Chart Feed – 14.09.10

Before you proceed, stop and go take a look at yourself in the mirror. Child, that’s what yo’ scrawny ass looks like when your Monday Chart Feed arrives a day late. Apologies – it was my birthday and the energy company decided they’d honour it as a night of rest by shutting down the power in my area.

Nelly is back and his new single ‘Just A Dream’ debuts at #24 in Australia this week. The Jim Jonsin-produced track is the lead single from his upcoming Nelly 5.0 album and don’t call it a comeback because it’s only been two years since his last Top 30 hit here – ‘Party People’ with Fergie.

Local lass Zoe Badwi has finally crossed over to the mainstream Top 50. Her latest solo single ‘Freefallin’ has been scorching up the dance charts for close to a month now but has only debuted at#36 on the main charts this week. Zoe may be a Melbourne dance scene queen these days but lest we forget – she was once part of the Aussie pop trio Sirens, the warblers behind Sara Marie‘s ‘I’m So Excited (The Bum Dance Song)’. Bless.

The Wombats‘ new single ‘Tokyo (Vampires & Wolves)’ enter at #35 here this week. The indie rockers are reportedly going for a more “produced” sound for their second album but fans will have to wait ’til November to hear the goodies.

Alexandra Burke is back on top, baby! Her robo-reggae single ‘Start Without You’ debuted straight at #1 in the UK this week, making it her third chart topper there. It’s just the kind of mascara-running moment of validation Alex needed after her last two singles – ‘Broken Heels’ and ‘All Night Long’ – failed to sustain.

Brandon Flowers‘ debut solo album Flamingo enters at #1 in the UK and #5 in Australia, selling over 5000 copies here in its first week. Fingers crossed, our spunky Killers frontman will also achieve the same chart results in the States, where the album drops today. Flamingo was the second most downloaded album in Australia last week.

McFly‘s wild new single ‘Party Girl’ debuts at #6 in the UK this week. Yes, the boys have our attention now after posing nude for Attitude magazine a few months ago. Their forthcoming album Above The Noise – which will hopefully feature cuts written with Taio Cruz and super producer Dallas Austin – is due 15 November.

Alesha Dixon‘s mind-numbing ‘Drummer Boy’ debuts at #15 in the UK. Keep an eye out for remixes by Benny Benassi and Aussie dance sensation, Yolanda Be Cool, on the digital EP. For real, can anyone salvage this mess?

The Saturdays just keep hustling. Their solid new single ‘Higher’ (the original mix, not the soon-to-be-revealed Flo Rida remix) has shot from #167 to #62 in the UK this week. The video, which was filmed in L.A. two weeks ago, reportedly sees them rocking an NYC backdrop. In other words, their desperation for an American crossover was kept pretty understated.

Beyonce‘s ‘Why Don’t You Love Me’ leaps 20 places up to #51 in the UK this week. What kind of promo undercurrent has inspired this? Because the Brits should only have eyes for the other two children of Destiny right now: Michelle (check Strictly Come Dancing) and Kelly (check the Guetta-crafted singles ‘Commander’ and ‘Forever And A Day’).

The Xx sees their self-titled album leap to #3 in the UK after scoring the coveted Mercury Prize last week. This’ll probably encourage the English pop rockers to re-release a few more singles. Tracks like ‘Crystalised’ and ‘Islands’ have both been granted a second wind.

HurtsHappiness album debuts at #4 in the UK this week, proving that there’s justice on the pop charts. There is no date set for an Australian release just yet but if it’s any consolation, their ace single ‘Wonderful Lie’ was our iTunes Single of The Week two weeks ago. Meanwhile, an album track ‘Illuminated’ has charted at #68 in the UK this week.

Katy Perry‘s ‘Teenage Dream’ single has gone #1 in the US this week, making this her second consecutive American chart topper this year. Kitty‘s onto a mighty good run now and I can’t see this slowing down with her next song ‘Firework’. Prepare for an all-hands-in-the-air affair when the remixes hit clubs. The single is slated for an October release with the video due later this month.

Hark! 70s rockers Heart has reformed and they’re peddling a new album. Wait a minute, they’ve released five albums in my lifetime? Well, it’s time we stop referring to these old timers in the past tense because their latest album, Red Velvet Car, debuted at #10 in America this week, making it their first Top 10 hit in 20 years.

