SZA's new amazing album 'SOS' rockets to #1 on the United World chart with 365,000 equivalent sales units, and is the top-selling album globally of the past week!

Posted on January 1, 2023

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SZA's new amazing album 'SOS' rockets to #1 on the United World chart with 365,000 equivalent sales units, and is the top-selling album globally of the past week! 'SOS' is SZA's 2nd studio album and follow up to Ctrl (2017). Released by Top Dawg Entertainment and RCA Records, it features guest appearances by Don Toliver, Phoebe Bridgers, Travis Scott and the late Ol' Dirty Bastard. SZA worked with several record producers and songwriters including Babyface, Jeff Bhasker, benny blanco, Rodney Jerkins, DJ Dahi, Gabriel Hardeman, Ant Clemons, Lizzo and Björk. The album was preceded by three singles including "Good Days", "I Hate U", and "Shirt". The former two singles, as well as the track "Kill Bill" and the fourth single "Nobody Gets Me", peaked in the top ten of the Billboard Hot 100. Upon its release, SOS received widespread critical acclaim for its eclectic sound and SZA's vocal delivery, with several media publications ranking it as one of the best albums of 2022! The album debuted atop the Billboard 200 with 318,000 units, marking SZA's first number-one album in the United States and spent two weeks atop the chart. The album earned 404.58 million on-demand official streams in its first week, breaking the record for the biggest streaming week in history for an R&B album, and becoming the 2nd-largest streaming week for an album by a female artist! Internationally, 'SOS' has so far reached the top 5 in 12 countries, landing at #1 in Canada, Netherlands, and New Zealand, at #2 in Australia, Denmark, Ireland & the UK, at #3 in Lithuania, Norway & Denmark, and #4 in Sweden & Switzerland! The Album hit #7 in Belgium & #10 in Finland! 'SOS' has been certified gold by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA)!


Taylor Swift's 'Midnights' rebounds 4-2 after 4 non consecutive weeks at #1, earning another 206,000 sales, and total of 4,24 million Excl. China and over 6 Million globally! Its the #1 top-selling album of 2022 and tops the United World Year-To-Date chart! 'Midnights' is Taylor's 10th studio album inspired by her sleepless nights, and was written and produced by Swift with longtime collaborator Jack Antonoff. The album is a major commercial success across all formats of music consumption, having broken numerous records globally. It achieved the Spotify feat for the most single-day streams of an album and has reached #1 in 28 territories, including Argentina, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Canada, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Lithuania, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Portugal, Scotland, Slovakia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, the United Kingdom, Uruguay and the US. In the United States, it opened with over 1.5 million units, becoming 2022's fastest and best-selling album, logged the largest vinyl sales week of the 21st century, marked Swift's 11th number-one album on the Billboard 200, and spawned 10 top-ten songs on the Billboard Hot 100 simultaneously, the most for any album in history! The lead single "Anti-Hero" became Taylor’s 9th No. 1 song in the US and topped the charts in 14 other territories while "Lavender Haze", "Maroon", "Snow on the Beach" ft. Lana Del Rey & "Bejeweled" also reached top-tier positions internationally. The Album is already 2x Platinum in the US (2M) and Canada (160,000), Platinum in Australia (70,000), New Zealand (15,000) and the UK (300,000) and Gold in Austria, Denmark, Italy, Poland & Spain!


Metro Boomin holds at #3 on the United World Chart with his all star sophomore album 'Heroes & Villains' album, after shifting another 145,000 equivalent units and 385,000 so far! Released via Republic Records and Boominati on December 2, the album features ASAP Rocky, Chris Brown, Don Toliver, Future, Gunna, John Legend, Mustafa, Travis Scott, 21 Savage, Young Nudy, Young Thug, The Weeknd and the late TakeOff. It’s the second project of a trilogy following Metro Boomin’s first album 'Not All Heroes Wear Capes' (2018). A deluxe edition of the album, titled 'Heroes & Villains' (Heroes Version), was released on December 5, 2022, containing instrumental versions of all songs from the standard edition. The album debuted atop the Billboard 200 and landed at #1 in Canada, Denmark, Lithuania, New Zealand & Switzerland, #2 in Sweden, #3 in Austria, Czech Republic, Finland, Ireland, Netherlands, Norway & the UK, #4 in Belgium (Flanders), #5 in Australia, #10 in Italy, #11 in Belgium (Wallonia), #20 in France and #28 in Spain.


