WORLD'S N.1 SINGLE 2020

Posted on January 05, 2022

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The Weeknd’s“Blinding Lights” was the World’s best-selling Single of 2020! 


The Weeknd’s “Blinding Lights” was the World’s best-selling Single of 2020 across all digital formats including single track downloads, and streams on both paid subscription services and ad-supported platforms.Blinding Lights is the 2nd single from The Weeknd’s 4th studio album ‘After Hours’, which was released in March 2020. 


The Weeknd wrote and co-produced « Blinding Lights » with producers Max Martin and Oscar Holter. "Blinding Lights" topped the Billboard Hot 100 for 4 weeks in 2020, becoming the Weeknd's 5th number one single in the US and ended 2020 as the year's top Billboard Hot 100 song! The song spent 42 weeks in the top ten of the Billboard Hot 100 and 33 weeks in the top five, breaking the record for the most time logged in the region over the chart's 62-year history! On the Digital Song Sales chart, the song became the Weeknd's fifth Digital Songs number one. The single also topped the Streaming Songs chart. On November 7, "Blinding Lights" became the Weeknd's 1st number one on the Adult Contemporary chart, where it led for 5 consecutive weeks."Blinding Lights" topped Radio Songs for a record-breaking 26 weeks, surpassing Goo Goo Dolls' "Iris", which held the record for almost 22 years! The Song was certified Platnum in the US for over 1 Million units!

 

"Blinding Lights" topped the weekly charts in a total of 34 countries including Canada where it topped the Canadian Hot 100 for 7 weeks, becoming his 5th chart topping single in the country, and was certified 8 times Platinum in 2020 for sales of over 640.000 units. It's also Abel's 1st Number one single in the UK where it scored 8 weeks atop the official chart. According to Official Charts, "Blinding Lights" was the best-selling single of 2020 in the UK, certified 3 times Platinum with over 1.89 million combined sales, including 211 million streams and 177,000 downloads! It was also Abel's 1st Number One Single in Germany where it reigned at #1 for 10 weeks and was certified double Platinum in 2020 for sales of over 8000.000! In Australia, the global smash hit topped the ARIA Singles chart for 11 weeks, and was certified 6 x Platinum in 2020 for sales of over 420.000 and in New Zealand, it topped the singles chart for 4 non-consecutive weeks, going 3 x Platinum for sales of over 90.000. The song also peaked at #1 in Austria, Belgium, Bolivia, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Greece, Hungary, iceland, Israel, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Mexico, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Scotland, Serbia, Singapore, Slovakia, Slovenia, Sweden, and Switzerland. It also reached the top 10 in Belarus, Hungary, Malta, North Macedonia, Russia, Romania, Serbia, Spain and Ukraine, "Blinding Lights" also reached the top 10 in El Salvador, Honduras, Panama, Puerto Rico and Uruguay, as well as the top 20 in Argentina, Chile, Costa Rica, Nicaragua, Paraguay and Peru before the end of 2020! 



WORLD'S #1 ALBUM OF 2020

Posted on January 05, 2022

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BTS' 'Map Of The Soul: 7' was the World's Best-selling Album of 2020!

BTS's 'Map Of The Soul: 7' was the best-selling Album of 2020, and topped the United World Year End Chart with an incredible 6,519,000 equivalent sales! 'Map of the Soul: 7', was released on February 21, 2020 and went to #1 in over 20 countries, including Australia, Austria, Belgium, Canada, Estonia, France, Germany, Hungary, Ireland, Japan, Korea, Lithuania, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Poland, Portugal, Scotland, Spain, Switzerland, the US and the United Kingdom, with BTS becoming the first Asian group to go to #1 in ALL top five music markets in the world ie. the US, the UK, Japan, Germany, and France! 'Map of the Soul: 7' debuted atop the US Billboard 200 with 422,000 album-equivalent units, including 347,000 pure album sales, becoming BTS's 4th No. 1 album with the highest first-week figures of BTS's albums in the US so far! It also marked the biggest first week sales for an album in 2020 until The Weeknd's 'After Hours' was released on March 20. The album's lead single, "On", debuted at #4 on the Billboard Hot 100 with 86,000 downloads and 18.3 million U.S. streams, marking BTS' biggest sales week for a song at the time, and their highest charting single and 1st top five hit. In November 2020, 'Map of the Soul: 7' was certified platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) for 1 million album-equivalent units, their 2nd album to be awarded platinum following 'Love Yourself: Answer'! At the end of 2020, Billboard revealed that 'Map of the Soul: 7' ranked at #2 on the year-end list of top-selling albums in the US, according to MRC Data, with 674,009 copies sold, behind Taylor Swift's 'folklore', which sold over 1 million copies. 'Map of the Soul: 7' was the No. 1 physical album of the year in America, with 646,000 hard copies sold!

