Blink and you’ll miss it – Foster The People‘s ‘Pumped Up Kicks’ gets yanked from the #1 spot in Australia after just one week on top.
Homegrown indie pop princess Sia is starting to clock some real hits now as a feature creature. Her collabo with Flo Rida ‘Wild Ones’ goes #1 in Australia, making this her first ever chart topper. Meanwhile over in the UK, her collabo with David Guetta – ‘Titanium’ – breaks into the Top 3.
Elsewhere, Adele continues to sell over 100,000 copies a week in America while the arse end of the US Top 10 gives us the lowest weekly sales since 1991. Plus, UK X Factor siren Rebecca Ferguson delays her second single, which now puts her in direct competition with 2011 series runner up Marcus Collins‘ debut. What’s the tea there?
Find out more in this week’s Chart Feed:
Flo Rida and Sia‘s ‘Wild Ones’ creeps its way to the #1 spot in Australia this week, dethroning Foster The People‘s ‘Pumped Up Kicks’ after just one week on the top. ‘Wild Ones’ is Flo‘s third #1 single in Australia and Aussie indie song bird Sia‘s first ever.
Looking on the Australian airplay chart from 12 to 18 January, ‘Wild Ones’ was the biggest gainer – leaping from #34 to #11. The take over, it seems, is fast and very swift.
Foster The People‘s ‘Pumped Up Kicks’ plummets from #1 to #7 in Australia this week. The twee track about going on a killing spree is #9 on our national airplay charts. Over in the US, ‘Pumped Up Kicks’ falls to #35 while the band’s next single over there ‘Don’t Stop (Color On The Walls)’ shows up at #97 on the Billboard Hot 100.
Australia’s Got Talent star Timomatic is coming damn close to securing a #1 single of his own. The dancer/singer’s debut effort ‘Set It Off’ ascends to #2 on our ARIA singles chart this week.
Watch Timomatic‘s sick’ning moves in the ‘Set It Off’ video:
David Guetta featuring Nicki Minaj‘s ‘Turn Me On’ flies from #14 to #3 this week on our ARIA singles chart, making this the highest charting position of any tracks launched from his Nothing But The Beats album. I am, of course, not counting ‘Wet’/’Sweat’ by Snoop Dogg vs David Guetta which was included on NBTB but was foremost a Snoop single.
This is also incidentally Nicki Minaj‘s highest charting position ever – be it as a lead artist or feature creature. Her most widely recognised hit to date – ‘Super Bass’ – only managed to place itself at #6, but hey January’s a quiet period for sales.
Speaking of Onika Maraj, check out the music video for her new promo single ‘Stupid Hoes’. This song just redefined “vile”. I’d rather soak my face in Ke$ha‘s alcopop-flavoured urine than play this mess:
Simple Plan steps into the Aussie Top 10 this week with ‘Summer Paradise’ rising to a new peak of #6. Another fast rising single I don’t particularly care for is Laurent Wery featuring SwiftKid‘s ‘Hey Hey Hey’ – leaping from #23 to #10.
Drake finds himself in our Aussie Top 20 for the first time as a lead artist. The hunky Canadian rapper/singer’s hit ‘Take Care’ (featuring Rihanna) rises to #18 this week. Funnily enough, the last time we had Drake in our Top 20 was when he tagged along on Rihanna‘s ‘What’s My Name?’.
Watch Drake‘s VEVO News interview:
Professor Green and Emeli Sande‘s ‘Read All About It’ finally cracks the ARIA Top 50 this week at #46. The last time the British rapper was up in our Top 50 was two years ago with ‘Just Be Good To Green’ (featuring Lily Allen) at #49.
Meanwhile over in the UK, Emeli Sande‘s ‘Next To Me’ flies from #65 to #12 on the airplay charts, already faring better than the Scottish soul singer’s last release ‘Daddy’. Fingers crossed her solo stuff takes off Down Under too.
Lana Del Rey’s ‘Born To Die’ single leaps to #50 in Australia this week. Obviously her lukewarm Saturday Night Live performance did nothing to quash the Aussies’ interest in her music. Lana‘s first single ‘Video Games’ also elevates, going from #68 to #52.
Over in the US, her self-titled EP (which is only released in the States) debuts at #20 on the Billboard 200 this week. The four-track EP features her two singles ‘Video Games’ and ‘Born To Die’, as well as ‘Blue Jeans’ and ‘Off To The Races’. The full album will still arrive by the end of the month.
