Austin Mahone “The Secret” EP

Eighteen-year old Texan heartthrob Austin Mahone recaptures power pop styles of the early-millennium on his second EP: The Secret. N Sync would be proud!

Austin Mahone The Secret

The definition of ‘retro’ is quickly pulled from under our feet as a new generation of entertainers rise, many of them taking it in their stride to re-appropriate pop styles they grew up with in the mid-90s to early 2000s.

It’s clear that Swedish pop producer Max Martin‘s sound is the blueprint for Austin‘s latest collection of tunes. Martin’s sound dominated the mainstream music scene in the late 90s, most prominently through monumental hits by Backstreet BoysBritney Spears and N Sync. If you are looking for a slice of boyband pop nostalgia with a modern twist, The Secret is the EP for you.

Continue reading

Advertisements

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.

CF

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.

Continue reading

Jennifer Lopez ‘Dance Again’ (featuring Pitbull) Music Video

J.Lo is one of very few women I’d let fuck me over with her music video extravagance. Even though the song is as fresh as donkeys’ balls, I’d let her take me there and blow my mind like a virgin’s first time in the back seat.

Having already expressed deep sighs of dissatisfaction with ‘Dance Again’, I now find myself at an interesting turning point where I’m actually inclined to give the song a chance. The woman knows her business and she knows how to add value to her products. Jennifer Lopez gets that she’s a multi-dimensional and thoroughly visual kinda brand, and without the presence of a music video, her songs could not stand a chance of driving home a hit.

Scissor Sisters once said, “you can’t see tits on the radio” – well, bitch, see this why she up on YouTube. And I’m sure if Mami Lopez had a sale for every view this clip gets on YouTube, she would be rightfully snatching Katy Perry and Rihanna‘s wigs.

Here are some important features of Slaylo‘s ‘Dance Again’ video – carefully considered with absolutely no mention of Pitbull whatsoever:

It’s taking me higher. Higher.

A-grade director Paul Hunter, who did Jennifer‘s last blockbuster smash ‘Papi’, is back on board to pimp the fuck out of the diva’s newest music video-slash-fragrance commercial.

I am so delighted with the “floating to the top” concept in the first half. I mean, it’s a visually exciting way to depict the idea of “getting high” on the music, the sponsored booze, and apparently J.Lo‘s newest fragrance Glowing (which is her 18th muhfuggin‘ women’s fragrance).

Let’s not forget to clock the sea of bodies she’s writhing with there that’s so evocative of Queen Bey‘s ‘Baby Boy’ and Kylie‘s ‘All The Lovers’. Bey‘s choreographer Frank Gatson Jr. has certainly brought a few stunning tricks to the table that complement the video’s anti-gravity themes.

Platinum Lopez

Are you living for the subtle nod to her Brave visuals here? I know most J.Lo apologisers would rather forget about that album because, fuck, this ho put us through hell trying to justify that mess to our family and friends. But the silver, the sparkles, and flashes of hot pink in a dark background really pops on screen – especially in the dance breakdown when you see it juxtaposed with shots of her dancing in the well-lit foyer.

Watch Jennifer Lopez turn the party with ‘Dance Again’:



Footnotes:

‘Dance Again’ debuted at #34 on the US Billboard Pop Songs chart. It’ll be interesting to see if this song scorches up airwaves and the charts like her last heat stroke ‘On The Floor’.

Jennifer Lopez feat. Pitbull ‘Dance Again’ Single Review

Not even I, with years of experience as an apologiser of Jennifer Lopez music, could go there with this underwhelming filler.

When I first read that J.Lo‘s threatening a new single called something like ‘Dance, Love, Dance Again’ – I was prepared to go to church and hear this bitch preach about picking yourself up and finding love again. I thought I had the chapter and verse all marked out but sadly, this track is not drawing from a well of personal experiences.

Conceptually speaking, ‘Dance Again’ could’ve been a sensible afterword on Jennifer’s Love? era – y’know something uplifting to counter all those “unlucky in love J.Lo” headlines following her divorce? Instead, it feels like an unnecessary and totally off-mark second take on ‘On The Floor’.

‘Dance Again’ sees the pop superstar reunite with mega producer RedOne and rapper Pitbull, but without the crutch of a killer sample to hold up the track, all parties are working at a loss.

