Chart Feed – 24.09.12

We’ve seen the charts light up like it was Christmas this month, thanks to the heavy flow of new albums taking over the shelves.

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For only the second time in history, the entire top six spots on the US Billboard 200 are filled with debut entries. Here in Australia, we have eight new albums scaling our ARIA Top 20, while over in the UK, they have six.

Y’all can obviously expect for it to get even more competitive in the coming months as all the strong sellers come out to play for your seasonal spendings.

This has been a good week for Pink, The Killers, Carly Rae Jepsen, Kanye West and – definitely more than ever – PSY, the K-pop icon responsible for ‘Gangnam Style’.

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Chart Feed – 17.09.12

No need to front like you haven’t been doing the ‘Gangnam Style’ routine down the supermarket aisle.

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This has been a good week for K-pop icon PSY, Amelia Lily, Taylor Swift and Pet Shop Boys.

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Chart Feed – 10.09.12

More flash in the pan sellers falling off the charts just as quickly as they came. You really come to appreciate what Adele‘s 21 achieved last year in anchoring the music industry, don’t you?

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This week the sun shines on K-pop star PSY and his incredible viral single ‘Gangnam Style’. Guy SebastianMatchbox Twenty, Flo Rida, Ne-Yo and TobyMac also come through with the goods.

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Guy Sebastian ‘Battle Scars’ (feat. Lupe Fiasco) Single Review

Is it just me or is Guy Sebastian pretty much unshakable lately with his recent string of bulletproof singles?

GUY SEBASTIAN BATTLE SCARS

‘Battle Scars’ is the Aussie pop prince’s newest offering and it’s incidentally also his first dabble in the rap/R&B structure that has already turned glitter into gold for so many Top 40 hitmakers.

However, unlike the majority of these rent-a-rapper verses, Lupe Fiasco‘s contribution here actually feels valid and in equal weighting to Guy‘s sung vocals. I don’t know, y’guys – it just felt like they spent a minute on this and it’s not just another vanity project.

‘Battle Scars’ is a massive bruised ballad with a titan hook that just beats you down with no mercy. The ominous piano-driven ballad, punctuated with crisp beats resembles something Ryan Tedder would pitch to A-list American chart toppers.

Sonically, this third offering from Guy‘s forthcoming Armageddon album flaunts a notably sound from the last two singles: the ARIA Top 10 smashes ‘Gold’ and ‘Don’t Worry Be Happy’.

I haven’t consciously explored his intent here but it does sound like with each of these three tracks, Guy is foreshadowing an album of refined modern pop with diverse soul/R&B fusions – so basically a collision of 2009’s Like It Like That with 2006’s Closer To The Sun? Because ‘Don’t Worry Be Happy’, ‘Gold’ and ‘Battle Scars’ all sound like direct descendants of these two projects.

You don’t get to nine years of successful hit albums and this point where you’re respected for the kind of pop you produce to not know what works for you.

Side bar: you gotta keep in mind that homegrown pop is still a somewhat trivialised genre to most Australians, relegating it as disposable fodder consumed by teen viewers of X Factor and The Voice. Therefore, the handful of artists who escape the masses’ ennui – such as Guy, Delta Goodrem, Missy Higgins and The Veronicas – are rare.

This next step in Guy‘s career deserves to be an international affair and let’s hope with top-notch singles like ‘Battle Scars’, he can begin to break new territories.

Watch the music video for ‘Battle Scars’:



Footnotes:

Since ‘Battle Scars’ dropped on digital shelves last Friday, it has climbed to #1 on our Aussie iTunes chart. Cue celebratory shimmies – from who exactly, I’m not sure. Guy Sebastian will return to our small screens as a judge on X Factor Australia next Monday 20 August, 7.30pm on Channel 7.

Chart Feed – 11.04.11

Britney Spears scores her sixth US #1 album this week with Femme Fetale pulling a strong 276,000 first week sales. This sets the pop legend in a tie with Mariah Carey and Janet Jackson at an equal third for most #1 albums in America. The only queens bettering that is Barbra Streisand, who’s had nine #1s, and Madonna, with seven.

Having said that, this is actually BritBrit‘s second lowest first week album sales. The only one faring less is her 1999 debut Baby One More Time, which managed to rake in 121,000 to go #1. Her last album Circus debuted at #1 with 506,000 first week sales but you gotta keep in mind that it was launched during the lucrative December shopping period. Even Blackout managed to pull 290,000 first week sales to debut at #2.

