International Charts Analysis: Jay Z races to iTunes glory as 4:44 Tidal window closes

International Charts Analysis: Jay Z races to iTunes glory as 4:44 Tidal window closes

Now available to buy as well as to stream, Jay-Z's 4:44 raced to the top of iTunes charts in 32 territories today (July 7), and this will doubtless transition into a fairly hefty presence on official national chart tabulations in the next fortnight.

In the meantime, last week's iTunes star - Scottish dance doyen Calvin Harris' fifth album Funk Wav Bounces Vol.1 - has already started that transition, and opens at No.2 in Ireland and The UK, No.3 in New Zealand, No.5 in The Netherlands and Sweden, No.19 in Italy, No.22 in Japan, No.29 in Germany and No.45 in South Korea.

Imagine Dragons' third album, Evolve, debuts atop the chart in Canada, Finland, Slovakia and Switzerland, and at No.2 in Austria, The Czech Republic, The Netherlands and The USA, No.3 in France and Spain, No.4 in Argentina, Australia and Poland, No.6 in Denmark, No.7 in Portugal, No.19 in Hungary and No.71 in Greece, having opened at No.2 in Sweden and Wallonia, No.3 in Germany, Ireland, Italy, New Zealand and The UK, No.6 in Flanders and No.53 in South Korea last week.

DJ Khaled's 10th album, Grateful, was a new entry in eight countries last week, making the Top 10 in Sweden (No.8) and The UK (No.10), but trumps them all in the rapper's native USA, where it now races to a No.1 debut, becoming his second chart-topper there in less than a year. Grateful is also new at No.2 in Canada, No.3 in Finland, No.4 in Denmark, No.7 in Australia, No.8 in The Netherlands, No.10 in France, No.20 in Switzerland, No.24 in Slovakia, No.30 in Austria and No.54 in The Czech Republic.      

The 20th anniversary edition of Radiohead's Ok Computer sparks more renewed chart activity for the classic 1997 album, which now returns to the chart in The Netherlands (No.5), Australia (No.6), Portugal (No.6), Canada (No.10), Spain (No.11), Argentina (No.13), Austria (No.13), Greece (No.16), Switzerland (No.16), Poland (No.18), The USA (No.36), South Korea (No.42), France (No.66) and Slovakia (No.97), having returned to the Top 20 in eight other territories, as itemised hereabouts last week. 

Eighteen weeks into its chart career, Ed Sheeran's ÷ returns to No.1 for a 14th week at the summit in Australia and a 13th week at the summit in The UK. It also remains at No.1 in Ireland (15th week) and Denmark (14th week). It dips 1-2 in Croatia, where it has spent 15 weeks at No.1; 1-2 in Slovakia, where it has spent eight weeks at No.1; and 1-3 in The Czech Republic, where it has spent nine weeks at No.1. It is also Top 10 in Flanders (5-2), New Zealand (2-2), The Netherlands (4-3), Canada (3-3), Sweden (4-4), Austria (9-6), Hungary (9-6), Finland (5-6), Germany (10-7), The USA (7-7), Italy (16-8) and Wallonia (10-9). It is its third straight week at No.2 in New Zealand behind local singer/songwriter Lorde's second album, Melodrama, which was No.1 in three other countries a week ago, but now falls 1-2 in Australia, 1-5 in Canada and 1-13 in The USA.

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