Feed Limmy Songs of 2012: #30 – #21

Fact. There were more really, really good songs than really, really good albums in 2012. At least, that’s how my general listening experience infers, anyway.

Feed Limmy Top 30 Songs of 2012

I think that’s a pretty common conclusion from anyone who’s obsessed with making playlists and generally prefer a customised listening experience. (See also: “meticulous” and “anal” pop music gayz).

Here comes are some choons that made the Top 30 cut this year, starting from #30 to #21:

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Chart Feed – 29.10.12

Pull up a seat. The beginning of what’s set to be Taylor Swift‘s global chart massacre has begun.

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The young country superstar has made clear she’s a force to be reckoned with on the Australian, UK and New Zealand album charts this week with her newest offering Red debuting straight at #1 in these territories. Check out the damage after the jump.

Elsewhere, it’s been a good week for Brandy, Mika, Labrinth and Emeli Sandé, Kelly Clarkson and – heck – even Girls Aloud is back on the charts.

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Chart Feed – 22.10.12

Well this is a really good value Chart Feed compilation, I have to say. Well, as good as it can be without Girls Aloud and Brandy to really discuss, of course. So until then, you just have to deal.

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This has been a good week for our Aussie pop prince Guy Sebastian and songbird Delta Goodrem, new girlband sensation Little Mix and triumphantly, Taylor Swift matches Adele‘s US digital song chart record.

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Quick Feed: J.Lo announces Australian tour, Lana Del Rey, Elen Levon and Robbie Rivera

So what did I do with the rest of my day after I found out that J.Lo was touring Australia? Honestly, does it even matter. I mean, really. The immensity of Jenny finally coming to my block was too much for my basic being to handle.

Fire up the smoke machine and throw on your Louboutins.

JENNIFER LOPEZ DANCE AGAIN TOUR AUSTRALIA

News broke this morning while I was on air that Jennifer Lopez is bringing her Dance Again greatest hits tour to Australian shores this December. The announcement was echoed with much rejoicing in caps locked tweets from my fellow Australian Love?rs.

Seven studio albums deep in a discography glittering with hits, and the 43-year old has never done a world tour before.

Here Down Under, J.Lo has secured two #1 singles with ‘If You Had My Love’ and more recently ‘On The Floor’ (featuring Pitbull) – however, all up she has had 17 Top 30 hits in this country. Needless to say, a few of us would know the words to at least a dozen of her songs.

Australian tour dates announced so far:

Perth Arena, Perth – 6 December
Adelaide Entertainment Centre, Adelaide – 9 December
Rod Laver Arena, Melbourne – 11 December
Allphones Arena, Sydney – 14 December
Brisbane Entertainment Centre, Brisbane – 18 December

Tickets go on sale on 21 August, so start gathering up your coins.

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Chart Feed – 31.10.11

Darren Hayes has the biggest selling new Aussie album here this week with Secret Codes & Battleships debuting at #10 on our ARIA charts. This is the ex-Savage Gardener’s first Top 10 placement since 2004’s The Tension & The Spark. Darren‘s current Aussie single ‘Bloodstained Heart’ also finally cracks our ARIA Top 100 this week at #80, after two months of languishing on the digital shelves. The man is set to kick off his three-date Australian Secret Tour this Wednesday in Melbourne and I absolutely can’t wait to be there, finally seeing my idol live and in the flesh. Over in the UK, Darren‘s Secret Codes & Battleships debuts at #29 this week, despite a promising placement of #11 in the mid-weeks.

Watch Darren Hayes performing ‘Bloodstained Heart’ on Sunrise last week:


 

Coldplay effortlessly topped the Australian and UK charts this week with Mylo Xyloto. The album was instantly certified gold sales in Australia (for shipments of over 35,000 copies – whatever that means) while over in the UK, Mylo Xyloto managed to pull 208,000 copies in its first week. This means that Coldplay now has the second biggest opening week sales of 2011 – only marginally trumped by Lady Gaga‘s Born This Way, which debuted with 215,639 copies. Mylo Xyloto is expected to also debut at #1 in the US later this week, scaling sales north of 450,000 copies. The album’s currently #1 on every iTunes store in the world – except Denmark, they just don’t get it.

Meanwhile over at the singles bar, Coldplay‘s current hit ‘Paradise’ leaps to a new peak of #18 on the Australian ARIA chart and ‘Every Tear Drop Is A Waterfall’ re-enters at #32. Over in the UK, ‘Paradise’ belatedly debuts at #14. Even though it’s been released since mid-September, it wasn’t eligible to chart because the song was sold as a free download when you pre-ordered the album. The next Coldplay single – ‘Princess of China’ (featuring Rihanna) – debuts at #33 in the UK this week, making this RiRi‘s 27th UK Top 40 single all up.

