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 – 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 – 18.07.11

Lady Gaga‘s ‘The Edge of Glory’ bullets after last week’s Australian promo stopover. The single shoots from #22 to a new peak of #6 here while ‘Born This Way’ jumps from #42 to #18. The album also picked up some a few copies, ascending to #2 on our ARIA charts. Yes, still no match for Adele’s 21 album which is effortlessly turning over chart-reigning sales with no promo. Elsewhere, Gaga‘s The Fame rises to #31 while The Fame Monster EP re-enters the Top 50 at #34.

Adele‘s ‘Someone Like You’ might’ve been rushed to local radios last month but they’re already playing catch up with the third single ‘Set Fire to The Rain’. The latter is the third most added track to Aussie radios this week and makes its ARIA Top 50 entry at #50.

Christina Perri‘s Lovestrong album debuts at #5 in Australia, making it the highest selling new album in the country. On the flip side, her breakthrough single ‘Jar of Hearts’ rises to #2. No shade to the Perri Perri but I don’t understand how some girl who appeared of nowhere with one hit single can manage at Top 5 entry when her label mate Wynter Gordon, who came out for a week-long promo trip and had two smash singles under her belt couldn’t even get an album in the Top 20. This is bothering me big time.

Wynter‘s With The Music I Die exits the ARIA Top 50 this week just after a month on the shelves. While I recognise that it’s still early days and they’re still laying foundations, it still bothers me that an amazing album like this gets slept on. I look forward to the next single campaign because something creative needs to happen online. Wynter is pretty hands on with her Twitter and Facebook – she’s got fans connecting with her all over the interwebs. If her label can build a site just for Christina Perri‘s ‘Jar of Hearts’, I don’t see why they can’t do something to promote ‘Buy My Love’ or the album. Over in the States, ‘Til Death’ climbs to a new peak of #5 on the US Billboard Dance/Club charts.

Nicole Scherzinger scores another Australian Top 20 smash with ‘Right There’ climbing to #20 this week. Y’all better send the bitch some flowers because she is totally winning right now. ‘Right There’ is scaling the US Billboard Hot 100, moving to a new peak of #52 and over in Europe, they’re chugging on with a fourth single: ‘Wet’.

Have y’all seen Nicole shake, wind and roll on the American So You Think You Can Dance? Warning: they’ve replaced some of the lyrics with more family friendly lines.

 

Maroon 5 and Christina Aguilera‘s ‘Moves Like Jagger’ leaps to #10 this week in Australia. This is Xtina‘s first time in the confines of the Australian Top 20 since ‘Candyman’ tore it up at #2 position in 2007. Her previous efforts ‘Not Myself Tonight’ and Burlesque‘s ‘Show Me How Your Burlesque’ went as high as #22 and #29. It’s also Maroon 5‘s biggest hit here in a while. Their last Top 20 smash here was 2008’s ‘If I Never See Your Face Again’ with Rihanna and following that, ‘Misery’ from their last album Hands All Over flopped at #39.

Gotye featuring Kimbra‘s ‘Somebody That I Used To Know’ debuts at #27, making it the highest selling new single in Australia this week. What a dynamite vocal performance by both parties! You can tell the Triple J crowd would be all over this collabo like Oxford Street queens to Kylie. Check out the nu-di-ty teasing video here, which iTunes is giving away for free this week:

 

Darren Hayes‘Talk Talk Talk’ jumps back up to #8 on the Australian ARIA charts this week after dipping to #18 in its second week. When will it crack the ARIA Top 50, y’all? On the promo side, our Dazza has been confirmed as a guest mentor on the upcoming series of X Factor Australia. Should be a treat for the contestants! Meanwhile, another Aussie pop single yet to impact the ARIA Top 50 – Vanessa Amorosi‘s ‘Gossip’ – is currently charting at #145 on iTunes.

Jessica Mauboy‘s new single ‘Inescapable (Youngboyz Remix)’ is perched at #29 on our iTunes charts. It only came out on Friday so we’ll have to wait ’til next Monday to see where it lands on the ARIA charts. Another new digital single Blink 182‘s ‘Up All Night’ is currently placed at #21 on the Australian iTunes charts.

