Chart Feed – 14.11.11

Ricki-Lee‘s ‘Raining Diamonds’ rockets back up the charts from #96 to #23 this week, thanks to her no-expense-spared X Factor Australia performance and Sunrise jaunt the morning after. The track immediately leapt from #57 to the Top 5 on iTunes right after Tuesday night’s performance and the girl even became a Twitter trending topic worldwide.

The fabulous Idol star is putting the finishing touches on her album now – which is expected to arrive in the first half of 2012 – and word is, her label has already approved a follow up single to ‘Raining Diamonds’. There’s a few good tidbits in her auspop interview – go have a read.

Watch Ricki-Lee turn out ‘Raining Diamonds’ on X Factor Australia.


 
Jessica Mauboy and Stan Walker‘s ‘Galaxy’ ascends to a new peak of #13 in Australia, making this J. Mally‘s 10th Top 20 smash and Stan‘s fourth. Meanwhile, JessGet ‘Em Girls album plummets to #100 on our ARIA charts proving that she might just be a more bankable singles seller after all.

Susan Boyle has once again made her annual showing on top of the album charts with her third LP Someone To Watch Over Me reigning at #1 in Australia and the UK. The chairman cash cow of Simon Cowell‘s label made her maiden trip Down Under last week to promote the new album and voila for results. Over in the US, Someone To Watch Over Me debuts at #4 with opening week sales of 132,000 copies. SuBo will probably never recapture the hysterical success of her debut I Dreamed A Dream – which opened at #1 in the US, selling 701,000 copies in its first week. But I reckon she’ll be right.

There are seven new entries in our ARIA Top 20 this week and I reckon it’s only gonna get more competitive over the next few weeks with new releases falling like rain. Triple J‘s Like A Version 7, which was topping the iTunes charts for most of the week, managed to debut at #6. Other debuts include: The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 1 soundtrack (#9), Il Divo‘s Wicked Game (#11), Powderfinger‘s Fingerprints and Footprints (#15), The Getaway Plan‘s Requiem (#17) and Chris Tomlin‘s Glory In The Highest Christian Christmas compilation (#19).

Watch Angus & Julia Stone do folky cover of Nelly Furtado‘s ‘Say It Right’, which is featured on Triple J‘s Like A Version 7:


 
The Wiggles tribute album is probably the best thing them indie folk types have come up with ever. Making children’s music is serious shit, y’guys. There’s no fooling around with ‘The Hot Potato’. ReWiggled: A Tribute to The Wiggles debuts at #25 this week on our ARIA charts and it features the likes of Washington doing a very straight-faced rendition of ‘The Monkey Dance’, Architecture in Helsinki giving fluorescent realness in ‘Wiggly Party’ and Living End doing a rocking cover of the aforementioned spud song.

Ed Sheeran has himself a little Aussie hit in his hands, thanks to some promo work. The ginger strummy la la artist’s ‘The A Team’ leaps to #5 on our ARIA singles chart while the album + shoots to #21. Ed has so far earned three UK Top 10 smashes with ‘You Need Me, I Don’t Need You’ and ‘Lego House’ both managing to follow the success of ‘A Team’. His album managed to debut on top of the British charts last month, garnering opening week sales of over 102,000 copies.

Jessie J‘s Who You Are album leaps back into the Australian Top 50 this week, placing itself at #35. Interest surrounding the new single ‘Domino’, which is still lingering in our Top 20, has got to help. The Christmas cash-in re-release of Who You Are arrived locally last Friday – that will also help the cause. Over in the UK, Jessie J launches her fifth single ‘Who You Are’ today, so we can expect for the track to break into the Top 20 next week. Over in America, ‘Domino’ rises to #67 on the Billboard Hot 100, thanks in some part to her killer US X Factor performance.

