Feed Limmy Albums of 2018

I actually thought this might more straightforward than the ‘Songs of 2018‘ list since I haven’t listened to that many albums this year. Or so I thought. Perhaps it’s not necessarily true that I haven’t listened to that many albums. Music has never been more accessible to me ever. I tend to put on an album or a podcast episode when I’m engaged in a low-distraction task at home like cooking, cleaning or hanging the laundry. We are so spoilt in the streaming age – the convenience, the access, the sheer amount of material out every single week. It truly is overwhelming and hard to digest.

Over the past few years my listening pattern had changed. I absolutely relish in the control I have now as a consumer to be a complete master of my listening experience. I prefer to curate my own themed playlists which would soundtrack a myriad of moods and seasons (here’s my Spotify profile if you would like to peruse). I’d rather make my own ‘artist discography’ playlists rather than pass the hours with a prescribed set of songs picked out for me.

However, in the practice of me putting together my own playlists, I had come to really admire a well put-together body of work when I come across one. This list is more of 2018 honours list for bodies of work I have enjoyed. So in there will be a couple of mini-albums or EPs as well – whatever people wanted to call them. Here are 12 albums/EPs I have really enjoyed and connected with in 2018…

#12 – Charlie Puth “Voicenotes”

Literally no one I know listens to Charlie Puth. I don’t think I’ve ever seen him mentioned in my feed. Nothing. Therefore, I have zero self-awareness about liking his voice and his album. Basically, I went through this one week earlier this year where I was listening to a New York Times Popcast episode about Charlie and his Voicenotes album and then went to check it out and was surprised that I didn’t completely dislike it. Voicenotes dazzled me in the way Bruno Mars’ first album did back in the day. It’s a complete candyland of 80s/90s R&B influences without crossing over into pastiche, the silky vocals and youthful confidence is truly Charlie’s biggest drawing card. He, as I discovered, isn’t just a remarkable vocalist but also a brilliant producer, which really reflects in this album.

Key tracks: ‘Attention’, ‘Done for Me’ (feat Kehlani), ‘Slow It Down’

#11 – Years & Years “Palo Santo”

I distinctly remember getting butterflies halfway through my first listen of this album. It hit me that Olly Alexander and Years & Years would have been my teenage self’s absolute everything. Imagine what life would’ve been like as a young queer person and seeing Years & Years on primetime telly and playing big festivals. Palo Santo is nothing if not a collection of poems delicately wrapped in layers of electronic pop production that never try to outdo the heart of each song. In the centre is a rawness and vulnerabilty that draws you in to unpack more with each listen. Even now, I don’t feel I’ve fully gotten to the core of Palo Santo yet but I’m not in a rush. In an age of instant gratification maybe this is the kind of slow burn we need.

Key tracks: ‘All For You’, ‘Hypnotised’, ‘Hallelujah’, ‘Sanctify’

#10 – Troye Sivan “Bloom”

Bloom is such a gorgeous, highly stylised coming-of-age album that falls somewhere between soundtracking a Dolce & Gabbana citrusy-sea breeze fragrance commercial and an arthouse LGBT teen film. The charm is in the effortlessness of this – the unhurried pace, Troye’s chilled vocal delivery, and the themes of self-discovery. You walk around town on a quiet Sunday afternoon in spring with this in your headphones and I guarantee you’ll feel like you’re in an indie film.

Key tracks: ‘Seventeen’, ‘Bloom’, ‘My My My!’, ‘Dance to This’ (feat. Ariana Grande)

#9 – Ray BLK “Empress”

I’ve long been a fan of Ray since her 2016 Durt EP. She truly is a South London gem that should be appreciated and protected at all costs. Through her work you can see how she has grown as an artist and writer but I love that she has never wavered from her commitment to telling her story and painting you a picture of life in her community. The parallels to Ms Dynamite’s work is an obvious one. Let me just say, Ms Dynamite’s 2002 debut album holds such a special place in my heart. Even to this day, listening to ‘Brother’ would get me in my feelings. ‘Mama’ on Ray’s “Empress” EP brought that same feeling back around and I was listening to this for the first time while I was doing a food shop in Tesco and had to blink away the tears. At the same time, it made me smile that she did a rap from her mum’s perspective. My favourite line from the “Empress” EP is in ‘Got My Own’ where Ray’s doing a tongue-in-cheek flex about how much money she’s got and she’s treating her mum etc… and suddenly she adds, “I’ll get that pack of fizzy water, don’t use that tap no more – do I look like a buster?”. I mean, that is truly when you know you’ve fucking made it. When you’re buying sparkling water and you don’t have to entertain tap water any more.

Key tracks: ‘Mama’, ‘Run Run’, ‘Empress’, ‘Got My Own’

#8 – Kate Stewart “In The Beginning”

I just knew immediately after hearing ‘He’s Good’ that I was going to love this new incarnation of Kate Stewart (the artist formerly known as K Stewart). This was a proper 90s/00s pop R&B affair. This one’s for anyone who’s a fan of Mariah, JoJo, Samantha Jade etc. It’s pristine vocals and I mean proper vocal vocals. It is vibes. It is emotions. Nobody else is doing shit like this right now and the fact is not anybody can walk up and do this like Kate’s done it. This body of work needs to be celebrated. I can imagine her getting out to Asia performing there, and this just blowing up absolutely in every country. Vocal royalty needs to be treated as such.

Key tracks: ‘He’s Good’, ‘Distraction’, ‘Loving You’.

#7 – SUMNI “Warning”

This will be the only K-pop album/mini-album you’ll find on here this year even though Spotify Wrapped 2018 will let us know that my Top 5 tracks of the year were all K-pop bops. My low-key obsession with SUNMI (formerly of the legendary Wonder Girls) this year literally came out of nowhere. Even though she had been in the public eye for over 10 years, I had no knowledge of her until this era. Between Wonder Girls and her relaunching as a solo popstar (she had a solo EP in 2014), SUNMI tapped into a new performance style that was a little odder, for lack of better words. It was less preoccupied with the K-pop female idol archetypes of being cute or overtly sexy but rather this character was more standoffish and cold, and it really suited her.

Warning the mini-album is a collection of songs crafted around this newfound persona. Opening with ‘ADDICT’ (sung completely in English), SUNMI invites you into the world of this femme fatale rhetorically asking “Who’s running the show?”. ‘Siren‘ – which could be taken as either the bewitching folklore character that drew seamen to their doom, or a literal alarm – is ball-busting 80s disco romp warning lovers not to get attached because she will not emote or empathise even if they’re crying. In its corner are the singles ‘Gashina‘ (a post-tropical house banger about a woman scorned) and ‘Heroine‘ (a pantomime bop about a love-hate relationship where she lets her man go on acting like he’s her ‘saviour’). ‘Black Pearl’ is a gorgeous gem with its surprising sax solo and sultry demeanour. Overall, if you’re after a theatrical female K-pop project that has slightly more class and quirk to it, I’d recommend SUMNI and don’t forget to turn on the subtitles for her music videos.

Key tracks: ‘Siren’, ‘Gashina’, ‘Heroine’, ‘Black Pearl’

#6 – Robyn “Honey”

We’ve waited a really fucking long time for a Robyn album and this thankfully hit the mark for me. Although it wasn’t as generous of a classic as Body Talk was, this was a natural next step for her – and I got just as much out of it. I found myself walking alongside Honey like Robyn and I had never missed a beat. I realised I never really appreciated the warmth and knowingness in Robyn’s vocals until this album. She laid the sonic blueprint out for all her pop predecessors over the last 10 years to adapt but in all the love I have for these Robyn-inspired records, nothing felt like home like Honey.

