Chart Feed – 20.08.12

Remember back when it was kinda uncool to be “launched from a reality TV show”?

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Well, it would seem that if you can escape that stigma with class and some bloody awesome creative ventures, you’re guaranteed to be embraced by the masses in the way Guy Sebastian and Jessica Mauboy were this week.

Elsewhere on this Chart Feed, it has also been a good week for the Spice Girls, Emeli Sande, Rita Ora and Flo Rida.

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Chart Feed – 21.02.11

Lady Gaga‘s ‘Born This Way’ has broken ARIA chart record to be the biggest first week seller in Australia since Anthony Callea‘s ‘The Prayer’ back in 2004, according to AuspOp. ‘Born This Way’ effortlessly topped the charts here with certified gold sales, which usually denotes over 35,000 copies sold, and – as expected – it was also the most added new song to radios last week.

The new single also debuted straight at #1 in the US, making it her highest Billboard chart debut since ‘Bad Romance’, which only managed to enter at #9. Even more special, ‘Born This Way’ became the 1000th #1 single recorded in Billboard history and the 19th one ever to debut straight at the top.

Adele has become the first artist to have two singles and two albums in the UK Top five since The Beatles did so in 1964. Following the Brit Awards performance, her newest single ‘Someone Like You’ stormed to the top of the charts while its predecessor ‘Rolling In The Deep’ sits at #4. Adele‘s current album 21 remains in #1 position while her 2008 debut 19 sits at #4 this week. Believe it or not, ‘Someone Like You’ is Adele‘s very first UK #1 single. Tear jerker of the year, anyone?

Mumford & Sons are also enjoying a post-Brit Awards boost with their album Sigh No More rising to #2 this week in the UK. Elsewhere, Tinie Tempah‘s Disc-Overy rises to #6 there and makes a debut on our Aussie digital charts at #42.

Ke$ha‘s second Cannibal single ‘Blow’ starts charting at #24 in Australia this week. If it hadn’t been for the polarising demand for ‘Born This Way’, this track would’ve been the most added new track to Aussie radios. ‘Blow’ is co-written by Klas Ahlund, who is famed for working with Robyn and co-penning Britney‘s ‘Piece of Me’. Ke$ha is set to drop a remix album – imaginatively titled The Remix Album – here on 18 March. Stay tuned for the artwork and tracklisting.

Diddy – Dirty Money‘s biggest smash yet ‘Coming Home’ has finally cracked Australia, climbing to #13 this week. The rap mogul’s R&B/hip hop collective is made up of ex-Danity Kane diva Dawn Richard and upcoming singer/songwriter Kalenna Harper. However, this track features another soon-to-be ubiquitous artist – Skylar Grey – who ya’ll will also know as the vocalist on Eminem‘s latest single ‘I Need A Doctor’. Skylar is also credited as a co-writer on Slim‘s international smash: ‘Love The Way You Lie’.

Michael Buble‘s Crazy Love album finally knocks Pink from the top of the ARIAs after an unwavering 14-week reign. The crooner’s currently on tour swooning Aussie fans and charming TV watchers to no end, so it’s kinda expected. The Crazy Love tour will serenade Melbourne fans in Rod Laver Arena this week.

Hillsong United‘s latest worship album Aftermath is the most downloaded album in Australia this week. Pause. The monster Pentecostal church’s record debuted at #4 on the main charts, making it the biggest selling new album in the country. Praise Allah.

Cut Copy‘s Zonoscope drops ten places to #13 this week but fear not, the Melbourne band has released a marvy new video to whet your appetite. Check out the visuals for the second single ‘Need You Now’:

Zonoscope debuts at #46 on the US Billboard 200 this week and #5 on the Billboard Indie Album chart.

