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Canadian R & B Superstar, The Weekend, rockets to No.1 after selling
325,000 copies of 'Starboy' in its 1st week. 'Starboy' debuted at
number one in America on the Billboard 200 chart, selling 209,500
copies in its first week. It also debuted at number one on Billboard's
Canadian Albums Chart selling 43,000 copies and sold another 20,100 in
the UK where it debuted at No. 5 on the Official Chart!

After the commercial success of his last album 'Beauty Behind the
Madness' in 2015, which sold 449,000 copies its 1st week and a total
of 2,317,000 so far, The Weeknd hinted at the release of his third
studio album on March 12, 2016, with his Instagram calling it the next
"chapter" to his music. On August 24, 2016, The Weeknd was confirmed
by the Republic Records Executive Vice President, Wendy Goldstein, to
be collaborating with the French electronic dance duo Daft Punk,
during an interview with Billboard. On September 7, 2016, the album
was confirmed to be in production from an interview with VMAN, with
influence taken from Prince, The Smiths, Talking Heads and Bad Brains.
On September 21, 2016, the album and its title was officially
announced, and it was released on November 25, 2016, by XO and
Republic Records. The album also features guest appearances by Lana
Del Rey, Future, and Kendrick Lamar. The album was supported by three
singles: "Starboy" and "I Feel It Coming" both featuring Daft Punk and
"Party Monster".


Last week's chart-topper, Metallica's 'Hardwired... To Self-Destruct'
is No.2 after selling another 218,000 units for a total of 892,000!


The 2nd new-entry on this week's Top 10 is 'Ningen Kaika', the 8th
album by Japanese rock RADWIMPS, selling 217,000 physical and digital
copies in its first week at retail, according to Oricon.


'Christmas' by Michael Bublé, which was released in 2011, is back in
the Top 10 at No. 8 after selling another 70,000 copies and a total of
10,578,000! It's the 3rd best selling album of the decade, behind
Adele's '21' and '25'!


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Legendary band Metallica's'Hardwired... To Self-Destruct', their 10th
studio album, found 674,000 buyers globally in its first week at retail,
shifting 281,600 in the United States (according to Nielsen Music),
nearly 100,000 in Germany (according to GfK), 55,000 in the UK
(according to the Official Charts), 49,000 in Canada (according to
Nielsen Music), 40,400 in France (according to SNEP), 26,400 in
Australia (according to ARIA), 25,900 in Japan (according to Oricon),
and 9,000 in Italy (according to FIMI). 'Hardwired...To Self-Destruct'
is Metallica's first studio album since eight years. 'Death Magnetic'
started also easily at the top position with 815,000 sales in the week
39, 2008. Metallica gained cult status with their self-titled set, known
as the 'Black Album'. Released in 1991, it sold around 25 million copies
to date, the most successful metal album in music history and a
milestone!


Behind 'Hardwired' bows Bruno Mars' third effort '24k Magic' with sales
of 368,000 copies, 194,400 of it in the United States alone. His former
studio set 'Unorthodox Jukebox', released in December 2012, has sold
around 6,5 million units to date.


At No. 3 is Japanese boy group Sexy Zone with their first compilation
'5th Anniversary Best' after selling 151,000 copies, according to
Oricon.


WORLD'S TOP 10 BEST-SELLING ALBUMS
1. Hardwired...To Self-Destruct - Metallica - 674.000 sales 1st week
2. 24k Magic - Bruno Mars - 368.000 sales 1st week
3. 5th Anniversary Best - Sexy Zone - 151.000 sales 1st week
4. Glory Days - Little Mix - 135.000 sales 1st week
5. The Weight Of These Wings - Miranda Lambert - 129,000 week 1
6. A Pentatonic Christmas - Pentatonic - 110,000 - 334,000 total
7. You Want It Darker - Leonard Cohen - 83.000 - 438.000 total
8. Trolls - Soundtrack - 59.000 - 186.000 total
9. We Got It From Here...Thank You 4 Your Service - A Tribe Called Quest
- 59,000 this week - 195.000 sales in total
10. The Ultimate Collection - Garth Brooks - 58.000 - 192.000 total
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'High Tension' is japanese phenomenon AKB48's 25th global number one
smash selling 1,180,047 singles in its initial week, according to
Oricon.

