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This week's best-selling Album is a J-pop Album. '19: Road To Amazing World', the new LP by pop and dance group Exile, with global sales of 204.000, according to Oricon.

 

Last week's no.1, Kendrick Lamar's 'To Pimp A Butterfly', slips to no.2 with sales of 158.000 copies and a a total of 573.000 after two weeks on the charts. 

 

James Bay's Album 'Chaos And The Calm' is at no.3 this week after selling 131.000 copies globally, 61.900 of those in the UK, 20.100 in the USA and around 15.000 in Germany.

 

Sam Smith's 'In The Lonely Hour' rises from no.8 to no.4, having sold 87.000 copies this week and a grand total of 4.609.000.

 

The third-highest debut after Exile and James Bay is the 31 year-old American rapper Action Bronson. His third album 'Mr. Wonderful' arrives at no.10 with sales of 55.000.


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'Uptown Funk!' by Mark Ronson feat. Bruno Mars is no.1 for a 14th week! For a time it seemed that Ellie Goulding's 'Love Me Like You Do' could overtake Ronson's mega hit. But now the gap between the two smashes has widened. The Japanese girl group AKB 48 managed to overtake the global sales tally of "Uptown Funk'  the week ending March 14 when "Green Flash" debuted at no.1 in Japan selling a million copies. 

 

The highest debut this week comes from girl idol Band, Nogizaka 46. Their 11th single release 'Inochi Wa Utsukushii' races to no.3 on the global charts. According to Oricon the song sold around half a million units in its first week at retail, and it's the best selling single of the girlie band so far. 


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'To Pimp A Butterfly' is Kendrick Lamar's third studio album and first global no.1 after selling 415.000 copies this first week, 324.400 of those units were sold in America, 26.000 in the United Kingdom and 25.000 in Canada. The 27 year old Rapper's former album 'Good Kid M.a.a.d. City' debuted at no.2 the last week of October 2012, selling 266.000 its first week, blocked only by Taylor Swift's 'Red' album, which sold a massive 1.459.000 copies. Taylor Swift's '1989' is the best selling Album of the first quarter of 2015 and has shifted 2.133.000 copies.  Ed Sheeran's 'X' has dsold 1.796.000 copies so far and Sam Smith's 'In The Lonely Hour' has  sales of 1.643.000.

 

At no.2 in this week's global chart is British guitarist Mark Knopfler's  'Tracker'. The Album has sold 156.000 buyers in its first week, with 40,000 units sold in Germany, 35.000 copies in the USA and 20.500 in the UK.


At no.3 this week is Madonna's 'Rebel Heart', with sales of 103.000. 


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"Uptown Funk!" by Mark Ronson feat. Bruno Mars is no.1 for the 13th non-consecutive week. Ellie Goulding's "Love Me Like You Do" from 'Fifty Shades Of Grey' is back at no.2 and 'FourFiveSeconds' by Rihanna / Kanye West / Paul McCartney is at no.3. Sam Smith's 'Lay Me Down" was released two years ago as the lead single from his album, but was only a minor hit. Now after the re-recording with John Legend, 'Lay Me Down' exploded globally and is this week's highest debut at no.6. This is the fourth Global Top 10 smash for Grammy Award winner Sam Smith. 


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Madonna's 'Rebel Heart' is the World's top selling Album of the week. The LP sold a total of 315,000 units globally, with its biggest sales in the USA (116.100). It debuted at number two in the US on the Billboard 200 chart this week, behind the soundtrack of the TV series 'Empire'.  Although 'Rebel Heart' was the best-selling album of the week in America with sales of 116,000, it fell behind the soundtrack when it came to streaming and track equivalent album units. The Album debuted at no.2 in the United Kingdom last week selling another 36.800 units this week. It is currently number one in various countries across the world, including major music markets such as Germany, Italy, Austria, Belgium and Switzerland. It debuted at no.1 in Canada, Australia, Belgium (Flanders), Croatia, the Czech Republic, Hungary, Italy, the Netherlands, Portugal, Spain and Switzerland, as well as the top ten in the rest of European countries. The Album also entered the Japanese Oricon International Albums Chart at number one. 


'Rebel Heart' is Madonna's thirteenth Studio Album. It was released on March 6, 2015 by Interscope Records. After a flurry of unexpected album content leaks, the singer put the album's pre-order out on I tunes on December 20, 2014, with six songs being available for download. Madonna co-wrote and co-produced the album in partnership with various musicians, including Diplo, Avicii and Kanye West.  Musically, 'Rebel Heart' is a pop Album which merges an array of musical genres such as 1990s such as house, Trap and Reggae, as well as the usage of acoustic guitars and gospel choir. 

 

Madonna made several television performances to including the 57th Annual Grammy Awards and the Brit Awards. The album's supporting tour, the Rebel Heart Tour, is set to kick off on August 29, 2015. "Living For Love" and "Ghosttown" were released as singles from the album. Rebel Heart has received predominantly positive reviews from music critics, who called it her best effort in a decade.

 

'Rebel Heart' leads eight debuts on this week's Top 20 best-selling Albums chart. The Second highest new entry is the soundtrack to the Fox TV smash musical drama series 'Empire', presently no.1 in America and no.4 globally with sales of 109.600 in the US. The soundtrack, 'Fifty Shades Of Grey', remains at no.2 after another 126.000 copies sold this week with a total of 1.012.000 so far after five weeks on the chart.

 




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