Chart Feed – 01.10.12

“Oppa gangnam style!” *drops the beat*

CHART FEED

You know when your parents start to recognise a internet viral music video that it’s well and truly time for everyone else to move on.

It has been a tremendous week for K-pop sensation PSY‘s ‘Gangnam Style’, not only is it officially the most ‘liked’ video in the history of the internet – the track has also successfully topped the Australian and UK charts to become the first Korean pop single to do so.

Its crossover chart success in the Western market is just mind-blowing, no doubt bringing a whole lot of national pride for South Koreans everywhere.

Elsewhere, it has also been a great week for Pink, Mumford and Sons, Conor Maynard, Brandy and Christina “I think you already know my weight!” Aguilera.

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Chart Feed – 22.08.11

Gotye and Kimbra chalk up their second week on top of the ARIA charts with ‘Somebody That I Used To Know’, now certified platinum sales. No prize for guess where his new album will land on next Monday’s charts. Y’all know Gotye‘s Making Mirrors is pretty much set to come out on top, I mean, he’ll at least debut at #2 if he’s unable to mount the gargantuan Adele. Gotyemania is already heating up this week with his last studio album – 2006’s Like Drawing Blood – reaching a new peak of #12.

Maroon 5 and Christina Aguilera‘s ‘Moves Like Jagger’ is still surprisingly cock blocked from reaching the top, staggering at #2 in Australia after oh so many weeks of loitering about. ‘Moves Like Jagger’ may be the most downloaded song in America but it’s also stalling similarly at #3 on the Billboard Hot 100. It has already ascended to #1 position in New Zealand last week and over in the UK, it debuts at #3 this week. ‘MVJ’ is the most played song on Australian radios this week. What I find interesting about the airplay charts is that the Top 5 most played songs in every capital and major city is vastly different to each other and sometimes almost estranged from the overall nation-wide tally.

In Sydney, ‘Moves Like Jagger’ is moving out – their most played song this week is Calvin Harris and Kelis‘ ‘Bounce’, incidentally also the #1 club song in Australia. Sydney airwaves have some of the strongest concentration of dance music anywhere in the country. This week, they’re the only city to have Alexandra Stan‘s ‘Mr Saxobeat’, Cobra Starship feat. Sabi‘s ‘You Make Me Feel’ and David Guetta feat. Ludacris and Taio Cruz‘s ‘Little Bad Girl’ in their Top 10. The radio support for the latter two reflected favourably on their overall ARIA chart performance with Cobra Starship debuting at #31 and Guetta et al re-entering the digital charts at #18.

Here in Melbourne, ‘Moves Like Jagger’ dominates the airwaves and unlike the rest of the nation, we’re still keeping Katy Perry‘s ‘Last Friday Night (TGIF)’ and Lady Gaga‘s ‘The Edge of Glory’ on Top 5 rotation.

Brisbane radios love them some Jessica Mauboy ‘Inescapable’ – it’s the second most played song there this week, giving it more priority than any other Australian city. ‘Inescapable’ holds tight to #4 position on the ARIA charts while her Get ‘Em Girls album make a triumphant re-entry this week at #9, thanks to the new beefed up two-disc deluxe edition. It’s a huge feat for Jess once again to still be the nation’s best selling female solo popstar. Just take a look around – there are no other homegrown solo pop artists around the Top 50 mark. Bossbitch.

Eskimo Joe‘s Ghosts of The Past debuts at #3 in Australia to become the highest selling new album this week. The single ‘Love Is A Drug’ starts charting at #38, enjoying the strongest radio support in Perth this last week. Elsewhere, speaking of our fellow countrymen – Shannon Noll‘s comeback single ‘Switch Me On’ may have yet to crack the ARIA Top 50 or even the Australian digital Top 40 but he’s #1 on the Gold Coast airplay charts. Golf claps for Nolly.

I really think it’s time for a video break, there’s been too many texts scrolling down. Eskimo Joe‘s ‘Love Is A Drug’ video, anyone? *slurps drink loudly*

 

David Guetta and Sia‘s ‘Titanium’ bullets through to #10 in Australia this week – making this Sia‘s first Top 10 entry ever. Good to see that Guetta’s local label is wasting no time with this track, sending it off to radios despite ‘Titanium’ only being initially issued as just an iTunes digital promo to foreshadow his album release.

