Lana Del Rey cleans up the UK album charts this week and I sense this takeover is only the first of many more all over the world.
On this week’s Chart Feed, there’s an unusually high representation of Australian artists on the Australian singles Top 40. All up there’s eight of them, nine if you count Sia‘s appearance on Flo Rida‘s current #1 single ‘Wild Ones’. Speaking of Sia, she’s now working it with a #1 single in the UK and Australia. It’s all coins in the bank for our gurl.
Elsewhere, dismally low album sales sees half the US Top 20 invaded by new releases from the likes of Tim McGraw, Ingrid Michaelson and Kellie Pickler.
Sia is co-reigning on top of both the Australian and UK singles chart this week with ‘Wild Ones’ (her Flo Rida collabo) clocking its third consecutive week at #1 here and ‘Titanium’ (her stunning David Guetta collabo) ascending to the top of the British charts. Meanwhile indie golden girl’s other collabo – ‘I Love It’ with Hilltop Hoods – moves up to a new peak of #6 on our ARIA singles chart.
See above, Emeli Sandé covering ‘Titanium’ with David Guetta behind the decks at the NRJ Awards. Not even her flawless pipes could touch Sia‘s work.
The Black Keys‘ surprise hit ‘Lonely Boy’ climbs 13 spots to #2 on our ARIA singles chart this week, making it the band’s highest charting position yet in any country. ‘Lonely Boy’ only managed to get up to #64 on the US Billboard Hot 100 and #80 on the UK charts.
Watch Matt Corby covering The Black Keys‘ ‘Lonely Boy’ for Triple J‘s Like A Version:
Am I the only one who’s turned on by his sexy hipster caveman appearance? You can just tell that he smells like weed and sweaty balls.
Matt Corby‘s ‘Into The Flame’ EP rises to a new peak of #3 on our ARIA singles chart. Meanwhile, celebrations in the other room for Melbourne rapper 360 with his infectious new single ‘Boys Like You’ (featuring Gossling) flying from #19 to #4 this week. On the flip side, the man’s debut album Falling & Flying also climbs to a new peak of #4. Fucking winning, mate.
San Cisco‘s ‘Awkward’ may have been bubbling away in the bottom half of the ARIA Top 100 for a few months now but this week, it soars to #32. Other songs to do the same include Grouplove‘s ‘Tongue Tied’ (#33), M83‘s ‘Midnight City’ (#37) and Rihanna‘s ‘Talk That Talk’ (featuring Jay-Z) (#42).
Watch the music video for San Cisco‘s ‘Awkward’:
One Direction‘s ‘One Thing’ should blow up on our ARIA charts in no time. The single had already been sent to radios and last time I checked tonight, the track’s sitting at #25 on our iTunes chart.
Taio Cruz‘s next redundant contribution to pop music ‘Troublemaker’ is also worth bookmarking for future chart success. The song’s already peaked at #3 in the UK but should be cracking our Top 100 soon enough. ‘Troublemaker’ is currently placed at #76 on our iTunes chart.
Madonna‘s new single ‘Give Me All Your Luvin” (featuring Nicki Minaj and M.I.A.) isn’t exactly tearing iTunes a new asshole. Could some post-Superbowl excitement sustain enough interest? It’s currently sitting at #8 on the US iTunes chart and the Top 5 in France, Finland, Greece, Italy, Portugal, Spain and Sweden. In Australia, it tumbles to #35.
Are y’all expecting for this to even make the Top 50 by next Monday? The first single from her last two studio albums – ‘4 Minutes’ and ‘Hung Up’ – both made #1 here.
Watch Madonna‘s breath-taking Superbowl half time performance:
Foster The People finally scores themselves a #1 album to match the #1 hit they had at the top of the year with ‘Pumped Up Kicks’. Torches, which has been lingering in our Top 50 for 37 weeks, managed to topple Adele‘s unsinkable album 21 this week thanks to the band’s national tour. This is the first country where Torches has gone #1, y’guys. Meanwhile, the new single ‘Call It What You Want’ soars to #39 on the ARIA singles chart this week.