Listen to Coldplay‘s ‘Paradise (Electrolightz Remix)’:


 
Kelly Clarkson‘s Stronger is the second biggest new album in Australia this week, debuting at #3. This is now Clarko’s fourth consecutive Top 5 album in this country, the only one to never chart as favourably was her debut album Thankful (which only made #33). Over in the UK, Kelly Clarkson‘s Stronger enters at #5 and later this week, we can expect for it to debut well in the US Top 10.

Washington‘s Insomnia EP debuts at #24 in Australia this week. A pretty unsurprising entrance, given the minimal promo and airplay for her stunning new single ‘Holy Moses’. Insomnia, the collection of eight new tracks, is meant to appease her Aussies while the Brisbane-born singer sets off to do an international release of her massive I Believe You Liar album. The international version of I Believe You Liar (featuring ‘Holy Moses’) will arrive in the UK on 7 November.

Watch Washington‘s defining ‘Holy Moses’ video, if you haven’t already:


 
Ricki-Lee‘s wig-snatching ‘Raining Diamonds’ rises to #55 in its second week. I think what’s obviously missing now is some well-placed television promo for the girl. She’s already started doing the odd live performances here and there for ‘Raining Diamonds’ – the word is well and truly out by now. In fact, if you’re not doing anything this Friday night, come join me at the GH Hotel to watch the ex-Young Diva perform this song with full force eleganza.

Havana Brown‘s ‘Get It’ rises to #57 this week on our ARIA charts, demonstrating surprising staying power beyond the realms of my comprehension. I suppose we can expect for it to go back into the Top 50 next week after this Tuesday’s X Factor performance? Hovana will be sharing the elimination episode line up with fellow Aussie popstars Jessica Mauboy and Stan Walker, who will both warble their new single ‘Galaxy’.

Altiyan Childs‘ new single ‘Ordinary Man’ drops to #61 after only two weeks in our ARIA Top 100. Is there no returning this man to the Top 50? Elsewhere, other Aussies on the way out include Shannon Noll‘s ‘Switch Me On’ (#59) and 360‘s ‘Killer’ (#91), while all of the following fall out of the ARIA Top 100 altogether: Elen Levon ‘Naughty’, Vanessa Amorosi ‘Amazing’, Short Stack ‘Bang Bang Sexy’, Stan Walker ‘Loud’ and Israel Cruz ‘Party Up’.

The Wanted‘s ‘Lightning’ impressively debuts at #99 in Australia this week sans any promo or rapid radio addition. All I know is, they’ve now got a captive audience of teenage girls and the EP was plastered all over the iTunes home page. You do the math. Over in the UK, ‘Lightning’ drops from #2 to #9.

Check out The Wanted‘s ‘Lightning (Chuckie Remix)’:


 
Professor Green scores his first ever UK #1 smash this week with ‘Read All About It’ (featuring Emeli Sandé). The song managed opening week sales of 153,000 copies – just one per cent shy of One Direction‘s ‘What Makes You Beautiful’, which is currently the UK’s fastest-selling single of 2011. This is singer/songwriter Emeli Sandé‘s fourth UK chart appearance (third as a featured artist). The divine Ms Sandé will release her second solo single ‘Daddy’ (featuring Naughty Boy) in the UK on 21 November and her long-awaited album Our Version of Events will drop on 30 January.

Lana Del Rey‘s flawless ‘Video Games’ sinks from #9 to #15 in the UK this week. Amidst all the excitement surrounding her recent signing to Interscope Records, it would seem that her debut album and next single ‘Born To Die’ is now etched for an early 2012 release. Could she be the Adele of 2012? Or will she end up as a basic success like Rumer or Clare Maguire? ‘Video Games’ is in the iTunes Top 10 in three different countries right now.

Watch Lana Del Rey performing ‘Video Games’ live at The Premises:


 
Matt Cardle‘s ‘Run For Your Life’ continues its rapid exit from the charts, plummeting from #23 to #52 in its third week. Meanwhile, his album Letters slips from #2 to #6. You can see why his label is anxious to rush out another single before the year’s end, right? ‘Starlight’ is scheduled to drop in the UK on 5 December.

Florence + The Machine‘s ‘Shake It Out’ sinks to #57 after just four weeks on the UK charts. The flame-haired diva is expected to launch her third Ceremonials single – ‘No Light No Light’ – on 16 January in the UK. Fingers crossed for a favourable album chart entry on Monday.

Adele‘s back to ruling both the US singles and albums chart with ‘Someone Like You’ retaining the top spot and album 21 returning to #1. In the last week, Adele managed to sell 106,000 copies of 21 in America – pushing its total sales to 4.1 million. Most definitely the biggest album of the year now. Next in line is Lady Gaga‘s Born This Way, managing 1.9 million sales to date. That’s quite a gap there.

