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 – 27.08.12

Success comes in all sorts of shapes and sizes, on local levels and global fronts. Some just seem to want a piece of it in every market.

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It has been a very good week for overachievers Bloc Party and Taylor Swift, as well as Birdy, Ricki-Lee, and Brandy. Also, find out where new releases from Owl City, Aiden Grimshaw and David Guetta land.

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Michael Jackson ‘Hollywood Tonight’ Single Details

Do you really wanna know?

Here we go again with another release from Michael Jackson‘s first posthumous studio album Michael.

There was much uproar and excitement when the LP of previously unreleased MJ material first surfaced last year, with many folks – myself included – believing that it’s kinda wrong to put out tracks that MJ himself didn’t deem “ready” when he was still alive.

Nevertheless, the world is still hongray for more MJ and Michael actually went #1 in several countries, reaching platinum sales in the UK, Germany, France, China and Canada. So far, it has shipped over 3 million units worldwide –  it’ll be interesting to see if a new single and video will generate more buzz for the record.

‘Hollywood Tonight’ is set to hit airwaves and music video networks next week. The track was written during the Invincible era (The King’s last studio album) but Michael had it retrieved from the archives in 2007 to re-work it with producer Theron “Neff-U’ Feemster.

Footnotes:

Michael Jackson‘s ‘Hollywood Tonight’ single and video will impact media on 14 March.

Chart Feed – 03.01.11

Glory to God, it’s the first Chart Feed of the year. Man, I’m starved.

Bruno Mars has done it again with another solo #1 single. His latest offering ‘Grenade’ topped the charts in the US and Australia this week, following up nicely to his global smash ‘Just The Way You Are’. If you ask me, ‘Grenade’ is the one to top. This song kills me every time – aching lyrics that attack you with his passionate vocal delivery. Bam!

Taio Cruz‘s ‘Dynamite’ and ‘Higher’ singles both bolted up the charts this week. Did I miss something? Or was it just the NYE celebratory week that spurred demand for these party tracks? ‘Dynamite’ – which made #1 here in its prime – went from #21 to #15 and his new single ‘Higher’ featuring Kylie leapt from #39 to #25. The US-version of ‘Higher’ featuring Travie McCoy rose to a new peak of #41 on the Billboard charts this week.

Wynter Gordon‘s ‘Dirty Talk’ is still edging its way up our charts, going from #18 to a new peak of #14 this week. The fierce dance music commander just shared a new saying with her Twitter folk: “DON’T BE RUDE.” She gives a demonstration of how it’s done here.

Alexis Jordan‘s ‘Happiness’ is still bopping outside our Top 20. Somebody go let the gurl in. After three weeks on our charts, the single is still only at its present peak of #24. This breezy pop track is quickly becoming a summer favourite despite getting little radio support. We’re just gonna rely on word of mouth and music video rotations from here on in, are we? The single bundle featuring two slick remixes (courtesy of Jump Smokers and Wideboys) are going for just $1.69 on our Aussie iTunes now. Do yourselves a favour.

Kanye West‘s My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy has moved up the charts again, going from #27 to #17 in Australia this week. I desperately want to do a post about the new ‘Monster’ video that leaked last week but I’m holding off until I get a HQ version. Apparently, the one that surfaced online is not the final cut. Not that it’s every stopped me before. The single re-enters the US Billboard Hot 100 this week.

Pink and Beyonce are the two most popular female pop performers in this country, if their music DVD sales are anything to go by. Pink‘s Funhouse Tour: Live In Australia is still in the Top 10 after 64 weeks and Queen B‘s latest I Am… World Tour sits at #9 after five weeks in.

Despite having experienced her live in concert back in 2009, reliving the I Am… tour on DVD was a whole new trip for me. Who knew Bey was such a capable LOL provider with her candid video diaries? See: “WHY DID GOD GIVE ME MY TALENT?”

Rihanna has finally gone #1 in the UK after seven weeks, dislodging Take That‘s titan Progress album. New year, new reign. Sounds about right to me. Loud is now RiRi‘s second chart topping album in the UK after 2007’s Good Girl Gone Bad. On the flip side, ‘What’s My Name?’ is still #2 to X Factor winner Matt Cardle‘s ‘When We Collide’.

Y’know #2 chart peaks seem to be a common feat for RiRi in the UK – so far she’s clocked up eight of those. Some of her most iconic songs have been #2 singles there like ‘Love The Way You Lie’ with Eminem (the biggest selling non-charity single of 2010 in the UK), ‘Unfaithful’ and ‘SOS’.