Tim McGraw has the biggest selling new album in Australia this week. I never thought I’d say that. Emotional Traffic debuts at #14 this week. The man’s headed to Australia next month for a joint tour with his wife Faith Hill. This will be the first time both Tim and Faith have toured together outside of North America and it’s actually Faith‘s first time touring this fair country. Bitch, I am so out of touch with your music, please forgive me. I’m still lip synching for my life to ‘There You’ll Be’.
McGraw also has the biggest selling new album in the US with Emotional Traffic crashing at #2 – selling 68,000 opening week copies. Gosh, they’re some tragically low sales to make #2.
Lana Del Rey’s Born To Die album hits #1 in the UK this week with opening week sales of 117,000 copies – making it the fastest selling album of the year so far. Like, no duh. Born To Die managed to sell 50,000 copies on day one alone and by the end of the week it had already sold more than the rest of the Top 5 combined, which is pretty impressive. Similar success is expected to follow world over as the album’s been pretty much #1 or #2 on most iTunes charts.
Meanwhile at the singles bar, ‘Born To Die’ cracks the UK Top 10 at #9 this week while ‘Video Games’ moves back up the Top 20. Here in Australia, ‘Video Games’ finally cracked the Top 50 with an impressive placement at #23 this week. Get ready for Del Rey‘s hostile takeover of the album charts next week.
Alyssa Reid featuring Jump Smokers ‘Alone Again’ is the biggest selling new single in the UK this week, debuting at #2. Obviously, it would’ve been novel to have another new artist claim their first #1 single (like Cover Drive did last week) but the Canadian girl was overtaken by David Guetta/Sia by the weekend. At the start of the week, Alyssa’s ‘Alone Again’ was roughly 5000 copies ahead of ‘Titanium’ but by close of Saturday, Guetta had already raced 9000 copies ahead of her.
Listen to Alyssa Reid featuring Jump Smokers‘ basic ass rewrite of Heart‘s defining power ballad ‘Alone’, now recast as ‘Alone Again’:
Gotye and Kimbra‘s ‘Somebody That I Used To Know’ ascends to #3 on the UK charts in its fifth week. Meanwhile, the impressive cover by Walk Off The Earth – which went viral on the interwebs last month – flies from #141 to #88 on the UK charts.
Over in the States, Gotye and Kimbra rise to #31 on the US Billboard Hot 100 while Gotye‘s album Making Mirrors leaps to #45 on the Billboard 200.
Cover Drive‘s ‘Twilight’ didn’t stay very long at #1. After clocking a week on top of the UK charts, the Barbados-based pop group was shuffled down to #6. If I were them, I’d be rush releasing their debut album Bajan Style already. They have worked with the likes of J.R. Rotem (hitmaker behind Rihanna‘s ‘SOS’) and Quiz & Larossi, the Swedish production duo responsible for The Saturdays‘ ‘Up’ and Geri Halliwell‘s camp-as-fuck ‘Ride It’).
Watch Cover Drive‘s ‘Twilight’ music video:
Kelly Rowland‘s ‘Lay It On Me’ moves up to #69 on the UK singles chart this week. How fucking rich. Only Kelendria fans would get excited about a divine and appropriate sign of 69 synonymous with any of her many pussay-pleasing records.
Rachel Adedeji‘s new single ‘Club Lights’ is set to arrive on 20 February in the UK but with barely any buzz surrounding it, could this former X Factor promise simply fade to irrelevance? I seriously wish her songs had more of an identity because there’s nothing memorable about this shit.
When she dropped her debut ‘Follow The DJ’, Rachel became the first female in her series (the class of 2009, won by Joe McElderry) to release a single. Not very much has changed since then. Runner-up Stacey Solomon is expected to launch more music this year so together with Rachel, I can see that these sistas are gonna have to do for themselves.
