Make room for a brand new #1 single in Australia this week.
American rockers fun. and Janelle Monae notch up their first chart topper in our country with ‘We Are Young’, dethroning Gym Class Heroes and Neon Hitch who only had one week on top with ‘Ass Back Home’.
Elsewhere, Bruce Springsteen returns to the top, Gotye and Kimbra cross half a million sales in the UK, and Madonna‘s ‘Masterpiece’ impacts radio ahead of official single ‘Girl Gone Wild’.
fun. featuring Janelle Monae‘s ‘We Are Young’ (see above) enjoys a surprise #1 placement in Australia this week, mirroring their history-making efforts on the US Billboard Hot 100. Basically, fun. became the first rock band in over a decade to have a debut Billboard Hot 100 single go #1.
‘We Are Young’ clocked its third consecutive week on top of the US Billboard Digital Song chart with over 302,000 downloads last week. It also became the biggest airplay gainer in the States. Here in Australia, ‘We Are Young’ bolted into our Australian Airplay Top 10 last week. Next stop is the UK, with a mid-May release date etched for the hit single.
Nicki Minaj‘s ‘Starships’ flies into a new peak of #4 in Australia and climbs to #3 in the UK. Over in the States, ‘Starships’ ascends to #6 on the US Billboard Hot 100, registering over 161,000 digital sales in its third week out. Meanwhile, Onika‘s new urban single ‘Roman Reloaded’ (featuring Lil Wayne) debuts at #70 on the US Billboard Hot 100.
Listen to ‘Starships’:
Taio Cruz‘s ‘Troublemaker’ tears it up at #11 in Australia this week, making it the British pop sensation’s fifth Top 20 hit Down Under (if you count the David Guetta collabo ‘Little Bad Girl’, then it’s sixth). Meanwhile over in the UK, ‘Hangover’ debuts at #34 this week. I have no doubt that it’ll ascend to the Top 10 in no time just like it did here in Australia.
Far East Movement featuring Justin Bieber‘s ‘Live My Life’ vaults to a new peak of #29 on our ARIA Top 100 this week. It is also the fifth most added new song to Aussie radios this week. Over in the States, ‘Live My Life’ is the biggest new single on the charts – debuting at #21 on the Hot 100.
Listen to ‘Live My Life’:
Jason Mraz‘s ‘I Won’t Give Up’ returns to the ARIA Top 100 at #72 this week. The charming man’s fourth studio album Love Is A Four Letter Word is due out in Australia on 13 April, a week before it arrives in the States.
Over in the UK, ‘I Won’t Give Up’ is not released to digital retailers just yet but it’s already leaping to #33 on the airplay chart. Over in the States, Mraz sees his new live EP Live Is A Four Letter Word debuts at #56 on the US Billboard 200.
Elen Levon‘s ferocious new single ‘Like A Girl In Love’ debuts at #74 on our ARIA Top 100 this week. It is also the fourth most added new song to Aussie radios this week. Elen came on our show last week to talk about the new single and video shoot in Cambodia – y’all can download the free podcast here via iTunes.
Birdy‘s ‘Skinny Love’ debuts at #85 on our ARIA Top 100 this week. Further down, Coldplay‘s ‘Charlie Brown’ enters at a meek #94 this week in Australia.
Stan Walker‘s ‘Music Won’t Break Your Heart’ is the most added new song to Australian radios this week. His last solo single ‘Light It Up’ became his lowest charting effort yet, only managing to peak at #45. I’m confident ‘Music Won’t Break Your Heart’ will at least go Top 25.
Watch Stan talking about his new single:
One Direction‘s album Up All Night climbs to a whole new peak of #2 this week after 15 weeks on our charts. The lovable boy band has been confirmed as headline performers at our Logie Awards on 15 April, a day before their first Aussie tour date.
Meanwhile, on the other side of the globe One Direction‘s Stateside domination is only getting started. The lads are scheduled to make their debut on Saturday Night Live on 7 April to promote their massive single ‘What Makes You Beautiful’. The song’s impressive debut at #28 on the US Billboard Hot 100 makes it the highest chart debut by a British pop group there since Spice Girls.
