HAPPY IS THE WORLD'S TOP SELLER OF 2014!

Posted on January 09, 2015

Pharrell Williams' 'Happy' is the top selling Single of 2014. Released in the summer of 2013, the song slumbered for months untill November 2013, when a 24-hour video for the tune was published and suddenly 'Happy' exploded: 19 weeks at no.1 globally was almost a historic record! Only Bryan Adams' '(Everything I Do) I Do It For You' from 1991 stayed for as long a time at the summit. After 50 weeks on the chart, 'Happy' is by far the top seller of 2014. And it's not only the biggest hit of the year, but its the biggest smash of the 21st century so far.

 

In the all time chart, 'Happy' ranks at no.6 behind the Beatles' I Want To Hold Your Hand' (1963), USA For Africa's 'We Are The World' (1985), Bryan Adams' '(Everything I Do) I Do It For You', Whitney Houston's 'I Will Always Love You' (1992) and Elton John's 'Candle In The Wind' (1997).


The second biggest hit of 2014 is a quiet, magnificent song. An impressive voice accompanied only by a piano: John Legend's 'All Of Me' was 54 weeks on the chart. The third biggest seller of the year is the Neo-Soul smash 'All About The Bass' by the 21 year-old American singer / songwriter Meghan Trainor. The song is currently no.5 on the weekly chart after 23 weeks.


Disney's soundtrack to 'Frozen' was released in November 2013. It has sold a total of 7.508.000 copies, 7.057.000 of them in 2014, and is the World's Best-selling Album of 2014 by far.  


The World's second best-selling Album of 2014 is Taylor Swift's '1989'. Released very late in October 2014, 1989 sold a massive 4,619 copies before the end of the year driven mainly by Taylor's two global hits "Shake It Off' and "Blank Space" which both debuted at No.1 in the World charts.


Ed Sheeran new album 'X' is the third biggest seller of 2014 with sales of 3.907.000, driven by excellent single hits like 'Sing' and 'Thinking Out Loud'. 

 


Taylor Swift's '1989' holds the no.1 spot of the Global Album Chart for a sixth non-consecutive week with another massive 502.000 copies. Ed Sheeran's 'X' hangs still at no.2 with 421.000 copies, its second-highest weekly sales frame since the start in the week 28, 2014 with 549.000 units. AC/DC's 'Rock Or Bust' remains at no.3 with 330.000 units, a 9% sales decline compared to the previous week. In the final sales week of 2014 Michael Bublé's 'Christmas' overtakes this season's most successful holiday album, Pentatonix' 'That's Christmas For Me'. The latter slides at no.9 with 151.000 copies, a 35% sales slump compared to the previous week. Bublé's album rises from no.10 to no.8, and lost 8% in sales to 194.000. That's a total of 9.630.000 copies since its release three years ago. In December 2015 the set will surely reach the 10 million border. Over on the Global Track Chart almost all tunes showing massive points increases this week. The reason is an annual tradition in many countries, where online Christmas-week shopping is aided by gift cards given as presents.



WORLD'S TOP 20 BEST-SELLING ALBUMS OF THE WEEK 
1. Taylor Swift - 1989 - 502.000 
2. Ed Sheeran - X - 421.000 
3. AC/DC - Rock Or Bust - 330.000  
4SAM SMITH - In The Lonely Hour - 321.000 
5. One Direction - Four - 275.000 
6. Soundtrack - Frozen - 201.000 
7. Pink Floyd - The Endless River - 200.000  
8. Michael Bublé - Christmas - 194.000  
9. Pentatonix - That's Christmas To Me - 151.000  
10. Nicki Minaj - The Pinkprint - 139.000  
11. Soundtrack - Guardians Of The Galaxy: Awesome Mix Vol.1
- 124.000 
12. J. Cole - 2014 Forest Hills Drive - 119.000  
13. George Ezra - Wanted On Voyage - 118.000 
14. Ikomono Gakari - Fun! Fun! Fanfare! - 110.000 
15. Olly Murs - Never Been Better - 109.000 
16. David Guetta - Listen - 108.000  
17. Barbra Streisand - Partners - 101.000  
18. Foo Fighters - Sonic Highways - 99.000 
19. Take That - III - 84.000  
20. Hozier - Hozier - 80.000


Big winner for a third week in a row is Mark Ronson feat. Bruno Mars' 'Uptown Funk!'. It gets massive 613.000 points, another 15% points increase compared to the previous week. Taylor Swift's 'Blank Space' holds tight at no.2 with 530.000 points, a whopping 46% boost.


The rest of the top five is also unchanged: Hozier's 'Take Me To Church' at no.3 with 421.000 points (up 17%), Ed Sheeran's 'Thinking Out Loud' at no.4 with 357.000 points (up 1%), and Meghan Trainor's 'All Around That Bass' at no.5 with 335.000 points (up 48%). This week's highest debut comes from the seven member Japanese boy goup Kis-My-Ft2, with their 16th single release 'Thank You, Jan!'. It sold massive 436.000 copies in its initial week according to Oricon, enough for a no.6 bow on the global chart. Finally it's time to celebrate 60 years Global Chart! 


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Lately various countries added track sales and streaming to their national album chart. And from this week on, the biggest music market of the world, the USA, makes the same. The official Billboard Top 200 Album Chart combined now album sales (conversion factor 1:1), digital track sales (10:1) and streaming (1500:1). And it seems that other countries follow this example in the next time. Let us look back in the past: with the breakthrough of the Compact Disc at the end of the Eighties and the earlier Nineties, the global album sales grew strongly with a peak in the second half of the Nineties. But now, for over 10 years the global album sales shrink dramatically. What happened?? The main reason for this decline was the new market of the Digital Tracks! Today many people don't buy a complete album as before, but they looking for the best tunes of an album and purchase only these songs. Since one, two years there's another 'problem'... Streaming! More and more people having a subscription of Spotify or other streaming-providers and buying no longer music in digital or physical formats. That's why the downward momentum of the global album sales accelerated this year and for the first time ever also the digital track sales are on the way down. Several times in the last months i thought about it, to give it up the Global Album Chart, because the worldwide sales fall further and further (certainly also in the coming years). I will summarize again: the Digital Track Sales and Streaming are the reasons for the decay of the global album sales, and that's why we follow the example of the US-Billboard Chart and other... from next year on we'll integrate Track Sales and Streaming tentatively for a hidden Global Album Chart. But the official hitlist on our Media Traffic website remains provisionally a pure sales chart (by popular request), till more countries and key markets switch over to a combined album chart.




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