History has given us such prolific female feature creatures like Dev and Ashanti but never one so truly talented or vocally authentic as Sia.
This week, I’m all about toasting to our gurl’s back-to-back hits via her Flo Rida, David Guetta and Hilltop Hoods collaborations. We’re seeing simultaneous Top 5 hits in the UK and a #1 record in Australia for the second week running.
Elsewhere, indie artists shut down the ARIA charts after Triple J‘s Hottest 100 fest and Etta James‘ posthumous record sales start to manifest. Plus, Gloria Estefan is the reigning queen of the dance/club charts again and Lana Del Rey misses the Top 10 despite a heavy bout of promo.
Check out more on this week’s Chart Feed.
Flo Rida and Sia‘s ‘Wild Ones’ cling tight to the #1 spot in Australia for the second consecutive week. Meanwhile, our Aussie indie song bird’s stocks continue to rise with her other collabo – ‘I Love It’ with Hilltop Hoods (see above)- climbing to a new peak of #11. Can we expect a new personal best for Sia next week with two simultaneous ARIA Top 10 hits?
Looking over in the UK, ‘Wild Ones’ debuts at #5 while Sia‘s defining smash with David Guetta – ‘Titanium’ – ascends to #2. Yes, mama is wringing the mop dry now after cleaning up with two simultaneous Top 5 hits this week.
Matt Corby‘s ‘Into the Flame’ EP scores a bank-breaking leap from #42 to #8 on the ARIA singles chart – making it the biggest riser this week. The EP had been #1 on iTunes for most of the week, particularly after the Triple J Hottest 100 bump. The key track ‘Brother’ was voted #3 on the nation’s premiere indie/alternative music countdown.
Check out this A-grade Lancelot remix of ‘Brother’:
The Black Keys‘ ‘Lonely Boy’ steps up 10 places to #15 this week, making this now the highest charting single the American rockers have ever had in Australia. xxx ‘Lonely Boy’ managed to come in at #2 on Triple J‘s Hottest 100 countdown on Australia Day.
360 featuring Gossling‘s ‘Boys Like You’ (see above) catches like fire, rising to #19 on the ARIA charts. This is the Melbourne rapper and waify-voiced singer’s first Top 20 appearance. The catchy hip hop/indie collabo has certainly whetted my appetite for more of this little known singer, so after a little bit of Googling, this is what I found.
Listen to Gossling‘s cover of Ou Est Le Swimming Pool‘s ‘Dance The Way I Feel’:
Jessie J featuring David Guetta‘s ‘Laserlight’ breaks higher ground at #49 in Australia this week. We are the first country in the world to really run with this new track so kudos, I guess to the label who acted swiftly following the early success of Guetta/Sia‘s ‘Titanium’.
Meanwhile in the States, Jessie J finally clocks her first American Top 10 hit with ‘Domino’ peaking at #10 this week. We’re so looking past this single now.
Will.i.Am, Mick Jagger and Jennifer Lopez‘s ‘T.H.E.’ shows no sign of dying out despite some lukewarm reception in the beginning. The single rises to #66 in Australia this week. I know it’s easy to write him off but ‘T.H.E. (The Hardest Ever)’ is actually not Will.i.Am‘s most insipid work to date. The quality actually shits over most of the last BEP album.
M83‘s ‘Midnight City’ cracks the ARIA Top 100 at #78 after the album successfully charted last week. This track must be a really big deal in the indie/alternative sphere, am I right? I wouldn’t know.
Watch the music video for ‘Midnight City’:
Florence + The Machine‘s ‘No Light, No Light’ debuts at #95 on our ARIA singles chart this week. The flame-haired Welsh warbler is set to start touring Australia in May.
Beyoncé‘s ‘I Was Here’ bows out of the ARIA Top 100 after three weeks. Well, that was some reductive promotional efforts right there. Did they so much as send the live performance clip out to music video channels? You’d think that after the success of ‘Love On Top’, they’d put more emphasis on a follow up hit.
Etta James‘ Her Best compilation debuts at #65 in Australia while her best known hit ‘At Last’ returns to the charts at #72, giving the late soul legend some expected posthumous sales. iTunes stores world over didn’t hesitate to immediately start plastering Etta‘s mug on the home page to capitalise on her passing. If anything, I hope this push has introduced Etta‘s classics to an undiscerning younger generation. I know I’ve had a very rewarding YouTube trawl.
Over in the States, three Etta James albums turn up in the Billboard 200 – Best of Etta James (#46), Her Best (#59) and At Last! (#96). They all reportedly managed to sell a combined total of 19,000 copies, which is really nothing compared to the meltdown renewed interest in her defining hit ‘At Last’. That track managed to sell 63,000 digital copies in the States after Etta passed, placing itself on #29 on the Hot Digital Songs chart.