‘Titanium’ is the third most added new song to Australian radios this week. In the US, the single enters the Billboard Hot 100 at #66. Needless to say this is Sia‘s first time on the chart. She’s had two US Top 40 albums and two Top 30 dance singles but this is shaping up to be a proper mainstream single success, y’all. Over in the UK, ‘Titanium’ tumbles out of the Top 30 after just two weeks. Further down, Guetta’s new digital promo single ‘Lunar’ – an instrumental dance track with Afrojack – debuts at #90.

Jason DeRulo‘s dreadful new single ‘It Girl’ debuts at #16 here and #39 on the US Billboard Hot 100 this week. I’m sorry y’all. Sometimes doing my Monday breakfast radio segment is the only time I experience what most daytime radio listeners have to endure and today when ‘It Girl’ came on – mmph! Let me tell you, it was bleak.

Lady Gaga‘s ‘Yoü and I’ enters at #34 in Australia this week. Over in the US, the single re-enters the US Billboard Hot 100 at #96. Rejoice. Have y’all had the pleasure of line-dancing to this amazing Shania-friendly Mark Taylor remix yet?

Dolly would be proud:

 

Calvin Harris still rules the Australian club charts with ‘Bounce’ but his follow up single ‘Feels So Close’ is one of the biggest movers there this week, leaping from #34 to #8. Looking further down, there’s a huge selection of new impacting dance tunes on the Australian club scene. Highlights include Denzal Park‘s ‘Militia’ (#26), The Potbelleez ‘Midnight Midnight’ (#31), David Guetta/Sia‘s ‘Titanium (#35) and finally, mah gurl Wynter Gordon‘s ‘Buy My Love (Chuckie Remix)’ entering at #47. Yes!

Emeli Sandé‘s superb single ‘Heaven’ debuts at #2 in the UK in what’s evidently been a mad-rush of a week for three strong new releases. The UK Top 3 this week is all taken up by new records with Wretch 32 feat. Josh Kumra‘s ‘Don’t Go’ taking the top spot.

But back to Ms Sandé – her time as a solo artist has been a long time coming. She has appeared on two UK Top 10 smashes – first on Chipmunk‘s ‘Diamond Rings’ and then on Roll Deep‘s ‘Never Be Your Woman’. She has written for the likes of Tinie Tempah, Cheryl Cole, Susan Boyle, Cher Lloyd and Leona Lewis – excelling in soulful compositions. It’s great that she’s such a gifted writer and all, but I really hope she finds success as a recording artist too.

Watch her stunning video for ‘Heaven’:

 

Joe Jonas‘ new single ‘See No More’ debuts at #53 in the UK this week. Expect this to pick up when he joins Britney on her Femme Fatale tour of Europe in the coming weeks. Back in the States, dude hasn’t bettered his Billboard Hot 100 peak of #92 and he’s just starting to prove to all of us that even the mighty Jonas reputation isn’t always as bankable as it seems.

Nero scores a UK #1 debut with their first album Welcome To Reality intercepting the almighty Amy Winehouse and Adele tandem ruling. Dub step is definitely the flavour of the moment right now and Nero’s the latest success story for the electronica sub genre. Their single ‘Promises’ broke out at #1 last week, making it the second dub step single to ever top the UK charts. The pioneering single only came last month when DJ Fresh‘s ‘Louder’ ascended to the top. It’s no surprise that everyone’s jumping on board and clamouring for a Skrillex remix – or the like – these days. Even young Cher Lloyd‘s in on it with her dub step inflected ‘Swagger Jagger’ remixes and rather blatant follow up single ‘Dub On The Track’ set to impact soon.

Jedward‘s second album Victory enters at #34 in the UK this week. Remember when nobody even wanted to sign them for any more than two singles? Look how times have changed for X Factor‘s stylised Twiddle-dee and Twiddle-dum. The pair were inducted into the Celebrity Big Brother house last week and once again, you gotta hand it to Louis Walsh for making cringeworthy decisions work for these two. Jedward’s Victory contains the singles ‘Lipstick’ and ‘Bad Behaviour’ – and was entirely produced by DEEKAY, the team behind records for Sugababes (circa Change), Joe McElderry and even K-pop bands like TVXQ and Girls’ Generation.

