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Global Chart Report

'Thank You, Next' remains at no.1
Thursday, January 17, 2019
by Fred Chuchel, Dresden


It's the first time ever, that the top three of the Global Album Chart is composed solely with soundtracks. 'A Star Is Born', starring Lady GaGa & Bradley Cooper, turns back at no.1 for a third non-consecutive week with 109,000 equivalent sales. The set started in the week 42, 2018 atop the tally with 348,000 initial sales and now, after 14 weeks, it got a total of 2,48 million sales. The soundtrack to the Queen biopic 'Bohemian Rhapsody' follows at no.2 with additional 90,000 sales, a total of 1,53 million so far. Rounds out the top three is 'The Greatest Showman'. Released in December 2017, it was the most successful album of the last year. On the current tally it climbs to no.3 with 88,000 consumption units, its highest position since 35 weeks. And another soundtrack is new in the Top 10: driven by the very successful lift-off 'Sunflower' by Post Malone feat. Swae Lee (this week at no.2 globally), the accompanying album to the animated superhero film 'Spider

Man: Into The Spider-Verse' climbs to no.9 this week with 63,000 sales. 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 11,000 / 10,856,000, '21' by Adele 11,000 / 29,412,000, '24k Magic' by Bruno Mars 10,000 / 4,999,000, '25' by Adele 14,000 / 21,797,000, 'American Teen' by Khalid 18,000 / 2,746,000, 'Beautiful Trauma' by Pink 9,000 / 3,162,000, the 'Black Panther' soundtrack 11,000 / 1,747,000, 'Camila' by Camila Cabello 17,000 / 1,719,000, 'Caution' by Mariah Carey 7,000 / 180,000, 'Championships' Meek Mill 53,000 / 682,000, 'Culture II' by Migos 15,000 / 1,891,000, 'Damn.' by Kendrick Lamar 14,000 / 5,066,000, 'Dancing Queen' by Cher 8,000 / 475,000, 'Dangerous Woman' by Ariana Grande 10,000 / 2,336,000, 'Delta' by Mumford & Sons 17,000 / 649,000, 'Divide' by Ed Sheeran 54,000 / 13,728,000, 'Evolve' by Imagine Dragons 29,000 / 4,139,000, 'Goodbye & Good Riddance' by Juice WRLD 37,000 / 1,376,000, 'In The Lonely Hour' by Sam Smith 9,000 / 7,910,000, 'Invasion Of Privacy' by Cardi B 35,000 / 2,304,000, 'Kamikaze' by Eminem 34,000 / 2,166,000, 'Love' by Michael Bublé 25,000 / 950,000, 'Love Yourself 轉 Answer' by BTS (Bangtan Boys) 22,000 / 2,085,000, the 'Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again' soundtrack 18,000 / 1,238,000, the 'Moana' soundtrack 10,000 / 3,140,000, 'More Life' by Drake 10,000 / 4,009,000, 'My Dear Melancholy,' by the Weeknd 6,000 / 982,000, 'Origins' by Imagine Dragons 49,000 / 728,000, 'Pray For The Wicked' by Panic! At The Disco 27,000 / 969,000, 'Queen' by Nicki Minaj 16,000 / 1,059,000, 'Question Mark' by XXXTentacion 40,000 / 2,800,000, 'Red Pill Blues' by Maroon 5 14,000 / 1,649,000, 'Reputation' by Taylor Swift 28,000 / 4,594,000, 'Shawn Mendes' by Shawn Mendes 23,000 / 1,491,000, 'Simulation Theory' by Muse 16,000 / 546,000, 'Skins' by XXXTentacion 27,000 / 352,000, 'Starboy' by The Weeknd 9,000 / 3,998,000, 'Staying At Tamara's' by George Ezra 25,000 / 1,105,000, 'Stoney' by Post Malone 31,000 / 4,097,000, 'Sweetener' by Ariana Grande 45,000 / 1,835,000, 'Tha Carter V' by Lil Wayne 25,000 / 1,304,000, 'The Thrill Of It All' by Sam Smith 8,000 / 2,619,000, 'Trench' by Twenty One Pilots 21,000 / 848,000, 'Views' by Drake 10,000 / 4,691,000, 'Voicesnotes' by Charlie Puth 4,000 / 590,000, 'X' by Ed Sheeran 16,000 / 11,467,000, and 'Youngblood' by 5 Seconds Of Summer 15,000 / 920,000.  COMPLETE GLOBAL ALBUM CHART  Ariana Grande's 'Thank You, Next' defends its top position of the Global Track Chart for an eighth non-consecutive week. It got another 289,000 points, 4% less than last week. 'Sunflower', Post Malone's collab with Swae Lee, one half of the hip hop duo Rae Sremmurd, rises another place to the runner-up slot with 252,000 points (up 25%), meanwhile 'Sweet But Psycho' by Ava Max slides to no.3, despite another 6% points increase to 251,000. Biggest winner of the week is Japan's hit of the year 2018: 'Lemon' by 27 year-old musician Kenshi Yonezu. The song turned back at no.9 this week with 161,000 points, by virtue of 141,000 digital downloads and 24,000 single sales last week in Japan. It's the third time that 'Lemon' jumped in the Global Top 10, firstly after its release in February 2018, it debuted at no.4 (calendar week 9), only on the basis of digital sales. Four weeks later, after the release of the physical single, 'Lemon' returned at no.4 again. Now, eleven months later, the song had moved a total of 2 million downloads and 270,000 singles. The only debut on this week's tally is 'Love Someone' by Danish act Lukas Graham. It arrives at no.35 with 70,000 points. The band is best known for their global smash '7 Years', which topped the global hitlist for five weeks in April 2016 and ranked at no.6 on the year-end chart with 6,490,000 points. Outside the Top 40 waiting among other 'Undecided' by Chris Brown at no.41, 'Leave Me Alone' by Flipp Dinero at no.43, and 'Say My Name' by David Guetta feat. Bebe Rexha & J Balvin at no.48 for their first appearance on the big list.  COMPLETE GLOBAL TRACK CHART