Japanese Boy Group &Team lands at #4 on the United World chart with their debut mini album ‘First Howling: ME’ scoring 151.000 units in its first week! The Group was formed under Hybe labels Japan through the reality-survival program &Audition – The Howling and consists of nine members including K, Nicholas, EJ, Taki, Jo, Harua, Maki, Yuma, and Fuma. The group pre-released their debut single "Under the Skin" on November 21, 2022, preceding their extended play First Howling : ME, which was released on December 7, 2022!


Korean Superstar Girl Group Red Velvet holds at #5 on the United World chart with their 6th special Mini Album 'The Reve Festival 2022 ~ Birthday' earning another 116,000 equivalent album and 316,000 so far. The EP is the second installment of 'The ReVe Festival 2022', and the fifth overall of The ReVe Festival series. 'The ReVe Festival 2022 – Birthday' contains 5 tracks. The lead single "Birthday" samples George Gershwin's composition Rhapsody in Blue. "Bye Bye" is a R&B pop dance song, "On a Ride" is a pop dance bop, "Zoom" is an R&B pop dance song while "Celebrate" is an R&B ballad. The album landed at #2 on the Circle Album chart in Korea and has reached #16 on the Oricon album chart in Japan!


Michael Bublé's 'Christmas’ Album rebounds 7-6 on the United World Chart, selling another 112.000 units and 15.052 Million copies so far worldwide in its 73rd week on the chart. It's the first Xmas album in history to break through the 15 Million mark and it's the 4th most successful album overall since 2011 behind Adele's '21' and '25' with 31,8 million & 24,2 million sold respectively, and Ed Sheeran's 'Divide' which sold 19,4 million! 'Christmas' is Bublé's 7th studio album and 1st Christmas album, released on October 25, 2011 in the US. It’s his 3rd chart-topper in the US following 2007's 'Call Me Irresponsible' and 2009's 'Crazy Love' and Buble's most successful album, one of the best-selling albums of the 21st century and one of the best-selling Christmas albums of All Time worldwide. The Album has reached #1 in Australia, Austria, Canada, Denmark, Germany, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Sweden & the UK, #2 in Finland, Latvia, Lithuania & Mexico, #3 in Belgium & South Africa, #7 in the Czech Republic and #8 in Spain. It has been certified 2x Diamond in Australia (1M), Diamond in Canada (1.5M), 12x Platinum in New Zealand (180,000), 10x Platinum in the UK (3M), 8x Platinum in Ireland (120,000), 7x Platinum in Italy (350,000), 6x Platinum in Norway (120,000) & the US (6M), 5x Platinum in Denmark (100,000), 4x Platinum in Germany (800,000), 3x Platinum in Austria (60,000), 2x Platinum in Australia (1M), Hungary (12,000) & Poland (40,000), Platinum in Finland (32,217), Mexico (60,000), Netherlands (50,000), Sweden (40,000) & Switzerland (30,000) and Gold in France (50,000), Portugal (7,500) & Spain (30,000)!


'Her Loss', the collaborative studio album by Drake and 21 Savage dips 6-7 on the United World chart, after landing at #1, and earns another 101,000 equivalent sales units in its 6th week and 1.278.000 so far! 'Her Loss' debuted at #1 on the Billboard 200 with 404,000 album-equivalent units, including 12,000 pure album sales. Its tracks earned a total of 513.56 million on-demand streams. The album is Drake and 21Savage's 12th and 3rd number-one album in the US, respectively. It has also reached #1 in Canada, Denmark, Iceland, Lithuania, Norway, Switzerland and the UK, #2 in Australia, Austria, Iceland, Ireland, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Slovakia & Sweden, #3 in Italy, #4 in Belgium (Flanders) & Finland, #5 in the Czech Republic and Top 10 in Belgium (Wallonia), France, Germany & Spain! It has already been certified Silver in the UK for 60.000 units


