“Now my life is sweet like cinnamon. Like a fuckin’ dream I’m livin’ in. Baby love me ’cause I’m playing on the radio. How do you like me now?” – Sings a certain
Lizzy Grant Lana Del Rey on ‘Radio’ as she conquers another album chart.
The divisive “gangsta Nancy Sinatra” storms straight to the top of the ARIA album charts this week with Born To Die, which is still #1 in the UK for the second week.
Elsewhere, we check in on Madonna‘s early chart placement for ‘Give Me All Your Luvin”, One Direction continues to lift their game with their infectious new single while Kelly Clarkson scores her third US #1 hit. We also got Beyoncé‘s ‘End of Time’ finally breaking the club charts.
Check out more in this week’s Chart Feed.
Lana Del Rey has the biggest selling album in Australia this week, debuting straight in at #1. The runaway success of Born To Die is nothing short of amazing for a new artist who became a bit of a viral sensation online with one song.
‘Video Games’ drops to #30 this week after peaking at #23 last week on our ARIA singles chart, while its successor ‘Born To Die’ climbs to #34.
Over in the States, the album Born To Die becomes the highest selling new album in the country – debuting at #2 on the Billboard 200. Del Rey managed opening week sales of 77,000 copies there, which is painfully modest especially when it’s seated next to Adele‘s 21, which is shovelling 122,000 copies in its 19th non-consecutive week at #1.
Madonna‘s ‘Give Me All Your Luvin’ debuts at #25 in Australia and shamefully at #37 in the UK this week. The single is far from over just yet. It just climbed from #152 to #40 on the British airplay charts.
‘Give Me All Your Luvin” understandably fared better in the States, becoming the biggest selling new single of the week to debut at #13 on the Billboard Hot 100. ‘GMAYL’ sold 115,000 downloads in just three days to debut at #7 on the US Billboard Digital Song chart.
Since the album MDNA is still a few moons away, its next of kin greatest hits compilation – Celebration – copped a massive sales push around the Superbowl spectacle. I’ve heard that it was going for as little as $3.99 on Amazon. Despite all the digital store discounts, the album only managed to pedal out 16,000 copies in that week.
Watch Madonna‘s interview on Graham Norton last month. “I have friends in low places!”:
One Direction‘s new single ‘One Thing’ flies up to #32 in Australia this week. I hear the collective sigh of relief from all local Directioners, thanking the heavens that the lads weren’t gonna be written off as some one-hit wonder in Australia.
Our fair nation didn’t follow the Top 10 success of ‘What Makes You Beautiful’ with its successor ‘Gotta Be You’. It seems like Aussie radios just weren’t ready for a wintery boy band ballad that recalls Cody Simpson.
Hermitude‘s album Hyperparadise debuts at #37 on our ARIA charts this week. The homegrown hip hop group has been chugging along for 12 years now but this – their fourth studio album – is their biggest commercial hit to date. I was only introduced to their single ‘Speak of The Devil’ a few months ago and I was instantly hooked.
Check out ‘Speak of The Devil’:
The Black Keys‘ ‘Lonely Boy’ is still #1 on the Aussie airplay chart but looking on the overall ARIA singles chart, the track falls from #2 to #4 this week.
Chris Brown‘s new single ‘Turn Up The Music’ races from #97 to #23 on the airplay chart while his ex Rihanna‘s faring well with her new single ‘Talk That Talk’ too.
Feist‘s album Metals re-enters the ARIA Top 50 this week, off the back of a few local gigs. In its prime, the album managed to make #17 in Australia – a far more appealing placement than The Reminder (#44), which bore the smash hit ‘1234’. The next Feist single is set to be ‘The Bad In Each other’.
Watch Feist‘s brand new video ‘The Bad In Each Other’:
Laura Marling‘s A Creature I Don’t Know climbs to #60 this week thanks to a spot of touring as well. The English folk songbird won Best British Female Artist in the 2011 Brit Awards, a mainstream acknowledgment that surprised a lot of indie music lovers. She might well do it all over again this year with her nomination in the same category. This time around, she’s up against Adele, Jessie J, Florence + The Machine and Kate Bush.