The British warbler will release her next single – ‘Rumour Has It’ – on 21 November in the UK. The song has already impacted Aussie radios to coincide with her first live CD/DVD set – Adele: Live at The Royal Albert Hall – which will arrive here on 25 November and 28 November in the UK.

Watch Adele performing ‘Rumour Has It’ – fuck, I love her banter:


 
Rihanna could actually lynch the US #1 spot from Adele this coming week. ‘We Found Love’ is currently the most downloaded song in America, racking up 231,000 digital sales in its fifth week. On the overall US Billboard Hot 100, ‘We Found Love’ has ascended to a new peak of #2 – the only thing realistically preventing it from toppling Adele‘s ‘Someone Like You’ is radio airplay. Here is where the gap widens between these two hits. ‘Someone Like You’ is the second most played song on American radios while ‘We Found Love’ is placed at #11 on the airplay charts. ‘We Found Love’ is currently the #1 iTunes single in 11 different countries including US, UK, France and Canada.

Justin Bieber‘s ‘Mistletoe’ is the biggest new single in the US, debuting at #11 on the Billboard Hot 100 with 164,000 first week downloads. The teen pop sensation is set to film the music video for ‘All I Want For Christmas Is You’ with Mariah Carey this week in New York City. This’ll be Mimi‘s first music video appearance since she had her gorgeous twins.

Beyoncé‘s ‘Countdown’ rises to #77 on the US Billboard Hot 100 while the urban single ‘Party’ (featuring André 3000) fares better at #75. Meanwhile over in the UK, ‘Countdown’ flies to #39, making this the megastar’s 21st UK Top 40 smash (not counting the ones with Destiny’s Child).

Beysus‘ brand new live DVD package – Live in Roseland: Elements of 4 – lands in Australia on 2 December. Just in time for Christmas. On top of the live tour show, there’ll also be a bonus disc containing seven music videos – including one of the deluxe edition album track, ‘Dance For You’. Santa better come correct for me this year.

Listen to Beyoncé‘s ‘Countdown (Jochen Simms Club Remix)’:


 
Kelly Rowland‘s ‘Down For Whatever’ drops in Australia and some European nations today, complete with a slew of A-grade remixes. At the moment, this new release is not publicised anywhere on our iTunes store. I’ve checked the pop, dance/electronic and even R&B sections – tumbleweeds. Even Estelle‘s got a single on display but not Kelendria. ‘Down For Whatever’ is currently in the iTunes Top 10 R&B/Soul songs chart in Denmark and Norway.

It’ll be interesting to see if ‘Down For Whatever’ fares any better than her last solo single (‘Commander’) and whether people are any more motivated to buy her album. The international edition of Here I Am – which should technically contain more pop/dance inflected material – is set to drop on 2 December in Australia. Over in the UK, Kelendria will release ‘Down For Whatever’ on 21 November and the album will drop the following week. Seriously gagging to see how big they’ll make her X Factor performance. Trust me, you don’t wanna settle for less than what Cheryl Cole has delivered in the last two years.

Listen to Kelendria‘s ‘Down For Whatever (Max Sanna & Steve Pitron Club Mix):


 
Jennifer Lopez‘s ‘Papi’ finally ascends to #1 on the US Billboard Dance/Club Play charts, making this her sixth consecutive solo single to do so. Basically, every song since 2007’s ‘Do It Well’ has been a dance chart topper – yes, even ‘Louboutins’. Meanwhile, ex-Pussycat Doll Jessica Sutta‘s ‘Show Me’ rises to #2 on the US Billboard Dance/Club Play charts. Nicole who? The Scherzingernator‘s ‘Dont’ Hold Your Breath’ pulls up to the bumper at #3.

Wynter Gordon‘s amazing ‘Buy My Love’ finally debuts at #45 on the US Billboard Dance/Club charts! I am extremely overjoyed for my gurl. Let’s hope this moves up to the Top 3 in the way that ‘Dirty Talk’ and ‘Til Death’ did. Wynter opened for The Wanted‘s New York city shows recently, so let’s hope this association strikes a chord with pop music lovers who are yet to discover With The Music I Die. ‘Buy My Love’ and the album will drop in the UK on 7 November, five months after it was first launched in Australia.

David Guetta has the #1 iTunes dance song in 16 different countries right now – 13 of them belong to ‘Without You’ (featuring Usher) and three to ‘Titanium’ (featuring Sia).

Gotye and Kimbra‘s ‘Somebody That I Used To Know’ is currently the #1 single on Netherlands and Belgium iTunes. It feels like some European countries are more receptive to his stuff than others. Back in Australia, Gotye‘s next single ‘I Feel Better’ becomes the third most added new song to local radios.