Everyone please be upstanding with your best golf claps as the last ever Hannah Montana record exits the US Top 200. The Hannah Montana movie soundtrack is literally clinging onto the bottom of the chart now while Miley‘s own pop album Can’t Be Tamed sits at #63 after three months of invading shelf space.

Feed Limmy’s Top 20 Most Played:
#1 Nadine Coyle – Insatiable*
#2 Willow Smith – Whip My Hair*
#3 Girls Aloud – Memory of You
#4 Shakira – Loca (feat. Dizzee Rascal)
#5 davidlim – Get Crazy
#6 davidlim – Running Away
#7 Savage Skulls feat. Robyn – Bad Gal*
#8 Kylie Minogue – Like A Drug
#9 Frankie Finch – I’m Such A Problem
#10 Little Boots – Remedy
#11 Sugababes – Thank You For The Heartbreak
#12 davidlim – #1
#13 Christina Aguilera – Not Myself Tonight
#14 Sophie Ellis-Bextor – Not Giving Up On Love (Acoustic)
#15 Armin Van Buuren vs Sophie Ellis-Bextor – Not Giving Up On Love
#16 Kelly Rowland – Commander
#17 Rachel Stevens – Nothing Good About This Goodbye
#18 Girls Aloud – Sexy! No No No…
#19 Little Jackie – 28 Butts
#20 Asher Roth – His Dream
* = Added to playlist this week.


Chart Feed – 30.08.10

UK R&B sensation Taio Cruz has scored his first ever Australian #1 hit with ‘Dynamite’ this week. This Rokstarr is not one to be played with. At the age of 28, Taio already has a pop production company and a brand expansion into fashion.

Our Idol boy Stan Walker sees his new single ‘Choose You’ shoot up the charts, going from #49 to #16 this week. Not to throw shade but I’m somewhat shocked to find his album being the highest charting new entry this week.

My Daily Bread, Auspop, reports that From The Inside Out sold over 5300 copies to debut at #2, behind none other than Eminem. Gold star sticker for effort.

Melbourne electro pop act Miami Horror sold over 2200 copies of their Illuminations LP to debut at #10 this week. On the digital charts, this was the third most downloaded album in the country.

Their latest offering ‘I Look To You’ features local neo-jazz artist Kimbra, with whom I’m carry a little obsession about. The Illuminations bonus remix CD features mixes by Fred Falke, Shazam and Treasure Fingers.

Klaxon‘s famous pussy in the orange spacesuit has been meeting me at the most unexpected of places: public toilets, China Town and I won’t say where else. Needless to say, Surfing The Void is getting enough attention on the streets to debut at #15 in Australia this week.

Jay Sean and Nicki Minaj‘s apocalyptic party tune ‘2012’ debuts at #40 here this week, making it Minaj’s first ever appearance on the Aussie Top 50. Before you turn around and ask me what’s that knocking sound – it’s Lil Kim shaking in her implants. With all due respect, my classiest one, your reign as nasty femme-cee is well over.

Vanessa Amorosi‘s ‘Holiday’ crash landed this week at a dismal #47 in Australia. You know V Mama’s rolling in it now that she’s giving away a free holiday to Hawaii for one lucky fan who pre-ordered the ‘Holiday’ single. Your odds shouldn’t be hard with only fifteen entries.

Brandon Flowers‘ first solo outing ‘Crossfire’ came in at #8 in the UK this week. It’s only the third best-selling new single this week behind Taio Cruz‘s ‘Dynamite’, which made #1.

Hurts‘ life-affirming single ‘Wonderful Life’ made a leap from #173 to #21 in the UK this week. The British duo’s uber cool Happiness album is out next Monday. I know the first thing you queens will be zooming in on is the Kylie collabo on track nine. See how well I know you?

Sky Ferreira‘s robo-lush ‘One’ debuted at #64 in the UK this week. Check out the bloody fantastic Style of Eye remix – now that’s a synth-sax marriage I can go for. Either that or I’m still high from that shot of cough syrup I downed five minutes ago.

Didn’t take long for UK’s X Factor to flex its authority over the pop charts – after episode one aired featuring Leona Lewis‘ ‘Stop Crying Your Heart Out’ playing after Gamu‘s audition – the track bolted from #166 to #63. Elsewhere, a lukewarm audition prompted fans to relive Etta James‘ classic ‘At Last’, sending the track up to #69 on this week’s chart.