40 YEARS AGO... 'Y.M.C.A.' by the Village People held the top position of the Global Chart for massive 12 weeks. The song is one of the biggest party- and gayhymns of the Seventies. Taken at face value, the song's lyrics extol the virtues of the Young Men's Christian Association. In the gay culture from which the Village People sprang, the song was implicitly understood as celebrating the YMCA's reputation as a popular cruising and hookup spot, particularly for the younger men to whom it was addressed. The song remains popular and is played at many event, with crowds using the dance in which the arms are used to spell out the four letters of the song's title. "Y.M.C.A." jumped atop the charts in almost all countries, among others in United Kingdom, Germany, Canada, Australia, Italy, Netherlands, Belgium, Austria, and it was the biggest hit in 1979 globally.

Billboard Report
'Sunflower' hits no.1 on Billboard Hot 100
Thuesday, January 15, 2019
by Keith Caulfield & Gary Trust, Los Angeles

After sitting in the runner-up slot on the Billboard 200 chart for its first two weeks, A Boogie Wit Da Hoodie’s Hoodie SZN climbs to No. 1, scoring the rapper his first chart-topper.

The set, released via Highbridge the Label/Atlantic Records, earned 58,000 equivalent album units in the U.S. in the week ending Jan. 10, according to Nielsen Music (down less than 1 percent compared to the previous week). Nearly all of that sum was driven by streaming activity for the album. Hoodie SZN is the first album to spend its first week at No. 1 by climbing up the chart -- rather than debuting at No. 1 -- since The Greatest Showman soundtrack rose 5-1 in its third week on the list (dated Jan. 13, 2018). Hoodie SZN is A Boogie’s second full-length studio album and second top 10 effort. He previously visited the region with his first full-length set, The Bigger Artist, which debuted and peaked at No. 4 on the Oct. 21, 2017-dated tally. Slim album sales for hip-hop titles have become commonplace in the past year or two, as streaming increasingly becomes the preferred means of consumption for hip-hop fans. A week ago, the No. 1 album on the Billboard