Chart Feed – 10.10.11

Kelly Clarkson scores her first ever Australian #1 single. I know, right? ‘Mr Know It All’ has done the unthinkable: 1) dethrone Gotye and Kimbra after a record-breaking eight-week stay on top, 2) overtake Maroon 5 and Christina Aguilera‘s ‘Moves Like Jagger’, which was riding at #2 for months, 3) bettered her previous chart peak of #3, as trekked by ‘Since U Been Gone’ and ‘Miss Independent’. Over in the States, ‘Mr Know It All’ climbs back up to #30 on the US Billboard Hot 100. It’s also finally moving up the airplay charts to a new peak of #28. Friends in the UK won’t be getting ‘Mr Know It All’ until 17 October.

Rihanna debuts straight in at #1 in the UK this week with ‘We Found Love’ (featuring Calvin Harris). The Barbadian bombshell is now the first female solo artist to score six UK chart-toppers in five consecutive years. ‘We Found Love’ now joins the glittery #1 club alongside ‘Umbrella’, ‘Take A Bow’ and ‘Only Girl In The World’. ‘We Found Love’ managed to sell 87,000 copies in the four days it was out last week – such an effortless qualifier for #1.

Spare a thought for ‘Moves Like Jagger’, which is spending its sixth consecutive week at #2, beaten to the top by a different #1 single each week. Consolation: ‘Moves Like Jagger’ is still the most played song on UK radios. ‘We Found Love’ rises to #9 on the US Billboard Hot 100. It’s also the sixth most downloaded song in the States, selling 147,000 copies in the last week.

360 scores the biggest selling new album of the week in Australia. His brilliant debut Falling & Flying managed to enter at #4, racing ahead of five other new releases in the Top 30. I know he’s nothing like the kind of artist I normally listen to or write about on Feed Limmy but I’m quite impressed with this record. I was totally sold after hearing the first two singles ‘Just Got Started’ and ‘Throw It Away’.

Check out 360 having a track-by-track chinwag here:


 

Bruno Mars has the highest selling new single in Australia this week with his Twilight track ‘It Will Rain’ entering at #22. Elsewhere, Nickelback‘s ‘When We Stand Together’ enters at #46. The song is also incidentally the most added new song to Australian radios this week. Vom.

Katy Perry‘s sixth Teenage Dream single ‘The One That Got Away’ enters at #87 this week on our ARIA charts and becomes the second most added new song to local airwaves. Kitty‘s Teenage Dream album also made a surprise return to the Top 50 at #12 this week after a flash sale on iTunes. I’m well tired of her ass already.

Adele‘s Gossip-esque ‘Rumour Has It’ is the eighth most added new song to Aussie radios this week. Are we onto the next one already? I thought ‘Set Fire To The Rain’ was only getting warmed up down here. Said single drops to #14 this week while the mega-selling album 21 remains on top of our ARIA charts for its 21st week. Meanwhile in the States, ‘Someone Like You’ returns to #1 on the US Billboard Hot 100 as predicted. ‘Moves Like Jagger’ may still be the most played song on American radios but ‘Someone Like You’ overtook it with digital sales. For those keeping score: ‘Someone Like You’ sold 222,000 downloads while ‘Moves Like Jagger’ did 198,000.

Elen Levon‘s ‘Naughty’ cracks the ARIA singles chart at #60 this week, appearing more favourably on the Australian singles chart (#5) and ARIA dance charts (#17). The 17-year old pop vixen’s already prepping her follow up single. I reckon there’s a good chance it’ll be the James Ash (Rogue Traders) produced ‘Like A Girl In Love’.

Listen to my radio interview with Elen on Diff’rent Strokes:


 
Anthony Callea‘s nouveau disco comeback single ‘Oh Oh Oh Oh’ is currently charting at #115 on our Aussie iTunes store. Meanwhile, Vanessa Amorosi‘s ‘Amazing’ sits at #144 while Stan Walker‘s ‘Light It Up’ continues to rise ahead of the pack of new Aussie pop releases, currently sitting at #58. V Mama‘s album – V – has been pushed back to 11 November. The 13-track record comes with an Almighty club remix of ‘Amazing’.

The Wanted‘s ‘Glad You Came’ is currently placed at #30 here. Great news for fans Down Under. It seems like the local label will be dropping the lads’ forthcoming sophomore album Battleground here on 18 November, two weeks after its UK release. The Wanted‘s ‘Lightning’ leapt to #19 on the British airplay charts this week, all in good time as the single gears up to drop on 30 October.

Aussie teen pop sensation Cody Simpson sees his album Coast to Coast debut at #26 this week – largely thanks to his Sunrise “concert” performance where they absolutely felt no guilt whatsoever dubbing him the “Australian Justin Bieber”. Please.

