Lady Gaga‘s ‘Born This Way’ sold over 60,000 copies in just 34 hours to debut at #3 in the UK this week. The track was released digitally around the world on Friday 11 February and broke the record for fastest selling iTunes single ever! The much-hyped “anthem” went straight to #1 on iTunes in 23 different countries (Australia included), and became the first track to ever achieved rapid fire digital sales like that.
‘Born This Way’ also broke US radio record for most first day spins – notching up over 1838 plays on day one on mainstream stations alone. The last time pop music fans broke the radio was last month when Britney‘s ‘Hold It Against Me’ blew up with 619 spins on its first day.
Having said that, ‘Born This Way’ honestly failed to pleasure and move me in ways her previous pop wonders have. There’s something condescendingly blatant and one-dimensional about the lyrical content and composition, and it just doesn’t hold me. Fingers crossed that the album will be a more stimulating body of work.
Black Eyed Peas‘ new single ‘Just Can’t Get Enough’ bullets to #3 in Australia this week, making it the song’s highest charting position anywhere in the world yet. Aren’t we all glad that it’s not a cover of that Depeche Mode song? Instead, this is one of those singles where Fergie takes centre stage and lets us have it vocally. I have no objections.
Far East Movement scores another Aussie chart hit with ‘Rocketeer’ moving up to #18 this week. The track was produced by Stereotypes and The Smeezingtons (Bruno Mars‘ production team) but what I’d really like to know is why Mars himself didn’t sing the hook. Maybe it’s for the best. We wouldn’t want an overkill of Bruno Mars on the charts now, do we?
We’re seeing more dance music cross over to the main ARIA singles charts these days which, I guess, is expected given the bout of summer festivals and prominence of club culture of late. Check out the movement starting on top with mah gurl Wynter Gordon‘s ‘Dirty Talk’ (#2) leading the pack, followed by: David Guetta/Rihanna‘s ‘Who’s That Chick’ (#10), Martin Solveig/Dragonette ‘Hello’ (#13), Afrojack/Eva Simons ‘Take Over Control’ (#17), Swedish House Mafia ‘Miami 2 Ibiza’ (#40), Tim Berg ‘Seek Bromance (Avicci’s Vocal Edit)’ and Adrian Lux ‘Teenage Crime’ (#49).
Cut Copy‘s new album Zonoscope debuts straight in at #3 this week in Australia. I have no valid thoughts on this except, I still got big love for the exceptionally ace album cover, which I’ve already pointed out months ago. Zonoscope debuts at #82 in the UK but don’t take that to heart. Ya’ll can probably expect it to peak a little higher when the Melbourne band gets their tour on out there.
Michael Buble‘s Crazy Love shoots back into the Top 10 this week thanks to the current Aussie tour. The superstar crooner played at Sydney’s Acer Arena tonight for what was undoubtedly a sickening Valentine’s love-in of sorts.
Two Door Cinema Club‘s Tourist History album debuts at #44 in Australia this week. I was just saying last week how these guys deserve to be big here. Now watch this climb. The band will play one show in Jakarta, Indonesia tomorrow before jetting off to tour Japan. Back in the UK, Two Door Cinema Club‘s new single ‘What You Know’ bullets to #64 this week.
Adele‘s stellar 21 album holds tight to #1 in the UK while her 19 album celebrates it’s 100th week on the charts, comfortably positioned at #6 this week.
Jessie J‘s ‘Price Tag’ sticks to the top spot in the UK for the second week while it makes a splash across the Atlantic, debuting on the US Billboard charts at #88. Ya’ll can just imagine this track getting love from all over the globe, right? Watch this take off in the coming weeks.
BBC’s Sound of 2011 shortlist-maker James Blake sees his debut album arrive at #9 in the UK this week. He’s getting a lot of approving nods on the blogosphere but I just can’t get into his ambient electro shiz. I’m sorry, I tried. He might be your cuppa, though. Check out James’ cure for insomnia: ‘The Wilhelm Scream’.
Nicki Minaj scores her first UK hit with ‘Moment 4 Life’ rising to #22 this week. Meanwhile, the Pink Friday album ascends back to #1 in the US this week. This bitch is so quotable. I could seriously listen to ‘Did It On ‘Em’ all day.
Britney‘s ‘Hold It Against Me’ tumbles out of the UK Top 20 this week and it’s still three more days ’til the video premiere. Will the hype surrounding it pull the single back up the right way? The track climbs to a new peak of #21 on the US Dance/Club charts this week and I’m thinking, is that all there is?
Newcomer Jodie Connor‘s debut single ‘Now or Never’ drops to #100 in the UK this week and I can’t say I’m surprised. Her breakthrough came as a featured vocalist on Roll Deep‘s UK #1 hit ‘Good Times’ but this is hardly the way to follow it up. It’ll be interesting to see how she fares with the next single, which is said to be a track featuring Tinchy Stryder.
Jedward is back and this time, they’ll be representing the Irish at this year’s Eurovision. The X Factor twins released their new single ‘Lipstick’ on Saturday in Europe and it’ll be interesting to see how this Glambert-glittery track performs on the UK charts.
Ke$ha‘s ‘Blow’ rises to a new peak of #66 on the US Billboard charts this week. Bitch is bringing her Get $leazy tour Down Under on 3 March and the question on everybody’s lips is, is she or isn’t she gonna perform at Mardi Gras? Check out this quick word she has for us during the gay festive season:
The glitter monger’s new single ‘Blow’ was sent to Aussie radios this morning.
Kylie Minogue‘s ‘Better Than Today’ climbs to #3 on the US Dance/Club charts this week. Unlike her previous world tours, the Americans will definitely be included on her forthcoming Aphrodite Live 2011 tour. She’ll be touring the States for a good month starting 29 April but my Aussie queens, ya’ll will have to keep hanging in there with me for national tour dates.
Speaking of le tour, it’s all looking eleganza regale and shit but I honestly don’t believe she won’t have a new single to whore out to radios while it’s all happening. I feel an Aphrodite repackage coming on with a new recording released to lead the new phase.