Chart Feed – 12.11.12

I left y’all scratching at the post a little last week because I took my ass on a little vacaycay to Brisbane.

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Bitch, you should’ve seen me lounging on the beach in an island that was practically deserted on a Monday arvo. I was having a Mariah moment frolicking in the sand, trying to look cute for my Instagram photos. But hey, I am back now and here comes your chart feed – which might cover some things I didn’t get to touch on last week.

This has been a good week for Robbie Williams who scored his first simulatenous UK #1 album-and-single action in 11 years. Elsewhere, the following chart showboaters can’t complain either: Taylor SwiftCalvin Harris, Little Mix, Of Monsters and Men, The Wanted, and to a certain extent, Christina Aguilera. SAY!

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Chart Feed – 17.09.12

No need to front like you haven’t been doing the ‘Gangnam Style’ routine down the supermarket aisle.

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This has been a good week for K-pop icon PSY, Amelia Lily, Taylor Swift and Pet Shop Boys.

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Chart Feed – 10.09.12

More flash in the pan sellers falling off the charts just as quickly as they came. You really come to appreciate what Adele‘s 21 achieved last year in anchoring the music industry, don’t you?


This week the sun shines on K-pop star PSY and his incredible viral single ‘Gangnam Style’. Guy SebastianMatchbox Twenty, Flo Rida, Ne-Yo and TobyMac also come through with the goods.

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Chart Feed – 26.03.12

It’s just past midnight and I’ve been compiling this post for the past four hours non-stop. It’s somewhat understandable that I want to just drop dead now to the sound of Madonna‘s ‘Gang Bang’ on repeat and never wake up again.

This week’s Chart Feed is one for the history books – especially if you’re the world’s biggest boyband of the moment: One Direction. Their legendary storming of the US Billboard charts makes them the first ever British band to have their first album go #1 in the States.

Elsewhere, Katy Perry blasts to #1 on the UK charts and we also look ahead to new releases by The Saturdays, Scissor Sisters and Calvin Harris.

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Chart Feed – 08.11.10

Ke$ha tops the singles chart in Australia with ‘We R Who We R’ shifting over 23,000 sales to debut at #1.

Taylor Swift is already a certified superstar. Ya’ll don’t need to be told that her new album Speak Now debuted at #1 in the US and Australia, shifting over 1.4 million first-week copies in her home land and over 20,000 units here. Now that we’ve put things into perspective, do you think Taylor is bovvered that this album fell from #6 to #22 in the UK this week?

Cheryl Cole almost scored another double chart reign this week. If it weren’t for Rihanna‘s ‘Only Girl (In The World)’ dethroning Cheryl’s ‘Promise This’, the Geordie goddess would’ve dominated the UK charts with her sophomore album Messy Little Raindrops successfully entering at #1 this week.

Elsewhere, Girls Aloud band mate Nadine Coyle‘s debut single ‘Insatiable’ enters at a dream-crushing #26 this week. I shudder to think where the poor dear’s album will begin charting next week.

Half of the UK Top 20 this week are new releases. That’s a pretty healthy dose of chart debuts there! The roll call goes: Cheryl Cole Messy Little Raindrops (#1), Bon Jovi‘s Greatest Hits (#2), Rumer‘s Seasons of My Soul (#3), Rod Stewart‘s Fly Me To The Moon – American Songbook 5 (#5), Jamiroquai Rock Dust Light Star (#7), Neil Diamond‘s Dreams (#8), Peter Andre‘s Accelerate [Editor’s note: *chokes/gasps*] (#10), Ne-Yo‘s Libra Scale (#11), Paul McCartney & Wings‘s Band On The Run (#17) and Elaine Paige‘s Elaine Paige & Friends [Editor’s note: Sorry SuBo, Elaine is not your friend. You do not make the tracklisting.] (#18).

Rihanna‘s new single ‘What’s My Name?’ debuts at #28 in Australia this week while ‘Only Girl (In The World)’ still reigns at #2 on the charts. The new Stargate-produced track is the second offering from RiRi‘s Loud album, which is out here on Friday. Don’t get it twisted. Her other track, ‘Who’s That Chick’ is alligned with David Guetta‘s One More Love re-release, due 26 November.