Simple Plan‘s ‘Can’t Keep My Hands Off You’ enters at #56 in Australia this week, thanks a quick promo stopover which included a jaunt on our local X Factor stage last week. The Canadian band’s current album Get Your Heart On re-enters at #35. Meanwhile, Natalie Bassingthwaighte – who also took to the same stage and same episode to flog her single – has yet to see ‘All We Have’ crack the ARIA Top 100. To say that the general response has been unsavoury would be too kind. The track is currently sitting at #71 on our Aussie iTunes chart.

Watch Nat‘s underwhelming debut performance of ‘All We Have’, live on X Factor last Tuesday:


 
Sneaky Sound System‘s ‘Big’ climbs 10 places to #68 this week. All movement in the right direction considering that the album just dropped on Friday. From Here to Anywhere is currently placed at #11 on the Aussie iTunes chart. I’d like to call it out now to be the biggest debut on next week’s chart but I’m pretty sure that new Evanescence album will outsell it.

Nicole Scherzinger‘s ‘Wet’ debuts at #81 in Australia this week after it was finally serviced to local radios last week. This trashy piece really deserves to be a commercial success. Her Killer Love album has done surprisingly well considering the zero promo work in Australia but with ‘Don’t Hold Your Breath’ and ‘Right There’ slowly waning off radio rotation, the record slides to #83 this week. Despite some drastic price slashing, ‘Wet’ never generated enough sales to break the UK Top 20. This unfortunately puts an end to the ex-Pussycat’s string of UK Top 3 solo singles.

David Guetta and Usher‘s ‘Without You’ cracks our ARIA club charts at #49 this week. The video for the song is expected to drop sometime this week. Looking around the globe, ‘Without You’ makes a new peak of #15 in the UK this week and #8 on the US Billboard Hot 100. It has also just cracked the American airplay Top 20. The club remixes for ‘Without You’ managed to debut at #30 on the US Billboard Dance/Club charts.

Listen to the absolutely bonkers R3hab remix of ‘Without You’ here:


 
Marina & The Diamonds‘ new single ‘Radioactive’ enters at #25 this week, making it the Welsh warbler’s fourth UK Top 40 smash. Her biggest chart feat to date has been ‘Hollywood’ (peaking at #12) while my personal fave ‘Oh No!’ only managed to go #38 last August. Will British and local radios lap up her new “commercial” sound? Meanwhile, Florence + The Machine‘s ‘Shake It Out’ debuts at #27 in the UK, not bettering the position of its predecessor ‘What The Water Gave Me’ (which peaked at #24 last month).

Darren Hayes‘ new international single ‘Black Out The Sun’ drops from #31 to #39 on the UK radio airplay charts this week. The track is now nowhere to be found in the iTunes Top 200. Speaking of new choons on the British airwaves, Cher Lloyd and Mike Posner‘s summery ‘With Ur Love’ debuts at #46 on the airplay charts while Dionne Bromfield‘s ‘Ouch That Hurts’ rises to #32.

Lady Gaga‘s fourth Born This Way single ‘You and I’ finally makes a new peak of #24 in the UK this week thanks to TV appearances there and some strategic digital track discounts on iTunes. Funny thing is, the song actually fell out of the UK airplay Top 20 this week. ‘You and I’ drops to #38 in Australia this week and dips a little to #12 on the US Billboard Hot 100. In the last week, ‘You and I’ managed to sell over 95,000 digital copies in the States, making it the 11th most downloaded song in the country.

The pop sensation has confirmed that the next Born This Way single will be the Real McCoy-esque stomper ‘Marry The Night’. Fans can also expect the Monster Ball Tour DVD and Born This Way remix album to both arrive on 21 November (possibly 18 November for Aussies).

Check out Gaga‘s recent Jonathan Ross interview. Yes, she brought him a sheep. That’s what she did:


 
Jennifer Lopez‘s ‘Papi’ drops from #67 to #83 in the UK this week. What, leaving already? The album’s frontrunner ‘On The Floor’ is still in the UK Top 100 after like a lifetime and has become the sixth biggest single so far of 2011. Over in the States, ‘Papi’ shoots to #4 on the dance charts.

Laidback Luke & Example‘s ‘Natural Disaster’ leaps to #73 in the UK. The hit DJ has been promising his track with Wynter Gordon – ‘Speak Up’ – all year and he’s finally confirmed that it’ll be his next single. The pair had played the track at Coachella and various dance music festivals around the world for months.

Ms Gordon‘s own ‘Buy My Love’ is still down for a 24 October release in the UK and the album With The Music I Die slated for 7 November. However, something tells me that the UK version might contain some new material she’s currently recording. Her manager has tweeted me to say that new songs are coming “so soon”. Make of it what you will. ‘Buy My Love’ is currently placed at #91 on our Australian iTunes chart.

