Chart Feed – 03.01.12

Happy new year, y’all. I don’t know who approved my time off last Monday but I’m sorry for leaving y’all without a Christmas week chart feed.

I am back on the grind tonight because I know we need to start this year right. It’s such a traditionally quiet time of the year for music sales, technically all your underachieving faves should be making the Top 10 with no effort at all. But of course, there aren’t ever any surprises when you’re expecting it.

This week’s chart highlights include Michael Buble‘s record-breaking Christmas sales that has cancelled everything he’s put out before this year, Sia‘s third consecutive Aussie Top 30 appearance in five months, Havana Brown‘s American crossover, and shit loads more.

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Chart Feed – 26.09.11

Gotye and Kimbra‘s ‘Somebody That I Used To Know’ is once again on the edge of chart-defining glory. As y’all know, I don’t usually care to report on serial #1 space invaders but when they clock a major milestone, it’s only polite to acknowledge and golf clap. ‘Somebody That I Used To Know’ is now the longest staying #1 ARIA single by an Aussie artist since Savage Garden‘s ‘Truly Madly Deeply’ in 1997. If it remains at #1 this time next week, it’d be an equal tie with ‘Truly Madly Deeply’ which reigned for eight consecutive weeks at #1. ‘Somebody That I Used To Know’ has also gone #1 in Netherlands and New Zealand. Gotye‘s Making Mirrors is perched at #3 on the ARIA albums chart this week while Kimbra‘s own Vows slides to #8. The Kiwi songbird’s third single ‘Good Intent’ becomes the eighth most added new song to Aussie radios this week.

Adele has now clocked over 10 million sales worldwide for her defining 21 album. That’s 10 million copies in the nine months it has been out – three million of those coming from the US alone where she has experienced unprecedented chart success this year. It is quite easily the best selling album in the UK,US and Australia this year with Lady Gaga‘s Born This Way being the next best contender. 21 hangs on to #1 in Australia this week, beating off five new entries in the Top 20 who all fell in line accordingly: The Jezabels Prisoners (#2), Lady Antebellum Own The Night (#5), The Funkoars The Quickening (#11), Opeth Heritage (#12) and Pearl Jam‘s Twenty soundtrack (#14). Over on the Aussie singles chart, Adelegend is turning tables on her three Top 20 hits. The newest one ‘Set Fire To The Rain’ leaps to #11 while past glories ‘Someone Like You’ and ‘Rolling In The Deep’ slide off to #12 and #14 respectively.

I know I normally embed performances or music videos in my Chart Feed but today I’m feeling like a little Adele cacklefest. Y’all don’t mind, right? It’s Monday. Treat yourself to this side-splitting compilation of her funnies:


 

Coldplay‘s ‘Paradise’ rises to #37 on our ARIA charts this week but y’all can expect for shit to pick up because it was the third most added new track to Aussie radios this week. Over in the US, ‘Paradise’ is the biggest new entry debuting at #16 on the Billboard Hot 100. The band’s much-hyped new album Mylo Xyloto arrives on 21 October in Australia – the same day as Darren HayesSecret Codes and Battleships, Kelly Clarkson‘s Stronger and Washington‘s I Believe You Liar/Insomnia repackage. It’ll be a hectic week for new releases, won’t it? Well, it depends on who you ask.

Darren Hayes‘ second Aussie single from this era – ‘Bloodstained Heart’ – is still a no show in the ARIA Top 100. I don’t see it slapped on the front of our iTunes store beside new releases from the aforementioned artists. Do people actually know it is out? ‘Bloodstained Heart’ is understandably not in our Aussie iTunes Top 200 and I am a little startled to see it overtaken by other new tracks like Demi Levato‘s ‘Fix A Heart’ and Emeli Sandé‘s ‘Heaven’. Well, if it’s any consolation, at least he’s still got a cracking loyal fan base.

Bryan Adams‘ new album Bare Bones enters at #38 this week after shocking the nation with his X Factor appearance last week. The general Twitter consensus was basically, a) “he hasn’t aged well” and b) “how good is ‘When You’re Gone’ – like, still?”

Jessie J‘s Who You Are album cops a surprise sales surge this week, possibly thanks to renewed interest via her current Top 10 single ‘Domino’ – which mind you, isn’t actually included on the album. We can also weigh in on the X Factor bump – remember Young Men’s Society performed her smash ‘Price Tag’ last Monday night? Meanwhile, if one is to forecast – ‘Who You Are’, her major tear jerker ballad, is set to impact UK markets on 7 November. It’ll serve as the album’s fifth overall single.

The Wanted‘s ‘Glad You Came’ breaks the Aussie Top 20, as I predicted last week. This is some well deserved success for the lads who came out on a promo trip two weeks ago, pretty much building mainstream awareness from scratch after a year of online buzz from the UK.

Check out the video for The Wanted‘s next single ‘Lightning’, which will arrive on British store fronts on 30 October:


 
David Guetta and Sia‘s ‘Titanium’ returns to our ARIA Top 5 this week after reigning as the most played song on Sydney radios last week. It’s funny how different Guetta tracks take precedence at different parts of the world. It seems like the US and UK crowds are losing their minds to the Usher collabo ‘Without You’ (which, mind you, is also a ARIA Top 10 smash here) but no one else seems to get ‘Titanium’ like we do. Sia is very much still an Aussie thing. Is she that much of an acquired taste? Nothing But The Beat clings to #4 position in Australia and #7 in the UK, but drops from #18 to #39 on the US Billboard Hot 200.

Vanessa Amorosi‘s ‘Amazing’ drops to #20 on the ARIA Australian singles chart. Well, we can expect for things to pick up after her AFL Grand Final warble this week, right? Meanwhile, ‘Amazing’ is nowhere to be found in the ARIA Top 100 and neither is another new smash ‘Big’ by Sneaky Sound System, which appeared at #15 on our ARIA Australian singles chart this week. At least the ‘Big’ remixes are tearing up the club charts. They just moved to a new peak of #4 there.

Altiyan Childs‘ new single ‘Ordinary Man’ – which was penned by Ryan Tedder – shows up at #159 on our Aussie iTunes chart. Was anyone actually notified of its release? This promo campaign really could be a whole lot better. Can I just say, I know the song’s sounding more contemporary than the old school rocker vibe he normally gives but I really dig it. ‘Ordinary Man’ was despatched to Aussie radios last week alongside current Aussie X Factor judge Natalie Bassingthwaighte‘s new single ‘All We Have’ and Sophie Ellis-Bextor‘s ‘Starlight’ [Editor’s note: !!! at the latter].

Take a look at Altiyan‘s video for ‘Ordinary Man’, which was directed by Peter Ireland who has admittedly done far more exquisite clips for Aussie artists like Brendan Maclean (‘Cold and Happy’) and Scott Spark (‘Fail Like You Mean It’):


 
Kelly Clarkson‘s ‘Mr Know It All’ isn’t exactly moving in the right direction. The lovely new piece slips to #28 here this week while over in the US, it registers a worrying drop from its #18 debut last week to #35. You’ve all seen the nice-ish screen grabs from the forthcoming music video, right? Let’s hope the whole thing surfaces soon enough.

Dev‘s ‘In The Dark’ ascends to #46 in Australia this week, making this her first solo appearance here. The single also rose to #16 over in the US, which is probably sufficient to help the girl shed her feature creature persona. You wanna have hits of your own, don’t you? Meanwhile, a similarly styled track – ‘Mr Saxobeat’ by Alexandra Stan – makes a belated leap to #19 in Australia this week, carving itself a new peak while over in the States, success is mirrored in a new position of #29 on the US Billboard Hot 100.

Side bar: call it premonition but I sense something wicked this way comes. If some Dev and Havana Brown collabo is to eventuate over the next 12 months, please remember you heard it here first. Dev‘s next appearance will be on Demi Levato‘s single ‘Who’s That Boy’.

Check out Dev‘s stylish video for ‘In The Dark’ here:


 
Havana Brown‘s bilious new single ‘Get It’ sinks to #47 in its second week. The unimaginative club stomper is once again produced by More Mega and co-written by Cassie Davis, the team who delivered excellence in her breakthrough single ‘We Run The Night’. The video for ‘Get It’ is set to drop this week and with any luck, the DJ-ing memaw might win me over with her stunning video vixenry once again. If these glowing words of review have inspired you to find out more about Ms Havana, please don’t hesitate to check out this interview she did with my friends at auspOp.

Alexis Jordan returns to our Top 50 via Sean Paul‘s ‘Got 2 Luv U’ this week at #48, almost a month ahead of its UK release. The single also managed to debut at #99 on the US Billboard Hot 100. Look, I’m really not wild about this song in any way shape or form. I still don’t get how the world slept on her stunning last single ‘Hush Hush’ but as far as I’m concerned, we’re done with Ms Jordan’s album. Well, apparently it’s not up to me because the project’s yielding its fourth single ‘How You Like Me Now’ in the next month or so. There you go.

Wynter Gordon‘s flawless ‘Buy My Love’ is set to hit the UK on 24 October while the long-awaited With The Music I Die album arrives 7 November. Both single and album are nowhere to be found in our Aussie Top 100 at the moment which is extremely tragic. Just like Alexis, Ms Diana Gordon found solo success in Australia with her first two singles, went to notch a Top 50 charting collabo, but failed to see their ace third singles do better. I refuse to believe it’s the end of an era for With The Music I Die here but I feel like I might be only one left stanning.

Florence + The Machine‘s roof-raising new single ‘Shake It Out’ becomes the fourth most added new song to Aussie radios this week. By the looks of things, this should have no problem bettering the success of its predecessor ‘What The Water Gave Me’. The flame-haired warbler will launch her sophomore Ceremonials next month.

Y’all can listen to ‘Shake It Out’ here:


 
N Dubz‘s Dappy enters the UK charts at #1 this week with his debut solo single ‘No Regrets’. He’s been fast working on his solo album while the group’s on hiatus [Editor’s note: his cousin and band mate Tulisa is a judge on X Factor, in case you’ve been living under a boulder the size of Ghana]. The spanking new entry is yet another week of scorn for Maroon 5 and Christina Aguilera‘s ‘Moves Like Jagger’, who’s still fighting hard at #2 just like they are here in Australia. Will they ever ascend to the top?

Jason DeRulo‘s cringeworthy ‘It Girl’ enters at #4 in the UK, ahead of his sophomore album’s arrival. Future History will come out in stages around the globe – first arriving in Australia last Friday, then it’ll hit US stores tomorrow, before finally coming to UK audiences on 10 October.

The Saturdays‘All Fired Up’ tumbles to #15 in the UK this week. Look, I didn’t actually expect for it to stick around the Top 20 for this long, given the band’s reputation as front-heavy sellers. The girls’ next move is said to be a track titled ‘Heart Takes Over’. Meanwhile, Sugababes 4.0 seem to have given up on their ‘Freedom’ campaign, offering the single up for a free download. The tale of two British girl bands – watch this space.

Nicola Roberts‘ utterly irresistable new single ‘Lucky Day’ debuts at #40 on the UK charts, easily becoming the lowest charting solo Girls Aloud release since Nadine‘s ‘Sweetest High’ which by the way didn’t enter any Top 100 whatsoever. This embarrassing floppage really shouldn’t be happening. I see Team Ginge going hard on promo with various TV appearances but with virtually no radio support for ‘Lucky Day’, it’s no surprise that it charted where it did. Nicola’s Cinderella’s Eyes comes out in the UK today and despite being one of the best pop album’s I’ve heard all year, I’m really not holding my breath for a Top 20 entry. I don’t think my heart can handle charting this era any more. I’m just gonna excuse myself now and rock back ‘n’ forth in a corner listening to ‘Yo Yo’ on repeat.

Check out Nicola‘s G-A-Y performance of ‘Beat of My Drum’ last Saturday. It kicks in at the 1:30 mark or so.


 
UK X Factor has once again rejuvenated interest in some forgotten gems with their hit auditions. Damien Rice‘s ‘Cannonball’ bullets to #9 this week, Jennifer Hudson‘s Dreamgirls classic ‘Love You I Do’ charts for the first time at #80, while K-Ci and JoJo‘s 90’s anthem ‘All My Life’ returns at #89.

Kasabian‘s Velociraptor enters the UK charts at #1 this week, leading a string of notable new album entries – ie: Tony Bennett‘s Duets II (#5 – his much-hyped Amy Winehouse collabo ‘Body & Soul’ sits at #67 there and debuts at #97 in Australia this week), Christina Perri‘s completely forgettable Lovestrong (#9) and Tori Amos‘ rather orchestral Night of Hunters (#27).

Will Young‘s Echoes is still holding tight to the UK Top 10 as radio support for the album’s first smash ‘Jealousy’ still stays strong. Meanwhile, for those looking ahead, the project’s next single ‘Come On’ will arrive on 21 November. That gives us something to look forward to, right? I secretly want for Will to release ‘I Just Want A Lover’ as a sly club promo. Y’know, just as a little treat on the side while he satiates the adult contemporary crowd with stuff like ‘Come On’? Side bar: ‘Come On’ is a cover of a 2009 Kish Mauve single. The British electro pop duo’s last mainstream crossover was when Kylie covered their track ‘2 Hearts’ some four years ago.

Melanie C appears to have picked the next single to set sail from The Sea [Editor’s note: this album title is the pun-gift that keeps giving, innit?] ‘Weak’ has appeared on the UK release schedule with a drop date of 7 November. This whole era is floundering so bad and frankly, I feel that ‘Burn’ would’ve been the stronger choice of ballad. Why the ominous ‘Weak’?

Check out Old Sporty performing her current single ‘Think About It’ on Alan Tirchmarsh. So very plain.


 
The Wombats are set to release one of my favourite Modern Glitch tracks ‘1996’ on 7 November in the UK, making it the sixth single launched from this era. What’s their motivation with multiple singles, really? The lead ‘Tokyo (Vampires & Wolves)’ managed to go #23 in the UK last year but all its successors haven’t done any better. ‘Jump Into The Fog’ made #35, ‘Anti D’ peaked at #42, ‘Techno Fan’ went #60 and the last one ‘Our Perfect Disease’ was launched last month to no effect.

Leona Lewis scores her very first US Billboard Dance/Club play #1 with ‘Collide’. Meanwhile over in the UK, she drops to #18 on the singles chart and nope, she’s nowhere to be found in our Aussie ARIA Top 100. Thanks for asking, though. I know if it had been adult contemporary slash Ryan Tedder-aided Leona track then Aussie radios would have no problem spinning it but LeLew doing Ibiza-fashioned dance? It’s a tough pitch. Even though our Top 40 is arguably more dance inclined than ever before, it’s a certain sleazy and frenetic kind of dance music that thrives – not the wholesome, euphoric vocal pop variety that ‘Collide’ or even Kylie‘s ‘Put Your Hands Up’ (another US #1 dance smash) is. Side bar: Avicii is set to drop his “version” of ‘Collide’ titled ‘Fade Into Darkness’ next week in the UK – perhaps that will conquer the dance charts over there?

Jennifer Lopez‘s brilliant ‘Papi’ ascends to #19 on the US Billboard Dance/Club play charts. With all hopes dashed for a full scale tour after she signed on for another season of American Idol, I really don’t know what the future holds for ‘Papi’. Let’s hope her delightful set at the iHeartRadio festival yesterday inspired some kind of sales action.

Take a look at her first ever live performance of ‘Papi’. The jury’s still out on whether she’s just getting better with singing live or if it’s merely a pre-recorded live vocals we’re hearing here:


 
Rihanna‘s ‘California King Bed’ drops to #9 on the US dance charts, expect for it to quickly phase out of the scene now that she’s flogging a new dance pop piece in ‘We Found Love’ (featuring Calvin Harris). Love it or loathe it – that Rihanna reign won’t let up, ho! Elsewhere on the dance charts: Luciana‘s ‘I’m Still Hot’ rises to #3 thanks to buzz from that new Betty White remix, Gloria Estefan‘s ‘Wepa’ moves up to #4, and former Pussycat Doll glamazon Jessica Sutta‘s ‘Show Me’ ascends to #14.

Lady Antebellum‘s Own The Night debuts straight in at #1 in the US this week, dislodging the almighty Adele with 347,000 first week sales. This is the biggest first week sales for a country record America has seen since Taylor Swift‘s Speak Now dropped last year.

Beyoncé‘s gonna have to do something fast – her shit’s sinking like dead weight. The platinum-selling new album 4 took a major drop from #9 to #20 on the US Billboard 200 while the dazzling track ‘Love On Top’ is anything but, plummeting to #96 on the US Billboard Hot 100 after just three weeks. Looking on the US Hip Hop/ R&B charts – things aren’t nearly as dramatic: ‘Best Thing I Never Had’ clings to #4, ‘Party’ moves up to #33, ‘Countdown’ pretty much remains at #80 while ‘Love On Top’ charts at #86. Meanwhile across the Atlantic, ‘Countdown’ and ‘Love On Top’ are both slated for UK release on 30 October.

First we saw a US Top 10 singles chart without Katy Perry for the first time in over a year, now the album’s Top 20 is clear of the pyro-titty popstar too with Teenage Dream plunging from #12 to #38. Her California Dreams tour just wrapped its first North American leg last week and now she’s almost through with her first ever concert dates in South America. The second leg of her US tour will kick off in November with a new opening act – Ellie Goulding – after Jessie J recently pulled out due to prolonged foot injury.

Kelly Rowland needs to motivate record buyers a little harder while she’s on tour with Chris Brown. Her current album Here I Am continues to tumble two months after it was released in the States, landing at #85 this week. She’s not opening for the F.A.M.E. tour at every single North American show due to X Factor commitments but damn, you’d think things would pick up now with ‘Lay It On Me’ on the up and coming, right? The new urban single moves up to #47 on the US Hip Hop/R&B charts.

On the flipside, Kelendria shan’t be denied of British chart action for too long. Her first international Here I Am single, ‘Down For Whatever’, will hit UK stores on 30 October. Let’s pray to Her Holiness Michelle Williams for some Aussie radio success. Speaking of Kelendria and Tenitra, y’all need to check this shot of them former children of Destiny backstage at Kelly‘s show with Ms Jennifer Hudson.

Chart Feed – 22.08.11

Gotye and Kimbra chalk up their second week on top of the ARIA charts with ‘Somebody That I Used To Know’, now certified platinum sales. No prize for guess where his new album will land on next Monday’s charts. Y’all know Gotye‘s Making Mirrors is pretty much set to come out on top, I mean, he’ll at least debut at #2 if he’s unable to mount the gargantuan Adele. Gotyemania is already heating up this week with his last studio album – 2006’s Like Drawing Blood – reaching a new peak of #12.

Maroon 5 and Christina Aguilera‘s ‘Moves Like Jagger’ is still surprisingly cock blocked from reaching the top, staggering at #2 in Australia after oh so many weeks of loitering about. ‘Moves Like Jagger’ may be the most downloaded song in America but it’s also stalling similarly at #3 on the Billboard Hot 100. It has already ascended to #1 position in New Zealand last week and over in the UK, it debuts at #3 this week. ‘MVJ’ is the most played song on Australian radios this week. What I find interesting about the airplay charts is that the Top 5 most played songs in every capital and major city is vastly different to each other and sometimes almost estranged from the overall nation-wide tally.

In Sydney, ‘Moves Like Jagger’ is moving out – their most played song this week is Calvin Harris and Kelis‘ ‘Bounce’, incidentally also the #1 club song in Australia. Sydney airwaves have some of the strongest concentration of dance music anywhere in the country. This week, they’re the only city to have Alexandra Stan‘s ‘Mr Saxobeat’, Cobra Starship feat. Sabi‘s ‘You Make Me Feel’ and David Guetta feat. Ludacris and Taio Cruz‘s ‘Little Bad Girl’ in their Top 10. The radio support for the latter two reflected favourably on their overall ARIA chart performance with Cobra Starship debuting at #31 and Guetta et al re-entering the digital charts at #18.

Here in Melbourne, ‘Moves Like Jagger’ dominates the airwaves and unlike the rest of the nation, we’re still keeping Katy Perry‘s ‘Last Friday Night (TGIF)’ and Lady Gaga‘s ‘The Edge of Glory’ on Top 5 rotation.

Brisbane radios love them some Jessica Mauboy ‘Inescapable’ – it’s the second most played song there this week, giving it more priority than any other Australian city. ‘Inescapable’ holds tight to #4 position on the ARIA charts while her Get ‘Em Girls album make a triumphant re-entry this week at #9, thanks to the new beefed up two-disc deluxe edition. It’s a huge feat for Jess once again to still be the nation’s best selling female solo popstar. Just take a look around – there are no other homegrown solo pop artists around the Top 50 mark. Bossbitch.

Eskimo Joe‘s Ghosts of The Past debuts at #3 in Australia to become the highest selling new album this week. The single ‘Love Is A Drug’ starts charting at #38, enjoying the strongest radio support in Perth this last week. Elsewhere, speaking of our fellow countrymen – Shannon Noll‘s comeback single ‘Switch Me On’ may have yet to crack the ARIA Top 50 or even the Australian digital Top 40 but he’s #1 on the Gold Coast airplay charts. Golf claps for Nolly.

I really think it’s time for a video break, there’s been too many texts scrolling down. Eskimo Joe‘s ‘Love Is A Drug’ video, anyone? *slurps drink loudly*

 

David Guetta and Sia‘s ‘Titanium’ bullets through to #10 in Australia this week – making this Sia‘s first Top 10 entry ever. Good to see that Guetta’s local label is wasting no time with this track, sending it off to radios despite ‘Titanium’ only being initially issued as just an iTunes digital promo to foreshadow his album release.

‘Titanium’ is the third most added new song to Australian radios this week. In the US, the single enters the Billboard Hot 100 at #66. Needless to say this is Sia‘s first time on the chart. She’s had two US Top 40 albums and two Top 30 dance singles but this is shaping up to be a proper mainstream single success, y’all. Over in the UK, ‘Titanium’ tumbles out of the Top 30 after just two weeks. Further down, Guetta’s new digital promo single ‘Lunar’ – an instrumental dance track with Afrojack – debuts at #90.

Jason DeRulo‘s dreadful new single ‘It Girl’ debuts at #16 here and #39 on the US Billboard Hot 100 this week. I’m sorry y’all. Sometimes doing my Monday breakfast radio segment is the only time I experience what most daytime radio listeners have to endure and today when ‘It Girl’ came on – mmph! Let me tell you, it was bleak.

Lady Gaga‘s ‘Yoü and I’ enters at #34 in Australia this week. Over in the US, the single re-enters the US Billboard Hot 100 at #96. Rejoice. Have y’all had the pleasure of line-dancing to this amazing Shania-friendly Mark Taylor remix yet?

Dolly would be proud:

 

Calvin Harris still rules the Australian club charts with ‘Bounce’ but his follow up single ‘Feels So Close’ is one of the biggest movers there this week, leaping from #34 to #8. Looking further down, there’s a huge selection of new impacting dance tunes on the Australian club scene. Highlights include Denzal Park‘s ‘Militia’ (#26), The Potbelleez ‘Midnight Midnight’ (#31), David Guetta/Sia‘s ‘Titanium (#35) and finally, mah gurl Wynter Gordon‘s ‘Buy My Love (Chuckie Remix)’ entering at #47. Yes!

Emeli Sandé‘s superb single ‘Heaven’ debuts at #2 in the UK in what’s evidently been a mad-rush of a week for three strong new releases. The UK Top 3 this week is all taken up by new records with Wretch 32 feat. Josh Kumra‘s ‘Don’t Go’ taking the top spot.

But back to Ms Sandé – her time as a solo artist has been a long time coming. She has appeared on two UK Top 10 smashes – first on Chipmunk‘s ‘Diamond Rings’ and then on Roll Deep‘s ‘Never Be Your Woman’. She has written for the likes of Tinie Tempah, Cheryl Cole, Susan Boyle, Cher Lloyd and Leona Lewis – excelling in soulful compositions. It’s great that she’s such a gifted writer and all, but I really hope she finds success as a recording artist too.

Watch her stunning video for ‘Heaven’:

 

Joe Jonas‘ new single ‘See No More’ debuts at #53 in the UK this week. Expect this to pick up when he joins Britney on her Femme Fatale tour of Europe in the coming weeks. Back in the States, dude hasn’t bettered his Billboard Hot 100 peak of #92 and he’s just starting to prove to all of us that even the mighty Jonas reputation isn’t always as bankable as it seems.

Nero scores a UK #1 debut with their first album Welcome To Reality intercepting the almighty Amy Winehouse and Adele tandem ruling. Dub step is definitely the flavour of the moment right now and Nero’s the latest success story for the electronica sub genre. Their single ‘Promises’ broke out at #1 last week, making it the second dub step single to ever top the UK charts. The pioneering single only came last month when DJ Fresh‘s ‘Louder’ ascended to the top. It’s no surprise that everyone’s jumping on board and clamouring for a Skrillex remix – or the like – these days. Even young Cher Lloyd‘s in on it with her dub step inflected ‘Swagger Jagger’ remixes and rather blatant follow up single ‘Dub On The Track’ set to impact soon.

Jedward‘s second album Victory enters at #34 in the UK this week. Remember when nobody even wanted to sign them for any more than two singles? Look how times have changed for X Factor‘s stylised Twiddle-dee and Twiddle-dum. The pair were inducted into the Celebrity Big Brother house last week and once again, you gotta hand it to Louis Walsh for making cringeworthy decisions work for these two. Jedward’s Victory contains the singles ‘Lipstick’ and ‘Bad Behaviour’ – and was entirely produced by DEEKAY, the team behind records for Sugababes (circa Change), Joe McElderry and even K-pop bands like TVXQ and Girls’ Generation.

Watch Jedward‘s latest music video ‘Bad Behaviour’ featuring a cameo from Piggy Perez:

 

Kelly Rowland‘s Here I Am dips on the UK urban charts to #26 this week. It’ll be interesting to see how her album fares on next Monday’s charts – I mean, by the grace of Beysus, it could even crack the UK Top 100! She’s practically new TV royalty there now, if the strong ratings for X Factor‘s season premiere was anything to go by. 12 million people tuned in to watch Kelendria judge, flirt with Gary and sass out a rude contestant on Saturday night. I doubt she’ll be doing very much else in the UK apart from the show because she’s got a tour to hit up with Chris Brown over in the States soon. Back in America, Here I Am falls out of the Top 20 in just three weeks – landing itself at #24.

Jay-Z and Kanye West‘s Watch The Throne has entered at #1 on the US Billboard Hot 200 as expected, pulling over 436,000 first week sales. Scanning the globe, the album has also gone #1 in Canada and Norway, and managed to go Top 3 in the UK, Australia, Denmark and the Netherlands.

Evanescence‘s comeback single ‘What You Want’ debuts at #68 on the US Billboard Hot 100. It’s been one hell of a campaign to get these guys back to mainstream attention and it seems like their team’s working the social networking sites to great effect. Billboard reports that during the single’s debut week, Evanescence gained 110,000 Facebook fans and 5,600 Twitter followers. Streaming media from Facebook and Myspace were also factored into their overall comeback success – with ‘What You Want’ garnering over 100,000 plays on Facebook and 10,000 on Myspace.

Britney Spears claims her third consecutive #1 US dance single with ‘I Wanna Go’ leapfrogging Kylie‘s ‘Put Your Hands Up’ to the top spot. Femme Fatale is so far Britney’s second album to ever have all its singles go #1 on the American dance charts. You might’ve guessed that the other was her equally fierce Blackout album. So whatever that fourth Femme Fatale single is, don’t fuck it up.

 

Elsewhere on the dance charts, major movers include Leona Lewis/Avicii‘s ‘Collide’ (#22), Luciana‘s ‘I’m Still Hot’ (#23) and Jennifer Hudson‘s ‘No One Gonna Love You’ (#33) – all moving at least 10 places up. That’s nice about the J Hud song but really, it’s only gonna clear the dance floor when everybody hears what she’s offering on David Guetta‘s ‘Night of Your Life’ [see above]. The song serves as the French DJ/producer’s third and final digital promo single to precede the release of Nothing But The Beat.

Alexandra Stan Interview

Whether you’ve been out handling your business in the clubs or up in the gym working on your fitness, you would’ve no doubt heard Alexandra Stan‘s ‘Mr Saxobeat’ blasting through the speakers.

The Romanian dance diva has become an overnight success with the breakthrough hit sending her to the top of the charts in Romania, Germany, Austria, Denmark, Italy, Slovakia and Switzerland. ‘Mr Saxobeat’ has also gone Top 10 in 16 countries, including the UK, and managed to top the US Billboard Dance/Club play charts.

The single first broke out in her home country last November at the crack of winter but the instant summer club jam soon spread like fire across European dance floors and is now turning it out around South America and the Australasia region. Here in Australia, ‘Mr Saxobeat’ is only starting to work its magic, rising to a new peak of #30 on our ARIA singles chart this week.

I caught up with Alexandra for her first ever Australian radio interview (via JOY 94.9) to see how she’s coping with all the success and suss out what else she’s got in store for us. Alexandra gives us a heads up on her forthcoming debut album Saxobeat, explains why she wants to do an album with both James Blunt and David Guetta, and reveals that she’s never been gay clubbing before! Gurl, please. You can’t ascend to Queen of Clubs status without this initiation by glitter. We all know that.

Check out my chat with the sweet Alexandra Stan after the jump.

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Chart Feed – 08.08.11

Cher Lloyd just inadvertently despatched gigabytes of “fuck you” to all her haters and detractors this morning when her debut single ‘Swagger Jagger’ swooped in to claim the UK #1 spot. The X Factor femmecee’s intensely “disliked” single managed to sell 66,815 copies in its opening week to dislodge fellow show alumni JLS from the top. ‘Swagger Jagger’ was simultaneously released in the US and with chalk all promotion, yet it somehow succeeded in climbing to #992 on the American iTunes charts. Noteworthy, I know. Despite the opening there, Cher told Digital Spy that she isn’t really gagging for a State-side domination (just yet).

“Put it this way, I’m not going to run before I can walk. I hate it when people say ‘cracking the US’ – I actually really don’t mind whether I do or not. I’m not living in the US, I didn’t grow up there, and success out there would be lovely, but I want to conquer this part of the world first.” Sensible lass.

Gotye and Kimbra‘s ‘Somebody That I Used To Know’ steps up to #3 on the ARIA charts this week. Y’all do realise that these two are now sharing intimate breathing spaces with the likes of Adele, Maroon 5 and Christina Aguilera, right? It is remarkable. Safe to say, the key sales propellant in the last week would have been from both Gotye and Kimbra‘s appearance at Splendour in The Grass.

Check them doing ‘Somebody That I Used To Know’ live at Splendour:


 
Jessica Mauboy‘s ‘Inescapable’ may have snuck in at the rectum of the Top 20 last week but it has crawled its way well up the pipes to land at #10 this week. I don’t think she was droppin’ and poppin’ it at Splendour, so I reckon some other equally effective promo work must’ve taken place in the last week. Our Aussie urban pop princess will be doing an in-store signing at Sanity in Sydney’s Narrelan Town Centre on 13 August to celebrate the launch of her Get ‘Em Girls deluxe package. Go say ‘hi’ and have her sign a boob or something. Side bar: is that where all popstars have to go for in-store signings now that Hum Records on Oxford Street has gone belly up?

Jack Vidgen – our nation’s newly crowned teen vocal talent – sees his debut single ‘Yes I Am’ crack our ARIA charts at #35 this week. After snatching the crown on Australia’s Got Talent, the 14-year old warbler inked a deal with Sony Music Australia and released ‘Yes I Am’ – a track he co-wrote with famed vocal coach Erana Clark (whose CV boasts work on Australian Idol and X Factor‘s super girlband Mahogany). I think it’s terrific that he’s co-written his first single. Let’s hope it secures him a decent sum so that if public interest dries up in three months, he’s still got enough lunch money to last him ’til Year 10. Jack’s production line album of covers will pop out on 19 August. You bet it’ll feature that rousing rendition of Adelegend‘s ‘Set Fire to The Rain’.

Watch young Jack bring some Sunday morning gospel realness with ‘Yes I Am’ live at the AGT finale:


 
Demi Levato‘s ‘Skyscraper’ cracks our ARIA Top 50 at #45 this week, believe it or not, the song fared better in New Zealand where it debuted at #9 last week. ‘Skyscraper’ scrapes in as the tenth most added new song to Aussie radios this week. The last time I saw something I liked come in that low on the local radio addition list, I held my breath and said a prayer. God evidently did not want to be bothered with such trivial shit around because Nicole Scherzinger‘s ‘Poison’ still went largely slept on by the Australian public.

Rihanna‘s sixth Loud single ‘Cheers (Drink To That)’ is the most added song on Australian radios this week. The song also makes its debut on our ARIA charts at #46 but surely with such early radio support, we can expect for it to go well into the Top 30 next Monday. It has always been so effortless for Rihanna to get a Top 20 hit here. She need not bend over and take up a rapper to make her single hot. It just sells. ‘Cheers (Drink To That)’ starts charting at #91 on the US Billboard Hot 100.

Lady Gaga‘s cigarette-totting new single ‘You and I’ is the fifth most added song on Australian radios this week. Things may only be heating up for the single at this stage but as of June, Nielsen Soundscan reports that ‘You and I’ had already sold over 124,000 digital downloads in the States – way before it was confirmed to be the fourth Born This Way single. Meanwhile, ‘The Edge of Glory’ ascends to the top of the US Billboard Dance/Club charts becoming Mother Monster’s tenth consecutive #1 dance single. In fact, as you might’ve already guessed, every single Gaga has put out bar ‘Eh Eh’ (which technically wasn’t issued in the States) has gone #1 on the dance charts.

Marvin Priest and Wynter Gordon‘s ‘Take Me Away’ is the fourth most added new song to Aussie radios this week. As y’all know, my gurl has ‘Buy My Love’ lined up as her next solo single but them new side collabos keep sprouting out like daisies on a well-manured garden bed [Editor’s note: peculiar analogy but I’ll let it slide]. Over the weekend, she premiered a new track with Steve Aoki titled ‘Ladi Dadi’, which will be on Steve’s forthcoming album.

While we wait for ‘Buy My Love’ to impact Australian media, here’s a delicious new remix by Loud Manners (who has done club-ready mixes for the likes of Jessica Mauboy and Zoe Badwi). I am totally living for this:


 
Adele‘s ‘Someone Like You’ may still be reigning on top of the ARIA charts and sending bitches to the bathroom sobbing every time it comes on at work, but its follow up ‘Set Fire to The Rain’ is quietly bowing out. It’s them cursed dance remixes, I tell ya. ‘Set Fire to The Rain’ only managed to so far peak at #45 in Australia – this week, it slides to #50. This might have something to do with radios not ready to move past ‘Someone Like You’ just yet. Over in the US, the Gossip-styled ‘Rumour Has It’ begins charting at #96 on the US Billboard Hot 100. It would make for a very sensible future US single, working off the success of ‘Rolling In The Deep’.

Alexandra Stan‘s ‘Mr Saxobeat’ debuts at #34 on our Australian digital charts. It really helped having the single strategically placed on the iTunes home page all week, y’all. I caught up with the Romanian dance/pop princess last Tuesday and I’m just about ready to let you have our interview chat. [Editor’s note: highlight – “Alexandra, do you work out to your own music?”]

Benny Benassi‘s ‘Cinema’ propels to #28 on the ARIA charts this week while the brilliant Skrillex remix cracks our digital charts at #40. I actually favour the Skrillex remix more than I do the radio/original version, y’guys. Maybe that’s the song’s destined path of entry into my heart. I mean, I didn’t warm to Kelly Rowland‘s ‘Motivation’ until I fell for the Diplo remix. Sometimes, it takes a good remix to turn the ship around.

Listen to the Skrillex remix of Benny Benassi‘s ‘Cinema’:


 
The Panics‘ fourth studio album Rain on the Humming Wire is the highest selling new album in Australia this week, debuting at #7. The next biggest new release on the line is Falling In Reverse‘s The Drug In Me Is You at #21. All excellent music I should be checking out rather than revisit Victoria Beckham’s discography.

Darren Hayes‘Talk Talk Talk’ moves back up the ARIA Australian charts to #18 this week. Y’know, I see Wes Carr up in here, I see Shannon Noll doing his thing, I even see novelty shit like s.mouse happening but I don’t see Vanessa Amorosi‘s ‘Gossip’. Should we send out a search party? I mean, how dire is the situation? She sent out a cute email to her fans last week about her buying a pony and while it made me think that she should be riding it from town to town purveying her single, I think the more dignified approach would be to do more media appearances. PS – “Popstar Rides Pony to Flog Single” would make for a terrific headline. Just saying.

OK, steering back from that V Mama tangent, s.mouse‘s ‘Slap My Elbow’ has debuted at #21 on the UK independent singles chart while Darren Hayes‘ ‘Talk Talk Talk’ cracks further down the line at #35. Isn’t that scary that Angry Boys is having an impact overseas?

The Wanted is doing a splendid job holding onto Top 3 position in the UK but it shan’t be long before they unveil their plans for global domination. According to our friends at auspOp, the five lads are headed to Australia for the first time next month to talk up the single ‘Glad You Came’ and drum up interest in their music. This should be an interesting watch. As it is with every fresh-faced act cracking a foreign market for the first time, it could go either way. First impressions can be hard to manage. I am instantly reminded of Girls Aloud‘s one and only promo trip here circa ‘Biology’. The Wanted‘s label has pushed back the local release date for ‘Glad You Came’ to this coming Friday. Let the talk, talk, talk begin.

Whet your appetites with this performance of ‘Glad You Came’ live on Tonight’s The Night:


 
Amy Winehouse enjoys a second week of strong posthumous record sales with Back to Black staying on top of the UK charts and Frank rising to #3. Over on the flip side, her singles are falling rapidly down the charts. I guess it doesn’t matter when they’re still selling that many albums. Here’s something her label might want to do if they want to commemorate Wino’s singles – how about pressing limited edition vinyl singles complete with aged, vintage-style sleeves? It’ll make for a very fetch collector’s item, I’m sure.

Christina Perri‘s ‘Jar of Hearts’ shoots from #46 to #17 in the UK this week while over here in Australia, the single still holds tight to the Top 5. I’m glad she’s making such a splash with this track but does anyone know if this woman has any other potential hits in waiting? I clocked a follow up single – ‘Arms’ – but after five months, it hasn’t moved any further than #94 on the US Billboard Hot 100. The video premiered and nothing happened. The album came out and was preceded with four digital promo singles like they’ve staged for Katy Perry, Taylor Swift and Jennifer Lopez‘s heavily anticipated albums but unlike those campaigns, none of Christina’s tracks charted in the Top 100. I don’t know much about algebra but 1 hit + 5 flops don’t equal success.

Speaking of hits, here’s a rather nice line graph representation of Kylie Minogue’s three decade-long single discography on the UK charts. And here’s one for Britney. Don’t you just love graphs? I know I do.

David Guetta featuring Taio Cruz and Ludacris‘ ‘Little Bad Girl’ leaps to Top 5 of the UK digital charts this week. Meanwhile, while you’re hitting download on that you might’ve noticed another new Guetta track up for grabs. ‘Titanium’ featuring our Aussie indie pop pin-up Sia was launched as the French DJ’s new digital promo single on Friday. It is truly my obsession right now and I don’t think I’ve fallen so hard and so quickly for any Guetta track since Kelly Rowland‘s ‘Commander’.

Take a listen to ‘Titanium’, throw your hands up in the air and beat your chest like King Kong if need be:


 
Salt N Pepa‘s classic ‘Push It’ has somehow pussy popped its way back to prominence, leaping from #57 to #38 on the UK urban charts this week. News just broke today that the duo are touring Australia in late November to early December, bringing what’s been pitched as a celebration of their ten year anniversary. ‘Push It’, ‘Let’s Talk About Sex’ and ‘Shoop’ – you best believe you’ll be getting your groove on with these memaws.

Robyn‘s Body Talk Pt. 3 EP is still charting pretty strongly amongst newer and heavier compilations on the UK dance Top 20. I am surprised y’all but all sweet feelings are quickly lost when I think of Robyn not re-scheduling her Aussie tour. The depths of my sadness cannot be fathomed. The Swedish pop minx was seen on Jay Leno last week co-flogging Rye Rye‘s ‘Never Be Mine’, which evidently samples her old hit ‘Be Mine!’. Watch the performance here.

Kelly Rowland‘s Here I Am entered at #3 on the US Billboard 200 last Wednesday with a cracking 77,000 first week sales. This is the highest debuting and highest charting album in Kelendria’s solo discography – there’s bound to be plenty of celebratory “champagne spillin’ from the wall”. I know some stans are pressed that Kelly didn’t do enough promo work to ensure a stronger entry but fuck that ignorance, seriously. As she explained in her That Grape Juice interview, it was a tricky time to secure TV promos because several key shows are off air in between seasons right now. I don’t see it bettering its peak of #3 but what I’m sure Team Kelly will do is keep this album selling hard in the long term. Flash opening week sales aren’t everything, you know. Over here in Australia, Here I Am debuts at #15 on our urban charts and #45 on the digital charts.

Joss Stone‘s new independently released album LP1 debuts at #9 in the US, selling over 30,000 first week copies. She managed to pull off some decent TV performances to fanfare her return – check: Regis and Kelly, Jay Leno and Craig Ferguson. LP1 is Mama Stone’s third consecutive Top 10 album in the States and it’s actually her second highest chart placement since 2007’s Introducing… Joss Stone.

Katy Perry‘s ‘Last Friday Night (TGIF)’ was hyped to snatch the top spot last week instead, it stayed at its current peak of #2 on the US Billboard Hot 100. There’s a bit of pressure for Pyrotitty Kitty to match Michael Jackson‘s record of eight #1 singles from one album and while ‘TGIF’ is only Teenage Dream‘s fifth single, she’s had an untainted run of four consecutive #1s up to this point. They’re not about to break this dream run without a fight so here comes the rabbit out of the hat: a new remix of ‘TGIF’ featuring Missy Elliott

Yes, boo. They’re rushing this exciting new remix of ‘Last Friday Night’ to US radios today in hopes of propelling the single to the top. I’ve written a nice, intelligent news piece on this remix single phenomenon here.

Listen to Katy Perry featuring Missy Elliott‘s ‘Last Friday Night (TGIF)’:


 
Jennifer Lopez‘s ‘I’m Into You’ has finally ascended to the US Billboard Top 50. It has only taken 11 weeks to get this far and I know radio support has been strong for it during the summer. Speaking of radio, I am slightly worried by the lack of radio love for ‘Papi’ Down Under. I’m sorry, you guys don’t get to toy with J.Lo fans by loving hard on one single and not the others, OK? This is not acceptable – especially when something as good and promising as ‘Papi’ is on the line. Are there any dance-related programs happening on free-to-air channels at the moment because I sense a good placement.

Personal note: “In the last few weeks, I’ve received loads of nice comments in person and just around the traps about my weekly Chart Feed – I just wanna say ‘thank you’ once again and let you know how much I appreciate your readership, interest and love. It means a lot to me and I’m glad we can share the fun and tea together. Love, Limmy.”

Chart Feed – 25.07.11

Lady Gaga is on the edge of another #1 smash. It’s a dried up pun but I am flogging it anyway. ‘The Edge of Glory’ rises to a new peak of #2 here in Australia this week. If it does ascend to the top, this will be Ms Germanotta’s fourth #1 hit in the country following ‘Just Dance’, ‘Poker Face’ and ‘Born This Way’. Over in the US, the arrival of the ‘EOG’ remixes saw the single leap up the dance/club charts to #5 this week while the regular single version remains mostly the same on the Hot 100, pop songs and radio airplay charts. Gaga‘s double platinum-selling Born This Way album sits at #2 in Australia this week, spit roasted between two monstrous Adele records 21 (top) and 19 (bottom).

Since news broke of Amy Winehouse‘s tragic passing yesterday, her defining Back to Black album has soared to the top of iTunes charts all across the globe. In the last 24 hours, the record managed to go #1 in the US, UK, Canada, France, Germany, Spain, Austria, Belgium, Switzerland, Denmark, Italy, Luxembourg, Netherlands and Portugal. How about that? I don’t think I’ve recited that many European nations since grade five geography. In the brief time where this sales surge still counted for the week ending, Back to Black managed to rake up enough to re-enter the UK Top 100 at #59. Over on the UK R&B charts, ‘Back to Black’ the single re-enters at #22.

Adele – who would’ve thought that she’d have a place on the club charts too. I know, right? This global domination is getting a little cray-cray. ‘Set Fire to The Rain’ – the albeit quite decent Moto Blanco remix – has cracked the ARIA club charts at #45 this week. I’ve always seen our club charts as a fair indication of what regular commercial clubs like. Y’know, as opposed to what I actually get down to at my regular gay club which only spins pop radio edits. I honestly can’t imagine too many folks in them straight clubs getting down to some stern Adele epic. ‘Set Fire To The Rain’ is not the kinda shit you bump genitals to. This club remix is clearly designed for queens to emote to on the dance floor. No good moves can come of this.