Watch Jessie J wail the house down on ‘Domino’:


 
Lady Gaga‘s Born This Way is out of the Australian Top 50 for the first time since it dropped in May. The epic top-selling album drops to #63 this week but I reckon it won’t be long before we see the bitch fight back with a vengeance. The project’s next single ‘Marry The Night’ debuts at #88 this week. Y’all better have a ton of popcorn ready too because Gaga has just announced that the forthcoming video for ‘Marry The Night’ will be her longest mini-movie yet.

Darren HayesSecret Codes and Battleships does a death drop from #15 to #53 in its third week on our ARIA Top 100. I want y’all to stop rocking in the corner because we knew this was bound to happen as soon as all promo activity wraps.

Dazza – although admirable in his plight for a sparkling commercial comeback – will always be one of those pop artists with a cult following. Pick up for his singles ‘Talk Talk Talk’ and ‘Bloodstained Heart’ haven’t improved since the album arrived but then again, he hasn’t had a solo single that really grabbed the Aussie public since 2005’s ‘So Beautiful’. And that was boosted by interest surrounding the Savage Garden best-of compilation.

Listen to Darren Hayes‘ ‘Bloodstained Heart (Monsieur Adi Remix)’:


 
Kele of Bloc Party‘s new EP The Hunter debuts at #79 in Australia this week. The collection of six new original songs and a cover of Q Lazzarus‘ ‘Goodbye Horses’ arrives a little over a year after Kele‘s first solo album. The Boxer managed to peak at #35 in Australia and #20 in the UK.

Cher Lloyd‘s wigsnatching debut Sticks & Stones shows up at #4 this week, making it the second biggest new album on the UK charts. After the first two days on shelves, the album had already racked up over 26,000 sales – putting the girl roughly 4,000 copies behind SuBo. Over at the singles bar, ‘With Ur Love’ dips a little to #6 in its second week while her fierce chart topping smash ‘Swagger Jagger’ rockets back up to #41.

Here in Australia, they’re actually trying to launch young Cher again after ‘Swagger Jagger’ flopped disastrously. Basically two radio stations in the entire country added that shit. My friend auspop informed me that ‘With Ur Love’ has picked up some local radio love in the last week, getting added to Nova 106.9 (Queensland) and The Edge 96.1 (Sydney) – just to name a few. It’s already on course to fare better than ‘Swagger Jagger’ so we’ll see what comes of it.

Catch a glimpse of Cher Lloyd‘s secret acoustic gig:


 
The Wanted‘s Battleground becomes the third biggest new release on the UK album charts this week, entering at #5 after selling over 25,000 copies in the first two days. The sophomore album’s a mostly consistent blend of present day boy band fodder. The best showing here is definitely the singles ‘Glad You Came’, ‘Lightning’ (although I prefer the Alias Radio Edit) and future hit ‘Warzone’ (which debuted at #64 this week thanks to interest surrounding the video/album).

JLS‘ big ballad ‘Take A Chance On Me’ debuts at #2 to become the biggest selling new single in the UK this week. The next major impacting new single is Pixie Lott‘s rather dated pop/R&B submission ‘What Do You Take Me For’, which entered at a meagre #10. Both JLS and Pixie launch their respective albums Jukebox and Young Foolish Happy today, so it’ll be interesting to see where they end up next Monday. Right now, JLS‘ album sits at #6 on the UK iTunes charts while Pixie‘s record pulls up at #29.

Watch Pixie Lott‘s sleek ‘What Do You Take Me For’ video:


 
Next week’s British chart battle would also see two pop groups with two stunning winter ballads go head to head. In one corner, there’s One Direction‘s flawless ‘Gotta Be You’ and the other, The Saturdays‘My Heart Takes Over’. Day one on the digital shelves and One Direction‘s currently perched at #2 on the iTunes singles chart while The Saturdays trail behind at #17. Both bands will take up battle again on 21 November when their albums drop on the same day.

Looking ahead, 28 November is gonna be a nerve-wracking day at the UK X Factor camp with Kelly Rowland releasing the international edition of Here I Am and fellow judge Tulisa foisting an N-Dubz greatest hits compilation. Xtra Factor host and former show contestant Olly Murs will also drop his sophomore album In Case You Didn’t Know on the same day, while fellow series winner Joe McElderry launches his third album Classic Christmas.

