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'Old Town Road' leads a fifth week
Thursday, May 16, 2019
by Fred Chuchel, Dresden

 

The South Korean boy band Nu'Est takes over the lead of the Global Album Chart with the new set 'Happily Ever After'. The album generated 226,000 equivalent sales in its initial week, 221,000 of it from the band's native country alone (according to Hanteo). Behind Nu'est starts 'Father Of the Bride' at no.2, the fourth studio album by the American indie rock band Vampire Weekend. It got 175,000 sales... 138,000 from the United States and 15,000 from United Kingdom (according to Nielsen Soundscan / Billboard & OCC). Billie Eilish's climbs back at no.3 with her smash 'When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go?' with 144,000, a total of 1,43 million after 6 weeks on the tally. 'Map Of The Soul: Persona' by the Bangtan Boys slides to no.4 with another 113,000 sales. The album leads easily the year-to-date list with a total of 3,36 million, following by Ariana Grande's 'Thank U, Next' with 2,13 million, the 'A Star Is Born' soundtrack with 1,97 million and the

'Bohemian Rhapsody' soundtrack with 1,72 million. Billy Eilish ranks on the fifth place there. By the way, all these five album are inside the current weekly Top 10. 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 11,000 / 10,982,000, '21' by Adele 10,000 / 29,572,000, '24k Magic' by Bruno Mars 8,000 / 5,146,000, '25' by Adele 8,000 / 21,967,000, 'American Teen' by Khalid 18,000 / 3,071,000, 'Astroworld' by Travis Scott 28,000 / 3,222,000, 'Beautiful Trauma' by Pink 6,000 / 3,296,000, 'Beerbongs & Bentleys' by Post Malone 44,000 / 5,048,000, the 'Black Panther' soundtrack 7,000 / 1,898,000, the 'Bohemian Rhapsody' soundtrack 59,000 / 3,052,000, 'Camila' by Camila Cabello 7,000 / 1,897,000, 'Championships' Meek Mill 22,000 / 1,228,000, 'Culture II' by Migos 9,000 / 2,093,000, 'Damn.' by Kendrick Lamar 13,000 / 5,295,000, 'Dangerous Woman' by Ariana Grande 6,000 / 2,484,000, 'Death Race For Love' by Juice WRLD 37,000 / 668,000, 'Divide' by Ed Sheeran 38,000 / 14,456,000, 'DNA' by the Backstreet Boys 3,000 / 572,000, 'Evolve' by Imagine Dragons 17,000 / 4,489,000, 'Goodbye & Good Riddance' by Juice WRLD 26,000 / 1,896,000, 'Head Above Water' by Avril Lavigne 4,000 / 244,000, 'Homecoming: The Live Album' by Beyoncé 31,000 / 201,000, 'I Am > I Was' by 21 Savage 19,000 / 902,000, 'In The Lonely Hour' by Sam Smith 8,000 / 8,064,000, 'Invasion Of Privacy' by Cardi B 21,000 / 2,755,000, 'Kamikaze' by Eminem 16,000 / 2,567,000, 'Love Yourself 轉 Answer' by BTS (Bangtan Boys) 17,000 / 2,383,000, 'More Life' by Drake 12,000 / 4,202,000, 'Origins' by Imagine Dragons 21,000 / 1,243,000, 'Pray For The Wicked' by Panic! At The Disco 21,000 / 1,294,000, 'Queen' by Nicki Minaj 9,000 / 1,255,000, 'Question Mark' by XXXTentacion 25,000 / 3,373,000, 'Red Pill Blues' by Maroon 5 9,000 / 1,829,000, 'Reputation' by Taylor Swift 13,000 / 4,838,000, 'Scorpion' by Drake 37,000 / 5,174,000, 'Shawn Mendes' by Shawn Mendes 18,000 / 1,809,000, 'Skins' by XXXTentacion 3,000 / 522,000, the 'Spider Man: Into The Spider-Verse' soundtrack 25,000 / 879,000, 'Starboy' by The Weeknd 10,000 / 4,163,000, 'Staying At Tamara's' by George Ezra 13,000 / 1,385,000, 'Still On My Mind' by Dido 6,000 / 177,000, 'Stoney' by Post Malone 23,000 / 4,535,000, 'Sweetener' by Ariana Grande 20,000 / 2,331,000, 'Tha Carter V' by Lil Wayne 13,000 / 1,567,000, 'The Greatest Showman' soundtrack 38,000 / 6,655,000, 'Trench' by Twenty One Pilots 13,000 / 1,154,000, 'Victory Lap' by Nipsey Hussle 25,000 / 561,000, 'Views' by Drake 12,000 / 4,889,000, 'X' by Ed Sheeran 12,000 / 11,689,000, and 'Youngblood' by 5 Seconds Of Summer 6,000 / 1,090,000. 'Old Town Road' by 20 year-old American rapper Lil Nas X (included a remix with additional vocals by country legend Billy Ray Cyrus) defends the lead of the Global Track Chart for a fifth consecutive week with another massive 515,000 points. That means up 5% compared to the previous week and a total of 2,639,000 points after 7 weeks on the tally. Highest debut of the week comes from Canadian singer, songwriter and model Shawn Mendes. His new smash 'If I Can't Have You' bows at no.4 with 236,000 points and it's Shawn's sixth global Top 10 success. Exactly 41 years ago, in May 1978, another song titled as 'If I Can't Have You' placed at no.5 globally. The song was written by the Bee Gees for American singer, songwriter and actress Yvonne Elliman. Back to this week's hitlist: between Lil Nas X and Shawn Mendes placed 'Bad Guy' by Billie Eilish at no.2 (up 6% to 311,000 points) and 'Me!' by Taylor Swift feat. Brendon Urie at no.3 (down 39% to 263,000 points). Second and last new-entry of the week is 'Homicide', a collaboration between American rappers Logic and Eminem. The song rises to no.13 with 161,000 points. Outside the Top 40 waiting among other 'Piece Of Your Heart' by Meduza feat. Goodboys at no.42, 'Just You And I' by Tom Walker at no.48, and 'Hold Me While You Wait' by Lewis Capaldi at no.51 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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Logic scores third no.1 album on Billboard 200
Tuesday, May 21, 2019
by Keith Caulfield & Gary Trust, Los Angeles


