BERLIN — It is Rammstein’s time to shine on this year’s German sales charts.
The veteran hard rock band had the best-selling album in Germany in 2022 with Zeit (which literally means “time”), according to GfK Entertainment, which tracks music sales and streaming in the German market. The most popular single was “Layla,” by DJ Robin & Schürze.
GfK’s “Official German Charts” count streams, downloads and physical sales – which can still be significant in Germany – plus airplay for singles. The annual charts count music consumption from the 50th week of 2021 to the 49th week of 2022.
Like last year, Universal Music Group dominated the market with the four top albums – Zeit, Helene Fischer’s Rausch at No. 2, ABBA’s Voyage at No. 3 and Taylor Swift’s Midnights at No. 4. Two of those – Rausch and Voyage were also on last year’s charts where Fisher’s album also came in at No. 2.
Universal also had the No. 7 album, Kontra K’s Für den Himmel, durch die Hölle. The top three singles were “Layla,” “Heat Waves” by Glass Animals – boosted to No. 2 by TikTok two years after its release – and “Beautiful Girls” by Luciano at No. 3. UMG also had the No. 9 single, “Cold Heart,” by Elton John and Dua Lipa.
Two of the other top 10 albums were international hits from Sony Music Entertainment – Harry Styles’ Harry’s House at No. 5 and Adele’s 30 at No. 10. The company also had Roland Kaiser’s Perspektiven at No. 9.
The two other top 10 albums came from Warner Music Group. A career-spanning collection from the veteran German punk group Die Toten Hosen came in at No. 6, while Ed Sheeran’s = – released last year – was at No. 8.
Sony scored three of the top 10 singles – “As It Was” by Harry Styles at No. 6, “Where Are You Now” by Lost Frequencies & Calum Scott at No. 7, and “Wildberry Lillet” by Nina Chuba at No. 10. Warner scored two of the top 10 singles – “abcdfu” by gayle and “Shivers” by Ed Sheeran. The remaining single, the No. 8 “Sehnsucht” by the German rapper T-Low and the production duo Miksu and Macloud, came out on the independent label Future.
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