Parade‘s self-titled debut album isn’t about to snatch any trophies, let’s be real about that. But the struggling girl band isn’t doing too badly right now with their record rising to #88 on the UK iTunes album charts. Can they keep it chugging along for the rest of the week?

Melanie C‘s new bruised ballad ‘Weak’ debuts at #29 on the UK indie singles chart. Despite the barrage of TV and radio promo in the last week – performing on DaybreakThis Morning and other places – the Old Spice couldn’t get the track to crack the Top 100.

Watch Mel deliver a knock out live acoustic performance of ‘Weak’:


 
Nicole Scherzinger‘s ‘Try With Me’ plummets to #29 in its second week on the UK charts. The ex-Pussycat team leader is relaunching her Killer Love album in the UK today with three new tracks, plus the 50 Cent remix of ‘Right There’, which was used to launch her career in the States.

Here’s what you need to know about the new recordings: ‘Try With Me’ – the Nervo co-write – is acceptable but not really on the level of immediate pop excellence like say ‘Killer Love’, ‘Trust Me I Lie’ is an unnecessarily dramatic ballad written by Diane Warren, and ‘Tomorrow Never Dies’ is a mid-tempo with a wistful Teenage Dream flavour, probably because it’s a Bonnie McKee co-write.

Little Boots‘ new single ‘Shake’ is currently placed at #105 on the UK iTunes charts after just day on the digital shelves. A feat she said she wasn’t expecting for a “six minute song with no video”. This really is a good Litmus test for Victoria’s fan base because there’s really been no promo prior to this.

Justin Bieber has the #1 album in America with Under The Mistletoe, nabbing first-week sales of 210,000 copies. The teen megastar also made history as the first Christmas album by a male artist to debut at #1 in Billboard’s 55-year chart history. Susan Boyle‘s 2010 The Gift was the only other Christmas album to ever open on top of the US charts.

Coldplay‘s Mylo Xyloto (last week’s big #1 entry) and Kelly Clarkson‘s Stronger (last week’s #2 hot shot debut) falls to #7 and #10 respectively on the US Billboard 200. Mylo Xyloto registered a 76% drop in sales (selling 104,000 copies in its second week) while Stronger slumped with 69% sales drop (selling 51,000 copies in its second week).

Listen to Coldplay‘s ‘Paradise (Fedde Le Grand Remix)’:


 
Rihanna‘s ‘We Found Love’ clocks its second week on top of the US Billboard Hot 100 and picks up even more airplay to support it. The single is still the most downloaded song in America, racking in 236,000 digital sales in the last week. ‘We Found Love’ also managed to top the US Billboard Dance/Club play charts.

Meanwhile, the Rihanna Navy is already going to work stanning for her next single ‘You Da One’. The album Talk That Talk leaked over the weekend and while I have no interest (at the moment) to hear it in web quality, everyone’s already saying that it’s better than Loud.

Katy Perry‘s ‘The One That Got Away’ finally leaps into the US Top 20, placing itself at #18. This chart upgrade was supported by growing radio rotation, which saw the song rise from #33 to #26 on the US airplay charts. ‘The One That Got Away’ dips to #41 in Australia this week and #62 in the UK. Now that the video’s dropped, expect for the single to really pick up pace.

Listen to ‘The One That Got Away (JRMX Remix)’:


 
Beyoncé‘s ‘Party’ rises to #3 on the US R&B/Hip Hop song chart while her hubby Jay-Z reigns on top with ‘Niggas in Paris’. Looking on the overall Billboard Hot 100, ‘Party’ rises to #54 and continues to lead the pack of 4 tracks currently littered all over the charts. Further down, we have ‘Countdown’ picking up pace to #71. While ‘Party’ is the stronger performer on the American radio airplay charts, ‘Countdown’ is making waves over on the US dance/club play charts – rising to a new peak of #9 this week.