Gotye and Kimbra‘s ‘Somebody That I Used To Know’ hits #1 in the UK this week. This is just incredible news for the Aussie indie artist but I think we all know that regardless of what he puts out next, nothing will never be as huge as this song. ‘Somebody That I Used To Know’
Gotye‘s album Making Mirrors arrives in the UK today so we’ll see where that ends up next Monday in the chart battle with Emeli Sandé‘s Our Version of Events.
Watch Gotye and Kimbra making their US TV debut on Jimmy Kimmel with ‘Somebody That I Used To Know’. Dude is looking rather good – how come I’ve never noticed his swimmer-like physique before?
Will.i.Am‘s ‘T.H.E. (The Hardest Ever)’ featuring Mick Jagger and Jennifer Lopez is the highest selling new single in the UK this week, debuting at #3. This is now his best placement as a solo artist on the UK charts, beating the #4 peak of ‘Heartbreaker’ (featuring Cheryl Cole).
MIA‘s ‘Bad Girls’ propels from #136 to #62 this week in the UK. I’m so tired of her attention-seeking ass doing thoughtless shit like flipping the bird at the Superbowl, just to stir up a shit storm. There’s being intelligent and provocative in your performance art and then there’s acting like an insolent scrub. You tell me which side of the line MIA‘s at.
Watch MIA‘s video for ‘Bad Girls’:
Rebecca Ferguson‘s album Heaven re-enters the UK Top 20 this week and her first single ‘Nothing’s Real But Love’ creeps back up to #37. Something’s up. The girl’s set to start touring on 20 February so I suppose promo and stuff’s already gearing up.
Here in Australia, the album arrived on Friday and I totally had a fangurl fit when I heard my local JB Hi-Fi blasting Heaven. Fingers crossed that Aussie will discover Godbecca sooner rather than later. I’ve already started stanning like mad at work.
Pet Shop Boys‘ new b-sides and bonus tracks compilation – Format – debuts at #26 in the UK this week. Following is obviously still strong over there. Elsewhere, Goldfrapp‘s The Singles compilation saunters in at #33.
Marcus Collins‘ debut single ‘Seven Nation Army’ leaps into the UK airplay Top 30 this week – showing incredible promise despite attracting strong criticism for covering The White Stripes. Frankly, after the outrage of Little Mix covering Damien Rice‘s ‘Cannonball’, this actually seems sensible.
Listen to Marcus‘ version of ‘Seven Nation Army’:
Marina & The Diamonds is set to drop ‘Primadonna’ – the second single from her forthcoming Electra Heart album in April some time. To be honest, this whole era with her overthinking her guilty pop productions is really shitting me up the wall. I quite enjoyed ‘Radioactive’ and all its accompanying remixes but the way this bitch is overconceptualising the whole thing is really awful and pretentious.
Kelly Clarkson has fucking topped the US Billboard Hot 100 with ‘Stronger (What Doesn’t Kill You)’! Oh sweet Jesus, I feel like I should celebrate with some BBQ ribs or something I know Kelly would love. If it had been something basic like ‘I Do Not hook Up’, I wouldn’t have cared if it had gone #1 or #134. But because this song is extra defining, I gotta give snaps.
Watch Kelly perform an acoustic version of ‘Stronger’:
Rihanna‘s ‘We Found Love’ may still be #1 on the Hot 100 Airplay chart but ‘Stronger’ gained enough rotation by moving up to #15 this week and on top of that, it’s the most downloaded song in the country – clocking over 237,000 digital sales.
Havana Brown‘s ‘We Run The Night’ (featuring Pitbull) is now scaling new heights of #6 on the US Billboard Dance/Club play chart. This is actually pretty exciting shit, y’guys. I can’t even front.
Beyoncé‘s flawless ‘End of Time’ remixes have started quaking club floors. The track shows up at #49 on the US Billboard Dance/Club play songs and while this song’s always gonna be one to get them hips poppin’ – I’m really pleased to hear that Team Bey‘s going all out to spark a proper dance/club interest. Y’all know she’s running an ‘End of Time’ remix competition on her website, right?
Check out one the best official remixes of ‘End of Time’ courtesy of RedTop:
Macy Gray is headed for some hardcore experimentation, y’guys. The eccentric pop singer will drop her first album of covers – Covered – in March featuring her interpretation of tracks by everyone from Metallica to Kanye West and even a Colbie Caillat. You’ve been warned.
Look out for a complete Whitney Houston chart eclipse on next Monday’s chart feed.