“Oppa gangnam style!” *drops the beat*
You know when your parents start to recognise a internet viral music video that it’s well and truly time for everyone else to move on.
It has been a tremendous week for K-pop sensation PSY‘s ‘Gangnam Style’, not only is it officially the most ‘liked’ video in the history of the internet – the track has also successfully topped the Australian and UK charts to become the first Korean pop single to do so.
Its crossover chart success in the Western market is just mind-blowing, no doubt bringing a whole lot of national pride for South Koreans everywhere.
Elsewhere, it has also been a great week for Pink, Mumford and Sons, Conor Maynard, Brandy and Christina “I think you already know my weight!” Aguilera.
– AUSTRALIA –
PSY‘s ‘Gangnam Style’ overtakes Guy Sebastian‘s long running #1 hit ‘Battle Scars’ to become Australia’s newest chart topper. The K-pop dance track has been reigning hard on iTunes for the past week and has now been certified platinum sales of over 70,000 copies in Australia.
Over in the UK, the K-pop icon becomes the first artist from East Asia to top the charts, thanks to ‘Gangnam Style’ leaping from #3 to #1 this week, selling over 84,000 copies. The hit single is also the first song in a foreign language to go #1 in the UK since Aussie duo Yolanda Be Cool vs D Cup‘s ‘We No Speak Americano’ reigned in 2010.
Birdy‘s take on ‘Skinny Love’ could well be next to go #1 in Australia, if its trajectory is anything to go by. The tender track, which got its mainstream break after Bella covered it on our local X Factor series, is now freshly certified triple platinum sales Down Under.
‘Skinny Love’ sits tight at #3 on our ARIA charts this week, but could it be blazing up the club charts soon? Check out this new official remix by local DJ/producers Denzal Park, who has worked their magic on floor fillers for Zoe Badwi and Wynter Gordon:
Speaking of Bella, the X Factor indie songbird’s rendition of One Direction’s ‘What Makes You Beautiful’ becomes the highest charting song from last week’s episode – debuting at #62 on our ARIA singles chart. It’s not quite the same level of success as The Collectives‘ previous week efforts with ‘Domino’ cracking the Top 40.
Elsewhere, the annoying boy band that thankfully got booted off – What About Tonight – managed to creep up the rectum of the ARIA Top 100 with their cover of Busted‘s ‘Year 3000’ debuting at #97.
Rita Ora‘s quickie Aussie promo trip helped push her single ‘RIP’ into the ARIA Top 10 this week. The debut LP Ora barely improves, sliding up to #52 this week. People are right to not give a shit about the album – especially in this day and age when you could just pick up the four good tracks on iTunes.
Alicia Keys‘ new ballad ‘Girl on Fire’ astoundingly climbs up the Aussie charts to a new peak of #15. She is showing off some incredible vocal prowess in this sparse piano driven ballad. I honestly didn’t think Aussies had time for R&B divas who be wailing like a beached mammal.
Havana Brown‘s When The Lights Go Out EP has finally forces its way into the ARIA Top 20, landing a new peak of #18 this week. The girl recently dropped a video for the project’s lead single ‘You’ll Be Mine’, which will help sustain interest especially via music video programs.
Pink‘s The Truth About Love holds tight to the top of the ARIA chart for the second week, now having sold over 210,000 copies (certifying triple platinum sales accreditation). How many copies will be donated to the charity bin after folks actually hear it? The American popstar just announced dates for a mid 2013 tour around our fair country, needless to say, I’m sure more than a few will go see her in concert.
Green Day‘s ninth studio album Uno enters at #3 in Australia this week. This will be the first of a trilogy for the American punk band – with subsequent albums Dos and Tres arriving in November and January respectively. Frankly, I feel like Charo has been robbed of a fantastic multi-album release strategy.
No Doubt‘s Push and Shove rushes in at #8 this week, making this their first Top 10 album since 1995. Far out. I hadn’t realised that Return of Saturn and Rock Steady didn’t go Top 10 – but why does it matter? The latter was certified gold sales in Australia, which sadly might be more than Push and Shove manages.