Britney Spears‘Criminal’ is still slowly happening in the States, rising to a new peak of #55 on the Billboard Hot 100. I honestly can’t see this song scaling the Top 20 unless radio comes around to playing it more. The song tumbles from #67 to #74 on the American airplay chart – not at all promising. ‘Criminal’ has yet to crack the ARIA Top 100 and as for its fate in the UK, we’ll have to see after it’s formally released on 21 November.

Wynter Gordon‘s ‘Buy My Love’ moves up to #21 on the US Billboard Dance/Club play charts. Almost in the Top 20 league, boo boo. Elsewhere, other exciting new movers in the club sphere include Anjulie‘s ‘Brand New Bitch’ (#18), Eddie Amador and Kimberly Cole‘s ‘Arrow Through My Heart’ (#32) and Chris Willis‘ new piece ‘Too Much In Love’ (debuting at #40).

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Triple J’s Album of The Year

Triple J‘s sixth annual J Awards spreads its wings to include two new categories this year on top of its ever-popular Album of The Year gong.

Holler or tweet your congrachoolations to Tame Impala for taking out Album of The Year for their debut Innerspeaker.

The band beat a generous short list of LPs from the likes of Sia, Birds of Tokyo, Bliss N Eso, Cloud Control, Washington, Angus & Julia Stone, Bag Raiders, M-Phazes and Parkway Drive.

Yes, you won’t say no names but some of the above were almost guaranteed to not bag the award after a rather decorated year at the ARIAs.

The new Unearthed Artist of The Year gong went to Boy & Bear, who triumphed over fellow nominees: The Jezabels, Big Scary, Gypsy & The Cat and Stonefield.

Another new accolade – Best Music Video – was awarded to Washington for her 60s chic ‘Sunday Best’ promo. Others on the shortlist were Midnight Juggernauts‘ ‘Lara vs The Savage Pack’, Richard In Your Mind‘s ‘Candelabra’, Grinderman‘s ‘Heathen Child’ and Parades‘ ‘Loserspeak In A New Tongue’.

Footnote:

Check out the J Awards snaps at Melbourne’s Ding Dong Lounge.

Chart Feed – 18.10.10

Pink’s ‘Raise Your Glass’ has sold over 23,700 copies to debut at #1 in Australia this week. Guess that makes it her fourth solo chart topper here and it’s no surprise that throughout her ten year career, this is the market that has given her the most #1s. We just can’t get enough. Pink’s Greatest Hits… So Far!!! – featuring two more new songs and a DVD of all her music videos – will hit stores here on 12 November. ‘Raise Your Glass’ debuts at #51 in the US this week.

Zoe Badwi is the most played Australian artist on air this week. According to The Music Network, the dance pop princess’s ‘Freefallin’ single has overtaken Birds of Tokyo’s ‘Plans’ as radio’s most played track by an Aussie artist. Expect Zoe‘s single to jump up the charts next week following her performance on the recent Hey Hey It’s Saturday.

Jessica Mauboy’s ghetto fabulous ‘Get ‘Em Girls’ has finally surfaced on the main singles chart, debuting at #19 this week. It’ll be interesting to see how far this track goes given that all her singles to date (bar the sixth one, ‘Let Me Be Me’) have been at certified platinum and gold sales in Australia. The Get ‘Em Girls album is out here on 5 November.

Taylor Swift’s online promo single ‘Speak Now’ debuts at #20 here and became the highest charting new single in the US, entering at #8 this week. It’s all part of a clever plan to drum up interest in Swift’s forthcoming studio album of the same name. Expect two more promo tracks to be released before the album drops in three weeks.

Enrique Iglesias and Nicole Scherzinger’s sensual ‘Heartbeat’ cracks our Top 50 this week, entering at #41. The sexy man heartthrob is headed for our shores and X Factor stage in a couple of weeks. I’m getting moist just thinking about him being in the same time zone.

Boyzone’s Brother album debuts at #34 in Australia this week, following their reunion performance on X Factor last Monday. The Mika-penned lead single ‘Gave It All Away’ debuts at #42. Dear friends in Ireland and the UK, don’t pity us for getting into this six months after ya’ll got the album.

