Jennifer Lopez‘s ‘On The Floor’ shoots to #2 on our ARIA singles chart this week, making this her first Top 10 hit here since 2005’s ‘Get Right’. ‘On The Floor’ also entered the US Billboard Hot 100 at #9 this week and good lawd, the last Top 10 hit she had there was when ‘All I Have’ went #1 in 2003. This is return was long overdue.
Bruno Mars scores another Top 10 hit in Australia with ‘The Lazy Song’ shooting from #44 to #10 this week. Fans in the States will be treated to a Bruno and Janelle Monae joint tour in May/June. I want to go to there.
Jessie J‘s universally appealing hit ‘Price Tag’ debuts at #22 in Australia. Score! She’s scheduled for a promo visit in May, so get excited! The song is currently at #2 in the UK where Jessie is literally behind top-seller Adele on both the album and single charts. The sensational Who You Are album debuted at #2 in the UK this week and was released here on Friday.
Jessica Mauboy’s ‘What Happened To Us’ single enters our digital charts at #37 this week. It’s the third single from her decently selling Get ‘Em Girls album and to be honest, I’m not sure how record companies are supposed to market singles anymore. Especially in cases like these where the track is already available to purchase on its own when the album came out months ago. Turnover with new music is quicker than ever. Traditional modes of single releases are becoming more and more redundant because tracks like these can’t possibly compete with the excitement of getting a brand new song.
Read this brill Kylie interview where she admits to being similarly caught out when her label couldn’t handle her Aphrodite single releases.
Architecture in Helsinki‘s electro-buoyant new single ‘Contact High’ debuts at #14 on our Aussie Dance charts this week. I like this very much. It’s like a sweet throwback to Calvin Harris in his prime.
Brian McFadden Douche Supremo‘s ‘Just The Way You Are (Drunk At The Bar)’ enters our dance charts at #12 this week but seriously, the quicker this shit blows over, the better it will be for all of us. Universal Music has scrapped any thought of producing a music video for the track after it drew intense backlash for its “date rape” lyrics. “I like you just the way you are, drunk as shit dancing at the bar. I can’t wait to get you home so we can do some damage…” was apparently written about cheap drunk Delta and how much he adores it when she’s off her face. *Pause* There is no right angle to this song.
Art vs Science‘s The Experiment is the most downloaded and overall best-selling new album in Australia this week. It debuted at #2 on the main ARIA charts behind Michael Buble‘s unstoppable Crazy Love, which was recently reissued to coincide with the tour.
Lykke Li‘s Wounded Rhymes debuts at #9 on our digital album charts this week. Right after Jade reviewed the record on our show two weeks ago, I was close to convinced that I could get into this album. Same strokes alert!
Britney‘s anthemic ‘Till The World Ends’ manages to debut at #55 in the UK after going on sale for just three days. We were up in Sydney partying for Mardi Gras over the weekend when Chris Crocker debuted the track up in Nevermind. It’s one of those stories that are now unfortunately woven into my first impressions of the track.
Olly Murs‘ new single ‘Heart On My Sleeve’ jumps from #68 to #45 this week in the UK. The X Factor spunk was doing a bit of promo earlier in the year when ‘Please Don’t Let Me Go’ was issued to Aussie radios but things have gone awfully quiet on a local release front since then. No album drop date here as yet.
Hurts‘ brilliant ‘Sunday’ rises to #57 in the UK. The Naked & Famous keeps doing the Kiwis proud. Their NZ #1 hit ‘Young Blood’ is rising up the UK charts, positioning itself at #64 this week. Elsewhere, McFly‘s ‘That’s The Truth’ moves up to #67. Nice to see them soldiering ahead despite the album Above The Noise flopping hard at #20 when it came out in November. It was albeit a very competitive season and if you weren’t promoing on X Factor, you didn’t stand a chance.
Latest UK pop sensation Clare Maguire‘s debut Light After Dark enters at #7 this week. Hat tip to Nick for introducing me to her breakthrough single ‘The Last Dance’ tonight. I was instantly hooked. It’s kinda like an effortlessly cool Cher record produced by Pet Shop Boys in 2009. Light After Dark is out digitally here on 11 March. She’s the Feed Limmy pick of the week – go investigate:
Alexis Jordan‘s self-titled album debuts at #9 in the UK. I’m really curious to see how it fares on our charts next week. Since it’s release on Friday, the record is currently situated at #29 on our iTunes charts. I’m sure last week’s promo trip did the trick. I mean, if anything, she knows us queens have her back now after she rocked our Sydney Gay & Lesbian Mardi Gras party. Check out the fabulous Pop Trash Addicts review of Wynter Gordon and Alexis‘ performances that night.
Adele‘s American chart domination has officially begun. Look at the bitch naow. Her magnificent 21 album debuted straight at #1 on the Billboards Hot 200, selling over 352,000 first week copies. We also see the album’s singles all rise up to new peaks – ‘Rolling In the Deep’ (#13), ‘Someone Like You’ (#66) and ‘Set Fire To The Rain’ (#88).
We all know how that ‘Someone Like You’ reign just won’t let up in the UK, right? But strangely enough, over in the Netherlands, they’ve chosen to release ‘Set Fire To The Rain’ as the album’s second single instead. The track has fared well to reach #13 there.
K-pop mega boyband Big Bang‘s Tonight EP debuts at #7 on the US Billboard Heatseekers Chart this week. Incredibly so, it is the first K-pop album to make the US iTunes Top 10 and it’s the only non-English language album in the Top 100. A global take over is definitely in place – Tonight has already made Top 10 in several iTunes stores around the world, see: New Zealand (#5), Finland (#3), Canada (#9) and obviously, #1 in their home country. All this without a single promo done outside Korea. Amaze!