Chart Feed – 23.04.12

Carly Rae Jepsen, you can’t shake this bitch. Her mega pop hit ‘Call Me Maybe’ continues to reign on the Australian and UK singles chart, beating down heavyweights like Delta Goodrem and Florence + The Machine.

New albums by Kate Miller-HeidkeJason Mraz and Monica blow up the Australian, UK and US charts.

We trace the first imprints of The Voice Australia‘s impact on our ARIA Top 100 and look ahead to new releases from Reece MastinMaroon 5 and Alexandra Burke.

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Marina and The Diamonds “Electra Heart” Album Artwork and Tracklisting

Sometimes with Marina Diamandis, you gotta be prepared to take the good with a load of wanky artist talk. But I’m now convined that somewhere inside all of this is an intelligent, fulfilling pop music listen that I don’t want to miss out on.

The critically-lauded British singer/songwriter has unveiled the artwork and final tracklisting for her sophomore album Electra Heart, which we’ve all heard murmurs about since late last year.

During the promo circuit for her last single ‘Radioactive’, Marina went to great lengths to depict Electra Heart as some complex, philosophical and high-brow pop album. There was a three-part music video trilogy uploaded on YouTube to foreshadow the album. It looked like a lot of thinking had gone into it but it wasn’t necessarily packaged in the most appealing way.

Basically, ‘Radioactive’ was the first take of Marina speaking to her indie music following in a parlance of mainstream dance/pop beats. I don’t think it was quite what they ordered. 

To be honest, it took me a second to get where she was going with this polished A-list production [Editor’s note: Dr Luke, Cirkut, Stargate, Diplo and Greg Kurstin are just some of the heavyweights involved]. But it just clicked when I heard her newest album track ‘Homewrecker’ and went back to ‘Fear and Loathing’.

Fingers crossed for more similar lightbulb moments when she launches the project’s official first single ‘Primadonna’ , which is set for a 16April release in the UK.

Check out the final tracklisting for Electra Heart:

1 – Bubblegum Bitch
2 – Primadonna
3 – Lies
4 – Homewrecker
5 – Starring Role
6 – The State of Dreaming
7 – Power and Control
8 – Living Dead
9 – Teen Idle
10 – Valley of The Dolls
11 – Hypocrates
12 – Fear and Loathing

Listen to the new album track ‘Homewrecker’:


 
Footnotes:

Marina and The Diamonds will launch Electra Heart in the UK on 30 April. Stay tuned for an Aussie drop date.

Chart Feed – 24.10.11

Ricki-Lee‘s life-changing comeback single ‘Raining Diamonds’ is undoubtedly the most important new entry on our ARIA charts this week. While some of you might throw a stink face at the song’s #62 debut, y’all need to keep in mind that this is purely off one week’s work. Seriously, before last Monday, nobody even knew Ricki-Lee had a record deal and was planning a comeback. That information was well classified and the world wasn’t prepared for the sudden rapture of ‘Raining Diamonds’.

The fact that ‘Raining Diamonds’ managed to crack the ARIA Top 100 with no prior wind up or hype – just building on the few interviews, press write ups, and growing social media support during the week – is halleloo enough for me. It can only move up now. I believe word of mouth is gonna play a big part in relaunching Ricki-Lee – I mean, how many of y’all first heard the single via Feed Limmy and my Facebook? ‘Raining Diamonds’ is the most added new song to Australian radios this week.

Justin Bieber‘s ‘Mistletoe’ is the highest selling new single in Australia this week, debuting at #20. This is the Canadian pop sire’s fifth Top 20 single here and it’s the first taste of his forthcoming Christmas album Under The Mistletoe, which will feature a duet with Mariah Carey on her iconic Yuletide track ‘All I Want For Christmas Is You’. You Beliebers better have your coin purses ready when the album arrives in Australia this Friday. Boyz II Men – who incidentally appears on Justin‘s Christmas record – will also drop their new album, Twenty, on the same day.

Check out Justin Bieber‘s ‘Mistletoe’ music video, directed by Roman White – the man behind clips for Taylor Swift,Cody Simpson and Lady Antebellum:


 

Beyoncé has once again been denied entry into the ARIA Top 20 this week with ‘Love On Top’ clipped at #22. Meanwhile over in the UK, the album’s third official single ‘Countdown’ shoots up to #44 and debuts at #85 on the American Billboard Hot 100. The ‘Countdown’ remixes also made a hot shot debut at #35 on the US Bilboard Dance/Club charts. I sense that this is going to be a good era for our Lord Beysus.

Katy Perry‘s ‘The One That Got Away’ is making a run for it, leaping to a new peak of #34 in Australia this week. Over in the UK, the single moves up to #22. As y’all know Kitty’s had a record-breaking five consecutive US #1 singles from this Teenage Dream album and right now ‘The One That Got Away’ is perched at #94 on the US Billboard Hot 100 – a whole continent away from reaching the top spot. Could she pull off six in a row? Let’s see what kinda gimmicks and fuckery she’s got in store for this single campaign.

Nicole Scherzinger is on course for another solo hit in Australia. ‘Wet’ has moved up 10 places to a new peak of #39 on our ARIA charts. With three Top 40 hits now under her belt, shouldn’t Nicole‘s Killer Love album be moving back up the charts? Alas, it is floundering at #83 this week. Something about this shit don’t smell right. I wonder if Australia will cop the Killer Love (Deluxe Edition) that’s coming out in the UK next month?

Nicole is launching a brand new single – ‘Try With Me’ on 31 October in the UK – to coincide with the European deluxe repackage. Check out the absolutely A-grade music video, which was shot in Mexico’s gorgeous Xilitla rainforest:


 
Coldplay‘s ‘Paradise’ returns to the Australian Top 50 this week at #36, thanks to the arrival of the band’s long-awaited album Mylo Xyloto – which dropped in stores on Friday. It’s gonna one wig-snatching chart battle as ColdplayKelly Clarkson, Washington and – don’t snigger – Darren Hayes race for the top spot with their respective new albums.

iTunes has currently got the entire Coldplay back catalogue on sale as well, so don’t be surprised to see a few of their titles returning to the Top 100 next week. Mylo Xyloto is currently #1 on iTunes, Kelly Clarkson‘s Stronger (Deluxe Edition) is riding at #8, while Darren Hayes‘ fantastic Secret Codes & Battleships is holding on at #30.

Shannon Noll‘s A Million Suns album debuts at #8 in Australia, making it the second best-selling new album this week. Only after Cold Chisel‘s unbeatable Best of package, which entered at #2. There really is no shame for Nolly there. However, looking at his own personal track record. It’s not so rosy. All three of Shannon’s previous albums have managed to go Top 3 in Australia and yield at least one Top 10 single. I’m not holding my breath for A Million Suns to go Top 3 or for its lead single ‘Switch Me On’ to turn around and make a run for the Top 10.

Sneaky Sound System‘s From Here to Anywhere isn’t headed anywhere I want it to. The Aussie dance/pop duo’s fine album drops from #11 to #27 in its second week. Meanwhile, bad news for their flawless single ‘Big’ – the track sinks from #58 to #73 on our ARIA Top 100. Guess I jinxed them with last week’s well wishes, huh?

Lady Gaga‘s ‘You and I’ has officially left our ARIA Top 50 free of any Gaga songs for the first time in months. All year, even. The rollicking ballad sinks from #46 to #53. Look, there could still be life in the bottom half of the ARIA Top 100 – I mean, ‘Poker Face’ spent a whopping 106 weeks in our Top 100 and I know a lot of it wasn’t reigning in the upper end. Gaga’s label is understandably getting on with the album’s fifth single ‘Marry The Night’, which is the second most added new song to Aussie radios this week. Over in America, ‘You and I’ is now reigning as #1 dance/club song in the country.

Altiyan Childs finally shows up on the ARIA Top 100 with his new single ‘Ordinary Man’ – thanks to last week’s X Factor performance. The song made its debut at #55 this week despite having been out for a month now. Clearly nobody knew this shit was even happening because I don’t see no promo and I don’t hear no radio airplay for ‘Ordinary Man’. This song is actually quite acceptable, y’guys. You recognise the familiar, crisp Ryan Tedder beats but somehow Altiyan makes it his own.

Watch the making of Altiyan‘s ‘Ordinary Man’ video, directed by Peter Ireland – who has done clips for Aussie indie pop sensations Brendan Maclean and Scott Spark:


 
Stereophonics‘ one-time UK #1 hit ‘Dakota’ re-appears on our ARIA charts this week at #57 – thanks to local X Factor warbler Andrew Wishart’s rather capable cover. Back in its heyday, ‘Dakota’ managed to scale up to #22 on our ARIA charts and it remains as the only hit Stereophonics has ever had in this country. The Cranberries‘ ‘Zombie’ also reappears thanks for contestant Christina Parie’s performance. The 90s classic is now at #69.