Watch Jedward‘s latest music video ‘Bad Behaviour’ featuring a cameo from Piggy Perez:

 

Kelly Rowland‘s Here I Am dips on the UK urban charts to #26 this week. It’ll be interesting to see how her album fares on next Monday’s charts – I mean, by the grace of Beysus, it could even crack the UK Top 100! She’s practically new TV royalty there now, if the strong ratings for X Factor‘s season premiere was anything to go by. 12 million people tuned in to watch Kelendria judge, flirt with Gary and sass out a rude contestant on Saturday night. I doubt she’ll be doing very much else in the UK apart from the show because she’s got a tour to hit up with Chris Brown over in the States soon. Back in America, Here I Am falls out of the Top 20 in just three weeks – landing itself at #24.

Jay-Z and Kanye West‘s Watch The Throne has entered at #1 on the US Billboard Hot 200 as expected, pulling over 436,000 first week sales. Scanning the globe, the album has also gone #1 in Canada and Norway, and managed to go Top 3 in the UK, Australia, Denmark and the Netherlands.

Evanescence‘s comeback single ‘What You Want’ debuts at #68 on the US Billboard Hot 100. It’s been one hell of a campaign to get these guys back to mainstream attention and it seems like their team’s working the social networking sites to great effect. Billboard reports that during the single’s debut week, Evanescence gained 110,000 Facebook fans and 5,600 Twitter followers. Streaming media from Facebook and Myspace were also factored into their overall comeback success – with ‘What You Want’ garnering over 100,000 plays on Facebook and 10,000 on Myspace.

Britney Spears claims her third consecutive #1 US dance single with ‘I Wanna Go’ leapfrogging Kylie‘s ‘Put Your Hands Up’ to the top spot. Femme Fatale is so far Britney’s second album to ever have all its singles go #1 on the American dance charts. You might’ve guessed that the other was her equally fierce Blackout album. So whatever that fourth Femme Fatale single is, don’t fuck it up.

 

Elsewhere on the dance charts, major movers include Leona Lewis/Avicii‘s ‘Collide’ (#22), Luciana‘s ‘I’m Still Hot’ (#23) and Jennifer Hudson‘s ‘No One Gonna Love You’ (#33) – all moving at least 10 places up. That’s nice about the J Hud song but really, it’s only gonna clear the dance floor when everybody hears what she’s offering on David Guetta‘s ‘Night of Your Life’ [see above]. The song serves as the French DJ/producer’s third and final digital promo single to precede the release of Nothing But The Beat.

Wynter Gordon Interview: “With The Music I Die”

By the powers vested in me, I officially declare this to be Wynter Week in Australia.

Our favourite debutantess of dance Wynter Gordon is currently in the country to launch her album With The Music I Die – a flawless collection of fun, youthful and spirited cuts including the almost-four times platinum smash ‘Dirty Talk’ and current hit ‘Til Death’.

I reckon I’d have to be the luckiest Wynter Warrior in Australia to not only score an invite to her SameSame acoustic showcase in Sydney, where she gave me a lovely shoutout, but to also chill on the couch and chat with this rising superstar about her eagerly anticipated album.

It has been a bonkers week of promo where she’s checked off several commercial radio stations, major print media and magazines. On top of that, Wynter also did her first ever Australian TV performance on Dancing With The Stars (watch) and filmed a guest spot on our Aussie X Factor.

Here my gurl Wynter walks me through her favourites on With The Music I Die and explains her definition of dance music. The American singer/songwriter also opens up about how heartbreak inspired her and reveals plans to add more music to this collection.

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Leak Report: Kylie Minogue ‘Aphrodite (Denzal Park Mix)’

Holy stroblit unicorn party! Queens, you are not ready for the immensity of this.

One of Australia’s premiere dance music meisters Denzal Park has issued a remix of Kylie‘s glorious ‘Aphrodite’, which as you all now know, will be tacked on the forthcoming Australian tour edition of the album.