We’re witnessing seismic leaps on the UK album charts this week – thanks to end of year sales, perhaps? Plan B‘s new one went from #21 to #3, Tinie Tempah‘s Disc-overy jumped from #26 to #4, The Wanted leapt from #22 to #5, Mumford & Sons made a 30-place jump to #6, Gaga‘s The Fame rose from #39 to #12, Cee-Lo Green‘s new LP went from #34 to #12, The SaturdaysHeadlines EP shoots from #87 to #42, and Michael Jackson‘s classic Number Ones compilation bulleted from #66 to #16.

Michael Jackson‘s first – and hopefully, Lady LaToya will intervene and make this the fucking last – posthumous studio album Michael drops from #5 to #30 while SuBo‘s The Gift loses its novelty, tumbling from #7 to #34 this week in the UK.

Jessie J‘s breakthrough ‘Do It Like A Dude’ cracked the UK Top 20 this week to perch at #18. The Wanted‘s third single ‘Lose My Mind’ also found its way into the Top 20, rising to #19 this week. Can we put that down to the year-end’s traditionally quiet week for single sales?

Wiz Khalifa‘s ‘Black and Yellow’ has damn well gone mainstream! The track rose to #6 on the US Billboard Hot 100 this week, making Wiz the only newcomer in a Top 10 full of the usual suspects (Ke$ha, Katy Perry, Pink, Bruno, Enrique etc.) Golf claps.

Keri Hilson‘s sophomore album No Boys Allowed sold over 107,000 first week copies to debut at #11 this week. That’s about 8000 copies more than what her first album did in its first week but In A Perfect World… at least managed to chart at #4. Given the strength of record sales these days, Kezza [Editor’s note: her official bogan name. How can you expect to have an Aussie hit if the press don’t give you one?] has done pretty well to come in at #11. No Boys Allowed is already available digitally here in Australia, the physical copies are due 14 January.

Elsewhere, Kez‘s ‘Pretty Girl Rock’ continues on its ace trajectory, rising to a new peak of #31 on the US charts this week. I want so much for Aussie radios to get on top of this. It’s fun, sassy pop that’d go down a treat with all the ladies queens this summer. I’m seriously considering a gay boyz cover of this. Doin’ the pretty gay rawk! Ha.

Chart Feed – 20.12.10

Altiyan Childs stans are probably snortcackling now. It’s good to know that somewhere in the world, someone’s Monday’s been coloured with a  little victory and a light sprinkling of vindication. Our inaugural X Factor winner’s self-titled covers album has entered at #4 on the ARIA charts this week, thanks to several handy in-store signings. So in short, it didn’t flop as hard as I had expected. According to Auspop, the LP sold exactly 29,999 copies. Unsurprisingly so on the album charts, Altiyan Childs and Michael Jackson‘s Michael are the only two new releases to show up in the Top 50 this week.

Michael Jackson‘s first posthumous album Michael enters at a meagre #10 here in Australia. I just spied with my loathing side eye a certain Jackson brother appearing on Kerri-Anne to promote something related to The Legend. Nothing was said about this Michael record. Anyway, if it’s not LaToya, don’t believe it. She’s the only one in the clan that speaketh the truth. On the flipside, MJ and Akon‘s ‘Hold My Hand’ debuts at #37.

Alexis Jordan may have made a splash over in the UK charts but here, she’s struggling to pick up adequate radio support for her buzz single ‘Happiness’. The track’s trekking well on the downloads charts, though, leading to a #25 here this week. Mind you, the highest charting new entry in Australia. A glimmer of promise for a quiet few weeks.

Jessica Mauboy‘s ‘Saturday Night’ is rapidly rising as a real club contender – the remixes continue to garner spins, taking it to a new peak of #3 on the ARIA club charts. Elsewhere, ex-Idol-winner-turned-dance-music-purveyor Natalie Gauci enjoys a Top 10 hit on the club charts. Her single ‘Dreamer’ – under the guise of Tune In Tokyo – is #8 there this week.

Wynter Gordon and Freemasons‘ Euro-chic number ‘Believer’ has cracked the Aussie club charts at #39 this week. Just like it was with ‘Dirty Talk’, the buzz is only starting to go global a couple of months the track first dropped. Freemasons first released ‘Believer’ as a Summer of Pride remix back in August and saw it chart at #23 on the UK dance charts. Mah gurl’s now spearheading the radio edit version and a new set of remixes – so get behind it! Aussies, hang tight for a digital release soon.

