Chart Feed – 03.01.12

Happy new year, y’all. I don’t know who approved my time off last Monday but I’m sorry for leaving y’all without a Christmas week chart feed.

I am back on the grind tonight because I know we need to start this year right. It’s such a traditionally quiet time of the year for music sales, technically all your underachieving faves should be making the Top 10 with no effort at all. But of course, there aren’t ever any surprises when you’re expecting it.

This week’s chart highlights include Michael Buble‘s record-breaking Christmas sales that has cancelled everything he’s put out before this year, Sia‘s third consecutive Aussie Top 30 appearance in five months, Havana Brown‘s American crossover, and shit loads more.

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Chart Feed – 28.11.11

X Factor Australia winner Reece Mastin snatched wigs all the way to the top of the ARIAs this week with his debut single ‘Good Night’. It was reported that ‘Good Night’ managed to sell one copy every 2.7 seconds on Wednesday alone – easily clocking 32,000 sales in the first 24 hours.

Reece‘s debut album – featuring studio recordings of 10 songs he covered on the show – will drop on 9 December. Knowingly missing from the mix is the much-detested cover of ‘All By Myself’. Reece Mastin – the album – is currently charting at #60 on our Aussie iTunes based on pre-orders alone.

Guy Sebastian‘s ‘Don’t Worry Be Happy’ is the second biggest new single on the ARIA charts – winding up at #7. The X Factor judge was positioned at #2 on our iTunes charts for a few days, behind his apprentice Reece.

Watch Guy‘s brilliant new video ‘Don’t Worry Be Happy’:


 
Israel Cruz‘s ‘Party Up’ rises to #33, somehow resurrecting after looking like it was destined to be another home grown crunk’n’b flop. The Aussie producer – who has crafted numbers for the likes of Jessica Mauboy, Elen Levon and Scarlett Belle – last appeared in the Top 50 seven years ago with ‘Old Skool Luv’.

Ricki-Lee‘s ‘Raining Diamonds’ plummets from #19 to #36, clocking only one week in the ARIA Top 20. Be very fucking worried. The slamming dance/pop epic managed to rise to #23 on the Australian airplay chart in the last week – evidently not enough to sustain interest.

The forthcoming ‘Raining Diamonds’ video sees our girl channeling some kind of Sasha Fierce/Barbarella realness – watch the behind the scenes before the full production premieres hopefully sometime during the week:


 
Rihanna‘s Talk That Talk debuts at #5 in Australia, sending three new tracks to our ARIA Top 100 in its wake – ‘You Da One’ (#41), the frenetic future club smash ‘Where Have You Been’ (#46) and ‘Talk That Talk’ (#61). The project’s lead single ‘We Found Love’ sits at #4 and is still the most played song on Aussie radios.

Over in the UK, Talk That Talk debuts at #1 – racking up over 160,000 opening week sales to become one of the fastest selling albums there this year. Just so you know, TTT crossed north of 100,000 copies in the first three days alone. RiRi also has four tracks in the UK Top 75 this week – ‘We Found Love’ (still at #1), ‘Talk That Talk (#25), ‘You Da One’ (#39), ‘Where Have You Been’ (#61).

Over in America, Talk That Talk is slated to debut at #3 or #4 this week with predicted sales between 200,000 – 210,000 copies. ‘We Found Love’ is still the most downloaded song in the country while its follow up ‘You Da One’ debuts at #9 on the US Billboard Digital Songs chart, selling 124,000 copies.

Listen to Rihanna‘s slamming ‘Where Have You Been’:


 
Katy Perry‘s ‘The One That Got Away’ slowly edges up to #32 on our ARIA charts. The driving pop ballad drops from #20 to #29 on our Australian airplay charts in the last week. Meanwhile over the States, ‘The One That Got Away’ cracks the Top 10, making Teenage Dream now the first album in 17 years to spawn six Top 10 smashes.

The last record holder was Janet Jackson‘s Janet circa 1994. Note: only seven albums in music history have snatched six or more US Top 10 hits. Janet‘s Rhythm Nation was the first album by a female artist to do so.

Lady Gaga‘s ‘Marry The Night’ drops out of our ARIA Top 100 altogether this week. Gag! No radio support, no video out, and various competing Gaga releases all continue to undermind this single’s potential.

Over in the UK, ‘Marry The Night’ stalls at #18 while her brand new Born This Way remix album debuts at #77. Looking at the UK iTunes store now, A Very Gaga Holiday EP sits comfortably at #18 on its first day out. There’s no way this ho’s gonna go through the festive season without making a dollar or two.

