The ARIA singles chart is finally coming to life with a new #1 this week and a slew of new releases impacting our Top 100. Gird your loins, y’all. It’s time to get to work.
This week’s Chart Feed sees Foster The People earn their first national #1 hit after spending an exhausting 39 weeks in our Top 100. We also have a new entry by Beyoncé, clock Jessie J‘s triumphant cross-Atlantic success with ‘Domino’, and toast to Jason Mraz‘s comeback. The man somehow managed to come away with the most downloaded song in America. Plus, Gotye and Kimbra‘s massive homegrown hit ‘Somebody That I Used To Know’ cracks the US and UK charts.
Fasten your bibs and get ready for this week’s Chart Feed:
Foster The People‘s ‘Pumped Up Kicks’ (see above) claims the #1 spot in Australia this week, making this the American band’s first ever chart topper in any country. The single was actually released in the States back in September 2010, so major cheers and beers to the beer commercial that helped Australia realise this jam. ‘Pumped Up Kicks’ clocks 21 weeks on our ARIA Top 50 (39 weeks in the Top 100) this week, making it one of the longest rises to #1 in history.
Stocks also went up for the band’s album Torches, blazing its way to a new peak of #5 here this week. Will these guys be a one hit wonder Down Under or can they repeat the success with their next single ‘Call It What You Want’. The track is currently “bubbling under” at #62 on our ARIA singles Top 100.
Flo Rida and Sia‘s ‘Wild Ones’ shoots from #24 to #2 on our ARIA charts in its second week – giving the popular rapper two simultaneous hits in our Top 10 right now. Flo‘s previous single ‘Good Feeling’ is perched at #9 this week. This new one with Sia is the second most added song to Aussie radios this week.
Guy Sebastian‘s feel good single ‘Don’t Worry Be Happy’ is still placed firmly in the Aussie Top 10 this week at #7. It has now ticked over to double platinum certification for 140,000 copies sold. Watch Guy perform ‘Don’t Worry Be Happy’ acoustic style at Sydney’s iconic QVB shopping mall:
David Guetta‘s newest single ‘Turn Me On’ (featuring Nicki Minaj jacked up on helium) reaches a new peak of #14 on our ARIA charts this week. The ubiquitous French DJ currently has three singles in our Top 50 – more than what the UK and US markets would deign him with. ‘Titanium’ featuring our gurl Sia sits at #36 while his last official international single ‘Without You’ (featuring Usher) falls 10 places to #41.
Over in the UK, Guetta and Sia‘s ‘Titatium’ bullets from #61 to #8 this week, purely off album track downloads alone. The actual single’s not set to arrive there until 6 February. This exciting Top 10 entry is actually our girl Sia‘s first UK chart appearance since ‘Soon You’ll Be Found’ made #94 back in 2008. Sia‘s biggest solo hit in the UK is still her debut single ‘Taken For Granted’ which made #10 there 12 years ago.
Watch Sia performing ‘Titanium’ live with her band:
Skrillex has the biggest new single on the ARIA charts this week with ‘Bangarang’ entering at #44. The EP of the same name has been selling super well to register a 30 place jump to #14 on our album charts this week. Australia was one of the first countries to embrace the electronica/dubstep producer’s music on a mainstream level – his last effort Scary Monsters and Nice Sprites peaked at #28 on our ARIA charts in 2011.
Professor Green featuring Emeli Sandé‘s ‘Read All About it’ flies to #54 on our ARIA charts this week. All signs are definitely pointing to a favourable crossover for Emeli, who will drop her eagerly anticipated debut album Our Version of Events in Australia on 10 February – three days before the UK crowd cops it.
Watch Emeli perform her beautiful forthcoming single ‘Next To Me’ on Graham Norton‘s show last week:
Andy Grammer‘s ‘Keep Your Head Up’ is the second-highest selling new single on our Aussie charts this week. The hunky singer/songwriter launched this single in the States last February and it’s only starting to make waves in Australia now.
Lana Del Rey‘s cinematic new single ‘Born To Die’ debuts at #71 on our ARIA Top 100 this week. It’s been a rough weekend for the upcoming American songbird after that awkward and widely-panned Saturday Night Live performance. I see a few very quiet Lana Del Rey ticket holders sitting their asses down now, hoping against hope that her two Aussie shows (Sydney on 28 February and Melbourne on 3 March) don’t turn out to be a stinker.
Say what you will of her nervous showing on SNL but Lana‘s Video Games EP quickly soared to #2 on the US iTunes chart, so things can’t possibly be that bleak. Her Born To Die album is still going to be one of the most splendid debuts to come out of 2012, I reckon.