This is essentially, unadulterated top-to-toe filler. I would probably reduce all this mess down to a 30-second loop of the chorus and sell that bite size to Dancing With The Stars or whatever dance talent show that features some ex-Pussycat Doll behind the judging panel.

Listen to J.Lo‘s new single with Pitbull ‘Dance Again’:



For a track that’s supposed to turn the party for J.Lo‘s all-important greatest hits compilation – and believe me, the bitch has had some deluxe choons in her time – ‘Dance Again’ really turned out to be a worrying sign that perhaps, the best days of J.Lo‘s music is behind her.

I’m a huge fan of the ho so it’s really disappointing to see that some economy class rush job like this gets priority over proper invested efforts from her last album like the personal ‘(What is) Love?’ or actual stompers a la ‘Invading My Mind’.

Time to take your own advice, boo. As you said in your cameo on will.i.am‘s ‘T.H.E. (The Hardest Ever)’ – “you can go hard, or you can go home.” I’m done.

Footnotes:

Jennifer Lopez will release ‘Dance Again’ worldwide on Monday 2 April via Sony Music, an interesting return to the label after a brief stint with Island/Def Jam for her Love? era.

Chart Feed – 03.01.12

Happy new year, y’all. I don’t know who approved my time off last Monday but I’m sorry for leaving y’all without a Christmas week chart feed.

I am back on the grind tonight because I know we need to start this year right. It’s such a traditionally quiet time of the year for music sales, technically all your underachieving faves should be making the Top 10 with no effort at all. But of course, there aren’t ever any surprises when you’re expecting it.

This week’s chart highlights include Michael Buble‘s record-breaking Christmas sales that has cancelled everything he’s put out before this year, Sia‘s third consecutive Aussie Top 30 appearance in five months, Havana Brown‘s American crossover, and shit loads more.

Continue reading

Chart Feed – 03.10.11

Rihanna becomes the clear biggest new entry on the world charts this week with ‘We Found Love’ (featuring Calvin Harris) entering Top 10 in the following places: Australia (#3), Canada (#10), New Zealand (#14) and US Billboard Hot 100 (#16). Over in the US, ‘We Found Love’ managed to sell 117,000 first week copies and even before its official radio release, the song has already made its mark at #75 on the airplay charts. The Barbadian beauty’s sixth studio album, which was originally slated for an early 2012 release, is now due 21 November.

Kelly Clarkson‘s ‘Mr Know It All’ climbs to #12 on our ARIA singles chart after her quick promo stopover last week which include performances on X Factor Australia [Editor’s note: she was so charming and sweet y’all] and the NRL Grand Final. The song is currently reigning at #1 on our Aussie iTunes chart so expect for it easily go Top 10 on the ARIAs by week end. Meanwhile over in the US, ‘Mr Know It All’ falls to #38 on the Billboard Hot 100. Radio support ain’t crash hot for it right now. The song isn’t even in the nation’s Top 30 airplay.

Watch Kelly Clarkson performing ‘Mr Know It All’ on X Factor Australia:


 
LMFAO‘s ‘Sexy and I Know It’ cracks a new peak of #13 on our Aussie singles chart this week, largely due to their X Factor Australia appearance once again, just like Ms Kelly. I have to say, their energetic show stopping performance of their #1 smash ‘Party Rock Anthem’ really did lift the atmosphere. The song, which is perched at #15 this week, is officially the longest staying single in our ARIA Top 50 right now. We’re talking 31 weeks and counting, racking up a “monstrous” eight times platinum sales certification (which equates to approximately 560,000 copies). The duo’s also double dipping in the US right now with two of the aforementioned hits simultaneously inhabiting the Top 10.

Sneaky Sound System‘s flawless ‘Big’ cracks the ARIA Top 100 at #78 this week. Look, I don’t understand why the underwhelming chart entry. Weren’t they also on X Factor like the two aforementioned international acts? I guess what’s standing between ‘Big’ and commercial success that lives up to its namesake is actually decent radio rotation. The new Kelly Clarkson and LMFAO singles will have no issues getting added across the nation but for some reason a SSS dance ballad’s missing out. The Aussie dance pop duo’s last release ‘We Love’ scraped in at #29 at best.