Matt Cardle has effortlessly topped the UK charts this week with his winning single ‘When We Collide’ selling over 439,000 copies in the first six days. The track’s now the biggest non-charity single sales the UK has seen all year, only outsold by the Help for Haiti. Elsewhere, the Biffy Clyro original ‘Many of Horror’ copped a sales boost too, re-entering at #8 this week.

Rihanna‘s ‘What’s My Name’ rises to #2 in the UK this week. Bitch is still untouchable as hell. RiRi has said that the third single shall be ‘S&M’ but she’s also issued ‘Raining Men’ featuring Nicki Minaj to urban radios. You gotta get that money any way you can.

Christina Aguilera‘s ‘Express’ debuts at #75 in the UK this week. There was a whole lot of ass blowing over her raunchy X Factor performance last week and seriously, to all the haters who rang up the network to complain about Xtina sweating her MAC-ed up pork chops on stage – suck it! Burlesque opens here on 13 January.

Cheryl Cole‘s ‘The Flood’ rises to #53 on the charts. There’s also been a rise in reported hearing loss from all who watched the warble on the Royal Variety Performance. Meanwhile, the legendary Willow Smith sees her iconic debut single ‘Whip My Hair’ drop from #2 to #9 on the UK charts. Jesus wept.

Ke$ha‘s new Cannibal EP drops to #55 in the States after three weeks, and only managing to peak at #15. The Animal album sinks to #77 after close to a year on the charts. Guess that reign’s coming to an end…

Wiz Kalifa‘s ‘Black and Yellow’ is on the verge of cracking the US Top 10. I first caught whiff of the track a few months back when it was bubbling over to the mainstream and it’s brilliant to see it gaining momentum.

Keri Hilson‘s ‘Pretty Girl Rock’ has risen to a new peak of #45 on the US charts. We gave it a spin on our radio show last week and I loved the chuckle/eye roll my co-host Jade Gulliver gave when she heard, “don’t hate me ’cause I’m beautiful”. True talk, woman. I’mma keep doing the pretty girl rock.

Adele‘s ‘Rolling In The Deep’ has come in at #68 on the US charts, making this the English rose’s second appearance on the American charts. ‘Chasing Pavements’ made #21 in the States back in 2008. ‘Rolling In The Deep’ is out in the UK on 17 January and will feature a b-side titled ‘If It Hadn’t Been For Love’. The new album 21 drops on 21 January. Seems like a significant digit for her, don’t you think?

Natasha Bedingfield‘s Strip Me album crashes in at #103 this week while the title track slips back in the Top 100. This album’s about as interesting as watching flour sift. If I had to make a recommendation – I’d suggest ‘Touch’, ‘Try’ and the “less is more” acoustic tracks.

Chart Feed – 13.12.10

Bruno Mars‘ scores his second consecutive Aussie #1 single with ‘Grenade’ rocketing to the top spot this week. On the flip side, the esteemed songwriter’s Doo-Wops & Hooligans LP, which peaked at #7 earlier, has come throttling back into the Top 20. My favourite BruMars shout out this week comes courtesy of New York Times writer Jon Caramanica who described the hit maker as, “one of the most versatile and accessible singers in pop… that fit a range of styles, a universal donor.” Get me some of that.

Wynter Gordon – mah gurl – sees her breakthrough single ‘Dirty Talk’ enter the main Aussie charts at #49 this week thanks to the Stereosonic gigs and quick promo stopover. Have you run your eyeballs through our interview chat yet? Single number two has yet to be decided but the long awaited album – With The Music I Die – is set for a March due date.

Sarah McLeod‘s new single ‘Love & Honour’ debuts at #36 on the Aussie club charts this week. I’ve yet to check out the new choon so let me get back to ya’ll on this one. Elsewhere, Daft Punk‘s Tron: Legacy soundtrack debuts at #31 this week. Dance music meisters, is it worth checking out?

Black Eyed Peas need to watch their backs now because this is one weave you shouldn’t have tugged at. The Peas’ heinous new single ‘The Time (Dirty Bit)’ has edged up to #1 on the UK charts this week, criminally denying Willow Smith the honour of being the youngest UK chart topper since Little Jimmy Osmond in 1972. ‘Whip My Hair’ is the highest charting new entry there, debuting at #2. Get ready for da take ova!

Nicole Scherzinger‘s ‘Poison’ has made a worrying slip from its #3 debut to #10 in the UK this week. Elsewhere, the X Factor reign finally lets up with the charity single ‘Heroes’ slipping from #1 to #7 while last year’s alumni, Olly Murs‘ new single ‘Thinking of Me’ dips to #8.

Cher Lloyd‘s warble for survival last week inadvertently boosted sales for Britney‘s ‘Everytime’, bringing the song up to #56. Yet another positive example of how the X Factor continues to breathe life into forgotten classics.

Alexandra Burke‘s continent-shifting ballad ‘The Silence’ copped a sales surge after last week’s X Factor performance, creating a downloads blast off from #126 to #16 in the UK this week. The Overcome Deluxe edition saw the LP throttling from #58 to #22 on the charts. The concept of re-releases bore me now. Gurl, do right by us and give us a new EP or something we can really bump to.

My future boo Joe McElderry [Editor’s note: surely the name check is superfluous now? All Feed Limmy readers know who you’re talking about.] saw his new single ‘Someone Wake Me Up’ languish at a #68 debut this week, despite all the Narnia-related hype and constant radio promos around the country. Seriously. I’m about to flip the desk on somebody.

Michael Jackson and Akon‘s ‘Hold My Hand’ debuts at #10 in the UK this week. I’ll have you know Feed Limmy is completely anti this blatant exploitation of The King’s legend. These leftover demos and incomplete tracks obviously never earned Michael‘s stamp of approval when he was still moonwalking the earth. Everything about these posthumous releases stink of utter disrespect for his artistry.

Tinie Tempah and Kelly Rowland‘s anthemic ‘Invincible’ debuts at #64 this week. Queens take note of Tinie‘s stylish black sequined jacket in the video. I’mma make some contacts over in Hong Kong and Korea to get a similar one tailored for next year’s Christmas party.

Duffy‘s Endlessly album slips from #9 to #19 in the UK. Well, well, well indeed, bitch. You know somebody’s gonna be upset. Elsewhere, Nelly Furtado‘s Best of compilation slips from #53 to #100 in the UK after just two weeks in. *Tumbleweeds*

Katy Perry scores her third consecutive US #1 single with ‘Firework’ edging to the top spot this week. Kitty is absolutely unstoppable now that Gaga‘s retreated to ready her sophomore album. Just as well because when Mother Monster strikes back, it’s gonna be bigger than the apocalypse. There’s already all this talk of “next level stuff”, especially after label head Ralph Simon revealed that Gaga‘s forthcoming Born This Way album will feature songs recorded in six languages: English, Spanish, Mandarin Chinese, Portugese, Hindi and Russian. Mind blown.

Justin Bieber‘s My Worlds Acoustic album sits at… I can’t even. I’m sorry. Grab your free LOLZ here.

Michael Jackson’s “Michael” Album Details

This was bound to happen.

We all knew that not even death itself can halt Michael Jackson‘s musical ubiquity and it sure didn’t take long for his label to respectfully milk that with posthumous releases.

Insiders have long known of the pop legend’s wealth of unreleased demos and this forthcoming Michael album will no doubt be Sony Music‘s first of many reupholstering of MJ recordings. 

The first buzz track ‘Breaking News’ has been uploaded on Michael’s website for your critiquing ear.

There are already cries of foul play from fans and members of the Jackson family, citing that it’s not the real Michael behind the mic.

‘Breaking News’ was reportedly recorded in New Jersey back in 2007 but producers had only just finished touching up this shit.

If this is indeed the real Michael, then I’d question why producers are going against his wishes by releasing this track. It obviously wasn’t up to his satisfaction and didn’t earn his stamp of approval when he was walking this earth.

This was never about about Michael‘s craft and his perfectionism has no reign on these material. Talk about honouring and preserving his legacy, I’d much rather relive the classics. At least, we know that’s how Michael would’ve liked us to remember him and his art.

UPDATE – ya’ll ain’t ready for this but here’s the official album tracklisting:

1 – Hold My Hand (with Akon)
2 – Hollywood Tonight
3 – Keep Your Head Up
4 – (I Like) The Way You Love Me
5 – Monster (feat. 50 Cent)
6 – Best of Joy
7 – Breaking News
8 – (I Can’t Make It) Another Day (feat. Lenny Kravitz)
9 – Behind The Mask
10 – Much Too Soon

‘Hold My Hand’ is the official first single slated for release on 28 November.

Footnote:

Michael is out in Australia on 10 December. But not if the tampering justice-seeking hands of Latoya Jackson sidelines this release first.