Enrique Iglesias‘s ‘Heartbeat’ rose from #23 to #8 this week, thanks to his brief Aussie promo stop over. There are whispers that the racy new recording – ‘Tonight’ featuring Ludacris – will be released as his third Aussie single.

Katy Perry‘s ‘Firework’ shoots up to #5 this week – no surprises there. This is Kitty’s fifth Top 5 hit here, the only tracks failing to chart comparably were her tepid One of The Boys singles: ‘Thinking of You’ and ‘Waking Up In Vegas’. Over in the US, new album track ‘Peacock’ is sitting pretty at #10 on the Dance/Club play charts.

Willow Smith‘s ‘Whip My Hair’ has risen to #11 in the US in just two weeks. The infectious track was serviced to Aussie radios this morning. The Music Network reports that it’s the sixth most added new track to the airwaves this week. Meanwhile, the most added track in the country is Kings of Leon‘s ‘Pyro’ followed by Jessica “Debutt” Mauboy’s ‘Saturday Night’. Cheryl Cole‘s ‘Promise This’ seems to be picking up rotation, becoming the eighth most added track this week.

Wynter Gordon‘s ‘Dirty Talk’ remixes are holding tight on the club charts, staying at #5 in Australia this week. Her debut studio album With The Music I Die is due early 2011 but in the meantime, miss thang is launching a little “greatest hits” package of her dance singles/collabos thus far – The First Dance EP. Friends in the UK can download a copy tomorrow.

The Saturdays has finally [Editor’s note: try barely] secured another UK Top 10 hit this week with ‘Higher’ creeping up to #10.

Joe McElderry‘s ‘Ambitions’ plummets from #23 to #47 in the UK this week while his Wide Awake album slips from #3 to #20. Hang on, baby. Limmy has ordered his copy and CD Wow is dispatching it this week.

Pet Shop Boys‘ new compilation Ultimate debuts at #27 this week. There’s all but one new recording tacked on here so if you’re making the effort to purchase this, you might as well grab the CD/DVD package for a collection of the duo’s Top of The Pops performances from 1985 – 2006.

Headlines – 05.10.10

Making headlines in pop this week…

UK X Factor announces their final 12 – but not without some boos and hisses. Several of our show favourites have failed to make it past the Judges House and there are questions as to whether some of the acts put through are ready for the live shows.

Here’s a peek at who made it and who should’ve.

Cheryl’s girls:

Cher Lloyd – I know heads would’ve rolled if ya’ll don’t see young Cher turning her swag on every week but one has to wonder if this competition is taking its toll on her already.

Katie Waissal – this fame-hungry receptionist was written off as a “more style over substance” in her first audition but can Katie back it all up with a decent vocal performance?

Rebecca Ferguson – file this under: “One To Blossom”. Rebecca, the classy belle who’s always dressed to the nines in the competition, will probably take us on her journey of self-confidence discovery and wow us along the way.

Simon’s groups:

1 Direction – the pubescent boyband Simon, Louis and Nicole Scherzingerburger pieced together from this year’s solo male reject list.

Belle Amie – are they for real? I take it that neither Simon or nor Louis have heard of the gay porn troupe Bel Ami? [Editor’s note: thanks Limmy for not linking out this time] Poor lasses.

FYD – in a post-JLS market, can the world handle another X Factor group with an acronym?

Dannii’s boys:

Aiden Grimshaw – this lad will probably rip my heart out and wring it dry every week with his emotive David Gray/James Blunt-style vocals.

Nicolo Festa – the Italian diva-in-training. He brings a refreshing attitude in a competition so often waged on a contestant’s likeability. He has this air about him that says, “you don’t have to like me… but chu will respect me. Why? Cause I’m da boss!” *Cues Kelis in what seems like the most bizarre X Factor segue this blog has ever done*

Matt Cardle – I really fancy this guy. I do. Very likeable. Mamii Dannii‘s got another solid year of male vocalists here.

Louis’ over 28s:

Storm Lee – the American rockstar who earned the ire of Simon Cowell has reinvented himself with a hot pink ‘do. He’s already rocking the stage like a world class entertainer. Fellow finalists, he’s the one to beat.

John Adeleye – I have a soft spot for aged-care workers. I’d be curious to see what songs Louis picks for him.