Take a listen to ‘Set Fire to The Rain (Moto Blanco Club Mix)’ and let’s emote together under the strobe lights:

 

Maroon 5 and Christina Aguilera‘s ‘Moves Like Jagger’ continues to charm the airwaves and charts, rising to new heights of #6 this week in Australia. Meanwhile, fellow The Voice judge Blake Shelton is also winning thanks to the new found ubiquity. The well-timed release of his new album Red River Blue saw it debut straight on top of the US Billboard 200 on Wednesday. Blake is no stranger to reigning in the country scene but this is his first #1 album on the Billboard 200. You can tell Christina‘s just itching to have a record out already but word is, she’ll probably drop one to coincide with the next season of The Voice. She was smart to not go in when Blake and Maroon 5 are cooking up hits. It would’ve been a Voice overkill and Xtina wouldn’t put herself in a situation where she can’t come out the strongest.

Gotye and Kimbra‘s ‘Somebody That I Used To Know’ leaps to #12 on the ARIA charts this week, making this the biggest commercial success yet for both artists. It totally helped that the single + video bundle had advertising residency on the iTunes home page all week and not the mention, the decent radio support it has gotten. Aren’t we glad that Havana Brown is no longer the highest selling Australian on the chart? Not to shade on ‘We Run The Night’ or anything because both the single and video are fierce as fuck but I’m ready for a new leader in the race.

The Potbelleez – following on from our discussion of Aussie acts – are ready to drop a new single this Friday titled ‘Midnight Midnight’. They experienced a fair chunk of success with the last single ‘From The Music’ and even though ‘Midnight Midnight’ is technically the band’s fourth single from Destination Now, the album is still fairly new on the block so one can probably expect maybe a fifth one to follow this? The gang are currently half way through their nationwide tour.

Beyonce‘s ‘Best Thing I Never Had’ cracks the Australian Top 20 this week, placing itself at #18 and interestingly enough – certifying gold sales already. Its ferocious predecessor ‘Run The World’ is just about ready to exit our Top 50 but not before collecting a platinum sales certification. The album 4 has completed its first month in our Top 10, even though it has been dropping two places every week like clockwork. 4 is currently at #8 this week [Editor’s note: we saved you from doing the math]. Over in the UK, 4 reigns at #2 while ‘Best Thing I Never Had’ holds tight to #4 position. In the US, 4 tumbles after two weeks on top, slipping to #5 on the Billboard Hot 200 while ‘BTINH’ dips slightly to #25 on the US Billboard Hot 100.

Blink 182‘s comeback single ‘Up All Night’ debuts at #30 in Australia this week. I feel nothing so let’s move on, tea is getting cold. Major UK dance hit ‘Mr Saxobeat’ by Alexandra Stan is finally crossing over to Australia. The track might’ve dominated the club scene for a bit but it made it’s debut on our mainstream ARIA Top 50 this week at #49. The climate is right for dance music and it seems with Australia, we’re really down with the polar opposites. On one hand you’ve got roof-raising dance singles colouring the airwaves and the other, organic soulful artists like Adele and Seeker Lover Keeper doing well.

Incubus‘ new album If Not Now, When? debuts at #2 in the US and #10 in Australia, making it the highest selling new album here this week. Spare a thought for American adult contemporary darling Colbie Caillat who saw her third album All of You debut at #49 in Australia. I’ve seen her new Olay commercial-looking promo shots advertised on several websites but pardon me, does she even have a single on the radio? Do people know the bitch is back? Over in America, results are more favourable for All of You – it topped the digital charts and came in at #6 on the Billboard Hot 200, selling 70,000 first week copies.

The Wanted spends their second week on top of the UK charts with ‘Glad You Came’. I was shocked at first, then I checked the surroundings for any real new chart contenders and it all made sense. Further down, Selena Gomez and The Scene‘s ‘Love You Like A Love Song’ cracks the UK Top 100 to land at #58 while across the Atlantic, its sister single ‘Who Says’ ascends to the top of the US Billboard dance/club charts. Can’t hold a good Disney ho down.

Upcoming UK pop sensation Yasmin has been riding the cool underground wave on the blogosphere all year so if you haven’t already inspected her new single ‘Finish Line’, do it quietly now and then just act like you know. The track leapt up the UK indie singles chart to #29 this week. Y’know, there’s something mesmerising about her understated hip hop-inflected pop that’s a little reminiscent of early Sugababes material. Check out the video for ‘Finish Line’:

 

Kylie Minogue has some kind of obscene value pack compilation thing happening in the UK aptly titled The Albums 2000-2010 which entered the charts at #37 this week. It is some frankenstein five-disc creation with a mash up cover, featuring Light YearsFeverBody LanguageX and of course, Aphrodite. Are they dropping this in Australia or have they decided that we’ve had enough with our tour edition and over-the-top Goddess edition Aphrodite? Meanwhile over in the States, her most recent single ‘Put Your Hands Up’ rises to #10 on the dance/club charts.

Y’know, I’ve never been more certain that Kylie‘s no longer perceived as mainstream enough for the kids than when this single was snubbed. Has she been written off in Australia and just relegated to the realm of fags and accompanying hags? Oh dear, what has happened? Will children grow up and not recognise Kylie? Will they speak of her like we speak of Taylor Dayne right now? I need to lie down for a bit.

Wynter Gordon‘s ‘Til Death’ ascends to a new peak of #4 on the US dance/club charts. It would be a glorious moment to see my gurl achieve two consecutive US #1 dance hits – I’ve got my fingers crossed. Ms Gordon is currently in tour rehearsal mode preparing for her month-long support gig accompanying Patrick Stump. The dates see them cover most major cities in America including a few spots in Canada.

Meanwhile, I would really love to have a radio edit of R3hab‘s ‘Til Death’ remix pushed to US and UK radios. It can be their answer to our Australian Denzal Park single version. Take a listen and just nod furiously in agreement:

 

Kasey Chambers has cracked the US Billboard Heatseeker albums chart at #6 with her latest country effort Little Bird. I say get it, Kasey. Don’t let them tell you you’re not pretty enough [Editor’s note: wrong KC era, mate]. This is the album she’s going in with to crack America and I’ve read some critics saying it’s actually her strongest body of work to date. Someone’s in with a good winning chance if she puts in the time and hard yards touring. Conquering America is no quick feat – just ask fellow Aussies Missy Higgins, Delta, Guy Sebastian and I guess if there’s one more spot on the panel I gotta fill, Tamara Jaber.

Che’Nelle‘s romantic covers album Luv Songs managed to climb to the top of the Japanese iTunes charts after its release last Wednesday. You know I stan for my fellow Malaysian sista from another mista, even if the prospect of doing some vanilla covers album ain’t exactly hot. I’ve had a listen to the collection and Ms Lim thoroughly owns it. They sound like Che’Nelle tracks. Picks of the pack include her cover of Ne-Yo‘s classic ‘So Sick’ and ‘Sakura’, a sublime English-rewriting of the classic J-pop ballad.