It’s just past midnight and I’ve been compiling this post for the past four hours non-stop. It’s somewhat understandable that I want to just drop dead now to the sound of Madonna‘s ‘Gang Bang’ on repeat and never wake up again.
This week’s Chart Feed is one for the history books – especially if you’re the world’s biggest boyband of the moment: One Direction. Their legendary storming of the US Billboard charts makes them the first ever British band to have their first album go #1 in the States.
Elsewhere, Katy Perry blasts to #1 on the UK charts and we also look ahead to new releases by The Saturdays, Scissor Sisters and Calvin Harris.
- AUSTRALIA -
One Direction turned the ARIA charts out this week with multiple entries on the singles Top 100 and a brand new peak on the album charts. The British wonder boy band’s Up All Night album ascends to its former peak of #2 this week while its lead single ‘What Makes You Beautiful’ celebrates its 21st week in our Top 20 by clocking four times platinum sales.
The souvenir edition of Up All Night saw several new tracks penetrate our ARIA Top 100 songs: ‘Moments’ (#60), ‘Another World’ (#66), ‘I Should’ve Kissed You’ (#71) and ‘Stand Up’ (#80). This shit is pretty pedestrian compared to the history making week they’ve had on the US charts (scroll further south for details).
Carly Rae Jepsen‘s ‘Call Me Maybe’ continues to shoot up our ARIA charts at a frightening speed. In just three weeks, the incessantly boppy track has climbed to a new peak of #3. The track’s been at #1 on the Australian iTunes chart for pretty much all of last week. Don’t underestimate this ho. Onika Maraj better hang on to her pink lace fronts.
Ed Sheeran‘s ‘Lego House’ leaps 30 places up to #19 on our ARIA charts this week, making this the ginger singer/songwriter’s second local Top 20 hit. I don’t know what happened with the last single (‘You Need Me, I Don’t Need You’) – that just didn’t stick here.
Watch Ed Sheeran‘s ‘Lego House (Acoustic)’:
Far East Movement and Justin Bieber‘s ‘Live My Life’ breaks into the arse end of our ARIA Top 20 this week. It’d be interesting to see if this track would be aversely affected by the arrival of Bieber’s own new single ‘Boyfriend’ (which hit iTunes worldwide today). Don’t be surprised if both perform just as well like the time Rihanna was managing Loud hits while still co-slaying the charts with David Guetta‘s ‘Who’s That Chick?’
Stan Walker‘s anthemic ‘Music Won’t Break Your Heart’ debuts at #53 on our ARIA Top 100 this week. This is very much based on individual album track download because the single EP only hit digital retailers last Friday. The EP comes with three remixes including a hands-in-the-air club cut by 7th Heaven (who has remixed for the likes of Sugababes and Darren Hayes) and a cute Island-style remix with acoustic guitars and whistles. *raises eyebrow*
Cher Lloyd‘s petulant ‘Want U Back’ (featuring Astro) debuts at #69 in Australia this week. A US release is now in place – impacting mainstream radios on 17 April. Check out the low-rent new single cover art which makes the bitch look a whole lot older than her videos portray her to be.
Regina Spektor‘s addictive new single ‘All The Rowboats’ enters at #91 in Australia this week. The album, which is brilliantly titled What We Saw From The Cheap Seats, is expected to drop in late May. She’s worked with Mike Elizondo (who has produced for the likes of Natasha Bedingfield) on the project.
Listen to ‘All The Rowboats’:
Rebecca Ferguson‘s flawless album Heaven cracks our ARIA Top 100 at #82 this week, buoyed by her single ‘Nothing’s Real But Love’ – which is slowly working its way into the nation’s heart as we speak. The Liverpool X Factor siren’s gonna be in Sydney and Melbourne all week showcasing Heaven and I can’t wait to see her show tomorrow night.