Watch Rachel Adedeji‘s money-well-spent music video for ‘Club Lights’:
Pet Shop Boys‘ new b-sides collection Format arrives in the UK today (it dropped in Australia on Friday). This set takes us from the Bilingual era circa 1996 through to their last studio album Yes circa 2009. Absolute collectors stuff so you can at least expect for there to be a strong pick up in the first week from hard core fans?
Goldfrapp is launching The Singles compilation in the UK today – complete with two new tracks ‘Yellow Halo’ and ‘Melancholy Sky’. Do y’all reckon this will make the UK and Aussie Top 100 next week? The duo’s already well on their way with the sixth studio album so consider this to be a nice little interlude before the new chapter.
Watch the music video for ‘Yellow Halo’, which was filmed entirely on an iPhone:
Ingrid Michaelson‘s new album Human Again debuts at #5 in the US this week, clocking 40,000 opening sales. This is the singer/songwriter’s best sales week yet. Y’all would probably know Ingrid as the original purveyor of Cheryl Cole‘s ‘Parachute’.
Kellie Pickler – one of the sweetest and most lovable American Idol bimbos – registers her highest charting album to date with 100 Proof. It’s the blonde country star’s third consecutive US Top 10 hit album and this one managed to come in at #7, selling a humble 27,000 copies.
Seriously, y’guys, album sales are so painfully low this time around, you’re getting all kinds of basic bitches debut in the US Top 10. Half the Top 20 is new releases this week.
Rumer‘s Seasons of My Soul debuts at #55 on the US Billboard 200 this week, almost 15 months after the British easy listening chanteuse released it in the UK. She appeared on CBS Sunday Morning and apparently the album swiftly went #1 on iTunes after the segment.
Watch the special interview where Rumer talks about the years of gigging and holding down odd jobs, and interestingly enough, how she was the offspring of her mother’s affair with a Pakistani cook:
Kelly Clarkson‘s ‘Stronger (What Doesn’t Kill You)’ is the most downloaded song in America, topping the Billboard Digital Song chart with 225,000 sales this week. On the overall Billboard Hot 100, ‘Stronger’ steps up to #2 – sitting just behind Adele‘s third consecutive chart-topper ‘Set Fire To The Rain’.
I reckon the biggest hurdle standing between ‘Stronger’ taking down ‘Set Fire To The Rain’ is the radio airplay component. Adele’s ballad is rocking it at #4 on the Hot 100 Airplay chart while ‘Stronger’ is still rising at #33.
The Wanted‘s ‘Glad You Came’ makes a new peak of #40 on the US Billboard Hot 100. The song also debuts at #60 on the Hot 100 Airplay chart. Fuck me, I hope they’re repacking the Battleground album with stronger songs because you wanna be able to sustain this hype in the US. I propose that they launch the superior Alias remix of ‘Lightning’ next until they figure shit out.
Jennifer Hudson and Ne-Yo‘s new song ‘Think Like A Man’ (featuring Rick Ross) debuts at #60 on the US Billboard R&B/Hip Hop charts. I don’t get the appeal with this song – take a listen:
David Guetta and Nicki Minaj‘s ‘Turn Me On’ races to #1 on the US Billboard Dance/Club play chart. Meanwhile, pulling up close to it at #2 this week is Rihanna‘s ‘You Da One’ remixes and “pan-Asian” girl band Blush‘s ‘Dance On’ at #3.
Neon Hitch‘s ‘Fuck U Betta’ is the hot shot debut at #37 on the US Billboard Dance/Club play charts. The British singer/songwriter has been the toast of the blogosphere for a while now having also written for the likes of Ke$ha (‘Blah Blah Blah’) and Sky Ferreira (‘Traces’).
Listen to her breakthrough smash ‘Fuck U Betta’: