We’re getting a clearer picture of Amy Winehouse‘s posthumous chart impact this week with her massive Back to Black album leading the race back to the top after news dropped of her tragic passing two Saturdays ago. Over in the UK Back to Black ascends to #1 after reappearing at #58 last week (off the back of a full day’s sales resurgence) while its predecessor Frank carves a new peak of #5, bettering its initial peak of #13 back in 2004. On the singles chart, the appropriately sombre ‘Back to Black’ became her biggest seller, reaching #8. Others fall in line accordingly: ‘Tears Dry On Their Own’ (#27), ‘Rehab’ (#29), ‘Love Is A Losing Game’ (#33), ‘You Know I’m No Good’ (#37), ‘Valerie’ (#41) and ‘Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow’ (#62) – the latter being a cover of The Shirelles‘ 1960 hit which Amy did for the Bridget Jones 2 soundtrack.
Check out her classic ‘Back to Black’ video:
Here in Australia, Back to Black soars to #6 on the ARIA album charts while the value pack combo Frank/Back to Black charts for the first time at #18. Even Frank, which was predominantly slept on here, became an overnight commercial success – debuting at #23. Over on the singles chart, ‘Rehab’ returns at #27 and ‘Valerie’ reaches a new peak of #34. Back to Black re-entered the US Billboard album chart at #9 last Wednesday – expect for a higher placement when this week’s chart is revealed.
Maroon 5 and Christina Aguilera‘s ‘Moves Like Jagger’ is blowing up big time in Australia. The single climbs to #2 this week, sitting a rank below Adele‘s ‘Someone Like You’. Any hopes of mounting and riding Adelegend‘s titan hit should be quashed because if ‘The Edge of Glory’ couldn’t do it off the back of some generous promo then Adam et al should just pop the champagne now and be happy with this surprise success.
Speaking of surprise hits, Gotye and Kimbra‘s ‘Somebody That I Used To Know’ continues its meteoric rise to #5 on the ARIA singles chart this week – now bearing a shiny gold certification badge. Gotye‘s forthcoming album Making Mirrors is set to drop on 19 August while Kimbra‘s long awaited debut album Vows will be released first in New Zealand at the end of this month before arriving in Australia early September.
Calvin Harris and Kelis‘ ‘Bounce’ leaps #1 on the Australian club charts and to #16 on the ARIA singles chart this week, making it the lanky Scottish producer’s first Top 20 commercial hit Down Under since his Dizzee Rascal collabo ‘Dance Wiv Me’ three years ago. As for Kelis, she hasn’t been seen around the upper echelons of the ARIA charts since ‘Bossy’ turned up at #18 five years ago. Y’all remember when her spunky Kelis Was Here album track ‘I Don’t Think So’ suddenly became a hit off the back of our Australian Big Brother series? The track managed to peak at #27 in 2008.
Watch Calvin Harris‘ ‘Bounce’ music video:
Jessica Mauboy‘s joyous new single ‘Inescapable’ debuts at #20 in Australia this week. I see a lot of nervous grins around the room. OK, it’s a pretty decent effort given that she hasn’t started proper promo yet. How many songs do you see debuting straight in the ARIA Top 20 these days anyway? Not to cover her arse or anything but I honestly think it has sold pretty well based on strong radio additions and her eager fan base. J. Mally performed ‘Inescapable’ for the first time last week at the 9th Annual Astra Awards [see: award show irrelevant to poor peasants who can’t afford cable TV].
The young diva is currently rehearsing for her next film project The Sapphires, in which she’ll play a member of an Aboriginal girl group who flies to Vietnam to entertain the Aussie troops. The film should be a nice period film set in the late 60s and will also star the amazing Deborah Mailman. This movie is said to be the next Priscilla. Pretty big call, y’guys – have these ladies got the sequins and feathers to back up the talk?
Pitbull and Marc Anthony‘s ‘Rain on Me’ leaps to #24 on our charts this week. Honestly, y’all need to stop with those jokes of J.Lo dumping Marc’s bony ass because he was too busy asking Pitbull to rain on him. It’s not funny. In fact, it sickens me every time somebody makes a Marc Anthony sex joke. I can’t believe J.Lo ever opened her woohoo to that. Seriously, unless Marc’s penis was a nozzle hooked up to the fountain of youth, I don’t see why Glam Ma Lopez needs to bother herself with this shit. Meanwhile her third Love? single ‘Papi’ is already impacting Australian radios and it’s kinda sad that she has no papi to dance for.
The Living End marvels with a surprisingly hopeful title here: The Ending Is Just The Beginning Repeating. The album became the highest selling new record on the block this week, debuting at #3 in Australia – understandably behind mega sellers like Adele‘s 21 and Lady Gaga‘s Born This Way.
Pnau is back with a new album Soft Universe, which debuted at #13. I am previewing the tracks on iTunes right now, secretly hoping for a Wynter Gordon appearance. You guys know that they did her timeless future single ‘Still Getting Younger’, right? Honestly, they need to create a record together. It can be a nifty little side project for Wynter like what Fatty Gets A Stylist is to Kate Miller-Heidke.
Check out Pnau‘s ‘Solid Ground’ music video, taken from the aforementioned new album:
Cold Chisel is sledgehammering through our ARIA charts in a real way this week, why? Their massive back catalogue finally got a digital release and tickets for their new tour is going on sale this Thursday. The nation is positively buzzing with red blooded patriotism and I bet you right now, there’s a lot of air guitar action happening in Holden utes to the sound of ‘Khe Sahn’. Jimmy Barnes has confirmed that there is a brand new Cold Chisel album in the works now, slated for a 2012 release. Meanwhile, let’s check the Chisel damage on the Top 50 this week: the five time platinum hit album East re-enters at #19, The Last Stand at #39, Swingshift at #42, and Circus Animals at #46. The aforementioned classic ‘Khe Sahn’ re-enters at #40 on our singles chart.
Shannon Noll‘s comeback single ‘Switch Me On’ debuts at #16 on our ARIA Australian chart this week. The video, which was shot in Tokyo, got its exclusive premiere on Channel 10 tonight and it should be hitting his official Vevo page soon. Elsewhere, speaking of Aussies, our own teen pop idol Cody Simpson sees his new single ‘All Day’ debut down at #17.
Nicola Roberts‘ utterly bonkers ‘Beat of My Drum’ is well and truly bowing out now, y’guys. Can we please be upstanding as it makes its quiet and dignified exit? The poor thing never did better its debut of #27 despite all the promo and TV appearances Ginge did. ‘Beat of My Drum’ tumbles from #59 to #84 this week. But as the sun sets on the ‘Beat…’, it rises on a new and rather ‘Lucky Day’ [Editor’s note: how long did you work on that one, Limmy?].
Check out the official preview of Nicola’s second single ‘Lucky Day’ – co-written with The Dragonettes. It’s scheduled to be released on 18 September, a week before the album drops in the UK:
JLS featuring Dev‘s insipid new single ‘She Makes Me Wanna’ soars to the top of the UK charts this week, dislodging fellow British boyband The Wanted‘s ‘Glad You Came’. This is the top-selling X Factor alumni’s fifth UK #1 hit and their first track with global hitmaker RedOne. The forthcoming third studio album is lined up for a November release, unsurprisingly so during X Factor peak season.
Kelly Rowland‘s Here I Am album has started charting at #16 on the UK R&B charts and #38 on the digital charts. I expect for it to take off in a real way when the physical copies appear in stores next week and hopefully by then Kelly can slot in some promo for her UK market. But surely you can recognise that this entry is not a bad effort at all given that she has focused all her efforts on America in the last few weeks. Here I Am is slated to sell approximately 75,000 first week copies to debut at #2 in the States this coming Wednesday. Stay tuned and keep your fingers crossed for Kelendria. Here in Australia, Here I Am is currently situated at #10 on our iTunes R&B/Soul charts and #116 on the overall albums chart.