Key tracks: ‘Honey’, ‘Send to Robin Immediately’. ‘Missing U’, ‘Because It’s In The Music’.

#5 – MNEK “Language”

I know that Uzo is a student of Mariah and Janet like I am. I know that he understands the magic in creating a body of work that takes people on a journey, bonded with interludes etc. Language is truly best experienced as a whole from start to finish, with its various chapters. This is an unapologetically queer album written from a young black man’s perspective but overall, the themes are pretty universal – ‘Tongue’ tackles infatuation, ‘Girlfriend’ addresses a secret affair with a closeted man (OK maybe not that universal), ‘Phone’ vexes over trying to get over an ex that won’t stop getting in touch.

Key tracks: ‘Girlfriend’, ‘Tongue’, ‘Correct’, ‘Honeymoon Phaze’, ‘Paradise’

#4 – Kali Uchis “Isolation”

I’m still not sure exactly what a Kali Uchis is but what I know is when I randomly played her Isolation album, I knew this was one of the best albums I’ve heard this year. The Colombian-Amerian artist created her own vortex of Winehouse-esque soul, pop, reggaeton, R&B, and funk – and I’m living for it. It’s sort of retro in a Latina Lana Del Rey kind of way but still incredibly modern in its approach and fusion.

Key tracks: ‘Dead to Me’, ‘Body Language’, ‘Tyrant’ (feat. Jorja Smith), ‘Just A Stranger’ (feat. Steve Lacy’),  ‘After The Storm’ feat. Tyler The Creator and Bootsy Collins).

#3 – Kacey Musgraves “Golden Hour”

This is my gardening album of 2018 and it means a great deal lot to me. Whenever I’d be in my backyard weeding or planting or tidying up, I’d have this album on. As far as modern country records go, this does a great job of reaching out to the pop audience without losing its identity. Tracks like ‘Slow Burn’, ‘Lonely Weekend’, ‘Happy & Sad’ have been really comforting whenever I’ve been alone.

Key tracks; ‘High Horse’, ‘Lonely Weekend’, ‘Happy & Sad’, ‘Slow Burn’.

#2 – Mariah Carey “Caution”

As any Lamb would tell you, this truly is a brilliant Mariah Carey album for 2018. A solid R&B body of work that doffs its hat to her musicality without dating her. She may be known worldwide for her multi-octave range, whistle notes and big belting finales but in Caution she strips it all back to show that she doesn’t have to showboat to get your attention. The Blood Orange collab ‘Giving Me Life’ is a mood and a moment – slotting beautifully in with some of her fan favourites ‘The Roof’, ‘Babydoll’ and ‘Lullaby’. ‘A No No’ is a classic showcase of Mariah’s wits and sharp lyricism, “Snakes in the grass, it’s time to cut the lawn / Ed Scissorhands aka I cut you off”. If you don’t know, you better know.

Key tracks: ‘A No No’, Giving Me Life’, ‘The Distance’, ‘Portrait’.

#1 – Janelle Monáe “Dirty Computer”

What a masterpiece of a concept album. What a masterpiece of an album about womanhood, queerness and breaking free of societal expectations. It is proud, political, angry, sincere and sensual all at the same time. The spirit of Prince is more than alive here, especially in ‘Make Me Feel’ and in the hedonistic ‘Screwed’ and ‘Crazy Classic Life’. ‘Pynk’ and ‘Django Jane’ are a celebration of female sexuality and liberation. It’s hard to think of a feminist body of work more significant, intelligent and truly aurally pleasurable than this in recent years.

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Four Feed Limmy playlists you will adore

I am obsessed with creating themed playlists on Spotify. I don’t go more than two days without some form of alcohol touching my lips and I don’t go more than two days without updating a playlist.

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So here are four of my favourite and, I suppose, well liked Spotify playlists.

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Chart Feed – 08.08.11

Cher Lloyd just inadvertently despatched gigabytes of “fuck you” to all her haters and detractors this morning when her debut single ‘Swagger Jagger’ swooped in to claim the UK #1 spot. The X Factor femmecee’s intensely “disliked” single managed to sell 66,815 copies in its opening week to dislodge fellow show alumni JLS from the top. ‘Swagger Jagger’ was simultaneously released in the US and with chalk all promotion, yet it somehow succeeded in climbing to #992 on the American iTunes charts. Noteworthy, I know. Despite the opening there, Cher told Digital Spy that she isn’t really gagging for a State-side domination (just yet).

“Put it this way, I’m not going to run before I can walk. I hate it when people say ‘cracking the US’ – I actually really don’t mind whether I do or not. I’m not living in the US, I didn’t grow up there, and success out there would be lovely, but I want to conquer this part of the world first.” Sensible lass.

Gotye and Kimbra‘s ‘Somebody That I Used To Know’ steps up to #3 on the ARIA charts this week. Y’all do realise that these two are now sharing intimate breathing spaces with the likes of Adele, Maroon 5 and Christina Aguilera, right? It is remarkable. Safe to say, the key sales propellant in the last week would have been from both Gotye and Kimbra‘s appearance at Splendour in The Grass.

Check them doing ‘Somebody That I Used To Know’ live at Splendour:


 
Jessica Mauboy‘s ‘Inescapable’ may have snuck in at the rectum of the Top 20 last week but it has crawled its way well up the pipes to land at #10 this week. I don’t think she was droppin’ and poppin’ it at Splendour, so I reckon some other equally effective promo work must’ve taken place in the last week. Our Aussie urban pop princess will be doing an in-store signing at Sanity in Sydney’s Narrelan Town Centre on 13 August to celebrate the launch of her Get ‘Em Girls deluxe package. Go say ‘hi’ and have her sign a boob or something. Side bar: is that where all popstars have to go for in-store signings now that Hum Records on Oxford Street has gone belly up?

Jack Vidgen – our nation’s newly crowned teen vocal talent – sees his debut single ‘Yes I Am’ crack our ARIA charts at #35 this week. After snatching the crown on Australia’s Got Talent, the 14-year old warbler inked a deal with Sony Music Australia and released ‘Yes I Am’ – a track he co-wrote with famed vocal coach Erana Clark (whose CV boasts work on Australian Idol and X Factor‘s super girlband Mahogany). I think it’s terrific that he’s co-written his first single. Let’s hope it secures him a decent sum so that if public interest dries up in three months, he’s still got enough lunch money to last him ’til Year 10. Jack’s production line album of covers will pop out on 19 August. You bet it’ll feature that rousing rendition of Adelegend‘s ‘Set Fire to The Rain’.

Watch young Jack bring some Sunday morning gospel realness with ‘Yes I Am’ live at the AGT finale:


 
Demi Levato‘s ‘Skyscraper’ cracks our ARIA Top 50 at #45 this week, believe it or not, the song fared better in New Zealand where it debuted at #9 last week. ‘Skyscraper’ scrapes in as the tenth most added new song to Aussie radios this week. The last time I saw something I liked come in that low on the local radio addition list, I held my breath and said a prayer. God evidently did not want to be bothered with such trivial shit around because Nicole Scherzinger‘s ‘Poison’ still went largely slept on by the Australian public.

Rihanna‘s sixth Loud single ‘Cheers (Drink To That)’ is the most added song on Australian radios this week. The song also makes its debut on our ARIA charts at #46 but surely with such early radio support, we can expect for it to go well into the Top 30 next Monday. It has always been so effortless for Rihanna to get a Top 20 hit here. She need not bend over and take up a rapper to make her single hot. It just sells. ‘Cheers (Drink To That)’ starts charting at #91 on the US Billboard Hot 100.

