Country-rap atop the Global Chart
Thursday, April 18, 2019
by Fred Chuchel, Dresden
The new 21 year-old
American R&B star Khalid overtakes the lead of the Global Album Chart
with his second studio album 'Free Spirit'. The set starts with
273,000 equivalent sales, 202,000 of it coming from the United States,
another 26,000 from Canada and 12,000 from United Kingdom. Khalid's
first studio effort 'American Teen' from 2017 with the big hit singles
'Location' and 'Young Dumb & Broke' sold 2,99 millions to date. Billie Eilish's
fantastic album debut 'When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go?' goes
to the runner-up slot with another healthy 235,000 sales, a total of
749,000 after two weeks. There are five motley new-entries on this
week's tally: behind R&B star Khalid arriving the South Korean /
Japanese girl group Iz*One at no.3 with their second EP 'Heart*Iz' and
154,000 sales, the French rap-duo PNL rockets to no.4 with their
fourth set 'Deux Fréres' and 129,000 sales, German Schlager-star
Andrea Berg jumps at no.9 with her 16th studio
set 'Mosaik' and
56,000 sales and finally the Spanish musician legend Alejandro Sanz
climbs at no.10 with his 12th album '#ElDisco' and 55,000 sales. 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 6,000 /
10,945,000, '21' by Adele 9,000 / 29,534,000, '24k Magic' by Bruno
Mars 8,000 / 5,116,000, '25' by Adele 10,000 / 21,932,000, 'American
Teen' by Khalid 23,000 / 2,993,000, 'Astroworld' by Travis Scott
31,000 / 3,106,000, 'Beautiful Trauma' by Pink 5,000
/ 3,272,000, 'Beerbongs & Bentleys' by Post Malone 50,000 /
4,867,000, the 'Black Panther' soundtrack
9,000 / 1,868,000, 'Camila'
by Camila Cabello 9,000 / 1,866,000, 'Championships' Meek Mill 26,000 /
1,136,000, 'Culture II' by Migos 11,000 /
2,054,000, 'Damn.' by Kendrick Lamar 13,000 / 5,243,000, 'Dangerous
Woman' by Ariana Grande 7,000 / 2,458,000, 'Death Race For Love' by
Juice WRLD 54,000 / 500,000, 'Divide' by Ed Sheeran 38,000 / 14,303,000, 'DNA'
by the Backstreet Boys 5,000 / 557,000, 'Evolve' by Imagine Dragons
4,417,000, 'Goodbye & Good Riddance' by Juice WRLD 28,000 / 1,791,000,
'Head Above Water' by Avril Lavigne 9,000 / 223,000,
'I Am > I Was' by 21 Savage 21,000 / 824,000,
'In The Lonely Hour' by Sam Smith
9,000 / 8,031,000, 'Invasion Of Privacy' by Cardi B 24,000 /
2,671,000, 'Kamikaze' by Eminem 19,000 / 2,500,000, 'Love' by Michael
Bublé 7,000 / 1,124,000, 'Love Yourself
轉 Answer' by BTS (Bangtan Boys) 14,000 / 2,311,000, 'More Life' by Drake 12,000 / 4,157,000, 'Origins' by Imagine Dragons
27,000 / 1,147,000, 'Pray For The Wicked' by
Panic! At The Disco 16,000 / 1,220,000, 'Queen' by Nicki Minaj 11,000 /
1,219,000, 'Question Mark' by XXXTentacion
29,000 / 3,270,000, 'Red Pill Blues' by Maroon 5 9,000 / 1,793,000,
'Reputation' by Taylor Swift 10,000 / 4,786,000, 'Scorpion' by Drake
43,000 / 5,022,000, 'Shawn Mendes' by Shawn Mendes 18,000 / 1,723,000,
'Skins' by XXXTentacion 4,000 / 504,000, the 'Spider Man: Into The
Spider-Verse' soundtrack 33,000 / 765,000, 'Starboy' by The Weeknd 10,000 /
4,125,000, 'Staying At Tamara's' by
George Ezra 15,000 / 1,330,000, 'Still On My Mind' by Dido 13,000 /
143,000, 'Stoney' by Post Malone 25,000 /
4,442,000, 'Sweetener' by Ariana Grande 21,000 / 2,248,000, 'Tha Carter V' by Lil Wayne
13,000 / 1,517,000, 'The Greatest Showman' soundtrack 43,000 /
6,494,000, 'Trench' by Twenty One Pilots 16,000 / 1,095,000, 'Views' by Drake 12,000 / 4,840,000, 'X' by Ed Sheeran 12,000 / 11,641,000, and 'Youngblood' by 5 Seconds Of Summer
1,063,000. That was a rapid start-up, a fortnight ago the song bowed
at no.40 globally, one week later it jumped at no.16 and now it's the
big leader of the Global Track Chart: 'Old Town Road' by 20 year-old
American rapper Lil Nas X (included a remix with additional vocals by
country legend Billy Ray Cyrus) exploded there with 452,000 points, a
massive 232% boost compared to the previous week. It's the first time
ever that a country-rap song gets such a big international success.
