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.