Lady Gaga‘s cigarette-totting new single ‘You and I’ is the fifth most added song on Australian radios this week. Things may only be heating up for the single at this stage but as of June, Nielsen Soundscan reports that ‘You and I’ had already sold over 124,000 digital downloads in the States – way before it was confirmed to be the fourth Born This Way single. Meanwhile, ‘The Edge of Glory’ ascends to the top of the US Billboard Dance/Club charts becoming Mother Monster’s tenth consecutive #1 dance single. In fact, as you might’ve already guessed, every single Gaga has put out bar ‘Eh Eh’ (which technically wasn’t issued in the States) has gone #1 on the dance charts.

Marvin Priest and Wynter Gordon‘s ‘Take Me Away’ is the fourth most added new song to Aussie radios this week. As y’all know, my gurl has ‘Buy My Love’ lined up as her next solo single but them new side collabos keep sprouting out like daisies on a well-manured garden bed [Editor’s note: peculiar analogy but I’ll let it slide]. Over the weekend, she premiered a new track with Steve Aoki titled ‘Ladi Dadi’, which will be on Steve’s forthcoming album.

While we wait for ‘Buy My Love’ to impact Australian media, here’s a delicious new remix by Loud Manners (who has done club-ready mixes for the likes of Jessica Mauboy and Zoe Badwi). I am totally living for this:


 
Adele‘s ‘Someone Like You’ may still be reigning on top of the ARIA charts and sending bitches to the bathroom sobbing every time it comes on at work, but its follow up ‘Set Fire to The Rain’ is quietly bowing out. It’s them cursed dance remixes, I tell ya. ‘Set Fire to The Rain’ only managed to so far peak at #45 in Australia – this week, it slides to #50. This might have something to do with radios not ready to move past ‘Someone Like You’ just yet. Over in the US, the Gossip-styled ‘Rumour Has It’ begins charting at #96 on the US Billboard Hot 100. It would make for a very sensible future US single, working off the success of ‘Rolling In The Deep’.

Alexandra Stan‘s ‘Mr Saxobeat’ debuts at #34 on our Australian digital charts. It really helped having the single strategically placed on the iTunes home page all week, y’all. I caught up with the Romanian dance/pop princess last Tuesday and I’m just about ready to let you have our interview chat. [Editor’s note: highlight – “Alexandra, do you work out to your own music?”]

Benny Benassi‘s ‘Cinema’ propels to #28 on the ARIA charts this week while the brilliant Skrillex remix cracks our digital charts at #40. I actually favour the Skrillex remix more than I do the radio/original version, y’guys. Maybe that’s the song’s destined path of entry into my heart. I mean, I didn’t warm to Kelly Rowland‘s ‘Motivation’ until I fell for the Diplo remix. Sometimes, it takes a good remix to turn the ship around.

Listen to the Skrillex remix of Benny Benassi‘s ‘Cinema’:


 
The Panics‘ fourth studio album Rain on the Humming Wire is the highest selling new album in Australia this week, debuting at #7. The next biggest new release on the line is Falling In Reverse‘s The Drug In Me Is You at #21. All excellent music I should be checking out rather than revisit Victoria Beckham’s discography.

Darren Hayes‘Talk Talk Talk’ moves back up the ARIA Australian charts to #18 this week. Y’know, I see Wes Carr up in here, I see Shannon Noll doing his thing, I even see novelty shit like s.mouse happening but I don’t see Vanessa Amorosi‘s ‘Gossip’. Should we send out a search party? I mean, how dire is the situation? She sent out a cute email to her fans last week about her buying a pony and while it made me think that she should be riding it from town to town purveying her single, I think the more dignified approach would be to do more media appearances. PS – “Popstar Rides Pony to Flog Single” would make for a terrific headline. Just saying.

OK, steering back from that V Mama tangent, s.mouse‘s ‘Slap My Elbow’ has debuted at #21 on the UK independent singles chart while Darren Hayes‘ ‘Talk Talk Talk’ cracks further down the line at #35. Isn’t that scary that Angry Boys is having an impact overseas?

The Wanted is doing a splendid job holding onto Top 3 position in the UK but it shan’t be long before they unveil their plans for global domination. According to our friends at auspOp, the five lads are headed to Australia for the first time next month to talk up the single ‘Glad You Came’ and drum up interest in their music. This should be an interesting watch. As it is with every fresh-faced act cracking a foreign market for the first time, it could go either way. First impressions can be hard to manage. I am instantly reminded of Girls Aloud‘s one and only promo trip here circa ‘Biology’. The Wanted‘s label has pushed back the local release date for ‘Glad You Came’ to this coming Friday. Let the talk, talk, talk begin.

Whet your appetites with this performance of ‘Glad You Came’ live on Tonight’s The Night:


 
Amy Winehouse enjoys a second week of strong posthumous record sales with Back to Black staying on top of the UK charts and Frank rising to #3. Over on the flip side, her singles are falling rapidly down the charts. I guess it doesn’t matter when they’re still selling that many albums. Here’s something her label might want to do if they want to commemorate Wino’s singles – how about pressing limited edition vinyl singles complete with aged, vintage-style sleeves? It’ll make for a very fetch collector’s item, I’m sure.

Christina Perri‘s ‘Jar of Hearts’ shoots from #46 to #17 in the UK this week while over here in Australia, the single still holds tight to the Top 5. I’m glad she’s making such a splash with this track but does anyone know if this woman has any other potential hits in waiting? I clocked a follow up single – ‘Arms’ – but after five months, it hasn’t moved any further than #94 on the US Billboard Hot 100. The video premiered and nothing happened. The album came out and was preceded with four digital promo singles like they’ve staged for Katy Perry, Taylor Swift and Jennifer Lopez‘s heavily anticipated albums but unlike those campaigns, none of Christina’s tracks charted in the Top 100. I don’t know much about algebra but 1 hit + 5 flops don’t equal success.

Speaking of hits, here’s a rather nice line graph representation of Kylie Minogue’s three decade-long single discography on the UK charts. And here’s one for Britney. Don’t you just love graphs? I know I do.

David Guetta featuring Taio Cruz and Ludacris‘ ‘Little Bad Girl’ leaps to Top 5 of the UK digital charts this week. Meanwhile, while you’re hitting download on that you might’ve noticed another new Guetta track up for grabs. ‘Titanium’ featuring our Aussie indie pop pin-up Sia was launched as the French DJ’s new digital promo single on Friday. It is truly my obsession right now and I don’t think I’ve fallen so hard and so quickly for any Guetta track since Kelly Rowland‘s ‘Commander’.

Take a listen to ‘Titanium’, throw your hands up in the air and beat your chest like King Kong if need be:


 
Salt N Pepa‘s classic ‘Push It’ has somehow pussy popped its way back to prominence, leaping from #57 to #38 on the UK urban charts this week. News just broke today that the duo are touring Australia in late November to early December, bringing what’s been pitched as a celebration of their ten year anniversary. ‘Push It’, ‘Let’s Talk About Sex’ and ‘Shoop’ – you best believe you’ll be getting your groove on with these memaws.

Robyn‘s Body Talk Pt. 3 EP is still charting pretty strongly amongst newer and heavier compilations on the UK dance Top 20. I am surprised y’all but all sweet feelings are quickly lost when I think of Robyn not re-scheduling her Aussie tour. The depths of my sadness cannot be fathomed. The Swedish pop minx was seen on Jay Leno last week co-flogging Rye Rye‘s ‘Never Be Mine’, which evidently samples her old hit ‘Be Mine!’. Watch the performance here.

