Chart Feed – 09.01.12

“There shouldn’t be much to report on this week’s Chart Feed because Beyoncé had her baby and nothing else would be on the news, right?” Sometimes I feel like my little brother is the only one who gets the way the world should be run.

On this week’s Chart Feed, the festive season’s definitely been canned now with Michael Bublé‘s career-defining Christmas album freefalling out of the Top 20 everywhere. We all knew it would come to this. Meanwhile, Empress Adele returns to top the US and UK album charts and comes closer to breaking more records, Kelly Clarkson discounts her way back up the charts, and I have a fit over the new Will Young, The Saturdays and Rebecca Ferguson single choices.

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Chart Feed – 13.06.11

Adele has got the singles chart shook now with two Top 5 hits. Her second 21 single ‘Someone Like You’ was issued to Aussie radios last week and after much tugging on heart strings/ bursting into tears in the middle of the freeway/ sobbing quietly in your office cubicle – the song shoots to #4. Over on the Australian album charts, 21 and 19 bookend the Top 10 with the former ascending to #1 ending Gaga‘s two-week reign on top.

Nicola Roberts‘ debut solo single ‘Beat of My Drum’ enters at #27 in the UK, reportedly selling 12,851 first week copies. I mean, damn. The chart placement itself is simply too close to Nadine‘s flop single ‘Insatiable’ which came in at #26 last November but if you actually look at the sales figures, Nicola has evidently outsold her Irish bandmate. FYI: ‘Insatiable’ only managed to sell 117 physical copies and 2,439  first-week downloads. This is still not good enough, my British friends. Please take ‘Beat of My Drum’ higher.

I mean, let’s be real here. Nicola will never match the stratospheric figures of Cheryl‘s X Factor-promoted singles like ‘Promise This’ (157,210 first-week sales) and ‘Fight For This Love’ (292,000 first week sales). But it deserves to at least go Top 15.

Coldplay‘s comeback track ‘Every Teardrop is a Waterfall’ debuts at #6 in the UK and #14 in Australia. ‘Every Teardrop…’ is also the most added new song to Aussie radios this week. Over in the US, the single cracks the Billboard Hot 100 at #29, selling over 85,000 first-week copies. The band’s as yet untitled fifth studio album is still being finalised as we speak but they recently premiered five new tracks live at Germany’s Rock am Ring festival: ‘Hurts Like Heaven’, ‘Us Against The World’, ‘Charlie Brown’, ‘Princess of China’ and ‘Major Minus’. They might all make the cut, you’ll just have to wait and see.

Beyonce‘s ‘Best Thing I Never Had’ debuts at #29 in Australia this week while ‘Run The World (Girls)’ drops ten spots to #20. The track came in at #30 on our ARIA digital charts, making it the third most downloaded new single in Australia behind Coldplay‘s new one (#14) and Pitbull/Chris Brown‘s ‘International Love’ (#27). Over in the US, ‘Run The World (Girls)’ sinks to #55 after peaking at #29 on the Billboard Hot 100 last week. Elsewhere, the stunning album track ‘1+1’ drops to #89 on the Billboard Hot 100.

‘Best Thing I Never Had’ debuts at #53 on the US Billboard R&B charts and #84 on the Hot 100. Surprisingly enough, the song is the second most added new song to Aussie radios this week. Alright, it’s all buzzing in the Beyhive now.

Nicole Scherzinger‘s ‘Right There’ soars to #3 in the UK this week, making it her third consecutive solo Top 3 smash there. OK, I didn’t think it could happen but bravo, mami. I’mma have to send her some flowers. Meanwhile, ‘Don’t Hold Your Breath’ is still in the Australian Top 20, now certified gold sales. The Killer Love album moves back up the UK charts to #22 but Australian and American fans are still hanging tight to see what we’ll get with the forthcoming US edition. Last time I checked, Killer Love is still slated for a 12 August release in Australia.

Seeker Lover Keeper – made up of unstoppable A-grade indie/pop artists Sarah Blasko, Holly Throsby and Sally Seltmann – sees their self-titled debut enter at #3 this week. It’s not only the highest selling Australian album here this week but also the biggest selling new entry. Given that the project is headed up by three established solo acts, Seeker Lover Keeper has launched three singles, each with their own video, featuring one of the girls as the lead singer. Could you see Young Divas doing something like that? Didn’t think so.

Watch one of their new videos ‘Light All My Lights’:

 

Cute, non? There’s a twist with the videos! Watch them all here.

