There is cause for much celebration in our Chart Feed this week.
Nicki Minaj is cockblocked from the #1 spot again, Jason Donovan is back in the Top 40 and there’s a new girl storming the charts and she goes by the name of Carly Rae Jepsen. Who?
Find out more in this week’s Chart Feed.
- AUSTRALIA -
Nicki Minaj‘s ‘Starships’ (above) is really getting up on everybody’s grill. The stomping RedOne-produced single kicks up to #2 in Australia and the UK this week, where it’s literally on the cusp of scoring Onika her first solo chart topper in both regions. ’Starships’ soared from #20 to #9 on the Australian Airplay chart during week 8 to 14 March, so you know she means business.
American rockers fun. and the mistress of modern funk Janelle Monae continue to reign at #1 with ’We Are Young’. The band’s album Some Nights cracks the ARIA Top 50 at #35 this week.
Carly Rae Jepsen‘s ‘Call Me Maybe’ flies up to #15 on our ARIA Top 50 this week. The 26-year old Canadian Idol singer’s boppy single is also the most added new song to Australian radios this week. Over in America, ‘Call Me Maybe’ flies to #24 in its third week on the Billboard Hot 100 – registering a 25% increase in digital sales.
This bitch has seemingly come out of nowhere and really, it’s all thanks to a tweet Selena Gomez sent about how this song made her boo Bieber smile. Carly has a huge Bieber/Godmez debt.
Watch Carly Rae Jepsen‘s video for ‘Call Me Maybe’ – seriously cute twist at the end:
Jessie J is crashing out hard on our ARIA singles chart, y’all. After her quick tour of the country, ‘Domino’ slumps to #62 while ‘Laserlight’ (featuring David Guetta) falls out of the Top 100 altogether.
Elen Levon‘s fierce new single ‘Like A Girl In Love’ sinks to #87 in its second week on the ARIA Top 100. The girl was in Melbourne couple of weeks ago at a writing camp with a bunch of Aussie pop sensations like Jessica Mauboy, Paulini, Timomatic and Stan Walker and she has hinted that a third single has been elected. Who knows, we might be getting it sooner than first expected.
Hilltop Hoods‘ new album Drinking From The Sun debuts straight in at #1 on our ARIA charts this week. This is the homegrown hip hop act’s very third consecutive ARIA #1 album and only their second to come supported with a Top 10 single. Drinking From The Sun is also the first Australian album to debut at #1 here since Gotye‘s Making Mirrors last September.
Listen to Hilltop Hoods‘ ‘Rattling The Keys to The Kingdom’:
They might have a challenger for the top spot next week with One Direction‘s Up All Night – thanks to the arrival of the Souvenir Edition CDs and buzz from the boys’ US invasion. The Australian Souvenir Edition contains five bonus tracks including b-sides ‘Na Na Na’, ‘Another World’ and ‘I Should’ve Kissed You’.
Taylor Swift‘s Speak Now World Tour Live climbs to #16 on the ARIA album chart, making this her highest charting live album here yet. Not hard given that this is her first actual tour CD/DVD combo. Taylor‘s new single ‘Safe and Sound’ featuring The Civil Wars - which was released from The Hunger Games soundtrack – debuts at #38 in Australia this week.
Hot Chelle Rae‘s album Whatever debuts at #25 in Australia this week. The gang’s probably expected to fare a bit better given the two massive Top 20 hit singles they had with ‘Tonight Tonight’ and ‘I Like It Like That’.
- UK -
Gotye and Kimbra continue to slay the British charts with ‘Somebody That I Used To Know’ clocking another week on top. It was some 20,000 copies ahead of Nicki Minaj‘s ‘Starships’ but with the looming arrival of the accompanying music video, could this be the end of Gotimbra‘s reign? Over in the States, ‘Somebody That I Used To Know’ is now in the Top 5. So eat it!
Alexandra Burke‘s ‘Elephant’ is the highest selling new single in the UK this week, debuting at #3. The former X Factor winner’s basic dance single isn’t exactly lighting up the airplay charts so it’ll be interesting to see how far her promo appearances carry it next week. ‘Elephant’ is now out in Australia, currently charting at an obscure #178 on our iTunes dance song chart.
Watch Alexandra performing ‘Elephant’ for Sport Relief:
Jason Mraz‘s ‘I Won’t Give Up’ debuts at #16 in the UK this week. It’s slightly cray to think that the UK’s only just getting this given that the digital track came out at the start of the year. The album Love Is A Four Letter Word will thankfully be out the same week in the UK and US on 16/17 April.
Marcus Collins‘ debut self-titled album enters at #7 in the UK this week. Despite attracting a fistful of criticism for covering White Stripes’ ‘Seven Nation Army’, the single managed to cling to the Top 20 for its second week. Marcus‘ next single will be a song he co-wrote titled ‘Mercy’, a brassy modern funk number void of any personality.
Check out a video of Marcus in the studio crafting his album:
Nervo‘s debut recording artiste single ‘We’re All No One’ debuts at #27 on the UK dance charts this week. The Aussie twins are no stranger to this neck of the woods as they’ve penned mega floor fillers like David Guetta/Kelly Rowland‘s ‘When Love Takes Over’ and Kylie‘s ‘Put Your Hands Up’. Keep an ear out for Steve Aoki‘s ‘Livin’ My Love’ featuring LMFAO and Nervo – it utterly slays like a mainstream smash.
One Direction stocks are starting to plummet on the UK charts. I sense their home crowd’s feeling a little neglected and perhaps, a tad resentful of the lads’ Stateside success now. 1D’s singles ‘What Makes You Beautiful’ and ‘One Thing’ both sink to #64 and #65 respectively in the UK this week – the latter track fell 10 places. The album Up All Night leaves the UK Top 30 this week for the first time since it came out in November. Regardless of the slide southward, let’s not forget that Up All Night was the fastest selling debut album in the UK last year.