Beyonce‘s ‘Best Thing I Never Had’ rises to #25 in Australia while the album 4 dips a little to #6 in its third week. Over in the UK, ‘BTINH’ moves to #4 while the album relinquishes its #1 position to none other than Adele‘s almighty 21. Looking over at the States, 4 spends its second week on top of the Billboard Hot 200 while ‘BTINH’ moves up to #23. I’ll have y’all know, the most downloaded and therefore, if we can deduce, most popular 4 album track is ‘End of Time’ – should be a no-brainer for single number three, right?

Benny Benassi featuring Gary Go‘s ‘Cinema’ rises a little to #47 this week. I have a feeling this could well propel into the Top 30 or, dare we dream, Top 20 next week. It’s the most added new song to Australian radios this week. Look out for another club to mainstream crossover potential in Wolfgang Gartner featuring will.i.am‘s ‘Forever’. The track was just serviced to our radios last week. The remixes moved to a new peak of #15 on the ARIA club charts this week.

The Wanted‘s ‘Glad You Came’ debuts at #1 in the UK this week and for once, I am approving. There’s something immediate and sexy about this single that grabs me in a way that their previous releases could never. I can’t explain it. [Editor’s note: maybe it’s the sly “come” entendre?] The quintet’s self-titled debut album shoots up to #45 in the UK this week. Expect the sophomore album to be out in November.

Check out the spunky lads in the ‘Glad You Came’ video here:

 

Nicola Roberts‘Beat of My Drum’ cops a sale boost thanks to her T4 On The Beach performance and fresh bout of TV promos last week. The single leaps from #76 to #50. I have to say, I’m really proud of Nicola’s efforts. She appears to be more confident with the live performances and her forthcoming debut Cinderella’s Eyes is shaping up to be a real hipster pop treat. Read her interview with Popjustice where she describes the creative control she is afforded now versus what she was relegated to do when recording Girls Aloud material.

Kelly Rowland‘s ‘Motivation’ has gone Top 20 in the US Billboard Hot 100, y’all! The sexy slow jam climbs up to #19, making it Kelendria’s first solo entry in that stratosphere since ‘Dilemma’ went #1 in 2002. The album Here I Am will arrive in the States next week and luckily for her the shit hadn’t leaked yet. Unlike some people’s record that got out three weeks early.

Jennifer Lopez‘s ‘I’m Into You’ ascends to #1 on the US Billboard Dance/Club charts and moves to a new peak of #72 on the US Billboard Hot 100. Look, the rest of the world is ready to move on to ‘Papi’ already. I think the time has certainly passed for ‘I’m Into You’ here in Australia. I know over in the US and UK, they’re still holding back somewhat because ‘On The Floor’ is still so huge but really, can we rush out ‘Papi’ here already?

Kylie Minogue‘s ‘Put Your Hands Up’ rises to #16 on the US Billboard Dance charts. Hold up, is MinMin doing a video for this jam or what? Let’s get on with it. Elsewhere, another fave with the gays Dolly Parton sees her new album Better Daysink to #88 after debuting at #51 last week.

Jennifer Hudson‘s ‘No One Gonna Love You’ ascends to #36 on the US Billboard R&B charts while her fellow Idol alumni and queen of hood rat soul Fantasia finds her ‘Collard Greens and Cornbread’ winding up at #47. Watch Fanny glam it up for her American Idol performance. I’ll have you know, this is not typical of her. She is usually running all over the stage barefoot and sweating like a roast on the spit. Having said that, I’ve still got crazy love for her voice.

 

Avril Lavigne‘s ‘Smile’ finally cracks the US Billboard Hot 100 at #94 this week while the album moves back up to #169. Shit, I forgot the ho was still flogging that Goodbye Lullaby of hers. The album is definitely bigger in Japan than it is anywhere else in the world. As of last week, it was certified platinum sales with over 340,000 copies sold. Back in March when it debuted, its first week sales there was over 135,000 copies. Compare that to the 15,000 first week sales she made here in Australia and 13,000 in her home country Canada. The Japanese are fervent record buyers fo’ sho.

 

Chart Feed – 04.07.11

Beyonce‘s 4 opus debuts straight at #1 in the UK, selling 89, 211 copies first week copies. On day one, the record had already sold 32,000 copies – outselling the combined sales of Britain’s top three albums of the minute: Gaga‘s Born This Way, Adele‘s 21 and 19.

Needless to say Beyonce‘s history making Glastonbury performance last Monday had a lot to account for. There’s all sorts of excitement up in the British Beyhive with her previous solo albums Dangerously In Love and I Am Sasha… Fierce shooting back up to #38 and #45 respectively. Over on the singles chart, ‘Best Thing I Never Had’ debuts at #3 and future smash ‘End of Time’ enters at #62 while her classic ‘Irreplaceable’ re-enters at #33.