Arctic Monkeys‘ long-awaited album Suck It and See debuts straight in at #1 in the UK and #4 in Australia this week. This is a good track record for the Monkeys, who is now the second band in UK history to have four consecutive studio albums debut at #1 there. The only other band to have accomplished the same feat is Keane. Best thing I’ve heard about the release so far was this laughable censorship bullshit going on in America. Apparently album title has been deemed “rude and disrespectful” by some major supermarket chains so they’re slapping a sticker over the cover. Yes, they’re really doing that

Kylie‘s Aphrodite shoots back up the charts to #14 this week as she continues to play shows around the country. Sydney and Brisbane have had their fix and splash. Tomorrow night is the first Melbourne show and I’m ready for you, mama. ‘Put Your Hands Up’ creeps into the ARIA singles chart at #50 this week. Boo, hiss etc.

Was there a fucking flash sale of some sort last week? Because it looks like a couple of the current bargain bin titles have re-entered or shot up the Top 50 this week. Check it out: The Script‘s Science & Faith, Ke$ha‘s Animal and Lady Gaga‘s The Fame all returned to the Top 30. Black Eyed PeasThe E.N.D., Glee‘s Season One Volumes 1 and 2, Taylor Swift‘s Fearless, Taio Cruz‘s Rokstarr and Ronan Keating‘s 10 Years of Hits re-enter our Top 50. And yet, no sign of Erika Heynatz‘s album – what is wrong with this country?

The Potbelleez‘s new album Destination Now is now out of the Top 20 after debuting at #17 last week. The record slips to #26 but looking at all the major international artists they are fighting chart space with, I really don’t think Destination Now can reign very much longer just on the leg of ‘From the Music’. ‘Hello’ was a major smash but gawd, that felt like a lifetime ago. It’ll be interesting to see what they’ll pick for the fourth single. Anyone care to nominate a fave?

Christina Perri‘s ‘Jar of Hearts’ soars to #23 in Australia. Yes, it is catching on as planned. Well done. Meanwhile, Sneaky Sound System‘s new single ‘We Love’ debuts at #20 on the Aussie dance charts. What is not to love about this song? It sounds like a cheeky Kelis‘ summer jam. Take a look at the cheeky video:

 

Calvin Harris‘ new single ‘Bounce’ featuringKelis cracks our Australian club charts at #32 this week. I like it as it is. It’s actually pretty decent music to clean your room to but I imagine there’d be several completely sick’ning remixes reserved for the dance floor. Report back if you’ve heard anything.

The Saturdays‘Notorious’ continues to travel south of the UK charts but how’s this for a marvelous twist? Their next single ‘All Fired Up’ is produced by Xenomania – the hit factory behind Girls Aloud‘s discography – and Space Cowboy (Lady Gaga circa The Fame). This should be delicious. Will they be Xenomania’s new girl band muse? ‘Notorious’ drops to #33 in the UK this week. The gang just announced arena tour dates around the UK over December. Umm, they’re doing Wembley. Should we be worried?

Wonderland‘s debut self-titled album enters at #8 while their new single ‘Starlight’ breaks in at #57 in the UK this week. I wish they were more memorable. Really, I do. Wonderland is basically the brainchild of X Factor judge/industry heavyweight Louis Walsh and Westlife‘s Kian Egan – think: bankable style of Taylor Swift country pop done by five gorgeous girls. Care to invest?

Check out their latest offering ‘Starlight’ and tell me if you like:

 

Y’know, gotta give props where props are due. This was a tough week to launch your record – not only were you up against the unwavering forces of Adele and Gaga, but there were six other new entries in the UK Top 20 this week. Wonderland has done pretty well to be the fourth best selling new album.

Paramore‘s new single ‘Monster’ debuts at #21 in the UK this week. Other new and exciting movers include The Wombats‘ fourth Modern Glitch single ‘Techno Fan’ going from #100 to #60, LMFAO and Natalia Kills‘ ‘Champagne Showers’ debuting at #71, and Josh Groban‘s ‘To Where You Are’ entering at #53. Yeah, we got love for The Grober here.

Martin Solveig and Dragonette‘s ‘Hello’ is finally going mainstream in America. The single has already reigned hard and vacated the throne in most territories but now that the song is featured in a random commercial and promos for Zooey Deschanel‘s TV show New Girl, things are starting to heat up on the US Billboard Hot 100. ‘Hello’ moves to a new peak of #46 there this week. The song has already spent four weeks at #1 on the American dance airplay charts.

