Chart Feed – 03.01.11

Glory to God, it’s the first Chart Feed of the year. Man, I’m starved.

Bruno Mars has done it again with another solo #1 single. His latest offering ‘Grenade’ topped the charts in the US and Australia this week, following up nicely to his global smash ‘Just The Way You Are’. If you ask me, ‘Grenade’ is the one to top. This song kills me every time – aching lyrics that attack you with his passionate vocal delivery. Bam!

Taio Cruz‘s ‘Dynamite’ and ‘Higher’ singles both bolted up the charts this week. Did I miss something? Or was it just the NYE celebratory week that spurred demand for these party tracks? ‘Dynamite’ – which made #1 here in its prime – went from #21 to #15 and his new single ‘Higher’ featuring Kylie leapt from #39 to #25. The US-version of ‘Higher’ featuring Travie McCoy rose to a new peak of #41 on the Billboard charts this week.

Wynter Gordon‘s ‘Dirty Talk’ is still edging its way up our charts, going from #18 to a new peak of #14 this week. The fierce dance music commander just shared a new saying with her Twitter folk: “DON’T BE RUDE.” She gives a demonstration of how it’s done here.

Alexis Jordan‘s ‘Happiness’ is still bopping outside our Top 20. Somebody go let the gurl in. After three weeks on our charts, the single is still only at its present peak of #24. This breezy pop track is quickly becoming a summer favourite despite getting little radio support. We’re just gonna rely on word of mouth and music video rotations from here on in, are we? The single bundle featuring two slick remixes (courtesy of Jump Smokers and Wideboys) are going for just $1.69 on our Aussie iTunes now. Do yourselves a favour.

Kanye West‘s My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy has moved up the charts again, going from #27 to #17 in Australia this week. I desperately want to do a post about the new ‘Monster’ video that leaked last week but I’m holding off until I get a HQ version. Apparently, the one that surfaced online is not the final cut. Not that it’s every stopped me before. The single re-enters the US Billboard Hot 100 this week.

Pink and Beyonce are the two most popular female pop performers in this country, if their music DVD sales are anything to go by. Pink‘s Funhouse Tour: Live In Australia is still in the Top 10 after 64 weeks and Queen B‘s latest I Am… World Tour sits at #9 after five weeks in.

Despite having experienced her live in concert back in 2009, reliving the I Am… tour on DVD was a whole new trip for me. Who knew Bey was such a capable LOL provider with her candid video diaries? See: “WHY DID GOD GIVE ME MY TALENT?”

Rihanna has finally gone #1 in the UK after seven weeks, dislodging Take That‘s titan Progress album. New year, new reign. Sounds about right to me. Loud is now RiRi‘s second chart topping album in the UK after 2007’s Good Girl Gone Bad. On the flip side, ‘What’s My Name?’ is still #2 to X Factor winner Matt Cardle‘s ‘When We Collide’.

Y’know #2 chart peaks seem to be a common feat for RiRi in the UK – so far she’s clocked up eight of those. Some of her most iconic songs have been #2 singles there like ‘Love The Way You Lie’ with Eminem (the biggest selling non-charity single of 2010 in the UK), ‘Unfaithful’ and ‘SOS’.

We’re witnessing seismic leaps on the UK album charts this week – thanks to end of year sales, perhaps? Plan B‘s new one went from #21 to #3, Tinie Tempah‘s Disc-overy jumped from #26 to #4, The Wanted leapt from #22 to #5, Mumford & Sons made a 30-place jump to #6, Gaga‘s The Fame rose from #39 to #12, Cee-Lo Green‘s new LP went from #34 to #12, The SaturdaysHeadlines EP shoots from #87 to #42, and Michael Jackson‘s classic Number Ones compilation bulleted from #66 to #16.

Michael Jackson‘s first – and hopefully, Lady LaToya will intervene and make this the fucking last – posthumous studio album Michael drops from #5 to #30 while SuBo‘s The Gift loses its novelty, tumbling from #7 to #34 this week in the UK.

Jessie J‘s breakthrough ‘Do It Like A Dude’ cracked the UK Top 20 this week to perch at #18. The Wanted‘s third single ‘Lose My Mind’ also found its way into the Top 20, rising to #19 this week. Can we put that down to the year-end’s traditionally quiet week for single sales?

Wiz Khalifa‘s ‘Black and Yellow’ has damn well gone mainstream! The track rose to #6 on the US Billboard Hot 100 this week, making Wiz the only newcomer in a Top 10 full of the usual suspects (Ke$ha, Katy Perry, Pink, Bruno, Enrique etc.) Golf claps.

Keri Hilson‘s sophomore album No Boys Allowed sold over 107,000 first week copies to debut at #11 this week. That’s about 8000 copies more than what her first album did in its first week but In A Perfect World… at least managed to chart at #4. Given the strength of record sales these days, Kezza [Editor’s note: her official bogan name. How can you expect to have an Aussie hit if the press don’t give you one?] has done pretty well to come in at #11. No Boys Allowed is already available digitally here in Australia, the physical copies are due 14 January.

Elsewhere, Kez‘s ‘Pretty Girl Rock’ continues on its ace trajectory, rising to a new peak of #31 on the US charts this week. I want so much for Aussie radios to get on top of this. It’s fun, sassy pop that’d go down a treat with all the ladies queens this summer. I’m seriously considering a gay boyz cover of this. Doin’ the pretty gay rawk! Ha.

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