‘Bitch, where have you been all week?’ I hear you say.
There’s normally at least one post between your Monday Chart Feeds – in fact, I don’t think I’ve ever let myself slip on that point before, bar the times I went on holidays. I wish something extraordinary had happened last week so I can justify the lack of posts, but a weekend of assembling an Ikea study table just won’t cut it.
Because you’ve evidently been gagging for more, I’m gonna try to deliver some particularly on-point material today. Highlights this week include: more posthumous Whitney chart watch, One Direction debuting in America and Katy Perry‘s biggest first week sales of her career.
Whitney Houston‘s The Ultimate Collection overtakes all other Nippy compilations and albums in Australia this week to place at #3. From what I hear, a lot of this has to do with physical copies of The Ultimate Collection getting pumped in stores at a reduced price? Otherwise, I don’t see what this has that really trumps the true value of her 2000 The Greatest Hits package, which came with an authentic photo shoot and double disc distinction of ‘Cool Down’ and ‘Throw Down’ tracks. The Greatest Hits falls to #10 while The Bodyguard soundtrack picks up to #28 on our ARIA albums chart.
Over in the UK, “same script, different cast” – budget compilation The Essential soars from #40 to #17 while The Greatest Hits nosedives from #7 to #36.
In America, we’re now reading a full week’s worth of posthumous Whitney sales following her sudden death. The Greatest Hits sells 175,000 copies to reach a new peak of #2 on the US Billboard 200. This is the most copies The Greatest Hits has ever sold in a week – bettering the 158,000 copies sold to debut at #5 back in June 2000.
There are seven Whitney albums on the charts. Trailing behind The Greatest Hits, we’ve got: Whitney Houston (#37 with 17,000 copies sold), The Bodyguard soundtrack (#38 with 17,000 copies sold), I Look To You (#65 with 9000 copies sold), Whitney (#87 with 7000 copies sold), The Preacher’s Wife soundtrack (#90 with 7000 copies sold), and My Love Is Your Love (#193 with 4000 copies sold).
I am quite disappointed – but am not entirely surprised – that My Love Is Your Love isn’t reaping success in the wildest way. I am really feeling this album now and I need more people to enjoy it with me.
Watch the music video for ‘Heartbreak Hotel’:
Lana Del Rey‘s Born To Die remains at #2 in Australia for the second consecutive week. Meanwhile, ‘Video Games’ tumbles to #50 on our ARIA singles chart this week and the title track plummets to #71.
Flo Rida and Sia‘s ‘Wild Ones’ is furiously clinging to the top spot in Australia. Meanwhile, the publicity shy Aussie songbird’s made her intentions to stay out of the limelight very clear on Twitter lately – thus explaining why she wasn’t doing any promo, performances or video appearances for her three massive collabos with David Guetta, Flo and Hilltop Hoods.
Our girl’s once again managing back to back appearances on the UK charts this week with ‘Wild Ones’ clicking to #4 while ‘Titanium’ with David Guetta switches to #5.
Sia‘s own discography’s tragically looking like it’s reaching a chapter’s end now with some Best Of compilation due 30 March in Australia. The 18-track compilation spans one Zero 7 single through to stuff from her three studio albums up to ‘Titatium’.
Watch the music video for Sia‘s haunting ‘I’m In Here’:
One Direction‘s still rocking two hits in the our ARIA Top 20 this week with ‘What Makes You Beautiful’ and ‘One Thing’. Expect stocks to keep selling as 1D mania sweeps the nation with the boys touring Australia for the first time in April. Tickets go on sale this Friday. My good friend over at auspOp is doing this exclusive One Direction giveaway, y’all should enter.
In more amazing news, ‘What Makes You Beautiful’ debuts at #28 on the US Billboard Hot 100 and #12 on the Digital Songs chart. It is official, bitches. One Direction has arrived in America. The Wanted better get ready to sit back down.
