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Every year between September and November, after the summer break and before the holiday season starts, there's a flood of new releases. Now the time has come again, this week there are 22 new entries on the Top 40 list, a very rare incident! But despite so many debuts, Maroon 5 remains at no.1 for a second week with their latest effort 'V'. The set moved another 130.000 copies last week, a total of 405.000 since its release. Sorted by countries 'V' sold 80.000 last week in the USA, 8.800 in Japan, 7.700 in Canada and 6.100 in United Kingdom. Close behind starts this week's highest debut, the new album by Japanese singer / songwriter Mariya Takeuchi. Her new set 'Trad' bows at no.1 in Japan and at no.2 globally with 119.000 initial sales, according to Oricon. New chart-leader in the USA is Reformed Christian rapper, record producer and actor Lacrae. His 7th studio album 'Anomaly' storms in at no.4 on the global chart with 91.000 sales, 88.400 of it in the USA alone, according to Billboard. In France rules casting star Kendji Girac with his first full and self-titled album. It sold a total of 70.000 units in France, Belgium and Switzerland and rockets at no.8 on the world chart. In Germany Ghetto rapper Majoe jumps atop the official chart with his first solo album 'Breiter Als Der Türsteher' (brouder than the bouncer) and 46.000 estimated sales, enough for a no.16 entrance on the global tally. A final look to United Kingdom, no.1 for a fourth non-consecutive week is Sam Smith's 'In The Lonely Hour' (no.7 on the global chart with 71.000 sales) and the highest debut comes from former lead vocalist of the legendary rock-act Led Zeppelin, Robert Plant. His new effort 'Lullaby And...The Ceaseless Roar' opens at no.2 there and at no.3 globally with 96.000 sales. Some additional sales stats: 'Night Visions' by Imagine Dragons sold 13.000 copies last week and reaches a total of 4,03 million so far, 'Xscape' by Michael Jackson sold 14.000 units last week, 1,42 million so far, 'The Hunting Party' by Linkin Park sold 17.000 units last week and has a total of 783.000 units so far, Shakira's self-titled album sold 695.000 copies so far, 'Britney Jean' by Britney Spears around 600.000 and 'Swings Both Ways' by Robbie Williams 1,76 million.


Whitney Houston is set to leave us all speechless once again, with the release of her first live CD/DVD November 11.



According to Houston’s mentor, Clive Davis, Whitney Houston Live: Her Greatest Performances will showcase her unparalleled legacy.



“It shows why she is at the absolute historic top rank up there with Aretha Franklin and Barbra Streisand as the greatest singers of our lifetime,” he said in a recent interview. “It really has been a labor of love on my part to go through every concert performance, every TV appearance.”



Some of the songs are ones that Houston performed live, but never recorded.

The album, which is produced by Clive Davis, will include 16 lives songs and 19 live performances on the DVD, including Whitney's unforgettable Tribute to Clive himself at the 2004 World Music Awards in the Thomas and Mack Center on September 15, 2004, in Las Vegas, Nevada, her 1994 performance of “I Will Always Love You” at The Concert for a New South Africa, the 1991 performance of “The Star Spangled Banner” at Super Bowl XXV and a 2009 performance on The Oprah Winfrey Show.



Davis said he found the CD/DVD a success when he played it for his guests at a recent dinner party.

“It just couldn’t have been a better entertainment and emotional experience because the bittersweet part of it is the greater you see she was,” he said. “How tragic that she went so young, so that’s the bittersweet part of it.”


Mariah just announced she will be bringing her national 'Elusive Chanteuse Show' to Australia and New Zealand in November.



Australian fans will get to experience the diva over five days, two of which are part of A Day On The Green, a rarity for the diva to perform at an outdoor festival.



The tour commences November 2 at Perth's Sandalford Estate, and Mariah will be promoting her latest album, 'Me. I Am Mariah ... The Elusive Chanteuse'.



Mariah was last in Australia in 2013 for a handful of East Coast concerts but this will be her first national tour since 1998.



Tickets for Australian shows go on sale at 9am Friday, September 26.
Tickets for the Auckland show will go on sale at 9am Tuesday, September 30
Live Nation members can be amongst the first to secure tickets during the pre-sale beginning 10am Wednesday September 24.

Mariah Carey's Australian tour dates:
Sunday November 2nd - Sandalford Estate Perth 
Wednesday November 5th - The Entertainment Centre, Adelaide 
Friday November 7th - Rod Laver Arena, Melbourne 
Saturday November 8th - A Day On The Green Festival, Rochford Wines, Yarra Valley 
Monday November 10th - Qantas Credit Union Arena, Sydney 
Sunday November 16th - A Day On The Green Festival, Sirromet Wines, Mount Cotton, Queensland 
New Zealand tour date: 
Thursday November 13th - Vector Arena, Auckland


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Taylor Swift returns to the no.1 position with 'Shake It Off' for the 2nd non consecutive week.


'All About That Bass' by newcomer Meghan Trainor rises back to no.2 after a strong week of sales in the US where it is the no.1 Single.


Former no.1 smash, 'Rude' by Magic! climbs five places back up to no.3. Lilly Wood feat. The Prick's 'Prayer In C' reaches a new peak position at no.4.


Closing the top five is Maroon 5's 'Maps'. It the third time that the song enters the top five: it started eleven weeks ago at no.5 and returns seven weeks later.


'Happy' by Pharrell Williams is definitely the best-selling Song of 2014 and the biggest hit of the 21st Century! It has been 39 weeks on the charts, and is at no.22 this week. 


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The fifth album of the American pop / rock band Maroon 5, simply titled as 'V', lands as expected at the summit of the Global Album Chart with healthy 275.000 sales. The biggest sales generated the album in the USA with 164.200 copies, Japan with 19.800 copies and United Kingdom with 16.900 copies. Exactly 10 years ago the band had their big breakthrough with 'This Love'. The smash was massive 10 weeks atop the global chart and the biggest hit of 2004. The corresponding album 'Songs About Jane' sold around 11 million copies to date. Three years ago Maroon 5 landed another spectacular single-smash with 'Moves Like Jagger'. The song ranks at no.35 on the ALL TIME CHART and reached, with a little help from Christina Aguilera, massive 10.722.000 points. Japanese boygroup Smap, an acronym for Sports Music Assemble People, shoots right behind Maroon 5 at no.2. 'Mr.S.', their 21st album in only 22 years, found 184.000 buyers in its initial week, according to Oricon. Last week's no.1 album, Ariana Grande's 'My Everything' slides three places at no.4, after a 66% sales erosion to 96.000 copies. Bob Marley's legendary compilation 'Legend' returns at no.11 with 47.000 sales. It's the highest place on the global chart and the biggest weekly sales frame for that album since more than 10 years. It's owed to the Google Play store discounting the title to 99-cents during the tracking week in the USA. Since its release in 1984 'Legend' sold astonishing 33 million copies worldwide. It's the most successful reggae album ever, the second biggest best-of-compilation ever (after Eagles' 'Their Greatest Hits 1971-1975) and it placed at no.12 on the ALL TIME CHART. Some additional sales stats: 'Racine Carrée' by Stromae sold 15.000 copies last week and reaches a total of 2,48 million so far, 'Prism' by Katy Perry sold also 15.000 units last week, 3,23 million so far, 'The Marshall Mathers LP 2' by Eminem sold 10.000 units last week and has a total of 4,21 million units so far, 'Farbenspiel' by Helene Fischer sold 1,4 million copies so far, 'Night Visions' by Imagine Dragons 4,02 million and 'Xscape' by Michael Jackson 1,41 million.




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