The gang prematurely posted the full track on their Soundcloud page a few weeks back and hopefully they didn’t get too hard a slap on the wrist for that. Here’s a snippet of the remix for ya’ll to savour on now:

 

What do you think? Fingers crossed, Warner will issue this to the clubs and see our own dance queen return to the ARIA club charts. It’ll be a long overdue return given that all three Aphrodite singles to date have gone #1 on the US Billboard dance charts. Isn’t it time our nation re-embraced the Goddess?

Feed Limmy verdict: Mighty snap.

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.

Footnotes:

Kylie’s three-disc extravaganza Aphrodite – Les Folies tour edition album hits Aussie stores on 3 June, the very day her first show kicks off in the country. Check out the album tracklisting and deets on the super limited Goddess edition.

Wynter Gordon “With The Music I Die” Album Preview and Tracklisting

The time has come for the grand unveiling, my friends.

Behold! Wynter Gordon‘s heavily anticipated debut album With The Music I Die.

This is the record she has been working towards for over five years, taking shape as she travelled the world and grew as an artist. It’s been described to me as a very “classic” album gliding us through various styles of dance/pop music and Wynter herself has either co-written or written every track here with an eclectic roll call of producers including Nick Littlemore (Empire of The Sun), Ace of Base, Axwell (Swedish House Mafia), Robbie Rivera and more.

The album is, of course, headed up by her current Top 20 smash ‘Til Death’ and the triple platinum-selling Australian #1 single ‘Dirty Talk’. If the sticker is anything to go by, the third single might be the track she did with Axwell: ‘Buy My Love’. As opposed to ‘Still Getting Younger’, which was announced as her second US single.

I’ve been privvy to listen to six tracks from the album (two of which are the aforementioned singles) and here are my thoughts on the cuts:

Buy My Love – This track glistens with a fluorescent summer sheen that instantly brings you a good feeling akin to hearing the ice cream truck arrive on a 40 degree day. Lyrically, we’re treated to the same cheeky Wynter that toyed with us on ‘Dirty Talk’, except she’s now baiting a sugar daddy. But don’t get it twisted. This ain’t a dependency situation but rather a matter of why spend mine when I could spend yours? [Editor’s note: Lil Kim reference circa ‘Lady Marmalade’? Dave, you’re such a hoochie.] Instantly enjoyable.

Key lyric: “I’m gonna let you spoil me just for the day… No need to thank me, baby. Your credit card will do!”

Still Getting Younger – An instant classic and what should easily be the centre piece of the album. Wynter told me that ‘Still Getting Young’ is her favourite song of all time and that it was written from a personal place. She didn’t need to explain the latter. I felt the emotions powering the song. Sonically, I’d describe it as a sun-soaked dance track designed to sound like it was captured straight from your mama’s radio in the 80s. This track is flawless. Honestly cannot stop listening to it.

Key lyric: “Our love is growing and getting younger. Still getting younger!”

Don’t Stop Me – A stomping petulant dance/pop number that connects the relative spaces between Zoe Badwi and Alexis Jordan‘s records. I can see myself strutting around town to these feisty lyrics. Watch out for that spoken word breakdown. It is at least four levels of fierce.

Key lyric: “Open up your eyes and see the light, let me take you out into the night. You’re giving me the look. You want it!”

Back 2 U – An ethereal introspective ballad with iridescent synths. This cut straight to my heart in the first listen and is yet another stunning showcase of Wynter‘s songwriting prowess.

Key lyric: “You don’t know that when I lie in bed I touch myself to you. All the creepy thoughts my mind designed to cope with loneliness when I pushed away my one true chance to live in happiness.”

Check on the full With The Music I Die tracklisting here:

1 – Til Death (Denzal Park Radio Edit)
2 – Dirty Talk
3 – Don’t Stop Me
4 – Buy My Love
5 – Still Getting Younger
6 – Drunk on Your Love
7 – All My Life
8 – Rumba (feat. Kevin McCall)
9 – Back to You
10 – In The Morning (feat. Robbie Rivera)

Note that the original album version of ‘Til Death’ (produced by Tom Neville) won’t be on the record but rather the radio/single cut done by our boys Denzal Park. A ten-track album is a very concise album so to me, this speaks quality over quantity. Yes, ma’am – let it be so.