Over in the US, ‘Marry The Night’ re-enters the US Billboard Hot 100 at #97 – thanks in some small way to radio pick up and general awareness. ‘Marry The Night’ is the most played new song on US airwaves, debuting at #65 on the airplay charts.

Watch Glam Ma Monster perform ‘Marry The Night’ for A Very Gaga Thanksgiving:


 
Kelly Clarkson‘s ‘What Doesn’t Kill You (Stronger)’ is making a killing already on the Australian airplay charts – leaping from #49 to #21. The future smash is currently placed at #42 on our Aussie iTunes charts. Over in the States, ‘WDKY’ re-enters the US Billboard Hot 100 at #99 and on the digital charts at #64. She needs to stop flogging ‘Mr Know It All’ and just go to town on this one already.

Other notable new singles buzzing about our Aussie iTunes include: will.i.am featuring Jennifer Lopez and Mick Jagger‘s ‘T.H.E.’ (#62) and Cher Lloyd‘s summer-correct ‘With Ur Love’ (#63).

Kylie Minogue‘s Ultimate Kylie compilation shoots up to a breathtaking #95 on the Aussie iTunes chart while Aphrodite – Les Folies Live in London sits at #169 after her defining induction into the ARIA Hall of Fame. No other Kylie albums have returned to the Top 200 in light of all this publicity. Let’s hope her stunning Aphrodite – Les Folies Live in London DVD racks up some serious sales because that tour was just fucking everything. The Aphrodite Live in London album is currently charting at #85 on UK iTunes.

Watch Kylie perform ‘Love At First Sight/Can’t Fight The Feeling’:


 
Stan Walker‘s Let The Music Play debuts at #18, making it the biggest new Aussie album on the charts this week. Not that there’s much competition – sorry David Campbell. Stan‘s album has done well to stand up in the Top 20 given that ‘Light It Up’ flopped and all he’s got to represent is that ballad borrowed from Jessica Mauboy‘s album.

Dolly Parton‘s new album Better Day debuts at #29 in Australia this week, supported by her recent tour around the country, which included some dates up in some proper country area. I honestly can’t go back far enough to tell you when was the last time the defining music legend had a Top 50 ARIA hit but let’s just say, it’s the first time this century.

Olly Murs‘ new single ‘Dance With Me Tonight’ debuts at #2 in the UK this week, suffering the ultimate cock block by Rihanna‘s ‘We Found Love’. In the first three days on sale, the spunky X Factor star managed to surpass RiRi‘s ‘We Found Love’ by 2,000 copies – but by the end of Thursday, ‘We Found Love’ had pulled up worryingly close at just 49 units away from overtaking Olly. Come weekend, look what happened.

Olly‘s sophomore album In Case You Didn’t Know is currently charting at #2 on the UK iTunes store on its first day out. Check out the dapper man performing ‘Dance With Me Tonight’ on UK X Factor with The Muppets:


 
Kelendria Trene Rowland, welcome back to the muhfuggin’ UK charts. ‘Down For Whatever’ enters at #6 this week, becoming the former-DC glamazon’s sixth solo Top 10 hit in the region. She’ll be engaging in some serious promo this week to flog the international edition of Here I Am which features her two huge dance collabos: ‘When Love Takes Over’ (with David Guetta) and ‘What A Feeling’ (with Alex Gaudino). Here I Am (International Edition) is currently charting at #26 on UK iTunes on its first day out.

Meanwhile across the Atlantic, Kelendria‘s ‘Lay It On Me’ can probably be written off as a certified flop. The summer radio ready smash sinks to #77 on the US R&B/Hip Hop charts, unable to even scale the Top 30 following ‘Motivation’‘s surprise #1 reign just a few months ago.

Rebecca Ferguson‘s gorgeous debut single ‘Nothing’s Real But Love’ enters at #10 on the UK charts this week. No, it isn’t crash hot by any major label pop star’s standards but I have a really soft spot for the girl. My mind, body and spirit is completely ready for her album Heaven, which arrives next Monday in the UK.

Watch Rebecca‘s charming interview on This Morning and performance of ‘Nothing’s Real But Love’:


 
One Direction‘s Up All Night debuts at #2 in the UK this week, managing 138,000 opening week sales. The lads’ single ‘Gotta Be You’ does a death drop from its #3 debut last week to #16.

