Adele has officially rewritten the U.K. chart record books, as confirmation arrives Friday, Nov. 27 from the Official Charts Company that 25 has recorded the biggest opening sales week in history. Unavailable on any streaming services, it has also become the most-downloaded No. 1 album ever.
The album ended the week with sales of 800,307 copies, smashing the previous record of 696,000 created by Oasis’ Be Here Now in 1997 — although it must be added that that disc was released on a Thursday, when the chart sales week ran until a Saturday night, so it reached its mark in only three days.
25 sold more than the next 86 albums on the artist chart combined, and moved 252,423 downloads; the previous best was 95,709 for Ed Sheeran’s X last year.
Justin Bieber breaks a record of his own on the singles countdown, claiming the top two places to become the first artist to achieve the feat since Madonna in 1985. “Sorry” started a second week at No. 1 and “Love Yourself” at No. 2.
At # 2, 4, and 5 on this week’s Billboard Hot 100 chart, Justin Bieber joins elite company: only two other acts have charted at least three songs in the top five at once: the Beatles, for eight weeks in 1964 (including the entire top five on April 4, 1964), and 50 Cent, for two weeks in 2005. Bieber and the Beatles are the only acts to earn the honor as a lead artist on all three songs.
Bieber makes additional history with a record 17 songs on the Hot 100 simultaneously, passing the mark of 14, previously notched by the Beatles and Drake.
After one day on sale, Adele’s 25 appears set to break *NSYNC’s long-standing one-week Nielsen-era U.S. album sales record of 2.42 million sold, according to industry forecasters. Sources say the set is on track to sell at least 2.5 million in pure album sales in its first week, and sold more than 900,000 copies alone through the iTunes Store on its first day of release.
*NSYNC currently owns the single largest sales week for an album since Nielsen Music began tracking point-of-sale music purchases in 1991. (Prior to 1991, there was no authoritative music sales tracking service in the U.S. and thus, it was mostly unknown how many copies of an album or song/single were sold in a single week.)
*NSYNC’s No Strings Attached debuted with 2,416,000 sold in the week ending March 26, 2000. No Strings Attached has since remained the only album to sell 2 million copies in the U.S. in a single week.
Via Hollywood Reporter
For the first time, Billboard has ranked the top albums and artists ever on their signature Billboard 200 albums chart.
Adele’s blockbuster 21 tops the Billboard 200’s all-time albums ranking, fueled not only by the set’s 24 nonconsecutive weeks atop the list (the most weeks at No. 1 for an album by a woman), but also its lengthy chart run in the upper reaches of the tally.
21 debuted on the chart dated March 12, 2011 and spent its first 78 weeks in the top 10 (and then returned for three more frames … so far). The album has yet to leave the list since its release, and has lingered on the tally for more than 245 consecutive weeks.
Below Adele’s 21 on the Billboard 200 recap is the soundtrack to The Sound of Music, which celebrates its 50th anniversary in 2015. The album, led by the film’s star Julie Andrews, spent two weeks at No. 1 on the weekly Billboard 200, and earned a record 109 weeks in the top 10. The album was so hot that it was in the weekly top 10 from the May 1, 1965-dated chart through July 16, 1966. It was a regular (but not quite weekly) presence in the top 10 off and on through early 1968.
At No. 3 on the all-time list is Michael Jackson’s Thriller, which clocked 37 weeks at No. 1 on the chart in 1983-84. In total, the set (which would also be the first to spawn seven top 10 singles on the Billboard Hot 100 chart) would spend 78 weeks in the top 10.
In just six years on the air (2009-15), Fox’s Glee rewrote Hot 100 history, as the show’s cast sports the most entries on the chart of any act all-time: a whopping 207. In 2009, the Glee cast had twenty-five singles chart on the Billboard Hot 100, the most by any artist since The Beatles had thirty-one songs in the chart in 1964; in 2010, it placed eighty singles on the Billboard Hot 100, far outstripping the previous record. How did they do? By releasing multiple singles alongside each new episode, and their strong weekly sales at the height of the show’s popularity allowed the act to quickly surpass Presley’s long-standing mark (108). Lil Wayne has also overtaken the King, running up 127 Hot 100 hits, although approximately two-thirds of his trips to the chart have been in featured roles.