Watch One Direction hit Rockerfeller Plaza for a performance on the Today Show – utter madness!
Jason Donovan‘s new album of covers Sign of Your Love debuts at #36 in the UK this week. This is arguably a classier effort than his last album Soundtrack of The 80s, which was pretty much old Jase doing Hi-NRG covers of his favourite 80s hits. I can literally feel your face cringing right now.
Estelle‘s All of Me failed to even make the UK Top 100. This is rather awkward but nonetheless expected as she has virtually no presence in her home country any more these days. The album managed a modest debut at #28 on the US Billboard 200 with over 15,000 first week sales but other than that, it’s barely on anybody’s radar.
- US -
Stone cold no movement in the Top 4 singles in the US this week with fun. and Janelle Monae‘s ‘We Are Young’ still scoring big at #1 on the Billboard Hot 100. The track has finally cracked the Top 20 airplay.
Kelly Clarkson‘s ‘Stronger (What Doesn’t Kill You)’ also stays statue firm at #2 on the Billboard Hot 100, #2 on the airplay chart, and #3 on the digital song chart with 175,000 download sales this week. Untouchable.
Katy Perry‘s ‘Part of Me’ slides to #10 on the US Billboard Hot 100 this week, selling 124,000 digital downloads. Over on the dance/club play chart, the remixes debut at #49. Are y’all gagging that she got
Stuart Price Jacques Lu Cont (yes – clientele includes Madonna and Kylie) for the club-ready cuts?
Watch Katy perform ‘Part of Me’ for Sport Relief in the UK:
Carrie Underwood‘s ‘Good Girl’ faced a worrying drop from #18 to #37 on the US Billboard Hot 100 this week. The song is only slowly drumming up the airplay chart, not even in the Top 50 yet in fact.
Bruce Springsteen‘s Wrecking Ball flies to #1 on the US Billboard 200, making it his 10th chart topping LP in the States – a record now shared with Elvis for most #1 albums by a male rock solo artist. Wrecking Ball blasts through with 196,000 first week copies. In this digital music age, normally an album on top of the Billboard 200 would also have individual tracks charting in the singles Hot 100 but not in The Boss’ case.
Adele‘s 21 bows slightly to #2 on the Billboard 200 this week, merely only 1,000 copies or so behind Bruce Springsteen. However, it’s another record for her on the music DVD chart. Her Live At The Royal Albert Hall DVD has been #1 on the Top Music Videos chart for 15 consecutive weeks, making this the longest run America has seen since Pink Floyd‘s Pulse pulled 25 consecutive weeks in 2006.
Rihanna‘s ‘Birthday Cake’ (featuring Chris Brown) has quickly swallowed up ‘Talk That Talk’ (featuring Jay-Z) on the US Billboard R&B/Hip Hop song chart. No surprise there, given which track sounds hotter and has the more attention grabbing collabo. The gap is slowly closing on the overall Billboard Hot 100 too with ‘Talk That Talk’ sliding to #36 while ‘Birthday Cake’ comes up to #49.
Listen to ‘Birthday Cake’ featuring Chris Brown:
Monica and Brandy‘s ‘It All Belongs To Me’ continues its ascend on the US Billboard R&B/Hip Hop song chart, breaking through to a new peak of #30 this week. It has interestingly showed up on the UK release schedule – due to drop on 9 April, the same day as Monica‘s own album New Life. Much to my surprise, Mo’s album is also set to arrive here in Australia on 13 April.
Madonna‘s ‘Give Me All Your Luvin” became the greatest gainer on the US Billboard Dance Club/Play chart this week, rising to #2. Proof that even though it’s sliding out the rectum of every other chart on the planet, there’s still love for Madge in the American club scene. Further south, her new piece ‘Girl Gone Wild’ debuts at #46.
- FUTURE CHART FODDER -
Look out for these brand new and forthcoming releases on your future Chart Feeds.
Gossip‘s new single ‘Perfect World’ in one of the most added new tracks to Australian radios this week. The album A Joyful Noise is set to drop on 11 May here and 21 May in the UK. I hope this means Beth is ready to snatch back her wig that Adele stole for ‘Rumour Has It’ and ‘Rolling in The Deep’ etc.
Cher Lloyd‘s bombastic new single ‘Want U Back’ (featuring Astro) has finally hit Australia. It is – unimpressively – the tenth most added new song to local radios this week and if you’re trawling the “Pop” section of our local iTunes store, you’ll find it featured quietly in that section too. Don’t hold your breath for an ARIA Top 50 follow up.
Rebecca Ferguson‘s third single has been confirmed to be ‘Glitter & Gold’, due out in the UK on 30 April. Her team must be in slight panic mode after her second single ‘Too Good To Lose’ failed to impact. ‘Glitter & Gold’ was always compulsory single candidate for me so I’m glad it’ll finally get its moment. The album Heaven returns to the UK Top 20 this week.
Eric Saade featuring Dev‘s ‘Hotter Than Fire’ (see above) is set to arrive in the UK on 2 April. The Swedish pop prince seems somewhat due for a proper UK crossover especially after representing his nation at 2011′s Eurovision Song Contest. Maybe the reasonably high profile American feature creature can assist? Eric‘s first and only UK hit to date is ‘Popular’ which made #76 last year.
Beyoncé‘s ‘End of Time’ finally gets assigned a UK release date of 23 April. Bitch, I thought I might live to see the apocalypse before this day comes but praise Beysus someone at her label came to their senses. Meanwhile out in the US, the ‘End of Time’ remixes fall to #42 on the Billboard Dance/Club Play chart.