Kelly Rowland‘s Here I Am entered at #3 on the US Billboard 200 last Wednesday with a cracking 77,000 first week sales. This is the highest debuting and highest charting album in Kelendria’s solo discography – there’s bound to be plenty of celebratory “champagne spillin’ from the wall”. I know some stans are pressed that Kelly didn’t do enough promo work to ensure a stronger entry but fuck that ignorance, seriously. As she explained in her That Grape Juice interview, it was a tricky time to secure TV promos because several key shows are off air in between seasons right now. I don’t see it bettering its peak of #3 but what I’m sure Team Kelly will do is keep this album selling hard in the long term. Flash opening week sales aren’t everything, you know. Over here in Australia, Here I Am debuts at #15 on our urban charts and #45 on the digital charts.

Joss Stone‘s new independently released album LP1 debuts at #9 in the US, selling over 30,000 first week copies. She managed to pull off some decent TV performances to fanfare her return – check: Regis and Kelly, Jay Leno and Craig Ferguson. LP1 is Mama Stone’s third consecutive Top 10 album in the States and it’s actually her second highest chart placement since 2007’s Introducing… Joss Stone.

Katy Perry‘s ‘Last Friday Night (TGIF)’ was hyped to snatch the top spot last week instead, it stayed at its current peak of #2 on the US Billboard Hot 100. There’s a bit of pressure for Pyrotitty Kitty to match Michael Jackson‘s record of eight #1 singles from one album and while ‘TGIF’ is only Teenage Dream‘s fifth single, she’s had an untainted run of four consecutive #1s up to this point. They’re not about to break this dream run without a fight so here comes the rabbit out of the hat: a new remix of ‘TGIF’ featuring Missy Elliott

Yes, boo. They’re rushing this exciting new remix of ‘Last Friday Night’ to US radios today in hopes of propelling the single to the top. I’ve written a nice, intelligent news piece on this remix single phenomenon here.

Listen to Katy Perry featuring Missy Elliott‘s ‘Last Friday Night (TGIF)’:


 
Jennifer Lopez‘s ‘I’m Into You’ has finally ascended to the US Billboard Top 50. It has only taken 11 weeks to get this far and I know radio support has been strong for it during the summer. Speaking of radio, I am slightly worried by the lack of radio love for ‘Papi’ Down Under. I’m sorry, you guys don’t get to toy with J.Lo fans by loving hard on one single and not the others, OK? This is not acceptable – especially when something as good and promising as ‘Papi’ is on the line. Are there any dance-related programs happening on free-to-air channels at the moment because I sense a good placement.

Personal note: “In the last few weeks, I’ve received loads of nice comments in person and just around the traps about my weekly Chart Feed – I just wanna say ‘thank you’ once again and let you know how much I appreciate your readership, interest and love. It means a lot to me and I’m glad we can share the fun and tea together. Love, Limmy.”

Chart Feed – 27.06.11

Wynter Gordon‘s With The Music I Die debuts at #25 in Australia this week. I reckon that’s a pretty decent starting point for an upcoming artist who’s only had two official singles out here. For many Aussies, last week’s promo trip was their first real taste of Wynter. Y’know, finally putting a face and a character to the ‘Dirty Talk’ hit. Before this, she had only done dance music festivals and Mardi Gras in Australia. The TV performances on prime time programs like Dancing With The Stars and Sunrise were effective in a sense because it brought her some mainstream attention. Good news, it also propelled ‘Til Death’ back into the Top 20 (#18)!

With The Music I Die is only just kicking off. Her manager has informed me that they’ll be five singles from this opus – the fifth likely to be a new recording taken from the US edition of the album. There’ll be four new songs on that version, which Aussies will get when the album is repackaged here. So watch this space.

Over in the US, ‘Til Death’ rises to #20 on the dance/club charts after only three weeks. The six-track US EP comes out tomorrow. Now, I know there better another Wynter stan or two reading this. You guys need to check out this new Wynter Warriors fan Tumblr blog. Follow, follow, follow!

Bon Iver‘s self-titled album debuts at #2 in Australia, making it the highest selling new album of the week. There’s been loads of critical applaud for the album and honestly, I tried with it but I think I’m in far too much of a boppy dance head space [Editor’s note: see above] to mellow out to his material. I can do Gypsy and The Cat mellow right now in this minute but that’s about as downtempo as it gets. Bon Iver debuts at #4 in the UK. Other mega new entries on our ARIA charts this week include Bad Meets Evil‘s Hell: The Sequel (#3), The GratesSecret Rituals (#11) and Simple Plan‘s Get Your Heart On! (#13)

Pitbull‘s imaginatively titled Planet Pit debuts at #5 in Australia this week. Would you have expected any less from this rent-a-rapper of the moment? He’s had two monster hits with this album, including the current smash ‘Give Me Everything’ featuring a certain squealing power bottom on the hook. I’ve just had a quick preview of the album and some interesting tracks include the next single ‘Rain Over Me’ featuring Marc Anthony and ballad ‘Castle Made of Sand’ featuring Kelly Rowland (produced by DJ Frank E, who did Toni Braxton‘s epic ‘Yesterday’). Planet Pit debuts at #18 in the UK.

Beyonce‘s 4 is currently at #3 on our Aussie iTunes chart. I know some stans are confused over which versions are available on what format. Here’s the tea: the deluxe edition is only released here as a physical two-disc set and the standard edition is only available digitally. So don’t bother looking for a standard edition 4 album in stores. The current single ‘Best Thing I Never Had’ sits at #32 in Australia and rises to a new peak of #71 on the US Billboard Hot 100. Look out for a preview of the music video on her major Piers Morgan interview tomorrow.

Check out Queen B slaying it at GLASTONBEY today, performing her new tracks ‘Best Thing I Never Had/ End of Time’. Hurry before the ever efficient “Ms. Beyonce Knowles” pulls it down for infringing on her copyrightness:

 

Beyonce made history today as the first woman to headline Glastonbury in over 20 years when she performed to over 175,000 festival goers in the UK. Since the diva was all set up there already, she also did a live cross over to the BET awards where her performance was beamed to the American public. Ex-bandmates Kelly and Michelle were in attendance there so I don’t know where them rumours of a Destiny’s Child reunion at Glastonbury came from. Did you clock Tenitra at the awards? Look at that stunning beauty.

Watch Kelly Rowland‘s sexy BET Awards performance of ‘Motivation’. You can’t say she didn’t work for it:

 

Adele‘s life changing ‘Someone Like You’ ascends to #1 in Australia, chalking us off as the fifth country this song has dominated with a #1 position. In case you were wondering, the single also topped the charts in UK, Ireland, New Zealand and Scotland. The album – 21 – remains at #1 in Australia. Over in the US, ‘Rolling In The Deep’ is still #1 on the Hot 100. Move along, nothing to see here.

Lady Gaga‘s ‘The Edge of Glory’ continues its return back up the charts, reaching #21 in Australia this week. Over in the UK, the single jumps to #8 while the album Born This Way reclaims the #1 spot. The Fame also gains a few places, rising from #20 to #13.

LMFAO and Natalia Kills‘ ‘Champagne Showers’ debuts at #26 in Australia this week. Hey, y’guys. I guess this is our nation’s first formal introduction to Natalia. Please make her feel welcomed. Expect her to slay soon with ‘Free’ and/or ‘Mirrors’, whichever they plan to drop here after she’s done making small talk with this collabo.