Billboard notes that this is the first Brit album in over a decade to drop in the American spring time. Most of the albums have been released during the November/December peak shopping months. Might explain the FF sales then but really, there’s been a shift in consumer trends in the last few years. I’m seeing digital track downloads slowly overshadowing album sales.

Over in the UK, Femme Fatale does a death drop from #8 to #16 this week and in Australia, the album slips from #1 to #4.

Snoop Dogg‘s ‘Sweat (David Guetta Remix)’ tops the Aussie singles chart this week, making this the Doggfather’s second solo #1 here after 2005’s ‘Signs’ with Justin Timberlake and Charlie Wilson. This 2011 remix has also charted at #2 on the UK dance charts and #7 on the New Zealand singles charts.

Looking at our Australian Top 20 singles this week, it’s clear that we’re still hard for the urban and dance fusion. See: Snoop (#1), Black Eyed Peas ‘Just Can’t Get Enough’ (#5), Diddy – Dirty Money ‘Coming Home’ (#6), Lupe Fiasco ‘The Show Goes On’ (#7), Chris Brown‘s ‘Beautiful People’ (#9), Flo Rida ‘Who Dat Girl’ (#13), Pitbull feat. Neyo, Afrojack and Nayer‘s ‘Give Me Everything’ (#14) and Ian Carey feat. Snoop and Bobby Anthony ‘Last Night’ (#15).

Jay Sean featuring Lil Wayne‘s ‘Hit The Lights’ straight to #18 this week, thanks to a healthy dose of radio addition here in Australia. This is the British R&B singer’s second serving from his fourth studio album freeze time. You’d think the first single ‘2012 (It Ain’t The End)’ featuring Nicki Minaj would do better than #40 here but no. That was an unexpected fail! Jay‘s most recent Aussie Top 20 appearance was on Jessica Mauboy‘s current single ‘What Happened To Us?’ which drops to #36 this week.

Adele clocks her 11th consecutive week on top of the UK charts and shatters records for longest running #1 for a solo artist’s studio album in British chart history. I wanna emphasise studio album because Elvis has had longer runs but they were both for soundtracks – G1 Blues and Blue Hawaii, both living on top for 17 weeks. Since its release in January, 21 has sold over 3.8 million copies worldwide. BAM! Someone please tell me why there’s still no videos for the singles ‘Someone Like You’ and ‘Set Fire To The Rain’.

Adele is finally making moves on our Aussie singles chart. ‘Rolling In The Deep’ jumps from #40 to #25 this week and ‘Someone Like You’ debuts at #47. The stunning album – 21 – returns to its peak here of #3 this week.

Rumer makes her Australian chart debut at #35 this week with her hugely successful Seasons of My Soul. Have you inspected her choons yet? Take a listen to one of my favourite album tracks ‘Long Long Day’ here:

I am getting tingles and a little flashback to the legendary Karen Carpenter – especially on tracks like ‘Slow’. I had been saying for years that there’ll never be another vocalist that can come close to Karen but I think I was just proven wrong.

Wiz Khalifa‘s first major label album Rolling Papers debuted at #2 in the US, selling 197,000 copies. The record comes supported with a US #1 single ‘Black and Yellow’ and current Top 10 ‘No Sleep’.

Gwynneth Paltrow‘s country flirtation ‘Me and Tennessee’ with Tim McGraw shoots from #110 to #63 in the UK this week. The track is taken from her recent flick Country Strong and believe it or not, it was actually written by her husband Chris Martin (Coldplay).

Katy B is the flavour of the moment, isn’t she? The funky – can’t believe I’m using that term – artist saw her debut LP On A Mission enter the UK charts at #2 this week. The record is supported by three UK smash singles – ‘Katy On A Mission’ which leapt back from #100 to #45 this week, ‘Lights On’ (#4), and ‘Broken Record’ (#8).

Parade – the upcoming UK girl group – sees their debut single ‘Louder’ tumble to #50 this week. Having read so much about them and checking their photos, I have to admit feeling a little underwhelmed when I heard the track. A punchy title like ‘Louder’ deserved to be complemented with more in-your-face production and vocals. What’s next, gurls?