Watch Sneaky Sound System blow up ‘Big’ on X Factor Australia last Wednesday:


 
Foster The People‘s corker of a single ‘Pumped Up Kicks’ rises to #19 in Australia this week, making this a belated smash for the American indie rockers. The song first dropped in the States in September last year and look at it now, ascending to #3 on the US Billboard Hot 100. Fun fact: ‘Pumped Up Kicks’ was the first US Billboard Alternative Songs #1 hit to actually crossover to the mainstream Billboard Hot 100 Top 5 since Kings of Leon‘s ‘Use Somebody’ in 2009. Golf claps. You know this automatically translates to daft talent show covers now, right?

Enrique Iglesias and Pitbull‘s new collabo ‘I Like How It Feels’ crashes in at #47 this week on our ARIA charts. In terms of hit singles, the Euphoria era is actually the best Enrique’s ever performed here in Australia. Yes, even bettering that of his smash Escape album. Every song released here circa Euphoria has so far managed Top 50, see: ‘I Like It’ (#2), ‘Heartbeat’ (#5), ‘Tonight (I’m Loving You)’ (#2) and ‘Dirty Dancer’ (#24). I have no doubt that ‘I Like How It Feels’ will also reach Top 30 status in no time. The “Reloaded” repackage edition of Euphoria will arrive on Aussie store fronts on 11 November – featuring three new recordings including ‘Mouth 2 Mouth’ with Jennifer Lopez (a track that was co-written by UK X Factor’s Diana Vickers of all people).

Sophie Ellis-Bextor finally releases her stunning Make A Scene album in Australia last Friday and after a weekend of only playing two 40-minute sets in Melbourne and Sydney, the best I’ve clocked the album charting was #94 on iTunes (it’s currently at #136).

It was an absolute dream come true to finally see her live. Y’guys know that she’s one of my all time fave pop singers, right? Sure it’s not everything she could’ve given after nine long years away – and she knows it. But the “greatest hits” set featuring classics like ‘Murder On The Dancefloor’, ‘Groovejet’ and ‘Get Over You’ was a well worthwhile joy ride and Sophie utterly radiates warmth, joy and stage presence throughout her time on stage. You can tell she was just living to be there for her fans.

Check out this short recording I took of her Melbourne gig at GH Hotel last Saturday. This is ‘Heartbreak Make Me A Dancer’:


 
This has to be some kind of record for our ARIA charts so far this year. This week Australia saw nine new entries in its Top 30 albums chart but alas, none have been able to topple the almighty Adele who spends her 20th week at #1 with 21. The album is now equal eighth longest-running chart topper in ARIA history, sharing the record with Shania Twain‘s epic Come On Over.

In case you were wondering, the albums to have spent longer #1 in Australia include: The Sound of Music soundtrack (76 weeks), Dire StraitsBrothers in Arms (34 weeks), The BeatlesSgt Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band (30 weeks), Neil Diamond‘s Hot August Night (29 weeks), Delta Goodrem‘s Innocent Eyes (29 weeks), The Original Broadway cast’s Hair soundtrack (28 weeks) and John Farnham‘s Whispering Jack (25 weeks).

The aforementioned nine new releases to crack our Top 30 this week include: Blink 182‘s Neighborhoods (#2), Tony Bennett‘s Duets II (#3), Kasabian‘s Velociraptor (#8), Machine Head‘s Unto the Locust (#10), Jason DeRulo‘s Future History (#11), Alice Cooper‘s Welcome To My Nightmare (#16), Mastodon‘s The Hunter (#18), Demi Lovato‘s Unbroken (#20), Kasey ChambersStorybook (#21) and Wilco‘s The Whole Love (#23).

Watch the video for Tony Bennett and Lady Gaga‘s ‘Lady Is A Tramp’, taken from his new Duets II album:


 
Tony Bennett must be doing something right to score his first ever US #1 album this week after making music for six decades! His brand new Duets II compilation – which features some young gun collabos like Lady Gaga, Michael Buble, Carrie Underwood, John Mayer and the late Amy Winehouse – managed to sell 179,000 first week copies to debut on top. Tony is now the oldest living artist to have an album debut at #1 on the US charts. Amazing.

Demi Lovato‘s third album Unbroken cracks the US Billboard charts at #4, making it the second biggest new album there this week. Tony might have the overall #1 but as far as digital sales are concerned, Demi reigns on top. Unbroken is also incidentally the former Disney pop princess’ best-charting album here, bettering the #40 peak of its predecessor Here We Go Again. This is a dawn of a new era for the girl. The project’s lead single ‘Skyscraper’ is already her biggest US hit since her debut ‘This Is Me’ and on the flip side, it also became her biggest smash in Australia – peaking at #45.