Madonna‘s Celebration hits pack copped a sales boost this week, going from #120 to #38 in the UK. There must’ve been a flash sale going on because Girls Aloud‘s greatest hits compilation also leapt back into the Top 100 at #62. I might get back to you on the latter. Something tells me Nadine‘s been out at every Tesco joint giving away Girls Aloud CDs to make shelf space for her album. She’s hands on like that.

Katy Perry‘s ‘E.T.’ debuts at #42 in the US this week. Bless her cotton candy-scented albums! It’ll be interesting to see if Kitty’s Teenage Dream will dethrone Eminem from the coveted #1 album spot next week.

Feed Limmy Top 20 Most Played:

#1 davidlim – Running Away
#2 Christina Aguilera – Lift Me Up
#3 Frankie Finch – I’m Such A Problem
#4 Armin Van Buuren vs Sophie Ellis-Bextor – Not Giving Up On Love
#5 Kanye West – See Me Now (feat. Beyonce and Charlie Wilson)
#6 Sophie Ellis-Bextor – Not Giving Up On Love (Acoustic)
#7 davidlim – Into You
#8 Sophie Ellis-Bextor – Dear Jimmy*
#9 Sky Ferreira – One
#10 The Saturdays – Higher
#11 Sky Ferreira – One (Style of Eye Remix)
#12 Bag Raiders – Way Back Home (Harvard Bass Remix)*
#13 Katy Perry – The One That Got Away
#14 Florrie – Fascinate Me (Fred Falke Edit)
#15 Diggy – Oh Yeah! (feat. Pharrell & Lupe Fiasco)*
#16 Paris Wells – Through & Through (Dublin Aunts Club Mix)*
#17 Emma Bunton – Life In Mono
#18 Kimbra – Settle Down*
#19 BoA – Crazy About
#20 Hurts – Sunday*
* = Added to playlist this week

Leak Report – 29.08.10

The Leak Report gives you nosy fans a run down of tracks/demos that have leaked during the week. Hit or miss? Let the snap rating system be your guide.

Kanye West & Jay Z – Monster (feat. Nicki Minaj, Rick Ross and Bon Iver)

This free track is brought to you by Kanye‘s Good Music Fridays incentive. Can’t nobody pull a guest list like these two hip hop titans, but the real revelation here is the multiple personalities Nicki Minaj brought to the track. You know, this is exactly why she’s hot. ‘Monster’ is the second track uploaded off Kanye and Jay Z‘s free Watch The Throne EP.

Mighty snap.

Kylie Minogue – Change Your Mind

Kylie Minogue – Change Your Mind by suprem.angel

This track supposedly written by Jake Shears and produced by Deadmau5 was left on the Aphrodite cutting room floor – and for good reason too. This sounds like just the type of filler you’d hear in between DJ shift changes. Having said that, I can totally see Gemma Ward coming down the runway to this.

Nonchalant snap.

Mutya Buena – Anyone Seen My Baby?

The supremely talented Mutya Buena has poked her head out of oblivion to voice The Sound of Camden‘s album of covers. The ex-Sugababe features on six of the 11 tracks, including a cover of The Pixies‘ ‘Hey’. Putting aside my bed-wetting excitement over Mutya‘s return, what the hell is going on with the music? Am I missing something or do these songs sound like they were produced by a baboon learning dub step?

Nonchalant snap.

Brandon Flowers – Swallow It

Brandon Flowers – Swallow It by Wonky Pop

As I play this track, I can see wallpapers peeling and daffodils wilting in disappointment of Brandon Flowers‘ effort. Simply put, this is the musical equivalent of a cup of Earl Grey. Pleasant enough, but not at all in the league of the arena-pop The Killers were known for.

Nonchalant snap.

Shontelle – Perfect Nightmare

See, I know she wasn’t inspired by Beyonce‘s ‘Sweet Dreams’ so I’m gonna let the similarity in themes slide. Where Americans couldn’t have cared less about her 2008 debut, she’s finally got their attention now after ‘Impossible’ made the US Top 20 last month. ‘Perfect Nightmare’ is a stormer of a club track produced by Darkchild – expect this to make high rotation once I find a HQ version.

Bounce snap.