4 is also predicted to debut at #1 in the US Billboard Hot 200 on Wednesday with estimated first week copies of 300,000. The predicted figures are considerably lower than the first week sales set by previous records I Am… Sasha Fierce (482,000) and B’Day (541,000). Make of it what you will. On the US Dance/Club charts, ‘Run The World (Girls)’ ascends to #1 – making it Queen B’s 12th solo dance chart topper there. Other singles that have made it to the top include 2010’s ‘Why Don’t You Love Me?’ Beyonce‘s 4 debuts at #2 in Australia this week, where it also happens to be the highest selling new album in the country.

Watch Beyonce‘s delightful Year of 4 mini-doco where she takes us through candid footage of her finalising 4 and being the bossbitch when it comes to managing her own career now:

 

Jill Scott scores her first ever #1 album on Billboard Hot 200 with The Light of The Sun, selling a respectable 135,000 copies. The neo-soul/jazz artist has been releasing albums for over 10 years now and this is actually her biggest commercial success yet. Might have something to do with the fiercely independent artist’s new alliance with a major label. They sure came correct in giving this record a push.

LMFAO‘s Sorry For Party Rocking album debuts at #3 in Australia this week. Elsewhere on the singles chart, their collabo with Natalia Kills ‘Champagne Showers’ bullets to #14 while the album’s main dominating smash single ‘Party Rock Anthem’ is still perched at #2.

David Guetta‘s new single ‘Little Bad Girl’ featuring Taio Cruz and Ludacris debuts at #40 in Australia this week. The label is obviously doing their best to rush release the tracks the minute it leaks like they did with its predecessor ‘Where Them Girls At’, which mind you – only premiered its video last week. The forthcoming album Nothing But The Beat hits Aussie shores on 26 August, featuring collaborations with our indie poster girl Sia and diva extraordinaire Jennifer Hudson.

Watch David Guetta, Flo Rida and Nicki Minaj‘s party party rah-rah video for ‘Where Them Girls At’:

 

Maroon 5 featuring Christina Aguilera‘s ‘Moves Like Jagger’ is the second most added song on Australian radios this week. Over in the States, it debuted at #2 on the digital charts with a healthy 203,000 downloads. The creative pairing and performance debut on the season finale of The Voice was a hit. Aggie has confirmed that she’ll be returning for season two so you can bet that she’ll have a new album to flog on the show by then. Elsewhere, inaugural winner of The Voice Javier Colon‘s debut single ‘Stitch by Stitch’ (produced by Darkchild) enters at #57 on the US R&B/Hip Hop charts. His cover of Coldplay‘s ‘Fix You’ debuts at #52 in the US Billboard Hot 100.

According to Billboard, digital track sales are showing no sign of slowing down. It’s absolutely the future and as labels continue to make downloads more readily available. As of the 29 June, the year to date track sales were at 635.35 million – up 10% compared to the same total at this point last year, which was 575.96 million.

Christina Perri‘s ‘Jar of Hearts’ has gone #3 in Australia thanks to some positive radio support. Elsewhere, Miley CyrusCan’t Be Tamed album shoots up for the second consecutive week thanks to the tour. It’s now sitting at #18 on our ARIA charts.

Wynter Gordon‘s With The Music I Die is showing a bit of staying power in its second week, dipping only slightly from #25 to #26. Over on the singles chart, ‘Til Death’ ascends to its previous peak of #16. My gurl had just released the six-track EP over in the States where it climbed as high as #5 on the American iTunes charts in the first 48 hours. Let’s see what happens when the Billboard charts come in on Wednesday. ‘Til Death’ had soared to #14 on the US Dance/Club charts after only four weeks.

Britney‘s ‘I Wanna Go’ debuts at #33 in Australia this week. Have you guys clocked the handful of official UK remixes her label had uploaded? Check it out here. She will reportedly drop a new remix album soon to accompany the release of her tenth signature fragrance ‘Cosmic Radiance’. It’s all expected to unfold next month.

Sneaky Sound System‘s ‘We Love’ moves to a new peak of #32. The duo are currently on a national tour to give y’all a taste of the forthcoming album so expect for this single to keep rising on the charts. The new album From Here to Anywhere will drop on 26 August.