Logic notches his third No.1 album on the Billboard 200 chart as Confessions Of A Dangerous Mind debuts atop the tally. The set starts with 80,000 equivalent album units earned in

the week ending May 16, according to Nielsen Music. Of that sum, 24,000 were in album sales. Confessions was released on May 10 via Visionary / Def Jam Recordings. Logic previously led the list with Bobby Tarantino II (in 2018) and Everybody (2017). Logic made his Billboard 200 debut in 2014 with Under Pressure, which peaked at No. 4 -- his first of six top 10 albums (including Confessions). Confessions’ debut frame was largely powered by streaming activity, as the set racked up 54,000 SEA units (of its total 80,000 overall units). That 54,000 SEA number equates to 73.93 million on-demand audio streams for its tracks in the album’s debut frame, which also made it the most streamed album of the week. Billie Eilish’s When We Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go? is steady at No. 2 on the new Billboard 200 with 68,000 units (down 3%), while Khalid’s Free Spirit is also a non-mover, holding at No. 3 with 46,000 units (down 8%). Sammy Hagar & The Circle’s

Space Between debuts at No. 4, granting Hagar his first top 10 album ever. The set opens with 40,000 equivalent albums units earned. The sizable sales week was mostly powered by sales generated from a concert ticket/album sale redemption offer for the rocker’s tour that started in April. The sales start also marks Hagar’s third-largest sales week since Nielsen Music began tracking data in 1991. Ariana Grande’s Thank U, Next, is stationary at No. 5 on the new Billboard 200 (36,000 units; down 11 percent), while Queen’s Greatest Hits I II & III: The Platinum Collection vaults 29-6 with 32,000 units (up 92%) thanks to sale pricing in the iTunes Store. The 51-track collection was deeply discounted to just $6.99 during the tracking week, thus stirring its 53% sales hike (rising to 9,000 sold) and 391% digital sales increase (jumping to 6,000 sold). Luke Combs’ This One’s For You jumps 12-7, revisiting the top 10 for the first time in nearly a year. The album, which was released in 2017, was last in the top 10 (at No. 10) on the July 28, 2018-dated chart, and peaked at No. 4 on June 16 of that same year (following a deluxe reissue of the set). In the latest tracking week, This One’s For You earned 28,000 equivalent album units (up an overall 5%) and gained in album sales (up 12%), TEA units (up 8%) and SEA units (up 3%). The rise in activity is likely owed to promotion and excitement generated by Combs’ new single “Beer Never Broke My Heart,” which was released on May 8, and which Combs preformed on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon on May 9. (The track is not on This One’s For You, but is from a forthcoming new album.) DaBaby’s Baby On Baby hits a new high and reaches the top 10 for the first time, as the album rises 14-8 with nearly 28,000 equivalent album units (up 9%). The set debuted at No. 25 on the chart dated March 16, and has never left the top 40. The album has increased in units in six of the last eight weeks, mostly derived from streaming activity (led by the set’s song “Suge”). Post Malone’s beerbongs & bentleys is steady at No. 9 on the new Billboard 200, with 27,000 units earned (down 5%). Closing out the new top 10 is Mac DeMarco, who logs his first top 10 album with Here Comes the Cowboy bowing at No. 10. The set earned nearly 27,000 equivalent album units, with 20,000 of that sum generated by album sales. The latter figure was enhanced by sales generated from a concert ticket/album sale redemption offer with DeMarco’s tour, which began earlier in May. Lil Nas X's "Old Town Road," featuring Billy Ray Cyrus, leads the Billboard Hot 100 chart for a seventh week. As on the Hot 100, "Road" rules the Streaming Songs chart for a seventh week, with 103.1 million U.S. streams (down 1%) in the week ending May 16, according to Nielsen Music. Volume for "Road" should surge on next week's charts (dated June 1) following the Friday (May 17) premiere of its official