Sara Bareilles – Hold My Heart

Sara Bareilles – Hold My Heart by Wonky Pop

Wilson Phillips, is that you? I’m sorry, Sara. You’re doing a great job here and this is a bloody decent track but all I want to do is run off to the sisters’ manager and beg the old girls to record this. They’re due for a comeback, I’m sure you’ll agree. So do an Alicia Keys to Whitney‘s ‘Million Dollar Bill’ and help a veteran chart again.

Bounce snap.

Snap legend:
Mighty snap = this is a hit.
Bounce snap = instantly likeable.
Lightbulb snap = you will need a moment to get into this.
Nonchalant snap = need I say more?
No snap = please cease and decease.

Chart Feed – 02.08.10

Australia’s obsession with dance urban fusion is really showing. The top five selling singles here this week goes to the likes of Flo Rida featuring David Guetta, Usher featuring Pitbull, and Enrique featuring Pitbull. Adam Lambert‘s ‘If I Had You’ is the only single up there to not feature a rapper. Represent!

Speaking of urban pop, Taio Cruz‘s ‘Dynamite’ soars to #7 in Australia this week. It is also the second most added new song to Aussie radio. Jason DeRulo‘s fourth single ‘What If’ rose from #47 to #35 here this week while his self-titled album re-enters our Top 20. DeRulo’s label is keen to keep the momentum going with a fifth single planned for the UK in September: ‘Love Hangover’.

Kylie‘s ‘All The Lovers’ saunters up to #13 here this week. A bit of a delayed reaction, Australia. Please, you can keep that. Her gays are still not impressed but it’s OK, they’ve moved on. They’re probably hatching up a plan to get Kylie‘s next single ‘Get Outta My Way’ the ubiquity they think it deserves. Find your nearest Kylie forum and discuss a plan of attack.

Birds of Tokyo‘s self-titled album debuts at #2 here, making it the highest new entry this week. Touring has certainly helped Jared Leto‘s band 30 Seconds To Mars get back in the Aussie Top 50 – the album This Is War re-enters #41 this week.

I had expected for this to send nasty shock waves to the Killers fan community but no, everyone’s quietly gone about their business. I thought fans would’ve been up in arms and marching in protest when the band’s lead singer Brandon Flowers detours to undertake a solo project. This is obviously a world of difference from Girls Aloud fans’ reaction to Cheryl Cole going solo. Flowers’ first solo single ‘Crossfire’ came in at #48 this week in Australia.

There’s a new boyband in town and they’ve snagged themselves a UK #1 hit. The Wanted – think indie pop-styled boy band with deliberately under-decorated vocals – came in on top this week with their debut single ‘All Time Low’. The song itself is utterly bland as soy but once again, the teenage girl demographics have voted with their pocket money.

Marina & The Diamonds‘ catchy new single ‘Oh No!’ has leapt from #95 to #50 in the UK this week. This might anger hard core Marina fans but I’ve always felt that ‘Oh No!’ was her only radio worthy track. Just saying. Look forward to mass Australia’s belated discovery in about six months.

Eminem‘s being a cock block again and this time he’s hindering Sir Tom Jones from scoring a record breaking #1 album. Had Jones’ Praise & Blame gone in at #1 this week, it would’ve made the 70-year old singer the oldest man in UK chart history to secure a #1 album. Fans shouldn’t get their granny knickers in a twist, Tom Jones is going to live forever. He has all eternity to seize that title.

Pop’s Twiddledee and Twiddledum, Jedward, sees their album of covers Planet Jedward debut at #17 in the UK this week. I’m surprised at how quickly Universal Music jumped on this foolery, reportedly signing the twins a day after Sony dropped them in March. Planet Jedward covers all the classic tween boy tracks like Backstreet Boys‘ ‘Everybody’, The Strangeloves‘ (see also: Aaron Carter) ‘I Want Candy’ and Blink 182‘s ‘All The Small Things’. My mind explodes.

Newcomer Christina Perri‘s ‘Jar of Hearts’ is set to make a splash in the States. If you’re a fan of Avril‘s ballads, this song’s right up your alley. The track peaked at #34 last week, sadly slipping to #63 this week on the Billboard Hot 100. Take note, listeners.

Are we getting behind Macy Gray‘s comeback record? The jury’s still out on Macy’s hit and miss album The Sellout but having said that, her new US single ‘Lately’ has charted at #19 on the Dance/Club charts this week. It’s a move in the right direction, if anything. No more pigeon-holing the kooky singer into R&B types.