Havana Brown‘s ‘Get It’ cracks the ARIA club charts at #38 this week while over on the ARIA Top 100, the single sinks to #63 in its third week. Oh dear. Isn’t it baffling that we only have three Aussie artists represented in our ARIA Top 50? Perhaps Aussie artists are better at selling albums than singles? While we’re doing an Aussie pop head count, where’s Stan Walker‘s new one ‘Light It Up’, Darren Hayes‘Bloodstained Heart’ and Vanessa Amorosi‘s ‘Amazing’? The latter should have at least cracked the Top 100 by now but maybe we need to wait for sales to snowball after the Van Am‘s AFL grand final warble.

Preview tracks from Darren Hayes‘ forthcoming Secret Codes and Battleships album here:


 
Natalie Bassingthwaighte‘s ‘All We Have’ has arrived on our local iTunes store front and right now it’s sitting at #170. The digital bundle comes with two kick arse remixes – including the Khalid one that her label previewed early last month. Looks like the diva’s running in the same circles as Havana Brown these days – sharing the same producer More Mega and video directorial team Silo. The ‘All We Have’ video will be uploaded sometime this week on YouTube. Y’all can expect for her to perform the song for the first time on X Factor tomorrow night.

Nicola Roberts‘ amazing debut solo album Cinderella’s Eyes enters at #17 on the UK charts this week while the current single ‘Lucky Day’ disappears from the Top 100 altogether. Look, it’s pretty respectable if you ask me given the singles’ chart performance. Still better than Insatiable is not usually a consolation but it’ll have to do in this context.

Elsewhere, Will Young‘s ‘Jealousy’ leaves the UK Top 10, The Saturdays‘All Fired Up’ exits the Top 20 while Leona Lewis‘ underperforming ‘Collide’ drops out of the Top 30. The former two have singles raring to go next month but what’s the sitch with Leona? Will we simply  not hear anything until the new year? Her Glassheart album, which was originally slated for a November release, will now arrive on 26 March.

Rebecca Ferguson‘s much-anticipated debut single has appeared on the UK release schedule. ‘Nothing’s Real But Love’ is slated for a 5 December release (the same day as the album drop) and someone on the Popjustice forums have tentatively described the song as more Corinne Bailey Rae than Adele. Holy shit. I’m about to lose my mind.

Let’s reminisce a little on old Becky covering Corinne Bailey Rae‘s ‘Like A Star’ on UK X Factor last year. So on point!


 
Maroon 5 and Christina Aguilera‘s ‘Moves Like Jagger’ spends its fourth week at #1 on the US Billboard Hot 100 – already the longest staying #1 the band’s ever had. Having said that, I reckon Adele‘s ‘Someone Like You’ might rise from #2 to claim the top spot next week. ‘Someone Like You’ has picked up significant radio airplay in the States in the last week and its digital sales is not too far from what M5 is doing right now. ‘Moves Like Jagger’ sold 233,000 digital copies while ‘Someone Like You’ did 201,000. Speaking of impacts on the digital sphere, Jason Mraz‘s new single ‘The World As I See It’ debuts at #149 on the US Billboard Digital Tracks chart. Glad to have him back.

Beyoncé‘s ‘Party’ (featuring André 3000) cracks the US Billboard R&B/Hip Hop Top 20 while its predecessor ‘Best Thing I Never Had’ tumbles to #8 there. Speaking of tumbles, Kelendria Trene Rowland‘s ‘Motivation’ finally leaves the said Top 10 while its successor ‘Lay It On Me’ is taking its time, only inching up one spot to #46. Elsewhere on the urban scene, Mary J. Blige‘s new single ’25/8’ bullets to #53.

Luciana‘s ‘I’m Still Hot’ makes #1 on the US Billboard Dance/Club play charts. We can all thank Betty White for that, right? Other big gainers there include Lady Gaga‘s ‘You and I’ (reaching a new peak of #8), Jennifer Lopez‘s ‘Papi’ (#10) and Gloria Estefan‘s ‘Wepa’ – which by the way is one of my favourite jams right now. Her new Latin-dance album Miss Little Havana is good fun, y’guys. You need to check out the slightly ‘We No Speak Americano’ album highlight ‘Hotel Nacional’.