Coldplay‘s ‘Every Teardrop is a Waterfall’ cops a Glastonbury-fuelled surge back up the charts as it travels from #42 to #10 in the UK this week. The band’s headlining gig also saw old singles returning to the Top 75 – check ‘In My Place’ (#40), ‘Fix You’ (#47), ‘Viva La Vida’ (#51), ‘Yellow’ (#59) and ‘The Scientist’ (#68). Gawd, they’ve had some good hits, haven’t they?

Check out the vibrant music video for the brand new single ‘Every Teardrop is a Waterfall’:

 

Janelle Monae‘s incredible The ArchAndroid cracks the UK charts at #67 this week. I guess for a lot of folks over there, she was the big breakout revelation at Glastonbury – that energy and charisma is stuff of legendary proportions. It’s a shame she never came to Australia.

Pitbull‘s Planet Pit debuts in the US Billboard Hot 200 at #7, pulling 55,000 first week copies to become his second US Top 10 album.

Nicole Scherzinger‘s ‘Right There’ continues to grow in the US where it has reached a new peak of #62 on the Billboard Hot 100. In Australia, the single was just serviced to radios this week with the revamped US version of the album slated to hit shelves on 12 August. I’m surprised the new songs haven’t leaked yet.

Selena Gomez & The Scene‘s extremely likeable ‘Love You Like A Love Song’ debuts at #47 on the US digital charts and #72 on the Billboard Hot 100. The previous single ‘Who Says’ moves up to #5 on the dance charts. I seriously think that out of all your Disney-spawned popstars, Selena Godmez is my fave. That vocal tone of hers is so incredibly sexy and the songs are utter guilty pleasure. It’s a shame she doesn’t get much of a push in Australia.

Afrojack and Eva Simons’ ‘Take Over Control’ may have been a smash for us here in Australia earlier this year but folks in America are only getting into now as they approach summer. Kinda like the belated discovery of Martin Solveig‘s ‘Hello’, ‘Take Over Control’ is now gradually climbing up the Billboard Hot 100 – reaching #89.

Chart snack: one of my biggest K-pop obsessions 2NE1 sees their ferocious new single ‘I Am The Best’ debut at #4 on the South Korean Gaon Charts. Elsewhere, the repackaged version of f(x)‘s Hot Summer [Editor’s note: yes, kids – it’s a Korean cover of Monrose and our dancing queen Rhys‘ smash] rises to #2.

Check out the video for 2NE1‘s ‘I Am The Best’ and see why there’s no doubt that K-pop is running the world:

 

Oh my gawd.

Chart Feed – 20.06.11

Sophie Ellis-Bextor‘s Make A Scene debuts at #33 on the main UK charts and #8 on the UK independent charts this week. After being notoriously delayed for over a year, the record finally arrives on Sophie’s own label but despite fervent TV and radio promo, I don’t think her stunning new single ‘Starlight’ is connecting very much. The absence of an actual hit UK single might’ve hindered the album’s chart performance but I reckon her fans are just happy to finally have it. All matters considered, #33 is really not that woeful.

Read this awesome interview SEB did with Digital Spy where she opens up about leaving Universal Music, plans to release ‘Off & On’ as the next single (yes, that ancient Calvin Harris collabo Roisin Murphy rejected) and her approach to songwriting. “I don’t think writing or co-writing my songs makes me a better singer, but I haven’t really got an excuse not to do it as I’ve got too many opinions!” she says. Check, pop star realist. To every singer that clings on in vain to a shit track they’ve written for egotistical reason and rejects a far superior song that was written for them, I ask this: do actors write their own scripts?

City and Colour‘s Little Hell debuts at #2 in Australia, making it the highest selling new entry here this week. This is the Alexisonfire singer’s third solo album and his highest charting record to date. I have yet to properly inspect Dallas Green‘s discography but I am well aware of his stunning vocals and his growing fan base. Major kudos for the runaway success of this album. Little Hell debuts at #1 in Canada, #28 on the US Billboard Hot 100 and #43 in the UK.

Carrie Underwood‘s promo trip here has done some good in seeing Play On debut at #14. I mean, the album first came out in November 2009 so it’s technically as old as Vanessa Amorosi‘s Hazardous [Editor’s note: oh god, if you put like that…] but most Aussies are none the wiser. The local/New Zealand edition of Play On is padded out with Carrie’s previous hits like ‘Jesus, Take The Wheel’, ‘Before He Cheats’ and ‘Last Name’. Check out Pop Trash Addict’s review of her Sydney showcase. The country pop diva never fails to look stunning.