Down the list, but deserves a mention is Akon, who often provides vocals as a featured artist and is currently credited with over 300 guest appearances and more than 35 Billboard Hot 100 songs.
207, Glee Cast
127, Lil Wayne
108, Elvis Presley
91, James Brown
83, Jay Z
75, Ray Charles
73, Chris Brown
73, Aretha Franklin
71, The Beatles
The list of acts with the most Hot 100 hits was compiled from the chart’s Aug. 4, 1958 inception through the chart dated Oct. 10, 2015.
From 12×5 to Forty Licks, the Rolling Stones have rocked the Billboard 200 and own the record for the most top 10 albums on the chart (between 1963 and 2010). The British band has tallied 36 top 10-charting albums (nine of which reached No. 1), three more than the act with the second-most top 10s: Barbra Streisand. Interesting to note The Stones have 29 studio albums and 13 live albums, a true testament to their live show.
The list of acts with the most top 10s on the Billboard 200 albums chart was compiled from the charts dated Aug. 17, 1963 through Oct. 10, 2015. (Aug. 17, 1963 is the date when Billboard’s two separate pop album charts for stereo and mono recordings joined to become one all-encompassing weekly chart.)
The top spot on the ranking of the artists with the most No. 1 Hot 100 hits hasn’t changed in 45 years, with the Beatles (20 leaders, tallied in 1964-70) fending off their next competitor Mariah Carey (18). And even though she started just 9 years ago, Rihanna has entered a tie, with Michael Jackson, for the third-most Hot 100 No. 1s (13), all since her first, “SOS,” in 2006.
20, The Beatles
18, Mariah Carey
13, Michael Jackson
12, The Supremes
11, Whitney Houston
10, Janet Jackson
10, Stevie Wonder
The list of acts with the most Hot 100 No. 1s was compiled from the chart’s Aug. 4, 1958 inception through the chart dated Oct. 10, 2015.
As part of their informative charts, Elvis Presley, the King of Rock & Roll, leads all acts on the Billboard 200 with the most charted albums: 107 (between Aug. 17, 1963 through Oct. 10, 2015). Presley most recently hit the list with the collection Elvis Presley Forever, which peaked at No. 11 on the Sept. 5, 2015-dated chart. Nobody is close to Presley, as Willie Nelson is next with 73. It’s safe to say that maybe Dylan has a shot, and perhaps Neil Young, if he continues to put out an album a year and lives to 120 (he should!)
(It’s important to note that many of Presley’s albums were released and found popularity before Aug. 17, 1963, the first week of research for this survey.)
Major Lazer’s single with DJ Snake and MØ, “Lean On,” officially claims a prestigious Spotify title. It’s now the most-streamed song of all time with a whopping 526 million plays worldwide, dethroning “Thinking Out Loud” by Ed Sheeran.
The infectious dancehall record was deemed Spotify’s song of the summer and peaked at No. 4 on Billboard’s Hot 100 chart.
Cross-sector trade group UK Music has published the latest edition of ‘Measuring Music’, which sets out to assess the economic impact of the wider music business in the UK.
And according to the research, the ‘gross value added’ by the music industry in 2014 was nearly £4.1 billion, up from £3.8 billion in 2013, an increase in no small part aided by the success of British artists internationally. ‘Measuring Music’ reckons that 117,000 full time jobs are now provided by the music industry, the majority of which are people involved in the writing, creating, recording and performing of music.
The music creator community – so musicians, composers and songwriters – contributed £1.9 billion to the economy last year. The music rights sector was worth just over a billion (£615 million for recordings, £410 million for publishing), while the live sector saw the biggest growth from 2013, up to £924 million. Studios and music production contributed £116 million, while music representatives contributed £89 million.
Via Complete Music Update
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