video. The track dips to No. 2 on the Digital Song Sales chart, after four weeks at No. 1, with 69,000 downloads sold (down 12%) in the week ending May 16. On the Radio Songs chart, "Road" pushes 4-3, with 83.8 million audience impressions, up 8%, in the week ending May 19. Sheeran and Bieber's "I Don't Care," released at midnight ET Friday, May 10, soars onto the Hot 100 at No. 2, as it opens at No. 1 on Digital Song Sales (77,000) and No. 3 on Streaming Songs (34.1 million) and charges 33-13 on Radio Songs (49.1 million). Like "Road," the official video for "Care" premiered Friday (May 17). Top 10 totals: Bieber banks his 15th Hot 100 top 10 and Sheeran adds his seventh. While "Care" marks their first song co-billed as artists, Sheeran co-wrote two Bieber top 10s: "Love Yourself" (No. 1 for two weeks in February 2016) and Major Lazer's "Cold Water," featuring Bieber and MO (No. 2, August 2016). More Max Martin: Sheeran and Bieber co-wrote "Care" with Max Martin, among the song's six authors. Martin boasts 22 Hot 100 No. 1s and nine hits that have hit No. 2 (including "Care"). He last reached such heights as a writer via Ariana Grande's "Break Up With Your Girlfriend, I'm Bored," which debuted at its No. 2 peak in February. Jonas Brothers' former one-week Hot 100 leader "Sucker" rises 4-3 and becomes the trio's first No. 1 on the Adult Pop Songs airplay chart. It spends a fifth week atop Pop Songs, where it's also the act's first No. 1. Billie Eilish notches her first top five Hot 100 hit as "Bad Guy" roars 9-4, besting its prior No. 7 peak. The track returns to its No. 2 high on Streaming Songs (from No. 3), up 4% to 39.9 million U.S. streams; rises 11-8 on Digital Song Sales (15,000, up 15%); and debuts at No. 43 on Radio Songs (24.1 million, up 42%). Post Malone's "Wow." rebounds 6-5 on the Hot 100, after hitting No. 2, and his and Swae Lee's one-week No. 1 "Sunflower (Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse)" rises 7-6. Sam Smith and Normani's "Dancing With a Stranger" revisits the Hot 100's top 10 and its No. 7 high (from No. 11), as it rules Radio Songs for a second week (106.6 million, up 4%). Taylor Swift's "Me!," featuring Brendon Urie, drops 3-8 on the Hot 100, after arriving at No. 2 two weeks ago, and Khalid re-enters the top 10 (12-9) with his No. 8-peaking "Talk," which becomes his fourth Radio Songs top 10 (12-6; 70.2 million, up 21%, good for top Airplay Gainer honors on the Hot 100). "Talk" tops the Hot R&B Songs chart for a fourth week. Rounding out the Hot 100's top 10, Halsey's two-week No. 1 "Without Me" backtracks 8-10.


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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Ed Sheeran & Justin Bieber go to no.1
Monday, May 20, 2019
by Alan Jones, London

 
With combined UK track consumption of more than 73m between them hitherto, it is no surprise that Ed Sheeran (44,944,052 sales) & Justin Bieber (28,174,774) make a scorching No.1 debut with their collaboration, I Don’t Care. Smashing its way to the top of the rankings on consumption of 123,825 units – the highest of any

song for 16 weeks – I Don’t Care also debuts at No.1 on all three chart components: paid-for sales (21,602), audio streams (10,885,981) and video streams (2,130,897). The track is 28-year-old Sheeran’s sixth No.1 as an artist, and 25-year-old Bieber’s seventh, one of which – Love Yourself – was co-written by Sheeran but credited only Bieber as an artist, and another of which (Despacito) was No.1 before he was added to the track. It brings Sheeran’s overall tally of Top 75 entries as an artist to 47 and Bieber’s to 55. On Top 10 hits, Sheeran leads 22-17. I Don’t Care is no relation to Cheryl’s 2014 No.1 of the same title, nor any of the seven other Top 75 hits with which it shares the exact appellation, and is the 45th No.1 with ‘don’t’ in its title (and the second with ‘care’, for those that care, the other being the Cheryl song mentioned above). Rather, it is a brand new song, penned by Sheeran and Bieber along with Shellback, Poo Bear and Fred Gibson. Bieber has now

