Chart Feed – 17.09.12

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

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

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Chart Feed – 27.08.12

Success comes in all sorts of shapes and sizes, on local levels and global fronts. Some just seem to want a piece of it in every market.

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It has been a very good week for overachievers Bloc Party and Taylor Swift, as well as Birdy, Ricki-Lee, and Brandy. Also, find out where new releases from Owl City, Aiden Grimshaw and David Guetta land.

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2011 Brit Awards Nominees

I’m struggling to get it up for this.

The Brit Awards simply hasn’t had the same summer sheen since Girls Aloud graced us with their last glorious peformance and claimed one for ‘The Promise’.

In any case, this year’s list of nominees should be of some chin-stroking interest to you pop music observers.

Get ready for a full blown bonanza with Take That, Rihanna, Tinie Tempah and Plan B confirmed to perform at the awards show on 15 February.

The Brits will go live a mere two days after the Grammy’s which will feature performances from Lady Gaga, Katy Perry, Eminem and Cee Lo Green (who pulled out of his Aussie Good Vibrations festival appearance in favour of this understandably cooler gig).

Here’s the list of 2011 Brit Awards nominees:

British Female Solo Artist

Cheryl Cole
Ellie Goulding
Paloma Faith
Rumer
Laura Marling

British Male Solo Artist

Tinie Tempah
Mark Ronson
Plan B
Robert Plant
Paul Weller

British Group

Take That
Gorillaz
Mumford & Sons
The xx
Biffy Clyro

British Breakthrough Act

Tinie Tempah
Ellie Goulding
Mumford & Sons
Rumer
The xx

British Single

Alexandra Burke feat. Pitbull ‘All Night Long’
Cheryl Cole ‘Parachute’
Matt Cardle ‘When We Collide’
Olly Murs ‘Please Don’t Let Me Go’
Florence + The Machine ‘You’ve Got The Love’
Taio Cruz ‘Dynamite’
Plan B ‘She Said’
Tinie Tempah ‘Pass Out’
The Wanted ‘All Time Low’
Scouting For Girls ‘This Ain’t A Love Song’

British Album

Take That Progress
Plan B The Defamation of Strickland Banks
Tinie Tempah Disc-Overy
The xx xx
Mumford & Sons Sigh No More

International Female Solo Artist

Robyn
Kylie Minogue
Rihanna
Katy Perry
Alicia Keys

International Male Solo Artist

Kanye West
David Guetta
Eminem
Cee Lo Green
Bruce Springsteen

International Group

Black Eyed Peas
Kings of Leon
Arcade Fire
The Script
Vampire Weekend

International Album

Katy Perry Teenage Dream
Kings of Leon Come Around Sundown
Eminem Recovery
Cee Lo Green The Lady Killer
Arcade Fire The Suburbs

British Producer

Stuart Price (Kylie Minogue, Madonna, Take That)
John Leckie (Radiohead, The Corals)
Markus Dravs (Mumford & Sons, Arcade Fire)
Mike Pela (Maxwell)
Ethan Johns (Kings of Leon, Rufus Wainwright)

Footnotes:

The 2011 Brit Awards will be held at London’s O2 arena on 15 February and it will be hosted by young actor James Corden

Who are your picks to take the cake?

Headlines – 09.10.10

Making headlines in pop this week…

Kelly Rowland confirms her long-awaited album will drop next month for the international market. According to Auspop, the as-yet-untitled LP will drop in Australia 26 November and 29 November in the UK. Queen is positively freaking out now. The new Guetta-crafted single ‘Forever And A Day’ has been added to Aussie radio but I’m still somewhat bitter about ‘Commander’ getting slept on here. Ms Kelly hinted that the international market will get a more “dance”-inclined tracklisting and US, an urban flavoured one early next year.

Right. Let’s hear your thoughts on Ms Kelly‘s freshly shorn crop because that thing is seriously giving me all types of Real Housewives of Atlanta fever.

Ke$ha is fittingly re-releasing her Animal album as Cannibal next month. The pop rookie’s been quite the success story in the last year with four hit singles but she’s almost doing a Fame Monster-esque repackage with anywhere between five to eight new tracks. The Prophet reports that the feisty glitter monger has locked in tracks with Dr Luke, Benny Blanco and DJ Ammo (see: producers behind this album’s hits), and also with a new collaborators: Bangladesh (see: Beyonce‘s ‘Diva’). Please let this be a revelation because I’m beyond bored of her brand of crunk pop.