Last Dinosaurs‘ debut album In A Million Years is the biggest selling new album in Australia this week, debuting at #8.
Taylor Swift‘s enjoying a healthy spot of tour-aided sales boost. Her monster-selling Speak Now bolts back up the ARIA charts to #19 and placed one rank below at #20 is the live tour album. Further south, Fearless also returns at #49.
Looking on the ARIA Top 40 Music DVD chart, Speak Now World Tour Live flies from #20 to a new peak of #5 this week. Do you think we can expect for Kylie‘s own Aphrodite – Les Folies Live in London DVD to return to the Top 40 in light of her K25 Anti Tour starting this Sunday?
Watch Taylor Swift‘s performance of ‘Enchanted’ on the Speak Now Tour 2011:
Jessie J‘s Who You Are album shoots back into our Top 50 as expected thanks to Future Music Festival appearance and various gigs. None of her more recent singles ‘Domino’ or ‘Laserlight’ came back into the Top 50 this week.
Gotye and Kimbra‘s ‘Somebody That I Used To Know’ remains on top of the UK charts and has amazingly sold over 558,000 copies to date. It is now the first track to sell over half a million copies in the UK this year.
Over in the States, ‘Somebody That I Used To Know’ breaks through to #9 on the Billboard Hot 100, clocking over 148,000 digital sales and with a steady gain on the airplay chart. The album Making Mirrors also triumphantly slides into the US Top 20.
The Aussie indie pop wonder’s already lining up his follow up single ‘Eyes Wide Open’ for a 23 April release in the UK.
Check out the awesome music video for another prospective single ‘Easy Way Out’. I can’t believe how focused I am on catching sight of his Wally bits when he’s moving about in boxers, pulling down his pants and getting out of the shower?
Stooshe featuring Travie McCoy‘s ‘Love Me’ is the biggest selling new single in the UK this week, landing at #5. There’s been a significant amount of buzz around this new girl band since last year and it’s nice to see it all paying off so handsomely. Their undoubtedly colourful debut album Swings and Roundabouts is set for a June drop date in the UK.
Check out ‘Love Me’, a more savoury edit of the original ‘Fuck Me’:
Tinchy Stryder and Pixie Lott‘s new single ‘Bright Lights’ lands at #7 in the UK this week. The track’s the third single taken from Tinchy‘s album Full Tank. Pixie has done a part two version for her own album Young Foolish Happy.
Marcus Collins‘ debut single ‘Seven Nation Army’ pulls up at #9 in the UK this week. Interestingly enough, the original version by White Stripes bullets to #81. Marcus‘ debut self titled album comes out in the UK today so check back next Monday to see where it ends up.
Also, it’ll be interesting to see where UK X Factor diva Alexandra Burke‘s new single ‘Elephant’ debuts next week. Much as I like her, I honestly don’t see a smash in this.
Watch Alexandra Burke‘s video for ‘Elephant’:
Rebecca Ferguson‘s ‘Too Good To Lose’ has failed to debut in the UK Top 100. It’s not making an impact on the airplay charts yet so who knows, hopefully the pending tour and some promo can help the single start moving. Over in America, her first single ‘Nothing’s Real But Love’ drops to #95 on the Billboard R&B/Hip Hop Song chart in its third week. Fair effort given she’s still virtually unknown there.
Madonna‘s ‘Masterpiece’ is the biggest new entry on the UK Airplay chart this week at #31. The classy ballad was recorded for her movie W.E. and will also appear on her forthcoming studio album MDNA. It’s really interesting that this is making quite a splash over there, especially when the focus should be on ‘Girl Gone Wild’.
Check out the teaser for Madonna‘s forthcoming ‘Girl Gone Wild’ video:
Madge‘s actual new single ‘Girl Gone Wild’ was serviced to Aussie radios this week but won’t be released to digital retailers until next Monday. It’s not set to be released in the UK until 2 April. Meanwhile, Madonna‘s last hits compilation Celebration continues to climb back up the UK charts – it’s at #71 this week.