Rihanna‘s ‘We Found Love’ stays on top of the UK charts for its third consecutive week, fighting off fierce new singles from The Wanted, Kelly Clarkson, Lana Del Rey and Sean Paul/Alexis Jordan. RiRi has to date racked up six UK #1 singles but ‘We Found Love’ is already her second longest reigning chart topper. The longest UK #1 she’s had is, of course, ‘Umbrella’ (10 weeks). Truth be told, ‘We Found Love’ probably wouldn’t have stayed at #1 for its third week if it weren’t for the flawless video arriving on Thursday and inspiring a sales surge after the midweeks. ‘We Found Love’ ended up selling 92,700 copies in its third week on top.

Over in the US, ‘We Found Love’ has now reached a new peak of #6 on the US Billboard Hot 100 – selling 174,000 downloads in its fourth week. Rihallah – as the dear Adem With An E affectionately calls her – will release her sixth album Talk That Talk on 18 November in Australia and 21 November in the UK and US. Peep the Talk That Talk standard and deluxe edition tracklisting.

The Wanted has the biggest selling new single in the UK this week with ‘Lightning’ striking at #2. The single scored opening week sales of 71,500 copies. The lads’ brilliant previous hit ‘Glad You Came’ managed to debut at #1 with first-week sales of 117,200 copies back in July. Mind the gap, y’all.

‘Glad You Came’ also debuted on the US Billboard Dance/Club charts at #49 last week, making this the boyband’s second appearance on the American dance charts. The Wanted will release their sophomore album Battleground on 7 November in the UK. The project’s next single looks set to be ‘Warzone’, tentatively put down for a 9 January release date in the UK.

Watch The Wanted perform their current smash ‘Lightning’ at the iTunes Festival:


 
Kelly Clarkson‘s ‘Mr Know It All’ debuts at #6 in the UK this week, selling 47,910 copies. This is actually the first time Kelly has had a single in the UK Top 30 since ‘My Life Would Suck Without You’ went #1 in 2009. Over in the States, ‘Mr Know It All’ rises to #24 and is starting to really rake in the dividends. The single picked up an eight percent sales increase last week, selling 52,000 copies. All up, after six weeks in stores – ‘Mr Know It All’ has sold 328,000 copies in America. The song is definitely the biggest American Idol-related single on the charts.

Lana Del Rey‘s much-hyped debut single ‘Video Games’ makes a smashing entrance at #9 in the UK, selling 40,541 copies in its opening week. The song – despite having no radio support whatsoever – has already moved up to #86 in its second week in Australia. Yes, visibly slaying smears like Natalie Bassingthwaighte‘s ‘All We Have’ – which, despite being the fifth most added song to Aussie radios last week, still failed to crack the ARIA Top 100.

Marina & The Diamonds‘ ‘Radioactive’ is sinking fast. After just three weeks, the Welsh warbler’s dance/pop effort is now positioned at a lowly #74 in the UK. This is clearly not the look for the girl but then again, even if she puts on a shiny Stargate track – it doesn’t always mean that Marina Diamandis will automatically become a certified hitmaker. There’s a bit more to the puzzle than that.

Noel Gallagher‘s debut solo album Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds enters straight at #1 in the UK this week. The former Oasis singer managed to sell 55,000 copies of his album in its first two days, already more than twice as many as Matt Cardle‘s competing new album Letters. By the end of the charting week, Noel had clocked up 120,000 sales (outselling Matt by some 40%). Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds debuts at #16 in Australia.

Matt Cardle‘s Letters debuts at #2 in the UK, selling a total of 70,896 first-week copies. The album’s lead single ‘Run For Your Life’ couldn’t make its escape from the Top 20 any quicker! The Gary Barlow-penned ballad sinks from #6 to #23 this week, selling 15,507 copies in its second week.

Shall we have a quick comparison of recent UK X Factor winners’ debut album first week sales? Right. Leona LewisSpirit opened with 376,000 copies (#1), Leon Jackson‘s Right Now did a meagre 37,000 copies (#4), Alexandra Burke‘s Overcome earned 132,000 copies (#1) and Joe McElderry‘s Wide Awake opened with 39,000 copies (#3). Therefore, Matt Cardle technically isn’t doing too bad for a male X Factor winner.

Matt‘s series runner-up Rebecca Ferguson is gearing to release her own debut single ‘Nothing’s Real But Love’. Watch Becca do a charming acoustic performance of the track here:


 
Pixie Lott will launch her sophomore album Young Foolish Happy and its second single ‘What Do You Take Me For?’ next week but the third single has already appeared on the UK release schedule. ‘Kiss The Stars’ – a track co-written by Pixie and Phil Thornalley – is slated for a 30 January arrival. That sounds sensible, don’t it?

