“There shouldn’t be much to report on this week’s Chart Feed because Beyoncé had her baby and nothing else would be on the news, right?” Sometimes I feel like my little brother is the only one who gets the way the world should be run.
On this week’s Chart Feed, the festive season’s definitely been canned now with Michael Bublé‘s career-defining Christmas album freefalling out of the Top 20 everywhere. We all knew it would come to this. Meanwhile, Empress Adele returns to top the US and UK album charts and comes closer to breaking more records, Kelly Clarkson discounts her way back up the charts, and I have a fit over the new Will Young, The Saturdays and Rebecca Ferguson single choices.
Foster The People‘s ‘Pumped Up Kicks’ pumped all the way up to a new peak of #2 on our ARIA singles chart this week, as predicted. I hear the song’s placement in a beer commercial is what’s turning them fortunes around.
The song has been in our Top 100 for 20 weeks now so if ‘Pumped Up Kicks’ does make #1 next week, it would have to be one of the longest rises to the top in ARIA chart history. The record is reportedly Ratcat‘s ‘Tingles’ EP, which spent 27 weeks in the Top 100 before going #1.
Despite ‘PUK’ consistently topping our iTunes chart, LMFAO‘s ‘Sexy And I Know It’ still has a hold on the ARIA #1 spot. ‘Sexy And I Know It’ is the second most played song on Australian radios, while ‘Pumped Up Kicks’ slumps to #22 on the Aussie Airplay Top 100. Does that explain the overall chart win?
Meanwhile in the US, Foster The People‘s album Torches leaps from #35 to #14 with 32,000 copies sold, thanks to some iTunes promotions. The album notched a 94% increase in download sales.
Watch Foster The People do ‘Pumped Up Kicks’ live and acoustic:
Lloyd featuring André 3000 and Lil Wayne‘s ‘Dedication To My Ex (Miss That)’ (see above) is now the #1 song on our Aussie Airplay chart. It is also Papa Lim‘s favourite song of the moment, which means I cannot publicly approve of it.
Jason DeRulo‘s luck is getting severely raped. Not only has he had to cancel his Aussie tour due to a neck fracture but his single ‘Breathing’ has also tumbled 10 places down to #20 on our ARIA charts this week. The album Future History leaves the ARIA Top 30 this week.
Kelly Clarkson‘s ‘Stronger (What Doesn’t Kill You)’ is on the verge of Top 20 smashdom. The stunning new single’s currently sitting at #21 on our ARIA charts after spending six weeks in our Top 50. Over in the UK, ‘Stronger (What Doesn’t Kill You)’ starts charting at #71 based on album track downloads alone – the actual single’s not set to drop until 6 February.
Over in the US, Clarkson‘s album Stronger sails from #39 to #17 on the Billboard 200, thanks to an iTunes discount and prominent placement on the US store home page. Stronger racked up 25,000 sales overall with a 232% hike in downloads. Elsewhere, Kelly‘s iTunes Session EP debuts at #85 on the Billboard 200.
Watch Ms Clarkson slay ‘Stronger’ and ‘Mr Know It All’ on SNL:
360 and Gossling‘s ‘Boys Like You’ leaps to #56 on the ARIA Top 100 this week, while the parent album Falling & Flying elevates to #22. This is the Melbourne rapper’s fourth single from his awesome debut album. ‘Boys Like You’ had previously peaked at #47 to become 360‘s only Top 50 single to date.
Lana Del Rey‘s ‘Video Games’ flies from #88 to #60 on our ARIA Top 100, thanks to a prominent placement on the Apple Store home page. The sultry siren’s new single ‘Born To Die’ has yet to appear on our ARIA Top 100 but is currently slumped at #77 on our Aussie iTunes Top Songs chart.
Jessie J‘s next single ‘Laserlight’ (featuring David Guetta) is on the verge of cracking the Aussie Airplay Top 100. Can you believe this heffa’s now coming for Sia‘s ‘Titanium’ with this Xerox copy? Sit your ass down.
Listen to ‘Laserlight’:
The Potbelleez‘s latest single ‘Feed Off Me’ cracks the ARIA Airplay Top 100 at #63 this week. Mind you, it was probably serviced to media in early December some time and the single has yet to even make the ARIA Singles Top 100. It’s the fifth effort from their sketchy Destination Now era. So far, they’ve managed to secure two Top 20 hits from this album: ‘Hello’ and ‘From The Music’.
Adam Lambert‘s new single ‘Better Than I Know Myself’ debuted at #92 on our Aussie Airplay Top 100 this week. Not exactly the reigning comeback he was searching for. The track is currently lodged at #117 on our Australian iTunes Top Songs chart.
Jason Mraz‘s new single ‘I Won’t Give Up’ is currently placed at #103 on the Aussie iTunes Top Songs chart. The spunky singer/songwriter told Billboard last month that the new album’s “finished” and that we can expect a collection of mostly mid-tempo tunes that’s “personal”, “melodic” and “mellow”. Just the way I like it.