Over in the UK, the comeback album staggers in at #16, selling a disappointing 6,635 opening week copies. And if you thought the Brits might’ve been focused on the single instead? Think again. ‘Settle Down’ debuts in the UK at #85, moving some piss weak amount of 3,124 copies.
Conor Maynard‘s Contrast album finally hits the ARIA Top 50 at #48 this week. You know what helped? This CD album going for just $13 at JB Hi-Fi. I mean, the joy of having the physical copy is being able to fold the booklet in any way you please to display one of three different covers. Can you beat that?
Elsewhere, Contrast enters the New Zealad album charts at #27 this week while his new single ‘Turn Around’ (featuring Ne-Yo) steps in at #35 there.
Over in Conor’s homeland – fair Mother England – ‘Turn Around’ finally becomes the embryo’s third Top 10 hit, settling in at #9 this week.
– UK –
Mumford and Sons‘ new album Babel debuts at #1 in the UK this week with whopping sales of 158,923 copies – making it the biggest first week sales in the country all year.
Babel is one of three UK #1 albums this year to have debuted with sales north of 100,000 copies. Others, unsurprisingly, are Lana Del Rey‘s Born to Die (116,745 copies) and Emeli Sandé‘s Our Version of Events (113,319 copies).
Meanwhile back here in Australia, Babel is also the biggest new album on the scene, entering at #2. The band’s last effort Sigh No More, which made #1 and clocked triple platinum sales in its hey day, returns to #22 on our ARIA chart.
Flo Rida‘s ‘I Cry’ finally ascends into the UK Top 5 slot, making this his fourth single from Wild Ones to do so. The track managed to sell over 37,500 copies to make #3 this week.
David Guetta racks up his 16th UK Top 10 smash with ‘She Wolf (Falling to Pieces)’ (featuring Sia) ascending to #8. The single clocked over 27,000 sales last week.
Over in the States, ‘She Wolf’ skips into the Top 30 Dance/Club play charts. Could it ever be as huge and defining as ‘Titanium’ though? I mean, that has sold millions around the world.
DJ Fresh featuring RaVaughn‘s ‘The Feeling’ is the biggest new single in the UK this week, breaking through at #13 with 23,735 first week sales. The song rose to a new peak of #9 on the UK Radio Airplay chart in the last week after seven weeks on air.
This is some next level shit for vocalist RaVaughn, y’all, who some Madonna fans would recognise as the woman who sang on the demo for ‘Revolver’ – y’know, one of the heartless pop queen’s many recent flops? Mind you, I always play RaVaughn‘s demo over Madge’s fucked up album version.
Paloma Faith‘s cover of INXS‘ ‘Never Tear Us Apart’ cracks the UK charts at #16 this week. The song was used in the latest ads for department store John Lewis, and it’s been released in two versions: one with guitars and one orchestral style. Pure class.
Lana Del Rey‘s cover of ‘Blue Velvet’ slides in at #60 in the UK, selling just some 4,650 first week copies. The song has been used in her current H&M commercials and will also be included in her forthcoming Born to Die (Paradise Edition) album.
– US –
Pink scores her first ever US #1 album this week with The Truth About Love debuting straight on top of the Hot 200 chart. The frustratingly hit-and-miss album managed to sell over 280,000 first week copies to be her best ever opening week sales in America (the last time she had opening week sales this good was when M!ssundaztood debuted with 220,000 copies sold).
Astonishingly, The Truth About Love gives America it’s third-biggest debut album sales this year. The only other bigger first-week sellers this year are Justin Bieber (Believe made 374,000 copies) and Madonna (MDNA ticked 359,000 copies).
Over at the singles bar, Pink‘s ‘Blow Me (One Last Kiss)’ is still #1 on the Hot 100 Airplay chart and remains at #5 on the US Billboard Hot 100. Its successor ‘Try’ debuts at #56.