Watch Etta performing ‘I’d Rather Go Blind’ back in 1987:
Gotye and Kimbra‘s ‘Somebody That I Used To Know’ accelerates from #21 to #7 in the UK this week. Together with Sia‘s two Top 5 hits, I am pleased to note that the British Top 10 copped a healthy serve of Australian talent on Australia Day week. Gotye is expected to release his album Making Mirrors in the UK on 13 February and there’s already plans for a follow up single there with ‘Eyes Wide Open’ pencilled in for 23 April.
Lana Del Rey‘s cinematic single ‘Born To Die’ enters at #14 in the UK this week. The album of the same name arrives in UK and US shelves today while Aussies are due to get it on Friday. Of course, y’all already heard it when it leaked on the interwebs but how many of us will actually fork out the cash for Lana‘s opus? I know I will.
Watch Lana Del Rey do ‘Born To Die’ on Radio 1’s Live Lounge – oh snore galore!:
Cher Lloyd‘s ‘Want U Back’ falls to #38 in the UK this week and the official single ain’t even out yet. This is such a chronic misfire on Syco‘s part to let there be such a huge lag time between the video arriving and single release.
Kelly Rowland‘s ‘Lay It On Me’ is thankfully putting it down on the UK charts. The summery urban single picks up from #90 to #73 this week while her synth-straddling dance single ‘Down For Whatever’ plummets to #94. ‘Lay It On Me’ will officially be released in the UK next Monday, fingers crossed for some club-ready remixes.
Ed Sheeran somehow managed to topple Adelephant to return to #1 on the UK album charts. + is already certified triple platinum sales there and is, surprisingly, the fastest selling digital debut album in British chart history. Meanwhile over at the singles bar, the ginger man’s newest release – ‘Drunk’ – goes beserk, flying from #92 to #29 in the UK this week.
Watch Ed Sheeran perform ‘Drunk’ live on Graham Norton over the weekend:
David Guetta‘s clearly riding high on the newfound success of ‘Titanium’. His current album Nothing But The Beat ascends from #38 to #16 in the UK this week while its predecessor One Love rises to #82.
Over in the States, Guetta and Nicki Minaj‘s new single ‘Turn Me On’ blasts to #1 on the digital songs chart with 198,000 downloads. This is surprisingly enough the first time both Guetta and Minaj have scored a #1 song on the digital songs chart. You’d think with their notoriety in this current digital music age this would’ve been accomplished long ago but no.
Kelly Clarkson‘s ‘Stronger (What Doesn’t Kill You)’ shoots from #21 to #8 on the US Billboard Hot 100. This is now Clarko‘s first album since Breakaway to notch up at least two consecutive US Top 10 singles. ‘Stronger’ is also scorching up the airplay charts, going from #71 to #44 while the remixes shut down the dance/club chart with a new peak of #28 this week.
Watch KFC (Kelly Fucking Clarkson)’s Toyota ad featuring ‘Stronger’:
Mary J Blige‘s ‘Mr Wrong’ (featuring Drake) debuts at #98 on the US Billboard Hot 100. Fuck me, do you realise how long it’s been since Mary had an entry in the Top 100 here? 2009’s ‘I Am’ – from her Stronger With Each Tear album – was the last showing and that managed to go #55. The first two singles from her current album – the indulgently titled – My Life II… The Journey Continues (Act 1) failed to make an impact.
SWV – the forgotten 90s R&B trio – is back with their first single in 13 years: ‘Co-Sign’. The track arrives at #75 on the US R&B/Hip Hop songs chart this week. Y’all can expect the album I Missed Us to arrive this year.
Listen to ‘Co-Sign’:
Gloria Estefan‘s ‘Hotel Nacional’ sashays all the way to the #1 spot on the US Billboard Dance/Club charts this week. This is also the #1 song in heaven right now. Amen.
Havana Brown‘s ‘We Run The Night’ – the RedOne/Pitbull remix – finally cracks the Top 20 of the US Billboard Dance/Club charts. I know it’s really cred-shredding to help yourself to some Hovana but I still fucking stan for this song and I secretly hope that it crosses over to the mainstream Hot 100.
Watch Havana perform ‘We Run The Night’ while on tour with Enrique here last year:
Rihanna‘s ‘Where Have You Been’ starts making waves on the US Billboard Dance/Club chart. The slamming club-perfect track is the highest entry at #47 this week. I have been stomping the pavement to this track every single day since it came out, I swear. It is fucking life giving.