Watch the lyric video for Jason Mraz‘s new single ‘I Won’t Give Up’:
Rihanna‘s singles are sliding down our Aussie Airplay charts quicker than the amount of crotch grabs the bitch can manage per minute. The almighty ‘We Found Love’ fell from #3 to #14 while its successor ‘You Da One’ falls from #16 to #33. RiRi’s album Talk That Talk is clinging to #19 on our ARIA charts this week.
Looks like the album’s next single’s going to be the obvious hit target: ‘Talk That Talk’ (featuring Jay-Z). The track has tentatively appeared on the UK singles release schedule, despite my very many desperate pleas for ‘Where Have You Been’ to be unleashed.
Michael Bublé‘s Christmas is definitely last season’s news now. The top-selling Yuletide album fell from #1 to #29 on our ARIA charts this week. The change in tide also dragged down similar stocking fillers like Susan Boyle‘s Someone To Watch Over Me (#6 to #15) and Tony Bennett‘s Duets II (#9 to #21) as well.
Out in the US, Bublé‘s Christmas sinks from #1 to #24 on the Billboard 200 – registering a 96% sales drop. Over in the UK, Michael‘s Christmas falls from #15 to #94 this week.
For those desperate to recapture the festive cheer with the crooner, here’s part one of his ITV special Michael Bublé: Home For Christmas – featuring Kelly Rowland, Gary Barlow and Dawn French.
Pink mania is sweeping Australia again with her Greatest Hits… So Far!!! re-entering our Top 100 at #28 this week and the woeful new ballad ‘Bridge of Light’ bounding back from #64 to #51. The song was probably supported by the accompanying release of Happy Feet 2 soundtrack, which debuts at #70 on our album charts this week.
Speaking of re-entries, these comeback kids have all leapt back into the ARIA Top 100 this week thanks to some generous sales: Grouplove‘s Never Trust A Happy Song (#56), Aloe Blacc‘s Good Things (#69), Arctic Monkeys‘ Suck It and See (#79) and Amy Winehouse‘s Back To Black (#86).
Watch the video for Aloe Blacc‘s ‘Green Lights’. This should be good “education” for those who are only aware of ‘I Need A Dollar’:
Alvin and The Chipmunks‘ Chipwrecked soundtrack is the biggest new album on our ARIA albums chart this week, debuting at #42. This is pretty much a Glee compilation set on high pitch. There are Chipmunk covers of everything from LMFAO‘s ‘Party Rock Anthem’ to Lady Gaga‘s ‘Bad Romance’ and even a parody of Willow Smith‘s viral smash ‘Whip My
Skrillex‘s Bangarang EP is the next biggest new entry, debuting at #44 on our ARIA albums chart. It is currently the second most downloaded album on Aussie iTunes, behind Adele‘s almighty 21. Skrillex‘s new eight-track EP features collabos with Ellie Goulding, Wolfgang Gartner and strangely enough a sample of The Doors. The American dubstep DJ’s first album Scary Monsters and Nice Sprites also re-enters at #50 this week.
Bangarang EP debuts at #19 on the US Billboard 200 to be the biggest new entry of the week. This is also Skrillex‘s biggest placement to date on the Billboard chart. In the UK, Bangarang EP debuts at #36 on the album charts – making this his first ever appearance in the Top 100 there.
Listen to Skrillex feat. Ellie Goulding ‘Summit’:
Flo Rida‘s ‘Good Feeling’ flies up to #1 on the UK charts this week, with only 50,000 sales in the past week. This is the American rapper’s third UK chart topper as a lead artist – his last two trophies being ‘Right Round’ (feat. Ke$ha) in 2009 and ‘Club Can’t Handle Me’ (feat. David Guetta) in 2010. His only other UK #1 placement was as feature creature on Alexandra Burke‘s ‘Bad Boys’.
Coldplay‘s ‘Paradise’ sinks to #2 on the UK charts this week after a short-lived stay on top. Meanwhile here in Australia, ‘Paradise’ leaps to a new peak of #3 on our ARIA singles chart this week after some 15 weeks in attendance. Better late than never. The band’s next single ‘Charlie Brown’ will impact the UK on 5 March.
Taio Cruz‘s ‘Troublemaker’ is the biggest new single on the UK charts this week, debuting at #3 with 36,208 opening week sales. It was literally only 280 copies shy of equaling Coldplay‘s ‘Paradise’. Gag!
Watch the music video for Taio Cruz‘s new single ‘Troublemaker’:
JLS‘ new single ‘Do You Feel What I Feel’ climbs from #46 to #16 on the UK charts this week. This is the X Factor wonder boy band’s ninth consecutive Top 20 entry – mind you, every single they’ve dropped has gone Top 10. Can they go a bit further with this one?
Alesha Dixon‘s feel good new single ‘Do It Our Way (Play)’ debuts at #53 in the UK this week. This song’s been flogged on Weight Watchers‘ New Years ad campaign – whatever pays the bills, miss thang. After last year’s deal-breaking flop The Entertainer, Alesha‘s gained some leverage as the new judge of Britain’s Got Talent and with that can only come promise of new – and hopefully great – material.
Watch the video for Alesha‘s ‘Do It Our Way (Play)’ featuring “real members of Weight Watchers” – how authentic.