Listen to a snippet of ‘This Is What Makes Us Girls’ – a track on her forthcoming album:
Jessie J and David Guetta‘s ‘Laserlight’ shoots from #70 to #57 on our ARIA Top 100. Her album Who You Are is now certified platinum for shipments of over 70,000 copies in Australia. Meanwhile in the UK, ‘Domino’ clocks its second week at #1.
Jason Mraz‘s sappy new single ‘I Won’t Give Up’ continues to climb the Aussie charts, going from its debut placement of #88 to #61 this week. Over in the States, ‘I Won’t Give Up’ falls from #1 to #9 on the digital track chart – registering a 44% drop in sales. If you check on the overall Billboard Hot 100, it looks even worst. ‘I Won’t Give Up’ tumbles from #8 to #22 in its second week.
Will.i.Am featuring Jennifer Lopez and Mick Jagger‘s ‘T.H.E. (The Hardest Ever)’ returns to our ARIA Top 100 this week at #80. There’s now a remix launched and billed as Will.i.Am featuring Mick Jagger and Wolfgang Gartnet ‘Go Home’ – take a listen:
Rihanna‘s ‘Talk That Talk’ (featuring Jay-Z) returns to our Top 100 at #91 this week, after its confirmation as the album’s newest single. The urban track is the seventh most added new song to Aussie radios this week.
In other news, the ARIA Top 100 singles chart is now officially a Havana Brown-free zone. Both ‘We Run The Night’ and ‘Get It’ have finally retired which strangely got me thinking, I wonder if she’ll hit back harder with a feature rapper on her third single.
Sneaky Sound System‘s newest single ‘Really Want To See You Again’ has yet to crack the ARIA charts but its chances just got better. The stylish pop track is the sixth most added new song to Aussie radios. Wonder if it’ll do as well on the ARIA club charts as its predecessors ‘We Love’ and ‘Big’.
Listen to the radio mix of ‘Really Want To See You Again’:
Adele‘s 21 celebrates one year on our charts with a stronghold at #1 on our ARIA Top 100 albums this week. It has clocked 26 weeks on top of our Aussie charts.
Meanwhile in the UK, Adele now matches Queen and Oasis‘s record as artists who have spent 21 weeks on top of the album charts. The only difference is, Adele accrued this many weeks at #1 with just two albums while the two mega-selling bands had eight and nine albums respectively.
Over in the States, this week 21 becomes the first album by a British artist to spend 16 weeks at #1. 21 now ties with the Titanic soundtrack for spending 16 weeks on top of the US Billboard 200. 21 managed to sell 104,000 copies in that particular week, making it the 33rd week of 100,000-plus sales in America. So Adele should now be able to fucking blink and buy over Burger King?
You can’t help but gawk a little at how 21 is devastating the US album charts. Here she is selling over 100,000 copies in a week when, for the first time since 1991, America suffers its lowest sales totals for any Top 10 album. Coldplay‘s Mylo Xyloto did 20,000 copies to chart at #8, Nickelback‘s Here and Now managed 19,000 copies to make #9 and the Now 40 hits compilation pulled 17,000 copies to chart at #10. How bleak.
Over at the singles bar, Adele‘s ‘Set Fire To The Rain’ is now the most downloaded song in America – matching the #1 digital chart success of its predecessors ‘Rolling In The Deep’ and ‘Someone Like You’.
Watch Adele serving fucking great hair and cackles on The Jonathan Ross show last September:
M83‘s Hurry Up, We’re Dreaming rises to #81 on our ARIA albums charts this week. The French indie electro artist’s new single ‘Midnight City’ leaps to #35 in the UK this week after it was featured in BBC’s London 2012 Olympic Games promo. The track is also used as the theme song of reality show Made in Chelsea.
Listen to the rather electronic shoegaze ‘Midnight City’ – complete with a surprisingly good sax line:
David Guetta and Sia‘s ‘Titanium’ bullets to #3 on the UK charts this week. Looking on the airplay charts, the track has made a tremendous pick up from #79 to #14. ‘Titanium’ now matches the #3 peak of Nothing But The Beat‘s first single ‘Where Them Girls At’ (featuring Flo Rida and Nicki Minaj). I say it’s about time the world experienced some club-ready Sia.
Gotye and Kimbra‘s ‘Somebody That I Used To Know’ climbs to #21 on the UK charts. Fuck, that didn’t take long. It’s also picking up strong radio support, rising from #83 to #34 on the UK airplay charts. Over in the States, ‘Somebody’ leaps to #58 on the Billboard Hot 100. Gotye‘s album Making Mirrors flies from #133 to #60 in its second week on the US Billboard 200.
