Lady Gaga‘s ‘The Edge of Glory’ bullets after last week’s Australian promo stopover. The single shoots from #22 to a new peak of #6 here while ‘Born This Way’ jumps from #42 to #18. The album also picked up some a few copies, ascending to #2 on our ARIA charts. Yes, still no match for Adele’s 21 album which is effortlessly turning over chart-reigning sales with no promo. Elsewhere, Gaga‘s The Fame rises to #31 while The Fame Monster EP re-enters the Top 50 at #34.
Adele‘s ‘Someone Like You’ might’ve been rushed to local radios last month but they’re already playing catch up with the third single ‘Set Fire to The Rain’. The latter is the third most added track to Aussie radios this week and makes its ARIA Top 50 entry at #50.
Christina Perri‘s Lovestrong album debuts at #5 in Australia, making it the highest selling new album in the country. On the flip side, her breakthrough single ‘Jar of Hearts’ rises to #2. No shade to the Perri Perri but I don’t understand how some girl who appeared of nowhere with one hit single can manage at Top 5 entry when her label mate Wynter Gordon, who came out for a week-long promo trip and had two smash singles under her belt couldn’t even get an album in the Top 20. This is bothering me big time.
Wynter‘s With The Music I Die exits the ARIA Top 50 this week just after a month on the shelves. While I recognise that it’s still early days and they’re still laying foundations, it still bothers me that an amazing album like this gets slept on. I look forward to the next single campaign because something creative needs to happen online. Wynter is pretty hands on with her Twitter and Facebook – she’s got fans connecting with her all over the interwebs. If her label can build a site just for Christina Perri‘s ‘Jar of Hearts’, I don’t see why they can’t do something to promote ‘Buy My Love’ or the album. Over in the States, ‘Til Death’ climbs to a new peak of #5 on the US Billboard Dance/Club charts.
Nicole Scherzinger scores another Australian Top 20 smash with ‘Right There’ climbing to #20 this week. Y’all better send the bitch some flowers because she is totally winning right now. ‘Right There’ is scaling the US Billboard Hot 100, moving to a new peak of #52 and over in Europe, they’re chugging on with a fourth single: ‘Wet’.
Have y’all seen Nicole shake, wind and roll on the American So You Think You Can Dance? Warning: they’ve replaced some of the lyrics with more family friendly lines.
Maroon 5 and Christina Aguilera‘s ‘Moves Like Jagger’ leaps to #10 this week in Australia. This is Xtina‘s first time in the confines of the Australian Top 20 since ‘Candyman’ tore it up at #2 position in 2007. Her previous efforts ‘Not Myself Tonight’ and Burlesque‘s ‘Show Me How Your Burlesque’ went as high as #22 and #29. It’s also Maroon 5‘s biggest hit here in a while. Their last Top 20 smash here was 2008’s ‘If I Never See Your Face Again’ with Rihanna and following that, ‘Misery’ from their last album Hands All Over flopped at #39.
Gotye featuring Kimbra‘s ‘Somebody That I Used To Know’ debuts at #27, making it the highest selling new single in Australia this week. What a dynamite vocal performance by both parties! You can tell the Triple J crowd would be all over this collabo like Oxford Street queens to Kylie. Check out the nu-di-ty teasing video here, which iTunes is giving away for free this week:
Darren Hayes‘ ‘Talk Talk Talk’ jumps back up to #8 on the Australian ARIA charts this week after dipping to #18 in its second week. When will it crack the ARIA Top 50, y’all? On the promo side, our Dazza has been confirmed as a guest mentor on the upcoming series of X Factor Australia. Should be a treat for the contestants! Meanwhile, another Aussie pop single yet to impact the ARIA Top 50 – Vanessa Amorosi‘s ‘Gossip’ – is currently charting at #145 on iTunes.
Jessica Mauboy‘s new single ‘Inescapable (Youngboyz Remix)’ is perched at #29 on our iTunes charts. It only came out on Friday so we’ll have to wait ’til next Monday to see where it lands on the ARIA charts. Another new digital single Blink 182‘s ‘Up All Night’ is currently placed at #21 on the Australian iTunes charts.