Last week’s #1, 'Indigo' by rapper RM, leader of the Iconic Group BTS (방탄소년단), drops to #8 in its 2nd week on the United World chart with 90,000 equivalent sales units and 429,000 so far! 'Indigo', released on December 2 via Big Hit Music, is RM's 1st full-length album and 3rd overall following his eponymous mixtape in 2015 and 'Mono' in 2018! 'Indigo' is an archive of RM's late twenties, and features 10 tracks with guest stars Anderson Paak, Colde, Erykah Badu, Kim Sawol, Mahalia, ParkJiYoon, Paul Blanco, Tablo of Epik High & Youjeen of Cherry Filter. "Wild Flower" ft. Youjeen is the powerful lead single and has so far reached #4 on the Circle Download Chart in South Korea and #83 on the Billboard Hot 100, drawing 4.1 million streams and 29,000 downloads in its first tracking week in the US, topping both the Digital Song Sales and World Digital Song Sales charts! Dazed listed "Wild Flower" at #17 on its year-end rank of the 40 best K-pop songs released in 2022, while music writer Taylor Glasby wrote that the song's position on the list was "a testament to its powerful and emotive immediacy", describing it as a "beautifully paced, produced and performed snapshot of a superstar's psyche, as fascinating as it is profoundly stirring." 'Indigo' is #1 on the Billboard World Album Chart for a 2nd week and vaults 15-3 on the Billboard 200 , the highest chart position for a K-Pop Soloist in history! ‘Indigo’ landed at #2 on the Circle Album chart in Korea, and has reached #3 in Lithuania, #4 on the Oricon Album chart in Japan, #6 in Switzerland, #7 in Finland, #8 in Belgium (Wallonia), #12 in New Zealand, #18 in Germany, #19 in Canada, #25 in Denmark, #26 in Australia, #28 in Spain, #29 in Austria, #45 in the UK, #54 in Belgium (Flanders), #55 in Sweden, #64 in Ireland & #67 in the Netherlands!


Korean Superstar Group SEVENTEEN reenters the United World Chart at #9 with their former #1 Album selling another 90,000 units and 601,000 so far! Dream is Seventeen’s third Japanese-language extended play and was released on November 9, 2022, via Hybe Japan. It contains one original song, "Dream", the Japanese version of two songs originally released in Korean, "Rock with You" and "All My Love", and the "holiday" version of the English track "Darling". The Album landed at #1 on the Oricon chart in Japan selling 480,000 units in its 1st week, and has been certified 3x Platinum for 750,000 units !


Harry Styles' chart-topping 3rd studio album, 'Harrys House', slips 8-10 on the United World Chart, earning another 75.000 equivalent units and 3.755.000 so far in its 30th week on the rank! Powered by its awesome single 'As It was', Harry's 2nd song to debut at #1 in both the UK and US, 'Harry's House' debuted at #1 on the UK Albums Chart with 113,000 album-equivalent units, becoming the fastest-selling album of 2022 in the country with the most first-day streams for a pop album released in 2022 ! It also debuted at #1 on the US Billboard 200 with 521,500 album-equivalent units, including 330,000 album sales, including 189,000 streaming units, the second-largest opening week for an album in 2022! Additionally, it set a modern-era record for single-week vinyl album sales in the US, selling 182,000 copies, and marked the 2nd-largest week for an album on vinyl since Luminate began tracking music sales in 1991! Harry's House held for 2 weeks atop the Billboard 200, becoming his second album to spend multiple weeks atop the charts after 2019's ‘Fine Lin’e and the first album to spend its first two weeks at No. 1 since Adele's 30 . "As It Was" topped the Billboard Hot 100 and "Late Night Talking" reached #4, "Music for a Sushi Restaurant" #8 and "Matilda" #9 with Styles becoming the first British solo artist to have 4 Singles reach the Hot 100 Top 10, joining the Beatles, who achieved the feat in 1964! The album has also reached No. 1 in various other countries, including Argentina, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Canada, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Lithuania, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Scotland, Spain, Sweden and Switzerland! The Album is already Platinum in Australia (70,000), Canada (80,000), Denmark (20,000), France (100,000), Italy (50,000), New Zealand (15,000), Spain (40,000), the UK (370,000) & the US (1M), and is Gold in Austria (7,500) & Poland (10,000).


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