Here in Australia, the physical copy of Up All Night is going at retail outlets for $13 – certainly an enticing offer given that they’re only really known for one very new hit single at the moment. The album is currently placed at #9 on Aussie iTunes. Over on our ARIA Top 100, ‘What Makes You Beautiful’ rises to #8 this week while its b-side ‘Na Na Na’ has astonishingly made it at #84.

The SaturdaysOn Your Radar shockingly debuts at #23 on the UK charts this week, making it the girls’ first album to completely miss the Top 10. Fuck, I know the album wasn’t that great but surely it deserved more than this epic floppage? Regardless of the results, On Your Radar has surprisingly been quietly released on Aussie iTunes – making this the first Saturdays album to reach our shores since Chasing Lights. I need to lie down.

Pixie Lott continues the flow of British pop flops with Young Foolish Happy plummeting from #18 to #42 in its second week. Her underappreciated new single ‘What Do You Take Me For’ sinks from #20 to #42. Pixie‘s label has swung into damage control, bringing forward the third single – ‘Kiss The Stars’ – for a 26 December release. Here in Australia, I guess Pixie‘s Young Foolish Happy is doing alright to even be seen at #165 on our Aussie iTunes chart.

Watch Pixie flog ‘What Do You Take Me For’ on Loose Women:


 
The X Factor Finalists 2011‘s charity single ‘Wishing On A Star’ is surprisingly reigning at #1 on the UK iTunes chart right now on its first day out. Surprising reception given how shit it is but also altogether unsurprising given the involvement of JLS and One Direction.

Drake scores the third largest opening week album sales of 2011 with Take Care pushing 631,000 copies to debut at #1 on the US Billboard 200. It’s a sizable improvement on Drake‘s 2010 smash Thank Me Later, which managed 447,000 first week sales to also debut at #1.

Adele‘s 21 clocks its 39th consecutive week in the US Billboard 200 Top 5 bracket, making history as the longest time an album has remained in the Top 5 since its debut. The last record holder was Michael Jackson‘s legendary 1987 album Bad, which clocked 38 weeks.

Watch Adele perform ‘Turning Tables’ live at Royal Albert Hall:


 
Glee‘s The Christmas Album, Vol. 2 debuts at #6 in the US Billboard 200 at #6, pulling 71,000 opening week sales. Talk about a significant drop compared to the cast’s first Christmas album, which debuted at #8 with 161,000 first week sales last year.

Elsewhere, the Glee cast’s A-grade mash up of Adele‘s ‘Rumour Has It/ Someone Like You’ debuts at #5 on the US Billboard Digital Songs chart, racking up 160,000 downloads. This is now Glee‘s fifth largest weekly sales figure for any of their singles. ‘Rumour Has It/ Someone Like You’ is only bettered by ‘Teenage Dream’ (214,000), ‘Loser Like Me’ (one of two originals written for the cast – 210,000), ‘Forget You’ (192,000) and ‘Don’t Stop Believin” (177,000).

Mariah Carey continues to bathe in gold this lucrative Christmas season. Her classic ‘All I Want For Christmas’ is currently covered in three albums in the US Billboard Top 10 – Michael Buble‘s seasonal record (#2), Bieber‘s Under The Mistletoe (#5) and Glee‘s newest Christmas album (#6).

Selena Gomez & The Scene‘s ‘Love You Like A Love Song’ still has some unbelievable mileage left in it. The single rises to #46 on the US Billboard Hot 100 and the A-level remixes soar to #2 on the dance/club play chart.

Watch the stunning video for Selena‘s next single ‘Hit The Lights’:


 
Other notable new entries on the dance/club play chart include Taio Cruz and Flo Rida‘s ‘Hangover’ (the biggest debut at #33), Florence + The Machine‘s ‘Shake It Out’ (entering at #45) and Flo Rida‘s ‘Good Feeling’ (opening at #46).

Chart Feed – 29.08.11

Gotye has done it again, y’all. Another week another first for the Aussie indie pop darling, who scored his first #1 album ever with Making Mirrors. The record sold over 35,000 copies which according to the ARIAs is the biggest opening week sales we’ve seen this year in Australia. Over on the singles side, Gotye and Kimbra‘s ‘Somebody That I Used To Know’ remains at #1 – registering a 20% sales bump this week, making it the biggest weekly singles sales our country has seen since Christmas 2004 when Anthony Callea‘s ‘The Prayer’ peaked. Golf claps all around for Gotye, really. This is a massive feat. In fact, the last time we had an Australian artist simultaneously lick the top of both charts was in 2007 with Silverchair‘s last album.

