Monday Morning Mediabase Update: April 18-24

Six milestones to report on this Monday morning – including two chart toppers. Plus, album news – just how many albums did Prince sell last week?

Zayn has climbed the highest hill on radio – Pop. His “Pillowtalk” tops the Pop chart this week with 16,870 spins and an AI of 98M last week. That’s a lot of listeners. One Direction never managed to top the Pop chart which can be reluctant to totally embrace songs directed at a teen demographic (Bieber never achieved the top of the chart until his latest album either). So, this is another sign that Zayn has transitioned to an adult demographic.

Also continuing at the top of a chart is Idol auctioneer Lauren Daigle. Her “Trust in You” spends a second week at the top of the CAC chart.

HAC features two debuts from two reality singing show winners. Idol’s Season 14 Idol Winner Nick Fradiani debuts in the top 40 on HAC with his debut album single “Get You Home”. HAC is likely to be his home format so its nice to land in the top 40 for the first week on the chart. Pentatonix from The Sing Off debuts “If I Ever Fall In” featuring Jason Derulo (who used to date Idol winner Jordin Sparks – did not end well) in the top 50.

Carrie Underwood continues to march up the Country chart this week with “Church Bells” going top 30 with a strong bullet. This is Carrie’s third single off of her “Storyteller” album.

Finally, we have the Season 2 Idol winner, Ruben Studdard. The Velvet Teddy Bear’s “Can’t Nobody Love You” enters the top 40 on UAC. This is a single for his upcoming album, “When Love Calls Me”, in October.

Billboard reports that Prince dominated the album charts this week. The music world was rocked by his sudden death on Thursday. With just a half day to sell before the chart week ended, people mourned Prince by flocking to his music. Prince kept a tight lid on his music, so fans only choice was to buy it or stream it on Tidal. They bought it in droves.

“The Very Best of Prince” becomes Prince’s fifth number one album on the BB200 (the last time he topped the chart was April 8, 2006 with “3121”). The album sold 179K in equivalent albums (+10,872%) of which 100K were album sales (+11,232%). His other number one albums were the “Batman” soundtrack, “Around the World in a Day” and “Purple Rain” (which topped the chart for 24 weeks). A greatest hits album has not topped the chart since Notorious B.I.G.’s “Greatest Hits” in 2007. When it first debuted, The Very Best of Prince” peaked at 66.

“Purple Rain” was number 2 on the chart with 69K in equivalent albums and 63K in pure album sales (+3,101%). There hasn’t been an act that held the number 1 and 2 spots on the chart in more than 10 years. Nelly last did it with “Suit” and “Sweat” in 2004. Other acts that have done this are Guns N’ Roses (1991) and Jim Croce in 1974.

Also in the top 10 is Prince’s “The Hits/The B-Sides” at number 6. It sold 41K (+8,203%) with 24K in pure album sales (+10,351%).

Prince sold a total of 256K albums (compared to the previous week where he sold 5K). Prince has 8 albums in the BB200 this week. “1999” is 31, “Ultimate” is 61, “Sign ‘O’ the Times” is 95, “HITnRun: Phase One” is 147 and “Prince” is 160. He continued to sell well over the weekend so expect him on next week’s chart as well. For Prince fans, BB looks back at his chart peaks during the same week in decades past

Sturgill Simpson had the number one album until the last day, but he will have to settle for number 3. His “Sailor’s Guide to Earth” sold 55K (52K in pure album sales). It is his highest charting album previously reaching 59th last year with “Metaamodern Sounds in Country Music” (the album earned him a Grammy nomination). Rihanna holds down the 4th spot with 48K for “Anti”. Santana debuts in the top 5 with “Santana IV” (42K, 40K in sales).

Chris Stapleton is 7th (37K, -22%) and Kanye West is 8th (37K, -21%). Kanye’s numbers are almost purely from streaming since his album sold almost nothing (it only sold 1K the previous week and fell 94% – so about 60). The Lumineers drop from first to 9th (36K, -71% – not bad for a first to second week drop) and Justin Bieber holds in the top 10 at 10th (36K, -4%).

Canaan Smith:
“Hole in a Bottle”: ^25 Country (26)

Carrie Underwood:
“Church Bells”: ^27 Country (31)

Cassadee Pope:
& Chris Young “Think of You”: ^2 Country (4)

Danny Gokey:
“Tell Your Heart to Beat”: ^4 CAC (4)

“No Time for It”: 9 UAC (7)

Fifth Harmony:
“Work From Home”: ^8 Pop (9); ^6 RHY (9); ^32 HAC (33)

Haley Reinhart:
“Can’t Help Falling in Love”: ^16 AC (17)

Jordan Rager:
“Southern Boy” w Jason Aldean: ^41 Country (42)

Jordan Smith;
“Stand in the Light”: ^27 AC (29)

Kelly Clarkson:
“Piece by Piece”: ^8 HAC (9); ^12 AC (12)

Lauren Daigle:
“Trust in You”: ^1 CAC (1)

“I Hope You Dance”: 46 CAC (47)

Melanie Martinez:
“Pity Party”: ^41 Pop (43)

Nick Fradiani:
“Get You Home”: ^40 HAC (52)

One Direction:
“Drag Me Down”: ^33 AC (33)

“If I Ever Fall In” f. Jason Derulo: ^46 HAC (51)

Ruben Studdard:
“Can’t Nobody Love You”: ^34 UAC (42)

Tessanne Chin:
“Love Suicide”: 27 UAC (27)

“Pillowtalk”: ^1 Pop (3); ^19 HAC (20); ^13 RHY (11)

Note: Numbers indicate position on the chart while numbers in brackets indicate the position on the chart the previous week. The “^” (aka “a bullet”) indicates that a song gained spins since last week.

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