Madonna‘s ‘Give Me All Your Luvin” is not getting much L-U-V. The petulant track does a death drop to #61 in Australia and #93 in the UK this week. Over on the US Billboard Hot 100, ‘GMAYL’ falls from #10 to #39. I think it’s time to move on with the next single before MDNA is due, mama. The hype is turning cold. On the remedial front, ‘Give Me All Your Luvin” remixes debut at #24 on the US Billboard Dance/Club play chart this week.
Listen to ‘Give Me All Your Luvin’ (Laidback Luke Remix):
Sneaky Sound System‘s ‘Really Wanna See You Again’ blasts into a new peak of #11 on the Australian club charts this week. The duo will be playing a show in Brisbane, Sydney and Melbourne over the Easter long weekend. Come with?
Adelegend‘s 21 celebrates its 21st non-consecutive week at #1 on the UK charts following from her Brit Awards triumph. The cackling soul siren almost bagged three singles in the UK Top 40 this week with her recent hits rebounding accordingly: ‘Rolling In The Deep’ (#28), ‘Someone Like You’ (#32) and ‘Set Fire To The Rain’ (#41).
Meanwhile in the States, radiant from her post-Grammy glow, 21 also clocks its 21st non-consecutive week at #1 on the Billboard 200. Except, better yet, the album managed to move its biggest weekly sales yet. 737,000 fucking copies in the week ending 19 February. At this rate, bitch will be building her own island in any stretch of the ocean she wants while basic millionaires like Richard Branson continue to just purchase pre-loved ones.
Y’all know I normally don’t care to repeat tales of success but my friend Damien “Adelepedia” Virulhapan constantly updates me on Facebook re: Adelephant sales. He has convinced me that this is all worth reporting. I swear he should set up a Twitter just to keep this stream of sales/accolades happening in one accessible channel for all?
Watch Adele‘s performance at the 2012 Brit Awards:
Emeli Sandé‘s Our Version of Events drops to #2 in its second week in the UK, understandably unable to hold up against Almighty Adelegend‘s 21 in the post-Brit Awards mania.
Over at the singles bar, ‘Next To Me’ sits pretty at #2 for the second consecutive week. This time, it was beaten to the top spot by Gotye and Kimbra‘s ‘Somebody That I Used To Know’, which overtook Emeli‘s single by 25,000 copies to hit #1 for the second week. The last UK #1 single to drop from the top spot then regain its chairman place was Rihanna‘s ‘We Found Love’ back in November. Nice to know that Gotye could bounce back just the same.
Down here in Australia, Emeli‘s Our Version of Events picks up in its second week to a new peak of #32 on our ARIA album chart while her single ‘Next To Me’ rises to #77.
Watch Emeli doing a live acoustic rendition of album track ‘River’:
Ed Sheeran‘s massive selling album + climbs to #3 on the UK charts this week, thanks in no small part to some Brit Awards victory (see: British Male Solo Artist and British Breakthrough Act) Single ‘Drunk’ stumbles to a new peak of #11 on the UK charts while previous smash ‘Lego House’ returns to the Top 30. Looking further south, ‘The A Team’ leaps to #33 and ‘You Need Me I Don’t Need You’ comes up to #77.
Florence + The Machine is also raking in the chips a little after the Brit Awards. Her album Ceremonials returns to the UK Top 20 at #9 this week while the career-making Lungs creeps back at #34. Over at the singles section, ‘Shake It Out’ resurrects from #82 to #46 while the newest one ‘No Light No Light’ bullets from #143 to #50.
Watch Flo performing ‘No Light No Light’ at the Brit Awards:
Gym Class Heroes featuring Neon Hitch‘s ‘Ass Back Home’ is the biggest selling new single in the UK this week, debuting at #9. What’s crazy is that it’s still #2 in Australia for the second week in a row.
Cher Lloyd‘s ‘Want U Back’ is benefitting from an actual single launch now rather than just downloads of the album track version. ‘Want U Back’ busts through to #25 in the UK this week. Elsewhere, fellow series competitor Matt Cardle‘s newest single ‘Amazing’ debuts at #84 in the UK this week. The winner clearly does not take shit all.