Feed Limmy Top 20 Most Played:

#1 Kelly Rowland – Grown Woman
#2 Ace of Base – All For You
#3 Wonder Girls – 2 Different Tears
#4 Girls Can’t Catch – You’re The Kinda Man*
#5 Wonder Girls – Nobody (Jason Nevins Remix)
#6 Girlicious – Maniac
#7 Christina Aguilera – Woohoo
#8 davidlim – Into You
#9 Sophie Ellis-Bextor – Not Giving Up (Acoustic Live)
#10 Jennifer Lopez – Everybody’s Girl
#11 Katie Melua – A Happy Place
#12 Kelly Rowland – Shake Them Haters Off
#13 Rebekah Lavauney – Dance With You
#14 Natasha Bedingfield – Pirate Bones
#15 Anastacia – Absolutely Positively
#16 Jade Ewen – I Had Him First
#17 Robyn – Hang With Me (Single Version)
#18 Jennifer Lopez – What Is Love?
#19 Sugababes – Miss Everything (feat. Sean Kingston)
#20 Young Divas – New Attitude
* = Added to playlist this week.

Chart Feed – 05.07.10

The brilliant new Scissor Sisters‘ album Night Work enters the Australian chart at #10 this week. Never mind if local radio is side-stepping around ‘Fire With Fire’, watch the album take off when they start touring. Night Work debuts at #2 in the UK this week.

Miley Cyrus Can’t Be Tamed album debuts at #4 here this week behind new releases from Parkway Drive (Deep Blue #2) and The Cat Empire (Cinema #3).

Robyn‘s Body Talk Pt. 1 drops to #27 on our digital albums chart. Kudos to all the downloaders because unlike them, I shelled out $17 for a physical copy that resembles that of a burnt CD package.

Local radio’s love for Charice‘s ‘Pyramid’ has resulted in the track’s decent chart debut at #77 here this week. Elsewhere The Killers‘ frontman Brandon Flowers sees his first solo single ‘Crossfire’ enter at #62.

Kelly Rowland‘s ‘Commander’ has edged into the UK Top 10 this week, rising to #9. She just dropped her second single ‘Rose Coloured Glasses’ over in the States. If there’s any justice, that’ll do what ‘Commander’ couldn’t do and cross over to the main Billboard chart. ‘Commander’ is currently #1 on the US Dance/Club chart.

Kelis‘ ‘4th of July (Fireworks)’ has risen to #82 in the UK this week. Her mind-blowing electro pop album Flesh Tone hits stores this Friday in Australia. New releases this month from Kylie, Scissor Sisters – and now Mama Kelis – is sending me broke.

Eminem‘s Recovery album is reigining supreme on top of the US, UK and Australian charts this week. Elsewhere, our gurl Sia‘s We Are Born has debuted at #37 in the States finishing ahead of Macy Gray‘s new release The Sellout at #38.

Maroon 5‘s ‘Misery’ has entered the US Billboard chart at #44. I still can’t believe Robert “Mutt” Lange, the man behind Shania Twain‘s hit career and The Corrs‘ frivolous In Blue album is responsible for this. You just can’t go wrong, can you?

Sara Bareilles‘ new one ‘King of Anything’ debuts at #59 in the US this week. Her last album Little Voice has been on my “to re-discover” pile for months but knowing my general nonchalance towards anything Sara Bareilles, the new album will probably drop before I get around to it. The new LP, Kaleidoscope Heart, is due 7 September.

Feed Limmy’s Top 20 Most Played

#1 Kylie Minogue – Mighty Rivers*
#2 Kelly Rowland – Rose Colored Glasses
#3 Will Young – Leave Right Now
#4 Sia – Bring Night
#5 Sia – Be Good To Me
#6 Robyn – Cry When You Get Older
#7 Kylie Minogue – Heartstrings*
#8 Sia – Hurting Me Now
#9 Charice – In Love So Deep
#10 Kylie Minogue – All The Lovers
#11 Kylie Minogue – Cupid Boy*
#12 Sia – Stop Trying
#13 Kylie Minogue – Closer*
#14 Wynter Gordon – Lady
#15 25 For Haiti – We Are The World
#16 Girlicious – Maniac
#17 Sia – Clap Your Hands
#18 Kylie Minogue – Aphrodite*
#19 Kylie Minogue – Everything Is Beautiful*
#20 Scissor Sisters – Nightwork
* = Added to playlist this week.