Kanye West‘s Cruel Summer compilation album debuts at #2 behind Pink, clocking 205,000 first week sales. Next in line is The Killers debuting at #3 with Battle Born, selling 113,000 opening week copies.
Nelly Furtado‘s The Spirit Indestructible debuted at an unremarkable #79 on the US Billboard 200 this week, selling less than 6,000 opening week copies. Talk about a gut-ripping distance from her last English-language album Loose, which entered at #1 with 219,000 first-week sales.
There’s no sign of it in the Australian ARIA or New Zealand charts to date. Send out a search party.
‘Gangnam Style’ is shoo-in to go #1 on the US Billboard Hot 100 by middle of this week. The track has already claimed #1 on the Digital Song chart with a 60% increase in download sales (301,000 copies y’all). The K-pop smash managed to bullet from #11 to #2. Maroon 5‘s ‘One More Night’ stands no chance of holding the top spot for another week.
Christina Aguilera‘s addictive ‘Your Body’ debuts at #34 on the US Billboard Hot 100, making it the biggest selling new single in America this week.
Even though ‘Your Body’ didn’t peak as high as Xtina‘s last lead single – ‘Not Myself Tonight’ – it still outsold the Bionic track by a mile. ‘Not Myself Tonight’ cracked the Hot 100 at #23 with 77,000 sales two years ago, whereas ‘Your Body’ came roaring in with 103,000 first-week sales.
‘Your Body’ is also Xtina‘s first solo digital Top 10 hit since 2008 when that awful ‘Keeps Gettin’ Better’ shit peaked at #5.
Brandy‘s ‘Put It Down’ (featuring Chris Brown) muscles its way up to a new peak of #76 on the US Billboard Hot 100 this week. The single also amazingly makes its way into the R&B/Hip Hop Song chart at #5 after 17 weeks – making this Brandy‘s first Top 10 hit since 2002’s ‘What About Us?’.
‘Put It Down’ is firing on all cylinders on the Hot 100 Airplay chart this week too – flying from #70 to #50 in its third week. Fuck, I’m so proud of my R&B diva. I just know I’ll have the new album on repeat when it comes out in two weeks.
Electropop duo Karmin earns their second US Billboard Dance/Club play chart topper with ‘Hello’ this week. The single version debuts at #72 in Australia this week and is set to follow in the Top 10-traipsing trajectory of their breakthrough ‘Brokenhearted’.
Mariah Carey‘s ‘Triumphant’ dance remixes make the Top 5 on the US Dance/Club play ranks. The quicker we all move on from this hot mess the better. Please, let this shit go.
Melanie Amaro might not have the care factor of many but I’m so here for ‘Don’t Fail Me Now’. The song is thankfully improving its placement on the Dance/Club charts this week – rising to #38.
Elsewhere, Yoko Ono ‘I’m Moving On’ fills the floor at #39 and Kathy Griffin‘s ‘I’ll Say It’ sashays in at #44.
– NEW ZEALAND –
By special request by Feed Limmy reader Jordan, who tweeted me to see if I would be inclined to include New Zealand in my fair feed. I thought, why not?
It’s the least I can do for a nation so clearly receptive to new music, often granting favourable chart placements to singles that don’t make it anywhere else in the Western world. (Flashback: Shaznay Lewis‘ ‘Never Felt Like This Before’ making Top 20.)
PSY‘s ‘Gangnam Style’ celebrates its second consecutive week on top of the NZ Top 40 while two other Kiwi natives colour the Top 5: Flight of The Conchords‘ ‘Feel Inside’ climbing to #3 and man band Titanium‘s ‘Come On Home’ sitting at #4.
Taylor Swift‘s ‘Begin Again’ is the biggest new single in New Zealand and Australia this week, debuting at #11 and #20 respectively. Over in the UK, the song debuts at #30, racking up 10,118 downloads.