Nicola Roberts‘ ‘Yo-Yo’ has appeared on the UK release schedule but with no date assigned as yet. The Girls Aloud siren’s album Cinderella’s Eyes makes a death drop from its #17 debut last week to #72. *Clutching my chest* Speaking of underrated British pop, Sophie Ellis-Bextor‘s Make A Scene has surprisingly climbed to #76 on our iTunes chart. Unfortunately, there’s no Aussie release date set yet for Nicola‘s material.

Matt Cardle‘s ‘Run For Your Life’ picks up more radio rotation as it shoots to #13 on the UK airplay charts. The 2010 X Factor winner returned to the show last night to flog the track but despite the major promo coup, it has only so far managed to go #4 on the British iTunes charts. It seems like I’m stating the obvious here but I reckon – given Matt’s fan base and style of music – he might just be a better album seller. They should’ve dropped the album and single on the same day. Matt‘s debut LP Letters will arrive this coming Sunday. The project’s second single ‘Starlight’ is slated for a 5 December release.

Watch Matt performing the Gary Barlow-penned ‘Run For Your Life’ on X Factor:


 
Gloria Estefan‘s fun Latin dance comeback Miss Little Havana debuts at #28 on the US Billboard 200 this week. Meanwhile, the album’s infectious lead single ‘Wepa’ goes #1 on the dance charts. Other noteworthy new entries this week include Jason DeRulo‘s Future History debuting at #29 and LeAnn Rimes‘ country album Lady & Gentlemen coming in at #32.

Beyoncé‘s ‘Party’ finally appears on the mainstream US Billboard Airplay 100 at #71 as the track climbs the R&B/Hip Hop charts to #16. When is this goddamn video gonna appear? I hear rapper J Cole has already filmed his bit for the remix video. OK, that did sound a little petulant and ungrateful given that we only just got the ‘Countdown’ video last week and copped a teaser for ‘Love On Top’ less than 24 hours ago.

Watch the teaser for ‘Love On Top’ here:


 
‘Countdown’ shoots up to #71 on the US R&B/Hip Hop charts while ‘Love On Top’ expectedly falls there. I believe Australia’s the only territory kinda going hard for this song. ‘Love On Top’ is currently bolting back up the iTunes charts, landing at #16. We might actually see this go Top 20 on the ARIAs this Sunday. ‘End of Time’ has disappeared off the UK release schedule after weeks of seeing it etched there for a 30 October launch alongside ‘Countdown’. The latter will obviously still go ahead in that region on that day. Funnily enough, ‘Love On Top’ has now appeared on the UK release schedule – down for a 12 December drop date.

Kelendria Trene Rowland‘s Here I Am exits the American Top 100 this week but her new single ‘Lay It On Me’ continues to move up the R&B charts, breaking higher ground at #43.

Chart Feed – 19.09.11

Katy Perry‘s ‘Last Friday Night (T.G.I.F.)’ exits the US Billboard Top 10, making this the first week since May 2010 that the US Top 10 is free of the bitch. Yes, folks. We’re talking about a record breaking run of 69 weeks in the Top 10 – unprecedented for any artist. The next nearest contender is Ace of Base with 48 weeks. Are you starting to see the immensity of her Teenage Dream era? I mean, I always knew it was defining – especially after she equalled Michael Jackson with five consecutive #1 singles from one album. But this is too much.

According to Billboard, Katy’s also close to being the first artist ever to have six singles sell over 4 million downloads. Here are her biggest sellers to date: ‘Hot N Cold’ (5.01 million), ‘California Gurls’ (5 million), ‘Firework’ (4.9 million), ‘E.T.’ (4.6 million), ‘I Kissed A Girl’ (4.1 million) and ‘Teenage Dream’ is almost catching up with 3.9 million download sales.

As much as I love the song, with the announcement of single number six ‘The One That Got Away’, loads of people are saying it should’ve been ‘Hummingbird Heartbeat’ or ‘Peacock’ (which has so far only been issued as a dance/club promo). ‘Peacock’ has to date accrued over 403,000 download sales while ‘Hummingbird Heartbeat’ has over 82,000 in the States. ‘The One That Got Away’ only managed to pull over 74,000 but watch that all change as her team goes into full flog mode to achieve another Billboard chart topper.

Katy Perry is quickly solidifying her status as a consistent top single seller. I mean, it’s not the sheer immensity of the individual track but rather the volume from a mass of releases. Consider two other major downloads singles sellers – Black Eyed Peas and Lady Gaga (both have two singles that have sold over five million downloads). Perry’s best could never compete with the all-time top US download ‘I Gotta Feeling’ (over 7.4 million) and Gaga‘s personal best ‘Poker Face’ (6.3 million).