Watch Gloria Estefan‘s ‘Wepa’ music video. Glam ma’s mane is serving some volume and body, y’all.


Chart Feed – 29.08.11

Gotye has done it again, y’all. Another week another first for the Aussie indie pop darling, who scored his first #1 album ever with Making Mirrors. The record sold over 35,000 copies which according to the ARIAs is the biggest opening week sales we’ve seen this year in Australia. Over on the singles side, Gotye and Kimbra‘s ‘Somebody That I Used To Know’ remains at #1 – registering a 20% sales bump this week, making it the biggest weekly singles sales our country has seen since Christmas 2004 when Anthony Callea‘s ‘The Prayer’ peaked. Golf claps all around for Gotye, really. This is a massive feat. In fact, the last time we had an Australian artist simultaneously lick the top of both charts was in 2007 with Silverchair‘s last album.

Check out one of Gotye‘s new album highlights ‘I Feel Better’:

 

Jack Vidgen may have flopped on the singles chart but he’s proving to be a capable album seller. The Australia’s Got Talent crown snatcher debuts at #3 with Yes I Am this week, making it the second biggest new record on the shelves. Scratch the divas – who run the charts? Talent show boys.

Will YoungPop Idol legend and the new queen of lush dance/pop – saw his fourth album Echoes debut at #1 in the UK this week while the project’s lead single ‘Jealousy’ enters at #5. The man has had a pretty flawless nine year run so far with every album he’s put out going either #1 or #2 in the UK. The brand new Richard X-hemmed record is utterly career-defining and needless to say, it’s already in Feed Limmy’s Top 10 Albums of 2011 shortlist. Will’s The Hits compilation returns to the UK Top 100 this week at #56. Would you like to see a pretty graph representing Will’s chart success? ‘Course you do.

Joe McElderryX Factor winner circa 2009 and future boo of David Lim – makes a bona fide chart comeback this week with his album of covers Classic entering at #3 in the UK. Look, in the two years he’s been in the game the lad has suffered his share of chart setbacks which saw him promptly dropped by Simon Cowell‘s Syco label. The Popstar to Operastar win truly was a turning point for him and regardless of how cheesy you think a soapy album of ballads might be, I just appreciate my future boo for doing whatever he can to bring home bacon.

Josh Pyke‘s third studio album Only Sparrows debuts at #4 here this week. He is not a talent show boy. Sorry to break the flow like this. The Australian strummy la la artist recently featured on local rapper 360‘s single ‘Throw It Away’, which was actually super amazing.

Check out 360 and Josh‘s video, which doesn’t actually feature Josh on film but it seemed like a nice segue anyway:

 

British dub step sensation Nero debuts at #12 here this week with Welcome Reality, which topped the UK charts last week. Over in the UK, the album slips to #8 while its chart-topping single ‘Promises’ dips to #13.

Jessica Mauboy‘s Get ‘Em Girls tumbles to #17 this week after its triumphant resurrection last week, thanks to the deluxe edition repackaging. Her fluorescent new single ‘Inescapable’ is still the most played song on Brisbane radios this week, while it holds tight to its Top 5 placement on the ARIA charts. Speaking of radio, Maroon 5 and Christina Aguilera‘s ‘Moves Like Jagger’ is still the most played song on Australian radios but it looks like it faces a fair challenge toppling Gotye and Kimbra on the singles chart.

Jason Derulo‘s insufferable new single ‘It Girl’ takes a massive leap to #3 on the ARIA charts this week, no doubt thanks to some overwhelming radio support. ‘It Girl’ was the most played song on Sydney airwaves in the last week. Elsewhere, looks like the rest of the nation’s following in Sydney radios’ footsteps by bumping more Calvin Harris and Kelis. The pair’s single ‘Bounce’ – which was the #1 most played song on Sydney airwaves two weeks ago – finally cracks the ARIA singles Top 10 this week.

Calvin’s follow up single ‘Feel So Close’ debuts at #2 in the UK this week and it was promptly despatched to Aussie radios last week. This is what the video looks like:

 

Cobra Starship and Sabi‘s ‘You Make Me Feel’ cracks the Top 20 in Australia – just barely. Fun fact: 20 out of 50 songs in our ARIA Top 50 this week have a feature artist involved. Some tracks even have more than one feature artists involved. Orgy.

Lady Gaga‘s ‘Yoü and I’ is on the edge of Top 20 glory [Editor’s note: Major eye roll at your shitty puns, Limmy] leaping from #34 to #21 here this week. Over in the UK, the single shoots from #187 to #70.

David Guetta and Jennifer Hudson‘s ‘Night of Your Life’ debuts at #37 in Australia this week. Judging by the success of the digital promo singles – hello, the Sia collabo ‘Titanium’ is Top 10 for the second week running – I reckon the album should have no problems securing a Top 5 entry. Heck, Top 3 even – let’s be generous. It should come close to touching Gotye and Adele‘s stratosphere. Guetta/Hudson‘s ‘Night of Your Life’ debuts at #35 in the UK while its predecessor ‘Titanium’ sinks to #53. Looking on the British dance charts – Guetta has five current hits in the Top 20, including Snoop Dogg‘s ‘Wet’ which he produced and conveniently placed on his Nothing But The Beat album.

Shannon Noll‘s ‘Switch Me On’ finally enters our Top 50 at #45 this week – thanks to some concentrated radio support up north. The song may not be in the national Top 10 most played but it’s still the #1 song on Gold Coast radios.

The Wanted makes a surprise breakthrough this week with ‘Glad You Came’ peaking at #50 in Australia. That’s superb effort, boys. No promo yet – just rising on the good old hype rolling off the interwebs. The pop quintet is scheduled to head out here next month for their first promo trip. What do I have to do to secure an interview with these lads?

Olly Murs‘ summery new single ‘Heart Skips A Beat’ finally arrives and effortlessly tops the UK charts this week. It managed to sell over 109,000 copies to become his second chart topper to date. While the second album’s still underway, Olly’s self-titled debut starts moving back up the charts to #32. Elsewhere, speaking of exciting new entries – Florence + The Machine‘s new single ‘What The Water Gave Me’ breaks out at #24 this week in the UK. It didn’t even make the Top 40 of our Aussie digital charts. How rude.

Jessie J makes her fourth consecutive UK Top 20 entry this week with ‘Who’s Laughing Now’ rising to #16. Meanwhile, Nicole Scherzinger‘s struggling a bit to get everyone moist with her new single ‘Wet’. The song keeps lurking outside the Top 20 and you’d think with the desperate reduced download price on iTunes last week, the track would make its way up but no – it flounders a little to #25.

Barbra Streisand‘s new album of covers What Matters Most debuts at #7 in the UK this week. Can you imagine the hoard of old queens bum rushing in store to pick up this new Babz collection? What Matters Most is no garden variety collection of random rose-coloured ballads – it’s a very specific crop of Alan Bergman and Margaret Bergman covers. The pair are legendary American songwriters who penned classics like ‘The Windmills of Your Mind’ and Babz’s Yentl classic ‘Papa, Can You Hear Me?’.

VengaboysGreatest Hits debuts at #18 on the UK dance charts this week. Why hasn’t there been a big talk-up and promo about this? Where’s the dubious cover art a la StepsUltimate Collection? Well, the answer’s quite simple. VengaboysGreatest Hits is merely a laissez-faire iTunes compilation thrown together in the last minute to coincide with their reunion tour – and of course, it features the anthems ‘Boom Boom Boom Boom’, ‘We Like To Party’ and ‘We’re Going To Ibiza’. My fellow Aussie bunnies, the Vengabus is pulling up Down Under in January. This is not a test.

Kelly Rowland‘s fabulosity on one of Britain’s highest rating shows is doing shit all for her own album sales. The sassy new X Factor judge has had to endure some painful Beyoncé covers in the line of duty but where Bey effortlessly keeps selling 4 through the roof, Kelendria’s Here I Am falls out of the UK urban Top 30. There hasn’t been a stitch of promo done for the American edition of Here I Am as yet and it understandably hasn’t even cracked the UK Top 100. Meanwhile, Destiny’s Child‘s #1’s compilation moves up to #28 on the UK urban charts. I mean, shit. Even Tulisa‘s shifting sales. N Dubz‘s 2009 album Against All Odds re-enters the British urban charts at #33.

