LMFAO, Lauren Bennet and GoonRock‘s ‘Party Rock Anthem’ is still holding on to the top of our Australian singles chart. Usually I don’t bother mentioning it because it’s just been such a fixture at #1 week in and out but today, I feel the need to acknowledge that the bloody thing is still indeed reigning – now certifying four times platinum sales. Unreal.
Lady Gaga‘s Born This Way holds on to #1 in Australia and the UK for the second week. Little Monsters everywhere will be pleased to know that the album has to date sold over 2 million copies worldwide, officially the fastest selling album of the year – debuting at #1 in 13 countries. Over in the States, Born This Way sold over 1.1 million first-week copies to become her first ever #1 album on the Billboard 200. The bloody thing outsold the entire Top 20 combined! On the flip side, ‘The Edge of Glory’ managed to climb back up the charts to #8 the same week the album came out. Here in Australia, the singles all take a slide with ‘Born This Way’ still outselling its successors to chart at #16 while ‘Judas’ drops to #25, and ‘The Edge of Glory’ makes a slight move up to #32.
Adele‘s ‘Rolling In The Deep’ continues its belated global domination in the US, Australia and various other parts of the world that isn’t the UK. Back home in the UK, Born This Way may be #1 but Adelegend‘s got both her albums 21 and 19 placed firmly at #2 and #3 respectively. Here in Australia, 21 continues to reign at #2 but would you believe they’re officially sending ‘Someone Like You’ off to Aussie radios now? Yes now, as in like, this fucking week. Gurl, get ready to roll your eyes at all the late comers to be swept up in this life-changing heartbreak ballad.
Deathcab for Cutie‘s Code and Keys debuts at #7 in Australia and #24 in the UK. Please ask my co-host Jade Gulliver how she feels about this record as she is their biggest fan. I expect that we’ll be reviewing this on our radio show at some point, if not this Wednesday.
The Potbelleez‘s much-delayed album Destination Now finally arrives and enters at #17 in Australia this week. From what I’ve heard, the album is definitely a fairer mix of Ilan and Blue MC‘s vocals than the last album. I mean, a lot of people recognise Ilan’s warbles on hits like ‘Hello’ and the current hit ‘From The Music’ but y’know, Blue is just as much part of the picture and I kinda felt bad that the last single she headed up for the gang (‘Shake It’) flopped hard.
Kylie‘s Aphrodite album re-enters our Top 50 at #31 this week thanks to the tour kicking off here on Friday. They’re doing absolutely everything to get Goddess Min back on top, y’all – I mean, all her previous albums are going for $9.99 on some iTunes flash sale now and all three versions of her ‘Put Your Hands Up’ digital EP fared well to make the iTunes Top 20 on Friday when it was launched.
Havana Brown is still currently the biggest selling Aussie artist on our singles chart but now comes the next phase with ‘We Run The Night’ remixes impacting our club charts. You’d think with her background as a popular DJ and all, her debut solo single would emerge from the clubs to the airwaves but no, it arrives mainstream correct. Due to its overwhelming success, ‘We Run The Night’ will be launched on CD single this Friday, featuring a slew of remixes. The killer Dr Chong and Redial remixes are both already out on iTunes featuring their own fabulously tinted cover arts.
Listen to the Dr Chong remix here:
Alex Gaudino and Kelly Rowland‘s ‘What A Feeling’ is the highest selling new single in the UK this week, debuting at #6. Right now in this moment, she is completely owning the favour of her British fans with not just this euphoric dance number but also the highly lucrative X Factor judging gig. Everybody’s rooting for Kelly now. ‘Motivation’ continues to outperform Beyonce‘s ‘Run The World’ in the States and suddenly every rapper in the game wants to jump on the remix. She is now practically on top of her game in both territories – she has won the love and appreciation of the wider American urban community again and she’s reigning with a new dance hit on the international market. This is just the kind of dual success Kelly wanted to achieve last year with ‘Commander’, ‘Forever And A Day’ and ‘Rose Coloured Glasses’ but y’know, everything happens in its right time. Get it, gurl.