Over in the UK, ‘Video Games’ finally gets some decent radio spins – leaping to #24 on the British airplay charts, which helped the single back up the overall UK Top 100 to #16 this week.
Watch Lana Del Rey‘s infamous SNL performance of her breakthrough single ‘Video Games’:
Beyoncé‘s career-defining new single ‘I Was Here’ enters at #87 on our ARIA Top 100 this week. The massive Diane Warren-penned ballad may seem like an odd choice for a single, especially when the rest of the world’s getting prepped for ‘End of Time’ but, really, no one should be denied the pleasure of hearing this defining song. Future staple for funerals.
Adelegend‘s 21 clocks its 25th non-consecutive week at #1 on our ARIA charts, equalling John Farnham‘s defining run with Whispering Jack. Next week, 21 celebrates its one-year anniversary on the shelves and I have no doubt that it’ll still be firmly placed on top of the charts.
Over in the States, 21 spends its 15th week at #1 on the Billboard 200 – managing to sell 124,000 copies in the last week. According to Nielsen SoundScan, it was the only album to sell over 100,000 copies in the States that week. The nation’s #2 album Take Care by Drake only did 42,000 copies. Gag.
Adele‘s ‘Set Fire To The Rain’ is the third most downloaded song in America, registering 203,000 sales in the last week. It’s currently sitting at #4 on the Billboard Hot 100 – could it potentially go #1 just like its mega selling predecessors ‘Rolling In The Deep’ and ‘Someone Like You’?
Listen to the Thomas Gold remix of ‘Set Fire To The Rain’:
360‘s album Falling and Flying soars to #11 on the Aussie charts this week, now certifying gold sales for 35,000 copies shipped. Over at the singles bar, the Melbourne rapper’s awesome ‘Boys Like You’ (featuring Gossling) swings to a new peak of #35. Winning.
Kimbra‘s Vows surprisingly returns to the Top 20 this week at #19. The Kiwi indie songbird is poised for an American takeover this year with some gigs lined up over there and new material on the way. Judging by her Twitter timeline, Kimbra has steady networking with some key artists over there like Sia and Alex Da Kid (producer behind Eminem and Skylar Grey‘s ‘Love The Way You Lie’). Get ’em girl.
Stan Walker and Jessica Mauboy have started their joint shows around Australia. Will this help lift their respective album sales? We’ll see. Stan‘s new one Let The Music Play sinks from #74 to #90 this week while J Mally‘s repackaged Get ‘Em Girls album sits one rank above at #89. The pair’s duet ‘Galaxy’ drops to #27 on the ARIA singles chart after 11 weeks. I’m genuinely surprised that people give a shit about this filler especially when there are so many fiercer tracks on their albums.
Watch the video for ‘Galaxy’:
Jessie J claims her second UK #1 hit this week with ‘Domino’, thanks to hype surrounding her three Brit Awards nominations. Sales are purely off album track downloads alone, by the way, as the actual single’s not scheduled to come out in the UK and Ireland until 27 February. The chart-topping placement looked certain by the midweeks when ‘Domino’ was already leading 6,500 copies ahead of Flo Rida‘s ‘Good Feeling’. ‘Domino’ also rocketed up the UK Airplay charts to become the third most played song in the country.
Over in the US, ‘Domino’ finally cracks the Top 20 at #17 after almost five months on the digital shelves. Jessie‘s album Who You Are is still a bit of a non-event at #186 on the Billboard 200.
Meanwhile here in Australia, Jessie‘s new single ‘Laserlight’ (featuring David Guetta) debuts at #70 on our ARIA Top 100. ‘Laserlight’ is the fourth most added new song to Australian radios this week. We are so ahead of the game.
Pixie Lott‘s new single ‘Kiss The Stars’ shoots from #81 to #14 in the UK this week, thanks to some proper radio support. The single flies from #66 to #23 on the British airplay charts.
I don’t get the appeal with ‘Kiss The Stars’. Girl, what kind of fuckery is this? This sounds like an abandoned Vengaboys demo from 2001! I actually preferred her last flop ‘What Do You Take Me For’ over this and the redundant #1 hit ‘All About Tonight’.
Watch the video for Pixie‘s ‘Kiss The Stars’, if you must:
Kelly Clarkson‘s ‘Stronger (What Doesn’t Kill You)’ flies 50 places up to #21 in the UK this week, thanks to some favourable radio additions. The defining anthem is the most added new song to British radios this week, debuting at #31 on the airplay chart.