Watch Kelly Rowland have a brief chinwag about the X Factor at an X Factor event:

 

Kelly‘s second single ‘Lay It On Me’ (featuring Big Sean) is finally moving. It debuted at #88 on the US R&B/Hip Hop charts while the unshakable ‘Motivation’ still holds tight to #2. R&B producer Rico Love – who did the bulk of Here I Am – revealed last week that he’s already back in the studio putting together her next album, which will be due in the North American spring with a new single to boot then. Huh? Let me get this straight – there’s a UK edition of Here I Am arriving in November with new material and then there’s another album arriving for the US crowd four months later? Gurl. Talk about building your empire when Beyoncé’s busy building a crib. And I don’t mean “crib” in the urban parlance.

Lil Wayne and Drake‘s new single ‘She Will’ debuts at #3 on the US Billboard Hot 100 – making it the highest selling new entry of the week. Mate, do you have any idea how hard it is to debut in the Top 20 let alone the Top 3? But of course, for a star of Wayne’s magnitude – you wouldn’t expect any less. The hip hop star’s releasing his newest album Tha Carter IV straight to digital outlets after the VMA’s today. Expect for it to shutdown charts etc.

Nicole Scherzinger‘s ‘Don’t Hold Your Breath’ debuts at #86 on the US Billboard Hot 100. The single has already snatched trophies on the European and Australian charts before it was drafted for the States. It’s really heartening to see that the excitement’s still there despite it hardly being a revelation for anyone with internet access in the last eight months. It’s a fantastic single and where ‘Right There’ paved the way for Nicole, this’ll be the number she’ll be remembered for.

Natalia Kills‘ superb debut Perfectionist enters the US dance/electronic chart at #6 and US Billboard 200 at #134 – a breakthrough that’s been a long-time coming for the English singer/songwriter who has been building her underground fan base for years. The fabulous new single ‘Free’ (featuring will.i.am) has yet to go mainstream but really, it’s got all the makings of a pop anthem. There is no reason why she can’t have global success with this one.

See Natalia hustlin’ in France for your fives, tens and twenties:

 

Kylie Minogue ascends to #1 on the US dance/club play charts with ‘Put Your Hands Up’ – making it her fourth consecutive dance chart topper from the Aphrodite era. Will we ever see a music video for this? Somebody please inform. Further disco down, Leona Lewis/Avicii cracks the Top 20 with ‘Collide’ – her first American dance hit. The single was just submitted to Australian radios this week. She recently announced that her forthcoming third studio album will be titled Glass Heart.

Gloria Estefan‘s comeback single ‘Wepa’ finally cracks the US dance/club charts at #37. Last week, the Latina diva unveiled a new R3hab remix of the track featuring Pitbull and it absolutely slays. Ain’t nothing wrong with the original Pharrell version but this one just feels more club-ready, fulfilling Mama Estefan’s wishes to really return to her dance roots.

Take a listen to the new Pitbull remix of ‘Wepa’ here:

 

Jessica Sutta‘s flawless new single ‘Show Me’ debuts at #39 on the US dance charts. The ex-Pussycat Doll recently revealed that her debut album Sutta Pop [mega cringe] will be released through Hollywood Records in May. If the material she’s purveying is more proper European pop quality along the lines of ‘Show Me’ and less reflective of the disgusting title, then we’re in luck. ‘Show Me’ was produced by Busbee, who co-wrote Alexandra Burke‘s ‘Bad Boys’ and last year’s Aussie X Factor winner Altiyan Child‘s ‘Somewhere In The World’.

How good is this? In response to the overwhelming demand and crossover for K-pop music in America, Billboard.com has launched their own Korea K-Pop Hot 100 chart. It joins a family of other international Billboard charts like the Japan Hot 100, UK Albums/Songs, Canadian Albums/Songs and German Songs/Albums.

On Thursday’s inaugural K-Pop Hot 100 – Sistar scores a #1 single with ‘So Cool’ leading the pack of other notable mentions like 2NE1‘s splendid ‘Ugly’ (#3), T-ara‘s long-reigning ‘Roly Poly’ (#4), Miss A‘s catchy ‘Goodbye Baby’ (#5) and Super Junior‘s ‘Mr Simple’ (#7). I pretty much exclusively stan for 2NE1 and T-ara right now so anything they do is bound to be newsworthy around here.