Feed Limmy: Top 30 Songs of 2015

This has been a tradition since the land before time and Snapchat. While I’ve taken a long break from pop music blogging (the commentary still very much lives on in Twitter), I’m usually tempted to come back to this increasingly unfamiliar Wordpress interface every year and rank, hyperlink and embed my personal favourite tracks of the last 12 months. This year for the first time, I will be blogging with emojis. #downwiththekids

I imagine it’d be nice to scroll back through the passage of time one day to see that once upon a time, Carly Rae Jepsen overtook Robyn as the gays’ new queen of Bubbling Under pop. Once upon a time, Halsey was the flavour of the moment. Popstar of the Future Troye Sivan made an album (how traditional!). They sent troops to Syria but couldn’t extract a record from MKS. Nobody has time for the games Rihanna‘s playing anymore. And two unfuckwithable singer-songwriters in their 20s called Adele and Taylor Swift scrapped everyone’s life force with their massive-selling, Spotify-shunning, numerically titled albums. And where you were when you heard Zayn had left 1D?

Never mind. Here are 30 songs that I really, really liked this year.

Spoiler alert: At some point you might say, this list is really crap. Why isn’t Lana on here? 

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Chart Feed – 20.08.12

Remember back when it was kinda uncool to be “launched from a reality TV show”?

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Well, it would seem that if you can escape that stigma with class and some bloody awesome creative ventures, you’re guaranteed to be embraced by the masses in the way Guy Sebastian and Jessica Mauboy were this week.

Elsewhere on this Chart Feed, it has also been a good week for the Spice Girls, Emeli Sande, Rita Ora and Flo Rida.

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Chart Feed – 13.08.12

The Olympic Games is doing nothing to stimulate Britain’s album buying habits as the nation hits its lowest weekly album sales in 16 years. Rihanna‘s Talk That Talk has returned to #1 on the UK charts with just over 9,500 copies sold – making it the lowest weekly sale for a UK #1 album in the 21st century.

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Elsewhere, American Idol winner Phillip Phillips scores big on the digital charts thanks to a placement in NBC’s Olympic broadcast, the Pet Shop Boys cops a chart fail with ‘Winner’, and J.Lo now ties with Katy Perry for most consecutive US #1 dance/club play singles.

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Chart Feed – 09.01.12

“There shouldn’t be much to report on this week’s Chart Feed because Beyoncé had her baby and nothing else would be on the news, right?” Sometimes I feel like my little brother is the only one who gets the way the world should be run.

On this week’s Chart Feed, the festive season’s definitely been canned now with Michael Bublé‘s career-defining Christmas album freefalling out of the Top 20 everywhere. We all knew it would come to this. Meanwhile, Empress Adele returns to top the US and UK album charts and comes closer to breaking more records, Kelly Clarkson discounts her way back up the charts, and I have a fit over the new Will Young, The Saturdays and Rebecca Ferguson single choices.

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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 – 03.10.11

Rihanna becomes the clear biggest new entry on the world charts this week with ‘We Found Love’ (featuring Calvin Harris) entering Top 10 in the following places: Australia (#3), Canada (#10), New Zealand (#14) and US Billboard Hot 100 (#16). Over in the US, ‘We Found Love’ managed to sell 117,000 first week copies and even before its official radio release, the song has already made its mark at #75 on the airplay charts. The Barbadian beauty’s sixth studio album, which was originally slated for an early 2012 release, is now due 21 November.

Kelly Clarkson‘s ‘Mr Know It All’ climbs to #12 on our ARIA singles chart after her quick promo stopover last week which include performances on X Factor Australia [Editor’s note: she was so charming and sweet y’all] and the NRL Grand Final. The song is currently reigning at #1 on our Aussie iTunes chart so expect for it easily go Top 10 on the ARIAs by week end. Meanwhile over in the US, ‘Mr Know It All’ falls to #38 on the Billboard Hot 100. Radio support ain’t crash hot for it right now. The song isn’t even in the nation’s Top 30 airplay.

Watch Kelly Clarkson performing ‘Mr Know It All’ on X Factor Australia:


 
LMFAO‘s ‘Sexy and I Know It’ cracks a new peak of #13 on our Aussie singles chart this week, largely due to their X Factor Australia appearance once again, just like Ms Kelly. I have to say, their energetic show stopping performance of their #1 smash ‘Party Rock Anthem’ really did lift the atmosphere. The song, which is perched at #15 this week, is officially the longest staying single in our ARIA Top 50 right now. We’re talking 31 weeks and counting, racking up a “monstrous” eight times platinum sales certification (which equates to approximately 560,000 copies). The duo’s also double dipping in the US right now with two of the aforementioned hits simultaneously inhabiting the Top 10.