Mary Mary‘s fifth studio album Something Big enters the US Billboard 200 at #10 this week  week, clocking over 42,000 first week sales. Halleloo! Over on the US gospel charts, Something Big charts at #2, making this the divas’ first album to not reign on top there.

Yelle‘s Safari Disco Club cracks the US dance/electronic albums chart at #9 this week. The kooky French electro pop artiste premiered her double A-side video ‘Safari Disco Club’/’Que Veux-tu’ recently and I’m just gagging to hear the rest of the album.

Chart Feed – 21.03.11

Nicole Scherzinger bumps Adele from the top spot to claim her very first UK #1 single. ‘Don’t Hold Your Breath’ is the second offering from the ex-Pussycat’s forthcoming solo album Killer Love and all I can say is, haters better run and hide because that’s two consecutive solo hits for the glamazon. Her last single ‘Poison’ made #2 in the UK a few months back but despite all that good feeling, the song failed to blow up in Australia. Could ‘Don’t Hold Your Breath’ be what Scherzy needs to slay our air waves?

Jennifer Lopez‘s monumental party anthem ‘On The Floor’ climbs to #1 in Australia this week, making this the diva’s second chart topper here after ‘If You Had My Love’. The single has been certified gold sales here and over in the States, it has sold over 609,000 copies to date. The planets are lining up for an epic comeback – don’t fuck it up with the second single.

Jessie J‘s ‘Price Tag’ rises to #2 in Australia this week – as predicted, this song has global takeover potential and with the industrial strength promo and hype behind her, there’s no reason why this can’t go #1.  Jessie’s Who You Are album picked up a bit of pace this week, moving up to #20 in Australia. Over in the US, ‘Price Tag’ jumps to a new peak of #58 on the Billboard Hot 100.

Glee‘s latest compilation Glee: The Music Volume 5 debuts straight in at #1 in Australia this week and #3 in the US, selling over 90,000 first week copies there. All previous volumes of the Glee soundtrack has gone Top 10 here – including their EPs (eg. The Power of Madonna, Journey To Regionals and The Rocky Horror Glee Show) – but this is the gang’s second #1 album here after Volume 3, which featured covers of ‘Total Eclipse of The Heart’, ‘Physical’ and ‘Beautiful’.

Snoop Dogg‘s ‘Sweat’ featuring David Guetta debuts at #9 here this week. The original version of the song titled ‘Wet’ was specifically created for Prince William‘s bachelor party last November. “When I heard the royal family wanted to have me perform in celebration of Prince William’s marriage, I knew I had to give them a little something,” the Dogfather said. The newly remixed ‘Sweat’ is the most added new song to Aussie radios this week – and it will serve as the first single from Snoop‘s forthcoming Doggumentary album which drops here on 15 April.

Chris Brown and Benny Benassi‘s ‘Beautiful People’ debuts at #14 in Australia this week. Another R&B and dance fusion – kapow! The F.A.M.E. album came out last Friday so it’ll be interesting to see where it debuts next Monday.

Britney‘s ‘Till The World Ends’ enters our main singles chart at #19 this week. Why isn’t this massive on our airwaves? I don’t get it. It’s only the eighth most added new track to Aussie radios this week. Speaking of the latest radio additions, here are some interesting new choons making a splash – 360/Pez‘s ‘Just Got Started’ (#2), Wiz Khalifa‘s ‘Black and Yellow’ (#5) and Jay Sean/Lil Wayne‘s ‘Hit The Lights’ (#10). Over in the UK BritBrit‘s ‘Till The World Ends’ plummets from #21 to #55 but back in the States, her stomping ground, the single soars to #9.

Jessica Mauboy‘s ‘What Happened To Us?’ debuts at #30 on our ARIA singles chart this week. I texted my deets to purchase the limited edition signed CD single. Still waiting by the mailbox every day with my hands cupping my chin. On that note, I do miss the Been Waiting era when J Mau singles all had previously unreleased tracks tacked on as b-sides.