Check out an alternate version of Ke$ha‘s ‘Take It Off’ video co-starring Jeffree Star and a camp-as-fuck entourage. Neons, face paint and Tron-inspired superpowers – who needs the original version now?

Usher has announced that he’s recording with Lady Gaga. At this stage, nobody knows if it’s going on Gaga or Urshurrr’s album. The man has been arse-flapping about how working with Mother Monster “would be like making art”. I mean, please. Do you think Usher can handle Gaga mega art? Watch as she discreetly slips him one of her old R&B demos she did with Rob Fusari.


The Script said they missed the deadline for Leona Lewis’s last album. The Irish rockers said they submitted a track for Leona to record but she had already wrapped up the Echo project. Having said that, Script bass player Mark Sheehan said Leona’s label loved it but deemed the track a little “too dark for her”. But moving onto her next album, the pristine chanteuse has confirmed that she has once again teamed with Ryan Tedder (who wrote her mega hits ‘Happy’ and ‘Bleeding Love’), and a new single will be out early next year. A DVD of Leona‘s grand first concert – The Labyrinth Tour – is expected to drop next month in the UK.

Designers, are you ready for this week’s challenge? Florence Welch (of Florence + The Machine, obviously) is looking for fashion designers to design a stage outfit for her performance in New York next month. The quirky singer has teamed up with Luckymag.com and Talenthouse.com for this special design challenge. Check here for entry details.

Kate Ceberano is letting out a Christmas album next month. Now before you cynics sink your claws in, Kate is not spending your Christmas dollar. Every cent of the proceeds from her imaginatively titled Merry Christmas LP goes to the National Breast Cancer Foundation. Ms Ceberano certainly isn’t relying on this to make up the rent money. She makes her bed with all the cash she rakes in from end-of-year work Christmas party appearances (true story: she played at ours last year). Merry Christmas features sparkly-tinselled duets with Ronan Keating, David Campbell and Mark Vincent, and is produced by Chong Lim (local Dancing with The Stars music director).

Toni Braxton needs to fire her financial planner. No, wait. She can’t even afford one now because bitch is broke bankrupt again for the second time in twelve years. TMZ reported that Ms Toni has accrued a Roc-A-Fella shattering $10-$50 million debt and because sales for her Pulse album were so stratospheric, you know she’s going to be just fine. I genuinely feel for Toni because we know she’s got a heart condition and a child with special needs, which might explain the Cedars-Sinai Medical Centre debt listed, but who forced her to splurge on Tiffany’s and the Four Seasons Hotels?

Miley Cyrus has released the video for her second international single: dance ballad ‘Who Owns My Heart’. Is it wrong that I like this song? Don’t get me wrong, I’m not in love with it – just embarrassingly in ‘like’ with it.

Meanwhile, the Americans will get her cover of Poison’s 80s power ballad ‘Every Rose Has Its Thorn’, which was a hit years before she was even conceived.

This is not news for you guys any more but how fucking awesome is Pink’s cover art for her Greatest Hits… So Far!!! and single ‘Raise Your Glass’? I was never sold on the Funhouse circus theme or I’m Not Dead’s Americana rock motif. Designers, thank you for bringing the electrifying slick and shine on.

Fancy a cool hip hop/dubstep mash up? Check out Ultra Magnus (aka Greg Stoner)’s wicked mix here – featuring an eclectic blend of Notorious B.I.G., Beastie Boys, M.I.A., Daft Punk, CSS, Prince and more.

It’s Going To Been KILLA! by Ultra Magnus

Chart Feed – 20.09.10

Pop music lovers took a seat last week as commercial rock fans bum rushed to grab new albums by Linkin Park, The Script, Little Red, Interpol and Robert Plant, leaving in their wake a smattering of Top 20 new entries here. According to Auspop, Linkin Park‘s A Thousand Suns debuted straight at #1, selling over 16,000 copies to dethrone Katy Perry. Get this, they’ve even surpassed Kitty‘s Teenage Dream first week sales here of 14,000 three weeks ago.