Watch Cher Lloyd doing an acoustic rendition of ‘Want U Back’ for MTV Live Sessions:
Meanwhile, I feel unjust to not mention that Matt‘s album Letters is outdoing Cher‘s Sticks + Stones this week to be placed at #57 and #67 respectively. One Direction and Rebecca Ferguson, also from the cast of 2010, remain as the only X Factor stars to still have albums in the UK Top 20 this week.
Katy Perry reaches the top of the US Billboard Hot 100 – as predicted – with 411,000 opening week downloads. We’re looking at Katy‘s best career sales week to date, y’guys. It’s really impressive to see the immediate uptake. I guess this is a great indication that the world is hungry for more new Katy Perry music after a year of flogging tracks we’ve already heard on the Teenage Dream album.
Listen to ‘Part of Me’:
Nicki Minaj‘s ‘Starships’ takes off at #9 on the Billboard Hot 100 – selling 204,000 first week downloads. This, needless to say, is effortlessly shitting over her last two flops ‘Roman’s Revenge’ and ‘Stupid Hoe’. ‘Starships’ flies to a new peak of #9 in the UK and cracks the Australian Top 50 at #14 this week. It is also the most added new song to Australian radios.
Chris Brown‘s ‘Turn Up The Music’ debuts at #10 on the US Billboard Hot 100 to be the third biggest new single on the market. The uptempo banger clocks 180,000 downloads in its opening week.
The Wanted‘s ‘Glad You Came’ climbs to #23 on the US Billboard Hot 100. In the last 24 hours, ‘Glad You Came’ soared to #3 on US iTunes, impressively making these lads the biggest British boy band to impact the States since Take That. Back in their home country, ‘Glad You Came’ returns to the UK Top 100 this week at #98.
Check out The Wanted performing ‘Glad You Came’ in the studio with Ryan Seacrest:
fun. featuring Janelle Monae‘s ‘We Are Young’ slides from #3 to #6 on the US Billboard Hot 100. Over in Australia, we’re only starting to get the memo about ‘We Are Young’. The track ascends to #23 in its second week in our ARIA Top 50.
Kelly Clarkson‘s ‘Stronger (What Doesn’t Kill You)’ can check another Stateside #1 off the list. Having already dominated the Billboard Hot 100 and Digital Song Chart – it’s now a certified floor filler with a #1 place on the dance/club charts.
Melanie Amaro‘s modern house remake of Aretha‘s ‘Respect’ blasts into the US Billboard Dance/Club play chart at #31. I am completely living for this mindless cover now. I loathed the idea of it in the first 10 minutes but then MelAma‘s tireless vocal belting just fucked me senseless and I gave in.
Listen to ‘Respect’:
Beyoncé‘s still relevant in the clubs, y’all, despite this hit and miss run on the mainstream singles chart this past year. Following the #1 success of ‘Countdown’ and the recent appearance of ‘End of Time’ remixes, now ‘Love On Top’ appears on the US Billboard Dance/Club charts. The joyous track debuts at #44 this week.
Estelle‘s newest single ‘Thank You’ is charting at #22 on the US Billboard R&B/Hip Hop charts. Her much delayed album All of Me is actually quite decent if you take into account the many ways she’s serving some young Mary J. Blige realness.
Listen to ‘Do My Thang’ featuring Janelle Monae, a refreshing uptempo from the album. You will not be disappointed:
Usher‘s new single ‘Climax’, produced by Diplo, enters at #39 on the US Billboard R&B/Hip Hop charts. Further south, Monica and Brandy‘s grown ass woman duet ‘It All Belongs To Me’ ascends to #44 in its second week.
Rihanna‘s ‘Birthday Cake’ debuts at #71 on the US Billboard R&B/Hip Hop charts. I mean, I could recite all the placements of her popular singles ‘You Da One’, ‘We Found Love’ and even the newest one ‘Talk That Talk’ (featuring Jay-Z) but I figure the cake situation’s more newsworthy given the buzz and backlash. Elsewhere, my personal fave ‘Where Have You Been’ climbs to #28 on the US Dance/Club play charts.