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Coldplay's 7th Studio Album 'A Head Full of Dreams' was released on 4
December 2015 by Parlophone and Atlantic, with a 5.1 Surround Blu-ray
Audio version being released via the band's website on 23 September
2016.

The album topped the UK Albums Chart, and peaked at No.2 in Australia,
Canada, the Netherlands and Italy where it was held off the top spot by
Adele's '25'. In the Netherlands, however, the album eventually managed
to reach the No.1 position in its 30th week on the charts, the week
following Coldplay's two concerts in Amsterdam. In the United States, A
Head Full of Dreams debuted at No.2 on the Billboard 200, with 210,000
equivalent album units, behind Adele's 25. It was the second best
selling album of the week, selling 195,000 copies in its first week. On
the chart dated 27 February 2016, the album returned to the top ten of
the US Billboard 200, peaking at number four selling 90,000 units
(71,000 in pure album sales). On 4 March 2016, the album was certified
Gold by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) for
combined album sales, streaming-equivalent and track-equivalent of
half-million units. Later, it has been certified Platinum by the RIAA.
The only country where A Head Full of Dreams managed to debut at number
one was Norway, replacing 25. This enabled Coldplay to achieve there
what Adele prevented them from doing in other territories; all of their
studio albums have reached the top spot.

On 12 February 2016, following positive reception and exposure from
Coldplay's headlining set at the Super Bowl 50 halftime show, the album
rose to No.1 in the UK after selling 30,146 copies that week. This
secured them a seventh No.1 album in the UK, thus putting them second in
the list of acts with the most UK No.1 albums in the 21st century; only
Robbie Williams has more, with ten!

This is Coldplay's most successful album in terms of single's chart
performance. The first single to promote the album, "Adventure of a
Lifetime", was released on 6 November 2015."Hymn for the Weekend" was
released as the 2nd single for the album on 25 January 2016. Both
"Adventure of a Lifetime" and "Hymn for the Weekend" charted at No. 95
and No. 75 on the Billboard Hot 100 Year-End chart for 2016, making "A
Head Full of Dreams" Coldplay's first album to have more than one single
charting on a Billboard Hot 100 Year-End Chart. The 3rd official single
"Up & Up", was released on 22 April 2016. The 4th official single, "A
Head Full of Dreams", was released on 19 August 2016, with an
accompanying music video. A newly-recorded, stripped-down version of
"Everglow", inspired by Martin's unrehearsed solo performance of the
song due to a technical mishap at Glastonbury Festival, was released on
digital outlets as the fifth single on 11 November 2016.

TOP 10 GLOBAL RECORDING ACTS 2016 (Source: IFPI)
1. Drake
2. David Bowie
3. Coldplay
4. Adele
5. Justin Bieber
6. twenty one pilots
7. Beyoncé
8. Rihanna
9. Prince
10. The Weeknd


Drake named IFPI Global Recording Artist 2016

Posted on February 19, 2017


Drake

 

Drake has been named by IFPI as the world's best-selling recording artist of 2016, highlighting the huge success of his fourth album, Views, which was released last year.

 

Drake is the fourth recipient of the IFPI Global Recording Artist of the Year Award that reflects an artist’s worldwide success across physical and digital formats, including downloads and streams.

 

Views became the first album to reach one billion streams on Apple Music, while One Dance, the album’s second single, was the first song to be played one billion times on Spotify. The follow-up singles Pop Style, Controlla and Too Good also all found huge success across the globe.

 

IFPI chief executive Frances Moore said: "I'm delighted to be able to honour Drake as the IFPI Global Recording Artist 2016. Drake’s phenomenal success reflects how deeply his unique sound appeals to an enormous global audience. The Global Top 10 list features a number of amazing artists, and the variety and vibrancy of their art speaks volumes about the exciting state of music today."

 

In conjunction with the Global Recording Artist award, IFPI issued its annual Global Top 10 list. David Bowie, who took second place on the global chart, had released his album Blackstar two days before his death in January 2016. The album reached number one in 24 countries.

 

In third and fourth place on the chart, respectively, were Coldplay and Adele whose 2015 albums A Head Full of Dreams and 25 remained immensely popular throughout 2016.

 

The IFPI Global Recording Artist award and Top 10 chart  captures the global sales of artists’ music across streaming channels, as well as sales of digital and physical albums, and digital and physical singles. The previous recipients of this prestigious award are One Direction (2013), Taylor Swift (2014) and Adele (2015). The full 2016 list includes:

 

TOP 10 GLOBAL RECORDING ARTISTS 2016

  
1 Drake
2 David Bowie
3 Coldplay
4 Adele
5 Justin Bieber
6 Twenty One Pilots
7 Beyoncé
8 Rihanna
9 Prince
10 The Weeknd

 


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The World's best-selling Album and Highest debut of the week is the
fourth studio album by American rapper Big Sean, 'I Decided'. The Album
sold 176,000 copies, 151,000 in the US & 8,200 in Canada.


Lady GaGa's Super Bowl halftime show boosted 'Joanne' and the Album
rocketed to no.2 this week with 96,000 equivalent sales. Her album 'The
Fame (Monster)' is also back at no.10 with sales of 47,000. The LP has
sold nearly 14,7 million copies so far! 'Joanne' breaks through the
million border this week with a total of 1,031,000 sales. 'Starboy' by
The Weeknd is at no.3 with 87,000 sales.


WORLD'S TOP 10 BEST-SELLING ALBUMS
1. BIG SEAN - I Decided - 176.000 (1st week)
2. Lady Gaga - Joanne - 96.000 this week - 1.031.000 (total sales)
3. The Weeknd - Starboy - 87.000 - 1.379.000
4. Migos - Culture - 84.000 - 239.000
5. Soundtrack - La La Land - 80.000 - 410.000
6. Bruno Mars - 24k Magic - 65.000 - 1.621.000
7. Elbow - Little Fictions - 62.000 - 62.000
8. Reba McEntire - Sing It Now: Songs Of Faith & Hope - 55.000
9. Adele - 25 - 48.000 - 19.939.000
10. Lady Gaga - The Fame (Monster) - 47.000 - 14.653.000



It's the fifth straight big week at no.1 on the Global Track Chart for
Ed Sheeran's smash 'Shape Of You'. The song is also the No.1 Song of
2017 so far!


Clean Bandit's 'Rockabye' ranks at no.3 behind 'I Don't Want To Live
Forever' by Zayn & Taylor Swift at No.2.


The Highest riser of the week is Lady Gagas 'Million Reasons'. The song
benefits from her Super Bowl halftime show performance and rockets to
no.7. 'Million Reasons' debuted at no.37 in week 50, 2016 and left the
Top 40 already one week later.


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It's the fourth big week at no.1 on the Global Track Chart for Ed
Sheeran's smash 'Shape Of You'.

Just behind at No. 2 is Zayns 'I Don't Want To Live Forever' with Taylor
Swift.

'Rockabye' by Clean Bandit's feat. Sean Paul & Anne-Marieslips one slot
to no.3. Castle On The Hill' is back again at no.4 and The Chainsmokers'
new Song 'Paris' closes the top 5!




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