Happy new year, y’all. I don’t know who approved my time off last Monday but I’m sorry for leaving y’all without a Christmas week chart feed.
I am back on the grind tonight because I know we need to start this year right. It’s such a traditionally quiet time of the year for music sales, technically all your underachieving faves should be making the Top 10 with no effort at all. But of course, there aren’t ever any surprises when you’re expecting it.
This week’s chart highlights include Michael Buble‘s record-breaking Christmas sales that has cancelled everything he’s put out before this year, Sia‘s third consecutive Aussie Top 30 appearance in five months, Havana Brown‘s American crossover, and shit loads more.
LMFAO reclaims the #1 spot on our ARIA singles chart with ‘Sexy and I Know It’ after Reece Mastin‘s ‘Good Night’ reigned last week. Over in the States, ‘Sexy and I Know It’ also rose to #1 on the US Billboard Hot 100, registering over 395,000 downloads to become the biggest weekly singles sales America has seen since Gaga‘s ‘Born This Way’ did 509,000 copies in February.
Meanwhile back to our ARIA charts, I reckon Foster The People‘s ‘Pumped Up Kicks’ should be shoo-in for a #1 placement soon. The track’s been topping our iTunes charts for a few days now. It’s currently sitting at #12 after only ever peaking at #7. Further down, the American rockers’ single ‘Call It What You Want’ (see above) debuts at #83.
Taio Cruz‘s vile ‘Hangover’ rises to #3 on our ARIA charts this week, no doubt a reflection of the silly season. Over in the UK, Taio‘s next single ‘Troublemaker’ arrives in stores this week. The English singer/songwriter’s third studio album TY.O drops next week in the UK, almost a month after Aussies got their copies in stores.
Kelly Clarkson‘s ‘Stronger (What Doesn’t Kill You)’ keeps breaking higher ground, reaching #24 this week on our ARIA charts. Meanwhile, friends in the UK are not set to get ‘WDKY’ until next month. Gag!
Listen to ‘Stronger (What Doesn’t Kill You) [Nicky Romero Remix]’:
Lloyd‘s ‘Dedication to My Ex’ is the #1 most played song on Aussie radios in the last week (22 – 28 December). But the single has worryingly dropped from its peak of #3 last week to #11 this week.
Professor Green and Emeli Sandé could have themselves a belated hit in ‘Read All About It’. The UK #1 single leaps nine places up to #36 on our Aussie airplay charts in the last week but has only turned up at #78 on our ARIA charts this week.
Flo Rida scores a double appearance in the ARIA Top 30 this week with his new single ‘Wild Ones’ (featuring Sia) entering at #29 while ‘Good Feeling’ sits at #8. This is Sia‘s third consecutive ARIA Top 30 appearance in the last five months. Her new status as feature creature du jour’s certainly paying the bills.
Listen to Flo and Sia‘s ‘Wild Ones’:
Matt Corby‘s ‘Into The Flame’ EP nosedives from #31 to #56 this week. He’s not the only one suffering an intense drop in the new year. Pink‘s ‘Bridge of Light’ also fizzled out from #49 to #64, Lana Del Rey‘s ‘Video Games’ drops from #60 to #88, Foo Fighters‘ ‘These Days’ sinks from #65 to #90, and Florence + The Machine‘s ‘Shake It Out’ freefalls from #74 to #99.
Michael Bublé‘s Christmas manages to keep selling even after the festive week. It remains the #1 selling album in Australia. Keep reading further down for his record-breaking sales in the States. Meanwhile, Adele‘s 21 stays at #2 while Reece Mastin‘s self-titled album of covers remains at #3.
360‘s Falling & Flying leaps from #45 to #27 this week, making it the biggest riser in the Top 30 this week. The Melbourne rapper’s formidable debut album’s made it into my Top Albums of 2011 countdown.