200, 21 Savage’s I Am > I Was, sold just 3,000 copies (though earned a total of 65,000 units, thanks to large streaming figures). After two weeks at No. 1 on the Billboard 200, 21 Savage’s I Am > I Was slips to No. 2 with 56,000 units (down 14 percent). At No. 3, the soundtrack to Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse hits a new peak, as it climbs two slots (49,000 units; up 6 percent). The hip-hop-heavy set includes the hit single “Sunflower,” by Post Malone and Swae Lee, among other contributions from A-listers. Six former No. 1s occupy the Nos. 4-9 slots on the Billboard 200, as Meek Mill’s Championships moves 3-4 (46,000 units; down 4 percent), Post Malone’s beerbongs & bentleys dips 4-5 (43,000 units; down 10 percent), Travis Scott’s Astroworld climbs 7-6 (just over 41,000 units; down 5 percent), Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper’s A Star Is Born soundtrack rises 10-7 (41,000 units; up 2 percent), The top selling album this week is Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper’s A Star Is Born soundtrack, with 21,000 sold, and is No. 1 on the sales-only Top Album Sales chart. Hoodie SZN did not sell enough to rank on that 100-position list. Drake’s Scorpion descends 6-8 (nearly 41,000 units; down 7 percent) and Kodak Black’s Dying To Live holds at No. 9 (39,000 units; down 5 percent). Closing out the new top 10 is Queen’s Greatest Hits I II & III: The Platinum Collection, which vaults from No. 137 to No. 10 with 38,000 units (up 453 percent). "Sunflower" dethrones Halsey's "Without Me" after a week atop the Hot 100, although Halsey adds a new top 10, as "Eastside," with Benny Blanco and Khalid, climbs 11-9. Up from No. 3, "Sunflower," released on Republic Records, becomes the 1,082nd No. 1 in the Hot 100's 60-year history, as it reigns in streaming and sales and hits the top 10 in airplay. "Sunflower" ascends 2-1 on the Streaming Songs chart, up 17 percent to 47.6 million U.S. streams in the week ending Jan. 10, according to Nielsen Music. It becomes Post Malone's second No. 1 on the survey and Swae Lee's first as a soloist. The track spends a second week at No. 1 on Digital Song Sales, up 19 percent to 48,000 downloads sold in the week ending Jan. 10. On Radio Songs, "Sunflower" enters the top 10, bounding 14-10 (60.8 million audience impressions, up 17 percent, in the week ending Jan. 13). Post Malone scores his fourth Radio Songs top 10 and Swae Lee logs his second as a soloist, after reaching No. 6 as featured on French Montana's "Unforgettable" in 2017. A week after becoming Halsey's first Hot 100 No. 1 as a lead act, and second overall, following her featured turn on The Chainsmokers' "Closer," which spent 12 weeks at No. 1 in 2016, "Without Me" drops to No. 2. The latter track keeps at No. 2 on Digital Song Sales (39,000, essentially even week-over-week) and No. 3 on Radio Songs (102.5 million, up 7 percent) and rises 4-3 on Streaming Songs (38.3 million, up 18 percent). Halsey released a new vertical video for the song on Jan. 9. Halsey concurrently climbs 11-9 on the Hot 100 with "Eastside," with Benny Blanco and Khalid. The track keeps at No. 7 on Radio Songs (71.6 million, down 1 percent); dips 13-14 on Digital Song Sales (12,000, down 11 percent); and rises 24-19 on Streaming Songs (17.7 million, up 7 percent). Elsewhere in the Hot 100's top 5, Ariana Grande's "Thank U, Next" drops 2-3 after seven nonconsecutive weeks at No. 1; Travis Scott's "Sicko Mode," which led the Dec. 8-dated list, is steady at No. 4; and, rounding out the top five, Panic! at the Disco's "High Hopes" remains at its No. 5 peak, as it leads Hot Rock Songs for an 11th week and Radio Songs for an eighth frame (131.7 million, up 1 percent).  COMPLETE CHARTS

Song Of The Month
On the way to a global smash: since its release in August 2018 'Sweet But Psycho' gets stronger week by week. The debut of the American / Albanian singer Ava Max is already no.1 in the North European countries and now it storms the charts in all other countries of the world.

United Kingdom
Music Week Report
'The Greatest Showman' goes on and on
Monday, January 14, 2019
by Alan Jones, London

Its sales are down for the third week in a row, and at their lowest level for eight weeks – but the show goes on for The Motion Picture Cast Recording of The Greatest Showman, which tops the chart for the fifth week in a row, and 26th time in all on sales of 30,364 copies (including 12,635 from sales-equivalent streams). Runner-up for the

third week in a row, and seventh time in all is Staying At Tamara’s (16,657 sales) by George Ezra. Clean Bandit’s introductory album New Eyes peaked at No.3 on debut in 2014 but follow-up What Is Love? has taken six weeks to progress from its debut position of No.19 to the Top 10, where it finally arrives this week, climbing 15-9 even though its sales of 5,809 are the lowest of its career to date. More than 50 years after Fleetwood Mac scored their first top five album, and 27 years after they scored their seventh, they register their eighth with compilation 50 Years: Don’t Stop advancing 8-5 (8,394 sales). Although it is their first addition to their top five tally since 1990, when Behind The Mask topped the list, they were actually in the top five as recently as 2013, when their perennial 1977 chart-topper, Rumours, got as high as No.3, after being released in expanded and remastered editions to mark its 35th birthday. Bohemian Rhapsody was the best film, and Rami