Over in the States, Madonna‘s ‘Give Me All Your Luvin” is storms to #5 on the Billboard Dance/Club Play charts. Evidently the only chart where this single’s really succeeding in.
Will Young‘s moody new single ‘Losing Myself’ moves up 10 places to #29 on the British airplay chart this week. Things are looking good for a chart debut when ‘Losing Myself’ drops on 19 March. It’s already shaping up to be a stronger performer than Will’s last single ‘Come On’.
Keane‘s set to make their long awaited comeback with ‘Silenced By The Night’ on 30 April. It will be the lead single for the band’s fourth studio album Strangeland, which arrives in the UK on 7 May.
Florence and the Machine is set to drop an MTV Unplugged album on 9 April in the UK and release ‘Spectrum’ as her next single in June. It’s great to see Team Flo being so fervent with the singles – perhaps they’re hoping for something that sticks as well as say, ‘You’ve Got The Love’?
Watch the Flo‘s newest video ‘Never Let Me Go’:
Bruce Springsteen‘s Wrecking Ball debuts at #1 in the UK this week, making this the legendary rocker’s eighth UK #1 album. Wrecking Ball is Springsteen’s 17th studio album and at last count, the man has sold over 120 million albums worldwide.
Elsewhere, there are three other new releases in the UK Top 10: Military Wives‘ In My Dreams comes in at #2, Lionel Richie‘s Tuskegee entering at #7 and Katie Melua‘s Secret Symphony turning up at #8.
Sinead O’Connor‘s new album How About I Be Me (And You Be You) debuts at #33 in the UK this week and #115 in the US where it sold only over 5,000 copies.
The Ting Tings‘ new album Sounds from Nowheresville plummets from #23 to #86 in the UK this week. Burn. The duo’s set to follow up with a new single ‘Hit Me Down Sonny’ in late April.
Watch The Ting Tings‘ ‘Silence (Bag Raiders Remix)’:
The Wanted‘s ‘Glad You Came’ climbs to #4 on the US Billboard Hot 100 and becomes the second most downloaded track in the States, clocking over 206,000 digital sales.
Katy Perry‘s ‘Part of Me’ registers a 55% drop in download sales this week, sliding to #5 on the US Billboard Hot 100. On the plus side, the track is gaining radio airplay.
Rihanna and Chris Brown‘s ‘Birthday Cake’ remix climbs to #55 on the US Billboard Hot 100 in its second week. The track also rose to #58 on the airplay charts.
Usher‘s new single ‘Climax’ storms to a new peak of #57 on the US Billboard Hot 100 this week. It also makes its first appearance in the US Airplay chart at #64.
Watch the video for Usher‘s ‘Climax’:
Beyoncé‘s ‘Love On Top’ impressively clocks its second week on top of the US Billboard R&B/Hip Hop song chart. Meanwhile on the flip side, the ‘Love On Top’ remixes have flown to #13 on the Billboard Hot Dance/Club Play chart.
Monica and Brandy‘s ‘It All Belongs To Me’ rises to #38 on the US Billboard R&B/Hip Hop song chart. Wonder when – if ever – will it crossover to the main charts.
Estelle‘s All of Me debuts at an impressive #28 on the US Billboard 200 this week. The new single ‘Thank You’ has humbly crawled in at #100 on the US Billboard Hot 100.
Big Bang‘s new album Alive debuts at #150 on the US Billboard 200 this week, once again showing great promise for the K-pop super boy band for what’s still very much a niche music market in the States.
Watch Big Bang‘s newest music video ‘Fantastic Baby’ – fuck yeah, one of my favourite songs of the year already:
Neon Hitch‘s ‘Fuck U Betta’ snatches Havana Brown‘s wig to be the #1 track on the US Dance/Club Play charts. Hovana‘s ‘We Run The Night’ drops from #1 to #9. Such is the tempestuous nature of the club play charts, isn’t it?
Melanie Amaro‘s A-grade dance cover of ‘Respect’ rises to #12 on the club play charts. Elsewhere, should also mention that Jessie and The Toy Boys‘ ‘Let’s Get Naughty’ has finally debuted here, landing at #48. Say with me now, “all my hos, touch your toes!”