There is no God. Sophie Ellis-Bextor’s brilliant new single ‘Bittersweet’ has missed the UK Top 20 altogether. The Freemasons-produced track crept in at #25 this week – making it her lowest charting single since ‘Today The Sun’s On Us’ (#64) three years ago.
Sophie has hinted that the next single ‘Off & On’ will be issued before the album Straight To The Heart drops on 8 June. This time, I’m getting my pre-order on.
Ex-Pussycat Doll Kimberly Wyatt scores her first solo hit as a rent-a-vocalist for Aggro Santos’s ‘Candy’. The frenetic electro track entered the UK charts at #5 this week and, much as it pains me to admit, it’s pretty damn fierce. Kimberly’s done well considering Nicole Scherzinger’s best solo effort was only #14 in the UK for ‘Baby Love’.
Toni Braxton’s ‘Yesterday’ is finally out in the UK – eight months after it was launched in the US. The king-sized ballad is arguably the best thing Toni’s done since ‘Un-break My Heart’.
Despite its uncanny resemblance to Ryan Tedder ballads, I’m amazed to learn that the serial hit maker had no hand in ‘Yesterday’ – credit goes to hip hop producer DJ Frank E, who’s known for working with the likes of Flo Rida, T-Pain and Three 6 Mafia.
Mika and RedOne‘s riotous ‘Kick Ass’ debuts at #84 in the UK this week. Heaven forbid this pop perfect collaboration should yield no Top 10 hit.
Australia loves k.d. lang – her Recollection compilation replaced fellow Canadian Justin Bieber as the #1 selling album here this week. Elsewhere, k.d.’s rendition of ‘Hallelujah’ re-enters our charts at #13.
Mother’s Day rush has been good for memaw-friendly artists this week, boosting sales for Susan Boyle’s I Dreamed A Dream (#2), David Campbell’s On Broadway (#7), Michael Buble’s Crazy Love (#9) and Doris Day’s Hits, Hollywood & Broadway (#29).
Then there’s the usual suspects who conveniently drop an album during this sentimental week, and while it wouldn’t have worked with a 2Pac tribute album, it’s a winner for Andre Rieu and David Hobson whose albums You Raise Me Up and The Enchanted Way (could the latter be a children’s audiobook?) debuted at #8 and #25 respectively.
The gays might’ve had a Glee-fit over last week’s Madonna episode but it certainly didn’t boost sales of the show’s ‘Power of Madonna’ EP. The eight-track tribute EP featuring vibrant covers of ‘Like A Prayer’, ‘4 Minutes’ and ‘Like A Virgin’ dropped out of our Top 20 this week.
Shakira‘s ‘Gypsy’ enters the US Billboard chart at #65 this week. She’s only ever performed this song twice on national TV – once on American Idol and before that, on The Ellen DeGeneres Show – to great promo results.
Billboard reported a 313% spike in digital sales after these televised performances, prompting over 30,000 downloads of ‘Gypsy’. And that’s how Shakira rolls.
Feedlimmy Most Played Top 20:
#1 Kelly Rowland – Commander
#2 Christina Aguilera – Mercy On Me
#3 Peggy Lee – Is That All There Is?
#4 Kimberly Wyatt – Candy (feat. Aggro Santos)
#5 JLS – The Club Is Alive*
#6 davidlim – Get Crazy
#7 Christina Aguilera – Not Myself Tonight
#8 Anya Marina – Whatever You Like
#9 Lindsay Lohan – Can’t Stop Won’t Stop*
#10 Sabrina Washington – OMG
#11 Robyn – Dancehall Queen
#12 Robyn – Dancing On My Own
#13 Jason DeRulo – Whatcha Say
#14 Lady Gaga – Ribbons*
#15 Sophie Ellis-Bextor – Bittersweet
#16 Will.i.Am feat. Crookers – Fly Away*
#17 Glee Cast – Physical (feat. Olivia Newton-John)*
#18 Mary J. Blige – Each Tear (feat. Vanessa Amorosi)*
#19 Goldfrapp – Rocket (Richard X One Zero Remix)*
#20 Gramophonedzie – Why Don’t You*
* = Added to playlist this week.