 

In Japan, the album became the group's 5th number one, selling over 370,000 copies in its release week, and was certified platinum by the Recording Industry Association of Japan (RIAJ) in February 2020, for 250,000 shipments. In June, Oricon announced that 'Map of the Soul: 7' had topped the mid-year Album Chart with 429,000 copies sold, making BTS the first foreign artist in 36 years to do so since Michael Jackson with 'Thriller' and the first male artist in 3 years since #SMAP in 2017 with their greatest hits album 'SMAP 25 Years'.

 

#mapofthesoul7 was the top-selling album of 2020 and of All Time in Korea and in 2020, became the 1st quadruple Million Seller in Korean history! The album debuted atop the Gaon Album Chart, giving BTS their 13th number one, and selling over 2.65 million copies in its first six hours and a record-breaking 3.37 million copies in its first week, achieving the highest first week sales in Hanteo Chart history! In less than 9 days of the album's release, 'Map of the Soul: 7' sold 4.1 million copies in Korea, marking the highest sales achieved by an album in a month and over a single year in the Gaon Album Chart's history. It is the first Korean album to sell more than 4 million copies since Gaon Chart's began, and became the first album certified as "Quadruple Million" by Gaon since their certifications began in 2018. It topped Gaon's year end album chart with a cumulative 4,376,975 copies sold, marking the 5th consecutive year that BTS had the best-selling album in their home country. BTS became the best-selling artist in South Korea of all time, having sold 20.32 million albums cumulatively.

 

In the UK, the album debuted atop the Official Albums Chart giving the group their 2nd consecutive number one, selling 36,000 units, with 32,000 pure sales. The album was certified Silver in 2020 by the British Phonographic Industry for over 60,000 units. The album debuted atop the German Albums Chart, making BTS the first Asian group to top the chart! It debuted atop the Irish Albums Chart, making BTS the 1st Korean artist to score a number one in that country. 'MOTS7' debuted at #1 on Australia's ARIA Albums Chart becoming BTS' 5th Top 10 entry, and their 2nd consecutive number one following 'Map of the Soul: Persona'. In France, the album debuted at No.1 on the SNEP Albums Chart, selling 23,502 equivalent units, making the group's 1st number one in that country. In Canada, the album debuted at #1 with 23,000 album-equivalent units, becoming the group's 3rd chart-topping album following 'Love Yourself: Answer' and 'Map of the Soul: Persona'.

 

 

 


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Adele's '30" rebounds to #1 for a 3rd week on the United World Chart after selling 411.000 equivalent album units in its 4th week equivalent units and a total of 3,034,000 so far! '30' is Adele's 4th studio album and was released on November 19, 2021 by Melted Stone and Columbia Records. The album is about Adele's divorce, motherhood, and the scrutiny of fame, discussing themes of heartache, acceptance, and hope. Adele wrote '30' between 2018 and 2021 with producers Greg Kurstin, Max Martin and Shellback, who also worked on her previous album, '25', (2015), along with new collaborators Ludwig Göransson, and Inflo of the English band Sault. The album is Adele's most creative work sonically. Upon release, 30 was met with widespread critical acclaim for its cinematic instrumentation, vocal performances, and honest themes, and appeared on 2021 year-end best-albums lists of various publications. Powered by its title track, "Easy On Me", '30' reached number one in 35 countries, including the UK where it opened with the highest first-week sales for an album by a female artist since Adele's own '25', becoming the country's best-selling album of the 2020s decade. Its Adele's 3rd Billboard 200 number-one album and the best-selling album of 2021 in the US!


Korean Superstar Group ATEEZ' new 'Zero: Fever Epilogue' lands at #2 on the United World Chart after selling 204.000 equivalent album units in its 1st week! It's this week's highest new-entry!


Juice Wrld's amazing 'Fighting Demons' ft. Eminem, Justin Bieber, Polo G, BTS' Suga & Trippie Red lands at #3 with 190,000 equivalent album sales while Ed Sheeran's 'Equals" holds at 4 after selling another 145,000 equivalent units and 1,410,000 so far, after debuting at #3!