Wes Carr‘s appropriately titled comeback single ‘Been A Long Time’ debuts at #33 in Australia. No kidding, last week I saw his Australian Idol winning single abandoned on a Borders bookshelf. Gurl, you know they’re closing shop, right? And there are people buying fixtures off the wall and shelves and shit. Yet, still nobody wants old Wes Carr‘s $1 CD single. Before you shake your head, you should know that it could’ve been a lot worst. Spare a thought for previous Idol winner Kate DeRaugo, for there were far more copies of her single left behind than his.

Calvin Harris and Kelis‘ fun new collabo ‘Bounce’ debuts at #34 in Australia while Sneaky Sound System‘s ‘We Love’ finally enters our ARIA Top 50 this week at #41.

Jennifer Lopez‘s Love? shoots to #15 in the UK thanks to the proper promo it’s now getting on the European side. She’s still flogging ‘I’m Into You’ and like we said before, the only reason why it has felt like a lifetime is because ‘On The Floor’ is still tearing it up hard on the charts and her label doesn’t want to show it up with a follow up just yet. Not that ‘I’m Into You’ is any real match. While we’re waiting patiently for more new J.Lo, have you seen this clip of her unreleased viral video for ‘Good Hit’?

 

I know it’s old news but I’m sure some of y’all haven’t experienced its eleganza. Silence! Class is in session at the Fierce Academy. Fingers crossed the full video will surface eventually. I’m thinking maybe for a repackaged edition of the album? Please let there be a video anthology disc like what Beyonce did for B’day. Of all the divas, you know this bitch can deliver some proper visuals.

Cascada‘s Original Me album debuts at #2 on the UK dance charts and #24 on the main charts this week. Ugh, so wretched. Good on her for making a career out of purveying vanilla dance/pop fodder that lovers of September can lap up. It really doesn’t speak to me. I thought she already had an album out when ‘Pyromania’ dropped last year but as it turns out, this is the album and the new official lead single is ‘San Francisco’.

The Feeling‘s Together We Were Made debuts at #22 in the UK. I really do like these guys and while I don’t usually listen to “band music”, these guys give good pop and they really do have a summery sound of their own. This is gang’s first album to feature duets with foxy mamas like Sophie Ellis-Bextor (British pop goddess and wife of bass player Richard), Roisin Murphy and 90s one-hit wonder Betty Boo (whose track ‘Virtually Art’ is only available on the deluxe edition).

Patrick Wolf‘s Lupercalia debuts at #37 in the UK. I’ve seen massive shop front posters for this album in a prominent record on Oxford Street – Sydney’s spiritual home of the gays. I have to admit, I am rather slack with keeping up with Patty’s discography. The last song I really got into was ‘Accidents and Emergencies’. The new album has been described as a really romantic record. Wonder what the new single like? Let’s play ‘House’:

 

Jason Derulo‘s ‘Don’t Wanna Go Home’ has surprisingly enough hit #1 in the UK, making this his second chart topper there since ‘In My Head’. The single has so far peaked at #5 in Australia and #14 on the US Billboard Hot 100. Good for him.

Parade‘s ‘Perfume’ debuts at #38 in the UK. They’re lucky they managed to scrape into the Top 40 with this one. Girl bands seem to be having a hard time over there right now. I mean, The Saturdays are kinda exempt because they’re arguably the most established British girl band working in this minute. Even so, ‘Notorious’ has had to fight to regain its Top 20 position.

Speaking of girl bands Wonderland‘s self-titled album sinks to #58 in the UK. Y’all would be pleased to hear that JOY 94.9 – Australia’s only gay and lesbian radio station – has playlisted a remix of ‘Starlight’ on daytime. Maybe these divas can catch a hit here with the queens? Perhaps JOY should also start plugging one of the many twinky remixes of ‘Perfume’. I gagged with excitement when I heard it in a night club in Sydney!

Katy Perry‘s ‘Last Friday Night (T.G.I.F.)’ cracks the UK Top 20 – as expected – with a new position of #11. No pressure or anything but the first four Teenage Dream singles all went Top 3 there. Over in the States, the stakes are even higher for ‘Last Friday’. I’d be pretty happy if it doesn’t better its peak of #4 on the Billboard Hot 100 but bear in mind its predecessors ‘California Gurls’, ‘Teenage Dream’, ‘Firework’ and ‘ET’ all made #1. I sometimes forget how bloody huge this bitch is. Absolutely winning.

Rihanna‘s ‘Man Down’ rises to #58 on the UK charts while ‘California King Bed’ reigns at #17. Her other single ‘S&M’ is docked at #54 and ‘Only Girl In The World’ at #69. Over on the US R&B/Hip Hop charts ‘Man Down’ reaches a new peak of #13. You can’t tell me this diva isn’t winning either.

Keri Hilson and Chris Brown‘s ‘One Night Stand’ moves up the US R&B/Hip Hop charts to #19. It sure took its time, didn’t it? I mean, we’re onto the next single already, right? We’re all shakin’, windin’ and rollin’ now gurl. Elsewhere, Estelle‘s new single ‘Break My Heart’ featuring Rick Ross is steady impacting on the urban charts too, rising to #48. Y’know, this song taps into that retro soul glam sound we know Estelle can sell over in the States but I’m just not sold on it. This bores me. Check out the video here:

 

Britney‘s ‘I Wanna Go’ debuts at #37 on the US Billboard Pop charts and re-enters the Hot 100 at #89 this week. The tour is gonna help sell this one right, guys? So she has announced dates across Europe for the Femme Fatale show – are Aussie fans pressed that she won’t do any dates down here after the last tour’s “miming shock” fiasco? Would you pay to see Britney live? – remains one of the best conversation starters in a gay bar.

Robyn‘s ‘Call Your Girlfriend’ is now a US #1 dance single. Round of applause, please. Over on the dance/electronic album charts, her Body Talk anthology sits at #20. Another notable placement while we’re there is Junior Boys‘ fourth studio album It’s All True making its debut at #8.

Chart snack of the week: Romeo + Juliet soundtrack is currently at #106 on our Aussie iTunes, thanks to a special 10 year anniversary re-release. Do you remember watching this movie in high school? Had a total boner for Leo DiCaprio during class – and that, my friend, is a little too much information. Goodbye.

Chart Feed – 20.06.11

Sophie Ellis-Bextor‘s Make A Scene debuts at #33 on the main UK charts and #8 on the UK independent charts this week. After being notoriously delayed for over a year, the record finally arrives on Sophie’s own label but despite fervent TV and radio promo, I don’t think her stunning new single ‘Starlight’ is connecting very much. The absence of an actual hit UK single might’ve hindered the album’s chart performance but I reckon her fans are just happy to finally have it. All matters considered, #33 is really not that woeful.

Read this awesome interview SEB did with Digital Spy where she opens up about leaving Universal Music, plans to release ‘Off & On’ as the next single (yes, that ancient Calvin Harris collabo Roisin Murphy rejected) and her approach to songwriting. “I don’t think writing or co-writing my songs makes me a better singer, but I haven’t really got an excuse not to do it as I’ve got too many opinions!” she says. Check, pop star realist. To every singer that clings on in vain to a shit track they’ve written for egotistical reason and rejects a far superior song that was written for them, I ask this: do actors write their own scripts?

City and Colour‘s Little Hell debuts at #2 in Australia, making it the highest selling new entry here this week. This is the Alexisonfire singer’s third solo album and his highest charting record to date. I have yet to properly inspect Dallas Green‘s discography but I am well aware of his stunning vocals and his growing fan base. Major kudos for the runaway success of this album. Little Hell debuts at #1 in Canada, #28 on the US Billboard Hot 100 and #43 in the UK.

