The only numbers the main stream press are talking about seems to be 51.89% vs 48.11%, but we here at MJ are talking 87%. No, that is not the percentage of people who thinks Nikki Minaj and Mariah Carey should never be co-judges again (surely that is closer to 100%). 87% is the number of reports into HDD. The red hot Red Hot Chili Peppers, fresh off of carpooling with James Corden, have the top selling album of the week by a lot. A lot a lot. They are selling almost three times as much as the next best selling album. This would be a very grim week in sales if they had not released an album.
Mumford and Sons are looking to have sales a smidgen down from their last album. They are currently sitting at 27K with an expected 30-35K in total. The album they released last year, “Wider Mind”, opened with 249K. Beyonce’s “Lemonade” is frozen at 3rd while YG (Rap) holds down 4th. “Hamilton” is still selling well a week after the Tony’s at 5th and RadioHead is 6th. “Views” is in a race for number one on the combined chart, but Drake will have to settle for 7th for now on the sales only chart. Keith Urban, former American Idol Judge, has moved back into the top 10 at 8th. His album features a duet with Idol Winner Carrie Underwood. Jon Pardi (Country) opens at 9th and Meghan Trainor closes out the top 10.
Carrie Underwood is the only reality singing competitor with a solo album in the top 50 as she clings to 49th. Zayn and Kelly Clarkson have tracks on NOW 58 now at 22nd.
With the Brexit vote complete, pundits are talking Swexit and Czexit, but we need to talk Sexit. Sony/Syco appears to have failed in their efforts to woo Harry Styles onto his band’s primary label, so the former One Directioner is headed in the direction of Columbia (no, not the Country – that is spelled with an “o”). Of course, Columbia is the other label with its name on the One Direction albums, so Styles did not have far to go. He is widely touted as the most likely to succeed after the One Direction “hiatus”, but Zayn has already set the bar pretty high.
It’s not only the Pound, the Euro and all of the world’s markets reacting harshly today, the British music biz has some undiplomatic things to say too. Normally, business tries to suck up to everybody (you never know who is going to be next making the rules, so best to give them all a donation), but this morning Sony/ATV’s Daniel Lloyd Jones is blaming Cameron’s selfish tactics (dude, the guy just lost his job), Universal Publishing’s Pete Simmons is “ashamed to be British” and Angus Blair from Global asks that “The last sane person in the UK switch off the lights before leaving.” Those sane British people better not be heading to Canada because we’ve already got too many to handle with all the sane people threatening to come here from the US. There is only so much sanity we Canadians can take. Remember our currency is called the “loonie”. But back to the topic at hand, the British music biz wants replacement trade deals and they want them negotiated now (dudes, you have a lame duck Prime Minister right now, you’ll have to wait like everybody else). The UK music biz is a strong one – it will be interesting to see how this all shakes out.
Hits Daily Double Sales (87%)
— 1 RED HOT CHILI PEPPERS THE GETAWAY WARNER BROS. 76,821
— 2 MUMFORD & SONS JOHANNESBURG – EP GLASSNOTE 26,994
3 3 BEYONCE LEMONADE COLUMBIA 21,233
— 4 YG STILL BRAZY DEF JAM 20,444
2 5 HAMILTON ORIGINAL BROADWAY CAST UPTOWN 19,378
— 6 RADIOHEAD A MOON SHAPED POOL XL 19,003
5 7 DRAKE VIEWS YMCMB/REPUBLIC 18,645
17 8 KEITH URBAN RIPCORD CAPITOL NASHVILLE 13,931 [Carrie Underwood]
— 9 JON PARDI CALIFORNIA SUNRISE CAPITOL NASHVILLE 13,901
19 10 MEGHAN TRAINOR THANK YOU EPIC 13,565
27 22 NOW 58 VARIOUS ARTISTS NOW 5,874 [Zayn, Kelly Clarkson]
— 49 CARRIE UNDERWOOD STORYTELLER 19/ARISTA NASHVILLE 2,450
— 50 ADELE 21 XL/COLUMBIA 2,152