It's a record-breaking time for the German music charts this week. First, jumping to the LP chart, the success of rapper Kollegah has been hinted for quite some time but no one has expected that his fourth album will shift 160,000 copies in its first week and sets a new record for digital album sales in a week. In addition, "King" comes with the highest first week sales for the last five years.
Back to the singles chart where thanks to Kollegah and the influx of his almost entire album as separate tracks we have a mind-blowing 35 new entries inside the top 100. What is more, the recent Eurovision song contest is responsible for 13 of them.
Though Kollegah may be stealing the headlines, it is actually his colleague Cro who manages to top the singles chart with his new single "Traum". Even more, the song not only debuts directly at the summit to be the rapper's second number one but also does it with the best digital single start for the last three years. And it is the fourth fastest selling digital song in the digital era as a whole...
Thus, Andreas Bourani's former number one "Auf uns" still sticks to #2, while last week's winner - "The One" by Aneta Sablik slips to #4.
Live - Aneta
Video - Andreas
The second highest new entry belongs to Eurovision but for a change it is not the winning song but the runner-up in the shape of the Dutch entry coming from duo The Common Linnets and their "Calm After The Storm", which is new at #3. It thus also surpasses the #4 peak of Germany's own entry - Elaiza's "Is It Right" (this week up two to #8).
Still, Eurovision's winning song is not far behind as the controversial "Rise Like A Phoenix" comes quite comfortably at #5. In this way Austria's Conchita Wurst marks one of the better new entries for the contest over the past few years and matches the #5 peak of last year's winner "Only Teardrops" by Emmelie de Forest. At the gala in Copenhagen on May 10 Sweden took the bronze medals and their offering "Undo" of Sanna Nielsen can be found at #32.
Video - Conchita
Video - Sanna Nielsen
There are two more great new entries inside the top ten this week. At #7 Ed Sheeran is once again proving that no one could ever call him a one-hit wonder as new single - the wonderful, Pharrell Williams penned, "Sing" enters the top 100. You surely still recall that "I See Fire", Ed Sheeran's song from the Hobbit 2 soundtrack, was impressively successful in Germany, reaching #2 and standing in the top 10 for ages (it is now at #18).
Video - Ed Sheeran
Apart from a memorable appearance on Sido's "Einer dieser Steine" last year, local singer Mark Forster has never had a top 40 single to his name. Deservingly this all changes as "Au revoir", with the little help of Sido himself, enters the countdown at #10.
Video - Mark Forster
On the rise this week we can locate Rita Ora's current UK #1 "I Will Never Let You Down", up twenty to #23 in its third week in the chart, and Michael Jackson's (actually rather good) team up with Justin Timberlake "Love Never Felt So Good", up three to #25 in its second week.
Video - Michael Jackson
Video - Rita Ora
"Sonnentanz", with or without added vocals, was a massive hit for Austrian electro project Klangkarussell (it reached #4 in Germany), which is finally ready with the follow-up. "Netzwerk (Falls Like Rain)" enters at #34.
And before listing all Kollegah new entries plus all Eurovision-related ones, let's spare a thought for "Stay With Me", the amazing second solo single of Sam Smith, which enters the top 100 at #39. His previous one "Money On My Mind" peaked at #11.
The Kollegah new entries 14
36. Kollegah - Du bist Boss
45. Kollegah - Lamborghini Kickdown
46. Kollegah ft. Casper - Karate
59. Kollegah - Königsaura
61. Kollegah ft. Farid Bang - Cohibas,blauer Dunst
63. Kollegah - Flightmode
75. Kollegah - R.I.P.
86. Kollegah - Morgengrauen
91. Kollegah ft. Favorite - Sanduhr
92. Kollegah ft. Genetikk - Es ist Rap
95. Kollegah ft. Game - Rolex Daytona
97. Kollegah - Universalgenie
98. Kollegah - Schwarzer Benz
100. Kollegah - Omega
The Eurovision new entries
44. Aram MP3 - Not Alone
47. Carl Espen - Silent Storm
50. Basin - Cliche Love Song
58. Emmelie de Forest - Rainmaker
77. Sebalter - Hunter of Stars
80. Softengine - Something Better
83. Firelight - Coming Home
89. Twin Twin - Moustache
93. Andras Kallay-Saunders - Running
94. Molly - Children of The Universe
The other new entries
53. DJ Antoine - Light It Up
73. Gisele & Bob Sinclar - Heart Of Glass
78. Marteria - Welt der Wunder
The Album Chart
Apart from Kollegah, the album chart top ten sees new entries from Michael Jackson and "Xscape" at #2, Anastacia with "Resurrection" at #5, The Black Keys with "Turn Blue" at #6 and Andreas Bourani with "Hey" at #8.