Lady Gaga‘s Born This Way spends its second week on top of the Billboard Hot 100 despite reports of an 84% drop in second-week sales. Maybe this was why will.i.am felt the need to tweet-endorse the record yesterday? It has been widely speculated that Adele‘s 21 will reclaim the top spot. If she does, it’ll be the album’s tenth non-consecutive week on top of the Billboard charts. ‘Rolling In The Deep’ remains at #1 on the Billboard Hot 100.

Jennifer Lopez‘s ‘I’m Into You’ creeps back up the Billboard Hot 100 to #96 this week. It’s interesting to note its slow progress but turns out, the song hasn’t actually been serviced to American mainstream radios. According to The Prophet Blog, Def Jam pulled back the radio impact date because ‘On The Floor’ was still going hard. ‘I’m Into You’ is set to hit US Mainstream/Top 40 radios on 14 June. We might start seeing some proper chart action after.

Have you clocked mami ending careers with her So You Think You Can Dance performance?:

 

Kelly Rowland‘s ‘Motivation’ spends its second week on top of the US R&B charts. The gorgeous diva is now confident enough to bring her album release date forward so mark your calendars, Here I Am is expected to arrive in America on 26 July. Yes, kids. Just a month after Queen B drops 4. Michelle, gurl, you ready? We got August all clear for you.

Chart snack of the week:

Major Lazer‘s ‘Pon De Floor’ is back in fashion thanks to Beyonce‘s ‘Run The World (Girls)’ giving it a second wind. The track is currently at #104 on our Australian iTunes. It’s a current fave on my strut playlist and let me tell you, you better give the council a call because when I come through, I’m tearing up the pavement with this track.

Chart Feed – 18.04.11

LMFAO featuring Lauren Bennet and GoonRock hits #1 on our Aussie charts this week, a further reflection on our nation’s constant state of crunk [Editor’s note: crazy drunk. Not the genre per se]. Elsewhere, Pitbull featuring Ne-Yo, Afrojack and Nayer’s ‘Give Me Everything’ climbs to #5 and Britney’s ‘Till The World Ends’ ascends to a new peak of #15 here.

Nicole Scherzinger’s ‘Don’t Hold Your Breath’ debuts at #27 here this week, hardly living up to our expectations of a Top 20 entry. The track was rush released here after radio started adding it off the back of its UK #1 success but to be honest, they shouldn’t have waited a week to drop the track. Universal Music keeps playing the hokey pokey with Nicole’s album release here – first pulling it off the release schedule after ‘Poison’ flopped here, then adding it back on when ‘DHYB’ got on radios, and now it’s been crossed off the list again.

Rihanna’s ‘California King Bed’ debuts at #28 on our Aussie singles chart this week after becoming the most added new song on radio last week. Yes, the whole farce over that Britney remix of ‘S&M’ was a slight detractor but it’s a novelty number compared to this epic gem. Over in the States, ‘S&M’ was predicted to sell over 300,000 copies to go #1 again this coming week – thanks to the Brit remix – but since Lady Gaga dropped ‘Judas’ on Saturday, the game has changed. Billboard projects that ‘Judas’ will sell over 350,000 (actually, closer to 400,000) with less than two-and-a-half days of sales to make a #1 debut by the end of the charting period. ‘Judas’ debuts at #14 on the UK charts this week, off the back of only two and a half days’ digital sales.

The Potbelleez’s ‘From The Music’ enters at #32 on our ARIA singles chart this week, already faring better than their last effort ‘Shake it’ (which only managed to go #51). The Aussie dance meisters’ much-delayed second studio album Destination Now is slated for release on 27 May.

Wynter Gordon’s roof-raising new single ‘Til Death (Denzal Park Radio Edit)’ is the most added new song to Aussie radios this week. The track is currently charting at #23 on our Aussie iTunes chart. Elsewhere on radio’s most added: Avril Lavigne’s new one ‘Smile’ (#2), Arctic Monkeys’ ‘Don’t Sit Down ‘Cause I’ve Moved Your Chair’ (splendid title – #8) and Jennifer Lopez’s ‘I’m Into You’ (#9). Australian radios were serviced NKOTBSB’s [Editor’s note: that’s New Kids On The Block crossbred with Backstreet Boys to you, child!] exciting single ‘Don’t Turn Out The Lights’ today and according to our friends at Auspop, the super boyband’s album will arrive here on 3 June.

Adele’s debut 19 cracks our Top 50 for the first time – three years after it was first released. The album charts at #34 this week, boosted by the current wave of Adelegend mania sweeping the nation. 21 is currently perched at #2 here in Australia while over in America, it made its return to the top after letting Britney’s Femme Fatale rule for a week.

