No need to front like you haven’t been doing the ‘Gangnam Style’ routine down the supermarket aisle.
This has been a good week for K-pop icon PSY, Amelia Lily, Taylor Swift and Pet Shop Boys.
No need to front like you haven’t been doing the ‘Gangnam Style’ routine down the supermarket aisle.
This has been a good week for K-pop icon PSY, Amelia Lily, Taylor Swift and Pet Shop Boys.
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:
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:
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’:
In case you were wondering, the albums to have spent longer #1 in Australia include: The Sound of Music soundtrack (76 weeks), Dire Straits‘ Brothers in Arms (34 weeks), The Beatles‘ Sgt 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 Chambers‘ Storybook (#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:
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:
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!
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.
Lady Gaga is on the edge of another #1 smash. It’s a dried up pun but I am flogging it anyway. ‘The Edge of Glory’ rises to a new peak of #2 here in Australia this week. If it does ascend to the top, this will be Ms Germanotta’s fourth #1 hit in the country following ‘Just Dance’, ‘Poker Face’ and ‘Born This Way’. Over in the US, the arrival of the ‘EOG’ remixes saw the single leap up the dance/club charts to #5 this week while the regular single version remains mostly the same on the Hot 100, pop songs and radio airplay charts. Gaga‘s double platinum-selling Born This Way album sits at #2 in Australia this week, spit roasted between two monstrous Adele records 21 (top) and 19 (bottom).
Since news broke of Amy Winehouse‘s tragic passing yesterday, her defining Back to Black album has soared to the top of iTunes charts all across the globe. In the last 24 hours, the record managed to go #1 in the US, UK, Canada, France, Germany, Spain, Austria, Belgium, Switzerland, Denmark, Italy, Luxembourg, Netherlands and Portugal. How about that? I don’t think I’ve recited that many European nations since grade five geography. In the brief time where this sales surge still counted for the week ending, Back to Black managed to rake up enough to re-enter the UK Top 100 at #59. Over on the UK R&B charts, ‘Back to Black’ the single re-enters at #22.
Adele – who would’ve thought that she’d have a place on the club charts too. I know, right? This global domination is getting a little cray-cray. ‘Set Fire to The Rain’ – the albeit quite decent Moto Blanco remix – has cracked the ARIA club charts at #45 this week. I’ve always seen our club charts as a fair indication of what regular commercial clubs like. Y’know, as opposed to what I actually get down to at my regular gay club which only spins pop radio edits. I honestly can’t imagine too many folks in them straight clubs getting down to some stern Adele epic. ‘Set Fire To The Rain’ is not the kinda shit you bump genitals to. This club remix is clearly designed for queens to emote to on the dance floor. No good moves can come of this.
Take a listen to ‘Set Fire to The Rain (Moto Blanco Club Mix)’ and let’s emote together under the strobe lights:
Maroon 5 and Christina Aguilera‘s ‘Moves Like Jagger’ continues to charm the airwaves and charts, rising to new heights of #6 this week in Australia. Meanwhile, fellow The Voice judge Blake Shelton is also winning thanks to the new found ubiquity. The well-timed release of his new album Red River Blue saw it debut straight on top of the US Billboard 200 on Wednesday. Blake is no stranger to reigning in the country scene but this is his first #1 album on the Billboard 200. You can tell Christina‘s just itching to have a record out already but word is, she’ll probably drop one to coincide with the next season of The Voice. She was smart to not go in when Blake and Maroon 5 are cooking up hits. It would’ve been a Voice overkill and Xtina wouldn’t put herself in a situation where she can’t come out the strongest.
Gotye and Kimbra‘s ‘Somebody That I Used To Know’ leaps to #12 on the ARIA charts this week, making this the biggest commercial success yet for both artists. It totally helped that the single + video bundle had advertising residency on the iTunes home page all week and not the mention, the decent radio support it has gotten. Aren’t we glad that Havana Brown is no longer the highest selling Australian on the chart? Not to shade on ‘We Run The Night’ or anything because both the single and video are fierce as fuck but I’m ready for a new leader in the race.
The Potbelleez – following on from our discussion of Aussie acts – are ready to drop a new single this Friday titled ‘Midnight Midnight’. They experienced a fair chunk of success with the last single ‘From The Music’ and even though ‘Midnight Midnight’ is technically the band’s fourth single from Destination Now, the album is still fairly new on the block so one can probably expect maybe a fifth one to follow this? The gang are currently half way through their nationwide tour.
Beyonce‘s ‘Best Thing I Never Had’ cracks the Australian Top 20 this week, placing itself at #18 and interestingly enough – certifying gold sales already. Its ferocious predecessor ‘Run The World’ is just about ready to exit our Top 50 but not before collecting a platinum sales certification. The album 4 has completed its first month in our Top 10, even though it has been dropping two places every week like clockwork. 4 is currently at #8 this week [Editor’s note: we saved you from doing the math]. Over in the UK, 4 reigns at #2 while ‘Best Thing I Never Had’ holds tight to #4 position. In the US, 4 tumbles after two weeks on top, slipping to #5 on the Billboard Hot 200 while ‘BTINH’ dips slightly to #25 on the US Billboard Hot 100.
Blink 182‘s comeback single ‘Up All Night’ debuts at #30 in Australia this week. I feel nothing so let’s move on, tea is getting cold. Major UK dance hit ‘Mr Saxobeat’ by Alexandra Stan is finally crossing over to Australia. The track might’ve dominated the club scene for a bit but it made it’s debut on our mainstream ARIA Top 50 this week at #49. The climate is right for dance music and it seems with Australia, we’re really down with the polar opposites. On one hand you’ve got roof-raising dance singles colouring the airwaves and the other, organic soulful artists like Adele and Seeker Lover Keeper doing well.
Incubus‘ new album If Not Now, When? debuts at #2 in the US and #10 in Australia, making it the highest selling new album here this week. Spare a thought for American adult contemporary darling Colbie Caillat who saw her third album All of You debut at #49 in Australia. I’ve seen her new Olay commercial-looking promo shots advertised on several websites but pardon me, does she even have a single on the radio? Do people know the bitch is back? Over in America, results are more favourable for All of You – it topped the digital charts and came in at #6 on the Billboard Hot 200, selling 70,000 first week copies.
The Wanted spends their second week on top of the UK charts with ‘Glad You Came’. I was shocked at first, then I checked the surroundings for any real new chart contenders and it all made sense. Further down, Selena Gomez and The Scene‘s ‘Love You Like A Love Song’ cracks the UK Top 100 to land at #58 while across the Atlantic, its sister single ‘Who Says’ ascends to the top of the US Billboard dance/club charts. Can’t hold a good Disney ho down.
Upcoming UK pop sensation Yasmin has been riding the cool underground wave on the blogosphere all year so if you haven’t already inspected her new single ‘Finish Line’, do it quietly now and then just act like you know. The track leapt up the UK indie singles chart to #29 this week. Y’know, there’s something mesmerising about her understated hip hop-inflected pop that’s a little reminiscent of early Sugababes material. Check out the video for ‘Finish Line’:
Kylie Minogue has some kind of obscene value pack compilation thing happening in the UK aptly titled The Albums 2000-2010 which entered the charts at #37 this week. It is some frankenstein five-disc creation with a mash up cover, featuring Light Years, Fever, Body Language, X and of course, Aphrodite. Are they dropping this in Australia or have they decided that we’ve had enough with our tour edition and over-the-top Goddess edition Aphrodite? Meanwhile over in the States, her most recent single ‘Put Your Hands Up’ rises to #10 on the dance/club charts.
Y’know, I’ve never been more certain that Kylie‘s no longer perceived as mainstream enough for the kids than when this single was snubbed. Has she been written off in Australia and just relegated to the realm of fags and accompanying hags? Oh dear, what has happened? Will children grow up and not recognise Kylie? Will they speak of her like we speak of Taylor Dayne right now? I need to lie down for a bit.
Wynter Gordon‘s ‘Til Death’ ascends to a new peak of #4 on the US dance/club charts. It would be a glorious moment to see my gurl achieve two consecutive US #1 dance hits – I’ve got my fingers crossed. Ms Gordon is currently in tour rehearsal mode preparing for her month-long support gig accompanying Patrick Stump. The dates see them cover most major cities in America including a few spots in Canada.
Meanwhile, I would really love to have a radio edit of R3hab‘s ‘Til Death’ remix pushed to US and UK radios. It can be their answer to our Australian Denzal Park single version. Take a listen and just nod furiously in agreement:
Kasey Chambers has cracked the US Billboard Heatseeker albums chart at #6 with her latest country effort Little Bird. I say get it, Kasey. Don’t let them tell you you’re not pretty enough [Editor’s note: wrong KC era, mate]. This is the album she’s going in with to crack America and I’ve read some critics saying it’s actually her strongest body of work to date. Someone’s in with a good winning chance if she puts in the time and hard yards touring. Conquering America is no quick feat – just ask fellow Aussies Missy Higgins, Delta, Guy Sebastian and I guess if there’s one more spot on the panel I gotta fill, Tamara Jaber.
Che’Nelle‘s romantic covers album Luv Songs managed to climb to the top of the Japanese iTunes charts after its release last Wednesday. You know I stan for my fellow Malaysian sista from another mista, even if the prospect of doing some vanilla covers album ain’t exactly hot. I’ve had a listen to the collection and Ms Lim thoroughly owns it. They sound like Che’Nelle tracks. Picks of the pack include her cover of Ne-Yo‘s classic ‘So Sick’ and ‘Sakura’, a sublime English-rewriting of the classic J-pop ballad.
Rihanna’s banging new single ‘Only Girl (In The World)’ debuts at #1 in Australia this week, shifting a mind-blowing 22,621 copies to become her fourth [Editor’s note: make that fifth solo] chart-topper here. If these walls could speak, they’d probably tell me to stop blasting this track on loop. Instead, they’re peeling my photos off the wall in silent protest. *Shakes fist*
Glee fans fangurling all over last week’s season premiere have sent the show’s version of ‘Empire State of Mind’, ‘Telephone’ and ‘Billionaire’ into our Top 50. The choir-hood rendition of ‘Empire State of Mind’ debuts at #40 (the original version bullets to #25) and Charice vs Lea Michele’s ‘Telephone’ robo-vamp debuts at #45.
Charice – when she’s engaging in Filipina diva mode and not being the Hello Kitty-totting Sunshine on Glee – scores her first UK crossover. Her ‘Pyramid’ single debuts at #17 this week six months after it first came out in the US. Perhaps the song stands a better chance of succeeding here now with the Glee association. Better yet – Moving Forward ™, Australia – let’s just submit ‘In Love So Deep’ to local radios.
Jessica Mauboy’s glossy-ghetto comeback ‘Get Em Girls’ debuts at #22 on the Australian digital charts this week. While I love clicking my heels to this, I can’t imagine the wider Aussie public snapping to J Mau’s new flo’. On the other hand, if this was Willow Smith’s ‘Whip My Hair’…
Will.i.Am and Nicki Minaj’s Buggles-sampled track ‘Check It Out’ enters at #21 here this week, making this Minaj’s highest charting Aussie single yet. The fine femme-cee has been the talk of the block for months now but what got me throwing the side eye is revelations of her alter egos: Roman Zolanski and Onika (the latter being the I Am of her many Sasha Fierces).
The Potbelleez’s mighty new single ‘Hello’ rockets from #42 to #26 after their rapturous X Factor performance last Monday. I don’t think this show knows its own strength. Can you imagine Scarlett Belle making Top 20 next week after tonight’s elimination gig? Please.
Justice Crew (for those playing at home, see: winners of Australia’s Got Talent) finds their debut single ‘And Then We Dance’ heading back up to #46 on this week’s chart. The hip hop dance troupe will also be rocking the X Factor stage tonight.
Brian McFadden and Delta Goodrem’s disco ballad ‘Mistakes’ has finally cracked our Top 50 this week, selling over 2400 copies to make #41. Time to tape off the scene and bring in the demolition team to knock down that Wall of Soundz, people.
Donna Summer’s new piece ‘To Paris With Love’ and Kylie’s ‘Get Outta My Way’ sashays up the US Dance/Club Plays chart, peaking at #12 and #14 respectively. I’m sorry, my fellow gays but if this is the best we can work with then I might just hibernate for the next three months.
Bruno Mars is gonna be a billionaire, so fucking fast. The Hawaiian producer/songwriter has gone #1 in the US and UK for his new solo single: ‘Just The Way You Are’. You can check out tracks from his forthcoming Doo-Wops & Hooligans album on his Myspace now. I don’t care what this man does from here on in. He who had a hand in writing Sugababes’ ‘Get Sexy’ earns my eternal adoration.
Florence + The Machines celebrates their first US charting single ‘Dog Days Are Over’ this week. The track shot from #93 to #21, no doubt an after effect of the MTV VMAs win. The 2008 single was re-released with a new video this year, which picked up a moon man for Best Art Direction. “The original was so cheap… it was a video camera in a forest with my dad and Marks & Spencer sandwiches,” Flo says of ye olde promo clip.
Kasey Chambers sees her new album Little Bird debut at #3 in Australia this week. This is the country warbler’s sixth studio album and her first one yet since The Captain to not make #1. But stay tuned and keep your banjos in check because it could very well move up the charts in the coming weeks.
Maroon 5’s Hands All Over debuts at #6 in the UK this week, making this the first hit album Robert “Mutt” Lange has produced since his ex-wife Shania Twain’s Up! (STFU, Wikipedia. I refuse to acknowledge Nickelback’s Dark Horse as a valid contribution to pop music). Speaking of my Revlon country pop beauty, where is she hiding out these days? Is she still living off the royalty dimes she collects from drag clubs playing ‘Man! I Feel Like A Woman’? Not good enough.
Also, Phil Collins has a new album out and it’s the #1 seller in the UK this week. Don’t tell dad.
Feed Limmy Top 20 Most Played:
#1 davidlim – Do What I Do*
#2 Cheryl Cole – Promise This
#3 Jessica Mauboy – Get ‘Em Girls (feat. Snoop Dogg)
#4 Nadine Coyle – Insatiable
#5 Brandy – Lifeguard*
#6 Jazmine Sullivan – Bust Your Windows*
#7 davidlim – Get Crazy
#8 Ace of Base – All For You
#9 Shontelle – Take Ova (feat. Pitbull)
#10 Beyonce – Diva
#11 Che’nelle – Tear Jerker
#12 Shontelle – Perfect Nightmare
#13 Scott Spark – Fail Like You Mean It*
#14 Glee Cast – Telephone*
#15 Glee Cast – Empire State of Mind*
#16 BoA – Copy & Paste*
#17 Scott Spark – Half Formed Song*
#18 Kelly Rowland – Commander
#19 Kylie Minogue – All The Lovers
#20 Glee Cast – The Boy Is Mine
* = Added to playlist this week