written six No.1, and Sheeran 10, with the latter credited on No.1s by Major Lazer, One Direction and Benny Blanco, as well as by Bieber. Of Sheeran and Bieber’s co-writers, legendary Swede Max Martin has had by far the highest tally of chart-toppers. Old Town Road remains at No.2 (80,291 sales) for the third week in a row, while Vossi Bop – which ended Old Town Road’s two-week reign, and had itself been No.1 for a fortnight, slips to No.3 (78,409 sales) for Stormzy. The rest of the Top 10: Someone You Loved (3-4, 61,536 sales) by Lewis Capaldi, Piece Of Your Heart (6-5, 56,562 sales) by Meduza feat. Goodboys, Bad Guy (5-6, 55,423 sales) by Billie Elish, SOS (8-7, 46,403 sales) by Avicii feat. Aloe Blacc, Hold Me While You Wait (4-8, 41,049 sales) by Lewis Capaldi, Me! (7-9, 39,973 sales) by Taylor Swift feat. Brendon Urie and If I Can’t Have You (9-10, 35,094 sales) by Shawn Mendes. Overall singles sales are up 3.62% week-on-week at 18,491,375, 7.59% above same week 2018 sales of 17,186,684. Paid-for sales are down 4.27% week-on-week at 706,670, and are 30.49% below same week 2018 sales of 1,016,654. They are below same-week, previous-year sales for the 302nd week in a row. Hurts 2B Human spends its third straight week at No.1 for Pink, matching the February/March reign of Ariana Grande’s Thank U, Next as the lengthiest by a 2019 release – but it does so on consumption of just 11,582 units (including 2,617 from sales-equivalent streams). That’s the fifth lowest tally to top the chart in the 489 weeks that have thus far elapsed in the 2010s, surpassing only the 7,948 sales Blossoms’ eponymous second album spent on its second and last week at No.1 in 2016; the 9,578 copies that Rihanna’s Talk That Talk sold on its return to pole position in 2012; the 10,892 copies that Lumineers’ Cleopatra sold to secure the lowest tally for a No.1 debut in 2016; and the 11,436 copies that PJ Harvey’s The Hope Six Demolition Project sold as it opened at No.1 in 2016. It is also the fifth lowest level for a No.1 in the 1,011 weeks of the 21st century – in the 522 weeks of the 2000s, the lowest No.1 sale was 22,437 by Doves’ The Last Broadcast in 2002. David Coverdale has left Whitesnake on three occasions, but is the only original member in the current incarnation of the once wholly British rock veterans, whose ranks now also includes Americans and an Italian. The 13th studio album to bear the Whitesnake name, Flesh & Blood, is their follow-up to 2015 No.18 release The Purple Album, and opens at No.7 on sales of 4,894 copies. Including hits and live releases, it is their 19th Top 75 album and their 10th Top 10 album, securing their highest chart position since 2008, when Good To Be Bad also reached No.7. Interest in Ed Sheeran’s 2017 smash Divide was piqued by the release of his brand-new Justin Bieber collaboration, I Don’t Care, which debuts atop the singles chart. Consumption of Divide grew 17.60% week-on-week, with its resultant 14-8 jump (4,801 sales) restoring it to the Top 10 for the first time in 17 weeks, and providing its highest chart placing for 37 weeks. His earlier albums X (45-34, 2,192 sales) and + (92-64, 1,506 sales) also improve, achieving their highest chart positions for 32 and 17 weeks, respectively. The rest of the Top 10: When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go? (3-2, 11,074 sales) by Billie Eilish, The Greatest Showman soundtrack (5-3, 8,742 sales), Bohemian Rhapsody (7-4, 6,187 sales) by Queen, Staying At Tamara’s (9-5, 5,501 sales) by George Ezra, What A Time To Be Alive (6-6, 4,982 sales) by Tom Walker, Father Of The Bride (2-9, 4,635 sales) by Vampire Weekend and Thank U, Next (10-10, 4,339 sales) by Ariana Grande. Overall album sales are down 1.33% week-on-week at 1,638,555, 4.91% below same week 2018 sales of 1,723,133. Sales-equivalent streams accounted for 1,158,110 sales, a record 70.68% of the total. Sales of paid-for albums are down 11.50% week-on-week at 480,445, 34.86% below same week 2018 sales of 737,548. For the sixth time this year, paid-for sales are at their lowest level since Kantar Millward Brown started compiling sales data for OCC in 1994, dipping below the 500,000 mark for the first time.

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