Brooke Fraser’s Flags is the most downloaded album in the country, debuting at #1 on the digital charts ahead of competing new releases from Angus & Julia Stone (iTunes Live: Live From Sydney – #2), Robbie Williams (In and Out of Consciousness: Greatest Hits 1990-2010 – #3) and Bring Me The Horizon (There Is A Hell, Believe Me… [Editor’s note: I’m sick of these long ass titles] – #4).

This is what I love about Australia. Robbie Williams can have a record out but the #1 album across the nation can still go to a British metalcore band. Bring Me The Horizon’s There Is A Hell, Believe Me I’ve Seen It. There Is A Heaven, Let’s Keep It A Secret album sold a meagre 3600 copies to top our charts this week, just as Brooke Fraser’s Flags weigh in at #3 (selling over 3350 copies) and Robbie’s greatest hits makes #6 (managing only 2816 copies). [Stats via Auspop]

Donovan Frankenreiter’s new LP Glow debuts at #42 on the digital charts this week. I haven’t been privy to his new material as yet. Still shamefully stuck on his old disco-laden ‘Move By Yourself’ single. Someone give me a verdict on the new material?

Kiwi electro pop band The Naked and Famous sees their new album Passive Me Aggressive You debut at #48 on our digital charts. Yes, I think I’m totally keeping up with the indie pop scene now that we’ve played their new single ‘Punching In A Dream’ on our show. Obviously, it was my co-host Jade Gulliver‘s picking. But, of course, you didn’t need to be told. You all know me too well.

Robbie Williams scores his ninth UK #1 album this week with In and Out of Consciousness: Greatest Hits 1990-2010. The compilation shifted over 120,000 copies in its first week, outselling the combined sales of the other top five albums. Now let’s take a moment to revisit our charts and see stroke our chins with a perplexed expression. Fun fact from the press release: Robbie Williams has sold a combined 57 million albums and 11 million singles throughout his solo career. Fun fact not mentioned in the press release: Robbie’s last studio album Reality Killed The Video Star was his first album to not make UK #1.

Joe McElderry’s [Editor’s note: thanks Limmy for not referring to him as your future husband. It’s quite awkward.] proper first single ‘Ambitions’ has failed to make the UK Top 5. The X Factor winner’s new track came in at #6 this week, facing tough competition from another new entry ‘Barbra Streisand’ by Duck Sauce, which became the highest-selling new entry at #3. Now if you’ll excuse me, I need to be on the next plane out to console my Joe.

The Ting Tings’ fluoro-electro new single ‘Hands’ debuts at #29 in the UK this week. I would seriously have a fit if this song doesn’t go Top 20 her and in the UK. Talk about unacceptable outcomes – like Kelly Rowland‘s ‘Commander’ flopping in Australia. Unacceptable.

Kanye West’s ‘Runaway’ single has started charting in the US at #12 this week. The record breaking 40-minute long video is set to premiere at the same time on the American MTV, MTV2 and BET stations this Saturday. Whatever, KanKan. See, I can’t even watch this shit on my lunch break at work. That’s just the most horrid punishment an indulgent artist can inflict on shift worker fans.

Willow Smith’s ‘Whip My Hair’ has broken through the Billboard R&B Top 20 singles chart this week, rising to #17 after five weeks of hyping. The funky Ray Kay-directed video is set to premiere today in the US, so I guess friends in the southern hemisphere you know to check back in a couple of hours.

Glee Cast’s rousing rendition of the 90s classic ‘One of Us’ debuts at #37 and further down the US Hot 100, their cover of Whitney’s ‘I Look To You’ debuts at #74. I like to think I’ve got my shit together most days but the morning I heard Glee‘s ‘I Look To You’, I literally dissolved into tears on the train to work. Super awkward for the burly men in suits sitting around me.