Jason Derulo‘s ‘Don’t Wanna Go Home’ jumps from #34 to #7 in Australia this week, making this his fourth Top 10 entry here. Over in his home ground, the single rises to #18 on the Billboard Hot 100. The ‘Show Me Love’ sample you hear actually has more of a history than most kids realise. The song was originally released in 1993 by Robin S. and made #5 on the Billboard Hot 100 before it was famously remixed by Laidback Luke and Steve Angello in 2009.
Simple Plan and Natasha Bedingfield‘s ‘Jet Lag’ propels to #8 on our ARIA singles chart this week. The biggest Natasha Bedingfield related release here in years, y’all. Mark my predictions, they’ll probably launch her recently reupholstered Strip Me Away album here soon with ‘Jet Lag’ tacked on. It totally makes sense. But will they also go one further and issue ‘Pocketful of Sunshine’ to local airwaves? Although it’s an old single from her last album, her label’s currently using it to flog Strip Me Away in several European countries. Watch the current US single ‘Weightless’ – one of the best songs on her new album:
Beyonce‘s ‘Run The World (Girls)’ finally enters our Aussie Top 10 at #10 this week while over in the States, it reached a new peak of #29 on the Billboard Hot 100. Anybody else feel like this is B‘s ‘Not Myself Tonight’? The track is finally starting to pick up a little momentum and King B is already onto the next thing. She’s busy racing the clock now to get folks properly hyped for the forthcoming 4 album, she’s got no time to spare waiting for ‘Run The World’ to actually run shit.
The second single ‘Best Thing I Never Had’ was rushed to radios and iTunes stores worldwide last week but has it actually impacted? Ma’am, I don’t see it anywhere on our iTunes charts. I clocked the soulful album track ‘1+1’ sitting at #165, though. That’s lovely, innit? ‘1+1′ debuted at #57 on the US Billboard Hot 100 and #33 on the American digital charts. We’ll have to wait ’til this Wednesday to see where ‘Best Thing I Never Had’ lands in the States.
Katy Perry‘s ‘Last Friday Night (TGIF)’ jumps to #12 and Stan Walker‘s ‘Loud’ moves up to #20 on our ARIA singles chart, joining that Derulo track to be the three hot new Top 20 entries here this week. Elsewhere, Nicki Minaj‘s ‘Super Bass’ debuts at #29 in Australia this week, making this her first solo Top 50 charting single since ‘Check It Out’ with will.i.am made #22. Barbie’s other new track ‘Girls Fall Like Dominoes’ makes it in at #99 here this week.
Britney Spears, gurl, you need to get your shit together because y’all should’ve been in damage control mode hard ever since that flop Billboard Awards performance. I have nothing but love for the Femme Fatale album and I’ll come out to say that Brit‘s rarely off the mark with her studio recordings, but when it comes to live performances? Bitch you need to go harder or pack it up and head back to the south. The Femme Fetale world tour just copped UK dates so it’ll be interesting to see if she’ll bring her stage spectacle back to Australia after less than savoury “walk out” reviews from some folks last year. Femme Fatale has dropped off the Aussie Top 50 but her label has just issued its third single ‘I Wanna Go’ to Aussie radios today. The video is expected to premiere by the end of the month.
Christina Perri‘s ‘Jar of Hearts’ debuts at #38 here this week after blitzing the US charts almost a year ago. The 24-year old American singer/songwriter has absolutely broken through out of nowhere with this track. I mean, she wasn’t even signed to a major label when ‘Jar of Hearts’ first came out but after gaining exposure on the US So You Think You Can Dance, the song ended up selling 100,000 copies in its first month and before you know it, she was on prime time TV flogging the track. ‘Jar of Hearts’ was recently covered on Glee and although, it’s been making airwaves in Asia and other countries – it’s now finally making its way to Australia.
