's "Savage," featuring Beyoncé, drops to No. 2 on the
Hot 100 after it crowned the May 30-dated chart. It spends a second week
at No. 1 on the multi-metric Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart and a third
frame atop Hot Rap Songs.
DaBaby's "Rockstar," featuring Roddy Ricch, reaches a new Hot 100 high,
rising 4-3, as it posts a second week at No. 1 on Streaming Songs (35.5
million streams, up 4%).
The Weeknd's "Blinding Lights" slips 3-4 on the Hot 100, after four
weeks at the summit. It tops Radio Songs for an eighth week, with 77.4
million in audience, and returns for an 11th total week at No. 1 on the
multi-metric Hot R&B Songs chart.
Doja Cat's "Say So" drops 2-5 on the Hot 100,
Drake's "Toosie Slide" descends 5-6, each after spending a week at No.
Dua Lipa's "Don't Start Now" rises 8-7, after peaking at No. 2;
Roddy Ricch's "The Box" slides 7-8, after 11 weeks at No. 1;
Justin Bieber's "Intentions," featuring Quavo, holds at No. 9, after
reaching No. 8;
Future's "Life Is Good," featuring Drake, falls 6-10, after peaking at
No. 2 for eight weeks.
Record Of The Month
'Death Bed' is a song by Canadian rapper Powfu,
which features a sample of the 2017 tune 'Coffee' by Filipino / British singer,
songwriter Beabadoobee. The commercial release of the song was delayed by a year
due to the clearance of the 'Coffee' sample. It was finally released to
streaming and download services in February 2020.
Music Week Report
The 1975 having their fourth no.1 album
Monday, June 1, 2020
by Alan Jones, London
Two hot acts, two much in-demand new
releases, but ultimately only one runaway winner. Debuting at the top of the
charts by the comfortable margin of some 6,763 sales is Notes On A
Conditional Form, the fourth studio album by The 1975. It means they
maintain their 100% albums chart record, their previous three studio
all having made similarly instantaneous journeys to the top of the charts upon
release. Ever-diminishing sales returns are naturally a sign of the times we
live in, but for the record we can note that their self-titled debut sold 31,538
copies in its first week, I Like It When You Sleep... 58,378 and A Brief Inquiry
Into Online Relationships 50,209. Notes On A Conditional Form by contrast moved
34,245 units, of which 24,476 were physical copies.
Unable to make good on his early week form then was multidiscipline star KSI,
but he can still boast the second biggest album of the week, landing in the
runners-up slot with Dissimulation which posts an impressive first week sale of
27,472, of which 19,332 are attributed to audio streams. Although billed as the
rapper's first full studio album it is actually his fourth chart entry overall
following extended play releases Keep Up (No.13 in January 2016) and
Disstracktions (No.31 in September 2017) along with New Age, his
collaborative work with Randolph which landed at No.13 just over a month ago.
No.12 alongside Lil Baby on Drip Harder in 2018, and No.24 with his own Drip Or
Drown 2 in 2019, 26-year-old rapper Gunna now makes the Top 10 for the first
time with his second full studio album Wunna. The third-highest new entry of the
week, it reaches No.5 with a sale of 5,882 copies.
He's already appeared on seven chart albums (two of which reached No.1) as a
member of Korean boy band BTS, but this week it is the turn of rapper and
producer Min Yoon-gi alias Agust D to make his solo debut. His second mixtape
D-2 lands with a bang at No.7 with a chart sale of 5,059 copies, propelled
inevitably by members of the ARMY who make up BTS' extended dedicated fanbase.
The album's self-titled predecessor has notched up 4,685 sales since its 2018
release, adding 190 to that total this week - the most in fact since its second
week on release.
Hot new product always has the effect of waking the market up. Albums sales rise
4.47% week on week to 1,842,868. Paid sales stand at 392,814, nudging streaming
to below 80% of the total once more.
Not every superstar collaboration amounts to the sum of its parts, and in a
world where everyone jumps on a track with everyone else eventually, many
supposedly dream pairings have failed to capture public imagination.
Then there are the songs which for whatever reason work, something sparks and
magic ignites. It is into the latter category that Rain On Me by Lady Gaga and
Ariana Grande falls. The latest single release from the former's forthcoming
Chromatica album, it storms (no pun intended) to the top of the charts with a
chart sale of 70,132 of which 60,234 arrive via sales-equivalent streams. It is
the fourth-highest weekly sale for a No.1 single so far this year and the
highest total for five weeks, this on the back of the track enjoying the biggest
single day of streams globally we have seen all year.
By strange synchronicity it is the sixth No.1 single for both women. Rain On Me
returns Gaga to the top of the charts for the first time since Shallow (another
duet) in November 2018. Ariana Grande returns to the summit for the first time
since her two hits 7 Rings and Break Up With Your Girlfriend, I’m Bored took
turns at the top in February 2019.
Grande now also has the curious distinction of having featured on every one of
the last three all-female multi-artist singles to top the charts. Rain On Me is
the first No.1 single by a female duo since her own Problem (with Iggy Azalea in
tow) topped the charts in 2014. That single was followed to the summit a few
months later by Bang Bang on which Jessie J, Nicki Minaj and Ariana herself
shared equal billing.
Some sympathy should be extended to DaBaby and Roddy Ricch as despite a 6.7%
increase in sales they exit the No.1 position after two weeks with Rockstar
sliding to second place (61,258 sales the highest of its six week chart career
to date). Both the top two singles remain head and shoulders above the rest of
the Top 10, whose sales were so tightly packed during the week it anyone's guess
as to where they would eventually land.
In order then they are: Rover by S1mba featuring DTG (No.3, 37,787 sales); Say
So by Doja Cat (No.4 34,083 sales); Death Bed by Powfu featuring Beabadoobee
(No.5, 34,026 sales); Toosie Slide by Drake (No.6, 33,865 sales); Savage by
Megan Thee Stallion (No.7, 31,277 sales); Dinner Guest by AJ Tracey featuring
MoStack (No.8, 28,791 sales); Blinding Lights by The Weeknd (No. 9, 28,475
sales); and Stuck With U by Ariana Grande and Justin Bieber (No.10, 26,833
Singles sales are up 2.05 week on week to 21,671,053. Paid-for sales rally
slightly and stand at 595,630, a rise of 2.43% over last week. For those curious
those paid sales are almost entirely downloads, just 2,386 of them accounted for
by physical copies and most of those are back catalogue. Of this week's Top 75
singles just two registered any physical sales at all – Blinding Lights which
sold 26 copies and Before You Go which sold 3.