Tinie Tempah feat. Kelly Rowland‘s ‘Invincible’ debuts at #41 here this week. It’s yet another mildly acceptable Ms Kelly guest warble but wait my queens, there’s a newer one that might be right up your street. Check on Alex Gaudino and Kelly Rowland‘s ‘What A Feeling’ – no it’s not the Flashdance cover but yeah, it sounds like something Emily Williams from Young Divas would release. Take a listen if you haven’t already and throw some glitter in the air:


 

The Wanted‘s Comic Relief charity single ‘Gold Forever’ debuts at #3 in the UK this week. The track was co-written by Steve Mac, Wayne Hector (both worked on the boys’ ‘All Time Low’ single) and Claude Kelly (hit songwriter behind Britney, Whitney and Jessie J) and it serves as the first single off their forthcoming sophomore album. I personally don’t know if I can handle round two of The (un)Wanted. Thanks for the offer, though.

Parade – the new British girl band everyone’s raving about – sees their debut single ‘Louder’ debut at #10 in the UK this week. Not bad for a first stab. This five-piece has been bubbling over for a while now, having supported Ellie Goulding, Shakira and Alexandra Burke on tour. What do ya’ll think of their look and sound?

Adele‘s reign just won’t let up. This week, the soul siren pulled the #1 and #2 best selling albums in the UK with 21 and 19 lined up accordingly. Hopefully they’re planning to shoot videos for ‘Someone Like You’ and ‘Set Fire To The Rain’.

The Naked and Famous makes a splash on the UK charts this week with their album Passive Me Aggressive You debuting at #25. Elsewhere Arctic Monkey‘s front ho Alex Turner‘s solo EP – the Submarine soundtrack – starts charting at #35 in the UK.

Lupe Fiasco‘s Lasers debuts straight in at #1 on the US Billboard 200, selling over 200,000 first week copies to become the hip hop artist’s first ever chart topper there. All his records have so far have made #1 on the US Rap charts. Golf claps.

Avril Lavigne‘s Goodbye Lullaby debuts at #4 in the US this week, clocking over 87,000 first week copies. It’s shaping up to be a major hit record having already gone #1 here in Australia as well as Japan, Hong Kong, Greece and Czech Republic. What are your picks for second single? Personal favourites are going to ‘Wish You Were Here’, ‘Everybody Hurts’ and ‘Push’.

Jennifer Hudson‘s ‘Where You At’ debuts at #96 on the US Billboard Hot 100 this week. Has anyone inspected her new album – I Remember Me – yet? I don’t mind ‘Where You At’ but seriously, I can’t do another beige wailfest. Can’t and won’t do it.

Alexis Jordan‘s ‘Good Girl’ moves up to #10 on the US Dance/Club charts. Highly doubt it’ll go in the way of ‘Happiness’ and scale to the top of the dance charts there. I am ready to put my cash money on ‘Hush Hush’ being the next single but knowing how similar it sounds to the two existing singles, her team might actually decide to switch it up with something sonically different.

Mary Mary‘s got a new single out at the moment, in case you care to scribble it down on your “to check out” list this week. ‘Walking’ is the first offering from the gospel duo’s sixth studio album Something Big [Editor’s note: I know, right? Just ’cause you ain’t heard nothin’ since ‘Shackles (Praise You)’, don’t mean there ain’t nothin’.] I went out and grabbed the sistas’ first two albums but all the subsequent releases have flown past me. Check out Mary Mary‘s feel good new track. Bounce snap personified, ladies:

 

‘Walking’ sits at #100 on the main US Billboard charts this week. The Something Big album drops in the States on 29 March.

Ellie Goulding‘s Lights album debuts at #129 on the US Billboard 200 this week and since this is her first Billboard appearance, it’s also shown up on the Heatseekers’ chart, effortlessly making #1 there. The American edition features a rejigged tracklisting with three tracks from her Bright Lights EP. Will she follow in the step of Florence + The Machine and find her way into radio ubiquity there? By the end of 2010, Lights has already sold over 380,000 copies in the UK.

Chart Feed – 14.03.11

Avril Lavigne‘s Goodbye Lullaby debuts at #1 in Australia this week, making this the Canadian pop rawker’s third chart topping album here. Over in the States, Goodbye Lullaby comes in at #4 on the Billboard Hot 200.

In Japan, the record – in both standard and deluxe editions – have dominated the iTunes charts, reportedly selling over 31,935 copies in the first 24 hours to debut at #1 and #4 respectively. With Brit and Avril getting us hyped this year, all we need for a full fledged reunion of early-00s pop titans is a couple of stellar releases from Justin Timberlake and Christina Aguilera.

There’s been a whirlwind of new releases blowing up our ARIA Top 20 this week, golf claps all around for the following chart debuts: The WaifsTemptation (#3), Lupe Fiasco‘s Lasers (#4), Alexis Jordan‘s self-titled LP (#11), Oh Mercy‘s Great Barrier Grief (#13), R.E.M.‘s Collapse Into Now (#15).

Aussie country singer Jasmine Rae sees her new album Listen Here debut at #35 this week. Take a listen to her feisty track ‘Hunky Country Boys’ – because, y’know, she totally had me at the title: 

 

Britney‘s roof-raising new anthem ‘Till The World Ends’ debuts at #18 on our Aussie digital charts and #20 on the US Billboard Hot 100 this week. Over in the UK, it shoots up to #21 but get this, every single Godney has released over there so far has gone Top 20 (except the underpromo-ed ‘Radar’). 

So, you would’ve all heard the prematurely leaked Femme Fatale album by now. What are your thoughts and favourite tracks? To me, this truly is one of the most essential Britney albums to date. It’s ranked up there somewhere with In The Zone and Blackout. Bitch will slay hard once the record drops worldwide.

Jessie J‘s ‘Price Tag’ has stormed up the ARIA single charts this week, high stepping from #22 to #3, thanks in no small part to the healthy radio rotation it has been getting. Her album Who You Are enters at #27 here but watch this baby rise as the gospel of Jessie J spreads across the nation. Interest in the States should have piqued considerably after her recent Saturday Night Live performance.

Brian McFadden‘s ‘Just The Way You Are (Drunk At The Bar)’ debuts on the main ARIA charts at #49 this week. *Drops to the ground laughing, flails arms, getting wheeled out on a stretcher*

Gypsy & The Cat‘s ‘Jona Vark’ – Van She Tech and Tommy Trash remixes – debuts at #49 on our Aussie club charts this week. The Melbourne electro pop duo has been confirmed as Goddess Kylie‘s opening act for the Aussie leg of her Aphrodite tour.

Wiz Khalifa‘s ‘Black and Yellow’ makes a huge splash across the Atlantic this week when it debuted at #5 on the UK charts. The US chart topping hip hop track is the only new entry on the UK Top 20 this week. As of last month, ‘Black and Yellow’ has pulled over 2.3 million download sales in the States. Bam!

Clare Maguire‘s spectacular Light After Dark album tumbles from #7 to #24 in the UK this week while the chic single ‘The Last Dance’ falls from #24 to #49. I grabbed my copy of the LP when it came out here in Australia on Friday and it’s marvelous. Folks, lose yourself in this and it can be our smug little indulgence that the generic Aussie record buyers won’t get. Kinda like Hurts and Paloma Faith.

Another British soul diva conquers the US this week: Marsha AmbrosiusLate Nights & Early Mornings debuts at #2 on the US Billboard 200, behind Adele‘s titan 21 album. Marsha first came to our attention as one half of neo/soul duo Floetry but she’s probably better known these days for her songwriting prowess – see: Michael Jackson‘s lush ‘Butterflies’ (a favourite from his Invincible album) and Alicia Keys‘ ‘Go Ahead’ (from the As I Am record).

Your Chart Feed homework for this week is to check on Marsha‘s choons. Here’s the lead single from her Late Nights… record, ‘Hope She Cheats On You (With A Basketball Player)’:

 

Jennifer Lopez‘s anthemic ‘On The Floor’ moves up to #5 on the US Billboard Hot 100. Mami recently revealed in an interview chat that a second single will precede the Love? album release – and it’s likely to be a track titled ‘I’m Into You’ featuring Lil Wayne.

Ricky Martin‘s Musica + Alma + Sexo drops to #97 in the US after three weeks. No shade, of course. This record debuted at #3 and became the biggest primarily-Spanish language album to hit the US Billboard charts since Selena‘s Dreaming of You back in 1995. Ricky’s album is also pulled the biggest first week sales for any Sony Music Latin record.

Keri Hilson‘s ‘Pretty Girl Rock’ has finally cracked the US Top 30 this week, rising to #27. It’s only taken 15 weeks and so many close calls. Her brilliant No Boys Allowed album will drop in stores here this Friday (you can already download it off iTunes etc.) and Ms Keri is headed for our shores next month for the huge urban festival Supafest. Other headline acts include Taio Cruz, Timbaland, Snoop Dogg, Ciara, Busta Rhymes and Bow Wow. Grab your tickets here.