Already released on December 3, 2018, it became hugely popular through
the social video sharing app TikTok. With a length of 1:53 minutes
(original version) it's one of the shortest number-ones on the Global
Chart ever. 'Old Town Road' partially samples Nine Inch Nails' track
'34 Ghosts IV' from 2008. The song prominently features the playing of
a banjo and trap drums throughout. Last week's number one, 'Bad Guy'
by Billie Eilish, slides to the runner-up slot, but wins another 3% in
points to 263,000. Rounds out the top three is also a former no.1
smash, '7 Rings' by Ariana Grande ranks there with 216,000 points, a
7% loss and a total of 3,992,000 points after 12 weeks on the tally,
still the biggest hit of this year so far. Outside
the Top 40 waiting among other 'Just You And I' by Tom Walker at
no.44, 'Cool' by Jonas Brothers at no.47, 'Look Back At It' by A Boogie Wit Da
Hoodie at no.54, and 'Baila
Baila Baila' by Ozuna at no.55 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
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.
Khalid's 'Free Spirit' debuts at no.1 on Billboard 200
Tuesday, April 16, 2019
by Keith Caulfield & Gary Trust, Los Angeles
Khalid notches his first No. 1 on
the Billboard 200 albums chart, as his 3rd release, Free Spirit, opens
atop the tally. The set, released on April 5 through Right Hand / RCA
starts with 202,000 equivalent
album units earned in the week ending April 11, according to Nielsen
Music -- the fourth-largest week of 2019 for an album. Of that sum,
85,000 were in traditional album sales. Free Spirit’s start of 202,000
equivalent album units is the fourth-biggest week for an album in 2019,
and the largest for a set by a male solo artist. The only bigger weeks
logged in 2019 were the starting frames of Ariana Grande’s Thank U, Next
(360,000), Billie Eilish’s When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go?
(313,000) and Backstreet Boys’ DNA (234,000). Of Free Spirit’s
opening-week unit sum, 111,000 were in SEA units (translating to 146.9
million on-demand audio streams for the albums tracks), 85,000 were in
album sales (boosted by a concert ticket/album sale redemption offer
with his upcoming tour) and 6,000 were in TEA units. At No. 2 on the new
Billboard 200, Eilish’s When We All Fall Asleep dips from No. 1 in its
second week on the tally,
earning 118,000 units (down 62%).
Nipsey Hussle’s Victory Lap slips one rung to No. 3 with 63,000 units
(down 5%), Grande’s Thank U, Next falls 3-4 with 47,000 units (down 12%)
and Juice WRLD’s Death Race for Love is steady at No. 5 with 38,000
units (down 14%). Sara Bareilles’ Amidst the Chaos debuts at No. 6 on
the Billboard 200, marking the singer-songwriter’s sixth top 10 effort.
The set launches with 35,000 equivalent album units earned (of which
29,000 were in album sales). She previously visited the top 10 with
What’s Inside: Songs From Waitress (No. 10 in 2015), The Blessed Unrest
(No. 2, 2013), Once Upon Another Time (No. 8, 2012), Kaleidoscope Heart
(No. 1, 2010) and Little Voice (No. 7, 2008). Post Malone’s beerbongs &
bentleys is a non-mover at No. 7 with 31,000 units (down 1%). Country
duo Brooks & Dunn returns to the top 10 for the first time in nearly a
decade, as Reboot debuts at No. 8. The all-star collaborations effort
features Brooks & Dunn covering their familiar hits with the likes of
Kacey Musgraves, Luke Combs and Thomas Rhett. The album bows with 31,000
equivalent album units earned, with 21,000 of that sum in album sales.
All told, Reboot marks Brooks & Dunn’s 10th top 10 album, and first
since the 2009 greatest hits album #1s… And Then Some (No. 5; Sept. 26,
2009). With Brooks & Dunn’s 10th top 10 album, the act breaks out of a
tie with Rascal Flatts for the most top 10 albums on the Billboard 200
among country duos and groups. Rounding out the new top 10 on the
Billboard 200, A Boogie Wit da Hoodie’s Hoodie SZN and Drake’s Scorpion
are stationary at Nos. 9 and 10, respectively, earning 30,000 units
(down 1%) and 29,000 units (up less than 1%).
Lil Nas X logs a second week atop the Billboard Hot 100 as "Old
Town Road," now featuring Billy Ray Cyrus, who joined for a remix
released April 5, reigns with a record-blasting streaming week.
The track leads the Streaming Songs chart for a second frame with 143
million U.S. streams in the week ending April 11, according to Nielsen
Music. The sum easily surpasses the prior mark, set when Drake's "In My
Feelings" drew 116.2 million streams, as reflected on the chart dated
July 28, 2018. (Both the remix and original version of "Road" count
toward the song's singular chart placement.) "Road" also roars by 454% to 124,000
downloads sold in the week ending April 11, as it tops Digital Song
Sales for the first time. That's the biggest weekly total since Drake's
"God's Plan" debuted with 127,000 sold (Feb. 3, 2018). Airplay
advances: "Road" additionally surges in radio airplay, entering the
all-genre Radio Songs chart at No. 33, up 142% to 28.8 million audience
impressions in the week ending April 14.
Post Malone and Swae Lee's former one-week Hot 100 leader "Sunflower
(Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse)" is steady at No. 2, while Post
Malone's solo single "Wow." rebounds 4-3 following its No. 2 peak.
Grande's "7 Rings" slips 3-4 on the Hot 100 after eight weeks at No. 1,
while topping Radio Songs for a second week (82 million, down 8%);
Halsey's former two-week Hot 100 No. 1 "Without Me" holds at No. 5.
Song Of The Month
'A Kind Of Sorrow' by A-Lin is the undisputed no.1 in China at the moment.
A-Lin is a 35 year-old Taiwanese aboriginal singer and songwriter of Amis
Music Week Report
A seventh week at no.1 for Lewis Capaldi
Monday, April 15, 2019
by Alan Jones, London
Lewis Capaldi makes it seven straight weeks
at No.1 with Someone You Loved, which increases consumption to 69,076 units
(including 56,565 from sales-equivalent streams), a new personal best,
surpassing the 66,725 units it achieved a fortnight earlier. It has maintained
its lead very comfortably in recent weeks, but faces a
potential challenge to its reign next week from Lil Nas X’s debut hit, Old Town
Road, which jumped 67-39 last week and now powers to No.2, with consumption up
392.70% week-on-week at 62,975 sales. The controversial track from the Atlantan,
who turned 20 last Tuesday (April 9), blends hip-hop and country elements and
scorches 15-1 on the latest US Hot 100. It is helped in both countries by the
viral success of the associated Yeehaw Challenge meme. The original Lil Nas X
solo version of Old Town Road is now very much the weaker of two versions of the
track in the UK sales/streaming mix, trailing a longer version which adds
country seasoning from Achy Breaky Heart hitmaker and dad of Miley, Billy Ray
Powered by streams of Free Spirit – which debuts at No.2 on the album chart –
Khalid scores his fourth Top 10 hit with Talk (16-9, 29,091 sales), his 11th Top
40 hit with My Bad (59-32, 13,829 sales) and his 18th Top 75 entry with Outta
My Head (No.45, 11,387 sales), an unexpected collaboration with eclectic
singer/songwriter John Mayer, who scores only the fourth hit of his career and
his first in 11 years as a consequence.
After surging 58-32-10 in the last fortnight, their debut hit Piece Of Your
Heart jumps to No.5 (39,965 sales) for Italian production trio Meduza and UK
pop/rock trio Goodboys.