Carrie Underwood‘s promo trip here has done some good in seeing Play On debut at #14. I mean, the album first came out in November 2009 so it’s technically as old as Vanessa Amorosi‘s Hazardous [Editor’s note: oh god, if you put like that…] but most Aussies are none the wiser. The local/New Zealand edition of Play On is padded out with Carrie’s previous hits like ‘Jesus, Take The Wheel’, ‘Before He Cheats’ and ‘Last Name’. Check out Pop Trash Addict’s review of her Sydney showcase. The country pop diva never fails to look stunning.

Stan Walker‘s ‘Loud’ breaks through to a new peak of #9 this week and along with the ascendance is Christina Perri‘s ‘Jar of Hearts’ moving up to #12 in Australia. Elsewhere, Benny Benassi‘s ‘Cinema’ cracks the main charts at #46 this week. The track has been living it up on the Australian club charts for over two months now and from what I’ve heard, all its accompanying remixes (courtesy of Laidback Luke, Skrillex, Alex Gaudino etc.) are fierce. Over in the States, Benny’s killer new album Electroman debuts at #11 on the dance/electronic charts.

Bass Kleph‘s ‘$pend My Money’ is buying itself back into the club charts with a 2011 mix entering at #30 this week. I first came across the fun track when it was serviced to radios two years ago but from what I can remember, the single didn’t really impact in the right way. I would actually like to see this re-serviced to the airwaves because where the timing and the market might not have been overly receptive then, it certainly is now for this brand of sinister electro pop.

Wynter Gordon‘s ‘Til Death’ picks up two spots to chart at #24 in Australia this week. Brace yourself for next Monday’s placement because she’s been working hard on her current week-long album promo trip. Ms Gordon has secured a feature in mX, the Herald’s Hit! Entertainment Guide, several commercial radio interviews as well as a stellar coup performing on Dancing With The Stars last night, so this should create plenty of mainstream awareness. Where possible, she has also been doing acoustic performances of ‘Til Death’ and ‘Dirty Talk’ around town.

I just got back from her exclusive SameSame showcase in Sydney over the weekend and she was stunning! Wynter performed a short acoustic set of three originals (‘Dirty Talk’, ‘Til Death’ and the next single ‘Buy My Love’) and three covers – a rendition of ‘My Boy’, Katy Perry‘s ‘ET’ and Arcade Fire‘s ‘Wake Up’. Y’know, I think I must be one of the first to formally review her album With The Music I Die. As you can tell by my constant fangurling and review, I was well impressed with it. Fingers crossed for a strong chart debut and for ‘Til Death’ to finally break Top 10 next week! With The Music I Die (Deluxe Edition) is currently #18 on our Aussie iTunes chart.

Watch Wynter do ‘My Boy’ at her acoustic showcase as a “warm up” song. She says ‘hey’ to me at the 0:08 mark. Bless!:

 

Calvin Harris and Kelis‘ collabo ‘Bounce’ enters at #2 in the UK, making it the highest charting new entry there this week. Coming in close competition is Ed Sheeran’s ‘The A Team’ debuting at #3 and Tinchy Stryder and Dappy’s ‘Spaceship’ at #5.

Coldplay‘s ‘Every Teardrop is a Waterfall’ sinks to #28 in Australia on its second week. That’s understandable given that they haven’t started promoting it and there’s only so much the initial buzz can achieve. The single also sinks from #6 to #22 in the UK.

Take That returns to the top of the album charts this week thanks to the tour and Progressed repackage. The new single ‘Love Love’ also jumps back up the charts from #41 to #28.

Alex Gaudino and Kelly Rowland‘s ‘What A Feeling’ tumbles to #33 in the UK this week. Has the DC glamazon actually done any actual promo for the single? All this X Factor fuckery is distracting her from the big picture here. Elsewhere, ‘Motivation’ clocks it’s fourth week on top of the US R&B charts and starts moving up the American digital charts. It’ll be interesting to see how her next urban offering ‘Lay It On Me’ fares.

Britney is set to unveil the video for her third Femme Fatale single ‘I Wanna Go’ this Wednesday. The video is promising more “action” than the heavily choreographed performances of its predecessor ‘Till The World Ends’. Check out the video teaser here, retelling the same old folklore of Brit vs the paps again. Mami Spears dressing like an Avril fan from 2002 is a whole different kind of cringe we need to address later:

 

Lady Gaga‘s ‘The Edge of Glory’ picks up pace on the UK charts this week, rising back up to #16. Can we attribute this to the growing TV performances and to a lesser degree, the video premiere? Over here in Australia, the single goes from #33 to #26. Back in the US, ‘The Edge of Glory’ rises to #6 on the Billboard Hot 100, picking up more radio airplay along the way.

Nicki Minaj‘s ‘Super Bass’ is still in the running to become the debutantess of hip hop’s biggest commercial success yet. The single is steady climbing reaching a new peak of #10 on the US Billboard Hot 100, #23 in Australia and #17 in the UK. It’s now officially her highest charting solo single on the Billboard 100 – shooting past ‘Moment 4 Life’ featuring Drake (#13) and ‘Your Love’ (#14). It’ll be interesting to see how Barbie’s Femme Fatale support gig will upgrade mainstream awareness of her music.

Katy Perry‘s ‘Last Friday Night (T.G.I.F.)’ cops a sale boost thanks to the video premiere and accompanying digital campaign. The fourth Teenage Dream single rises to a new peak of #31 on the US Billboard Hot 100. Looking further down, Nicole Scherzinger‘s ‘Right There’ moves back up the chart to #80. All this press surrounding her stint on US X Factor can only be good news for the single. Speaking of milking your talent show gig, The Voice judges Adam Levine and Christina Aguilera will be duetting on the new Maroon 5 single ‘Moves Like Jagger’, which will premiere tomorrow on their program. The single will hit iTunes after the episode airs at 11pm EDT.

Jennifer Lopez‘s recent UK/Europe promo trip is reaping rewards. Her Love? album leaps back up the charts to #25 in the UK this week following a serving of hot tamale diva realness on So You Think You Can Dance and Alan Carr’s Chatty Man. Now that American Idol‘s done, she can actually hit the road and start flogging the record right. Here she is at Germany’s Wetten Dass – such an epic fest featuring a congratulating Heidi Klum and Cameron Diaz at the end:

 

Beyonce‘s ‘Best Thing I Never Had’ leaps to #75 on the US Billboard Hot 100 this week. Billboard.com published an interesting interview with an upcoming recording engineer who worked on her forthcoming 4 opus. DJ Swivel who is responsible for cuts like ‘Party’ – produced by Kanye West and featuring Andre 3000 – said the Queen Mother is “authoritative” but is a “sweetheart to work with when you’re on your shit”. He adds, “she’s on her shit, if you’re not, she’s gonna find somebody who is”. You don’t get to running the world by only being half on point. ‘School and Life’ – a track on the deluxe edition of 4 – is said to be rocking a Prince vibe. Can you believe the album drops in Australia this Friday?

Nerina Pallot‘s Year of The Wolf enters at #31 in the UK this week. She’s gotten much love and kudos on the blogosphere for a while now and yet, the closest I’ve come to her music is acknowledging that Joe McElderry covered her smash ‘Real Late Starter’ and Kylie‘s ‘Aphrodite’ was co-written by her and her producer husband Andy Chatterley.

