Today’s thread is brought to you by the numbers 1, 2, 10 and 9,000,000,000.
As was announced on yesterday’s thread, Pentatonix tops both the album sales and BB200 chart this week. Gone are the days when announcing that was a common occurrence around here. Also getting a number one this week? Billboard itself which was named the number one social brand of Q3. It beat out the number 2 brand, NFL, by over 900K twitter actions. Others in the top 5 include ESPN, BuzzFeed and MTV.
Number 2 goes to Carrie Underwood who’s newest album is predicted to open at number 2 behind 1D’s old opening band, 5 Seconds of Summer. She will no doubt easily top the Country album chart and continue to add lots more number ones during this era.
Over on the Hot 100, we have One Direction – they get the highest debut of the week with their latest single “Perfect”. They actually have two debuts this week with “Home” debuting at 97th, giving them three songs on the Hot 100 (“Drag Me Down” continues to chart). Enjoying his last week at the top of the chart for the foreseeable future is The Weeknd. It’s the sixth week for “The Hills to top the chart – a chart whose top 10 continues to be infested with Canadians. “Hotline Bling” from Drake continues in second and “What Do You Mean” from Justin Bieber is parked in 3rd. Moving up is Shawn Mendes’s “Stitches” which is now in 4th (top 4 Canadian – woo!). The Weeknd’s summer hit “Can’t Feel My Face” continues to wind down at 7. Taylor Swift is the only non-Canadian in the top 5 with “Wildest Dreams”. Fetty (no spellcheck, that is not Betty) Wrap’s “679” is 6th, R. City’s “Locked Away” (featuring Voice Judge Adam Levine) is 8th and Silento’s “Watch Me” is 9th. The entire chart will be turned on its ear by Adele who will probably top the chart for quite some time. She’s smashing records all over the place – and smashing them hard. Get out of her way.
Finally, we have CISAC reporting collections of $9B up 2% from last year (would have been higher, but the US dollar is on helium). CISAC is one of the agencies that collect money for songwriters and composers. Lots of fun stats inside – 60% of royalties from Europe, revenues in NA up 6.2%, revenue in BRICs up 11%, African share of the market just 0.7%. But, most interestingly to me is that only 6.5% of the revenue is from digital services. Digital revenues are up 20%.