Discussion in 'Charts' started by Ag, Jan 2, 2019.
Yeah, I noted that Dave is #11 on sales.
Interestingly, BLACKPINK become the highest charting Korean girl group ever this week with 'Kill This Love' at #33 - while not quite reaching the highs of boyband BTS who reached #21 last year, it's still pretty impressive, and K-Pop continues to grow internationally.
Their video has a RIDICULOUS 170 million views in one week. It's the fastest watched music video on YouTube in history.
I was surprised it was them out of everyone, I thought Twice might get there first
As in UK hit or fastest watched video?
Uk hit, I didn’t think Blackpink would be the first girlband to get it!
Really? I thought they would be - their collaboration with Dua Lipa, their more 'international' sound - three of the members being fluent in English helps when usually K-Pop members can barely string two words together in English. Twice are fun but totally made for Korea/Japan with their genre.
Are babymetal still a thing in the UK?
Yeah, their new album is due and is getting advance notices.
I found this interesting from music week this week:
Overall album sales are up 10.00% week-on-week at 1,834,658, 11.43% above same week 2018 sales of 1,646,504. Sales-equivalent streams accounted for 1,104,589 sales, 60.21% of the total. Driven by RSD, sales of paid-for albums are up 36.15% week-on-week at 730,069, 5.84% above same week 2018 sales of 690,019.
With the majority of 2019's RSD releases on vinyl, sales of that format jumped 146.53% week-on-week to 146,611 – 20.08% of paid-for sales, a 21st century record. However, only nine albums sold upwards of 1,000 copies on vinyl in the week, compared to 15 in the aftermath of RSD in 2018.
@Robbie, I know ukmix had a reorganisation a few months back. Where do i find the UK chart threads for individual weekly charts now? I think the individual threads have been taken out of the main forum and shunted elsewhere, perhaps?
Probably because of the increasing cost of the releases and the higher number of items available.
They've been moved to a sub-forum
The more recent charts are still in the main Chart Analysis forum but will eventually be moved to the Weekly UK Charts sub-forum.
Who is the TheBigHam? I could see a few Moopy members going week at the knees for that fine specimen of MAN.
There's another major watershed crossed in the ever-precipitous decline of the paid-for singles market. Total sales this week dipped below 700,000 last week (682,000 to be precise). Fount of all knowledge on these matters Alan Jones reports in Music Week that this is the lowest total of purchased singles since March 2005, three weeks before the market was boosted by the inclusion of digital downloads in the singles chart. Mind you, the situation for albums is even worse. Just 502,000 units were physically purchased last week. Nobody knows the last time they were this low, the accurate database doesn't go back far enough. The heat death of the format grows ever nearer.
I know this is probably a very stupid question, but is physical sales iTunes and CD sales, or just CD sales?
It is a bit confusing because they are referring to both singles and albums, but using different terms. It refers to 'paid-for singles market', which I assume is downloads and physical (but then there are very few singles released physically), but then for albums says 'physically purchased' which I think is a little ambiguous. If you're comparing directly it ought to be all paid for sales but you could read it as physical formats only.
I know it's dreadfully low (and will continue to go lower), but I'm nearly slightly impressed that there is still over half a million albums actually purchased in a week.
It's down nearly 37% year on year, so I don't see you being slightly impressed for an awful lot longer.
I've almost totally stopped buying physical CDs and up until a couple of years ago I was still buying at least one album per week. So if somebody has previously hardcore as that is done with the format, surely it's just a few purists and people who still haven't gotten to grips with downloads and streaming yet?
It's just not practical or value for money anymore. I still occasionally purchase a single on iTunes to support a song or artist I like, but it's rare.
Last physical I bought was either Robyn's Honey or Cher's Dancing Queen, whichever came out most recently.
Downloads wise it was Louise's Stretch
Oh I know it is shockingly low and falling quickly, but in a country of what 65 million - to still have 500,000 albums purchased each week in the streaming era is just more than I expect, considering pretty much no one I know would have purchased a physical album in the past 6 months.
Like VOR, I was a physical buyer more than most of the general public over the years but even I gave up around 2014 as there just isn't any point. Even singles on iTunes I have really cut down even since the start of the year as I use Spotify more and more.
Apparently vinyl grew by 5% in quarter one of 2019, so that's something. Considering the total physical weekly sales total has hit a record low on five occasions so far this year though, it shows how badly CD sales have slumped.
Plus of course even for the week including Record Store Day, vinyl only accounted for just over 20% of total sales. Normally it's more like 7%.
There's a possibility that part of the reason for the low figure is a hangover from Record Store Day where large numbers of the last remaining record buyers spunk an absolute fortune on overpriced reissues.
Personally, I bought 5 albums yesterday - 3 physicals (Marina and the 2nd and 3rd Mudhoney albums) all on CD and 2 downloads (both on Bandcamp - one download only, the other with a vinyl edition following in a month).
Hmmm, there is that - but when it is the fifth record low this year, it's hard not to see it as part of a wider pattern.
I wouldn't be surprised if it was a record high week in terms of Ebay listings, if not sales.
The thing is, RSD has peaked. A lot of stock is available online at normal prices this year, far more than usual. So that, in itself, sends a signal.
The co-ordinator of RSD said this is in an interview with Music Week, which I think we've basically said ourselves before:
'One key thing we’d like to achieve is having fewer releases. Ultimately, that’s about asking our record label partners to think more carefully about only putting forward their strongest and most compelling titles'.
I mean it's still (potentially) a great day - but it's over inflated now.
I’ve said it elsewhere but RSD’s bubble has burst as the numbers aren’t remotely limited for some items and who the fuck is happy about paying £35 for an album, just to find the record company has a “few remaining copies” for ten quid cheaper a week later?
As with a lot of these things, the best of intentions has been hijacked merely for profit...
James Masterton has written "Just 502,000 units were physically purchased last week" which does cause some confusion but Alan Jones does state this is "paid-for" sales, that is both physical and downloads. In his weekly Albums sales analysis Alan Jones wrote
The breakdown by format for albums is:
Physical: 394k (23.5%)
Downloads: 109k (6.5k)
Streams: 1.173k (70%)
and of the total amount of physical and download album sales (502,517) compilation albums account for 134,839 sales, 26.8% of the total. For paid-for Artist Albums (total: 367,678) physical sales are 283,513 and downloads 84,165. All album streaming sales (1,173,579) are for artist albums as compilation albums don't attract streaming sales.
The main thing that would help would be if the labels actually released albums at any other time than the run up to Christmas. The schedules have been rotten all year, what do they expect?
Oh I don't know, there were some LOVELY Mother's Day releases.
Oh God, Father's Day compilations incoming - Eric Clapton, Free, Dire Straits, Chris Rea....all with a picture of either a toolkit or a speeding car on the front. TOXIC MASCULINITY.
Who would have thought that both Snow ("Informer") and Billy Ray Cyrus were going to be in the singles chart in 2019. Both in the US top 40 and UK top 75 right now.
Where is Snow in the charts?
66. CON CALMA (Daddy Yankee feat Katy Perry & Snow)
Talk about slow and boring charts, the top 12 in the singles chart are non movers. I wonder if that happened before.
Pretty sure it's a first. Other notable moments:
#13 Katy Perry
#31 Miley Cyrus (Black Mirror is the promo!)
There's also a 90 year D-Day veteran who has entered the charts at #72. Should have dropped D-Day on a Friday morning.
No VERA LYNN? Really thought the Cahill remixes would've helped her on streaming
On BBC Breakfast Monday.
Although her saucy instagram photos are getting the tabloids chatting.
Poor Cheryl. This one was really good.