Sneaky Sound System‘s flawless ‘Big’ cracks the ARIA Top 100 at #78 this week. Look, I don’t understand why the underwhelming chart entry. Weren’t they also on X Factor like the two aforementioned international acts? I guess what’s standing between ‘Big’ and commercial success that lives up to its namesake is actually decent radio rotation. The new Kelly Clarkson and LMFAO singles will have no issues getting added across the nation but for some reason a SSS dance ballad’s missing out. The Aussie dance pop duo’s last release ‘We Love’ scraped in at #29 at best.

Watch Sneaky Sound System blow up ‘Big’ on X Factor Australia last Wednesday:


 
Foster The People‘s corker of a single ‘Pumped Up Kicks’ rises to #19 in Australia this week, making this a belated smash for the American indie rockers. The song first dropped in the States in September last year and look at it now, ascending to #3 on the US Billboard Hot 100. Fun fact: ‘Pumped Up Kicks’ was the first US Billboard Alternative Songs #1 hit to actually crossover to the mainstream Billboard Hot 100 Top 5 since Kings of Leon‘s ‘Use Somebody’ in 2009. Golf claps. You know this automatically translates to daft talent show covers now, right?

Enrique Iglesias and Pitbull‘s new collabo ‘I Like How It Feels’ crashes in at #47 this week on our ARIA charts. In terms of hit singles, the Euphoria era is actually the best Enrique’s ever performed here in Australia. Yes, even bettering that of his smash Escape album. Every song released here circa Euphoria has so far managed Top 50, see: ‘I Like It’ (#2), ‘Heartbeat’ (#5), ‘Tonight (I’m Loving You)’ (#2) and ‘Dirty Dancer’ (#24). I have no doubt that ‘I Like How It Feels’ will also reach Top 30 status in no time. The “Reloaded” repackage edition of Euphoria will arrive on Aussie store fronts on 11 November – featuring three new recordings including ‘Mouth 2 Mouth’ with Jennifer Lopez (a track that was co-written by UK X Factor’s Diana Vickers of all people).

Sophie Ellis-Bextor finally releases her stunning Make A Scene album in Australia last Friday and after a weekend of only playing two 40-minute sets in Melbourne and Sydney, the best I’ve clocked the album charting was #94 on iTunes (it’s currently at #136).

It was an absolute dream come true to finally see her live. Y’guys know that she’s one of my all time fave pop singers, right? Sure it’s not everything she could’ve given after nine long years away – and she knows it. But the “greatest hits” set featuring classics like ‘Murder On The Dancefloor’, ‘Groovejet’ and ‘Get Over You’ was a well worthwhile joy ride and Sophie utterly radiates warmth, joy and stage presence throughout her time on stage. You can tell she was just living to be there for her fans.

Check out this short recording I took of her Melbourne gig at GH Hotel last Saturday. This is ‘Heartbreak Make Me A Dancer’:


 
This has to be some kind of record for our ARIA charts so far this year. This week Australia saw nine new entries in its Top 30 albums chart but alas, none have been able to topple the almighty Adele who spends her 20th week at #1 with 21. The album is now equal eighth longest-running chart topper in ARIA history, sharing the record with Shania Twain‘s epic Come On Over.

In case you were wondering, the albums to have spent longer #1 in Australia include: The Sound of Music soundtrack (76 weeks), Dire StraitsBrothers in Arms (34 weeks), The BeatlesSgt Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band (30 weeks), Neil Diamond‘s Hot August Night (29 weeks), Delta Goodrem‘s Innocent Eyes (29 weeks), The Original Broadway cast’s Hair soundtrack (28 weeks) and John Farnham‘s Whispering Jack (25 weeks).

The aforementioned nine new releases to crack our Top 30 this week include: Blink 182‘s Neighborhoods (#2), Tony Bennett‘s Duets II (#3), Kasabian‘s Velociraptor (#8), Machine Head‘s Unto the Locust (#10), Jason DeRulo‘s Future History (#11), Alice Cooper‘s Welcome To My Nightmare (#16), Mastodon‘s The Hunter (#18), Demi Lovato‘s Unbroken (#20), Kasey ChambersStorybook (#21) and Wilco‘s The Whole Love (#23).

Watch the video for Tony Bennett and Lady Gaga‘s ‘Lady Is A Tramp’, taken from his new Duets II album:


 
Tony Bennett must be doing something right to score his first ever US #1 album this week after making music for six decades! His brand new Duets II compilation – which features some young gun collabos like Lady Gaga, Michael Buble, Carrie Underwood, John Mayer and the late Amy Winehouse – managed to sell 179,000 first week copies to debut on top. Tony is now the oldest living artist to have an album debut at #1 on the US charts. Amazing.

