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.
Success comes in all sorts of shapes and sizes, on local levels and global fronts. Some just seem to want a piece of it in every market.
It has been a very good week for overachievers Bloc Party and Taylor Swift,as well as Birdy, Ricki-Lee, and Brandy. Also, find out where new releases from Owl City, Aiden Grimshaw and David Guetta land.
Remember back when it was kinda uncool to be “launched from a reality TV show”?
Well, it would seem that if you can escape that stigma with class and some bloody awesome creative ventures, you’re guaranteed to be embraced by the masses in the way Guy Sebastian and Jessica Mauboy were this week.
Elsewhere on this Chart Feed, it has also been a good week for the Spice Girls, Emeli Sande, Rita Ora and Flo Rida.
The Olympic Games is doing nothing to stimulate Britain’s album buying habits as the nation hits its lowest weekly album sales in 16 years. Rihanna‘s Talk That Talk has returned to #1 on the UK charts with just over 9,500 copies sold – making it the lowest weekly sale for a UK #1 album in the 21st century.
Elsewhere, American Idol winner Phillip Phillips scores big on the digital charts thanks to a placement in NBC’s Olympic broadcast, the Pet Shop Boys cops a chart fail with ‘Winner’, and J.Lo now ties with Katy Perry for most consecutive US #1 dance/club play singles.
A whole season must’ve passed beneath our feet, moons come and gone, colours of the wind changed, since our last Chart Feed – but I’m now ready to immerse myself back into a regime of tireless research on Monday nights.
Perhaps once the choir of angels performing their celebratory rendition of ‘You Bring Me Joy’has ascended back to heaven, we can begin this week’s pickings of the ARIA, UK Official and US Billboard charts.
This was a particularly rosy week for Justice Crew and Conor Maynard, featuring new entries also from The Veronicas, Kelendria Trene Rowland and Scissor Sisters.
Top bosses like Carly Rae Jepsen, One Direction and pepaw Lionel Ritchie all cruise through this week untouched by a barrage of strong new releases.
Nods all around to chart debuts by Reece Mastin, Missy Higgins,Jason Mraz and Jack White. Maroon 5 smash through with ‘Payphone’, making some monumental weekly digital sales figures not seen by a group before in America.
Plus, a quick forecast predicts Norah Jones might make it rain on the charts next Monday with a patchy chance of Jack Vidgen, Marina and The Diamonds and Tulisa in some areas.