Chart Feed – 24.09.12

We’ve seen the charts light up like it was Christmas this month, thanks to the heavy flow of new albums taking over the shelves.

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For only the second time in history, the entire top six spots on the US Billboard 200 are filled with debut entries. Here in Australia, we have eight new albums scaling our ARIA Top 20, while over in the UK, they have six.

Y’all can obviously expect for it to get even more competitive in the coming months as all the strong sellers come out to play for your seasonal spendings.

This has been a good week for Pink, The Killers, Carly Rae Jepsen, Kanye West and – definitely more than ever – PSY, the K-pop icon responsible for ‘Gangnam Style’.

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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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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?

Chart Feed – 14.09.10

Before you proceed, stop and go take a look at yourself in the mirror. Child, that’s what yo’ scrawny ass looks like when your Monday Chart Feed arrives a day late. Apologies – it was my birthday and the energy company decided they’d honour it as a night of rest by shutting down the power in my area.

Nelly is back and his new single ‘Just A Dream’ debuts at #24 in Australia this week. The Jim Jonsin-produced track is the lead single from his upcoming Nelly 5.0 album and don’t call it a comeback because it’s only been two years since his last Top 30 hit here – ‘Party People’ with Fergie.

Local lass Zoe Badwi has finally crossed over to the mainstream Top 50. Her latest solo single ‘Freefallin’ has been scorching up the dance charts for close to a month now but has only debuted at#36 on the main charts this week. Zoe may be a Melbourne dance scene queen these days but lest we forget – she was once part of the Aussie pop trio Sirens, the warblers behind Sara Marie‘s ‘I’m So Excited (The Bum Dance Song)’. Bless.

The Wombats‘ new single ‘Tokyo (Vampires & Wolves)’ enter at #35 here this week. The indie rockers are reportedly going for a more “produced” sound for their second album but fans will have to wait ’til November to hear the goodies.

Alexandra Burke is back on top, baby! Her robo-reggae single ‘Start Without You’ debuted straight at #1 in the UK this week, making it her third chart topper there. It’s just the kind of mascara-running moment of validation Alex needed after her last two singles – ‘Broken Heels’ and ‘All Night Long’ – failed to sustain.

Brandon Flowers‘ debut solo album Flamingo enters at #1 in the UK and #5 in Australia, selling over 5000 copies here in its first week. Fingers crossed, our spunky Killers frontman will also achieve the same chart results in the States, where the album drops today. Flamingo was the second most downloaded album in Australia last week.

McFly‘s wild new single ‘Party Girl’ debuts at #6 in the UK this week. Yes, the boys have our attention now after posing nude for Attitude magazine a few months ago. Their forthcoming album Above The Noise – which will hopefully feature cuts written with Taio Cruz and super producer Dallas Austin – is due 15 November.

Alesha Dixon‘s mind-numbing ‘Drummer Boy’ debuts at #15 in the UK. Keep an eye out for remixes by Benny Benassi and Aussie dance sensation, Yolanda Be Cool, on the digital EP. For real, can anyone salvage this mess?

The Saturdays just keep hustling. Their solid new single ‘Higher’ (the original mix, not the soon-to-be-revealed Flo Rida remix) has shot from #167 to #62 in the UK this week. The video, which was filmed in L.A. two weeks ago, reportedly sees them rocking an NYC backdrop. In other words, their desperation for an American crossover was kept pretty understated.

Beyonce‘s ‘Why Don’t You Love Me’ leaps 20 places up to #51 in the UK this week. What kind of promo undercurrent has inspired this? Because the Brits should only have eyes for the other two children of Destiny right now: Michelle (check Strictly Come Dancing) and Kelly (check the Guetta-crafted singles ‘Commander’ and ‘Forever And A Day’).

The Xx sees their self-titled album leap to #3 in the UK after scoring the coveted Mercury Prize last week. This’ll probably encourage the English pop rockers to re-release a few more singles. Tracks like ‘Crystalised’ and ‘Islands’ have both been granted a second wind.

HurtsHappiness album debuts at #4 in the UK this week, proving that there’s justice on the pop charts. There is no date set for an Australian release just yet but if it’s any consolation, their ace single ‘Wonderful Lie’ was our iTunes Single of The Week two weeks ago. Meanwhile, an album track ‘Illuminated’ has charted at #68 in the UK this week.

Katy Perry‘s ‘Teenage Dream’ single has gone #1 in the US this week, making this her second consecutive American chart topper this year. Kitty‘s onto a mighty good run now and I can’t see this slowing down with her next song ‘Firework’. Prepare for an all-hands-in-the-air affair when the remixes hit clubs. The single is slated for an October release with the video due later this month.

Hark! 70s rockers Heart has reformed and they’re peddling a new album. Wait a minute, they’ve released five albums in my lifetime? Well, it’s time we stop referring to these old timers in the past tense because their latest album, Red Velvet Car, debuted at #10 in America this week, making it their first Top 10 hit in 20 years.

Everyone please be upstanding with your best golf claps as the last ever Hannah Montana record exits the US Top 200. The Hannah Montana movie soundtrack is literally clinging onto the bottom of the chart now while Miley‘s own pop album Can’t Be Tamed sits at #63 after three months of invading shelf space.

Feed Limmy’s Top 20 Most Played:
#1 Nadine Coyle – Insatiable*
#2 Willow Smith – Whip My Hair*
#3 Girls Aloud – Memory of You
#4 Shakira – Loca (feat. Dizzee Rascal)
#5 davidlim – Get Crazy
#6 davidlim – Running Away
#7 Savage Skulls feat. Robyn – Bad Gal*
#8 Kylie Minogue – Like A Drug
#9 Frankie Finch – I’m Such A Problem
#10 Little Boots – Remedy
#11 Sugababes – Thank You For The Heartbreak
#12 davidlim – #1
#13 Christina Aguilera – Not Myself Tonight
#14 Sophie Ellis-Bextor – Not Giving Up On Love (Acoustic)
#15 Armin Van Buuren vs Sophie Ellis-Bextor – Not Giving Up On Love
#16 Kelly Rowland – Commander
#17 Rachel Stevens – Nothing Good About This Goodbye
#18 Girls Aloud – Sexy! No No No…
#19 Little Jackie – 28 Butts
#20 Asher Roth – His Dream
* = Added to playlist this week.