Over in the States, ‘Stronger (What Doesn’t Kill You)’ skips back into the Billboard Hot 100 at #58. Obviously thanks in no small to her heavily publicised Ron Paul endorsement. Check out this frank interview podcast Kelly did with NPR where she talks about the endorsement, being herself in the industry and why she sleeps with a gun.
Gotye and Kimbra‘s ‘Somebody That I Used To Know’ cracks the UK Top 40 this week at #36 and impressively debuts at #91 on the US Billboard Hot 100. There’s a real buzz about this hit Aussie single now that’ll no doubt put both artists on the world map. ‘Somebody That I Used To Know’ had already gone #1 in New Zealand, Belgium, Germany and the Netherlands. Gotye‘s smash album Making Mirrors is now set to arrive in the UK on 13 February.
The Wanted may be busy hustling in the States now but back home, their newest single ‘Warzone’ has hit danger zone, plummeting from #29 to #52. The album Battleground isn’t exactly working wonders either, sinking to #50 without the fellas at home to rep for it. The British boy band made their debut US TV appearance on The Ellen Show last week to launch ‘Glad You Came’ – complete with a slick new single artwork. The uptempo song was already a minor hit on the US Billboard Dance/Club play chart late last year.
Watch them do their thing on Ellen with a fair bit of pitch correction:
Cher Lloyd‘s smashing new single ‘Want U Back’ returns to the UK Top 100 this week at #56, thanks to buzz surrounding the video. The last time the track charted was at #194 on the week her album Sticks + Stones came out. ‘Want U Back’ – the single version featuring Astro – will hit UK stores on 12 February. If I were you, children, I’d just download the track now and fuck waiting for that pointless Astro remix.
Speaking of forthcoming X Factor alumni releases: Rachel Adedeji‘s set to drop a new single ‘Club Lights’ on 20 February, following her last uptempo effort ‘Follow the DJ‘. Matt Cardle will launch his third single ‘Amazing’ on the same day, while Alexandra Burke‘s penciled in 12 March for her club-centric comeback single ‘Elephant’ (featuring Eric Morillo).
Listen to a radio rip of Alexandra Burke‘s ‘Elephant’:
Jennifer Lopez‘s ‘Papi’ enjoys a resurrection on the UK charts this week, flying up to #88. I’m gonna put this down to the Fiat commercial she’s appearing in, which was done in conjunction with the actual ‘Papi’ music video. However, what’s interesting is that she’s also done a bunch of new Fiat commercials with another Love? album track ‘Until It Beats No More’.
Bruno Mars returns to the top of the UK charts almost a year after it first went #1 in the country. Doo-Wops & Hooligans has been lingering at #2 for the past fortnight, behind the unstoppable Adelegend. DW&H was the third biggest-selling album in the UK last year, managing a whopping 1.2 million copies.
The Vaccines‘ What Did You Expect From The Vaccines? soars to #6 on the UK charts this week after receiving a Brit Awards nomination. The young rockers are up against Jessie J, Emeli Sandé, Ed Sheeran and Anna Calvi in the Best Breakthrough Act category. Check out the full list of nominees – the Awards will happen on 21 February.
Watch The Vaccines‘ video for ‘Tiger Blood’:
Jason Mraz‘s ‘I Won’t Give Up’ made a surprisingly leap to #1 on the US Billboard Digital Song chart – selling 229,000 first week downloads. This is Mr Mraz‘s second biggest sales week to date in America. His personal best was when ‘I’m Yours’ moved 233,000 copies over Christmas week circa 2008.
Needless to say, ‘I Won’t Give Up’ is the biggest new single in America this week – entering at #8 on the overall Hot 100. Meanwhile here in Australia, ‘I Won’t Give Up’ starts charting at #88 on our ARIA Top 100.
Lady Gaga‘s ‘Marry The Night’ has finally done something right in some small way. The fifth Born This Way single managed to climb to #1 on the US Billboard Dance/Club play charts in the last week, despite failing to impact anywhere else. Golf claps.
Taio Cruz and Flo Rida‘s ‘Hangover’ moves up to #2 on the US Billboard Dance/Club Play charts while Deborah Cox‘s comeback ‘If It Wasn’t For Love’ makes #3.
Zedd – the German electrohouse producer – debuts on the US dance/club chart with ‘Shave It’ entering at #39. The man is probably best known for the slamming remixes of Gaga‘s ‘Marry The Night’ (which was included on the Special Edition of the Born This Way album) and Skrillex‘s ‘Scary Monsters and Nice Sprites’.
Check out Zedd‘s ‘Shave It’ music video: