Sneaky Sound System ‘Really Want To See You Again’ Music Video

Snaps to the Sneakies once again for delivering another visually delectable music video.

‘Really Want To See You Again’ sees the always on-point Aussie dance/pop duo channeling some familiar 90s music video references.

London-based film director Price James – who did Friendly Fires‘ ‘Paris’ music video – rendered a stylish, graphics-driven production that complements the modern pop song’s own textures.

Think clean cut geometrics, think flashes of bright colours like reds, yellows and blues that kind of remind me of Connect Four or other popular games played in our childhood.

In terms of fashion, it’s thankfully a tasteful side step away from happy pants and overalls. It’s a respectable combination of black and whites for the first half to go with the clean cut backdrop.

You can’t fault Ms Connie here. When she’s not serving her swerves and curves in those figure hugging dresses and catsuit – she’s letting you have Hungry Jacks couture in that yellow jacket and red dress combo. Then right behind her you have two back up dancers who won’t quit bringing sexy back with them long bike shorts.

A pleasant treat that’ll be sure to take over screens all over your local gym shortly.

Watch Sneaky Sound System‘s ‘Really Want To See You Again’:



Footnotes:

‘Really Want To See You Again’ is the third single lifted from Sneaky Sound System‘s From Here to Anywhere album.

The song managed to peak at #47 on the Australian airplay chart while the remixes sashayed all the way through to the ARIA club chart Top 20.

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Leak Report: Sneaky Sound System ‘Really Wanna See You Again’ Remixes

I haven’t stopped prancing to ‘Really Wanna See You Again’, y’guys. Every single time the album version comes on, I literally leap to my feet and attempt something like this for the chorus.

Sneaky Sound System really deserve to be shutting down discotheques from here to everywhere with a smash like this. For them to be coming out with something as stunning as ‘Really Wanna See You Again’ for their third single is truly a testament to the kind of wonder they have stashed in that amazing album of theirs.

Aussie purveyor of stylish dance pop have enjoyed ARIA Top 40 success on the club chart with their last two singles ‘We Love’ and ‘Big’ so naturally, we can expect for ‘Really Wanna See You Again’ to follow suit.

Here we have three new remixes courtesy of Azari & III, Funkagenda and KiNK.

My only wish now is for Matt Pop to do one of his famous 80s Tribute remixes for ‘Really Wanna See You Again’. For those unaware of Matt Pop‘s amazing work – please do your homework and inspect his take on RuPaul‘s ‘Main Event’.

‘Really Wanna See You Again (Azari & III Remix)’

Azari & III – the Sneaky‘s label mates on Modular and remixer for the likes of Cut Copy and Robyn – are working their blend of moody electronica and analogue rhythms like a boss. There are elements here that dutifully recall the snap of 80s dance records.


 
‘Really Wanna See You Again (Funkagenda Remix)’

Funkagenda – who has remixed for artists like Nero and Feist – crafts a generously instrumental affair with a sly bass line and claps. There’s potential for this cut to be dirtier and grittier, I reckon.


 
‘Really Wanna See You Again (KiNK Remix)’

Bulgarian DJ KiNK keeps it jumpin’ with an all synths and shakers affair. It’s easily the most energetic cut of the pack but not necessarily the most stylish or interesting to listen to.


 
Footnotes:

According to this week’s update, ‘Really Wanna See You Again’ has risen to #23 on the ARIA club chart in its second week. Stomp it out, bitches.

Sneaky Sound System shot the video for ‘Really Wanna See You Again’ in London last week. Here’s a behind-the-scenes snap from the shoot.

The pair had rushed back to play a gig in Geelong yesterday but unfortunately had to cancel their St Kilda Festival show tonight due to Connie’s illness.

Feed Limmy’s Songs of 2011: #20 – #11

Let me guess, you’re checking to see if I’ve slotted Sugababes‘ ‘Freedom’ or Natalie Bassingthwaighte‘s ‘All We Have’ in the Top 20 Songs of 2011.

So sorry to disappoint but this isn’t the It’s Not Right But It’s Okay list. This is the premium VIP lounge, y’guys. That velvet rope don’t go up for any basic bitch peddling a half decent tune sung with fuck all conviction.

I am looking for songs that have not only connected with me on an emotional level but also earned snaps for interesting musical execution. These ten tracks have all reached out and broken me down with either a killer melody and fierce production, or soul-touching lyrics.

The sonic soundscape represented in the #20 – #11 list varies from Brunswick-style indie to ferocious K-pop and even a touch of gospel. Variety is the spice of life, children. And I’m here for quality pop of all musical persuasions.

Check out Feed Limmy’s Songs of 2011: #20 – #11:

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Feed Limmy Albums of 2011: #30 – #21

I have to say, the arse end of my Top 30 albums list was harder to get right than the all-important Top 10. There are so many splendid LPs and mini-albums that I’ve connected with this year – it wasn’t easy to objectively assess and rank which ones were “better”.

What makes an album worthy of the Feed Limmy Albums of the Year list is overall quality and how well the tracks play together as a collection. There are some artists that make great singles but absolutely flop at getting it together for an album. I’m not here for that.

2011 served some top-notch pop albums with dance/pop persuasions and that has in turn set the tone for my year’s soundtrack. Even though I went through months of “emoting” to break up ballads – see: Clare Maguire‘s ‘Bullet’ – there was always a fun party record or trashy pop album on rotation to keep me going.

As for the quality of the dance/pop releases – it’s hard to stand out in this pack when everyone’s cashing in on the movement. Our eardrums have been rattling to RedOne and David Guetta beats for years now, the hands-in-the-ayer dance urban fusion is quickly losing its summer sheen and we desperately need a revolution. We need dance/pop music with some major heart and soul, y’all.

Feed Limmy‘s Albums of 2011 (#30 – #21) features a number of uptempo pop albums that boast melodic extravagance, cohesion, and a good range of lyrical themes. There should technically be a song for every mood and occasion up in here.

Check out the honours list:

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Chart Feed – 07.11.11

One Direction has the highest selling new single in Australia this week with ‘What Makes You Beautiful’ debuting at #15. I feel like X Factor has become my minor in this great school of pop music commentary, in which I have already acquired adequate majors in Sophie Ellis-Bextor, Girls Aloud and Sugababes disciplines. Every corner I turn, I seem to be asked or be offering unsolicited spiels on X Factor contestants circa 2010/2011.

One Direction was formed on last year’s ultra defining UK X Factor series and it’s truly a testament to their global appeal to have their first single lapped up like that. ‘What Makes You Beautiful’ still holds the record for fastest selling single in the UK this year, pulling opening week sales of over 153,000 copies in September.

Jessica Mauboy and Stan Walker‘s ‘Galaxy’ debuts at #28 in Australia this week, serving what I’d consider to be a pretty satisfactory chart position given that most of their core fans would’ve already purchased the track when Jess relaunched Get ‘Em Girls. There are basically two reasons why ‘Galaxy’ will never be as big as its preceding single ‘Inescapable’: one – ‘Inescapable’ is a better song and has radio-readiness coated all over, two – ‘Inescapable’ wasn’t available prior to its first media impact so almost everyone had to buy it. ‘Galaxy’ is also the most added new song to Aussie radios this week.

Watch Jess and Stan outwail each other in the first televised performance of ‘Galaxy’:


 
Ricki-Lee‘s A-grade single ‘Raining Diamonds’ is hanging by the arse hairs of the ARIA Top 100 right now. I am clutching my pearls in shock, struggling to comprehend how her team had failed to schedule in proper promo to fanfare this comeback. ‘Raining Diamonds’ dives from #55 to #96 in its third week and fingers crossed her X Factor appearance tomorrow night will help turn fortunes around.

Havana Brown‘s ‘Get It’ makes a big leap back into the ARIA Top 50 as predicted. Her fierce X Factor Australia performance sent the club-ready single to #39 and resurrected her breakthrough ‘We Run The Night’, which re-entered this week at #66. Similarly, Stan Walker‘s appearance helped his flailing single ‘Light It Up’ finally debut at #45.

Katy Perry‘s ‘The One That Got Away’ drops to #40 on our Australian ARIA charts and sinks to #61 in the UK – the obvious lack of radio support right now is what’s kinda killing the sixth Teenage Dream single. Meanwhile over in the States, ‘The One That Got Away’ manages to move up to #34 on the US Billboard Hot 100.

Check out the trailer for the forthcoming ‘The One That Got Away’ video, which will premiere in full on 11 November. Look who’s trying to recapture the essence of RiRi‘s ‘We Found Love’:


 
The Wanted‘s ‘Lightning’ shoots to #79 in Australia in its second week, proving that there’s still a chance for these lads to sustain a second smash Down Under. The Wanted‘s new album Battleground arrives on UK store fronts today, setting us up for what’ll surely be an epic chart battle between these guys and Cher Lloyd. Over in the States, The Wanted sees their smash ‘Glad You Came’ bullet to #33 on the US Billboard Dance/Club charts after playing a gig in New York.

Lana Del Rey‘s ‘Video Games’ rises to #81 in Australia in its third week, still gaining momentum from viral recommendations. The bewitching single also makes its way back up the UK charts this week to #12 probably thanks to a placement on CW’s drama Ringer, which started airing in the UK over a month ago?

Listen to ‘Video Games (Club Clique for The Bad Girls Remix)’:


 
Wynter Gordon‘s ‘Buy My Love’ drops out of the ARIA Top 100 this week. I don’t wanna strike panic in the hearts of Wynter Warriors in the UK but there’s more bad news as both ‘Buy My Love’ and album With The Music I Die have been crossed off the November release schedule. Over on the US Billboard Dance/Club charts, ‘Buy My Love’ shoots to #26 in its second week. There’s promise of new material around the corner so perhaps ‘Buy My Love’ will be the last gem lifted from With The Music I Die.

Florence + The Machine‘s Ceremonials debuts straight on top in Australia and the UK, making this the second consecutive week where we’ve matched Mother England in #1 debut albums. The indie pop diva’s sophomore album managed to sell 38,000 copies in the UK in just two days and wound up with opening week sales of over 90,000 copies. In Australia, Flo‘s current single ‘Shake It Out’ bullets to #36 on our ARIA charts, making this her fourth Top 40 smash here.

Watch the classy video for ‘Shake It Out’ here:


 
Darren HayesSecret Codes and Battleship sustains its second week in our Aussie Top 20 with a placement at #15. I’m sure the three-date Aussie tour he served last week helped inspire some more buzz around the record. The Secret Tour was very much a one man show of wonders, mixing unexpected moments with a healthy dose of nostalgia propelled by Savage Garden hits. Dazza’s current single ‘Bloodstained Heart’ drops from #80 to #88 on our ARIA charts.

Washington‘s Insomnia EP plummets from #24 to #51 in its second week. Speaking of tragic Aussie pop drops, Sneaky Sound System‘s From Here to Anywhere sinks from #48 to #80 – will it still be here in our Top 100 next week?

Ronan Keating is once again capitalising on his X Factor gig. Last week’s performance not only sent his recent covers album When Ronan Met Burt back into our ARIA Top 100 (#70) but also rekindled interest in his greatest hits compilation: 10 Years of Hits (#62). Just imagine what Hot would sell if Mel B had so much popped a squat to a medley of ‘Tell Me’/’Feels So Good’/’I Want You Back’.

Cher Lloyd‘s ‘With Ur Love’ is the biggest selling new single in the UK this week, debuting at #4. At the time the midweeks were published, ‘With Ur Love’ was on course to become Cher‘s second chart topper with just a 1,000 copies ahead of its nearest competitor. By the second half of the week, the likes of Professor Green, Rihanna and Labrinth had overtaken her on the sales board.

The 18-year old feisty femmecee’s debut album – Sticks & Stones – drops today and being a typically “front heavy” artist, her best promo strategy is to actually sit back and let her hard core fans drive the first week sales, then go to work in the second week to sustain the record’s chart debut. Sticks & Stones is currently going for a discounted price of £6.99 at HMV – that has got to help.

Watch Cher Lloyd perform an acoustic rendition of her current smash ‘With Ur Love’:


 
Nicole Scherzinger‘s new recording ‘Try With Me’ debuts at #18 in the UK this week, making this the ex-Pussycat’s fifth solo Top 20 smash in the region. Her trashy last single ‘Wet’ deserves a mention for peaking at #21 but with that being the only Killer Love single Nicole didn’t promote in the UK, you can kinda see why it didn’t fare as well as it could’ve.

Matt Cardle‘s lead single ‘Run For Your Life’ is completely over, it seems. The track sinks from #52 to #96 this week, completely validating his label’s response to issue another single before Christmas. I don’t think the man’s gonna be getting a lot of support from his label after the peak buying periods. They might as well milk it now while Christmas is around the corner and the X Factor‘s still on air.

Watch the video for Matt‘s second single ‘Starlight’, which comes out on 5 December in the UK:


 
Melanie C‘s brand new single EP ‘Weak’ is actually #1 on the Greek iTunes album chart right now – believe it or not. The Old Spice just launched her second international Sea single yesterday but fans in Germany, Switzerland and Austria will be treated to ‘Let There Be Love’ instead on 2 December.

Rihanna‘s ‘We Found Love’ dethrones Adele to top the US Billboard Hot 100, making this the Barbadian bombshell’s 11th #1 smash. As I said last week, the only thing really standing between ‘We Found Love’ and ‘Someone Like You’ was radio airplay, which RiRi picked up a significant amount of in the last week. The stronger airplay coupled with second week as the nation’s most downloaded song led ‘We Found Love’ to an overall #1 victory.

‘We Found Love’ racked up 243,000 sales in its second week on top of the digital charts, pushing the accumulated sales to date to over 1 million. This is Rihanna‘s 20th song to cross the million-download sales mark. Rihallah also co-signs on the biggest new entry on the digital charts – ‘Princess of China’ with Coldplay, which debuted at #8 with 105,000 downloads. ‘We Found Love’ is also the biggest gainer on the US Billboard Dance/Club play charts, now cracking the whip at a new peak of #5.

Coldplay‘s Mylo Xyloto breaks into the US Billboard 200 at #1 with opening week sales of 447,000 copies. How unsurprising and barely newsworthy. Nevertheless, there are a couple of cool accomplishments for this album that deserve nods. This is the third biggest first week sales in the US this year – only outdone by Lady Gaga‘s Born This Way (1.1 million copies) and Lil Wayne‘s Tha Carter IV (964,000 copies). Mylo Xyloto also clocked the biggest weekly sales for a rock album since U2‘s No Line On The Horizon debuted in 2009.

Mylo Xyloto may be the third Coldplay album to debut straight at #1 in the US but it’s actually their lowest selling #1 yet. Viva La Vida or Death and All His Friends opened with 721,000 copies back in 2008 and its predecessor X&Y did 737,000 in 2005.

Watch the video for Coldplay‘s ‘Paradise’:


 
Kelly Clarkson‘s Stronger is the second biggest new entry on the US album charts, debuting at #2 with 163,000 opening sales. It’s not quite on par with the success of her last album – All I Ever Wanted – but hey, by the time that album arrived it was already well supported by a top-selling single (‘My Life Would Suck Without You’). Stronger, on the other hand, is only seeing fortunes turn around for its lead single ‘Mr Know It All’ now.

‘Mr Know It All’ managed a 60% sales increase in the last week with 106,000 download sales. It finally cracks a new peak of #10 – making this Clarko’s ninth single in the US Billboard Hot 100’s Top 10. Elsewhere, the wig-snatching future single ‘What Doesn’t Kill You (Stronger)’ debuts at #64 – based solely on interest surrounding the new record. Stronger – the album – drops to #7 and #14 in its second week in Australia and the UK respectively.

Michael Bublé‘s first full-length Christmas album – imaginatively titled Christmas – hits #3 in the US, selling 141,000 copies to be the biggest seasonal record for now. I expect for the crown to be well snatched by Justin Bieber‘s Under The Mistletoe, which will debut sometime later this week. Elsewhere, She & Him‘s A Very She & Him Christmas debuts at #12 on the US Billboard 200.

Kaskade‘s Fire & Ice debuts at #17 on the US Billboard Hot 200, making it the biggest dance/electronic album in the country. The American DJ/producer is known for turning out #1 club play remixes of Lady Gaga‘s ‘Bad Romance’, Justin Timberlake‘s ‘LoveStoned’ and Nelly Furtado‘s ‘All Good Things (Come To An End)’.

Jessica Sutta, the only ex-Pussycat Doll that matters right now, grabs her first ever solo #1 smash this week with ‘Show Me’ topping the US Dance/Club play charts. Following close behind is Sutta’s rival and former team leader, Nicole Scherzinger, with ‘Don’t Hold Your Breath’ edging to #2.

Watch Chairman Sutta‘s ‘Show Me (Alex Gaudino and Jason Rooney Remix)’ video:


 
Gloria Estefan‘s ‘Wepa’ is sadly migrating south of the charts. Despite the red-faced commercial flop of Little Miss Havana, The Estefun‘s comeback appears to have successfully reconnected her with old fans and gays. ‘Wepa’ drops to #28 on the US Billboard Dance/Club play charts after making #1 last month. Speaking of memaws moving prosthetic hips on the floor, Taylor Dayne‘s ‘Floor on Fire’ plummets from #7 to #20 on the dance charts this week.

Leann Rimes scores the biggest new entry on the US Billboard Dance/Club play this week with ‘Give’ charting at #43. Remixes of the country song is obviously proving to be a smash with party people. Never would I have expected for a country/inspirational Leann Rimes song to snatch wigs like this.

Watch Le Rimes‘ touching ‘Give’ music video. Have some Kleenex close by.


 
Jennifer Lopez‘s ‘Papi’ debuts at #38 on the US Billboard Pop Songs charts but disappears from the overall Billboard Hot 100. The addictive Latin-flavoured dance smash is also painfully denied radio airplay with most American stations still preferring to bump ‘On The Floor’. It’s pretty much the same sitch everywhere else in the world.

Kelly Rowland‘s ‘Lay It On Me’ is struggling to match the flash success of ‘Motivation’. The arguably more radio friendly single is not garnering enough airplay and is rapidly falling down the US R&B/Hip Hop songs chart. ‘Lay It On Me’ tumbles to #68, behind ‘Motivation’ (#22) and her sister Bey’s singles ‘Party’, ‘Countdown’ and ‘Love on Top’.

Beyoncé‘s ‘Party’ is outselling ‘Countdown’ in the States. ‘Party’ moves up to #57 on the US Billboard Hot 100 while ‘Countdown’ sinks to #83. The media’s not embracing ‘Countdown’ for some reason, even though it’s long been a fan fave ever since 4 came out. Peeking over in the UK, ‘Countdown’ rises to #35 and ‘Love On Top’ is still etched for a 12 December drop date.

Chart Feed – 24.10.11

Ricki-Lee‘s life-changing comeback single ‘Raining Diamonds’ is undoubtedly the most important new entry on our ARIA charts this week. While some of you might throw a stink face at the song’s #62 debut, y’all need to keep in mind that this is purely off one week’s work. Seriously, before last Monday, nobody even knew Ricki-Lee had a record deal and was planning a comeback. That information was well classified and the world wasn’t prepared for the sudden rapture of ‘Raining Diamonds’.

The fact that ‘Raining Diamonds’ managed to crack the ARIA Top 100 with no prior wind up or hype – just building on the few interviews, press write ups, and growing social media support during the week – is halleloo enough for me. It can only move up now. I believe word of mouth is gonna play a big part in relaunching Ricki-Lee – I mean, how many of y’all first heard the single via Feed Limmy and my Facebook? ‘Raining Diamonds’ is the most added new song to Australian radios this week.

Justin Bieber‘s ‘Mistletoe’ is the highest selling new single in Australia this week, debuting at #20. This is the Canadian pop sire’s fifth Top 20 single here and it’s the first taste of his forthcoming Christmas album Under The Mistletoe, which will feature a duet with Mariah Carey on her iconic Yuletide track ‘All I Want For Christmas Is You’. You Beliebers better have your coin purses ready when the album arrives in Australia this Friday. Boyz II Men – who incidentally appears on Justin‘s Christmas record – will also drop their new album, Twenty, on the same day.

Check out Justin Bieber‘s ‘Mistletoe’ music video, directed by Roman White – the man behind clips for Taylor Swift,Cody Simpson and Lady Antebellum:


 

Beyoncé has once again been denied entry into the ARIA Top 20 this week with ‘Love On Top’ clipped at #22. Meanwhile over in the UK, the album’s third official single ‘Countdown’ shoots up to #44 and debuts at #85 on the American Billboard Hot 100. The ‘Countdown’ remixes also made a hot shot debut at #35 on the US Bilboard Dance/Club charts. I sense that this is going to be a good era for our Lord Beysus.

Katy Perry‘s ‘The One That Got Away’ is making a run for it, leaping to a new peak of #34 in Australia this week. Over in the UK, the single moves up to #22. As y’all know Kitty’s had a record-breaking five consecutive US #1 singles from this Teenage Dream album and right now ‘The One That Got Away’ is perched at #94 on the US Billboard Hot 100 – a whole continent away from reaching the top spot. Could she pull off six in a row? Let’s see what kinda gimmicks and fuckery she’s got in store for this single campaign.

Nicole Scherzinger is on course for another solo hit in Australia. ‘Wet’ has moved up 10 places to a new peak of #39 on our ARIA charts. With three Top 40 hits now under her belt, shouldn’t Nicole‘s Killer Love album be moving back up the charts? Alas, it is floundering at #83 this week. Something about this shit don’t smell right. I wonder if Australia will cop the Killer Love (Deluxe Edition) that’s coming out in the UK next month?

Nicole is launching a brand new single – ‘Try With Me’ on 31 October in the UK – to coincide with the European deluxe repackage. Check out the absolutely A-grade music video, which was shot in Mexico’s gorgeous Xilitla rainforest:


 
Coldplay‘s ‘Paradise’ returns to the Australian Top 50 this week at #36, thanks to the arrival of the band’s long-awaited album Mylo Xyloto – which dropped in stores on Friday. It’s gonna one wig-snatching chart battle as ColdplayKelly Clarkson, Washington and – don’t snigger – Darren Hayes race for the top spot with their respective new albums.

iTunes has currently got the entire Coldplay back catalogue on sale as well, so don’t be surprised to see a few of their titles returning to the Top 100 next week. Mylo Xyloto is currently #1 on iTunes, Kelly Clarkson‘s Stronger (Deluxe Edition) is riding at #8, while Darren Hayes‘ fantastic Secret Codes & Battleships is holding on at #30.

Shannon Noll‘s A Million Suns album debuts at #8 in Australia, making it the second best-selling new album this week. Only after Cold Chisel‘s unbeatable Best of package, which entered at #2. There really is no shame for Nolly there. However, looking at his own personal track record. It’s not so rosy. All three of Shannon’s previous albums have managed to go Top 3 in Australia and yield at least one Top 10 single. I’m not holding my breath for A Million Suns to go Top 3 or for its lead single ‘Switch Me On’ to turn around and make a run for the Top 10.

Sneaky Sound System‘s From Here to Anywhere isn’t headed anywhere I want it to. The Aussie dance/pop duo’s fine album drops from #11 to #27 in its second week. Meanwhile, bad news for their flawless single ‘Big’ – the track sinks from #58 to #73 on our ARIA Top 100. Guess I jinxed them with last week’s well wishes, huh?

Lady Gaga‘s ‘You and I’ has officially left our ARIA Top 50 free of any Gaga songs for the first time in months. All year, even. The rollicking ballad sinks from #46 to #53. Look, there could still be life in the bottom half of the ARIA Top 100 – I mean, ‘Poker Face’ spent a whopping 106 weeks in our Top 100 and I know a lot of it wasn’t reigning in the upper end. Gaga’s label is understandably getting on with the album’s fifth single ‘Marry The Night’, which is the second most added new song to Aussie radios this week. Over in America, ‘You and I’ is now reigning as #1 dance/club song in the country.

Altiyan Childs finally shows up on the ARIA Top 100 with his new single ‘Ordinary Man’ – thanks to last week’s X Factor performance. The song made its debut at #55 this week despite having been out for a month now. Clearly nobody knew this shit was even happening because I don’t see no promo and I don’t hear no radio airplay for ‘Ordinary Man’. This song is actually quite acceptable, y’guys. You recognise the familiar, crisp Ryan Tedder beats but somehow Altiyan makes it his own.

Watch the making of Altiyan‘s ‘Ordinary Man’ video, directed by Peter Ireland – who has done clips for Aussie indie pop sensations Brendan Maclean and Scott Spark:


 
Stereophonics‘ one-time UK #1 hit ‘Dakota’ re-appears on our ARIA charts this week at #57 – thanks to local X Factor warbler Andrew Wishart’s rather capable cover. Back in its heyday, ‘Dakota’ managed to scale up to #22 on our ARIA charts and it remains as the only hit Stereophonics has ever had in this country. The Cranberries‘ ‘Zombie’ also reappears thanks for contestant Christina Parie’s performance. The 90s classic is now at #69.

Rihanna‘s ‘We Found Love’ stays on top of the UK charts for its third consecutive week, fighting off fierce new singles from The Wanted, Kelly Clarkson, Lana Del Rey and Sean Paul/Alexis Jordan. RiRi has to date racked up six UK #1 singles but ‘We Found Love’ is already her second longest reigning chart topper. The longest UK #1 she’s had is, of course, ‘Umbrella’ (10 weeks). Truth be told, ‘We Found Love’ probably wouldn’t have stayed at #1 for its third week if it weren’t for the flawless video arriving on Thursday and inspiring a sales surge after the midweeks. ‘We Found Love’ ended up selling 92,700 copies in its third week on top.

Over in the US, ‘We Found Love’ has now reached a new peak of #6 on the US Billboard Hot 100 – selling 174,000 downloads in its fourth week. Rihallah – as the dear Adem With An E affectionately calls her – will release her sixth album Talk That Talk on 18 November in Australia and 21 November in the UK and US. Peep the Talk That Talk standard and deluxe edition tracklisting.

The Wanted has the biggest selling new single in the UK this week with ‘Lightning’ striking at #2. The single scored opening week sales of 71,500 copies. The lads’ brilliant previous hit ‘Glad You Came’ managed to debut at #1 with first-week sales of 117,200 copies back in July. Mind the gap, y’all.

‘Glad You Came’ also debuted on the US Billboard Dance/Club charts at #49 last week, making this the boyband’s second appearance on the American dance charts. The Wanted will release their sophomore album Battleground on 7 November in the UK. The project’s next single looks set to be ‘Warzone’, tentatively put down for a 9 January release date in the UK.

Watch The Wanted perform their current smash ‘Lightning’ at the iTunes Festival:


 
Kelly Clarkson‘s ‘Mr Know It All’ debuts at #6 in the UK this week, selling 47,910 copies. This is actually the first time Kelly has had a single in the UK Top 30 since ‘My Life Would Suck Without You’ went #1 in 2009. Over in the States, ‘Mr Know It All’ rises to #24 and is starting to really rake in the dividends. The single picked up an eight percent sales increase last week, selling 52,000 copies. All up, after six weeks in stores – ‘Mr Know It All’ has sold 328,000 copies in America. The song is definitely the biggest American Idol-related single on the charts.

Lana Del Rey‘s much-hyped debut single ‘Video Games’ makes a smashing entrance at #9 in the UK, selling 40,541 copies in its opening week. The song – despite having no radio support whatsoever – has already moved up to #86 in its second week in Australia. Yes, visibly slaying smears like Natalie Bassingthwaighte‘s ‘All We Have’ – which, despite being the fifth most added song to Aussie radios last week, still failed to crack the ARIA Top 100.

Marina & The Diamonds‘ ‘Radioactive’ is sinking fast. After just three weeks, the Welsh warbler’s dance/pop effort is now positioned at a lowly #74 in the UK. This is clearly not the look for the girl but then again, even if she puts on a shiny Stargate track – it doesn’t always mean that Marina Diamandis will automatically become a certified hitmaker. There’s a bit more to the puzzle than that.

Noel Gallagher‘s debut solo album Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds enters straight at #1 in the UK this week. The former Oasis singer managed to sell 55,000 copies of his album in its first two days, already more than twice as many as Matt Cardle‘s competing new album Letters. By the end of the charting week, Noel had clocked up 120,000 sales (outselling Matt by some 40%). Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds debuts at #16 in Australia.

Matt Cardle‘s Letters debuts at #2 in the UK, selling a total of 70,896 first-week copies. The album’s lead single ‘Run For Your Life’ couldn’t make its escape from the Top 20 any quicker! The Gary Barlow-penned ballad sinks from #6 to #23 this week, selling 15,507 copies in its second week.

Shall we have a quick comparison of recent UK X Factor winners’ debut album first week sales? Right. Leona LewisSpirit opened with 376,000 copies (#1), Leon Jackson‘s Right Now did a meagre 37,000 copies (#4), Alexandra Burke‘s Overcome earned 132,000 copies (#1) and Joe McElderry‘s Wide Awake opened with 39,000 copies (#3). Therefore, Matt Cardle technically isn’t doing too bad for a male X Factor winner.

Matt‘s series runner-up Rebecca Ferguson is gearing to release her own debut single ‘Nothing’s Real But Love’. Watch Becca do a charming acoustic performance of the track here:


 
Pixie Lott will launch her sophomore album Young Foolish Happy and its second single ‘What Do You Take Me For?’ next week but the third single has already appeared on the UK release schedule. ‘Kiss The Stars’ – a track co-written by Pixie and Phil Thornalley – is slated for a 30 January arrival. That sounds sensible, don’t it?

Kelly Rowland has pushed back the release of her new European single ‘Down For Whatever’. This week’s UK release schedule saw the saucy dance track moved from a proposed 31 October drop date to 21 November – meaning it’ll hit stores just a week before the “international version” of Here I Am. The project’s current US single ‘Lay It On Me’ might be getting a UK release after all. It has been put down for a tentative 6 February due date. Whatever, Kelendria. Just make this shit happen.

Gotye‘s ‘Somebody That I Used To Know’ may be the biggest selling Aussie single of 2011 but the track’s not scheduled to be launched in UK until February next year. According to the UK release schedule, the smash single will follow from ‘Easy Way Out’ – another stunning track from Gotye‘s new Making Mirrors album. The Brits are expected to cop ‘Easy Way Out’ on 28 November while all of us here in Australia will get the uplifting ‘I Feel Better’.

Watch the wicked animated music video for Gotye‘s ‘Easy Way Out’:


 
Evanescence earns their second US #1 album with Evanescence debuting right on top with 127,000 first-week sales. It’s quite a stark contrast from their last chart topper – 2006’s The Open Door – which scored opening week sales of 447,000 copies. Times are changing and these guys are only just finding their place back in the game. Go easy on them.

Lauren Alaina – this year’s American Idol runner-up – sees her debut album Wildflowers enter at #5 on the US Billboard Hot 200, selling 39,000 copies. Meanwhile last year’s American Idol runner-up, Crystal Bowersox, has been dropped by her label Jive/RCA merely 10 months after they launched her debut album Farmer’s Daughter. It’s quite a contrasting tale of two recent Idol winner/runner ups. I hope Scotty McCreery and Lauren both find a way to keep turning out sales because both their predecessors Lee DeWyze and Crystal have now been dropped after underwhelming chart performances.

Britney Spears‘Criminal’ debuts at #92 on the US Billboard Hot 100. No pressure but all three previous Femme Fatale singles have gone Top 10 in America, do you think this will continue Brit‘s clean run? For the first time ever, the pop diva has an album that has actually produced more than two US Top 10 hits. Go figure.

Anjulie‘s feisty ‘Brand New Bitch’ finally impacts the American dance/club charts, debuting at #36. The Canadian singer who was often compared to early Nelly Furtado and Corinne Bailey Rae has given her image and sound a drastic shake up. It’s away with the cafeteria pop with hip hop beats and in with fluorescent dance/pop.

Check out the video for ‘Brand New Bitch’ – indeed she is:

Chart Feed – 17.10.11

LMFAO has the biggest selling single in Australia this week with the charming and timeless jam ‘Sexy and I Know It’. The American dance duo managed to dethrone Kelly Clarkson after her one-week reign on top with ‘Mr Know It All’. This is LMFAO’s second #1 hit here following the massive ‘Party Rock Anthem’. Fun fact: ‘Party Rock Anthem’ is the second longest running #1 single Australia has had in this century – reigning for 10 whole weeks. The longest staying #1 single we’ve had since 2000 is still Eminem‘s ‘Lose Control’, clocking 12 weeks. That’s the one to beat.

Beyoncé‘s ‘Love On Top’ rises to a new peak of #21 in Australia this week. We remain as the only territory to have picked up this track and run with it. Over in the US, ‘Love On Top’ makes its way back up to #82 on the US Billboard R&B/ Hip Hop charts. Other Bey singles to be making waves right now include ‘Party’ (featuring André 3000) – cracking the US Billboard Hot 100 at #93 and seeing this success naturally reflected on the R&B/Hip Hop charts, where it rose to #9 – and ‘Countdown’, her third official single, rising to #66 on the American R&B charts. Over in the UK, ‘Countdown’ leaps from #171 to #77.

Ed Sheeran‘s ‘The A Team’ debuts at #32, becoming the highest charting new entry on our ARIA Top 50 this week. Elsewhere, major pick up from the following three singles who all managed to crack the Top 50 in their second week – Simple Plan ‘Can’t Keep My Hands Off You’ (#45), Katy Perry ‘The One That Got Away’ (#48) and Nicole Scherzinger ‘Wet’ (#49).

Watch Katy Perry performing an acoustic run down of ‘The One That Got Away’ on X Factor:


 

Cody Simpson‘s ‘On My Mind’ enters at #51 in Australia this week. It must really irk his minders to not see this at least crack the Top 50 after all the promo and Skyping he’s had to endure in the last seven days. On the plus side, the blonde teen’s album Coast to Coast rises ten spots to #16. I suppose he is winning after all.

Speaking of winning Aussies, Vanessa Amorosi‘s ‘Amazing’ finally cracks the Top 100 at #83 this week – no doubt thanks to the X Factor performance last week. Meanwhile, other Australian pop new releases like Natalie Bassingthwaighte‘s ‘All We Have’ and Stan Walker‘s ‘Light It Up’ have yet to show up in the ARIA Top 100. Change might be coming Nat Bass’ way, though. ‘All We Have’ suddenly enjoys some radio pick up, becoming the fifth most added new song to our airwaves this week. Shannon Noll‘s ‘Switch Me On’ plummets to #71 this week. People probably stopped buying it because they knew the album was coming [Editor’s note: in fact, A Million Suns as it is called came out on Friday].

Wynter Gordon‘s stunning ‘Buy My Love’ finally cracks the ARIA Top 100 at #77 after what has seemed like an eternity since the single was first issued to radios. I am not sure what’s inspiring the sudden pick up of late, but I’m sure glad it’s happening. It would be great to see this go Top 20 eventually just like its predecessors ‘Til Death’ (certified gold sales) and ‘Dirty Talk’ (last summer’s #1 which went on to be certified four times platinum sales). The album With The Music I Die shamefully remains well outside our Top 100.

Watch Wynter Gordon‘s ‘Buy My Love’ video:


 
360‘s debut album Falling & Flying tumbles to #10 in its second week. Meanwhile, over on the ARIA Top 100 – two of his tracks surface: ‘Boys Like You’ featuring Melbourne singer Gossling (#81) and his current single ‘Killer’ (#88).

Lana Del Rey‘s eagerly anticipated breakthrough single ‘Video Games’ debuts straight in at #98 this week. We all kinda saw this doing well ever since it started appearing on the iTunes charts based on pre-orders alone. ‘Video Games’ comes out in the UK this week, so check back next Monday to see where she lands on the British charts. LDR really is one of the best discoveries 2011 has brought to date. You can peruse reviews and pick up so many great descriptors of her style (eg. “gangster Nancy Sinatra“) but the package is probably best first experienced by watching the ‘Video Games’ video.

Here it is, in case you haven’t already been clued in on the Lana Del Rey movement:


 
Gotye‘s Making Mirrors remain as the biggest selling Australian album out there right now – sitting at #4 this week with a shiny new double platinum accreditation. The ‘Somebody That I Used To Know’ warbler has earned seven 2011 ARIA Awards nominations including Single of The Year, Best Male Artist and Highest Selling Single for the aforementioned track with Kimbra. Gotye has also been confirmed to perform at the award ceremony on 27 November. Looking on the UK release schedule, I was surprised to find ‘Easy Way Out’ etched in for a 28 November release. Dude, this song is like less than two minutes long.

Sneaky Sound System‘s From Here to Anywhere debuts at #11 in Australia this week – becoming the third biggest new entry here. Other debuts ahead of the Aussie duo include Chris Isaak‘s new one Beyond The Sun coming in at #3 and Evanescence‘s much-touted self-titled comeback at #5. Meanwhile, the Sneaky’s current smash single ‘Big’ moves to a new peak of #58. It’s actually the second week in the row that the song has jumped ten places up the chart. At this rate, they should be well in the ARIA Top 50 by this time next week – right?

Bjork‘s Biophilia enters at a humble #48 this week in Australia and #21 in the UK – making this the lowest charting positions ever for her in both territories (I am, of course, only comparing this with her other studio albums – not greatest hits package, remix albums etc). Biophilia wound up with only 9,872 first week sales in the UK. I’ve come to expect a bit more from Bjork given all the publicity and attention she has garnered for this project’s multimedia elements. The experimental artiste definitely has more of a cult following, which usually means heavy first week sales, then you fall off the charts. If this is as good as it gets for the first week then we might be in trouble.

Watch the video for Bjork‘s newest single ‘Moon’:


 
Steps scores a comeback #1 album with their Ultimate Steps collection scorching up the UK charts this week, meaning the band can now proudly say they’ve had a #1 album in every one of the last three decades. But before we start toasting, Ultimate Steps pulled a humble 34,200 first week sales to go #1 – making it the second lowest selling #1 in the UK this year. Back in their hey day, Steps managed three million-selling albums – Step One (1.39 million, even though it never actually made #1), Steptacular (1.28 million) and Gold: The Greatest Hits (1.11 million). Could the Ultimate Steps collection gather enough momentum to reach those heights come their April reunion shows?

Evanescence‘s self-titled third album looked so certain to go #1 in the UK when the midweeks came in but by the week’s end, it finished the race at #4 with a total of 26,221 copies sold.

Adele is still canceling every other ho in the game here. The British soul siren is on course to become the first artist to score both biggest selling album and single in both the US and UK since The Beatles did it in 1964. Over in the US, ‘Rolling In The Deep’ is still unmatched as the biggest selling single of the year so far. ‘Someone Like You’ is hands down the biggest selling single of the year so far in the UK – clocking over 1.2 million copies. Y’know, at this rate, I don’t even think this year’s British X Factor winner has a chance of outdoing that come the finals in December. If you wanna compare, last year’s series winner Matt Cardle managed 810,000 copies to go #1.

Looking on the album charts, Adele has not only got the biggest selling album in UK this year with 21 (hitting 3.1 million sales), she’s also got the second biggest in its predecessor: 19. The third biggest selling album in the UK so far in 2011 is Bruno MarsDoo-Wops & Hooligans. Rihanna‘s mega hit album Loud and Lady Gaga‘s Born This Way rank at fourth and fifth place respectively.

Watch Gaga getting caught up in a little ‘Bill Romance’ just for Bill Clinton’s Decade of Difference Concert:


 
Rihanna‘s ‘We Found Love’ surprisingly holds on to the #1 spot for its second consecutive week. This is basically the first time since July that we’ve had a single stay longer than a week at #1. The Brits are going hard for RiRi. ‘We Found Love’ registered at 20% sales increase in its second week, taking home over 106,553 sales. Meanwhile, Maroon 5 and Christina Aguilera‘s ‘Moves Like Jagger’ clocks its seventh week at #2. Apparently this is only the second single in history to have spent seven weeks at #2 (and never go #1). The last one was All-4-One‘s ‘I Swear’ back in 1994.

Gym Class Heroes and Adam Levine have the highest selling new single in the UK this week with ‘Stereo Hearts’ debuting at #3 with 68,287 first week sales. This is Gym Class Heroes‘ highest charting position there since their breakout single ‘Cupid’s Chokehold’ in 2006. That one also made #3.

X Factor winner Matt Cardle didn’t go stomping into #1 after all. His new single ‘Run For Your Life’ – which was written by Gary Barlow – debuted at #6, selling 39,633 copies to become the second biggest new release on the charts. Consider this, the previous year’s winner Joe McElderry also clocked #6 with his first original single ‘Ambitions’.

Watch Matt Cardle performing his next single ‘Starlight’ at an album showcase gig:


 
One Direction sees their hit single ‘What Makes You Beautiful’ drop to #10 in its fifth week. The X Factor formed boy band is primed to launch their second single ‘Got To Be You’ on 14 November in the UK, a week before their debut album Up All Night arrives. The album features a track titled ‘Tell Me A Lie’ which was reportedly co-written by Kelly Clarkson. There’s also a RedOne produced track called ‘Save You Tonight’.

This year’s UK X Factor finalists will release their charity single – a cover of ‘Wishing On A Star’ – on 21 November. These charity records have all gone #1 and traditionally sold quite generously as well. The very first one, a cover of Mariah Carey‘s ‘Hero’ recorded by the 2008 finalists, went double platinum in the UK.

Scotty McCreery – the latest American Idol winner – has made history in his own way, y’all. The 18-year old’s debut album Clear As Day enters at #1 on the US Billboard 200, making him the youngest man to have a debut album enter at #1. The last record holder was R&B singer Omarion who saw his first album O debut at #1 in 2005 when he was aged 20.

Amazingly enough, Scotty is also the first American Idol winner since 2003 to have a debut album enter at #1. Clear As Day sold a meek 197,000 copies to top the charts. The last Idol winner to have an album debut at #1 – Ruben Stannard – pulled off 417,000 first-week sales. Just saying.

Gloria Estefan‘s comeback album Miss Little Havana made something of a death drop, y’all. After debuting at #28 – selling something like 17,000 first week copies – the Latin dance/pop album sank to #129 in its second week. I mean, damn. It’s almost enough to make a girl vow to never dance again. I love how the forums are crying murder now, blaming the album’s “Target exclusive” deal for the commercial floppage. Basically, if she had done a Walmart exclusive – which a lot of stars manage – instead of a Target one, things wouldn’t have looked this dismal. There are reportedly over 4,700 Walmart stores around the US and only 1,800 Target branches. There you go. Less Mami Gloria CDs to go around. Meanwhile, looking on the US dance/club charts, Gloria’s current single ‘Wepa’ tumbles from #1 to #7.

Watch Gloria going on The View to promote the new record and perform ‘Wepa’:


 
Taio Cruz‘s new single ‘Hangover’ (featuring Flo Rida) debuts at #62 on the US Billboard Hot 100. Meanwhile, further down, J.Lo‘s ‘Papi’ returns at #96 – possibly pushed by stronger club plays? The ‘Papi’ remixes move up to #3 on the US Billboard Dance/Club charts. Speaking of dance hits, Nervo‘s debut recording artist single ‘We’re All No One’ moves up to #31 on the US Billboard Dance/Club charts.

Monica‘s new single ‘Until It’s Gone’ makes a surprising leap in its second week to #55 on the US R&B/ Hip Hop charts. Its superb predecessor ‘Anything (To Find You)’ has done pretty well for a buzz single to reach #25 there. Old Mo’s seventh studio album New Life will drop on 29 November in the US.

Kelly Rowland‘s ‘Lay It On Me’ drops a few place back to #47 on the US Billboard R&B/Hip Hop. Wait a minute, shouldn’t it be moving up and not the other way? Here I Am [International Version] is slated for a UK release on 7 November, a week after the dance/pop single ‘Down For Whatever’ drops. Make what you will of this “international version”. She told That Grape Juice that it’ll be a revised tracklisting with more dance-oriented material but who knows, there hasn’t been any more information teased.