'Black Beatles' by American hip-hop duo Rae Sremmurd feat. rapper Gucci
Mane rises to No. 2. '

Starboy' by Canadian R&B star The Weeknd loses one place and is now at
no.3. Both songs, 'Starboy' and 'Black Beatles' have a chance to reach
number one on next week's hitlist, according to the recent figures from
the industry.

Will 'Can't Stop The Feeling' by Justin Timberlake be the biggest hit of
2016 or Drake's One Dance? On the year-to-date chart both songs are
9,000 points apart, with 'Can't Stop The Feeling' (8,079,000) and the
current leader 'One Dance' by Drake feat. WizKid & Kyla (8,088,000).


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After 11 weeks of The Chainsmokers "Closer" atop the Global Track Chart,
Japanese girl band 乃木坂46 (nogizaka46) are No.1 with their latest smash
hit 'Sayonara No Imi'. The Song shifted 827,717 singles in its first
week, according to Oricon. It's the third global no.1 smash for
Nogizaka46, the official rival of the No.1 group in Japan, AKB48, who
will be no.1 next week, when their new song "High Tension'" explodes
with sales of over a million this week!

Because of these Japanese top-selling girlie acts, Canadian R&B star The
Weeknd's 'Starboy' stays a 7th week at No. 2!

'Black Beatles' by American hip-hop duo Rae Sremmurd featuring American
rapper Gucci Mane is perhaps the last big global smash of the current
year! The Song rises to no.3 this week. This sudden success is thanks to
Mannequin Challenge, a viral internet video trend, where people remain
frozen in action like mannequins while a video is recorded, usually with
the song 'Black Beatles' playing in the background.

On the year end chart for the best-selling Singles of 2016, 'One Dance'
by Drake feat. Wizkid & Kyla is still the No. 1 Single with Justin
Timberlake's 'Can't Stop The Feeling' close behind!


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American hip-hop group, A Tribe Called Quest, was formed in 1985. Now,
more than 30 years later, their 6th studio album 'We Got It From
Here...Thank You 4 Your Service' debuts this week at No. 1 on the Global
Album chart with sales of 136,000, 111,900 of it in America!


After Leonard Cohen's death two weeks ago at the age of 82, many of his
songs and albums have returned to the top of the charts internationally.
His latest album 'You Want It Darker' debuted three weeks ago at no.3
with sales of 115,000 and is No. 2 this week with sales of 135,000 and a
total of 355,000 after four weeks at retail.


Close behind at No. 3 with sales of 134,000 is Country Legend Garth
Brooks and his latest 10-disc compilation, exclusively available through
Target at $29,99. It's ineligible to chart on the US-Billboard Album
List, as its price falls below the minimum required price to chart.


The holiday season started and many X-mas albums are back on the charts.
At the moment 'A Pentatonix Christmas' leads all these releases with
63,000 additional sales last week, enough to go to no.9 globally.
Michael Bublé's classic 'Christmas' from 2011 climbs to no.18 this week
with sales of 36,000.


WORLD'S TOP 10 BEST-SELLING ALBUMS
1. We Got It From Here...Thank You 4 Your Service - A Tribe Called Quest
- 136.000 sales 1st week
2. You Want It Darker - Leonard Cohen - 135.000 - 355.000
3. The Ultimate Collection - 134.000 1st week
4. 57th & 9th - Sting - 86.000 sales 1st week
5. Lose Control - Lay - 79.000
6. Long Live The Angels - Emeli Sandé - 72.000 sales 1st week
7. Exist - Alexandros - 63.000 sales 1st week
8. 24 Hrs - Olly Murs - 63.000 sales 1st week
9. A Pentatonix Christmas - Pentatonix - 63.000 - 224.000
10. Trolls - Soundtrack - 52.000 - 127.000




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