Check out one of Gotye‘s new album highlights ‘I Feel Better’:

 

Jack Vidgen may have flopped on the singles chart but he’s proving to be a capable album seller. The Australia’s Got Talent crown snatcher debuts at #3 with Yes I Am this week, making it the second biggest new record on the shelves. Scratch the divas – who run the charts? Talent show boys.

Will YoungPop Idol legend and the new queen of lush dance/pop – saw his fourth album Echoes debut at #1 in the UK this week while the project’s lead single ‘Jealousy’ enters at #5. The man has had a pretty flawless nine year run so far with every album he’s put out going either #1 or #2 in the UK. The brand new Richard X-hemmed record is utterly career-defining and needless to say, it’s already in Feed Limmy’s Top 10 Albums of 2011 shortlist. Will’s The Hits compilation returns to the UK Top 100 this week at #56. Would you like to see a pretty graph representing Will’s chart success? ‘Course you do.

Joe McElderryX Factor winner circa 2009 and future boo of David Lim – makes a bona fide chart comeback this week with his album of covers Classic entering at #3 in the UK. Look, in the two years he’s been in the game the lad has suffered his share of chart setbacks which saw him promptly dropped by Simon Cowell‘s Syco label. The Popstar to Operastar win truly was a turning point for him and regardless of how cheesy you think a soapy album of ballads might be, I just appreciate my future boo for doing whatever he can to bring home bacon.

Josh Pyke‘s third studio album Only Sparrows debuts at #4 here this week. He is not a talent show boy. Sorry to break the flow like this. The Australian strummy la la artist recently featured on local rapper 360‘s single ‘Throw It Away’, which was actually super amazing.

Check out 360 and Josh‘s video, which doesn’t actually feature Josh on film but it seemed like a nice segue anyway:

 

British dub step sensation Nero debuts at #12 here this week with Welcome Reality, which topped the UK charts last week. Over in the UK, the album slips to #8 while its chart-topping single ‘Promises’ dips to #13.

Jessica Mauboy‘s Get ‘Em Girls tumbles to #17 this week after its triumphant resurrection last week, thanks to the deluxe edition repackaging. Her fluorescent new single ‘Inescapable’ is still the most played song on Brisbane radios this week, while it holds tight to its Top 5 placement on the ARIA charts. Speaking of radio, Maroon 5 and Christina Aguilera‘s ‘Moves Like Jagger’ is still the most played song on Australian radios but it looks like it faces a fair challenge toppling Gotye and Kimbra on the singles chart.

Jason Derulo‘s insufferable new single ‘It Girl’ takes a massive leap to #3 on the ARIA charts this week, no doubt thanks to some overwhelming radio support. ‘It Girl’ was the most played song on Sydney airwaves in the last week. Elsewhere, looks like the rest of the nation’s following in Sydney radios’ footsteps by bumping more Calvin Harris and Kelis. The pair’s single ‘Bounce’ – which was the #1 most played song on Sydney airwaves two weeks ago – finally cracks the ARIA singles Top 10 this week.

Calvin’s follow up single ‘Feel So Close’ debuts at #2 in the UK this week and it was promptly despatched to Aussie radios last week. This is what the video looks like:

 

Cobra Starship and Sabi‘s ‘You Make Me Feel’ cracks the Top 20 in Australia – just barely. Fun fact: 20 out of 50 songs in our ARIA Top 50 this week have a feature artist involved. Some tracks even have more than one feature artists involved. Orgy.

Lady Gaga‘s ‘Yoü and I’ is on the edge of Top 20 glory [Editor’s note: Major eye roll at your shitty puns, Limmy] leaping from #34 to #21 here this week. Over in the UK, the single shoots from #187 to #70.

David Guetta and Jennifer Hudson‘s ‘Night of Your Life’ debuts at #37 in Australia this week. Judging by the success of the digital promo singles – hello, the Sia collabo ‘Titanium’ is Top 10 for the second week running – I reckon the album should have no problems securing a Top 5 entry. Heck, Top 3 even – let’s be generous. It should come close to touching Gotye and Adele‘s stratosphere. Guetta/Hudson‘s ‘Night of Your Life’ debuts at #35 in the UK while its predecessor ‘Titanium’ sinks to #53. Looking on the British dance charts – Guetta has five current hits in the Top 20, including Snoop Dogg‘s ‘Wet’ which he produced and conveniently placed on his Nothing But The Beat album.

