So we’ve pushed past the first half of 2011. Who wants to know the best selling singles and albums of 2011 thus far? According to Nielsen Soundscan’s mid-year stats, the biggest selling album of 2011 so far in the US goes to Adele‘s 21 – notching over 2.5 million copies since its debut in February. Second biggest seller goes to Lady Gaga‘s Born This Way, which has to date sold over 1.18 million copies in the States.
Looking at the singles chart, Katy Perry and Kanye West‘s ‘ET’ rules the roost with more than 4 million download sales this year. Next in line is Adele‘s ‘Rolling In The Deep’, coming close also with over 4 million. According to Billboard, this is the first year Americans have seen over 4 million download sales figures – let alone for two songs in a six month period! Last year’s biggest selling single (Train‘s ‘Hey Soul Sister’) managed over 3.3 million.
LMFAO featuring Lauren Bennett and GoonRock‘s ‘Party Rock Anthem’ has finally gone #1 in the US. Damn, bitches. That’s like worldwide domination now. First with the long standing #1 placement on our local ARIA charts and the UK, now this? The ears cannot unhear such evil.
Selena Gomez & The Scene‘s sensational new album When The Sun Goes Down debuts at #14 in Australia this week, making this the Disney vixen’s biggest first week release here ever. Over in the US, the album debuts at #4 selling 78,000 first week copies – again bettering that of its predecessor A Year Without Rain, which managed sell 66,000 copies. When The Sun Goes Down has reportedly sold over 101,000 copies around the world already. The new single ‘Love You Like A Love Song’ bullets on the US Billboard Hot 100 this week to a new peak of #66. Bow down, bitches.
Check out the Godmez’s first live performance of ‘Love You Like A Love Song’ on Good Morning America:
Kaiser Chief‘s The Future is Medieval debuts at #25 in Australia this week. I am approving of the unique fan-directed promo they’ve done for this album. Basically, y’all can create your own version of the LP by picking 10 of your favourite tracks from a pile of 20 recordings, you get to design the cover and then share your version of the album. There’s of course a definitive tracklisting of the album that goes out to retailers but frankly, who doesn’t want to own their own personalised edit of the record? Create your Future is Medieval album here.
Jessica Mauboy‘s new single ‘Inescapable’ is the second most added new song to Australian radios this week. The stomping pop mid-tempo is written by Diane Warren (serial balladeer behind epics like Charice‘s ‘Note to God’ and Beyonce‘s defining 4 album track ‘I Was Here’) and it’s one of seven new recordings to be tacked on the repackaged version of Get ‘Em Girls, coming in August.
Maroon 5 and Christina Aguilera‘s ‘Moves Like Jagger’ debuts at #36 in Australia this week. It’s the second biggest new track on the digital charts. Elsewhere, The Voice winner Javier Colon‘s debut single ‘Stitch by Stich’ debuts at #17 on the US Billboard Hot 100. Javier’s duet with mentor Adam Lavine ‘Man in The Mirror’ debuts at #45. Another The Voice duet courtesy of Blake Shelton and Dia Frampton (‘I Won’t Back Down’) debuts at #57 while Christina Aguilera and Beverley McClellan‘s rendition of ‘Beautiful’ comes in at #74.
Nicole Scherzinger scores another promising debut in Australia with ‘Right There’ (featuring 50 Cent) entering at #40 this week, all while her major breakthrough hit ‘Don’t Hold Your Breath’ is still in the Top 30 after 17 weeks. ‘Right There’ is the fifth most added new song to Australian radios this week.
Y’know, her label was right to delay the Aussie release of the album. We just weren’t ready for her earlier in the year when ‘Poison’ was criminally slept on. We’re expected to cop the revamped version of Killer Love on 12 August. Who else reckons that the fourth single will be one of the new recordings tacked on the US album? I just have a feeling y’all.
David Guetta‘s new single ‘Little Bad Girl’ featuring Taio Cruz and Ludacris shoots from #40 to #15 in Australia this week. Its preceding single ‘Where Them Girls At’ featuring Flo Rida and Nicki Minaj is only placed two doors down at #17. Over in the US, ‘Little Bad Girl’ debuts at #70 on the Billboard Hot 100. There’s no stopping him, is there? His feature creature Taio Cruz is expected to release his third studio album Troublemaker here in Australia on 2 September.