Watch the brand new video for 360 featuring Gossling‘s ‘Boys Like You’ – starring Ruby Rose:
The quiet week on the album charts, coupled with some flash sales, sees Top 100 re-entries by Pitbull (Planet Pit – #64), Drake (Take Care – #74), Jessica Mauboy (Get ‘Em Girls – #80), Nicki Minaj (Pink Friday – #84) and Evanescence (Evanescence – #97).
Coldplay‘s ‘Paradise’ leaps to #1 in the UK this week, making it the mega-selling band’s first chart topper there since ‘Viva La Vida’ in 2008. No biggie. It’s only Coldplay‘s second ever UK #1 single. Meanwhile, last year’s modest hit ‘Every Teardrop Is A Waterfall’ leaps from #114 to #83.
Rihanna‘s stocks are on the rise again. Her massive #1 smash ‘We Found Love’ moves back up to #5 while ‘You Da One’ makes #16 this week. Over on the dance singles chart, the immense ‘Where Have You Been’ sinks to #30.
Over in the US, ‘We Found Love’ is still the most played song in the country but she’s lost the overall #1 title after LMFAO‘s ‘Sexy and I Know It’ clubbed her in the digital sales department. The next single, ‘You Da One’ rose to #22 on the US Billboard Hot 100 after finally making the Top 30 US airplay charts. ‘You Da One’ also managed to make a hot shot debut at #32 on the Billboard Dance/Club play charts.
Watch the vaginal-assaulting video for ‘You Da One’:
The Wanted‘s ‘Warzone’ is rapidly taking over control after months of bubbling under. The fourth single from Battleground makes a new peak of #21 this week in the UK.
Alexandra Stan‘s follow up single ‘Get Back (ASAP)’ flops hard, sinking from #56 to #98 in its second week on the UK charts. Talk about a far cry from her global dance smash ‘Mr Saxobeat’.
Ed Sheeran‘s debut + returns to #1 on the UK charts 15 weeks after it last reigned on top. As of last month, Ed‘s album had already sold over 500,000 copies in the UK alone. Pretty impressive for three months’ effort.
Rebecca Ferguson‘s beautiful album Heaven clocks one month on the UK Top 10 this week, slumping a little to #9. It’s obvious that after One Direction, Becca‘s the next biggest chart success of the 2010 UK X Factor crop. Meanwhile, show mate Cher Lloyd‘s making a rebound – her album Sticks & Stones flies from #44 to #21 this week. All three of these X Factor stars have wound up in my Top 30 Albums of 2011 shortlist – check out their placements.
Watch Rebecca Ferguson performing what would have to be a future single ‘Glitter & Gold’:
Destiny’s Child‘s #1s greatest hits compilation has surprisingly turned up at #98 on the UK charts this week. Looking up, Beyoncé‘s 4 has picked up sales too, going from #26 to #12 but Kelendria‘s Here I Am sinks to #79. Where the fuck is Tenitra‘s epic dance single, anyway? I hope her promo appearance didn’t inadvertently drive more
Michael Bublé‘s Christmas unsurprisingly reigns at #1 on the US Billboard 200, registering 467,000 sales this particular week. Just so you know, this is the third consecutive week where it has sold over 400,000 units of this album in the States. Christmas has now racked up over 2.4 million copies in just nine weeks, already surpassing his last two studio albums Call Me Irresponsible (2.3 million) and Crazy Love (2.1 million).
Adele‘s 21 also clocked a record-breaking milestone in the States, selling 399,000 copies to become her biggest weekly sales figures to date. The album’s currently at #2 on the Billboard 200 and has actually sold more copies in a calendar year than any album since Usher‘s Confessions circa 2004. You just know that on her Boxing Day shopping spree, Adele‘s gone out and bought over fucking Harrods or something.
Listen to Adele‘s ‘Rumour Has It (Rascal Remix)’:
Young Jeezy scores the biggest new album on the charts with TM: 103 Hustlerz Ambition [Editor’s note: what a low-rent title]. The American rapper enters at #3 with 233,00 first week sales, making it his fifth consecutive US Top 5 album. Whatever. I’ll only ever know Jeezy as the ashtray-vocalled thug on Mariah‘s stunning album track ‘Side Effects’.