The Script‘s Science & Faith debuts at #3 in Australia and #1 in the UK, Interpol‘s self-titled LP came in at #7 here, while ex-Led Zeppelin rocker Robert Plant‘s Band of Joy debuts at #18 here and #3 in the UK. Local band Little Red scores their highest charting release to date with Midnight Remember entering the Aussie charts at #5.

Scarlett Belle‘s ‘Freak Tonight’ is the highest new entry in Australia this week, selling over 2200 copies to debut at #40. There’s only so much exposure women’s mags and Dancing With The Stars can offer. I might just cut somebody if I see the Belles whoring this single out on an episode of X Factor. [Editor’s note: somewhere between writing this and watching X Factor tonight, we found out that these bitches are indeed going to be on the show – next week (!!)].

The Potbelleez‘s new single ‘Hello’ debuts at #42 this week. Can we expect sales to pick up after their performance on tonight’s X Factor? Here’s to hoping that the show continues to pull not just local artists every week but a good variety, representing the diversity of our pop charts. Can you imagine the likes of Washington, Jessica Mauboy, Mark Sholtez and Zoe Badwi taking the stage? Brill.

Robyn‘s Body Talk Pt. 2 debuts at #38 in the UK this week, faring better than Pt. 1‘s peak of #47 three months ago. The second instalment has also outranked its predecessor in the States, debuting at #41 there when Pt. 1 only managed to go #97 on the Hot 100. Aussie fans can grab their copy online this Friday and in stores next week. Robyn‘s single ‘Hang With Me’ charts at #54 in the UK this week.

Sharon Corr – yes, she from the 90s Irish pop sensation The Corrs – has dropped her debut solo album. Dream of You debuts at #37 in the UK this week and, much to my surprise, Aussie fans will be treated to a release this Friday. Nothing against the lovely nymphs of The Corrs but we all saw what happened with Andrea Corr‘s solo project three years ago.

Enrique Iglesias and Nicole Scherzinger‘s sensual ‘Heartbeat’ charts at #50 in the UK this week but what’s this I hear about his label sending the Usher collabo ‘Dirty Dancer’ to Aussie radios?

Kylie‘s ‘Get Outta My Way’ rises to #57 in the UK and debuts at #69 in Australia this week. According to Auspop, the single only shifted over 1200 copies here. Seriously, what were the gays doing? I don’t care if you’ve got both the Aphrodite AND the Aphrodite Experience deluxe edition with the glossy picture book, ya’ll should be out campaigning behind every Kylie single. This is why we need So You Think You Can Dance.

Sara Bareilles scores her first ever #1 album this week with Kaleidoscope Heart. The LP sold over 90,000 first week copies in America thanks to a fervent barrage of web, TV and radio promo. As well as hawking the new single ‘King of Anything’ on top rating programs – like The Today Show, Regis & Kelly and Jay Leno – Team Sara also negotiated for three album tracks to be exclusively stramed on three popular websites ahead of its release. Major kudos all around.

Willow Smith‘s ‘Whip My Hair’ is currently the fastest rising single on the US hip hop charts, peaking at #60 this week ahead of official radio release. The track is scheduled to hit urban radios tomorrow and mainstream stations next month but you can’t fight the power of a good leak going viral. Elsewhere, Rihanna‘s ‘Only Girl (In The World)’ debuts at #75 on the US Hot 100 this week.

Feed Limmy Top 20 Most Played:

#1 Cheryl Cole – Promise This*
#2 Nadine Coyle – Insatiable
#3 Nicki Minaj – Your Love*
#4 Willow Smith – Whip My Hair
#5 Madonna – Animal
#6 Robyn – Indestructible (Acoustic)
#7 Rihanna – Only Girl (In The World)
#8 Jessica Mauboy – Get ‘Em Girls (feat. Snoop Dogg)*
#9 Jennifer Lopez – What Is Love?
#10 davidlim – Running Away
#11 Robyn – In My Eyes
#12 Kelis – Home
#13 Frankie Finch – Home
#14 Erika Heynatz – Holding On
#15 Shakira – Loca (feat. Dizzee Rascal)
#16 Shontelle – Say Hello To Goodbye*
#17 Shontelle – Take Ova (feat. Pitbull)*
#18 Lady Gaga – Ribbons
#19 Robyn – Include Me Out
#20 M.I.A. – Teqkilla (feat. Nicki Minaj)
* = Added to playlist this week