Let’s take a look at the cover art. I do have a problem with the distinct omission of her WG logo, which has been present on all her solo singles. In fact, at a glance, the With The Music I Die artwork conveys sombre songwriter’s tale of metamorphosis and visually disconnects from the impression fans have constructed from ‘Dirty Talk’. Maybe that was the intention after all.

Footnotes:

Wynter Gordon‘s With The Music I Die hits Australian stores on 17 June and to launch the record, my gurl will be back in the country for a week-long promo trip which includes a performance spot on Dancing With The Stars.

Why, that’s gotta be Wynie‘s first Aussie TV performance, am I right?

Read my recent interview with Wynter where she talks about the album and her love for Australia.

Wynter Gordon ‘Til Death (Denzal Park Radio Edit)’ Music Video

Oh Ms Wynter, one day we will party like this. Remember to BYO glitter.

You kids know how I stan hard for Wynter Gordon and unwittingly act like a supremist pop music bloggeur when I say shit like, “we been following her since she was still underground!” but this right here, is actually the first time you see Ms Gordon bring her personal style into a video.

 

‘Til Death’ is already one of my favourite party anthems of the year because it just gives life, especially this Australian-only Denzal Park radio edit. I just need for everyone who’s only heard ‘Dirty Talk’ to experience this so they know she can deliver a hi-energy vocal track.

The video doesn’t serve to be revolutionary or anything. Like the song, it is just unbridled fun.

Here are three thoughts on the ‘Til Death’ video:

1) Wynie style.

Can we just check on Wynie‘s style for a sec, please? If you’ve been following her blog, you would’ve picked up on her penchant for contemporary pieces with colourful collisions of retro inspirations. [Editor’s note: that’s a really good description, Limmy. Please mental note to reuse when writing a piece for Teen Vogue.]

2) Smoke gets in my eyes.

Gurl, break open a window and air it out a little. I get the club atmosphere you’re trying to create here with the smoke machine but there’s too many of those shots and not enough fabulous close ups. I reckon they should’ve thrown in more proper close shots where she’s just giving face because as much as the vibe’s just jumpin’, some variety would’ve a little more depth to the reel.

3) “Music Never Dies.”

A reference to the forthcoming album With The Music I Die, which really means we live forever. ‘Cause music never dies. Gawsh, y’guys do I have to explain everything?

Footnotes:

Read my recent interview with Wynter Gordon and just so you know, she hasn’t confirmed an album release date yet. So it’ll be interesting to see if the whispers are true about a certain June drop date in Australia.

We can only speculate at this stage but it’ll all depend on how ‘Til Death’ performs, I guess. *Kanye shrugs* The track is currently at #21 on our ARIA singles chart.

Wynter Gordon ‘Til Death’ Australian Cover Art and Remixes

Someone hand me my coin purse!

Wynter Gordon‘s blazing new smash ‘Til Death (Denzal Park Radio Edit)’ is now out in Australia!

The track is our dance floor commander’s second official solo single following the triple platinum ARIA #1 single ‘Dirty Talk’. We’ve been served to two tracks in the interim – ‘Believer’ (with Freemasons) and ‘Putting It Out There’ (the official 2011 Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras anthem) – but this is the roof-raising anthem ya’ll ordered.

The Denzal Park version is the single here but the rest of the world should be treated to the original mix, produced by Tom Neville. Expect a cool digital EP to be released soon in Australia, featuring remixes by Dan Castro, WAWA, Tom Neville, Ken Loi and more.

Here’s a preview of the pack:

 

“Til death do we party, with the music I die.”

Wynter recently finished shooting the video for ‘Til Death’ up in New York’s GoldBar. Check out some snaps over at Rap-Up. Yes, if the gold skulls look familiar, it’s because it’s the same location where Kelis did her ‘Acapella’ photo shoot.

Cannot wait to see it! Did you clock Wynter rocking a fanny pack like it never went out of fashion? This lady has serious style. I just want her and Solange to team up and do a guest editorial spot for a fashion mag already. It needs to happen.

Footnotes:

‘Til Death (Denzal Park Radio Edit)’ is now out on iTunes and Bigpond.