Rihanna‘s ‘California King Bed’ leaps to a new peak of #8 in the UK this week while her urban single ‘Man Down’ makes its entry on the UK R&B charts at #31. Over in the States, ‘Man Down’ cracks the Billboard Hot 100 at #94 and moves up to #34 on the R&B charts. There was all this bullshit from the Parents Television Council chastising the murder theme in the video and saying the bitch was setting a bad example or whatever. This is what RiRi had to say about the matter on Twitter:
“I’m a 23 year old singer who doesn’t have kids. What’s up with everybody wanting me to be a parent [to their children]. I’m just a girl, I can only be our voice. We all know it’s difficult and embarrassing to communicate touchy subject matters to anyone, especially our parents. The music industry isn’t “Parent’s ‘R Us.” We have the freedom to make art, let us! It’s your job to make sure your children don’t turn out like us. You can’t hide your kids from society, or they’ll never learn how to adapt. This is the real world!”
American Idol winner Scotty McCreery sees his debut single ‘I Love You This Big’ sorely miss the Top 10 to enter at #11 on the Billboard Hot 100. I mean, it’s not that bad. Let’s not start boo hoo-ing like it was some Scott Cain chart tragedy. Sweet Scotty managed to sell 171,404 first-week copies and managed to also go #32 on the country charts. Elsewhere, the series runner-up Lauren Alaina‘s debut single ‘Like My Mother Does’ comes in at #20, selling over 121,000 first-week copies. I have no real opinion on these two, so let’s just move on and let them keep on with their country realness.
Natalia Kills‘ ‘Mirrors’ keeps soaring up the American dance charts, taking a new peak of #5 this week. Will she ever adequately break out with this current album or will it take another nine months and a new record to get Natalia properly heard? She’s got a pretty decent fan base happening and some manic blogosphere love on her side. It shouldn’t take long before the rest of the world discovers Perfectionist. If I were running ship, I would’ve already sent ‘Free’ to local radios. That’s an instant anthem right there, y’guys. Elsewhere on the American dance charts, Robyn‘s ‘Call Your Girlfriend’ jumps to #7 while her Body Talk album re-enters the dance/electronic charts at #25.
Nicole Scherzinger‘s ‘Right There’ drops to #97 after making her triumphant solo debut on the Billboard Hot 100 last week at #77. Y’know, I was just reminiscing on the Pussycat Dolls’ videos last night and let me just say, they were flawless as a troupe. So many amazingly fierce videos like ‘Buttons’, ‘Wait A Minute’ and ‘Hush Hush; Hush Hush’. Do you remember how defining that PCD album was? Oh Nicole, those were the days.
The Saturdays‘ ‘Notorious’ drops out of the UK Top 20 after entering at #8 last week. What? LOL. Bye gurls, bye. There isn’t a fourth studio album anywhere in sight yet as the girls are still recording various bits and pieces, figuring out a sound etc. I don’t see much excitement happening on the girl band stratosphere at the moment unfortunately. I love the Sugababes and I look forward to hearing what they turn out with ‘Freedom’ and the new album with Jade, but even the hardest ‘Babes fans will have to accept that they’ll never be as cool as they were circa Three, Taller In More Ways or Change.
Chart snack of the week:
This is not actually charting yet but I remain optimistic. iTunes has currently got a “One Hit Wonder” special sale going where you can buy these tracks for $1.19 or for a grand $54.74, you can back up your music library with all 46 of these flops.
Compilation highlights feature Bec Cartwright‘s ‘All Seats Taken’, Casey Donovan ‘Listen With Your Heart’, Lee Harding ‘Wasabi’, Blu Cantrell ‘Breathe’, Billy Ray Cyrus ‘Achy Breaky Heart’ and Paris Hilton‘s ‘Stars Are Blind’. All classics you can’t live without.