Well what do you know? The 2010 cast of UK X Factor really is the most successful crop to date when it comes to most international breakthroughs.
This week, One Direction scores their second Top 10 hit in Australia after selling out their first Aussie tour dates in a matter of minutes. The lads’ series companion Rebecca Ferguson impacts our local radio in a big way this week, and of course, y’all remember how Cher Lloyd managed a summer hit here circa ‘With Ur Love’, right? This lot would be one tough act to follow.
Elsewhere on this week’s chart feed: Gym Class Heroes‘ first national #1 hit single, The Cranberries return, Kelly Clarkson breaks an American Idol record, and Rihanna serves cake all the way to the Top 100.
Rebecca Ferguson‘s ‘Nothing’s Real But Love’ (see above live on the Graham Norton Show) is the second most added new song to Australian radios this week. Notice how this is evidently a bigger deal to me than say Gym Class Heroes going #1 on our ARIA singles chart?
This should be priority news for all Feed Limmy feeders [Editor’s note: I feel that this is somewhat biased because she tweeted you, Limoncé?]. The British X Factor siren releases her second single ‘Too Good To Lose’ in the UK today, so fingers crossed for another Top 20 smash.
Gym Class Heroes pulls up their first ever Aussie #1 single with ‘Ass Back Home’ this week. We need to also address the fact that this is upcoming pop sensation Neon Hitch‘s first ARIA showing and she done already bagged herself a chart-topper.
The feature creature movement is duly noted with half our Top 10 this week sporting such collaborations. See: Flo Rida featuring Sia ‘Wild Ones’ (#2), Qwote featuring Pitbull ‘Throw Your Hands Up’ (#3), 360 featuring Gossling ‘Boys Like You’ (#4) and fun. featuring Janelle Monae ‘We Are Young’ (impressively escalating from #23 to #6).
Watch fun. and Janelle Monae do an acoustic rendition of ‘We Are Young’:
fun. and Janelle Monae also both clock their highest Australian chart placement ever with ‘We Are Young’ breaking into the ARIA Top 10. The song managed to make the Aussie airplay Top 20 on week 23 to 29 February.
Over in the States, ‘We Are Young’ returns to the top of the digital song chart – selling over 290,000 downloads. I think Whitney mania might have sidetracked their run a little but now that ‘I Will Always Love You’ has cooled off a little, things are starting to fall back in line.
One Direction‘s ‘One Thing’ blasts into the Aussie Top 10 this week at #9, thanks in no small part to the instant sell-out tour which went on sale last Friday. Meanwhile, ‘What Makes You Beautiful’ clocks its 18th consecutive week in our ARIA Top 20. In terms of radio presence, ‘One Thing’ vaulted up the airplay chart (from week 23 to 29 February), going #42 to #34.
Check out One Direction doing a remarkable job with ‘One Thing’ live acoustic style:
Nicki Minaj‘s ‘Starships’ glides into #10 in Australia this week, making this her second ARIA Top 10 hit as a lead artist [Editor’s note: the other one’s obviously ‘Super Bass’]. The RedOne-produced uptempo was the biggest gainer on the Australian airplay charts (week 23 to 29 February), bulleting from #67 to #28.
Over in the UK, ‘Starships’ fares better by going Top 5 – making this Nicki’s biggest chart placement as a lead artist in the country. Interestingly enough we see another new track – ‘Va Va Voom’ – on the UK release schedule set for 19 March. Another buzz single? That won’t be necessary right now, surely.
Out in the US, ‘Starships’ sit at #10 on the Billboard Hot 100 while another new track ‘Roman Reloaded’ (featuring Lil Wayne) enters the R&B/Hip Hop song chart at #87.
Listen to ‘Roman Reloaded’:
Train‘s new single ‘Drive By’ zooms into #20 in Australia this week, making this the band’s first Top 20 appearance here since the massive ‘Hey Soul Sister’ – which made #1.
Speaking of surprise returns in the Top 50, further south we got Sean Paul back with ‘She Doesn’t Mind’ at #46. The last Sean Paul single sighted on the ARIA Top 50 was ‘Got 2 Luv U’ (featuring Alexis Jordan) which peaked at #26 and is strangely enough certified platinum sales.