Shannon Noll‘s ‘Switch Me On’ finally enters our Top 50 at #45 this week – thanks to some concentrated radio support up north. The song may not be in the national Top 10 most played but it’s still the #1 song on Gold Coast radios.

The Wanted makes a surprise breakthrough this week with ‘Glad You Came’ peaking at #50 in Australia. That’s superb effort, boys. No promo yet – just rising on the good old hype rolling off the interwebs. The pop quintet is scheduled to head out here next month for their first promo trip. What do I have to do to secure an interview with these lads?

Olly Murs‘ summery new single ‘Heart Skips A Beat’ finally arrives and effortlessly tops the UK charts this week. It managed to sell over 109,000 copies to become his second chart topper to date. While the second album’s still underway, Olly’s self-titled debut starts moving back up the charts to #32. Elsewhere, speaking of exciting new entries – Florence + The Machine‘s new single ‘What The Water Gave Me’ breaks out at #24 this week in the UK. It didn’t even make the Top 40 of our Aussie digital charts. How rude.

Jessie J makes her fourth consecutive UK Top 20 entry this week with ‘Who’s Laughing Now’ rising to #16. Meanwhile, Nicole Scherzinger‘s struggling a bit to get everyone moist with her new single ‘Wet’. The song keeps lurking outside the Top 20 and you’d think with the desperate reduced download price on iTunes last week, the track would make its way up but no – it flounders a little to #25.

Barbra Streisand‘s new album of covers What Matters Most debuts at #7 in the UK this week. Can you imagine the hoard of old queens bum rushing in store to pick up this new Babz collection? What Matters Most is no garden variety collection of random rose-coloured ballads – it’s a very specific crop of Alan Bergman and Margaret Bergman covers. The pair are legendary American songwriters who penned classics like ‘The Windmills of Your Mind’ and Babz’s Yentl classic ‘Papa, Can You Hear Me?’.

VengaboysGreatest Hits debuts at #18 on the UK dance charts this week. Why hasn’t there been a big talk-up and promo about this? Where’s the dubious cover art a la StepsUltimate Collection? Well, the answer’s quite simple. VengaboysGreatest Hits is merely a laissez-faire iTunes compilation thrown together in the last minute to coincide with their reunion tour – and of course, it features the anthems ‘Boom Boom Boom Boom’, ‘We Like To Party’ and ‘We’re Going To Ibiza’. My fellow Aussie bunnies, the Vengabus is pulling up Down Under in January. This is not a test.

Kelly Rowland‘s fabulosity on one of Britain’s highest rating shows is doing shit all for her own album sales. The sassy new X Factor judge has had to endure some painful Beyoncé covers in the line of duty but where Bey effortlessly keeps selling 4 through the roof, Kelendria’s Here I Am falls out of the UK urban Top 30. There hasn’t been a stitch of promo done for the American edition of Here I Am as yet and it understandably hasn’t even cracked the UK Top 100. Meanwhile, Destiny’s Child‘s #1’s compilation moves up to #28 on the UK urban charts. I mean, shit. Even Tulisa‘s shifting sales. N Dubz‘s 2009 album Against All Odds re-enters the British urban charts at #33.

Watch Kelly Rowland have a brief chinwag about the X Factor at an X Factor event:

 

Kelly‘s second single ‘Lay It On Me’ (featuring Big Sean) is finally moving. It debuted at #88 on the US R&B/Hip Hop charts while the unshakable ‘Motivation’ still holds tight to #2. R&B producer Rico Love – who did the bulk of Here I Am – revealed last week that he’s already back in the studio putting together her next album, which will be due in the North American spring with a new single to boot then. Huh? Let me get this straight – there’s a UK edition of Here I Am arriving in November with new material and then there’s another album arriving for the US crowd four months later? Gurl. Talk about building your empire when Beyoncé’s busy building a crib. And I don’t mean “crib” in the urban parlance.

Lil Wayne and Drake‘s new single ‘She Will’ debuts at #3 on the US Billboard Hot 100 – making it the highest selling new entry of the week. Mate, do you have any idea how hard it is to debut in the Top 20 let alone the Top 3? But of course, for a star of Wayne’s magnitude – you wouldn’t expect any less. The hip hop star’s releasing his newest album Tha Carter IV straight to digital outlets after the VMA’s today. Expect for it to shutdown charts etc.

Nicole Scherzinger‘s ‘Don’t Hold Your Breath’ debuts at #86 on the US Billboard Hot 100. The single has already snatched trophies on the European and Australian charts before it was drafted for the States. It’s really heartening to see that the excitement’s still there despite it hardly being a revelation for anyone with internet access in the last eight months. It’s a fantastic single and where ‘Right There’ paved the way for Nicole, this’ll be the number she’ll be remembered for.