Watch the now-viral cover of ‘Somebody That I Used To Know’ by five-piece Walk Off The Earth:
Cher Lloyd‘s petulant ‘Want U Back’ whizzes to #26 on the UK charts this week. If this is how in demand the song before TV promo and radio rotation properly kicks in then y’all better brace yourselves when this child goes to work.
Kelly Rowland‘s ‘Lay It On Me’ shoots up to a new peak of #90 on the UK charts. It’s not quite bank-lining success but it’s nonetheless a promising placement for another solo Kelendria smash – and one that isn’t a pandering dance/pop number too.
Rebecca Ferguson‘s ‘Too Good To Lose’ has been pushed back to a 5 March release date in the UK, now putting it directly in line with fellow Liverpool X Factor sweetheart Marcus Collins‘ debut single. Is there going to be some sort of double bill promo tour action? I think it would be good value. They’re both lovable Liverpool folk with a penchant for soul and they honestly look like they could be BFFs in real life. Rebecca would be the dullest fag hag fo’ sho but every gay needs someone to curl up on a couch and watch The Holiday with.
Marcus, who also came runner-up in the hit talent competition, will release a pop cover of The White Stripes‘ ‘Seven Nation Army’ as his first single. Marcus’ debut album will come out the following week in the UK. His mentor, Gary Barlow, serves as executive producer on the album.
Let’s reminisce on Marcus’ extremely on-point cover of ‘Another One Bites The Dust’:
Mary Byrne, affectionately known as Tesco Mary, will release her second album With Love (see cover art) on 5 March in the UK. The album was first launched in her home country Ireland last November and managed to peak at #10 on the Irish charts.
Meanwhile, great news for Rebecca Ferguson fans in Australia – the soul siren’s first single ‘Nothing’s Real But Love’ is now released digitally Down Under and the album Heaven has just been given the green light for a local release – due 10 February.
Listen to Rebecca‘s live performance of ‘Glitter & Gold’ – fingers crossed, she’ll do a quick promo show in Australia:
Pixie Lott‘s Young Foolish Happy album gets a boost up the charts from #86 to #52 this week, thanks in no small part to her current hit single ‘Kiss The Stars’. The uneventful track climbs to #8 on the UK charts after just three weeks. The girl also currently has two songs in the UK Airplay Top 20 – the aforementioned single and her long-lasting #1 hit ‘All About Tonight’.
Rihanna‘s ‘We Found Love’ clocks a milestone 10 weeks on top of the US Billboard Hot 100, making this her longest staying #1 yet. This 10-week achievement puts her at an equal to Ashanti‘s ‘Foolish’, Beyoncé‘s ‘Irreplaceable’ (our Lord Beysus‘ longest staying solo #1 in America) and Olivia Newton-John‘s classic ‘Physical’.
howling like a wounded seal pup performing ‘We Found Love’ live at the Jingle Bell Ball:
Kelly Clarkson‘s ‘Stronger (What Doesn’t Kill You)’ rockets to #21 on the US Billboard Hot 100 this week. The fierce set of remixes debut at #40 on the US Billboard Dance/Club play chart. ‘Stronger’ also finally impacts American radio at #71 on the airplay charts. Meanwhile, back in Australia ‘Stronger’ registers the biggest drop on our airplay chart in the last week – sinking to #34. Why are y’all quitting on this already?
The Wanted‘s ‘Glad You Came’ penetrates the US Billboard Hot 100 this week at #85, thanks to their very successful appearance on Ellen.
Steve Aoki‘s debut artist album Wonderland enters at #59 on the US Billboard 200 this week. I’m not sure if his new single with mah gurl Wynter Gordon‘s really doing the trick for me. ‘Ladi Dadi’ really doesn’t compare when you’ve got absolute instant smashes like ‘Livin’ My Love’ (featuring LMFAO and NERVO) on board. That track earns my full endorsement even though I’m categorically opposed to anything LMFAO.
Listen to the future hit ‘Livin’ My Love’:
Aretha Franklin‘s 2011 single ‘How Long I’ve Been Waiting’ debuts at #93 on the US R&B/Hip Hop songs chart. It’s the furthest thing from a glittery comeback but that’s the deal with memaw these days – she will always sell records but probably not on a mainstream level no more.
Watch Aretha flog ‘How Long I’ve Been Waiting’ live – complete with a dutiful Walmart plug at the start and end:
Deborah Cox scores a brand new US Dance/Club play #1 with ‘If It Wasn’t For Love’. I love that the club charts still has place for big vocal dance music. Meanwhile, as predicted, Gloria Estefan‘s flawless ‘Hotel Nacional’ edges up to #3 while Rihanna‘s ‘You Da One’ remixes climbs up to #8.