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'Divide' reigns with another huge sales
Wednesday, March 22, 2017
by Fred Chuchel, Dresden

Ed Sheeran's 'Divide' tops the Global Album Chart for a second big week with another massive 816,000 consumption units (595,000 of it were pure sales). So we have now a total of 2,605,000 for this album (2,062,000 pure sales). The album generated its biggest sales still in the english-speaking territories, 303,500 in United Kingdom, 180,000 in the United States, 32,000 in Canada and 35,000 in Australia. There's a big gap between 'Divide' and its nearest persecutor on the weekly tally and also on the (not published) year-to-date list: On the latter, The Weeknd's 'Starboy' follows with a total of 1,064,000 sales in 2017 and on our weekly list Metallic's 'Hardwired...To Self-Destruct' hangs still at  no.2 with 124,000 equivalent sales. The album profits another week from the concert ticket / album bundle sale redemption promotion with the band’s stadium tour in the United States and Canada. With the inclusion of streaming in our album list we have much more stability there. This week only one effort is new on the list, the

soundtrack to 'Beauty And The Beast', a live-action remake of Disney's 1991 animated film of the same name. The set moved 74,000 sales last week, enough for a no.7 bow on our tally. 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 6,000 / 9,870,000, '21' by Adele 17,000 / 28,558,000, '25' by Adele 53.000 / 20.269.000, '4 Your Eyez Only' by J.Cole 17,000 / 863,000, 'A Head Full Of Dreams' by Coldplay 17,000 / 4,218,000, 'Anti' by Rihanna 26,000 / 1,783,000, 'Beauty Behind The Madness' by The Weeknd 16,000 / 2,565,000, 'Blue & Lonesome' by Rolling Stones 17,000 / 1,772,000, 'Blurryface' by Twenty One Pilots 34,000 / 2,792,000, 'Culture' by Migos 51,000 / 539,000, 'Dangerous Woman' by Ariana Grande 20,000 / 1,309,000, 'Encore Un Soir' by Celine Dion 4,000 / 972,000, 'Fantôme' by Hikaru Utada 4,000 / 768,000, the 'Fifty Shades Darker' soundtrack 51,000 / 510,000, 'Future' by Future 60,000 / 361,000, 'Glory Days' by Little Mix 11,000 / 712,000, 'Hndrxx' by Future 49,000 / 253,000, 'I Decided' by Big Sean 34,000 / 437,000, 'I See You' by The XX 15,000 / 387,000, 'Illuminate' by Shawn Mendes 22,000 / 994,000, 'Immortalized' by Disturbed 9,000 / 1,237,000, 'In The Lonely Hour' by Sam Smith 9,000 / 6,803,000, 'Joanne' by Lady GaGa 20,000 / 1,199,000, 'Lemonade' by Beyoncé 16,000 / 2,913,000, 'Nobody But Me' Michael Bublé 4,000 / 874,000, 'Purpose' by Justin Bieber 25,000 / 5,580,000, 'Revolution Radio' by Green Day 3,000 / 575,000, the 'Suicide Squad' soundtrack 17,000 / 1,157,000, 'The Getaway' by Red Hot Chili Peppers 9,000 / 1,384,000, 'The Heavy Entertainment Show' by Robbie Williams 6,000 / 687,000, 'This Is Acting' by Sia 27,000 / 1,698,000, 'Traveller' by Chris Stapleton 14,000 / 2,089,000, the 'Trolls' soundtrack 45,000 / 960,000, 'Views' by Drake 33,000 / 3,091,000, 'We Got It From Here...Thank You 4 Your Service' by A Tribe Called Quest 4,000 / 447,000, 'You Want It Darker' by Leonard Cohen 8,000 / 1,064,000.  COMPLETE GLOBAL ALBUM CHART  Six songs from Ed Sheeran's current album 'Divide' are still in the Global Track Chart Top 40, above all thrones 'Shape Of Me' for an exciting 10th week at the summit with another 621,000 points. With a result of 5,970,000 points after only ten weeks on the list, 'Shape Of You' is the fastest selling song since nearly 20 years. Elton John's 'Candle In The Wind 1997' reached nearly 14 million points after its first ten weeks on the hitlist, an unique, unachievable alltime record! Also 'Castle On The Hill', formerly at no.2, ranks a 10th week on the list and slides down at no.9 with 194,000 points. 'Galway Girl' sits tight at no.11 for a second week, but wins 4% in points to 175,000. It's the only Ed Sheeran track this week with points increases. 'Something Just Like This' by The Chainsmokers feat. Coldplay remains at the vice-position for a third week with 269,000 points, a 9% increase compared to the previous week. Remarkable is the big success of 'It Ain't Me' by Kyrre Gørvell-Dahll, commonly known by his stage name Kygo, Norwegian DJ, record producer, songwriter and musician, in cooperation with American singer and actress Selena Gomez. The songs jumps at no.5 this week, driven by a 13% points boost to 217,000. For both artists it's the highest position on the Global Charts so far. Outside the Top 40 waiting among 'Way Down We Go' by Kaleo at no.48, 'Run Up' by Major Lazer feat. PartyNextDoor & Nicki Minaj at no.54, and 'Skin' by Rag'n'Bone Man at no.58 for their first appearance on the big list.  COMPLETE GLOBAL TRACK CHART

20 years ago
"Don't Speak" by No Doubt
topped the global chart for seven weeks and placed at no.6 on the year-end list...
despite the song's popularity, it did not chart on the Billboard Hot 100 as rules of the times
required commercial singles for charting and one was not issued for the song,
but it did reach number one on the Billboard Hot 100 Airplay for 16 weeks.

Billboard Report
Ed Sheeran and Metallica still leading Billboard Top 200
Thuesday, March 21, 2017
by Keith Caulfield & Gary Trust, Los Angeles

Ed Sheeran’s ÷ (Divide) holds on to the No. 1 slot for a second week on the Billboard 200 chart, as the set earned 180,000 equivalent album units in the week ending March 16, according

to Nielsen Music. That’s down 60 percent compared to its debut frame, when it launched atop the list with 451,000 units. ÷ sold 87,000 in traditional album sales in its second week -- down 73 percent compared to its starting sales stanza of 322,000. Sheeran’s album is the first in six months to spend its first two weeks at No. 1 on the chart. The last to do so was the Suicide Squad soundtrack, which debuted atop the Aug. 27, 2016-dated list, and spent a second week at No. 1 the following frame, dated Sept. 3. The last album by an artist to spend its first two weeks at No. 1 was Drake’s Views, way back on May 21-28, 2016. (There have been albums that have spent multiple weeks in a row at No. 1 since then -- just not their first two. Pentatonix’s A Pentatonix Christmas debuted at No. 3, and later climbed to No. 1 for two straight weeks. The Weeknd’s Starboy opened at No. 1 last December, fell out of the top position, and then later returned to No. 1 for four consecutive weeks in January.) A step below Sheeran on the new

Billboard 200 is Metallica’s Hardwired… To Self-Destruct, which holds at No. 2 with 102,000 units (up 25 percent) and 100,000 in traditional album sales (up 26 percent). The set continues to profit largely from a concert ticket/album bundle sale redemption promotion with the act’s stadium tour that went on sale on Feb. 17. The tour starts on May 10 in Baltimore, Md., at M&T Bank Stadium. Redemptions of Hardwired included with the purchase of a ticket register as a sale in the week the customer redeems/receives the album. Sheeran and Metallica lead a fairly quiet top 10, where only one album debuts in the region: the new Beauty and the Beast soundtrack, at No. 3. The companion set to the live action remake of the 1991 animated Disney film starts with 57,000 units (48,000 in traditional album sales). The album, which boasts the vocal talents of its cast (including Emma Watson) and recording artists like Ariana Grande and Josh Groban, easily surpasses the No. 19 peak of the animated film’s soundtrack. Bruno Mars’ 24K Magic falls one rung on the Billboard 200 to No. 4 with 54,000 units (down 17 percent), while the Moana soundtrack climbs three spots to No. 5 with 52,000 units (up 32 percent). The album benefits from promotion related to the film’s home video release on Blu-ray, DVD and digital HD on March 7. Future’s self-titled album dips from No. 4 to No. 6 with 50,000 units (down 4 percent), The Weeknd’s Starboy is steady at No. 7 with 44,000 units (up 4 percent) and Migos’ Culture falls 6-8 with 42,000 units (down 4 percent). Future’s HNDRXX descends 5-9 with 39,000 units (down 21 percent) and the Trolls soundtrack closes out the top 10 with 32,000 units (down 12 percent). As it continues to rule the Hot 100, Sheeran's "Shape," released on Atlantic Records, also logs an eighth week at No. 1 on the Digital Song Sales chart (104,000 downloads sold in the week ending March 16, according to Nielsen Music), as well as a sixth week at No. 1 on Radio Songs (165 million in audience, up 3 percent, in the week ending March 19). It leads Streaming Songs for a second frame (47.8 million U.S. streams, down 6 percent, in the week ending March 16) and the audio subscription services-based On-Demand Streaming Songs survey for a fourth week (21.1 million on-demand clicks, down 14 percent). Bruno Mars' "That's What I Like" hits a new peak on the Hot 100, rising 3-2 as it continues to build momentum after its official video arrived March 1. The track jumps 7-4 on Streaming Songs (27 million) and 7-5 on Radio Songs (87 million, up 17 percent), while dipping 2-3 on Digital Song Sales (78,000, down 18 percent). Migos' "Bad and Boujee," featuring Lil Uzi Vert, dips 2-3 on the Hot 100 following three nonconsecutive weeks at No. 1. Still, "Bad" tops the Hot Rap Songs chart for an 11th week. Zayn and Taylor Swift's "I Don't Wanna Live Forever (Fifty Shades Darker)" holds at No. 4 on the Hot 100 after hitting No. 2, gaining by 56 percent to 58,000 downloads sold, boosted by a 69-cent iTunes Store sale price. Rounding out the Hot 100's top five, The Weeknd's "I Feel It Coming," featuring Daft Punk, blasts to a new high (12-5), besting its prior No. 9 peak. The Weeknd achieves his fifth top five Hot 100 hit, and Daft Punk its third (and second as featured on a track by The Weeknd; prior single "Starboy" topped the Jan. 7 chart). "Feel" keeps at No. 4 on Radio Songs (97 million, up 3 percent) and flies 24-8 on Digital Songs Sales (55,000, up 78 percent) and 49-20 on Streaming Songs (14.8 million, up 46 percent), sparked by both the premiere of its official video on March 9 and an iTunes discount to 69 cents.  COMPLETE CHARTS

unusual track with an abstracted, floating sound
"Sunset Lover" by Petit Biscuit
currently no.15 in France

United Kingdom
Music Week Report
'Divide' still outselling the rest of the Top 75
Monday, March 20, 2017
by Alan Jones, London

With Divide outselling the rest of the Top 75 for the second week in a row, and nine of its tracks remaining in the singles Top 10, Ed Sheeran continues to dominate the charts. Although off 54.80% week-on-week, Divide sold a further 303,520 copies last week (including 58,280 from streams) to bring its overall tally to 975,062 in just 14 days. It is only the

fourth album to sell more than 300,000 copies on each of its first two weeks on sale this century. The others: The Circus by Take That (2008), I Dreamed A Dream by Susan Boyle (2009) and 25 by Adele (2015). This is also the second straight week that Divide has sold nearly 10 times as many copies as its nearest challenger - Rag'N'Bone Man's Human, which is No.2 for the third week in a row, sold 30,529 copies last week, 10.06% of Divide's tally. Sheeran continues to have three of the Top 10 albums, with second album X climbing 4-3 (18,595 sales) while debut + falls 5-6 (12,107 sales). The presence of all three in the top tier simultaneously raises his cumulative tally of weeks in the Top 10 in the 21st century to 142, a total inferior only to those of Coldplay (165 weeks) and Adele (167). X, incidentally, has become the third album to sell more than 3m copies in the 2010s - the others are Adele's 21 and 25 - passing the figure sometime on Saturday (11th) . Its sales to midnight on Thursday: 3,009,639 (including 334,041

from streams). 10 albums make their debuts in the Top 75 this week, two of them in the Top 10. Distancing itself from the rest of the new intake, Semper Femina (No.5, 12,561 sales) is 27-year-old folk/rock singer/songwriter Laura Marling's sixth album, and the fifth to make the Top 10 - only 2008 debut Alas I Cannot Swim (No.45) missed out. Marling's highest weekly sale - 25,862 - came from third album A Creature I Don't Know on debut in 2011, while her highest chart position - No.3 - was secured by fourth album Once I Was An Eagle in 2013. Neither is her biggest seller - that honour falls to second album I Speak Because I Can, which has sold 250,315 copies since its 2010 release. Semper Femina's first week sales are 24.44% higher than Marling's last album, Short Movie, which sold 10,094 sales when debuting and peaking at No.7 a little under two years ago. It is exactly a year since Marc Almond's last studio album, The Velvet Trail, debuted and peaked at No.62 on sales of 1,701 copies. The 59-year-old singer/songwriter has now curated Hits And Pieces: The Best Of, a compilation of tracks he did with Soft Cell, Marc & The Mambas and solo. It dashes to a No.7 debut (8,989 sales), to become his first Top 10 album since previous retrospective Memorabilia: The Singles - which also cherry-picked from his career to that point - reached No.8 in 1991. Completing the Top 10: Gang Signs & Prayer (3-4, 14,393 sales) by Stormzy, Glory Days (8-8, 7,533 sales) by Little Mix, the Trolls soundtrack (10-9, 6,092 sales) and Starboy (9-10, 5,948 sales) by The Weeknd. Overall album sales are down 18.06% week-on-week at 1,890,752. That is 28.19% above same week 2016 sales of 1,474,919. Streaming accounted for 745,846 sales – 39.45% of the total. Sales of paid-for albums are down 26.36% week-on-week at 1,144,906 and are 16.74% above same week 2016 sales of 980,718. Last week saw seven new entries to the Singles Top 10, equalling the record high and this week there are none, equalling the record low. To anyone with knowledge of last week's historic chart, that can mean only one thing - Ed Sheeran's dominance continues, with his album Divide (which is heading rapidly for the million sales mark after just two weeks on release) again supplying nine of the Top 10 singles. Sheeran's Shape Of You spends its 10th straight week at No.1 on sales of 106,286 copies (including 76,444 from streams), surpassing the nine-week run of its immediate predecessor at the summit, Clean Bandit's Rockabye. Of the 474 No.1 hits thus far in the 21st century, the only one to sustain for longer is Drake's One Dance (feat. Wizkid & Kyla), which spent 15 straight weeks at the helm last year. Although they continue to populate the Top 10, all but one of Sheeran's squadron of songs suffer declining paid-for and streaming sales week-on-week. The once exception - appropriately for a chart that was published on St. Patrick's Day - is Galway Girl, a song which celebrates Sheeran's Irish heritage and holds at No.2 with sales up 2.98% week-on-week at 92,766. The rest of Sheeran's current Top 10 hits: Castle On The Hill (3-3, 55,557 sales), Perfect (4-5, 44.859 sales), New Man (5-6, 41,697 sales), Happier (6-7, 37,966 sales), Supermarket Flowers (9-8, 35,126 sales), What Do I Know (10-9, 34,815 sales) and Dive (8-10, 34,688 sales). After falling 2-7 last week to facilitate the Sheeran influx, The Chainsmokers & Coldplay's Something Just Like This bounces to No.4 (46,410 sales). Overall singles sales are down 0.84% week-on-week at 13,119,374, 43.43% above same week 2016 sales of 9,146,739. Streams accounted for 11,705,140 sales, 89.22% of the total. Paid-for sales are down 7.10% week-on-week at 1,414,234 – 23.49% below same week 2016 sales of 1,848,506 and below same-week, previous-year sales for the 189th week in a row.  COMPLETE CHARTS

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