The Strokes‘ comeback album Angles debuts straight in at #1 here despite attracting mixed reviews from fans and critics. I felt super awkward for the band reading their Pitchfork interview where it was revealed that lead singer Julian Casablancas had strategically distanced himself from the gang and creative involvement altogether for Angles. Sonically, it’s reportedly their most schizophonic and jarring body of work yet – and they know it. It’ll be interesting to see how hard they’ll flog this project given the mixed reception. Angles is also the highest charting new album in the UK this week, debuting at #3.
Chris Brown‘s F.A.M.E. enters at #3 in Australia and #10 in the UK this week. Over in the States, the newly blond R&B star is set to claim his first ever #1 album on the Billboard 200 with F.A.M.E. predicted to sell over 250,000 first week copies. To be fair, the album builds a strong case. It’s already flaunting four hit singles – ‘Deuces’, ‘Yeah 3x’, ‘No BS’ and ‘Look At Me Now’. The other big entry expected to impact US charts later this week is Jennifer Hudson‘s sophomore I Remember Me. Look out!
Other notable new entries in Australia this week go to Panic! At The Disco‘s Vices & Virtues (#6), Sparkadia‘s The Great Impression (#8) and Ke$ha’s remix album (#46).
New Glee hits our singles chart this week with the show’s first ever originals ‘Loser Like Me’ and ‘Get It Right’ debuting at #15 and #34 respectively. Over in the US, ‘Loser Like Me’ debuts at #6 and comes in as the second most downloaded song in the nation, clocking over 210,000 sales. ‘Get It Right’ enters at #16 on the main charts, managing 150,000 first week downloads. All up in the States, the Glee cast has seven new Hot 100 entries this week, amassing over 712,000 digital sales.
Jessica Mauboy‘s ‘What Happened To Us?’ shoots to #14 in Australia this week, no doubt thanks to its strong physical sales. For the second week in a row, it is the best selling CD single in the country. And speaking of the physical charts, Kylie Minogue‘s ‘Better Than Today’ sits at #5 this week. I’ll always cherish the memory of seeing the single propped up on display at a music store in Oxford Street circa Mardi Gras. Get it gays.
Lady Gaga‘s ‘Born This Way’ holds up its sixth consecutive week on top of the US charts, thanks in no small part to its physical single sales. The four-track CD single – featuring the original version and three remixes – managed to pull over 24,000 first week copies in a day and age where physical sales don’t usually account for much.
Rebecca Black‘s ‘Friday’ debuts at #40 on our Aussie digital charts this week and enters the US Billboard Hot 100 at #72, garnering over 37,000 first week downloads there. It’s interesting because while there’s obviously been a lot of discussion about the insipid track and her sudden ubiquity but, according to Billboard, the song only managed to score 12 plays on American radios between 16 – 22 March. Over in the UK, ‘Friday’ moves from #127 to #61 this week.
Miranda Cosgrove‘s High Maintenance EP debuts at #34 on the US charts this week. The iCarly past is a natural deterrent for me but having seen the producer creds behind this project, I’m actually kinda curious now.
The lead single ‘Dancing Crazy’ is co-written by Avril Lavigne and produced by Max Martin, the title track is a Julian Casablancas co-write, there’s a Shontelle cover up in there, and the EP closer ‘Sayonara’ is hemmed by super producers Dr Luke and Greg Kurstin (and co-written by Britney‘s Femme Fetale writers Bonnie McKee and Nicole Morrier). Hmm, indeed!
Nicole Scherzinger‘s ‘Don’t Hold Your Breath’ slips from the UK #1 spot and Adele ‘Someone Like You’ is back on top. Still, it’s nothing to sneeze at. ‘DHYB’ apparently pulled over 98,000 first week sales and over 60,000 in this second week!
Over on the album charts, Nicole’s solo debut Killer Love enters at #8 – only reportedly selling over 19,000 copies. What does everyone think of the record? To be honest, I’m embarrassed for the ho. Seriously. After all this time and talk, this soggy diaper of an album is all you can show for? Should’ve chopped it down to a five-track EP featuring the singles, ‘Killer Love’, ‘Club Banger Nation’ and ‘Power’s Out’. ‘Don’t Hold Your Breath’ is the fourth most added new song to Aussie radios this week.
Ronan Keating‘s Burt Bacharach duet album debuts at #5 in the UK, making this RoRo‘s first solo chart appearance there since 2009’s Winter Songs covers compilation. At this stage it is unknown whether the Irish hunk will be returning as a judge on X Factor Australia this year. Auditions have already started in Perth last week.