Legendary Duo, BZ, the top-selling Japanese Act of All Time, lands at #5 after selling 132,000 units of its new album; 'Friends III' while Michael Bublé's top-selling holiday album 'Christmas' rebounds 7-6 selling another 125,000 units and 14,319,000 so far.


Former chart topper, ABBA's 'Voyage' dips 6-7 after selling another 116,000 units and 1,479,000 so far, while Taylor Swift's former chart topping album, 'Red (Taylor's Version)', slips 5-8 selling another 109,000 units and 1,375,000 units so far excl. China.


Former chart topper, Olivia Rodrigo's 'SOUR' reenters the Top 10 at #9, selling another 96,000 units and 3,935,000 so far, while Korean Band ONF debuts at #10 with their new album 'Goosebumps', selling 70,000 equivalent units in its 1st week!

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Mariah Carey's Xmas classic 'All I Want For Christmas Is You' rockets to no.1 on the United World Chart for the 4th year in a row, topping the chart for a 7th non-consecutive week, scoring another 289,000 total points of which 211,000 are from streaming, 33,000 from sales and 45,000 from airplay. "All I Want for Christmas Is You" was released on October 29, 1994 as the lead single from Mariah's 4th studio album and 1st holiday album, 'Merry Christmas' (1994). Written and produced by Carey, and Walter Afanasieff, the song quickly became a huge global success, topping the charts in 26 countries. In 2019, it topped the US Billboard Hot 100 for the first time, 25 years after its original release, breaking several records, including the longest trip to #1. The following year, it also topped the charts in the United Kingdom for the first time, spending a record 69 weeks in the UK Top 40 before reaching #1! "All I Want for Christmas Is You" has sold 16 Million units globally, and is the best-selling holiday song by a female artist, and one of the best-selling singles in music history. The song is certified Diamond by RIAA for sales of 10 million copies in the US, becoming the 1st and only holiday song to reach the Milestone!


Adele's 'Easy On Me' dips 1-2 after 9 weeks atop the United World Chart scoring another 287,000 points while The Kid LAROI. and Justin Bieber's "Stay" dips 2-3, scoring another 264,000 points, and lifts 3-2 on the Year End chart with a total of 8,725,000 points!


Elton John and Dua Lipa's "Cold heart (Pnau Remix)" holds at #4 in its 19th week on the United World Chart, scoring another 236,000 points!


Wham!'s "Last Christmas" lifts 9-5 on the United World chart with 223,000 points while 17 year old singer/songwriter Gayle's 'ABCDEFU" dips 5-6 in its 5th week on the United World Chart.


Ed Sheeran's "Shivers" holds at #7 on this week's United World Chart, scoring another 200,000 points in its 15th week on the list while Nigerian Superstar CKay's "Love Nwantiti" slips 6-8, after peaking at 2, scoring another 186,000 points in its 14th week on the list!


Ed Sheeran's former chart topper, "Bad Habits", dips 8-9 on the United World chart, scoring another 174,000 points in its 26th week on the list, after topping the Chart previously for 3 whole weeks, while Glass Animals' "Heat Waves" rebounds 12-10 in its 29th week on the United World chart, scoring another 165,000 points.

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Korean Superstar Group Stray Kids' new 4-track EP 'Christmas EveL' lands at #1 on the United World Chart after selling 477.000 equivalent album units in its 1st week! It's this week's highest new-entry!


Adele's '30' dips 1-2 after 2 consecutive weeks atop the United World Chart, selling another 431,000 equivalent units and a total of 2,613,000 so far!


Korean Superstar KAI from the Iconic Band EXO, lands at #3 with his sophomore EP, 'Peaches', and 148,000 equivalent album sales.


Ed Sheeran's 'Equals" rebounds 5-4 selling another 146,000 equivalent units and 1,265,000 so far, after debuting at #3, while


Taylor Swift's former chart topping album, 'Red (Taylor's Version)', dips 4-5, selling another 122,000 units and 1,266,000 units so far excl. China.


Former chart topper, ABBA's 'Voyage' holds at #6 selling another 115,000 units and 1,363,000 so far, while Michael Bublé's top-selling holiday album 'Christmas' holds at 7 selling another 112,000 units and 14,194,000 so far.


New entry at #8 for Japanese Girl Group HKT48's new album 'Outstanding', after selling 95,000 units in its 1st week, while Polo G's 'Hall Of Fame' rebounds to #9 in its 6th week on the chart, selling another 95K units and 1,001,000 so far.


Japanese Duo Yoasobi lands at #10 on the United World Chart, after selling 93,000 equivalent units of its new album 'The Book 2'.



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