Usher‘s ‘Climax’ rises to #37 in Australian in its first week out. Despite the suggestive title, this track does nothing for my body. I’m frankly a little underwhelmed with the quality.
Taio Cruz‘s ‘Troublemaker’ vaults to #38 in Australia this week. Expect for it to tear it up a little further next week, following Sunday’s performance on Young Talent Time. Meanwhile over in the UK, they’re releasing ‘Hangover’ today which was a hit Down Under in January.
Watch Taio Cruz perform ‘Troublemaker’ on YTT:
Far East Movement featuring Justin Bieber‘s ‘Live My Life’ debuts at #42 in Australia this week. It is the most added new song to Aussie radios this week.
Sleigh Bells‘ Reign of Terror debuts at #33 in Australia and #48 in the UK this week. Without question, this is the duo’s most commercially successful release to date.
While we’re on indie chart watch, I reckon Last Dinosaurs‘ debut album – In A Million Years – should come well placed in our Top 50 this time next week. The four-piece Brisbane band impressed me with their recent single ‘Zoom’ – check it out:
Emeli Sandé snatched her wig back from Adele this week and returned her album straight to #1 in the UK. Our Version of Events now marks two out of three weeks on the charts in top position. Emeli‘s current smash ‘Next To Me’ is still reigning in the UK Top 3 this week but its successor’s already been picked as ‘My Kind of Love’.
The Ting Tings‘ much-delayed album Sounds From Nowheresville enters at #23 in the UK and #51 in Australia this week. It received some prominent placement on the Australian iTunes home page but shit, I didn’t think it was that deserving.
The Cranberries‘ new album Roses debuts at #37 in the UK this week. This is the 90s rock band’s first album in 11 years. Their last album Wake Up and Smell The Coffee managed to turn over 1.3 million copies worldwide after a year on the shelves.
Check out The Cranberries‘ new single ‘Tomorrow’:
Gotye and Kimbra‘s ‘Somebody That I Used To Know’ clings to #1 in the UK, making this their third week on top. Over on the album chart, Gotye‘s Making Mirrors dips to #6 in its third week. Over in the States, ‘Somebody That I Used To Know’ leaps to #16 on the Billboard Hot 100 with 134,000 digital sales. It just gets better for the pair.
Demi Levato‘s ‘Skyscraper’ debuts at #32 in the UK this week. Didn’t this song like come out some seven months ago? In the meantime, its follow up ‘Give Your Heart A Break’ didn’t do anything on the charts so let’s just refocus all attention on ‘Skyscraper’. The UK appears to be the last territory on God’s earth to get Demi‘s Unbroken album – it’ll drop on 2 April.
Rihanna‘s ‘Talk That Talk’ (featuring Jay-Z) breaks the UK Top 100 at #75 this week. Expect this to go even further after her performance on the Jonathan Ross Show last Saturday.
Over in America, RiRi‘s highly divisive ‘Birthday Cake’ remix featuring Chris Brown enters at #63 on the US Billboard Hot 100. The track impacts American urban contemporary radio this week so gag, let these basic bitches have cake.
Watch ‘Talk That Talk’ live on Jonathan Ross:
Madonna‘s ‘Give Me All Your Luvin” leaves the UK Top 100 and continues to sink deeper into oblivion as buzz for her new material keep turning from lukewarm to cold. The follow up single ‘Girl Gone Wild’ (produced by Benny Benassi) might fare better, but I don’t think her camp’s relying as heavily on her new music to carry her brand any more.
Warner Music UK is tapping into a bit of nostalgia by bundling her past studio albums in one limited edition, 11-disc mother package – Complete Studio Albums (1983 to 2008) – which will drop a week before MDNA comes out. Madge‘s last best-of compilation Celebration returns to the UK Top 100 this week at #98.
Adele‘s 21 spends its 22nd week on top of the US Billboard 200. It is now the longest staying #1 album America has had so far in this century. Bitch, you can take a seat whenever you’re ready. Another two more weeks at #1 and Adele would equal Prince‘s record of 24 weeks with the Purple Rain soundtrack.