American electro dub step meister Skrillex‘s new EP – Scary Monsters and Nice Sprites – debuts at #9 on our Aussie digital charts this week. His biggest mainstream acknowledgement to date is probably for the ace remixes of Gaga‘s ‘Bad Romance’ and ‘Alejandro’ – the former was included on the Japanese edition of Mother Monster‘s The Remix compilation. Skrillex has been picked up by Warner Music Australia’s boutique dance label Neon Records, which currently house heavyweights like TV Rock, Denzal Park and Zoe Badwi.

Zoe Badwi‘s new single ‘Accidents Happen’ debuts at #50 on the ARIA club charts this week. Take a listen to the remixes issued to the dance floor here, courtesy of Fabian Gray & Emanuele, and I Am Sam:

Roxette‘s Charm School debuts at #32 on our Aussie digital charts this week. This marks the popular Swedish duo’s first album of original material in 10 years.

Take That‘s romping new single ‘Kidz’ shoots to #31 in the UK this week. Why has it taken so long to drop a follow up to ‘The Flood’? I guess, it don’t matter what single’s on the radio if your album’s already selling so damn well. It’s been said for awhile that ‘SOS’ could be the follow up track but I wholeheartedly approve either way. Can’t wait to see what they come up with for the video. ‘Kidz’ – the single – will feature a previously unreleased track titled ‘Rocket Ship’.

Justin Bieber and Jaden Smith‘s ‘Never Say Never’ shoots to #49 on the UK charts this week following a little Grammy fever. Trivia: Travis Garland recorded a demo of the track, which was originally titled ‘Sexy Together’. Bieber basically came in and re-wrote it to something more age and demographic appropriate. I’m sure you can find ‘Sexy Together’ somewhere on the interwebs, if you’re hard keen enough. Never Say Never: The Remixes is out in Australia this Friday.

You know how the American charts bore me senseless, right? Check out this new addition Billboard has introduced to their all inclusive chart family. The Billboard Uncharted – which launched last month in the US – ranks artists who have yet to appear on any Billboard charts but have been gaining popularity through internet media. The chart data is determined by views from social media sites like YouTube, MySpace and Twitter etc. Interesting stuff for us taste makers who are always looking for the next fresh thing.

Check out this week’s Uncharted chart and see who’s making a splash. The only artists I’ve come across so far are Girl TalkPomplamoose, Anna Calvi, Hayden Panatierre (yes, hurr) and Sam Tsui (YouTube his emotive piano based cover of Britney‘s ‘Hold It Against Me’).



2011 Brit Awards Nominees

I’m struggling to get it up for this.

The Brit Awards simply hasn’t had the same summer sheen since Girls Aloud graced us with their last glorious peformance and claimed one for ‘The Promise’.

In any case, this year’s list of nominees should be of some chin-stroking interest to you pop music observers.

Get ready for a full blown bonanza with Take That, Rihanna, Tinie Tempah and Plan B confirmed to perform at the awards show on 15 February.

The Brits will go live a mere two days after the Grammy’s which will feature performances from Lady Gaga, Katy Perry, Eminem and Cee Lo Green (who pulled out of his Aussie Good Vibrations festival appearance in favour of this understandably cooler gig).

Here’s the list of 2011 Brit Awards nominees:

British Female Solo Artist

Cheryl Cole
Ellie Goulding
Paloma Faith
Rumer
Laura Marling

British Male Solo Artist

Tinie Tempah
Mark Ronson
Plan B
Robert Plant
Paul Weller

British Group

Take That
Gorillaz
Mumford & Sons
The xx
Biffy Clyro

British Breakthrough Act

Tinie Tempah
Ellie Goulding
Mumford & Sons
Rumer
The xx

British Single

Alexandra Burke feat. Pitbull ‘All Night Long’
Cheryl Cole ‘Parachute’
Matt Cardle ‘When We Collide’
Olly Murs ‘Please Don’t Let Me Go’
Florence + The Machine ‘You’ve Got The Love’
Taio Cruz ‘Dynamite’
Plan B ‘She Said’
Tinie Tempah ‘Pass Out’
The Wanted ‘All Time Low’
Scouting For Girls ‘This Ain’t A Love Song’