Nicola Roberts‘ flawless new single ‘Yo-Yo’ has officially hit UK stores and it’s not looking likely to better the disappointing chart placements of its predecessor ‘Lucky Day’ (#40) – much less ‘Beat of My Drum’ (#27). This fucking breaks my heart, y’guys. Why is life so unkind?
It seems like Team Ginge is going as hard as they can with the single pre-orders (the bait this time was an unreleased demo of Nicola doing Girls Aloud‘s most famous b-side ‘Memory of You’). But still, without radio support, ‘Yo-Yo’ can’t possibly give fans the vindication they need.
Watch Nicola‘s recent Album Chart Show special featuring an interview plus performances of ‘Yo-Yo’, ‘Sticks + Stones’ and ‘Beat of My Drum’:
Rebecca Ferguson has drafted ‘Too Good To Lose’ to be her second single, due for release on 27 February. The album Heaven‘s still doing well to keep in the UK Top 10 so technically, it don’t really matter what she does in the singles department – am I right? No, I can’t sit and watch her do this when stronger choices like ‘Glitter & Gold’ and ‘Teach Me How To Be Loved’ are all waiting to be realised.
Will Young‘s cover of Kish Mauve‘s ‘Come On’ never did improve on its peak of #83, which is a sore disappointment given how epic ‘Jealousy’ was (and still is on the UK charts). However, y’all can expect more disappointment as single number three’s been revealed to be the mildly acceptable ‘Losing Myself’, due 19 March. Who the fuck is this meant for? And why are we locking up mega potentials like ‘I Just Want A Lover’, ‘Runaway’ and ‘Good Thing’?
Watch Will Young perform ‘Losing Myself’ live on tour:
The Saturdays are set to drop ‘The Way You Watch Me’ (feat. Travie McCoy) as the fourth single from their superflop On Your Radar. Bitch, the whole reason why this tripe was on nobody’s radar was because of non-events like this. What about the energetic ‘Get Ready, Get Set’? I might develop cancer from all this pent up anger with these “forthcoming new singles”.
Scissor Sisters‘ fierce comeback single ‘Shady Love’ (featuring Krystal Pepsy) is slated to drop in the UK on 13 February. Just enough time for it to grow on those who held up a crucifix to YouTube and cursed it out as an abomination. Trust me, you won’t get it in the first listen.
Watch the video for Scissor Sisters‘ ‘Shady Love’ – it’s child’s play!
Adele‘s 21 returns to the top of the UK charts for its 19th non-consecutive stint at #1, making this the lengthiest chart topper since Simon & Garfunkel‘s Bridge Over Troubled Water, which copped 33 weeks at #1 over eight different runs between 1970 to 1971. I wanna say Adele would never be able to make 33 non-consecutive weeks at #1 but shit, you know this bitch is just rewriting history’s pages every single week.
Over in the US, 21 also returns to the top of the Billboard 200 for its 14th non-consecutive week – racking up 144,000 sales that time. It is now the album with the most weeks at #1 since the Titanic soundtrack clocked 16 weeks back in 1998. This is also the longest #1 album run by a female artist since Whitney‘s The Bodyguard soundtrack did 20 weeks on top circa 1992 to 1993.
In the last calendar year, Adele‘s 21 sold over 5.8 million copies. The last British artist to sell as many copies in the States in one calendar year was the Spice Girls circa 1997 when Spice cancelled the industry with 5.3 million copies. Who run this motha? Adelephants.
Watch Adele perform album track ‘I’ll Be Waiting’, in which she urges “this is a rare fast one so if you wanna move, now is the time to do it!”:
Florence + The Machine‘s Ceremonials got a good kick up the Billboard 200 from #20 to #6, selling 47,000 copies in the last week – thanks to some US iTunes discount and front-of-store placement. Flo should just be grateful because this is only the second week Ceremonials has sat in the US Top 10. Further down, her last smash album Lungs leaps to #75 on the Billboard 200.
Erika Jayne – American dance music siren extraordinaire – has notched up her sixth US Billboard Dance/Club Play #1 with ‘Party People (Ignite The World)’. Check out her video for ‘Party People’ – mo’ class and even mo’ arse:
Gloria Estefan‘s ‘Hotel Nacional’ debuts on top of the US Billboard Latin Songs chart this week. Like, duh. What a no-brainer. This should also be reigning on top of every club play chart in the galaxy. ‘Hotel Nacional’ rockets to #8 on the US Billboard Dance/Club Play chart this week.
Havana Brown‘s ‘We Run The Night’ (featuring Pitbull) climbs to #35 on the US Dance/Club Play charts. We’ve also got first time solo entries by two DJs you’ve probably seen remixing hits for a few of your faves. Chuckie (the Dutch man behind brain-damaging club cuts for David Guetta, The Saturdays and Marina & The Diamonds) debuts at #49 with ‘Who Is Ready To Jump’ and Penguin Prison (the New York producer who has remixed for Temper Trap, Kimbra and Darren Hayes) shows up at #50 with ‘Don’t Fuck With My Money’.
Watch the video for Penguin Prison‘s ‘Don’t Fuck With My Money’: