AKB48 sold 1,036,551 physical copies of its latest single "# Sukinanda"
on its first day of release according to Oricon! It's the 26th number
one for the J-Pop Girl Band and their first No. 1 in 2017!

AKB48 is named after the Akihabara (Akiba for short) area in Tokyo,
where the group's theater is located. AKB48's producer, Yasushi Akimoto,
wanted to form a girl group with its own theater, performing daily so
fans could always see them live. This "idols you can meet" concept
includes teams which can rotate performances and perform simultaneously
at several events and "handshake" events, where fans can meet group
members; Akimoto has expanded the AKB48 concept to several sister groups
in China, Japan and Indonesia, with upcoming groups announced for the
Philippines, Taiwan and Thailand.

AKB48 is one of the best-selling and highest-earning musical performers
in Japan, with 2013 sales of over $128 million, and has been
characterized as a social phenomenon. As of June 2017, the group has
sold over 50 million records, including over 6 millon albums. AKB48 is
the highest selling musical act in Japan in terms of singles sold.
AKB48's thirty-five latest singles have topped the Oricon Weekly Singles
Chart, with thirty singles selling over a million copies each. Their
highest selling single, "Tsubasa wa Iranai", sold over 2.5 million in
2016 according to Billboard / Soundscan. In 2010, "Beginner" and "Heavy
Rotation" placed first and second, respectively, on the list of Japan's
best-selling singles for the year. From 2011 to 2016, AKB48's singles
have occupied the top four or five spots of the Oricon Yearly Singles


Taylor debuts atop the Global track chart with huge sales & streaming,
especially in the United States. According to Nielsen Soundscan &
Billboard, the smash hit got 353,000 paid downloads and 84,4 million
streams in its initial week!

It's the second-best start of a song this year, second only Ed Sheeran's
"Shape Of You" which came out the 3rd week of January 2017. 'Look What
You Made Me Do' interpolates the melody of 'I'm Too Sexy' by Right Said
Fred (1991) and is the first Single from Taylor Swift's upcoming sixth
studio album 'Reputation'. It's only the 4th global number one smash
this year, after '24k Magic' by Bruno Mars (2 weeks), 'Shape Of You' by
Ed Sheeran (16 weeks) and 'Despacito' by Luis Fonsi & Daddy Yankee (17

"Despacito" slips to No. 2 in its 28th week on the chart. Its the 36th
Single on the ALL TIME CHART. 'Shape Of You' by Ed Sheeran is no.9 on
the All Time chart!


Josh Homme and his band Queens of the Stone Age rock to the top of the
Global Album Chart with their 7th studio set 'Villains' and 186,000
equivalent sales, 73,000 of which in the US, 32,000 in the UK, around
12,000 in Germany, 10,000 in France, 9,800 in Australia and 9,000 in
Canada! The band's former studio album '...Like Clockwork' went to no.2
in the week 25, 2013 with 196,000 sales, outsold by Daft Punk's 'Random
Access Memories'. 'Villains' is the highest of seven debuts in this
week's Top 10!

The second highest debut is 'Garakuta', the new Album by Japanese
singer-songwriter Keisuka Kuwata, frontman of the Southern All Stars
'Gaakuta' debuted with 178,000 equivalent sales, according to Oricon.
Lil Uzi Vert enters the Global Album chart at No.3 with his brand new
Album 'Luv Is Rage 2' and 157.000 equivalent sales this 1st week!

Xxxtentacion's '17' debuts at No. 4 with 118.000 equivalent sales!

Ed Sheeran's 'Divide' is no.5 this week with 89,000 equivalent sales.
Its total sales are at 7,087,000, maj-king it by far the best-selling
Album of 2017!

The War On Drugs has a brand New Album, 'A Deeper Understanding' which
bows at No. 6 with 80.000 equivalent sales.

Fifth Harmony's self entitled Album bows at No. 7 on the Global Chart
with 73.000 equivalent sales.
French Star Calogero debuts at No; 8 with his brand new Album 'Liberté
Chérie' and 68.000 equivalent sales this first week, mainly in France!

Kendrick Lamar's 'Damn' is No. 9 after 19 weeks in the Top 10 and
another 66,000 consumption units this week, with a total of 2,887,000 so
far. 'Damn' is the best selling Album in America so far this year!

Imagine Dragons' 'Evolve' closes this weeks top 10 with
62.000 equivalent sales this week and a total of 928.000 so far


Noone can remove "Despacito" from atop the Global Track chart! Only
seven songs have lasted atop the chart for at least 17 weeks in almost
60 years of the Global track chart history: Bryan Adams '(Everything I
Do) I Do It For You' (1991) and Pharrell Williams 'Happy' (2014), each
scored 19 weeks at No. 1: The Beatles 'Hey Jude' (1968) was No. 1 for 18
weeks, and Whitney Houstons 'I Will Always Love You' (1992), Los Del
Rio's 'Macarena' (1996), Black Eyed Peas 'I Gotta Feeling' (2009), and
ELVIS PRESLEY's 'Now Or Never' (1960), each scored 17 weeks at the top.

Next week Taylor Swift 's new smash 'Look What You Made Me Do' will be
making a deep impact on the hitlist with massive initial sales of over
500,000 and streaming.

The Highest debut on this week's tally is 'Friends', a new smash from
Justin Bieber and a cooperation with American record producer and
songwriter BloodPop The song debuts at no.4 on this week's chart!


Wanna One has sold another 112,000 units of their chart topping Album
'To Be One' and a grand total of 531,000 so far after just two weeks!
The South Korean Band top the Global Album chart for a 2nd consecutive

In 2nd place is Ed Sheeran's 'Divide' after selling another 93,000
equivalent sales. It's the first time in its 25 weeks on the chart that
Ed's LP sold less than 100,000!

Kendrick Lamar's 'Damn' rises from no.6 to no.3, selling another 63,000.

Imagine Dragons' 'Evolve' moves up 3 spots to no.4, also with 63,000
sales, a little 1,5% decrease since the last week.

Closing the top 5 is this week's highest debut, 'Science Fiction', the
fifth studio album by the American rock band Brand New. It debuts with
63,000 sales, 58,000 of it from the United States alone. It's the first
studio album of the band since nearly eight years since 'Daisy' in 2009!

Ke$ha's new Album 'Rainbow' slips from No. 2 to 6 after selling 54,000.

New entry for Steven Wilson's 'To The Bone' at No. 7 after selling
53,000 copies globally!

Kodak Black's 'Project Baby 2' enters the chart at No. 8 selling 51,000

DJ khaled 'Grateful' slips from 8 to 9 after selling another 45,000
copies and Neck Deep's 'The Peace And The Panic' debuts at No. 10
selling 45,000 copies!

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