Kelly Rowland has pushed back the release of her new European single ‘Down For Whatever’. This week’s UK release schedule saw the saucy dance track moved from a proposed 31 October drop date to 21 November – meaning it’ll hit stores just a week before the “international version” of Here I Am. The project’s current US single ‘Lay It On Me’ might be getting a UK release after all. It has been put down for a tentative 6 February due date. Whatever, Kelendria. Just make this shit happen.

Gotye‘s ‘Somebody That I Used To Know’ may be the biggest selling Aussie single of 2011 but the track’s not scheduled to be launched in UK until February next year. According to the UK release schedule, the smash single will follow from ‘Easy Way Out’ – another stunning track from Gotye‘s new Making Mirrors album. The Brits are expected to cop ‘Easy Way Out’ on 28 November while all of us here in Australia will get the uplifting ‘I Feel Better’.

Watch the wicked animated music video for Gotye‘s ‘Easy Way Out’:


 
Evanescence earns their second US #1 album with Evanescence debuting right on top with 127,000 first-week sales. It’s quite a stark contrast from their last chart topper – 2006’s The Open Door – which scored opening week sales of 447,000 copies. Times are changing and these guys are only just finding their place back in the game. Go easy on them.

Lauren Alaina – this year’s American Idol runner-up – sees her debut album Wildflowers enter at #5 on the US Billboard Hot 200, selling 39,000 copies. Meanwhile last year’s American Idol runner-up, Crystal Bowersox, has been dropped by her label Jive/RCA merely 10 months after they launched her debut album Farmer’s Daughter. It’s quite a contrasting tale of two recent Idol winner/runner ups. I hope Scotty McCreery and Lauren both find a way to keep turning out sales because both their predecessors Lee DeWyze and Crystal have now been dropped after underwhelming chart performances.

Britney Spears‘Criminal’ debuts at #92 on the US Billboard Hot 100. No pressure but all three previous Femme Fatale singles have gone Top 10 in America, do you think this will continue Brit‘s clean run? For the first time ever, the pop diva has an album that has actually produced more than two US Top 10 hits. Go figure.

Anjulie‘s feisty ‘Brand New Bitch’ finally impacts the American dance/club charts, debuting at #36. The Canadian singer who was often compared to early Nelly Furtado and Corinne Bailey Rae has given her image and sound a drastic shake up. It’s away with the cafeteria pop with hip hop beats and in with fluorescent dance/pop.

Check out the video for ‘Brand New Bitch’ – indeed she is:

Chart Feed – 10.10.11

Kelly Clarkson scores her first ever Australian #1 single. I know, right? ‘Mr Know It All’ has done the unthinkable: 1) dethrone Gotye and Kimbra after a record-breaking eight-week stay on top, 2) overtake Maroon 5 and Christina Aguilera‘s ‘Moves Like Jagger’, which was riding at #2 for months, 3) bettered her previous chart peak of #3, as trekked by ‘Since U Been Gone’ and ‘Miss Independent’. Over in the States, ‘Mr Know It All’ climbs back up to #30 on the US Billboard Hot 100. It’s also finally moving up the airplay charts to a new peak of #28. Friends in the UK won’t be getting ‘Mr Know It All’ until 17 October.

Rihanna debuts straight in at #1 in the UK this week with ‘We Found Love’ (featuring Calvin Harris). The Barbadian bombshell is now the first female solo artist to score six UK chart-toppers in five consecutive years. ‘We Found Love’ now joins the glittery #1 club alongside ‘Umbrella’, ‘Take A Bow’ and ‘Only Girl In The World’. ‘We Found Love’ managed to sell 87,000 copies in the four days it was out last week – such an effortless qualifier for #1.

Spare a thought for ‘Moves Like Jagger’, which is spending its sixth consecutive week at #2, beaten to the top by a different #1 single each week. Consolation: ‘Moves Like Jagger’ is still the most played song on UK radios. ‘We Found Love’ rises to #9 on the US Billboard Hot 100. It’s also the sixth most downloaded song in the States, selling 147,000 copies in the last week.

360 scores the biggest selling new album of the week in Australia. His brilliant debut Falling & Flying managed to enter at #4, racing ahead of five other new releases in the Top 30. I know he’s nothing like the kind of artist I normally listen to or write about on Feed Limmy but I’m quite impressed with this record. I was totally sold after hearing the first two singles ‘Just Got Started’ and ‘Throw It Away’.

Check out 360 having a track-by-track chinwag here:


 

Bruno Mars has the highest selling new single in Australia this week with his Twilight track ‘It Will Rain’ entering at #22. Elsewhere, Nickelback‘s ‘When We Stand Together’ enters at #46. The song is also incidentally the most added new song to Australian radios this week. Vom.

Katy Perry‘s sixth Teenage Dream single ‘The One That Got Away’ enters at #87 this week on our ARIA charts and becomes the second most added new song to local airwaves. Kitty‘s Teenage Dream album also made a surprise return to the Top 50 at #12 this week after a flash sale on iTunes. I’m well tired of her ass already.

Adele‘s Gossip-esque ‘Rumour Has It’ is the eighth most added new song to Aussie radios this week. Are we onto the next one already? I thought ‘Set Fire To The Rain’ was only getting warmed up down here. Said single drops to #14 this week while the mega-selling album 21 remains on top of our ARIA charts for its 21st week. Meanwhile in the States, ‘Someone Like You’ returns to #1 on the US Billboard Hot 100 as predicted. ‘Moves Like Jagger’ may still be the most played song on American radios but ‘Someone Like You’ overtook it with digital sales. For those keeping score: ‘Someone Like You’ sold 222,000 downloads while ‘Moves Like Jagger’ did 198,000.

Elen Levon‘s ‘Naughty’ cracks the ARIA singles chart at #60 this week, appearing more favourably on the Australian singles chart (#5) and ARIA dance charts (#17). The 17-year old pop vixen’s already prepping her follow up single. I reckon there’s a good chance it’ll be the James Ash (Rogue Traders) produced ‘Like A Girl In Love’.

Listen to my radio interview with Elen on Diff’rent Strokes:


 
Anthony Callea‘s nouveau disco comeback single ‘Oh Oh Oh Oh’ is currently charting at #115 on our Aussie iTunes store. Meanwhile, Vanessa Amorosi‘s ‘Amazing’ sits at #144 while Stan Walker‘s ‘Light It Up’ continues to rise ahead of the pack of new Aussie pop releases, currently sitting at #58. V Mama‘s album – V – has been pushed back to 11 November. The 13-track record comes with an Almighty club remix of ‘Amazing’.

The Wanted‘s ‘Glad You Came’ is currently placed at #30 here. Great news for fans Down Under. It seems like the local label will be dropping the lads’ forthcoming sophomore album Battleground here on 18 November, two weeks after its UK release. The Wanted‘s ‘Lightning’ leapt to #19 on the British airplay charts this week, all in good time as the single gears up to drop on 30 October.

Aussie teen pop sensation Cody Simpson sees his album Coast to Coast debut at #26 this week – largely thanks to his Sunrise “concert” performance where they absolutely felt no guilt whatsoever dubbing him the “Australian Justin Bieber”. Please.

Simple Plan‘s ‘Can’t Keep My Hands Off You’ enters at #56 in Australia this week, thanks a quick promo stopover which included a jaunt on our local X Factor stage last week. The Canadian band’s current album Get Your Heart On re-enters at #35. Meanwhile, Natalie Bassingthwaighte – who also took to the same stage and same episode to flog her single – has yet to see ‘All We Have’ crack the ARIA Top 100. To say that the general response has been unsavoury would be too kind. The track is currently sitting at #71 on our Aussie iTunes chart.

Watch Nat‘s underwhelming debut performance of ‘All We Have’, live on X Factor last Tuesday:


 
Sneaky Sound System‘s ‘Big’ climbs 10 places to #68 this week. All movement in the right direction considering that the album just dropped on Friday. From Here to Anywhere is currently placed at #11 on the Aussie iTunes chart. I’d like to call it out now to be the biggest debut on next week’s chart but I’m pretty sure that new Evanescence album will outsell it.

Nicole Scherzinger‘s ‘Wet’ debuts at #81 in Australia this week after it was finally serviced to local radios last week. This trashy piece really deserves to be a commercial success. Her Killer Love album has done surprisingly well considering the zero promo work in Australia but with ‘Don’t Hold Your Breath’ and ‘Right There’ slowly waning off radio rotation, the record slides to #83 this week. Despite some drastic price slashing, ‘Wet’ never generated enough sales to break the UK Top 20. This unfortunately puts an end to the ex-Pussycat’s string of UK Top 3 solo singles.

David Guetta and Usher‘s ‘Without You’ cracks our ARIA club charts at #49 this week. The video for the song is expected to drop sometime this week. Looking around the globe, ‘Without You’ makes a new peak of #15 in the UK this week and #8 on the US Billboard Hot 100. It has also just cracked the American airplay Top 20. The club remixes for ‘Without You’ managed to debut at #30 on the US Billboard Dance/Club charts.

