For every consistent mega seller we get in our Top 10 – a la Adele, Emeli Sande and Coldplay – there are at least five albums that can be considered to be typical “front-heavy” sellers.
This basically means is they’ll sell a shit load in the first week and then taper off almost immediately. It’s kinda gut-wrenching to see these albums enter the charts so high and plummet in the second week, and this week there’s no cushioning the blow for Bloc Party, The Darkness, Ricki-Lee, Owl City and Aiden Grimshaw.
Elsewhere, it has been a good week for Birdy, Timomatic, Trey Songz and Little Mix.
– AUSTRALIA –
Birdy dethrones The Sapphires soundtrack to claim the top of the ARIA album chart this week. The English chanteuse’s self-titled album has done leaps and bounds up the chart after the masses discovered her music through an X Factor audition performance by Bella.
Birdy went from #16 to #2, to the top in just the space of three weeks. Over at the singles bar, she has two hits in the Top 10 with ‘Skinny Love’ rising to #2 (now certifying gold)’ and ‘People Help The People’ climbing to #10. ‘Skinny Love’ is also the most added new song to Aussie radios this week.
Timomatic‘s new self-titled album debuts at an impressive #3 in Australia this week. His first independently released album didn’t do anything but under Sony, the man has really blossomed to be a real force in Aussie pop – adding to his repertoire three hit singles ‘Set It Off’ (making #1, certified triple platinum), ‘If Looks Could Kill’ (making Top 10, certifying double platinum) and ‘Can You Feel It’ (going Top 20, now certified gold sales).
The singer/songwriter/dancer just premiered the video for his fourth single ‘Incredible’ over the weekend. I’m honestly surprised by how quickly they’re moving onto a fourth single already. ‘Incredible’ is already doing rounds as one of the freshest new additions to local radios.
Ricki-Lee’s incredible new album Fear & Freedom cops a distressing drop from #7 to #25 in its second week. Could her debut national tour – starting in Melbourne this Wednesday – stimulate more sales and interest in the album? Otherwise, I sense it’s time for single number four to kick in, seeing as ‘Crazy’ isn’t exactly lighting up the charts either. My vote has and will always go to ‘Burn It Down’.
Guy Sebastian‘s ‘Battle Scars’ clocks its third consecutive week at #1, now certifying platinum sales in Australia. The song is also our Aussie pop prince’s first US crossover smash, incredibly making #13 on the US iTunes chart after just a day out. Over there, it’s credited as “Lupe Fiasco and Guy Sebastian”.
David Guetta and Sia‘s new piece ‘She Wolf (Falling to Pieces)’ smashes through from #93 to #11 in Australia this week, thanks to radio rotation and increased awareness. Nothing But The Beat 2.0 – a repackaged edition of Guetta’s recent hit album – arrives in Australia this Friday.
Johnny Ruffo‘s ‘On Top’ exits the ARIA Top 50 to land at #52 this week. I think it’s time we move on to single number two, especially now with Ruffo making screen time on this season of X Factor Australia.
Evermore‘s new single ‘Follow The Sun’ debuts at #58 on our ARIA charts this week. It is also incidentally the ninth most added new song to Australian radios this week.
Marvin Priest‘s new one ‘Are You Ready’ cracks the Top 100 at #59 this week. Elsewhere, Taio Cruz‘s newest single ‘Fast Car’ creeps in at #72 while Gypsy and The Cat’s ‘Sorry’ leaves the Top 100 after debuting at #60 last week.
Emeli Sande‘s ‘Read All About It (Part III)’ drops out of the ARIA Top 100 after just a week, peaking at #69 after the Olympics Closing Ceremony. Over in the UK, the defining ballad drops from #4 to #9.
– UK –
Rita Ora scores an impressive #1 debut with her first album Ora this week. Over at the singles bar, her past hit ‘RIP’ resurrects from #47 to #23 and ‘Hot Right Now’ (with DJ Fresh) flies from #82 to #51. Meanwhile ‘How We Do (Party)’ dips a little to #3 and we’ve got album track ‘Young Single & Sexy’ making its first appearance at #54.