Malek’s portrayal of the band’s lead singer Freddie Mercury was the best performance, as judged and bestowed by members of the Hollywood Foreign Press Association in the Golden Globe Awards last Sunday (January 6). Coverage of the wins help the soundtrack album to climb 6-4 (9,183 sales) on the album chart, and it is joined in the Top 10 again by Queen compilation The Platinum Collection (14-10, 5,790 sales). Lady Gaga & Bradley Cooper’s Shallow, from A Star Is Born, was voted Best Original Song, and bounces 24-21 (14,487 sales) as a result, while the album climbs for the fourth week in a row, improving 4-3 (9,418 sales). The rest of the Top 10: Always In Between (7-6, 7,935 sales) by Jess Glynne, Odyssey (3-7, 7,560 sales) by Take That and the Motion Picture Cast Recording of Mamma Mia!: Here We Go Again (9-8, 6,377 sales). Overall album sales are down 14.99% week-on-week at 1,793,106, 3.92% above same week 2018 sales of 1,725,397. Sales-equivalent streams accounted for 1,076,600 sales – a record 60.04% of the total. Sales of paid-for albums are down 31.99% week-on-week at 716,506, 14.70% below same week 2018 sales of 839,980. Despite a dip in consumption for the first time in its 21-week career, Ava Max’s first hit, Sweet But Psycho, is still way too strong for the chasing pack, topping the chart for the third time in a row on sales of 68,320 copies, including 56,809 from sales-equivalent streams. It is No.1 on paid-for sales and audio streaming but now trails Pinkfong’s Baby Shark on video streaming. Ariana Grande’s Thank U, Next – which spent six weeks at No.1 last November / December – remains at No.2 despite its sales (40,760) falling for the fifth straight week to the lowest level of its 10 week chart career. London rap/trap/drill MC Headie One reached No.32 with his debut album The One Two last June, and finally makes his singles chart debut with 18Hunna (No.6, 24,170 sales) – a collaboration with fellow London rapper Dave, who topped the chart with Funky Friday (feat. Fredo) last October. Headie One’s previous closest approach to the Top 75 came as featured rapper on Belly Squad’s Missing, which reached No.84 last May, and has since amassed total consumption of 111,333 units, though all but 1,262 of them are from sales-equivalent streams. George Ezra’s Shotgun departs the Top 10 for the third time (7-16, 18,352 sales) while Hold My Girl becomes the third Top 10 hit from his latest album, Staying At Tamara’s, jumping 14-8 (20,712 sales) on its 10th appearance in the chart. Mark Ronson’s Nothing Breaks Like A Heart (feat. Miley Cyrus) climbs 4-3 (37,555 sales) to become both artists’ fourth top three hit, while there are similar one place rises to new peaks for Wow (5-4, 35,893 sales) by Post Malone and Rewrite The Stars (8-7, 21,681 sales) by James Arthur & Anne-Marie. Freya Ridings’ debut hit, Lost Without You (12-9, 20,258 sales), enters the Top 10 for the fourth time, revisiting the No.9 peak it has scaled on each occasion. The track jumped 20-9 14 weeks ago, 13-9 10 weeks ago and 12-9 eight weeks ago. It hit a 17 week low a fortnight ago, when it was ranked at No.32 but recovered to No.12 last week, as Christmas-themed tracks vanished en masse. Released in September 2017, it has achieved consumption of 524,393 units, of which 120,149 are paid-for downloads, 1,124 CD and the remainder sales-equivalent streams. The rest of the Top 10: Sunflower (3-5, 35,467 sales) by Post Malone feat. Swae Lee and Without Me (11-10, 20,188 sales) by Halsey. Overall singles sales are up 2.63% week-on-week at 16,694,212, 11.33% above same week 2018 sales of 14,995,633. Paid-for sales are down 9.28% week-on-week at 762,603, and are 27.91% below same week 2018 sales of 1,057,884. They are below same-week, previous-year sales for the 284th week in a row.  COMPLETE CHARTS

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