Natalia Kills‘ superb debut Perfectionist enters the US dance/electronic chart at #6 and US Billboard 200 at #134 – a breakthrough that’s been a long-time coming for the English singer/songwriter who has been building her underground fan base for years. The fabulous new single ‘Free’ (featuring will.i.am) has yet to go mainstream but really, it’s got all the makings of a pop anthem. There is no reason why she can’t have global success with this one.

See Natalia hustlin’ in France for your fives, tens and twenties:

 

Kylie Minogue ascends to #1 on the US dance/club play charts with ‘Put Your Hands Up’ – making it her fourth consecutive dance chart topper from the Aphrodite era. Will we ever see a music video for this? Somebody please inform. Further disco down, Leona Lewis/Avicii cracks the Top 20 with ‘Collide’ – her first American dance hit. The single was just submitted to Australian radios this week. She recently announced that her forthcoming third studio album will be titled Glass Heart.

Gloria Estefan‘s comeback single ‘Wepa’ finally cracks the US dance/club charts at #37. Last week, the Latina diva unveiled a new R3hab remix of the track featuring Pitbull and it absolutely slays. Ain’t nothing wrong with the original Pharrell version but this one just feels more club-ready, fulfilling Mama Estefan’s wishes to really return to her dance roots.

Take a listen to the new Pitbull remix of ‘Wepa’ here:

 

Jessica Sutta‘s flawless new single ‘Show Me’ debuts at #39 on the US dance charts. The ex-Pussycat Doll recently revealed that her debut album Sutta Pop [mega cringe] will be released through Hollywood Records in May. If the material she’s purveying is more proper European pop quality along the lines of ‘Show Me’ and less reflective of the disgusting title, then we’re in luck. ‘Show Me’ was produced by Busbee, who co-wrote Alexandra Burke‘s ‘Bad Boys’ and last year’s Aussie X Factor winner Altiyan Child‘s ‘Somewhere In The World’.

How good is this? In response to the overwhelming demand and crossover for K-pop music in America, Billboard.com has launched their own Korea K-Pop Hot 100 chart. It joins a family of other international Billboard charts like the Japan Hot 100, UK Albums/Songs, Canadian Albums/Songs and German Songs/Albums.

On Thursday’s inaugural K-Pop Hot 100 – Sistar scores a #1 single with ‘So Cool’ leading the pack of other notable mentions like 2NE1‘s splendid ‘Ugly’ (#3), T-ara‘s long-reigning ‘Roly Poly’ (#4), Miss A‘s catchy ‘Goodbye Baby’ (#5) and Super Junior‘s ‘Mr Simple’ (#7). I pretty much exclusively stan for 2NE1 and T-ara right now so anything they do is bound to be newsworthy around here.

Chart Feed – 07.02.11

Rihanna‘s ‘S&M’ has taken the top spot on our ARIA singles chart this week amidst dramas that UK’s BBC Radio 1 has banned it from their daytime playlist. The video has also copped a YouTube restriction and was immediately banned in 11 countries, prompting the acclaimed video director Melina to speak out to MTV News:

“When I go out to make something, I kind of go out with the intention to get it banned — [well] not to get it banned, I always want my stuff played — but to make something provocative … so when you do something that’s provocative, that’s usually a repercussion. It’s gonna be talked about or banned or slandered in some way. But it’s making an effect and people are having a dialogue about it, so, to me, that’s successful.”

Seriously, don’t get what all the uproar is about but bitch can’t stay mad because she must’ve expected some kind of backlash from conservatives when she took on a song with sadomasochistic themes.

Avril Lavigne‘s ‘What The Hell’ bullets into the Aussie Top 10 this week, rising to a new peak of #8. It deserves to be where it is now but I’m not convinced if this album will reconnect the rawker with the masses who worshipped her in the her hey days. Please don’t let it be dreary and mournfully personal.

Aussie hip hop artist Drapht scores his first ever Top 20 hit with ‘Rapunzel’ rising to a new peak of #16 after lurking about for a good 10 weeks. Is he one to look out for in the scene? His CV boasts collabos with industry big names like M-Phazes and Hilltop Hoods. Word.