Stan Walker‘s ‘Loud’ breaks through to a new peak of #9 this week and along with the ascendance is Christina Perri‘s ‘Jar of Hearts’ moving up to #12 in Australia. Elsewhere, Benny Benassi‘s ‘Cinema’ cracks the main charts at #46 this week. The track has been living it up on the Australian club charts for over two months now and from what I’ve heard, all its accompanying remixes (courtesy of Laidback Luke, Skrillex, Alex Gaudino etc.) are fierce. Over in the States, Benny’s killer new album Electroman debuts at #11 on the dance/electronic charts.

Bass Kleph‘s ‘$pend My Money’ is buying itself back into the club charts with a 2011 mix entering at #30 this week. I first came across the fun track when it was serviced to radios two years ago but from what I can remember, the single didn’t really impact in the right way. I would actually like to see this re-serviced to the airwaves because where the timing and the market might not have been overly receptive then, it certainly is now for this brand of sinister electro pop.

Wynter Gordon‘s ‘Til Death’ picks up two spots to chart at #24 in Australia this week. Brace yourself for next Monday’s placement because she’s been working hard on her current week-long album promo trip. Ms Gordon has secured a feature in mX, the Herald’s Hit! Entertainment Guide, several commercial radio interviews as well as a stellar coup performing on Dancing With The Stars last night, so this should create plenty of mainstream awareness. Where possible, she has also been doing acoustic performances of ‘Til Death’ and ‘Dirty Talk’ around town.

I just got back from her exclusive SameSame showcase in Sydney over the weekend and she was stunning! Wynter performed a short acoustic set of three originals (‘Dirty Talk’, ‘Til Death’ and the next single ‘Buy My Love’) and three covers – a rendition of ‘My Boy’, Katy Perry‘s ‘ET’ and Arcade Fire‘s ‘Wake Up’. Y’know, I think I must be one of the first to formally review her album With The Music I Die. As you can tell by my constant fangurling and review, I was well impressed with it. Fingers crossed for a strong chart debut and for ‘Til Death’ to finally break Top 10 next week! With The Music I Die (Deluxe Edition) is currently #18 on our Aussie iTunes chart.

Watch Wynter do ‘My Boy’ at her acoustic showcase as a “warm up” song. She says ‘hey’ to me at the 0:08 mark. Bless!:

 

Calvin Harris and Kelis‘ collabo ‘Bounce’ enters at #2 in the UK, making it the highest charting new entry there this week. Coming in close competition is Ed Sheeran’s ‘The A Team’ debuting at #3 and Tinchy Stryder and Dappy’s ‘Spaceship’ at #5.

Coldplay‘s ‘Every Teardrop is a Waterfall’ sinks to #28 in Australia on its second week. That’s understandable given that they haven’t started promoting it and there’s only so much the initial buzz can achieve. The single also sinks from #6 to #22 in the UK.

Take That returns to the top of the album charts this week thanks to the tour and Progressed repackage. The new single ‘Love Love’ also jumps back up the charts from #41 to #28.

Alex Gaudino and Kelly Rowland‘s ‘What A Feeling’ tumbles to #33 in the UK this week. Has the DC glamazon actually done any actual promo for the single? All this X Factor fuckery is distracting her from the big picture here. Elsewhere, ‘Motivation’ clocks it’s fourth week on top of the US R&B charts and starts moving up the American digital charts. It’ll be interesting to see how her next urban offering ‘Lay It On Me’ fares.

Britney is set to unveil the video for her third Femme Fatale single ‘I Wanna Go’ this Wednesday. The video is promising more “action” than the heavily choreographed performances of its predecessor ‘Till The World Ends’. Check out the video teaser here, retelling the same old folklore of Brit vs the paps again. Mami Spears dressing like an Avril fan from 2002 is a whole different kind of cringe we need to address later:

 

Lady Gaga‘s ‘The Edge of Glory’ picks up pace on the UK charts this week, rising back up to #16. Can we attribute this to the growing TV performances and to a lesser degree, the video premiere? Over here in Australia, the single goes from #33 to #26. Back in the US, ‘The Edge of Glory’ rises to #6 on the Billboard Hot 100, picking up more radio airplay along the way.