Nicki Minaj‘s Pink Friday album finally cracks the Aussie Top 50 at #48 this week. It’s taken a long time to get this far since it first debuted at #71 on our ARIA charts back on 6 December. It’s progress is definitely helped by the catchy current single ‘Super Bass’, which shot to a new peak of #13 this week in Australia.
Wynter Gordon‘s ‘Til Death’ soars to #7 on the US Billboard Dance/Club charts! Yes, queens. Let’s go for another #1 smash. Back here in Australia, the album With The Music I Die tumbles in its third week, sinking from #26 to #47. I was just at JB Hi-Fi today and I swear I clock the CD going for $15. Come on y’all, who hasn’t got their copy yet? Serious quality. I’ll keep stanning on your Twitter and Facebook time lines until you become a believer.
SameSame has uploaded all the performance footage from her intimate acoustic showcase last month. Check Ms Gordon doing the next single ‘Buy My Love’ – yes, she did ask me to help her out in case she forgets the words:
Kylie Minogue‘s ‘Put Your Hands Up’ jumps to #25 on the US Billboard Dance/Club charts after just two weeks. No pressure or anything but all three previous Aphrodite singles have gone #1 on the dance charts. Are we hopeful? Kylie‘s spectacular and larger than life Aphrodite Les Folie tour is currently making its way around Asia. I’m gagging for the DVD already. I need to relive it.
Vanessa Amorosi‘s ‘Gossip’ is currently placed at #179 on our Australian iTunes chart. What’s the response been like for V Mama‘s new single, y’all? Something tells me the Gossip Bomb campaign might not have fetched nearly enough sign ups before the scheduled premiere. Elsewhere, fellow Aussie pop royalty Darren Hayes‘ ‘Talk Talk Talk’ is yet to crack our ARIA Top 50 but the track is currently placed at #89 on our iTunes chart.
Beverley Knight‘s Soul UK album is the highest selling new album in the UK this week, entering at #13. This is a covers album of carefully selected British soul classics that Bev grew up listening to. They include choons like Princess‘ 80s smash ‘Say I’m Your Number One’ (which Young Divas also covered), Junior‘s ‘Mama Used to Say’ and ‘One More Try’ by George Michael.
Limp Bizkit‘s new LP Gold Cobra – y’all have to forgive me because I thought these bitches were long extinct – drops to #72 in the UK this week. This is actually their first album in over six years and I honestly cannot believe there’s still a fan base out there. It’s not like if All Saints were to reform or anything. Right, guys?
Blondie‘s Panic of Girls debuts at #73 in the UK this week. [Editor’s note: speaking of extinct bitches]. I have no comment about Deborah Harry or Blondie because they are legendary. End of story. This record has experienced some kind of staccatoed release first with a digital release, then random retailers copped some limited edition collectors’ editions and finally last week the official album release.
Peter Andre‘s new single ‘Perfect Night’ debuts at #48 in the UK this week. I saw this headline this morning and I LOL-ed: “Not even my kids will listen”. Here the cheesy pop peddler explains that UK radio’s not the only crowd shunning his latest single. Oh dear.
Dionne Bromfield – upcoming British teen soul sensation and god-daughter of Amy Winehouse – sees her debut album Good For The Soul enter at #53 in the UK this week. Y’all clocked her stunning new single ‘Foolin’ yet? Take a peek:
Coldplay‘s two new tracks ‘Moving to Mars’ and ‘Major Minus’ debut at #90 and #92 on the US Billboard Hot 100 respectively. Elsewhere, Chris’ gal pal Beyonce‘s ‘Best Thing I Never Had’ shoots from #58 to a new peak of #29 on the US Billboard Hot 100. This was before the video premiered – expect for it to keep soaring come Wednesday result. Elsewhere around the globe ‘Best Thing I Never Had’ dips to #28 in Australia and #6 in the UK.
Chart snack of the week: Lady Gaga‘s ‘You and I’ shoots to #63 on our Australian iTunes chart, no doubt propelled by her exclusive A Current Affair performance tonight. Other album’s singles ‘The Edge of Glory’ and ‘Born This Way’ rise to #6 and #23 respectively.