Black Eyed Peas new single ‘Just Can’t Get Enough’ debuts at #19 here in Australia. The track – which is co-produced by Darkchild and DJ Ammo – marks some kind of unholy alliance of ultra hitmakers, so having not formally heard all of it, I’d like to think it’s not as insipid as ‘The Time (Dirty Bit)’. ‘Just Can’t Get Enough’ is set to impact American radios tomorrow.

Little Red‘s new track ‘Rock It’ shoots from #41 to #25 this week while the Midnight Remember album moves back up to #37 in Australia. Elsewhere, The Naked & Famous makes Top 30 with ‘Young Blood’ and home grown indie rockers Boy & Bear‘s ‘Fall At Your Feet’ rises to #37.

The Burlesque soundtrack is the second biggest selling record in the country. Gays, give yourselves a heartfelt limp-wristed pat on the backs. What am I doing not having seen it yet? This is what happens when I have a lesbian bestie instead of a fag hag.

Sia‘s We Are Born ascends back up the Aussie charts this week, thanks to le national tour etc. Did ya’ll enjoy the show? Not sure if she did this – or some variation of it – in all the other gigs but the lady rocked up completely covered in black body paint (head to toe) for the Melbourne show last week. Mmph! Sensational – yes. But them WTF alarm bells were going off in everybody’s heads.

Jessie J scores her first ever UK #1 single with ‘Price Tag’ debuting straight on top this week! Never in anyone’s wildest dreams could they imagine a track selling this hard in its first week given the sudden drop. ‘Price Tag’ was unconventionally issued to radio and retail on the same day – and if anything, this success just proves how fucking hot she is right now. Jessie‘s first single ‘Do It Like A Dude’ sits at #7 this week. It totally makes sense to bring the album out a month early. Our friends at AuspOp has just announced that Jessie J‘s Who You Are will hit Aussie retails on 4 March – best news I’ve heard all day.

Enrique‘s sly ‘Tonight (I’m Fuckin’ You)’ is the second highest new entry in the UK this week, making #5. Elsewhere, Tinie Tempah and Ellie Goulding‘s ‘Wonderman’ bullets to #14 and Pink registers her 18th UK Top 20 hit with ‘Fuckin’ Perfect’ rising to #11 this week. Across the Atlantic, ‘Fuckin’ Perfect’ shoots to #2 on the US charts while ‘Raise Your Glass’ sits at #11. Look who’s slaying hard.

Britney‘s ‘Hold It Against Me’ worryingly drops ten places to #18 in the UK this week. The pop legend is set to upload a teaser clip of her new music video daily, in the 14 days leading up to its full premiere on 18 February.  Two weeks’ worth of five second teasers is going to be frustrating and could very well turn people off the campaign altogether. Simple solution: just let us have it already. Brit‘s forthcoming album Femme Fatale has been trending on Twitter hard ever since the announcement last week. As a certain queen on JOY 94.9‘s Glitter & Tonik would say, “HOT-HOT-HAWT!”

Nicki Minaj and Drake‘s ‘Moment 4 Life’ bullets from #135 to #55 in the UK this week, thanks to proper Radio 1 support. Back on Onika’s stomping ground, the single soars to a new peak of #27 on the US Billboard Hot 100.

Savage Garden‘s ‘Truly Madly Deeply’ rises from #117 to #73 in the UK this week. How, umm, why? <Insert explanation for this wonderous comeback>

Adele‘s almighty 21 holds tight to #1 on the UK charts for a second week. I’ve had her second single ‘Someone Like You’ on repeat for long enough. Fixation’s now transferred to the voodoo Ryan Tedder co-write: ‘Rumour Has It’. Future single, please. Can you imagine it fronting a black and white Tarantino-esque video? That would be immense.

Two Door Cinema Club‘s Tourist History rockets from #62 to #33 on the UK charts this week. Absolutely loving this album like you won’t believe – really catchy, immediate and shimmery indie pop. The record has so far only made #100 on our Aussie charts but ya’ll should get on board before the masses do. Personal picks of the pack include ‘What You Know’, ‘I Can Talk’ and ‘Undercover Martyn’.

R. Kelly‘s Love Letter holds tight to #18 on the US charts this week. Why am I writing about this now after its been around for a good seven weeks? Well, ladies, we can all thank my incessant Soundcloud trawls for introducing me to the magic of his single: ‘When A Woman Loves’. Pure 60s soul class of Stevie Wonder and Dreamgirls proportions. We ain’t never heard R. Kelly warble like this before. Take a listen here:

R. Kelly – When A Woman Loves by JIVE Records

David Guetta et Rihanna‘s ‘Who’s That Chick?’ climbs to the top spot on the US Dance/Club charts this week. One must wonder if his albeit uber ordinary production of J.Lo‘s ‘On The Radio’ will make the final cut of her Love? project.