Bridgit Mendler‘s ‘Ready or Not’ ascends to #12 on the Kiwi charts this week. Now this is one Disney teen star I reckon we need to earmark, as the Kiwis have obviously already given it some consideration. ‘Ready or Not’ has yet to impact the mainstream charts anywhere else but NZ and Canada.
Aaradhna‘s new single ‘Wake Up’ rouses to #32 in its third week on the New Zealand Top 40 chart. The Kiwi talent made a brief Aussie crossover in 2005 when she appeared on Savage‘s hip hop ballad ‘They Don’t Know Me’ and a Paulmac album track ‘Love Declaration’.
Carly Rae Jepsen‘s cute new single ‘This Kiss’ debuts at #39. Again, here in Australia we need to get onto this song right away – the track has incidentally become the ninth most added new track to Aussie radios this week.
I love how her album Kiss is still somewhat thriving in the Top 10 for the second consecutive week in Kiwiland. It is not looking good at all for Kiss everywhere else. Up in the UK, it plummets from #9 to #26 in its second week, managing only a little over 4,500 second week sales. Same shit in Australia – Kiss fades from #8 to #27.
Over in America, Kiss enters the US Billboard Hot 100 at #6, selling only 46,000 copies. Perhaps the masses there just see her as a one-hit wonder?
– FUTURE FEED –
One Direction‘s infectious new single ‘Live While We’re Young’ looks set to slam right in as the biggest selling new single in Australia and the UK come next Sunday.
‘LWWY’ made a tremendous second week leap on the UK radio airplay chart from #60 to #20. You just know them fangurls would be blowing up the request line.
Rihanna‘s shining ‘Diamonds’ should make Top 10 in Australia, UK and New Zealand next time we do our Chart Feed.
Ke$ha‘s ‘Die Young’ is the most added new song to Aussie radios this week. It’s struggling to compete with new singles from the aforementioned mega-sellers but should hopefully make our ARIA Top 20 this Sunday.
Mika‘s ‘Celebrate’ arrived in the UK on Monday – should we expect a Top 20 entry? Don’t bet your KFC coupons on it. The song is making adequate progress on the UK radio airplay charts, though, rising from #34 to #26 in its fifth week on air.
Reece Mastin‘s new single ‘Rockstar’ drops this Friday 5 October, so we’ll find out where it lands on our ARIA chart on Sunday 14 October. Expect a proper X Factor and local TV promo assault.
Little Mix‘s foot-stomping ‘Wings’ finally gets an Aussie release this Friday. Please let this be huge in Australia. I would barter with God and trade in all future Zoë Badwi success for Little Mix to be a hit here.
Side bar: Little Mix Jade is in fact Badwi’s cousin. The Mixers are set to release their second single ‘DNA’ on 12 November – I’ve been told it’s an electro pop ballad with stunning vocals.
Adele‘s new single ‘Let The Sky Fall’ – theme song for the new James Bond movie Skyfall – is set to impact in October. The track was co-written by Adele and Paul Epworth who collaborated with her on her defining 21 album.
Leona Lewis‘ ‘Trouble’ hits the UK shelves on 8 October. It’s slowly but surely climbing up the UK radio airplay chart, y’guys. Have faith. ‘Trouble’ bolts from #44 to #28 in its third week on air.
I’m totally gagging for the album Glassheart, especially after hearing the radio premiere of its dancefloor-filler title track. The album arrives in the UK on 15 October but no sign of an Australian release date yet.
Nicki Minaj‘s ‘Va Va Voom’ continues to get added to radios around the world but the next single in the UK is now tipped to be ‘Marilyn Monroe’ (set for a December drop date). ‘Va Va Voom’ bullets from #96 to #50 on the UK radio airplay charts in its second week.
Robbie Williams‘ new single ‘Candy’ faring well on the UK radio airplay charts, climbing to #17 in its third week. The actual single is not due there until 29 October though. Plenty of time to build up. Meanwhile in Australia, ‘Candy’ exits the ARIA Top 100 singles chart after a one-week cameo.