Beyonce‘s ‘Best Thing I Never Had’ rises to #25 in Australia while the album 4 dips a little to #6 in its third week. Over in the UK, ‘BTINH’ moves to #4 while the album relinquishes its #1 position to none other than Adele‘s almighty 21. Looking over at the States, 4 spends its second week on top of the Billboard Hot 200 while ‘BTINH’ moves up to #23. I’ll have y’all know, the most downloaded and therefore, if we can deduce, most popular 4 album track is ‘End of Time’ – should be a no-brainer for single number three, right?
Benny Benassi featuring Gary Go‘s ‘Cinema’ rises a little to #47 this week. I have a feeling this could well propel into the Top 30 or, dare we dream, Top 20 next week. It’s the most added new song to Australian radios this week. Look out for another club to mainstream crossover potential in Wolfgang Gartner featuring will.i.am‘s ‘Forever’. The track was just serviced to our radios last week. The remixes moved to a new peak of #15 on the ARIA club charts this week.
The Wanted‘s ‘Glad You Came’ debuts at #1 in the UK this week and for once, I am approving. There’s something immediate and sexy about this single that grabs me in a way that their previous releases could never. I can’t explain it. [Editor's note: maybe it's the sly "come" entendre?] The quintet’s self-titled debut album shoots up to #45 in the UK this week. Expect the sophomore album to be out in November.
Check out the spunky lads in the ‘Glad You Came’ video here:
Nicola Roberts‘ ‘Beat of My Drum’ cops a sale boost thanks to her T4 On The Beach performance and fresh bout of TV promos last week. The single leaps from #76 to #50. I have to say, I’m really proud of Nicola’s efforts. She appears to be more confident with the live performances and her forthcoming debut Cinderella’s Eyes is shaping up to be a real hipster pop treat. Read her interview with Popjustice where she describes the creative control she is afforded now versus what she was relegated to do when recording Girls Aloud material.
Kelly Rowland‘s ‘Motivation’ has gone Top 20 in the US Billboard Hot 100, y’all! The sexy slow jam climbs up to #19, making it Kelendria’s first solo entry in that stratosphere since ‘Dilemma’ went #1 in 2002. The album Here I Am will arrive in the States next week and luckily for her the shit hadn’t leaked yet. Unlike some people’s record that got out three weeks early.
Jennifer Lopez‘s ‘I’m Into You’ ascends to #1 on the US Billboard Dance/Club charts and moves to a new peak of #72 on the US Billboard Hot 100. Look, the rest of the world is ready to move on to ‘Papi’ already. I think the time has certainly passed for ‘I’m Into You’ here in Australia. I know over in the US and UK, they’re still holding back somewhat because ‘On The Floor’ is still so huge but really, can we rush out ‘Papi’ here already?
Kylie Minogue‘s ‘Put Your Hands Up’ rises to #16 on the US Billboard Dance charts. Hold up, is MinMin doing a video for this jam or what? Let’s get on with it. Elsewhere, another fave with the gays Dolly Parton sees her new album Better Daysink to #88 after debuting at #51 last week.
Jennifer Hudson‘s ‘No One Gonna Love You’ ascends to #36 on the US Billboard R&B charts while her fellow Idol alumni and queen of hood rat soul Fantasia finds her ‘Collard Greens and Cornbread’ winding up at #47. Watch Fanny glam it up for her American Idol performance. I’ll have you know, this is not typical of her. She is usually running all over the stage barefoot and sweating like a roast on the spit. Having said that, I’ve still got crazy love for her voice.
Avril Lavigne‘s ‘Smile’ finally cracks the US Billboard Hot 100 at #94 this week while the album moves back up to #169. Shit, I forgot the ho was still flogging that Goodbye Lullaby of hers. The album is definitely bigger in Japan than it is anywhere else in the world. As of last week, it was certified platinum sales with over 340,000 copies sold. Back in March when it debuted, its first week sales there was over 135,000 copies. Compare that to the 15,000 first week sales she made here in Australia and 13,000 in her home country Canada. The Japanese are fervent record buyers fo’ sho.