Watch Katy perform ‘The One That Got Away’ live with her acoustic guitar:


 
Adele isn’t just content with having the #1 album in the country – and best-selling one of the year so far – she will also send all three of its singles to our Top 20 because she fucking can. Her latest effort ‘Set Fire to The Rain’ leaps to #17 this week making it a holy trinity union with its predecessors ‘Someone Like You’ (#8) and ‘Rolling In The Deep’ (#9) – both respectively certified four times platinum sales. Over in the UK, all three are gradually waning gracefully bowing out of the Top 20. Meanwhile in the US, ‘Someone Like You’ registers the biggest increase in radio plays this week.

Jessie J‘s new piece – ‘Domino’ – leaps into the Aussie Top 5 this week. The last time she was up this far in Australia was when the almighty ‘Price Tag’ reigned at #2 – the thing is now certified four times platinum here. Despite all the Top 5 success here and in New Zealand where it has already reached a peak of #3, ‘Domino’ has yet to chart in the US where it really counts. Meanwhile over in the UK, her fourth single ‘Who’s Laughing Now’ is perched at #18.

Gym Class Heroes and Adam Levine‘s ‘Stereo Hearts’ managed a sizeable leap from #45 to #21 this week while Nicki Minaj and Rihanna‘s newbie ‘Fly’ soars from #38 to #23. Over in the UK, ‘Fly’ rises to #26 while ‘Super Bass’ quickly exits the Top 40 altogether this week. Onika’s other UK Top 100 appearances are also steady heading south – ‘Where Them Girls At’ with Guetta and Flo Rida plummets to #53 while her other Guetta album track ‘Turn Me On’ drops drastically from #23 to #43.

The Wanted also manage to propel themselves up the charts with ‘Glad You Came’ ascending to a new peak of #36 – thanks to their first promo stopover here last week. The lads managed to score several typical high profile appearances like Sunrise, where they flogged ‘Glad You Came’, and also some notable press interviews including one with Australian gay magazine DNA. We haven’t seen the last of ‘Glad You Came’ yet, fellas. The song is currently placed at #16 on our Aussie iTunes chart and I have a feeling it’ll go Top 20 on the ARIA charts over the next two weeks.

Take a listen to The Wanted‘s next single ‘Lightning’ which drops in the UK on 31 October:


 
Kelly Clarkson‘s brilliant new single ‘Mr Know It All’ enters the ARIA chart at #25, making it the highest selling new track here this week. Over in the US, the track enters at #18 – the highest new entry there as well, raking in over 107,000 first week downloads. This is Clarkson’s highest single debut since ‘Never Again’ blew up at #8 back in 2007. ‘Mr Know It All’ is picking up significant airplay, competing well with other newcomers like David Guetta/Usher’s ‘Without You’ and Drake‘s ‘Headlines’. KFC (Kelly Fucking Clarkson) will premiere the ‘Mr Know It All’ video on her VeVo account on 26 September.

Havana Brown‘s utterly rancid follow up single ‘Get It’ debuts at #38 this week and becomes the fourth most added new song to Aussie radios. It’s such an uninspiring next step after something as defining as ‘We Run The Night’. I know that song technically shouldn’t have worked but Australia’s answer to Cascada really had me with that one. Y’all would be glad to know that the song’s writer – Cassie Davis (who did momentarily have a pop career) – is behind Natalie Bassingthwaighte‘s dance/pop comeback ‘All I Have’.

Listen to Havana Brown‘s ‘Get It (Krunk! Remix)’. PS – I love it that one can Google image “Havana Brown – Get It” and a bunch of cats will appear. Try it.


 
Gavin DeGraw‘s back on our airwaves and Top 50 with ‘Not Over You’ entering at #45 this week. The song has to date reached #76 on the US Billboard Hot 100 after four months on the digital shelves. Y’all should know that the single leapt to #8 on the New Zealand charts last week – somewhat of a surprise success but then again, aren’t most singles a surprise success on the Kiwi charts? [Editor’s note: Shaznay Lewis‘ flawless ‘Never Felt Like This Before’ made #19 there, dammit!]

Beyoncé‘s euphoric ‘Love On Top’ does a death drop on the US Billboard charts from #20 to #70, while here in Australia it excels as the most added new song to local radios. ‘Love On Top’ manages to rise a little on our ARIA Top 50, carving a new peak of #32 while her last official 4 single ‘Best Thing I Never Had’ plummets to #43. ‘BTINH’ bows out of the UK Top 30 and the only other track Bey’s got waiting in the Top 100 in ‘1+1’ at #72 this week. In the US Billboard R&B/Hip Hop charts – her urban single ‘Party’ leaps to #38.