Watch Nerina do an acoustic version of the album’s lead single ‘Put Your Hands Up’:

 

Selena Gomez & The Scene‘s iTunes promo single ‘Bang Bang Bang’ debuts at #94 on the Billboard Hot 100 this week. It’s sultry as hell and I can’t believe I’m actually saying this but, what time do y’all begin praise and worship in the Church of Selena? I’m converting. Heavily anticipating on her When The Sun Goes Down album, which features a fierce Britney Spears and Nicole Morier (writer behind Femme Fatale‘s ‘How I Roll’) co-write titled ‘Whiplash’.

Robyn‘s ‘Call Your Girlfriend’ accelerates to #2 on the US Billboard Dance charts this week, beating the #3 ranking of ‘Dancing On My Own’ and #5 peak of ‘With Every Heartbeat’ (her two mega dance hits in recent time). Another surprise mover there is actually Beyonce‘s ‘Run The World (Girls)’, rising to a new peak of #4. I mean, the slew of remixes are actually all pretty decent.

Jennifer Hudson‘s ‘No One’s Gonna Love You’ breaks through to #50 on the US R&B/Hip Hop charts this week while the new album I Remember Me moves up slightly to #72. Another stunning album track and major favourite of mine – ‘Don’t Look Down’ (written by Alicia Keys) – is currently placed at #75 on the R&B charts.

Chart snack of the week:

We heard that independent pop sensation Florrie‘s Experiments EP managed to chart at #71 on UK iTunes when it came out last Wednesday. Major kudos! Take a listen to this set of dance remixes she has issued for one of the new tracks ‘I Took A Little Something’:

 

The song is definitely a fan favourite and it’s nice to see it reimagined with these Fred Falke and Loverush club-ready cuts.

Chart Feed – 06.06.11

LMFAO, Lauren Bennet and GoonRock‘s ‘Party Rock Anthem’ is still holding on to the top of our Australian singles chart. Usually I don’t bother mentioning it because it’s just been such a fixture at #1 week in and out but today, I feel the need to acknowledge that the bloody thing is still indeed reigning – now certifying four times platinum sales. Unreal.

Lady Gaga‘s Born This Way holds on to #1 in Australia and the UK for the second week. Little Monsters everywhere will be pleased to know that the album has to date sold over 2 million copies worldwide, officially the fastest selling album of the year – debuting at #1 in 13 countries. Over in the States, Born This Way sold over 1.1 million first-week copies to become her first ever #1 album on the Billboard 200. The bloody thing outsold the entire Top 20 combined! On the flip side, ‘The Edge of Glory’ managed to climb back up the charts to #8 the same week the album came out. Here in Australia, the singles all take a slide with ‘Born This Way’ still outselling its successors to chart at #16 while ‘Judas’ drops to #25, and ‘The Edge of Glory’ makes a slight move up to #32.

Adele‘s ‘Rolling In The Deep’ continues its belated global domination in the US, Australia and various other parts of the world that isn’t the UK. Back home in the UK, Born This Way may be #1 but Adelegend‘s got both her albums 21 and 19 placed firmly at #2 and #3 respectively. Here in Australia, 21 continues to reign at #2 but would you believe they’re officially sending ‘Someone Like You’ off to Aussie radios now? Yes now, as in like, this fucking week. Gurl, get ready to roll your eyes at all the late comers to be swept up in this life-changing heartbreak ballad.

Deathcab for Cutie‘s Code and Keys debuts at #7 in Australia and #24 in the UK. Please ask my co-host Jade Gulliver how she feels about this record as she is their biggest fan. I expect that we’ll be reviewing this on our radio show at some point, if not this Wednesday.

The Potbelleez‘s much-delayed album Destination Now finally arrives and enters at #17 in Australia this week. From what I’ve heard, the album is definitely a fairer mix of Ilan and Blue MC‘s vocals than the last album. I mean, a lot of people recognise Ilan’s warbles on hits like ‘Hello’ and the current hit ‘From The Music’ but y’know, Blue is just as much part of the picture and I kinda felt bad that the last single she headed up for the gang (‘Shake It’) flopped hard.

Kylie‘s Aphrodite album re-enters our Top 50 at #31 this week thanks to the tour kicking off here on Friday. They’re doing absolutely everything to get Goddess Min back on top, y’all – I mean, all her previous albums are going for $9.99 on some iTunes flash sale now and all three versions of her ‘Put Your Hands Up’ digital EP fared well to make the iTunes Top 20 on Friday when it was launched.

Havana Brown is still currently the biggest selling Aussie artist on our singles chart but now comes the next phase with ‘We Run The Night’ remixes impacting our club charts. You’d think with her background as a popular DJ and all, her debut solo single would emerge from the clubs to the airwaves but no, it arrives mainstream correct. Due to its overwhelming success, ‘We Run The Night’ will be launched on CD single this Friday, featuring a slew of remixes. The killer Dr Chong and Redial remixes are both already out on iTunes featuring their own fabulously tinted cover arts.

Listen to the Dr Chong remix here:

 

Alex Gaudino and Kelly Rowland‘s ‘What A Feeling’ is the highest selling new single in the UK this week, debuting at #6. Right now in this moment, she is completely owning the favour of her British fans with not just this euphoric dance number but also the highly lucrative X Factor judging gig. Everybody’s rooting for Kelly now. ‘Motivation’ continues to outperform Beyonce‘s ‘Run The World’ in the States and suddenly every rapper in the game wants to jump on the remix. She is now practically on top of her game in both territories – she has won the love and appreciation of the wider American urban community again and she’s reigning with a new dance hit on the international market. This is just the kind of dual success Kelly wanted to achieve last year with ‘Commander’, ‘Forever And A Day’ and ‘Rose Coloured Glasses’ but y’know, everything happens in its right time. Get it, gurl.

Jason Derulo‘s ‘Don’t Wanna Go Home’ jumps from #34 to #7 in Australia this week, making this his fourth Top 10 entry here. Over in his home ground, the single rises to #18 on the Billboard Hot 100. The ‘Show Me Love’ sample you hear actually has more of a history than most kids realise. The song was originally released in 1993 by Robin S. and made #5 on the Billboard Hot 100 before it was famously remixed by Laidback Luke and Steve Angello in 2009.

Simple Plan and Natasha Bedingfield‘s ‘Jet Lag’ propels to #8 on our ARIA singles chart this week. The biggest Natasha Bedingfield related release here in years, y’all. Mark my predictions, they’ll probably launch her recently reupholstered Strip Me Away album here soon with ‘Jet Lag’ tacked on. It totally makes sense. But will they also go one further and issue ‘Pocketful of Sunshine’ to local airwaves? Although it’s an old single from her last album, her label’s currently using it to flog Strip Me Away in several European countries. Watch the current US single ‘Weightless’ – one of the best songs on her new album:

 

Beyonce‘s ‘Run The World (Girls)’ finally enters our Aussie Top 10 at #10 this week while over in the States, it reached a new peak of #29 on the Billboard Hot 100. Anybody else feel like this is B‘s ‘Not Myself Tonight’? The track is finally starting to pick up a little momentum and King B is already onto the next thing. She’s busy racing the clock now to get folks properly hyped for the forthcoming 4 album, she’s got no time to spare waiting for ‘Run The World’ to actually run shit.

The second single ‘Best Thing I Never Had’ was rushed to radios and iTunes stores worldwide last week but has it actually impacted? Ma’am, I don’t see it anywhere on our iTunes charts. I clocked the soulful album track ‘1+1’ sitting at #165, though. That’s lovely, innit? ‘1+1′ debuted at #57 on the US Billboard Hot 100 and #33 on the American digital charts. We’ll have to wait ’til this Wednesday to see where ‘Best Thing I Never Had’ lands in the States.