The Derry Queen is gonna kill it with this release. I can feel in it my bones. Someone tell me how she’s doing on American Idol. It’s life-changing moments like these – and during America’s Next Top Model season – that I wish I still had cable TV.



Nicki Minaj feat. Drake ‘Moment 4 Life’ Music Video

Fairy tales, fireworks and a mansion fit for Mariah Carey‘s fabulosity – welcome to Nicki Minaj‘s fantasy world.

Here the defining hip hop artiste drops the video for her Drake duet ‘Moment 4 Life’ with all the Disney magic and props a heavy cash money flow can buy.

Director Chris Robinson (the man behind Alicia Keys‘ classic ‘You Don’t Know My Name’ video) pulled together a little Cinderella-esque narrative at the start to get you acquainted with Nicki and some of her alter egos. Crazy eyes alert!

Here are three important thoughts on Nicki‘s fairy tale ‘Moment 4 Life’ promo:

1) RuPaul was robbed.

Bitch loves the camera and her phony ass British accent so she was never gonna pass up this role to a legendary drag queen but just imagine if she did.

2) The cackle.

The Nicki Minaj cackle is the strongest force since the Holy Spirit itself. With one spring of joy through those loose jaws, young Nicki‘s cacklewaves can simultaneously disintegrate entire hip hop careers and send chills down the spine of haters. Be warned. I might just capture this moment for life and immortalise it as a gif file.

3) Prince charming Drake.

Swoons etc.

Footnotes:

‘Moment 4 Life’ has to date peaked at #37 on the US Billboard Hot 100 and #7 on the US Hot R&B/Hip Hop charts. Nicki has also shot a video for another album track ‘Fly’ with Rihanna. Expect that to drop soon.

Nicki Minaj and Rihanna to shoot video

Sounds like someone’s preparing for battle.

The unstoppable Nicki Minaj is set to film a music video with Rihanna for their collabo ‘Fly’ and according to Rap Up, Sanaa Hamri (the woman behind Kelly Rowland‘s ‘Stole’ and several episodes of Desperate Housewives) has been enlisted to direct the promo.

It’s only been a minute or two since we caught word that Nicki‘s done a video with Drake for their track ‘Moment 4 Life’. Maybe everyone’s schedule’s just a little freer this early in the year, either that or Onika‘s strapping up to trounce Lil Kim, who’s also planning to drop two music videos soon.

Kim has filmed a video for her Minaj diss track ‘Black Friday’ and her comeback single ‘Clap Clap’, both of which will be included on her forthcoming mixtape.

Footnotes:

Nicki Minaj‘s Pink Friday album has just been certified platinum after shipping 1 million copies in the States. According to the RIAA, the album clocked up those units less than a month after its release.

Lil Kim‘s ‘Clap Clap’ is set to premiere this month and the mixtape will drop in February.

Rihanna ‘What’s My Name?’ Music Video

Looks like that raggedy red weave is going nowhere.

Here we have pop’s sexiest warrior princess asking for the name on everybody’s lips.

Needless to say, the track has gone #1 in the US and the new album Loud‘s predicted to be another massive career-defining seller.

Director Philip Andelman (the man behind Beyonce‘s ‘Halo’ video, which explains the familiar soft lit glow and romantic domestic scene) takes RiRi sauntering about parts of New York city where she gets pleasantly accosted by Drake.

Trust me. No one would flinch if he came up behind them like that. You’ll put up some feigned resistance then take it any way he gives it.

Here are three important questions that come to mind when RiRi asks, ‘What’s My Name?’:

1) Got milk?

Dude, I just spilled a load on myself. Now if you would please excuse me.

2) What’s My Name? She asks.

It’s a fair question because I don’t think Drake‘s even aware of who he’s clinking glass with. All he’s thinking of is the magnificent Barbadian twins before his eyes.

3) Where was my invite?

Katy Perry would be walking her dog in the park when she’d come across this bunch and be like, “OH HAI GUYS! What chu doin’?” and RiRi would respond with, “Ooh nothing, gurl. We just burnin’ off your records.”

Footnotes:

‘What’s My Name?’ debuted at #28 in Australia this week. The album Loud is currently #5 on our iTunes chart, running a little behind this week’s two massive new releases He Will Have His Way, the Finn brothers‘ tribute album (#1) and Pink‘s Greatest Hits… So Far!!! (#2).