Shakira’s ‘Loca’ has finally cracked the US Top 100, rising to #98 this week. There is a god. Jason Mraz’s new digital EP ‘Life Is Good’ debuts at #39 in the US this week. The five-track EP features live recordings of his new tracks: ‘Freedom Song’, ‘San Disco Reggaefornia’, ‘Up’ and ‘What Mama Say’. My Aussie folks, did you know it’s already out here?

Feed Limmy’s Top 20 Most Played This Week:

#1 Robyn – Indestructible (Acoustic)
#2 Kelly Rowland – Forever Is Just A Minute Away*
#3 Kelly Rowland – Each Other
#4 Robyn – Indestructible (Radio Edit)*
#5 Glee Cast – I Look To You*
#6 The Ting Tings – Hands*
#7 The Naked and Famous – Punching In A Dream*
#8 Paris Wells – Through and Through*
#9 Jessica Mauboy – What Happened To Us (feat. Jay Sean)*
#10 Spice Girls – Right Back At Ya
#11 Glee Cast – Crush*
#12 Junior Caldera feat. Sophie Ellis-Bextor – Can’t Fight This Feeling (Junior Moonlight Remix)
#13 Freemasons feat. Wynter Gordon – Believer
#14 Mya – Shake It (Like A Dog)
#15 Joe McElderry – Ambitions
#16 CatCall – Swimming Pool*
#17 Ace of Base – All For You
#18 Glee Cast – One of Us*
#19 Glee Cast – River Deep Mountain High*
#20 Joe McElderry – If You Love Me*
* = Added to playlist this week.

Chart Feed – 12.04.10

Lady Gaga celebrates her first ever Australian #1 album this week! According to AuspopThe Fame Monster sold just over 8834 copies last week to outchart The Fame‘s peak of #3. It was a close race to the end with Gaga pipping John Butler Trio to the #1 spot by over 500 copies. Yay! We’ve done it, little Monsters!

Meanwhile, ‘Alejandro’ has cracked our Top 30 – jumping from #49 to #28 this week. The single also made its US chart debut at #72 this week.

Angus & Julia Stone‘s Down The Way has charted at #19 on the US Billboards Heatseekers chart. This is the Aussie duo’s first chart appearance in America and while the Heatseekers is no Hot 200 – it’s still a pretty decent starting point!

Vanessa Amorosi‘s ‘Mr Mysterious’ enters our charts at #50 this week. Why is no one lapping up this mischievous synthy joint? I hear you can now win an acoustic performance by V Mama herself. Yes, Vanessa Amorosi performing in your living room. Think about it.

Taio Cruz and Ke$ha‘s ‘Dirty Picture’ leapt from #120 to #40 in the UK this week. Meanwhile, Ke$ha is set to send her third single ‘Your Love Is My Drug’ to American radios next week. She may be the flavour of the moment but any second now the world will be over her predictable repertoire of bratty synth pop.

Alexandra Burke‘s party starter ‘All Night Long’ edges up to a new peak of #54 in the UK this week. While I love the song and all things A Burke, I still think ‘The Silence’ would’ve made for a stronger third single. She reportedly tweeted that she’s filmed a video for ‘The Silence’ on 2 March – so fingers crossed, the ballad will get a proper release soon.

Beyonce‘s ‘Ego’ has made its first UK chart appearance this week 10 months after it charted in the US. ‘Ego’ debuts at #60 this week and has previously peaked at #39 on the US Billboard Hot 100. The single will be officially released in the UK on 3 May.

Pretty sure the Sasha Fierce ship has sailed so unless it’s ‘Radio’ she’s decided to belatedly release, we’re not interested.

From one R&B diva to another, Mariah Carey‘s ‘Angels Cry’ soared to #81 in the UK this week. The single – which was re-recorded with Ne-Yo – is now orphaned after the proposed Angels Advocate remix album got scrapped. Team Mimi has confirmed that we can expect a whole new studio album instead. Joy!

BoA‘s crunkfest ‘Energetic’ has officially cracked the US dance charts! The Korean popstar’s single rose to a new peak of #22 on the US Dance/Club charts this week. Talk about a delayed reaction! The single and video came out in late May last year. Better late than never, I guess.