Katy Perry‘s ‘Last Friday Night (TGIF)’ jumps to #12 and Stan Walker‘s ‘Loud’ moves up to #20 on our ARIA singles chart, joining that Derulo track to be the three hot new Top 20 entries here this week. Elsewhere, Nicki Minaj‘s ‘Super Bass’ debuts at #29 in Australia this week, making this her first solo Top 50 charting single since ‘Check It Out’ with will.i.am made #22. Barbie’s other new track ‘Girls Fall Like Dominoes’ makes it in at #99 here this week.

Britney Spears, gurl, you need to get your shit together because y’all should’ve been in damage control mode hard ever since that flop Billboard Awards performance. I have nothing but love for the Femme Fatale album and I’ll come out to say that Brit‘s rarely off the mark with her studio recordings, but when it comes to live performances? Bitch you need to go harder or pack it up and head back to the south. The Femme Fetale world tour just copped UK dates so it’ll be interesting to see if she’ll bring her stage spectacle back to Australia after less than savoury “walk out” reviews from some folks last year. Femme Fatale has dropped off the Aussie Top 50 but her label has just issued its third single ‘I Wanna Go’ to Aussie radios today. The video is expected to premiere by the end of the month.

Christina Perri‘s ‘Jar of Hearts’ debuts at #38 here this week after blitzing the US charts almost a year ago. The 24-year old American singer/songwriter has absolutely broken through out of nowhere with this track. I mean, she wasn’t even signed to a major label when ‘Jar of Hearts’ first came out but after gaining exposure on the US So You Think You Can Dance, the song ended up selling 100,000 copies in its first month and before you know it, she was on prime time TV flogging the track. ‘Jar of Hearts’ was recently covered on Glee and although, it’s been making airwaves in Asia and other countries – it’s now finally making its way to Australia.

Rihanna‘s ‘California King Bed’ leaps to a new peak of #8 in the UK this week while her urban single ‘Man Down’ makes its entry on the UK R&B charts at #31. Over in the States, ‘Man Down’ cracks the Billboard Hot 100 at #94 and moves up to #34 on the R&B charts. There was all this bullshit from the Parents Television Council chastising the murder theme in the video and saying the bitch was setting a bad example or whatever. This is what RiRi had to say about the matter on Twitter:

“I’m a 23 year old singer who doesn’t have kids. What’s up with everybody wanting me to be a parent [to their children]. I’m just a girl, I can only be our voice. We all know it’s difficult and embarrassing to communicate touchy subject matters to anyone, especially our parents. The music industry isn’t “Parent’s ‘R Us.” We have the freedom to make art, let us! It’s your job to make sure your children don’t turn out like us. You can’t hide your kids from society, or they’ll never learn how to adapt. This is the real world!”

American Idol winner Scotty McCreery sees his debut single ‘I Love You This Big’ sorely miss the Top 10 to enter at #11 on the Billboard Hot 100. I mean, it’s not that bad. Let’s not start boo hoo-ing like it was some Scott Cain chart tragedy. Sweet Scotty managed to sell 171,404 first-week copies and managed to also go #32 on the country charts. Elsewhere, the series runner-up Lauren Alaina‘s debut single ‘Like My Mother Does’ comes in at #20, selling over 121,000 first-week copies. I have no real opinion on these two, so let’s just move on and let them keep on with their country realness.

Natalia Kills‘ ‘Mirrors’ keeps soaring up the American dance charts, taking a new peak of #5 this week. Will she ever adequately break out with this current album or will it take another nine months and a new record to get Natalia properly heard? She’s got a pretty decent fan base happening and some manic blogosphere love on her side. It shouldn’t take long before the rest of the world discovers Perfectionist. If I were running ship, I would’ve already sent ‘Free’ to local radios. That’s an instant anthem right there, y’guys. Elsewhere on the American dance charts, Robyn‘s ‘Call Your Girlfriend’ jumps to #7 while her Body Talk album re-enters the dance/electronic charts at #25.

Nicole Scherzinger‘s ‘Right There’ drops to #97 after making her triumphant solo debut on the Billboard Hot 100 last week at #77. Y’know, I was just reminiscing on the Pussycat Dolls’ videos last night and let me just say, they were flawless as a troupe. So many amazingly fierce videos like ‘Buttons’, ‘Wait A Minute’ and ‘Hush Hush; Hush Hush’. Do you remember how defining that PCD album was? Oh Nicole, those were the days.

The Saturdays‘Notorious’ drops out of the UK Top 20 after entering at #8 last week. What? LOL. Bye gurls, bye. There isn’t a fourth studio album anywhere in sight yet as the girls are still recording various bits and pieces, figuring out a sound etc. I don’t see much excitement happening on the girl band stratosphere at the moment unfortunately. I love the Sugababes and I look forward to hearing what they turn out with ‘Freedom’ and the new album with Jade, but even the hardest ‘Babes fans will have to accept that they’ll never be as cool as they were circa Three, Taller In More Ways or Change.

Chart snack of the week:

This is not actually charting yet but I remain optimistic. iTunes has currently got a “One Hit Wonder” special sale going where you can buy these tracks for $1.19 or for a grand $54.74, you can back up your music library with all 46 of these flops.

 

Compilation highlights feature Bec Cartwright‘s ‘All Seats Taken’, Casey Donovan ‘Listen With Your Heart’, Lee Harding ‘Wasabi’, Blu Cantrell ‘Breathe’, Billy Ray Cyrus ‘Achy Breaky Heart’ and Paris Hilton‘s ‘Stars Are Blind’. All classics you can’t live without.

Robyn ‘Call Your Girlfriend’ Music Video

This is a one woman show, y’guys.

Robyn had me all moist and tingly when she announced that ‘Call Your Girlfriend’ was gonna be the new Body Talk single. I mean, I don’t need to tell you guys how beautiful this dance ballad is and why I’m absolutely gagging for a male artist to cover it. This song is utter brilliance.

 

While the song itself carries a distinct narrative coloured with themes of honesty and moving forward, the video shies away from creating a mini-epic of that nature. Instead, director Max Vitali – the man behind all the Body Talk music videos – creates a poignant and simple production made up of one seamless shot of Robyn losing herself to the music and delivering hardcore kinetic emotional energy.

Here are three points to be made about the video, believe me I’m trying hard with a production that could’ve easily been summed up in the aforementioned sentence:

1) Interpretative dance.

I’m gonna open it up to the floor here. Do you think it’s a stroke of genius to do the ‘Call Your Girlfriend’ video as one singular solo interpretive dance sequence or would you prefer for it to have been a production with actors and an actual film narrative? I think with a song like ‘Call Your Girlfriend’, one could’ve definitely taken it to a new level and played with a number of edgy story options, but let’s not take anything away from this immaculate production. There is definitely power and intensity in this single continuous reel of Robyn dancing with nothing but lights and raw emotion.

2) But how about an alternative story line?

With me on my second cup of coffee today, my brain matter is practically melting with narrative options for the video. So indulge me for a minute here. I mean, could we have had a story about a man leaving his girlfriend for a woman who dresses and acts just like him? Think about it. Themes of narcissism, genderfuck and the opportunity to see Robyn in drag. Hey! OK. I’mma go sit down now.

3) Floral tights and floor humping

I do that a lot too when I’m dancing alone in my living room, except I haven’t got a fierce pair of floral tights. Mama Lim has sadly given away all her groovy tights from the 90s.

Footnotes:

Robyn‘s ‘Call Your Girlfriend’ has to date peaked at #7 on the US Billboard Dance/Club charts.