Meanwhile here in Australia, ‘RIP’ debuts at #29 on our ARIA charts this week and over in the States, it sashays up the Billboard Dance Club Play chart, reaching a new peak of #25.
Of Monsters and Men‘s fantastic My Head Is An Animal album is the second biggest new album in the UK this week, debuting at #3. The Icelandic indie band’s single ‘Little Talks’ also just cracked the Top 20 rising to a new peak of #12 after a month on the charts. Over in the US, things are catching up too. ‘Little Talks’ cracks the US Billboard Hot 100’s Top 50 this week after 21 weeks.
Little Mix‘s much-delayed proper first single ‘Wings’ has debuted at #1 on the UK charts and all is well with the world. ‘Wings’ locked in opening week sales of 107,000 copies and while I was pressed at first for the delay, it totally paid off having them go after the Olympics.
Owl City and Carly Rae Jepsen‘s ‘Good Time’ bullets from #17 to #5 in the UK this week. Alright, I will admit to emptying my coin purse for this song on iTunes. It’s fun, okay? I’m allowed to indulge.
Alanis Morissette‘s new studio album Havoc and Bright Lights misses the Top 10, entering at a tepid #12 in the UK. Note, her last album – the rather fantastic Flavors of Entanglement – also missed the Top 10, coming in at #15 in 2008. We’ll have to see where it charts in Australia next Monday.
Bloc Party‘s Four album drops out of the Top 20 altogether (to #21) after becoming the biggest selling new album in the country last week. Here in Australia, Four worryingly falls from #3 to #20 on our ARIA charts. Over in the US, Four debuts at an unremarkable #36 on the US Billboard 200.
The Darkness‘ Hot Cakes plummets from #4 to #26 in the UK this week – clearly not sustaining its opening week sales. Over in the States, not enough folks are lapping up Hot Cakes just yet – it debuts at #43 on the US Billboard 200.
Noisette‘s new album Contact enters at a disappointing #30 this week. Meanwhile, their single ‘That Girl’ rises from #175 to #87 – so there’s hope still, I suppose.
Aiden Grimshaw‘s Misty Eye album does a death drop from #19 to #100 in its second week. Shit – that’s some unsightly results.
– US –
R&B singer Trey Songz scores his very first #1 album on the US Billboard 200 with Chapter V clocking 135,000 copies in its opening week. So far, this era has given Songz two top 10 hits on the R&B/Hip Hop songs chart with ‘Heart Attack’ (#3) and ‘2 Reasons’ (#8).
Owl City‘s The Midsummer Station debuts at #7 on the US Billboard 200 with a meagre 30,000 copies sold. Shit, is that all it takes to go Top 10 in the States these days? Their last album All Things Bright and Beautiful sold 48,000 copies in its opening week to debut (and peak) at #6 on the Billboard 200. Go figure. Meanwhile, across the Atlantic, Midsummer Station plummets from #34 to #79 in its second week.
Adelegend‘s reign is finally letting up, after she has probably sold enough to buy out Richard Branson himself. 21 has left the Top 10 for the first time in its 79 week chart run, sliding from #8 to #12 this week (selling 24,000 copies).
Another almighty British act set to leave the Top 10 is One Direction. Up All Night slides down to #10 position this week and with feverish hype already building for their sophomore Take Me Home (which lands on 12 November) – can you blame kids for refraining?
The project’s forthcoming first single ‘Live While We’re Young’ (due 30 September) has become the fastest selling pre-order single in history, topping the advance sales charts in 40 countries including UK, Australia, New Zealand, Singapore France, Italy, Spain, Brazil and Mexico.
Taylor Swift‘s massive ‘We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together’ stays on top of the US Billboard Hot 100 for the second week. Despite a 51% decrease in digital sales (307,000 downloads in a week is still pretty alright, innit?), ‘Never’ is still the biggest digital song seller in the land. It is expected to cross 1 million download sales by the end of its third week out. Elsewhere, ‘Never’ continues to pick up radio airplay, rising to #13 in its third week on the American Radio Songs chart.