British Album

Take That Progress
Plan B The Defamation of Strickland Banks
Tinie Tempah Disc-Overy
The xx xx
Mumford & Sons Sigh No More

International Female Solo Artist

Robyn
Kylie Minogue
Rihanna
Katy Perry
Alicia Keys

International Male Solo Artist

Kanye West
David Guetta
Eminem
Cee Lo Green
Bruce Springsteen

International Group

Black Eyed Peas
Kings of Leon
Arcade Fire
The Script
Vampire Weekend

International Album

Katy Perry Teenage Dream
Kings of Leon Come Around Sundown
Eminem Recovery
Cee Lo Green The Lady Killer
Arcade Fire The Suburbs

British Producer

Stuart Price (Kylie Minogue, Madonna, Take That)
John Leckie (Radiohead, The Corals)
Markus Dravs (Mumford & Sons, Arcade Fire)
Mike Pela (Maxwell)
Ethan Johns (Kings of Leon, Rufus Wainwright)

Footnotes:

The 2011 Brit Awards will be held at London’s O2 arena on 15 February and it will be hosted by young actor James Corden

Who are your picks to take the cake?

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 – 04.10.10

Short Stack’s ‘Planets’ is the highest charting new single in Australia this week, debuting at #4. Elsewhere, we welcome The Potbelleez back into our Top 20 with ‘Hello’ peaking at #19.

Scarlett Belle and Kyle Sandilands probably shared a high five this morning after learning that their ‘Freak Tonight’ single has ascended to a new peak of #37, thanks to last week’s X Factor performance. It probably helped that the track’s going at a discounted rate on iTunesJustice Crew’s ‘And Then We Dance’ also moved up ten places on our singles chart this week after their X Factor performance. The rush-release of the band’s doco DVD is yet to make an impact.

Zoe Badwi’s ‘Freefallin’ has risen to #23 on the main singles chart here this week. That coveted Top 20 spot is so within reach for sister gurl, so I suggest you uncross your fingers and toes and start purchasing. Fun fact: ‘Freefallin’ is co-written by Amy Pearson, whose dabble in dance pop didn’t quite blossom last year, resulting Sony scrapping the album and dropping her.

The bubbly ‘Butterfingers’ marked a remarkable reinvention for the serial balladeer and for the axed album Aftershock, Amy had locked in tracks with titan producers Darkchild (see: ‘Telephone’), The Heavyweights (see: Natasha Bedingfield) and Leah Haywood (STFU, we think it’s love). Sigh, guess we’ll never know now.

Mark Ronson’s collaborative album Record Collection debuts at #2 in the UK and #6 in Australia this week, making it here as our highest charting new entry.

Mumford & SonsSigh No More has bolted back up the charts this week, moving from #42 to #26. They might not want to acknowledge it but you have to put it all down to X Factor Luke & Joel’s cover of ‘Little Lion Man’, don’t you? The single also re-enters at #48 this week. BAM!

Speaking of X Factor power, over in the UK, Adele’s ‘Make You Feel My Love’ has been flogged to death on the boot camp episodes sending the track from #102 to a new peak of #4. Her Grammy-winning 19 album also re-enters this week, sitting at #57.

Simon Cowell’s shiny new act Labrinth sees his first solo single ‘Let The Sun Shine’ enter at #3 in the UK this week. The dance/hip hop artist rose to prominence this year on Tinnie Tempah’s ‘Pass Out’ and ‘Frisky’ singles, and this week he settles for second highest new entry while Tinnie takes another #1 with ‘Written In The Stars’. Labrinth is surprisingly Simon Cowell’s first non-talent show signing in six years.

Kylie’s ‘Get Outta My Way’ has shot up to #12 in the UK this week, following a series of promo performances about town. But that’s not bloody good enough, people. This is Min’s first single to miss the UK Top 10 since ‘Breathe’ choked at #14 twelve years ago.

KT Tunstall’s comeback single ‘(Still A) Weirdo’ enters at #39 in the UK this week, while her US single ‘Fade Like A Shadow’ peaks at #49 on the Adult Contemporary chart. The new album Tiger Suit debuts at #5 in the UK. Fun fact: KT contributed a track (‘Nice Men’) on Dame Shirley Bassey’s 2009 album: The Performance. Must’ve been quite an honour to make the shortlist given that this is the Dame’s first studio album of originals in over 30 years.

Sia’s We Are born album has finally charted in the UK debuting at #74 this week. This is the colourful Aussie songbird’s first album to crack the UK Top 100 and seriously, heads will roll if the world sleeps on this amazing record. Back home here, we’re already moving onto the album’s third single ‘Bring Night’.

Glee’s season return in the US saw all three new covers – ‘Empire State of Mind’ (#21), ‘Telephone (#23) and ‘Billionaire’ (#28) – chart as the country’s highest new entries. Keep your eyes peeled on this Wednesday’s Billboard charts to see where their Britney tracks debut. I’ve placed bets that ‘Stronger’ will the lead the pack this week.

Aussie dance sensation Yolanda Be Cool & D Cup sees their ‘We Speak No Americano’ crack the US charts, peaking at #78 this week. Global domination here we come. Who would’ve thunk it?

Maroon 5’s new album track ‘Stutter’ enters at #84 this week, bettering the chart position of the second single ‘Give A Little More’ which peaked at #86. Elsewhere, Jesse McCartney’s – where’s that album – ‘Shake’ debuts at #90. The pop heart throb announced on Twitter in August that his fourth album’s completed but there’s still no release date set yet.

There’s been a flurry of new albums making its mark on the US Top 100 this week. The most exciting of the pack include: Maroon 5’s Hands All Over entering at #2, Selena Gomez & The Scene’s A Year Without Rain making #4, John Legend & The RootsWake Up! debuting at #8, and Shontelle’s No Gravity sauntering in at #81.

Feed Limmy Top 20 Most Played This Week:

#1 davidlim – Do What I Do
#2 Shontelle – Take Ova (feat. Pitbull)
#3 Ace of Base – All For You
#4 Kylie Minogue – Wonderful Life (Radio 1 Live Lounge Cover)*
#5 Cheryl Cole – Promise This
#6 Erika Heynatz – Holding On
#7 Christina Aguilera – Woohoo
#8 BoA – Copy & Paste
#9 Shontelle – Perfect Nightmare
#10 Joe McElderry – Ambitions*
#11 Brandy – Lifeguard
#12 Willow Smith – Whip My Hair
#13 Margaret Berger – Samantha
#14 Kimbra – Settle Down
#15 davidlim – Sitting In The Dark
#16 Nadine Coyle – Insatiable
#17 Jessica Mauboy – Get ‘Em Girls (feat. Snoop Dogg)
#18 Solange – Stillness In The Move
#19 Rihanna – Only Girl (In The World)
#20 Glee Cast – Telephone
* = Added to playlist this week.

Chart Feed – 06.09.10

My friends, we’re about to see some raw nekkid arse. X Factor alumni Olly Murs‘ debut single ‘Please Don’t Let Me Go’ has gone straight to #1 this week in the UK and if Olly‘s a man of his words, he should be dropping them daks any time now to celebrate this momentus occasion.

Olly‘s is the ninth UK X Factor contestant to have achieved a #1 single debut. Keep a tab on this and see where his second single ends up.

We’ve got three new albums debut in our Top 3 this week – Katy Perry‘s cotton candy-scented disc ‘Teenage Dream takes #1 (not just here but world over), Disturbed‘s Asylum makes silver #2 and local legend Jimmy Barnes scores a #3 entry for Rage & Ruin.

Katy Perry‘s Teenage Dream album sold 192,000 copies in its first week in the US and over 14,600 copies in Australia. The title track contends with a #2 debut in the UK behind Olly Murs while a popular album track, ‘Last Friday Night (T.G.I.F.)’ charts at #67 in the US.

Miami Horror‘s Illumination album tumbles out of our Top 20 after making #10 last week and similarly, Clare Bowditch‘s Modern Day Addiction leaves the Top 30 after clinging to #19.

John Butler Trio‘s April Uprising flies back up the chart as they continue touring the country this month. Their new single  ‘Revolution’ debuts at #33 on the digital charts this week.

Cee-Lo‘s ‘Fuck You’ came in at #26 in Australia, despite making the iTunes Top 10 its first few days. ‘F U’ – as it is mannerly retitled – is the most added new song on local radio this week.

Urban Kiwi artist Dane Rumble‘s ‘Always Be Here’ debuts at #19 on our Aussie dance charts this week. The track – being Dane‘s first solo single – was first released in New Zealand last February where it made #13. Check out Dane’s recent interview with JOY 94.9′s Sound Museum.

Pretty Reckless is bound to rub more conservative folks up the wrong way now that their Light Me Up album has hit shelves. The cute – still  probably not the response they were going for – album cover featuring a kid playing with a lighter will probably make this week’s mother’s club meeting minutes.

The band’s front bitch Taylor Momsen – who’s also the face of Madonna‘s “Material Girl” collection – is constantly in the press about how hard rock she is. So go figure.

Adele‘s cover of ‘Make You Feel My Love’ is still travelling back up the UK charts, leaping to #24 this week after Annastacia‘s tear-jerking rendition on X Factor.

Mumford & Sons‘ single ‘Little Lion Man’ creeps up to #91 in the US this week. The track remains as the band’s biggest single to date in Australia, where it peaked at #3. Come to think of it, Australia gave ‘Little Lion Man’ its best ever chart position any where in the world.

Kid Cudi and Kanye West‘s ‘Erase Me’ is the highest charting new single in the US this week, entering at #22. Golf claps, all around.

If I had known that the US market really had Fantasia‘s back, I would’ve dropped this album a week earlier. The messy mami saw her new LP Back To Me sell 117,000 copies to debut at #2, sadly eclipsed by Katy Perry‘s album release on the same day.

On paper, this is Fanny‘s best charting album to date. But check the fine print: her 2004 post-Idol debut sold twice the amount of copies in its first week but only managed to chart at #8. Elsewhere, Fantasia‘s wail of a lead single ‘Bittersweet’ rises to #74 in the US this week.

Usher is out to make that money. He’s not waiting around for the champagne to dry up after celebrating his US #1 album. No, Usher has mouths to feed and so he’s bundled up a few left over tracks and released a spin-off EP to Raymond v. Raymond, titled Versus. The EP debuts at #4 in the US this week and it features the hit singles ‘DJ Got Us Falling In Love’ and ‘Hottie Tottie’.

Feed Limmy Top 20 Most Played:
#1 davidlim – Running Away
#2 Alex Gardner – I’m Not Mad*
#3 Hurts – Wonderful Life*
#4 Hurts – Sunday*
#5 Miami Horror – Holidays*
#6 Brandy – Right Here (Departed)
#7 RaVaughn – Revolver
#8 Miami Horror – I Look To You*
#9 Alex Gardner – You See With Me*
#10 Miami Horror – Illuminated*
#11 Ace of Base – All For You
#12 Miami Horror – Imagination*
#13 Her Majesty & The Wolves – Glaciers*
#14 Kanye West – Monster (feat. Nicki Minaj, Rick Ross, Bon Iver)
#15 BoA – Crazy About
#16 Hurts – Better Than Love*
#17 Sia – Clap Your Hands
#18 Jordin Sparks – No Parade
#19 Hurts – Illuminated*
#20 Robyn – Include Me Out
* = Added to playlist this week