Joss Stone‘s LP1 enters at #22 on the UK digital charts and #36 on the overall albums chart this week, which is a pretty sound effort for an independent record – don’t you reckon? I feel like while soul is definitely the sound of the world right now – judging by Adele‘s ubiquity – the masses have kinda fallen out of touch with Joss. It’s a shame because the bitch is still turning out amazingly timeless records. Elsewhere, Dionne Bromfield – the late Amy Winehouse‘s god daughter – sees her debut album Good For The Soul rise to #73 in the UK this week.
Beyonce is catching up to Kelly over on the US Billboard Hot 100, y’all. ‘Best Thing I Never Had’ finally cracks the Top 20 to be placed at #19 while Kelendria’s ‘Motivation’ makes a new peak of #17. When was the last time we saw these two children of Destiny play together in the US Top 20? Seriously, somebody go research. Well, it’s really not that much of a brainteaser, y’guys, given that Kelly hasn’t had a solo Top 20 smash since ‘Dilemma’. *Clutches pearls and cues canned laughter* Beysus is set to outrank her sister this coming week after some top notch promotional appearances on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon and The View.
Check out her stellar performance with The Roots on Jimmy Fallon here:
Jay-Z and Kanye West‘s new single ‘Otis’ debuts at #15 US R&B/Hip Hop charts and #47 on the US Billboard Hot 100. Is everyone just kinda holding back because the album drop date is so close anyway? I get that feeling. Watch The Throne is currently charting at #9 on the Australian iTunes chart where it’s still currently down for pre-orders. Expect it to drop at 2pm next Monday nationally on iTunes.
Demi Levato‘s ‘Skyscraper’ had everyone fangurling when it dropped a few weeks ago but what’s going on now? After it made a flash debut at #10 on the US Billboard Hot 100 at #10, it tumbled to #51 the following week. Interestingly enough, Toby Gad (hit maker behind Fergie‘s ‘Big Girls Don’t Cry’), Kerli and Lindy Robbins originally penned the track for Kerli’s sophomore album. Wonder what it would’ve sounded like if the Estonian dance/pop diva had turned it out.
Meanwhile, fellow Disney teen pop sensation Selena Gomez & The Scene‘s new single ‘Love You Like A Love Song’ slips to #44 but I don’t expect for this track to be done just yet as the girl is still touring the country. There’s always hope for better sales when you’re on the road – well, one should hope anyway.
My current K-pop obsession – 2NE1 – scores a surprise global smash with their newly released 2nd Mini Album. The solid six-track EP featuring the ferocious ‘I Am The Best’ and latest anthem ‘Ugly’ managed to climb to #2 on the iTunes electronic albums chart in the US and Italy shortly after it dropped. It also made Top 5 in Australia, New Zealand and Belgium [via The Prophet Blog]. How utterly fantastic is that for a Korean-language record that is only currently getting promoted in their home land? If this is not evidence that K-pop is going global then I don’t know what is. Y’all better be ready for that international record when these bad bitches step out with will.i.am!
Do yourselves a favour and check out 2NE1‘s brilliant new video ‘Ugly’:
Quick peek at the US dance/club play charts – Swedish House Mafia‘s ‘Save The World’ rises to #1, Lady Gaga‘s ‘The Edge of Glory’ moves up to #3, Wynter Gordon‘s ‘Til Death’ remains at #4 and Kylie‘s ‘Put Your Hands Up’ leaps to #6.
Side bar: do you think there’ll be any ‘You and I’ remixes serviced to the clubs? I kinda want Ms Germanotta to keep this one as an adult contemporary/pop fave. You know, just for once, can we not have a Gaga single jacked up for the dance floor? I don’t usually object but I feel strongly about the spirit of this song and I would’ve said the same thing if ‘Speechless’ from The Fame Monster had been drafted for release.