Looking over at US radios, ‘Best Thing I Never Had’ is still #2 on urban airplay charts while its sister tracks ‘Party’ pull up at #35, ‘Countdown’ rises to #76 and ‘Love On Top’ picks it up to #83. It’s not significant but with the laurels resting on ‘Party’ and so many strong contenders rivaling to be the next 4 smash, it’s hard to predict how the next few months will pan out for this album.

Stan Walker‘s club-ready new single ‘Light It Up’ (featuring Static Revenger) becomes the second most added new song to Aussie radios this week. This isn’t even half the power pop corker that ‘Loud’ was and the uninspiring music video’s another strike the former Idol darling didn’t need. It’s such a shame to see a decent video concept dampened by lazy and repetitive shots.

Take a look at Stan‘s new ‘Light It Up’ clip:


 
Elen Levon‘s breakout debut ‘Naughty’ (featuring Israel Cruz) is the seventh most added new song to Aussie radios this week. I just caught up with the ravishing 17-year old pop sensation this morning. Y’all can hear our interview chat on Diff’rent Strokes this Wednesday 7pm. We’ll be discussing the single, boys and find out whether she prefers Young Divas or Scarlett Belle.

A slew of new albums start sprouting up in our ARIA Top 30 this week, leading the pack is The Kook‘s latest Junk of My Heart (#9, #10 in the UK), Laura Marling‘s A Creature I Don’t Know (#12, #4 in the UK), Example‘s Playing In The Shadow (#14), Dream Theatre‘s A Dramatic Turn of Events (#17, likewise in the UK) and Grouplove‘s Never Trust A Happy Song (#21).

Nicole Scherzinger manages to not only sustain album sales here in Australia but claim two spots up the charts to #26. How is she doing it without any promo and new single on radio? I mean, her label’s gonna have to release ‘Wet’ or some other fourth single pretty soon because ‘Right There’ just left the Top 30 and ‘Don’t Hold Your Breath’ is now all the way down at #91. US X Factor just started and so the world’s got their eyes fixed on her – for regions yet to properly experience the glory of ‘Don’t Hold Your Breath’ (like the US), this is your moment. Everyone else, twiddle your thumbs.

One Direction‘s ‘What Makes You Beautiful’ debuts straight in at #1 this week, simultaneously becoming the fastest selling single of 2011. The X Factor formed boy band managed to sell 82,000 copies in the first four days out and by the end of the week, they wrapped with a whopping 153,000 copies. It won’t be long before they achieve international success, I reckon. Meanwhile, other recent British chart toppers like Cher Lloyd‘s ‘Swagger Jagger’ and last week’s #1 Pixie Lott‘s ‘All About Tonight’ cop Aussie release dates. Cher’s amazing debut will arrive here on 14 October while Pixie’s party starter drops here this Friday. October, bitch? You have got to be kidding.

JoJo‘s long awaited comeback single ‘Disaster’ enters at #87 on the US Billboard Hot 100 this week. I can’t wait to hear this album of hers. Jumping Trains is currently slated for early 2012 release after countless set backs and returning to drawing boards.

Listen to JoJo‘s ‘Disaster’. She just shot the video last Wednesday in L.A., which was directed by Benny Boom – the man behind clips for Keyshia Cole and Busta Rhymes.


 
Kelly Rowland‘s ‘Lay It On Me’ continues to gain momentum on US urban and rhythmic stations – rising to #36 and #24 on their respective charts. Last week, the track was certified one of the fastest movers on the urban radio charts – y’all better watch out because this song has the potential to wipe out ‘Motivation’ with mass appeal.

Rihanna‘s ‘California King Bed’ ascends to #1 on the US Billboard Dance/Club charts. Something about this don’t sit right with me. None of the club cuts I’ve heard for this ballad has done it for me and I honestly think the gays have gone mad this time. Next thing you know Adele‘s ‘Set Fire To The Rain’ will become a massive rave anthem. Fuck me.

Other major movers in the dance/club Top 10 include: David Guetta‘s ‘Little Bad Girl’ (#2), Leona Lewis/Avicii‘s ‘Collide’ (her biggest club smash yet at #4), Luciana‘s ‘I’m Still Hot’ (#6) and Gloria Estefan‘s ‘Wepa’ (#8 – the greatest gainer).

Jennifer Lopez‘s ‘Papi’ makes a hot shot debut at #28 on the US Billboard Dance/Club charts. I’ll have you know the R3hab remix has been slaying my life for the past few weeks. Where the fuck is this video? Meanwhile, a few steps down, Lady Gaga‘s ‘You and I’ lands at #31. Wynter Gordon‘s ‘Til Death’ drops out of the US dance/club Top 40 after running its course for 15 weeks and other drastic drops on the floor also goes to Jason Derulo‘s heinous ‘Don’t Wanna Go Home’ (#46) and Britney‘s ‘I Wanna Go’, which sank from #8 to #21.