Maroon 5‘s catchy ‘One More Night’ moves up to #4 on the US Billboard Hot 100, thanks to ever strengthening digital sales. The song clocks the country’s second best download sales this week, picking up 195,000 copies.
Cher Lloyd‘s ‘Want U Back’ sits at #16 on the US Billboard Hot 100 and is still in the US Digital Song Top 10 – selling 107,000 downloads this week. Her American fans will be treated to the fantastic ‘With Ur Love’ as her next single there, although it comes without the Mike Posner feature rap. Have y’all seen the US album artwork for Sticks + Stones and ‘With Ur Love’? Well, now you have.
Fellow Aussie bratz, our local version of Sticks + Stones will be the same as the US one, arriving here on 5 October. I’m totally gonna get it even though I’ve already imported the UK version last year.
Nicki Minaj‘s ‘Pound The Alarm’ creeps to #20 on the US Billboard Hot 100, thanks to increased radio airplay. The song flies from #31 to #24 on the US Radio Airplay chart this week.
No Doubt’s ‘Settle Down’ falls to #61 on the US Billboard Hot 100. No surprise that their label’s already starting to move the next single ‘Push and Shove’ (featuring Major Lazer and Busy Signal). Look, folks that didn’t warm to ‘Settle Down’ might take to ‘Push and Shove’ a lot quicker but I still stand by the former as a catchy and appropriate comeback track.
The Wanted‘s ‘Chasing The Sun’ falls to #62 on the US Billboard Hot 100 after 19 weeks, evidently unable to match the epic success of ‘Glad You Came’ – which is still turning the party further up in the Top 40.
Brandy‘s ‘Put It Down’ (featuring Chris Brown) makes a dash up to #90 on the US Billboard Hot 100 and makes a new peak of #13 on over at the R&B/Hip Hop Song chart. Her next release ‘Wildest Dreams’ is already garnering positive reviews and has made the US iTunes R&B Top 10.
Kelly Rowland‘s sensual new slow jam ‘Ice’ rises to #55 on the US Billboard R&B/Hip Hop song chart in its fifth week, while Mariah‘s tepid new single ‘Triumphant (Get ‘Em)’ crawls up to #58 after three weeks. ‘Triumphant’ – the remixes – are understandably faring better on the dance club play charts, bulleting from #42 to #28 this week.
Madonna‘s ‘Turn Up The Radio’ ascends to the top of the Hot Dance Club Play chart in its sixth week. Pulling up close behind is Usher‘s ‘Scream’, reaching a peak of #2 and Scissor Sister‘s utterly fierce ‘Let’s Have a Kiki’ at #3.
Also sashaying up the dance chart is Florence + The Machine‘s ‘Spectrum (Say My Name)’ at #4 and Aussie twins NERVO‘s new single ‘You’re Gonna Love Again’ bulleting from #9 to #5.
– FUTURE FEED –
Matchbox Twenty‘s new album North is set to be the biggest selling new album on our ARIA charts next week. The deluxe edition currently charts just behind Birdy and One Direction‘s untouchable pre-orders on iTunes.
Elsewhere, Ronan Keating‘s first album of originals Fires is expected to fly into the ARIA Top 30 with Alanis‘ new album being his closest new competitor. Two Door Cinema Club‘s new album Beacon should also start charting next week.
Flo Rida‘s ‘I Cry’ should impact our ARIA Top 50 next week, I reckon. It’s currently his best seller on iTunes, reigning in the Top 10.
Elen Levon‘s smashing third single ‘Dancing To The Same Song’ came out on Friday and is already the sixth most added new song to Aussie radios. It shouldn’t have any problems entering the ARIA Top 100 next Monday, but the song is not even in the iTunes Top 100 right now so I’m a tad concerned.
September is set to be a killer month of chart actions with new releases from Pink, The Killers, No Doubt, Mumford and Sons, Muse, David Guetta, Nelly Furtado, Carly Rae Jepsen, Pet Shop Boys, The Presets, Clare Bowditch, Cody Simpson and Mika.