Measuring where people are listening and discovering music:
- Artist chart: Mirroring the Ultimate Song Chart, the Top 3 on this week’s Ultimate Artist Chart remain unchanged from last week.
Taylor Swift spends her 2nd week atop the Ultimate Artist chart. With each passing week, Swift strengthens per profile as evidenced by her #1 position on nearly every iTunes Country song chart on the planet, with the exception of Portugal, where she is #2. Supporting her position, Swift also maintains at least two tracks and every iTunes Country song chart around the world as well. In addition, her latest album, Red, is #3 on iTunes Top Albums charts. To date, the Nashville transplant has 2,339,603 subscribers and 1,174,367,102 videos viewed on her VEVO channel combined with another 928,998 subscribers and 72,371,885 video views on her official youtube channel, cementing her continued position at #1 on the Ultimate Artist Chart. So how much of an impact does Taylor Swift really have…if the mind-boggling numbers don’t paint a clear enough picture, her cryptic message of “…back in the studio. Uh oh...” following her break-up with Harry Styles of One Direction, has already been retweeted more than 44,000 times.
- Several artist made big jumps this week, as the multiple Grammy-nominated Mumford & Sons reach the Top 5, American Idol winner Phillip Phillips, based on the strength of his coronation single alone, moves into the Top 10 along with Pitbull as well as Macklemore & Ryan Lewis move into the Top 20 on this week’s Ultimate Artist Chart.
The 12-time Grammy-nominated Mumford & Sons move into the Top 5 on the Ultimate Artist Chart this week, moving from #12 to #4, helped in part by several Grammy and BRIT awards nominations as well as a temporary sale-price of $6.99 in the iTunes Store (the price of which, for the standard version of “Babel,” is now back up to its normal $11.99). The band’s second studio album also benefited from its high-profile placement in the iTunes store itself, where it was the first title seen in the “New Music” window of the main store, even though the album was released over 14 weeks ago. The band's latest effort also earned the British indie folk-rock quartet six 2013 Grammy nominations, including Album of the Year as well as 3 BRIT awards nominations in the categories of Best British Group, Best Live Act and Best British Album. Not only has the band been asked to perform during the Grammy awards show, but they will also being playing at the all-star MusiCares concert two days prior to the Grammy telecast honoring MusiCares Person of the Year, Bruce Springsteen, for his combination of artistic contributions and charity work. Not resting on their laurels, the band is already working on new material with banjo player, Winston Marshall telling NME: “Will we wait years for the next album? Fuck, no. You heard it here first. We've just started working on new songs, got a rehearsal studio. They're bones of songs, but really exciting bones. Sturdy bones.”
American Idol’s eleventh season winner, Phillip Phillips, makes it back into the Top 10 this week after 6 non-consecutive weeks within the Ultimate Artist Chart Top 20. The iTunes store, mirroring that of Mumford & Sons, also discounted Phillips’ debut album which helped spur robust sales that have now pushed the album past the half-million mark. Already certified gold, with album sales in excess of 533,000 copies in its first six weeks of release, The World from the Side of the Moon is the fastest selling debut from an Idol winner since David Cook who sold 811,000 copies in the same time period in 2008. With “Home,” the album’s lead single reaching #1 on several of the Billboard charts, including Hot Digital Songs, Rock Digital Songs, Adult Top 40, and Triple A plus Top 10 rankings on the Billboard Hot 100 (#7), Mainstream Top 40 (#8) and Adult Contemporary (#6), in addition to sales in excess of 3.3 million downloads, Phillip Phillips profile continues to rise, contributing to his move from #22 to #9 on this week’s chart.
Macklemore & Ryan Lewis have blasted onto the music scene based on the strength of a non-stop touring schedule, social-media know-how and word-of-mouth marketing. Spending 6 out of 7 weeks in the Top 20 on the Ultimate Song Chart, the lead single from The Heist has already gained significant traction at the alternative, pop and rhythmic formats, ultimately elevating the Seattle duo’s lead single “Thift Shop” to platinum status, surpassing 1,000,000 copies sold. Complimenting radio’s support, the self-directed video for the track went live on YouTube on Aug. 29 and has since racked up over 52+ million views. From virtual obscurity to multi-format platinum success, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis rise from #18 to #11 on this week’s Ultimate Artist Chart.
Pitbull continues to make his case as Mr Worldwide. Moving into the Top 20 this week, the Miami musician/actor rises from #29 – #16. His universal impact can be seen by the sheer numbers of his VEVO channel alone, which has 1.5 million subscribers with 1.4 billion video views. His 7th studio album, Global Warming, producing three hit singles so far, including “Back In Time” from Men In Black 3, “Get It Started” and the current single “Don’t Stop The Party,” which is sitting at #11 on this week’s Ultimate Song Chart, features a star-studded line-up, including: TJR; Christina Aguilera; Chris Brown; Usher; Jennifer Lopez; The Wanted; Enrique Iglesias and Havana Brown. With his Global Warming tour as well as performances on Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve! now in the rear-view mirror, Pitbull has announced his take-over of this year’s Mardi Gras festivities at Universal Studios Florida on April 13th, 2013. Mr. Worldwide indeed!
To view the Ultimate Song Chart - Chart Synopsis (week of 1.10.13) - here!
Artist Chart Top 20:
1 - 1 Taylor Swift (Big Machine/Republic)
2 - 2 Bruno Mars (Atlantic)
3 - 3 PSY (YG)
4 - 12 Mumford & Sons (Gentlemen of The Road/RED/Glassnote)
5 - 5 One Direction (SYCO/Columbia)
6 - 4 Justin Bieber (SchoolBoy/Raymond Braun/Island/IDJMG)
7 - 6 Rihanna (SRP/Def Jam/IDJMG)
8 - 7 The Lumineers (Dualtone)
9 - 22 Phillip Phillips (19/Interscope)
10 - 10 Maroon 5 (A&M/Octone/Interscope)
11 - 18 Macklemore & Ryan Lewis (Rostrum/Atlantic/RRP)
12 - 16 Alicia Keys (RCA)
13 - 15 Will.I.Am (Interscope)
14 -11 P!nk (RCA)
15 - 13 Adele (XL/Columbia)
16 - 29 Pitbull (Mr. 305/Polo Grounds/RCA)
17 - 17 Flo Rida (Poe Boy/Atlantic)
18 - 14 Imagine Dragons (Interscope)
19 - 8 T.I.(Atlantic)
20 - 19 fun. (Fueled By Ramen/RRP)
(printed with permission by BigChampagne Media Measurement)
To view the full Ultimate Chart - here!
What is the Ultimate Chart: The Ultimate Chart is derived from an aggregation of relevant and timely metrics about music everywhere -- including, Amazon, iTunes, YouTube, VEVO, Pandora, Clear Channel, MySpace, Facebook, Yahoo, AOL and many, many others. Based on a scalable technology platform developed over more than ten years, billions of points of data, online and off are collected and analyzed. Real people then grade the computers' work to ensure accuracy. The Ultimate Charts collect more relevant information from more sources than anyone ever has.