Katy Perry‘s ‘The One That Got Away’ leaps to #3 on the US Billboard Hot 100. It’s the second most downloaded song in America, thanks in no small part to the shady remix situation she’s got with the B.o.B. version. ‘The One’ pulled an overall 157% sales increase with 297,000 downloads – but only 76,000 of it was for the B.o.B. remix.
Speaking ‘The One’ remixes, the dancefloor-ready cuts have gone #1 on the US Billboard Dance/Club charts, making this Katy Perry‘s seventh #1 dance hit from the Teenage Dream era.
Taylor Swift‘s ‘Safe & Sound’ featuring The Civil Wars is the biggest selling new single in America, debuting at #30 on the Billboard Hot 100.
Other new entries worthy of mention include Flo Rida and Sia‘s ‘Wild Ones’ (#57), Skrillex‘s first commercial appearance ‘Scary Monsters and Nice Sprites’ (#69) and Adam Glambert‘s comeback smash ‘Better Than I Know Myself’ (#76). Elsewhere, Nicki Minaj‘s arse crack of a buzz single ‘Stupid Hoe’ debuts at #81 in the US, making it the lowest charting of her seven Top 100 appearances.
Listen to Adam Lambert‘s ‘Better Than I Know Myself’:
Lady Gaga‘s ‘Marry The Night’ falls to #39 on the US Billboard Hot 100. Holy shit, could this be the first official Gaga single to miss the US Top 10 altogether? I mean, this is a whole new low since ‘Judas’, which only peaked at #10. Silver lining: ‘Marry The Night’ is one of the biggest gainers on the US Dance/Club charts this week, rising to #7.
David Guetta (featuring Nicki Minaj)’s ‘Turn Me On’ rises to #62 on the US Billboard Hot 100. It happens to be the most added new song to US radios this week, debuting also at #62 on the airplay charts. Could it possibly scale the commercial success of its predecessor, ‘Without You’ (featuring Usher) which made #4 on the US Billboard Hot 100 and is still one of the Top 5 most played songs in America?
Despite his ubiquity on the international airwaves, David Guetta‘s Nothing But The Beat album isn’t consistently selling hard in the States. The album re-enters the Hot 200 this week at #146.
Check out the official lyric video for Guetta/Minaj‘s ‘Turn Me On’:
Wynter Gordon‘s ‘Buy My Love’ dips to #3 on the US Billboard Dance/Club charts after peaking at #2 the previous week. The New York singer/songwriter played a NYE gig in Sydney and I was so gutted I couldn’t be there. I had to get the real tea from my friend Jack who informed that miss thang tore it up with phenomenal album tracks such as, ‘Don’t Stop Me’, ‘Drunk On Your Love’ and future single ‘Still Getting Younger’. With The Music I Die is one my Top 5 albums of 2011 and ‘Still Getting Younger’, my #1 song of 2011.
Gloria Estefan‘s jumpin’ new smash ‘Hotel Nacional’ checks in at a new peak of #16 on the US Dance/Club play charts. Meanwhile, Michelle Williams‘ defining hit with Ultra Nate ‘Waiting On You’ climbs to #23 and pan-Asian flop girl band Blush is back with their follow up single ‘Dance On’, which is scorching up the charts at #26 this week.
Listen to Blush‘s ‘Dance On (WAWA Radio Edit)’ – is this a reupholstering of Girlband‘s almighty ‘Electric’?:
Havana Brown‘s defining poppers o’clock RedOne remix of ‘We Run The Night’ debuts at #44 on the US Billboard Dance/Club play charts. It’s the third biggest Aussie hit of the year so round of applause. According to the ARIA stats, ‘We Run The Night’ is the 40th best-selling single of 2011 in Australia.