Feed Limmy Most Played Top 20:

#1 Sophie Ellis-Bextor – Bittersweet
#2 Gabriella Cilmi – Love Me Cos You Want To
#3 Sophie Ellis-Bextor – Bittersweet (Freemasons Edit)
#4 Lady Gaga – Telephone (feat. Beyonce)
#5 Sugababes – Sweet & Amazing
#6 davidlim – Symptoms
#7 Brandy – Right Here (Departed)
#8 Michelle Williams – Hello Heartbreak
#9 Michelle Williams – Lucky Girl
#10 Freemasons feat. Sophie Ellis-Bextor  – Heartbreak (Make Me A Dancer)
#11 Mini Viva – I Wish (Cahill Edit)
#12 Shontelle – Impossible
#13 Sugababes – Mended By You
#14 Delta Goodrem – I Don’t Care*
#15 Gabriella Cilmi – Boys
#16 Sugababes – Thank You For The Heartbreak
#17 davidlim – Get Crazy
#18 Jennifer Lopez – Louboutins
#19 Natalie Imbruglia – Scars
#20 Pet Shop Boys – The Sodom & Gomorrah Show

Chart Feed – 22.03.10

Cheryl Cole has officially got herself an Australian hit. Her breakthrough single ‘3 Words’ has risen to #5 on our charts this week giving Universal Music Australia further incentive to push her solo album of the same name. A triumphant moment for all Chezza and Girls Aloud fans in this country.

Angus & Julia Stone celebrates their very first Australian #1 album this week with Down The Way. The duo’s last full-length album, A Book Like Us, peaked at #5 back in 2007.

Broken Bells‘ self-titled debut album enters our Aussie charts at #20 this week. I’m interested to see how this project – a collaboration between The Shins‘ lead singer James Mercer and Dangermouse of Gnarls Barkley – is embraced by Shins fans. You can hear our Diff’rent Strokes podcast about the Broken Bells‘ album here.

Jennifer Lopez‘s ‘Louboutins’ may have climbed to #2 on the US Dance/Club charts this week but no record label’s showing love to J.Lo and her Love? project  yet.

Lady Gaga is has once again dominated the UK singles and album charts this week with ‘Telephone’ and The Fame climbing to the top spots. The whole Fame juggernaut (including sales of The Fame Monster EP) has now sold over 1.7 million copies int he UK alone.

Should the Sugababes be a little alarmed? After a four month delay, you’d think the hype and anticipation riding off the back of a new line-up and three hit singles would translate to, at least, a Top 10 debut for the album… but no. Sweet 7 enters the UK charts at #14 this week.

The Glee Cast now has two compilations rocking the UK Top 10. The latest release Glee – The Music – Season One Volume 2 leaps from #91 to #2 on the UK charts this week while Volume 1 moves up to #6.

Feed Limmy Top 20 Most Played:

#1 Gabriella Cilmi – Robots
#2 Sabrina Washington – OMG*
#3 Gabriella Cilmi – Superhot
#4 Gabriella Cilmi – Hearts Don’t Lie
#5 Gabriella Cilmi – Love Me Cos You Want To
#6 Sophie Ellis-Bextor – Bittersweet
#7 Tata Young – My Bloody Valentine
#8 Sugababes – Thank You For The Heartbreak
#9 Sugababes – Miss Everything (feat. Sean Kingston)
#10 Gabriella Cilmi – On A Mission
#11 Gabriella Cilmi – Boys
#12 Gabriella Cilmi – Invisible Girl
#13 Che’Nelle – Tear Jerker
#14 Gabriella Cilmi – Sweet About Me (Twenty Ten Version)
#15 Sugababes – Little Miss Perfect
#16 Donovan Frankenreiter – Move By Yourself
#17 Mika – Kick-Ass*
#18 Robyn – No Hassle*
#19 Roisin Murphy – Momma’s Place
#20 Lady Gaga – Alejandro
* = Added to playlist this week