Watch Adele ‘Set Fire To The Rain’ at Royal Albert Hall:
Whitney Houston‘s CD albums start filling up retail shelves again and they walk money to the bank almost instantly. Three of her albums reigned in the US Top 10 in the last week: The Greatest Hits at #2 (selling 174,000 copies), The Bodyguard soundtrack flies from #38 to #6 (selling 47,000 copies) and her debut Whitney Houston leaps from #37 to #9 (selling 30,000 copies).
Kelly Clarkson‘s ‘Stronger (What Doesn’t Kill You)’ makes history as the first song released by an American Idol contestant to have logged three weeks on the US Billboard Hot 100. ‘Stronger’ vaulted from #4 back to #1, thanks to a supporting Glee cover, and clocked 241,000 digital sales in that week. The Glee version enters at #66 on the Hot 100.
Back here in Australia, Clarkson‘s ‘Stronger’ is strangely the fourth “most added new song” to Aussie radios this week. OK, I’m down with this slaying our ARIA charts properly the second time around.
Check out Glee‘s comparatively basic version of ‘Stronger’:
Katy Perry‘s ‘Part of Me’ drops to #4 on the US Billboard Hot 100, registering a 55% digital sales drop in its second week. It’s hardly the end of the rope. ‘Part of Me’ will get a re-up when the music video arrives.
The Wanted‘s ‘Glad You Came’ bullets from #23 to #5 on the US Billboard Hot 100, thanks in no small part to the Glee cover. It is the third biggest track on the digital song chart, racking up 188,000 downloads (that’s an 87% sales increase). The Glee version debuts at #90 on the Hot 100. Look, right now I’m just so pleased for The Wanted. They absolutely deserve to have a smash with ‘Glad You Came’. Having said that, I still worry about their follow up single.
Meanwhile, so-called rival boyband One Direction‘s ‘What Makes You Beautiful’ sinks from #28 to #50 on the Billboard Hot 100 in its second week. This is arguably not the right time for them, given how hot The Wanted‘s tracking right now. It wouldn’t be wise to compete.
Carrie Underwood‘s new single ‘Good Girl’ debuts at #24 on the US Billboard Hot 100. In the first three days of release, ‘Good Girl’ managed to break out with over 108,000 digital sales – making this the gorgeous country singer’s fastest selling single to date.
Listen to Ms Carrie‘s ‘Good Girl’:
Beyoncé‘s ‘Love On Top’ finally puts itself on top. The joyous Bey single interestingly enough makes #1 on the US R&B/Hip Hop song chart after 26 weeks in the game. The remixes are obviously keeping the clubs jumpin’ jumpin’ as it moves up to #25 on the Billboard Dance/Club play chart in its second week, overtaking another fave ‘End of Time’. To give y’all an overall picture of the success, ‘Love On Top’ managed to rise to #57 on the Billboard Hot 100 – so really, it’s fighting back in quite a real way. ‘End of Time’ has yet to make the Hot 100 – probably because it hasn’t been serviced to radios and such.
Monica and Brandy‘s ‘It All Belongs To Me’ rises to #41 on the US Billboard R&B/Hip Hop song chart in its third week. I don’t think I got anything done on Saturday at all because I was too busy rewatching the preview clip for their music video. Rest assured, I’m gonna reserve all fangurling for the blog when the full video’s out.
Check out a preview of the ‘It All Belongs To Me’ video:
Havana Brown‘s ‘We Run The Night (RedOne Remix featuring Pitbull)’ goes #1 on the US Billboard Dance/Club play chart. Of course, we already know about this last Monday because Snob Scrilla, who was one of the song’s original writers and producers, spilled the tea on Twitter – calling Hovana out as dishonest and for not crediting them as producers. Shaking my damn head.
Melanie Amaro‘s ‘Respect’ ascends to #20 on the US Billboard Dance/Club play chart in its second week. Will this make the main Hot 100 count, y’guys? I’m not optimistic.