Listen to the absolutely bonkers R3hab remix of ‘Without You’ here:


 
Marina & The Diamonds‘ new single ‘Radioactive’ enters at #25 this week, making it the Welsh warbler’s fourth UK Top 40 smash. Her biggest chart feat to date has been ‘Hollywood’ (peaking at #12) while my personal fave ‘Oh No!’ only managed to go #38 last August. Will British and local radios lap up her new “commercial” sound? Meanwhile, Florence + The Machine‘s ‘Shake It Out’ debuts at #27 in the UK, not bettering the position of its predecessor ‘What The Water Gave Me’ (which peaked at #24 last month).

Darren Hayes‘ new international single ‘Black Out The Sun’ drops from #31 to #39 on the UK radio airplay charts this week. The track is now nowhere to be found in the iTunes Top 200. Speaking of new choons on the British airwaves, Cher Lloyd and Mike Posner‘s summery ‘With Ur Love’ debuts at #46 on the airplay charts while Dionne Bromfield‘s ‘Ouch That Hurts’ rises to #32.

Lady Gaga‘s fourth Born This Way single ‘You and I’ finally makes a new peak of #24 in the UK this week thanks to TV appearances there and some strategic digital track discounts on iTunes. Funny thing is, the song actually fell out of the UK airplay Top 20 this week. ‘You and I’ drops to #38 in Australia this week and dips a little to #12 on the US Billboard Hot 100. In the last week, ‘You and I’ managed to sell over 95,000 digital copies in the States, making it the 11th most downloaded song in the country.

The pop sensation has confirmed that the next Born This Way single will be the Real McCoy-esque stomper ‘Marry The Night’. Fans can also expect the Monster Ball Tour DVD and Born This Way remix album to both arrive on 21 November (possibly 18 November for Aussies).

Check out Gaga‘s recent Jonathan Ross interview. Yes, she brought him a sheep. That’s what she did:


 
Jennifer Lopez‘s ‘Papi’ drops from #67 to #83 in the UK this week. What, leaving already? The album’s frontrunner ‘On The Floor’ is still in the UK Top 100 after like a lifetime and has become the sixth biggest single so far of 2011. Over in the States, ‘Papi’ shoots to #4 on the dance charts.

Laidback Luke & Example‘s ‘Natural Disaster’ leaps to #73 in the UK. The hit DJ has been promising his track with Wynter Gordon – ‘Speak Up’ – all year and he’s finally confirmed that it’ll be his next single. The pair had played the track at Coachella and various dance music festivals around the world for months.

Ms Gordon‘s own ‘Buy My Love’ is still down for a 24 October release in the UK and the album With The Music I Die slated for 7 November. However, something tells me that the UK version might contain some new material she’s currently recording. Her manager has tweeted me to say that new songs are coming “so soon”. Make of it what you will. ‘Buy My Love’ is currently placed at #91 on our Australian iTunes chart.

Nicola Roberts‘ ‘Yo-Yo’ has appeared on the UK release schedule but with no date assigned as yet. The Girls Aloud siren’s album Cinderella’s Eyes makes a death drop from its #17 debut last week to #72. *Clutching my chest* Speaking of underrated British pop, Sophie Ellis-Bextor‘s Make A Scene has surprisingly climbed to #76 on our iTunes chart. Unfortunately, there’s no Aussie release date set yet for Nicola‘s material.

Matt Cardle‘s ‘Run For Your Life’ picks up more radio rotation as it shoots to #13 on the UK airplay charts. The 2010 X Factor winner returned to the show last night to flog the track but despite the major promo coup, it has only so far managed to go #4 on the British iTunes charts. It seems like I’m stating the obvious here but I reckon – given Matt’s fan base and style of music – he might just be a better album seller. They should’ve dropped the album and single on the same day. Matt‘s debut LP Letters will arrive this coming Sunday. The project’s second single ‘Starlight’ is slated for a 5 December release.

Watch Matt performing the Gary Barlow-penned ‘Run For Your Life’ on X Factor:


 
Gloria Estefan‘s fun Latin dance comeback Miss Little Havana debuts at #28 on the US Billboard 200 this week. Meanwhile, the album’s infectious lead single ‘Wepa’ goes #1 on the dance charts. Other noteworthy new entries this week include Jason DeRulo‘s Future History debuting at #29 and LeAnn Rimes‘ country album Lady & Gentlemen coming in at #32.

Beyoncé‘s ‘Party’ finally appears on the mainstream US Billboard Airplay 100 at #71 as the track climbs the R&B/Hip Hop charts to #16. When is this goddamn video gonna appear? I hear rapper J Cole has already filmed his bit for the remix video. OK, that did sound a little petulant and ungrateful given that we only just got the ‘Countdown’ video last week and copped a teaser for ‘Love On Top’ less than 24 hours ago.

