Chart Feed – 06.08.12

A whole season must’ve passed beneath our feet, moons come and gone, colours of the wind changed, since our last Chart Feed – but I’m now ready to immerse myself back into a regime of tireless research on Monday nights.

Chart Feed

Perhaps once the choir of angels performing their celebratory rendition of ‘You Bring Me Joy’ has ascended back to heaven, we can begin this week’s pickings of the ARIA, UK Official and US Billboard charts.

This was a particularly rosy week for Justice Crew and Conor Maynard, featuring new entries also from The Veronicas, Kelendria Trene Rowland and Scissor Sisters.

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Chart Feed – 29.08.11

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

Kelly Rowland feat. Lil Wayne ‘Motivation’ Music Video

I think me and ‘Motivation’ are finally ready to meet in the middle.

I have to admit, I momentarily stopped stanning for Kelly when I first heard ‘Motivation’. The baby makin’ urban balladry really wasn’t what I ordered, especially after she’s whet our appetites with a defining dance number like ‘Commander’ but y’know a gurl’s gotta eat, and the American R&B market’s readily re-embracing her now, particularly after the recent Nelly collabo: ‘Gone’.

 

I had no idea how the bitch was gonna turn it out for the ‘Motivation’ video. All I know is, if I catch her greased up flossing a gold thong all over a white fur rug up in some cliched mansion in Miami, it’s all ovah.

Thankfully, Ms Kelly switched her game face back on and delivered some slick choreography. Major kudos to director Sarah Chatfield (the woman behind Wynter Gordon‘s stylish ‘Dirty Talk’ and ‘Believer’ videos) for the sweaty fantastic visuals.

Check on the three highlights of ‘Motivation’:

1) Banging choreography.

I gotta give it the crew. Everything about the choreography here is so on point and slick. It’s sexy, no shit yeah, it’s sexy bump ‘n’ grind. But never at any point did I feel that it was straying into too nasty. Okay, we just clocked Kelly groping her dancer.

2) Lady love.

We’ve seen a woman touch up on Ms Kelly before right? Tell me I’m right. Tell me this is not the first time we’ve seen a woman caress up on the diva’s arms and thighs like that. I need to know that this isn’t something new she’s trying on for size.

3) Hard.

They could’ve set this on a beach with bodies bathing in the moonlight or had Kelly sexing it up in a boudoir, instead they went for an abandoned warehouse/ underground club look – and it just works. Totally appreciating the contrast between the rigid industrialised set and the song’s own feminine sensuality.

Footnotes:

‘Motivation’ – produced by Jim Jonsin (the man behind tracks on Michelle WilliamsUnexpected LP) – will be released digitally on 12 April in the US.

I am absolutely living for the sick’ning Diploremix. The dubstep reimagination is a pure revelation and seriously, it’d be a crime if Ms Kelly doesn’t service it to the clubs – especially in the UK.

Leak Report: Jennifer Lopez feat. Lil Wayne ‘I’m Into You’

There’s something so charming about how self-referential the new J.Lo sonics are.

If ‘On The Floor’ reminded us of her capacity to stop the earth dead on its orbit with a global dance track, ‘I’m Into You’ is a similarly minded throwback to J.Lo‘s urban persuasion.

This one’s particularly catered to the Rebirth fans. That’s just the flavour I’m tasting, anyway.

‘I’m Into You’ isn’t life changing by any means but it’s effective enough to slot in with the Rihanna and Keri Hilson-styled radio singles. And it doesn’t hurt to have Weezy on board, either.

What do ya’ll make of it?

 

Feed Limmy verdict: Bounce snap.

Mighty snap = this is a hit.
Bounce snap = instantly likeable.
Lightbulb snap = you will need a moment to get into this.
Nonchalant snap = need I say more?
No snap = please cease and decease.

Jennifer Lopez is running a Like For Love? Facebook campaign where if you ‘like’ one of her new tracks enough, it’ll be unlocked and be made available on iTunes.

‘I’m Into You’ is the first one released form the movement.

Footnotes:

J.Lo‘s eagerly anticipated Love? is out here digitally on 22 April, the physical release comes forth the following week.

You can pre-order an exclusive Glitteratti edition of the album from her website now, which goes for a meagre $US99.99.

It comes with an autographed lithograph Love? cover, 12″ vinyl with ‘On The Floor’ remixes, three additional J.Lo lithographs, a J.Lo poster and a deluxe edition of the album featuring bonus tracks. Gag!

Leak Report: Kelly Rowland feat. Lil Wayne ‘Motivation’

So long, dance music commander. Kelly Rowland has officially retreated to make baby makin’ R&B cuts.

We should’ve known better than to expect for Ms Kelly to pull the trigger with another killer dance anthem. If ‘Motivation’ is indeed a sign of what’s to come, I think it’s safe to say that an urban-inflected studio album is on the way for this flawless diva who can’t seem to catch a solo smash.

While there’s nothing incriminating about ‘Motivation’ per se, it’s definitely far from the life-changing and immediate hit she desperately needs right now. This track could sit itself down with the other mid-tempo fillers on her last album and you wouldn’t even notice.

I have officially removed myself from discussions of this track because I think it’s best to see how urban music fans react to this. I mean, take a listen. She couldn’t have been more blatant about getting back in their good books.

“Push harder, you’re almost there now. So go lover, make mama proud… and when we’re done, I don’t wanna feel my legs.” Pause.

Hat tip to Pinboard Blog for the clip.

Feed Limmy verdict:  nonchalant snap.

Mighty snap = this is a hit.
Bounce snap = instantly likeable.
Lightbulb snap = you will need a moment to get into this.
Nonchalant snap = need I say more?
No snap = please cease and decease.

Footnotes:

Kelly Rowland feat. Lil Wayne‘s ‘Motivation’ is co-written by Rico Love (the man behind Beyonce‘s untouchable ‘Sweet Dreams’) and produced by Jim Jonsin (who produced the defining Michelle Williams track ‘Hello Heartbreak’).

Expect for Kelly to confirm the official release date for ‘Motivation’ and of course, that elusive third studio album soon.

Leak Report: Mary J. Blige feat. Diddy and Lil Wayne ‘Someone To Love Me (Remix)’

Don’t get up. This is not the official new single from Mary J Blige.

Here soul queen MJB offers her own vocal-intensive remix of Diddy Dirty Money‘s ‘Someone To Love Me’ while fans keep waiting for her to complete her tenth studio album.

Everything else is primarily the same bar Mary‘s hook and verse, and of course, the new Lil Wayne rap that throws a reference to her 1994 single ‘My Life’.

It’s not soul food by any stretch – just a little morsel for the urban market to ease the hunger pains until she drops a proper record later this year. Have a listen to the track:

Diddy Ft. Mary J. Blige & Lil Wayne – Someone To Love Me (MJBNAKEDMIX) by DJ Decko

Feed Limmy verdict: Nonchalant snap.

Snap legend
Mighty snap = this is a hit.
Bounce snap = instantly likeable.
Lightbulb snap = you will need a moment to get into this.
Nonchalant snap = need I say more?
No snap = please cease and decease.

Footnotes:

Mary J Blige premiered the above cut on air on New York’s Hot 97 yesterday.

Fellow Aussies, did you know Mary grabbed our gurl Vanessa Amorosi for a special remix of her ‘Each Tear’ track last year? Listen here.

Chart Feed – 11.10.10

Zoe Badwi’s ‘Freefallin’ has finally cracked the Aussie Top 20 this week, rising to #16! The anthemic dance track is Zoe’s first solo crossover after notching up two #1 positions on the ARIA club charts. TV Rock’s Grant Smillie, who’s also Zoe’s label boss and producer, announced that her next single – ‘Accidents Happen’ – is due soon with an album featuring collaborations with the who’s who of the dance scene. You can listen to my chat with Grant on air this Wednesday 8-9pm on JOY 94.9’s Diff’rent Strokes.

Adam Lambert’s about to drop his first Aussie tour next week and I love how everyone’s already moistening the tips of their guyliners in baited anticipation. The Glam Nation Tour – really, is there any other kind? – will be firing glitter in Hong Kong, Kuala Lumpur and Auckland for the rest of the week before pulling up in Melbourne next Tuesday. His first single ‘For Your Entertainment’ has charted at #49 here this week but his label’s pushing ‘Fever’ – the Lady Gaga co-write – to coincide with the tour.

Glee Cast’s vocal-hypnotic cover of ‘Toxic’ debuts at #37 here and #16 in the US, where it was the highest charting new single this week, easily outselling the other Britney covers they were purveying in that episode. While it’s admittedly a decent rendition, I’m still hooked on Artie doing ‘Stronger’. It was just right on so many levels. This week is the Duets episode for our Glee kids – looking forward to Santana and Mercedes raising the roof with ‘River Deep Mountain High’ and a cheese-intensive cover of Jason Mraz/Colbie Caillat’s ‘Lucky’.

Wynter Gordon’s ‘Dirty Talk (Laidback Luke Mix)’ makes its debut at our Aussie club charts this week at #36. Her local label Neon Records has plans to pull the upcoming dance/R&B artiste out here for festivals early next year. Fingers crossed Wynter can move on from ‘Dirty Talk’ and onto something a little more euphoric then. Elsewhere, Miami Horror and Kimbra’s ‘I Look To You’ creeps in at #43 this week.

Sydney indie pop band The Jezabels has the #1 selling physical single in the country this week with ‘Dark Storm’. In the grand scheme of things, the single debuts at #40 on the main charts.

Kylie’s ‘Get Outta My Way’ is the third highest-selling physical single in the country this week. It’s very heartening to see that people are still grabbing CD singles where they can but really, this accolade is not even worthy of golf claps. There’s trouble over in the UK for Min too as ‘Get Outta My Way’ drops from #12 to #31 this week. Jesus wept.

Robbie Williams and Gary Barlow’s ‘Shame’ painfully missed out on a #1 debut in the UK this week. The duet – which is coming off Robbie’s second greatest hits package – only managed to come in at #2 behind Cee-Lo’s ‘Forget You’ (see: clean version of ‘F U’ or ‘Fuck You’). I suggest that we stop mulling over the Robbie & Gary collabos and focus our energy fangurling over the almighty Take That reunion single: ‘The Flood’.

Kelly Rowland’s ‘Forever And A Day’ has broken through in the UK, rising from #103 to #49 this week. I’m sorry but this song does nothing for me. I get that it’s cut from the same template Guetta used for ‘Commander’ but it’s lacking the fierceness I so desperately crave in Kelly’s choons. Elsewhere, Ms Kelly has made an appearance on Tinie Tempah’s album track, ‘Invincible’. The track debuts at #57 this week and I’d be keen to see if this’ll outdo ‘Forever And A Day’.

Tinie Tempah’s Disc-overy album debuts at #1 in the UK this week. We all knew this was inevitable. The electro rap fusion’s still going strong in the market and every single he has dropped so far has gone Top 5. Keep an ear out for the album’s fifth single ‘Wonderman’ featuring Ellie Goulding.

Natalie Imbruglia has come throttling back up the UK charts this week (#71) after One Direction performed ‘Torn’ in the Judges House phase of X Factor. Poor Nat, here she is hosting our X Factor every week and looking fabulous – even in technicolour vomit – and do we send her songs back up the charts? No. Don’t hold your breath for Come To Life to resurrect anytime soon.

Lil Wayne’s I Am Not A Human Being debuts at #2 in the US this week. What was initially intended as an appetiser EP leading up to his Carter IV album became a full LP in its own right when the rapper decided to scrap that album and start over. Elsewhere, his rookie Nicki Minaj’s single ‘Right Thru Me’ – hopefully not an ode to laxatives? – debuts at #74 in the US this week. The video was shot in L.A. on 1 October, expect to see results soon.

Feed Limmy Top 20 Most Played This Week:

#1 davidlim – Do What I Do
#2 Lene – Here We Go
#3 davidlim – Into You
#4 Nadine Coyle – Insatiable
#5 Shontelle – Perfect Nightmare
#6 davidlim – Sitting In The Dark
#7 Glee Cast – Bust Your Windows*
#8 Tata Young – Mission Is You
#9 Paloma Faith – Smoke & Mirrors
#10 Cheryl Cole – Promise This
#11 Glee Cast – Me Against The Music*
#12 Glee Cast – Stronger*
#13 Glee Cast – I’m A Slave 4U*
#14 Glee Cast – Physical (feat. Olivia Newton-John)
#15 Glee Cast – Telephone
#16 Pink – Raise Your Glass*
#17 Shontelle – Take Ova (feat. Pitbull)
#18 Rachel Stevens – I Said Never Again (But Here We Are)
#19 Utada – Dirty Desire
#20 Toni Braxton – Make My Heart
* = Added to playlist this week.