Nicki Minaj‘s ‘Super Bass’ is still in the running to become the debutantess of hip hop’s biggest commercial success yet. The single is steady climbing reaching a new peak of #10 on the US Billboard Hot 100, #23 in Australia and #17 in the UK. It’s now officially her highest charting solo single on the Billboard 100 – shooting past ‘Moment 4 Life’ featuring Drake (#13) and ‘Your Love’ (#14). It’ll be interesting to see how Barbie’s Femme Fatale support gig will upgrade mainstream awareness of her music.

Katy Perry‘s ‘Last Friday Night (T.G.I.F.)’ cops a sale boost thanks to the video premiere and accompanying digital campaign. The fourth Teenage Dream single rises to a new peak of #31 on the US Billboard Hot 100. Looking further down, Nicole Scherzinger‘s ‘Right There’ moves back up the chart to #80. All this press surrounding her stint on US X Factor can only be good news for the single. Speaking of milking your talent show gig, The Voice judges Adam Levine and Christina Aguilera will be duetting on the new Maroon 5 single ‘Moves Like Jagger’, which will premiere tomorrow on their program. The single will hit iTunes after the episode airs at 11pm EDT.

Jennifer Lopez‘s recent UK/Europe promo trip is reaping rewards. Her Love? album leaps back up the charts to #25 in the UK this week following a serving of hot tamale diva realness on So You Think You Can Dance and Alan Carr’s Chatty Man. Now that American Idol‘s done, she can actually hit the road and start flogging the record right. Here she is at Germany’s Wetten Dass – such an epic fest featuring a congratulating Heidi Klum and Cameron Diaz at the end:

 

Beyonce‘s ‘Best Thing I Never Had’ leaps to #75 on the US Billboard Hot 100 this week. Billboard.com published an interesting interview with an upcoming recording engineer who worked on her forthcoming 4 opus. DJ Swivel who is responsible for cuts like ‘Party’ – produced by Kanye West and featuring Andre 3000 – said the Queen Mother is “authoritative” but is a “sweetheart to work with when you’re on your shit”. He adds, “she’s on her shit, if you’re not, she’s gonna find somebody who is”. You don’t get to running the world by only being half on point. ‘School and Life’ – a track on the deluxe edition of 4 – is said to be rocking a Prince vibe. Can you believe the album drops in Australia this Friday?

Nerina Pallot‘s Year of The Wolf enters at #31 in the UK this week. She’s gotten much love and kudos on the blogosphere for a while now and yet, the closest I’ve come to her music is acknowledging that Joe McElderry covered her smash ‘Real Late Starter’ and Kylie‘s ‘Aphrodite’ was co-written by her and her producer husband Andy Chatterley.

Watch Nerina do an acoustic version of the album’s lead single ‘Put Your Hands Up’:

 

Selena Gomez & The Scene‘s iTunes promo single ‘Bang Bang Bang’ debuts at #94 on the Billboard Hot 100 this week. It’s sultry as hell and I can’t believe I’m actually saying this but, what time do y’all begin praise and worship in the Church of Selena? I’m converting. Heavily anticipating on her When The Sun Goes Down album, which features a fierce Britney Spears and Nicole Morier (writer behind Femme Fatale‘s ‘How I Roll’) co-write titled ‘Whiplash’.

Robyn‘s ‘Call Your Girlfriend’ accelerates to #2 on the US Billboard Dance charts this week, beating the #3 ranking of ‘Dancing On My Own’ and #5 peak of ‘With Every Heartbeat’ (her two mega dance hits in recent time). Another surprise mover there is actually Beyonce‘s ‘Run The World (Girls)’, rising to a new peak of #4. I mean, the slew of remixes are actually all pretty decent.

Jennifer Hudson‘s ‘No One’s Gonna Love You’ breaks through to #50 on the US R&B/Hip Hop charts this week while the new album I Remember Me moves up slightly to #72. Another stunning album track and major favourite of mine – ‘Don’t Look Down’ (written by Alicia Keys) – is currently placed at #75 on the R&B charts.

Chart snack of the week:

We heard that independent pop sensation Florrie‘s Experiments EP managed to chart at #71 on UK iTunes when it came out last Wednesday. Major kudos! Take a listen to this set of dance remixes she has issued for one of the new tracks ‘I Took A Little Something’:

 

The song is definitely a fan favourite and it’s nice to see it reimagined with these Fred Falke and Loverush club-ready cuts.

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 – 06.06.11

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.