Mary Byrne – the very likeable Tesco checkout memaw with a huge voice. It wouldn’t have been right to go into the live shows without chu.

Who should’ve made it:

Gamu – what the fuck happened here? Forums and the Twittosphere have been blowing up in protest. Any chance of a wild card?

The Reason – my delicious tradie manband! NOOOOO.

Annastacia Baker – unlike Alexandra Burke, it wasn’t the case of second time lucky for this soulful singer. Having said that, she should be proud for singlehandedly escalating Adele‘s ‘Make You Feel My Love’ sales.

PaijeDannii, your top three could’ve done with a bit of variety. You ushered away (brilliant pun intended, thank you) a promising soul/jazz act here.

Take That – yes, the complete set including your Superstar Robbie doll – will drop their new album Progress here on 26 November. The lead single ‘The Flood’ – produced by Stuart Price (see: Kylie and Madonna) – will be serviced to Aussie radios sometime this month with the video already shot along the River Thames.  This is the complete Take That reunion album we thought hell would freeze over first before we’d see in our lifetime. Perhaps this’ll be the boyband’s big return to the Aussie charts, seeing as the last time we cared about a Take That single was four years ago when ‘Patience’ peaked at #26. Take That’s biggest hit here is the 1995 #1 classic ‘Back For Good’ – which was recently covered by Boyz II Men and – if you’re privy to the scrapped duet demo – Nadine Coyle.

Enrique Iglesias is making one hell of a promo trip Down Under in four weeks. The Spanish heart throb will be hawking his new single ‘Heartbeat’ on X Factor (see Monday night elimination 1 November) and will also be mingling at the Melbourne Cup Carnival. It’s been a bloody good year for Enrique so far – his single ‘I Like It’ has surpassed double platinum sales figures and the album Euphoria is his biggest chart record here since 2001’s Escape.

David Guetta is in talks to nab Christina Aguilera for a huge vocal track. The ubiquitous French DJ/producer told Record magazine that he’s already completed nine tracks for his next LP – due sometime mid-2011 – and is crazy keen for an Aguilera collabo. There are whispers that an Usher and a Will.i.Am cut have already made the album shortlist but we’ll have to wait and see.

Nicki Minaj has swept up three BET Hip Hop awards even before her first album drops. Young Nicki picked up awards for ‘Rookie of The Year’, ‘People’s Champ’ and the ‘Made You Look’ award in recognition of her outrageous style. The fierce femme-cee just keeps raking in the chips as hype surrounding her LP escalates to fever-pitch demands.

Girls Aloud darling Kimberley Walsh has filmed a duet with Ne-Yo for his ITV2 special: Ne Yo Tonight. The pair performs ‘Hate That I Love You’ which the R&B superstar originally recorded with Rihanna. Fascination Records tweeted this pic of Kimba and Ne-Yo in rehearsals three days ago. The show is said to air in December in the UK. WAOW. Go get ’em gurl.

Nelly Furtado will drop a two-disc greatest hits compilation here on 19 November. The Best of Nelly Furtado will squeeze all the hit singles from her four studio albums on CD one and pack in a bonus disc of Nelly‘s collaborations, including three new tracks. The new single ‘Night Is Young’ has been serviced to Aussie radios this week. Universal Music has said that Nelly‘s expected to strike back with a new album early next year.

Pink – one who’s arguably more deserving of a best-of comp – is releasing her The Greatest Hits So Far pack on 12 November. The new single ‘Raise Your Glass’ hits Aussie radios tomorrow and if banter in the blogosphere’s to be believed, Pink had shot the video and completed the greatest hits photo shoot last month. Expect the video to be uploaded soon. The Greatest Hits So Far will fittingly be a CD/DVD affair.

Shontelle has premiered the video for her sensational Darkchild-produced single: ‘Perfect Nightmare’. Talk about a huge opportunity wasted for laser strobes and snap-second editing in the “no way, no way, no way…” part. Sigh.

Chart Feed – 09.08.10

Local hip hop group Bliss n Eso has dislodged Eminem to claim a #1 album this week. According to the oracle that is Auspop, their latest album Running On Air sold over 13,000 copies last week to secure the top spot. The guys have come a long way since their 2004 debut, which features charming tracks like ‘Vagina Ice’ and ‘Pigs In The Porn Trough’. Kudos all around, regardless.

Yet another triumph for homegrown talent: Washington made a remarkable debut at #3 on our album charts, selling over 7900 copies in its first week. Her singles ‘How To Tame Lions’ and ‘Rich Kid’ have been selling like hot cakes – who says that, really? – and topping the physical charts. I’m expecting for her signature nanna glasses to start trending with fans. Washington‘s merch bitch, are you reading this?

Other major label-aligned indie acts making a splash here this week include: Arcade Fire’s The Suburbs debuting at #6 (reigning supreme at #1 in the UK) and Avenged Sevenfold‘s Nightmare coming in at #9 (reigning supreme at #1 in the US).

Sir Tom Jones‘ new album of devotional gospel songs aren’t making memaws moist in the taint like his records usually do. Praise & Blame debuted at #32 in Australia this week and I take it that it’s all down hill from here unless he spruiks it on The Circle or Mornings With Kerri-Anne with a few top buttons undone. Failing that, he should tastefully whore out the album with every subscription of The Daily Bread.

Our favourite whipped cream-lactating pop star Katy Perry has the highest charting new single in Australia this week. ‘Teenage Dream’ debuts at #4, virtually repeating the success of its predecessor ‘California Gurls’ which was #1 here less than two months ago.

Melburnian Mastercard holders will be privvy to an exclusive Kitty performance this Thursday when she rocks the Plaza Ballroom for her only show here this year. The Teenage Dream album doesn’t drop until the end of August.

What kind of faggotry is this? Lady Gaga‘s ‘Dance In The Dark’ debuts at #43 in Australia this week. Someone sound the alarm and wake the army of gays for we have much work to do. Most Australians don’t give a shit that we’ve been double rainbowing to this song for over 10 months now. They feed off our enthusiasm, so go gush to your fag hags and personal trainer.

Ne-Yo nabs another UK #1 with ‘Beautiful Monster’ this week. The prolific singer/songwriter has teamed up with Stargate (the Norwegian production duo behind his last chart-topper ‘Closer’) for yet another uptempo-piece. Across the Atlantic, US fans will get the R&B single ‘Champagne Life’. Both singles will precede the release of his Libra Scale album, out in October.

A weekly glance at the US Billboard Hot 100 never ceases to bring an unintentional chuckle. The song titles tickling my funny bone and testing my gag reflex this week are:
‘Sex Room’ by Ludacris and Trey Songz (#89), ‘Hold You (Hold Yuh)’ by Gyptian (#90), ‘Pretty Good At Drinking Beer’ by Billy Currington (#45), and ‘Teach Me How To Dougie’ by Cali Swag District (#37). I wish I could say they were novelty singles but these guys are for real.

Holy Aphrodite! Kylie‘s ‘All The Lovers’ have gone #1 on the US dance/club charts this week. You know it’s too good to be true but one secretly wishes that an army of gays took to the streets to re-enact the video this week when the same-sex marriage ban was overturned. ‘All The Lovers’ is Kylie‘s first US dance chart topper since ‘Slow’, back in 2003.

Feed Limmy Top 20 Most Played:

#1 Robyn – Hang With Me (Single Version)
#2 Robyn – Love Kills*
#3 Robyn – Indestructible (Acoustic)*
#4 Robyn – U Should Know Better (feat. Snoop Dogg)*
#5 Kelis – Brave
#6 davidlim – Into You
#7 The Bird & The Bee – Lifespan of A Fly
#8 Girls Can’t Catch – You’re The Kinda Man
#9 Robyn – Criminal Intent*
#10 davidlim – Symptoms
#11 Natasha Bedingfield – Touch
#12 Kelly Rowland – Commander
#13 Casey Donovan – Big, Beautiful & Sexy*
#14 Freemasons – Believer (feat. Wynter Gordon)*
#15 Christina Aguilera – I Am
#16 LeToya – Don’t Need U
#17 Scissor Sisters – Any Which Way
#18 Katy Perry – Teenage Dream*
#19 Kelis – Scream
#20 Robyn – In My Eyes*
* = Added to playlist this week.