Almost 10 years since they last charted and six years after their last single,
the reunited fraternal trinity The Jonas Brothers scored their first Top 10 hit,
dashing to a No.6 debut with Sucker last month. It drifts 5-7 (33,418 sales)
this week, while follow-up Cool debuts at No.39 (12,111 sales).
The rest of the Top 10: Bad Guy (2-3, 53,574 sales) by Billie Eilish, Giant
(3-4, 41,050 sales) by Calvin Harris & Rag’n’Bone Man, Just You And I (4-6,
39,831 sales) by Tom Walker, Location (7-8, 30,113 sales) by Dave feat. Burna
Boy and Bury A Friend (6-10, 28,146 sales) by Billie Eilish.
Overall singles sales are down 1.57% week-on-week at 17,847,418, 10.81% above
same week 2018 sales of 16,106,086. Paid-for sales are up 0.29% week-on-week at
742,845, and are 27.09% below same week 2018 sales of 1,018,852. They are below
same-week, previous-year sales for the 297th week in a row.
Leadership of the album chart is unchanged this week, with 17-year-old
singer/songwriter Billie Eilish’s When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go?
remaining in pole position despite a 50.46% dip in second week consumption to
23,982 units, including 16,922 from sales-equivalent streams.
When We All… is Eilish’s debut full-length album, and the first such release by
a female solo artist to spend its first fortnight at No.1 since 2009, when Susan
Boyle’s I Dreamed A Dream opened its account with four straight weeks at No.1.
Eilish’s 2017 EP, Don’t Smile At Me, has been bouncing around the Top 75 since
last summer, and moves to within a place of its No.12 peak this week, improving
14-13 (4,831 sales) while upping its cumulative sales to 146,634.
Eilish’s tenacity is bad news for Khalid, who would otherwise be debuting atop
the chart with his second full-length album, Free Spirit.
Khalid’s March 2017 debut album, American Teen, was released before he had had a
Top 75 single. He has racked up 18 since, and the album – which debuted at
No.112 – has sold very well without ever exploding, reaching a peak position of
No.44 50 weeks after its release. It helped to create a buzz for his seven song,
21-minute EP Suncity, which debuted and peaked at No.20 (3,728 sales) last
October which, in turn, helped to fuel demand for Free Spirit, which now opens
at No.2 (12,253 sales).
Genesis guitarist Mike Rutherford’s highly successful side project Mike + The
Mechanics score their highest charting studio album in more than 30 years with
their ninth such effort, Out Of The Blue, debuting at No.7 (7,591 sales), more
than a decade after Rutherford said they had “run their course”. Their fifth Top
10 album in all – four studio sets and 1996 compilation Hits – Out Of The Blue
marks their 35th anniversary and has only three new songs, with the remainder of
its contents being 2019 versions and acoustic interpretations of their earlier
successes, such as The Living Years, Silent Running and All I Need Is A Miracle.
Mike + The Mechanics’ last album, Let Me Fly, debuted and peaked at No.9 two
years ago this week, on sales of 8,300 copies.
Favourable comparisons with The Hives, The Strokes, The Vaccines and The
Libertines helped Liverpool indie quartet Circa Waves to a No.10 debut/peak
(9,079 sales) with first album, Young Chasers, in 2015. Follow-up Different
Creatures opened at No.11 (5,724 sales) in 2017, and third album, What’s It Like
Over There, arrives this week at No.10 (6,099 sales).
The rest of the Top 10: The Greatest Showman soundtrack (2-3, 11,888 sales),
What A Time To Be Alive (3-4, 8,723 sales) by Tom Walker, Staying At Tamara’s
(4-5, 8,249 sales) by George Ezra, Bohemian Rhapsody (5-6, 8,188 sales) by
Queen, Thank U, Next (8-8, 6,862 sales) by Ariana Grande and Psychodrama (10-9,
6,541 sales) by Dave.
Overall album sales are down 8.06% week-on-week at 1,667,938, 4.49% below same
week 2018 sales of 1,746,434. Sales-equivalent streams accounted for 1,131,725
sales, 67.85% of the total. Sales of paid-for albums are down 17.86%
week-on-week at 536,213, 34.00% below same week 2018 sales of 812,407.