Demi Lovato‘s third album Unbroken cracks the US Billboard charts at #4, making it the second biggest new album there this week. Tony might have the overall #1 but as far as digital sales are concerned, Demi reigns on top. Unbroken is also incidentally the former Disney pop princess’ best-charting album here, bettering the #40 peak of its predecessor Here We Go Again. This is a dawn of a new era for the girl. The project’s lead single ‘Skyscraper’ is already her biggest US hit since her debut ‘This Is Me’ and on the flip side, it also became her biggest smash in Australia – peaking at #45.

Havana Brown‘s ‘Get It’ cracks the ARIA club charts at #38 this week while over on the ARIA Top 100, the single sinks to #63 in its third week. Oh dear. Isn’t it baffling that we only have three Aussie artists represented in our ARIA Top 50? Perhaps Aussie artists are better at selling albums than singles? While we’re doing an Aussie pop head count, where’s Stan Walker‘s new one ‘Light It Up’, Darren Hayes‘Bloodstained Heart’ and Vanessa Amorosi‘s ‘Amazing’? The latter should have at least cracked the Top 100 by now but maybe we need to wait for sales to snowball after the Van Am‘s AFL grand final warble.

Preview tracks from Darren Hayes‘ forthcoming Secret Codes and Battleships album here:


 
Natalie Bassingthwaighte‘s ‘All We Have’ has arrived on our local iTunes store front and right now it’s sitting at #170. The digital bundle comes with two kick arse remixes – including the Khalid one that her label previewed early last month. Looks like the diva’s running in the same circles as Havana Brown these days – sharing the same producer More Mega and video directorial team Silo. The ‘All We Have’ video will be uploaded sometime this week on YouTube. Y’all can expect for her to perform the song for the first time on X Factor tomorrow night.

Nicola Roberts‘ amazing debut solo album Cinderella’s Eyes enters at #17 on the UK charts this week while the current single ‘Lucky Day’ disappears from the Top 100 altogether. Look, it’s pretty respectable if you ask me given the singles’ chart performance. Still better than Insatiable is not usually a consolation but it’ll have to do in this context.

Elsewhere, Will Young‘s ‘Jealousy’ leaves the UK Top 10, The Saturdays‘All Fired Up’ exits the Top 20 while Leona Lewis‘ underperforming ‘Collide’ drops out of the Top 30. The former two have singles raring to go next month but what’s the sitch with Leona? Will we simply  not hear anything until the new year? Her Glassheart album, which was originally slated for a November release, will now arrive on 26 March.

Rebecca Ferguson‘s much-anticipated debut single has appeared on the UK release schedule. ‘Nothing’s Real But Love’ is slated for a 5 December release (the same day as the album drop) and someone on the Popjustice forums have tentatively described the song as more Corinne Bailey Rae than Adele. Holy shit. I’m about to lose my mind.

Let’s reminisce a little on old Becky covering Corinne Bailey Rae‘s ‘Like A Star’ on UK X Factor last year. So on point!


 
Maroon 5 and Christina Aguilera‘s ‘Moves Like Jagger’ spends its fourth week at #1 on the US Billboard Hot 100 – already the longest staying #1 the band’s ever had. Having said that, I reckon Adele‘s ‘Someone Like You’ might rise from #2 to claim the top spot next week. ‘Someone Like You’ has picked up significant radio airplay in the States in the last week and its digital sales is not too far from what M5 is doing right now. ‘Moves Like Jagger’ sold 233,000 digital copies while ‘Someone Like You’ did 201,000. Speaking of impacts on the digital sphere, Jason Mraz‘s new single ‘The World As I See It’ debuts at #149 on the US Billboard Digital Tracks chart. Glad to have him back.

Beyoncé‘s ‘Party’ (featuring André 3000) cracks the US Billboard R&B/Hip Hop Top 20 while its predecessor ‘Best Thing I Never Had’ tumbles to #8 there. Speaking of tumbles, Kelendria Trene Rowland‘s ‘Motivation’ finally leaves the said Top 10 while its successor ‘Lay It On Me’ is taking its time, only inching up one spot to #46. Elsewhere on the urban scene, Mary J. Blige‘s new single ’25/8’ bullets to #53.

Luciana‘s ‘I’m Still Hot’ makes #1 on the US Billboard Dance/Club play charts. We can all thank Betty White for that, right? Other big gainers there include Lady Gaga‘s ‘You and I’ (reaching a new peak of #8), Jennifer Lopez‘s ‘Papi’ (#10) and Gloria Estefan‘s ‘Wepa’ – which by the way is one of my favourite jams right now. Her new Latin-dance album Miss Little Havana is good fun, y’guys. You need to check out the slightly ‘We No Speak Americano’ album highlight ‘Hotel Nacional’.

Watch Gloria Estefan‘s ‘Wepa’ music video. Glam ma’s mane is serving some volume and body, y’all.


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.