Watch the teaser for ‘Love On Top’ here:


 
‘Countdown’ shoots up to #71 on the US R&B/Hip Hop charts while ‘Love On Top’ expectedly falls there. I believe Australia’s the only territory kinda going hard for this song. ‘Love On Top’ is currently bolting back up the iTunes charts, landing at #16. We might actually see this go Top 20 on the ARIAs this Sunday. ‘End of Time’ has disappeared off the UK release schedule after weeks of seeing it etched there for a 30 October launch alongside ‘Countdown’. The latter will obviously still go ahead in that region on that day. Funnily enough, ‘Love On Top’ has now appeared on the UK release schedule – down for a 12 December drop date.

Kelendria Trene Rowland‘s Here I Am exits the American Top 100 this week but her new single ‘Lay It On Me’ continues to move up the R&B charts, breaking higher ground at #43.

Headlines – 08.09.10

Making headlines in pop this week…

Everyone shut up. Just SHUT UP! Nadine Coyle has uploaded a snippet of her new single ‘Insatiable’. The single will be out on 1 November in the UK with an album due the following week. So queens, show me how you straddle them Tesco shopping baskets because you got to do this in style.

Nadine has gone all independent pop star on us, starting up her own label Black Pen Records to launch her solo material. Creative control and expanding her empire is all ingrained in the Girl Aloud warbler’s ethos – just check her franchise of Irish pubs in America.

The ‘Insatiable’ video has been filmed in LA with director Wayne Isham (see: Leona‘s ‘Forgive Me’ and Enrique‘s ‘I Like It’) calling the shots.

Nadine – Insatiable (Clip) by Nadine Coyle

Rihanna teases us with a snippet of her new single ‘Only Girl (In The World)’. If this full-bodied return to a Stargate-styled Europop is anything to go by, I think RiRi has finally outgrown her edgy phase. While I get where she was going with Rated R, I’m sure my queens would agree that this is the sequel to ‘Don’t Stop The Music’ the world’s been waiting for.

Universal Music Australia has just announced that ‘Only Girl (In The World)’ is headed for local radios today and her brand new album – Loud – is out on 12 November. This is too much for me to handle at once. I need to lie down.

Taio Cruz became the first British solo male artist to top our singles chart since George Michael‘s ‘Fastlove’ in 1996. Topping and George Michael are two ideas I never thought I’d connect in a sentence. Go figure.

Grab your free download of Taio‘s ‘I Just Wanna Know’.

Despite debuting at #1 in five countries, EMI execs are said to be “worried” about Katy Perry‘s first week sales. Teenage Dream may have clocked over 192,000 copies in the US but that’s a far cry from its projected four million sales.

Four fucking million? What kind of prehistoric mode of sales prediction are they using? This evidently hasn’t been updated this since Michael Jackson‘s Thriller.

Kylie has announced UK dates for her Aphrodite: Les Folies tour. With every album she tours, the press release get more and more ridiculous – and this one’s no different with its overwhelming hype.

Min Min has been in this game too long to not know how to drum up a good buzz. The fanfare goes something like: “groundbreaking”, “promises to be a landmark of Kylie Minogue‘s career”.

The Aphrodite: Les Folies tour will kick off in Denmark on 11 February (Valentine’s Day eve) and will stretch around Europe until 1 April where she’ll play her first UK show in gay mecca Manchester.

Kelis is issuing both ‘Scream’ and ‘Brave’ as third singles from her killer Flesh Tone album. UK radio is moving ‘Scream’ to coincide with her All Hearts Tour but the American market will get my favourite, ‘Brave’.

Read Kelis‘ interview with gay blog Watermark where she talks about performing at pride events and the “sea of shirtless men” at her joint tour with Robyn.

Royksopp gets how crazy keen us bloggers are to share new music, so they’ve decided to let us stream their new album right here. Senior – the more introspective sequel to their last album, Junior – is out this Friday. What are your picks of the pack?

Senior by Röyksopp

Local electro pop artist Muscles is sending his new single ‘Girl Crazy Go!’ to radio later this week. It’s been far too long since I shook my booty to ‘Sweaty’ and ‘Ice Cream’, so let’s hope this is worth the wait. Muscles‘ forthcoming EP – Younger & Immature – is due 29 October.

Marina & The Diamonds drops her ‘Shampain’ music video. Bad 80s perms, cotton candy pink lipstick and mascara running – she’s really one step from looking like a toe-up X Factor audition. Director Kim Gehrig – the woman behind Goldfrapp‘s ‘Rocket’ video – is responsible for this homage to retro zombie films.

Her Majesty & The Wolves premiere the music video for ‘Glaciers’. The neon experimental clip sees former Pussycat Ho Kimberly Wyatt side-step from the glamour puss image she was known for with the Dolls. Kudos on the reinvention but blow away the smoke and glitter, and all you’re left with is still one vacuous piece of house filler completely void of identity.

Headlines – 21.08.10

The fabulous Ms Kelly Rowland has hinted that there’ll be two versions of her forthcoming album – a more “urban” tracklisting for the US market and a “dance” inclined one for the rest of us. This all sounds good on paper. So as RuPaul would say on Drag Race, “don’t fuck it up!”

Ms Kelly premiered her new UK single this week, another David Guetta produced track: ‘Forever And A Day’. She is filming the videos for ‘Forever And A Day’ and her second urban single, ‘Grown Woman’, this week. Check out a very sun-kissed Kelly on set here.

Our R&B princess Jessica Mauboy will drop her new album on 5 November. There’s no name assigned to the project as yet but The Music Network reports the lead single ‘Get Them Girls’ is slated for a late September release.

J Mau announced on Twitter earlier this year that she was in the studio with Darkchild, hit maker to some of this planet’s biggest R&B stars.

Marina & The Diamonds announced that a fifth single is in the pipeline. An album favourite, ‘Shampain’, has been drafted for a 4 October UK release and with any luck, Australians will catch a bit of Marina mania.

Shakira is returning to her Latin rock roots for her next album Sale El Sol (translation: The Sun Rises). This week she announced that the lead single ‘Loca’ will feature UK sensation Dizzee Rascal. Check out paparazzi shots of the video shoot here.

Norah Jones knows how to keep my soirees jumping. The Grammy-winning purveyor of easy listening jazz is releasing a compilation of the best collaborations she’s done in the last 10 years.

…Featuring boasts a roll call of legends like Ray Charles and Dolly Parton, and some contemporary acts like Outkast, Foo Fighters and Belle & Sebastian.  The album is due in November, just in time for Christmas.

Barbadian singer Shontelle is issuing her new single ‘Perfect Nightmare’ to US radios next week. This will bear no lyrical resemblance whatsover to Beyonce‘s ‘Sweet Dream’.

Shontelle and home gurl Rihanna made history this year when they both charted in the US Top 10 – the first time two Barbadians have ever charted together there. Not to urinate on their parade but aren’t they the only Barbadians in the game?

Headlines – 11.08.2010

Making headlines in pop music this week…

My favourite messy mami Fantasia Barrino has overdosed on aspirin and sleeping pills. This is not a good turn for the American Idol winner who’s had to face rumours of a sex tape circulating and accusations of being a home wrecker. Fanny was hospitalised on Monday night and is said to be recovering. Her new comeback single ‘Bittersweet’ is sitting at arse end of the US Hot 100 this week.

Kelly Rowland has filmed her ‘Rose Coloured Glasses’ video in 3D. I shouldn’t have to explain what kind of genius idea she’s sitting on here. Connect the dots: song title and 3D visuals.

Pop’s fresh-faced newcomer Florrie has uploaded two new tracks this week. Head to her website to download her music for free, especially the latest: original mix – yes, you read that right. This is not a remix – of ‘Give Me Your Love’. Be insatiable and just grab all her tunes.

Australians can now download the iTunes London Festival live EPs of Scissor Sisters, Ellie Goulding, Florence + The Machines, Marina & The DiamondsPaloma Faith, Kate NashKeane and Amy MacDonald. One is spoilt for choice.

Alesha Dixon has dropped the video for her new single ‘Drummer Boy’. The colourful and unsurprisingly percussion-ridden clip is directed by Ray Kay (the man behind Cheryl Cole‘s ‘Fight For This Love’ and Amerie‘s ‘Why R U’ clips).

Pop producer du jour RedOne is launching his own label under Universal Music. Here comes the twist: the acts he signs, writes and produces for will have their album up for bids by Universal Music’s subsidiary labels. A clever move to omit the label from the creative process, bringing the focus back to the music and giving each artist the space to develop their brand.

Dance maestros Freemasons teams up with upcoming pop identity Wynter Gordon for their new single ‘Believer’. Compared to the dramatic ‘Heartbreak (Make Me A Dancer)’ with Sophie Ellis-Bextor, ‘Believer’ actually borderlines on snoozefest. In any case, this coveted association with the Freemasons works for Wynter as she gears up to release her debut album With The Music I Die later this year.