Foo FightersWasting Light debuts at #1 in Australia this week, making this the band’s fourth consecutive #1 studio album here. Over in the UK, the band also managed to debut on top, ending Adele’s record-breaking reign. The new Foo Fighters single ‘Rope’ managed to chart at #59 here but knowing ya’ll, the now-viral deadmau5 remix is probably gonna be more of what you want.

Ronan Keating and Burt Bacharach’s bromancingly titled duet album When Ronan Met Burt debuts at #8 in Australia this week. The pair raked in the chips over in the UK a few weeks ago when the record sold like crazy during Mother’s Day season. RoRo and Guy Sebastian will return to the judging panel for this year’s Aussie X Factor series. They’ll be joined by former Neighbours siren and Rogue Traders frontbitch Natalie Bassingthwaighte (who replaced Natalie Imbruglia).

Architecture in Helsinki’s new album Moment Bends debuts at #12 here, making it the Melbourne band’s highest charting record in Australia yet. Other Aussies making an impact on our Top 20 this week include The Middle East’s I Want That You Are Always Happy (debuting at #11) and Keith Urban’s Get Closer (re-entering the charts at #19, thanks to the namesake tour).

Jennifer Hudson’s I Remember Me drops to #11 on the US Billboard 200 and #4 on the R&B/Hip Hop Albums chart this week. The project’s lead single ‘Where You At’ keeps a hold at #10 on the R&B singles chart but here in Australia, we’re treated to a “radio mix” of the title track instead. According to our friends from Auspop, ‘I Remember Me’ was issued to Australian radios this morning to whet our appetites for the diva’s Australian promo tour next month. J Hud has been locked in to warble on both Sunrise and Dancing With The Stars. The album will drop locally in May.

Martin Solveig and Dragonette’s ‘Hello’ debuts at #91 on the US Billboard 100 this week. Speaking of dance, Kat DeLuna’s ‘Dancing Tonight’ jumps to a new peak of #10 on the US Dance/Club charts this week while Jessie and The Toy Boys’ breakthrough single ‘Push It’ soars to #17.

The Wombats’ new single ‘Anti-d’ debuts at #42 in the UK this week ahead of the album drop. This Modern Glitch – their second studio album – is out in the UK on 25 April and following that, the project will yield its fourth single ‘Techno Fan’. The gang confirmed last week that they’ll be playing Glastonbury on 24 June.

Metronomy’s third studio album The English Riviera debuts at #28 this week in the UK. The band’s founder Joe Mount recently revealed that he has done two songs for Girls Aloud beauty Nicola Roberts’ forthcoming solo album, one of which is “a bit more electronic-sounding”. He also added that Nicola’s sonic direction is inspired by M.I.A. and Robyn. Mind blown.

Arctic Monkeys “Suck It and See” Album Details and Tracklisting

Look who’s back.

Arctic Monkeys returns with their fourth studio album – Suck It and See – and needless to say, this will be of interest to some people.

It’s been two years since their last album and lead Monkey Alex Turner has recently turned in a solo EP – the English indie rockers are due for a comeback.

The album is said to be purveying a more “vintage” style this time around. For a first taste of what they’re working with, inspect the video for their new track ‘Brick by Brick’.

Check out the most amaze song titles ever in the final album tracklisting:

1 – She’s Thunderstorms
2 – Black Treacle
3 – Brick by Brick
4 – The Hellcat Spangled Shalalala
5 – Don’t Sit Down ‘Cause I’ve Moved Your Chair
6 – Library Pictures
7 – All My Own Stunts
8 – Reckless Serenade
9 – Piledriver Waltz
10 – Love Is A Laserquest
11 – Suck It and See
12 – That’s Where You’re Wrong

Footnotes:

Arctic MonkeysSuck It and See will hit Aussie online and retail stores on 3 June.

Alex Turner (Arctic Monkeys) “Submarine” EP

Arctic Monkeys frontman Alex Turner is set to release a sountrack EP for an independent film: Submarine.

 

Check out the tracklisting here:

1 – Stuck On The Puzzle (Intro)
2 – Hiding Tonight
3 – Glass In The Park
4 – It’s Hard To Get Around The Wind
5 – Stuck On The Puzzle
6 – Piledriver Waltz

Submarine marks the film directorial debut of Richard Ayoade, who has directed several Arctic Monkeys music videos in the past.

Footnotes:

Alex Turner‘s Submarine EP will get a physical and digital release in Australia on 18 March. A local movie release date is yet to be confirmed. Check out the trailer here.

No word on when the fourth Arctic Monkeys studio album will be ready for consumption.