Bic Runga‘s new album Belle crawls in at #97 on our ARIA Top 100 this week. This is the Kiwi songbird’s first release here since Birds charted at #26 six years ago.
- UK -
Katy Perry‘s ‘Part of Me’ blasts to #1 on the UK charts in its first week, making this the American pop sweetheart’s third chart topper in the region. The single has also gone #1 in New Zealand, Brazil, Canada and of course, the States.
Watch the ‘Part of Me’ music video:
Sean Paul‘s ‘She Doesn’t Mind’ surprisingly debuts at #2 to become the second biggest new single in the UK this week. The track is produced by Shellback (hitmaker for Britney) and Benny Blanco (the man behind Madonna‘s latest single). It first hit US radios in January but failed to take off there in the same way it did in the UK.
JLS‘ new single ‘Proud’ enters at #6 on the UK charts this week, making this the boyband’s ninth UK Top 10 hit to date. I mean, I’d be somewhat worried if I were JLS. I know they were huge but the new generation of boybands One Direction and The Wanted are totally taking it to a new level. Where does that leave this British X Factor veteran group?
Alexandra Burke‘s ‘Elephant’ plummets from #3 to #12 on the UK charts this week. Bye, boo. The obvious worry right now for Alephants is for the album to get pushed back like Leona Lewis‘ Glassheart after ‘Collide’ did so-so.
Beyoncé‘s ‘End of Time’ bullets from #126 to #58 on the UK charts this week. This is all working off individual album track downloads as the single’s not scheduled to impact until 23 April. I am desperate to see this goddamn video she apparently filmed last August. So thrilled to hear that her ass is back on tour this year.
Watch Queen Bey slay ‘End of Time’ live:
Will Young‘s new single ‘Losing Myself’ climbs to #72 in its second week. I am appreciating the b-side ‘Believe’ right now and the Bimbo Jones remix of ‘Losing Myself’ is not bad, either. This serves as a worthy companion to Darren Hayes‘ ‘Bloodstained Heart’ UK single EP – which is also sporting a b-side and club ready remixes. Side bar, ‘Bloodstained Heart’ is still yet to move beyond its peak of #181. No tea, no shade.
The Shins‘ new album Port of Morrow debuts at #11 in the UK and impressively, #4 in Australia where it’s the biggest selling new album in the country this week. Port of Morrow is the indie band’s fourth studio album and it’s co-produced by Greg Kurstin, the man behind Kelly Clarkson‘s US #1 smash ‘Stronger (What Doesn’t Kill You)’.
- US -
One Direction made history as the first UK group to debut at #1 on the US Billboard 200 with their first album. Up All Night sold 176,000 copies to enter on top last week.
The accolade also makes 1D the first British teen group to have a US #1 album. There’s only been six pop groups (all with at least one teen member) that have achieved this feat – see: New Kids on The Block, Kris Kross, Backstreet Boys, N*Sync, Destiny’s Child and Jonas Brothers. None of their asses were British.
One Direction‘s chart topping excellence also makes them the second UK X Factor act to have a #1 album in the States. The last was obviously Leona Lewis‘ Spirit which soared to the top in its first week back in April 2008.
Over at the singles bar, One Direction‘s ‘What Makes You Beautiful’ leaps to #19 on the Billboard Hot 100. If this also goes #1 then the boys would’ve matched Leona‘s record of #1 album and single (remember ‘Bleeding Love’?).
Watch One Direction‘s interview on Elvis Duran:
Gotye‘s Making Mirrors cracks the US Top 10 for the first time with 24,000 copies sold in the last week, giving him his best week’s sales yet in the country. The career-defining single ‘Somebody That I Used To Know’ sold 166,000 copies to become the fourth best-seller on the Billboard digital song charts. Astonishingly, the remixes have debuted at #47 on the US dance/club play charts this week. Who the fuck would wanna cut up a rug to this?
The Wanted‘s ‘Glad You Came’ edges up to #3 on the US Billboard Hot 100. The song is still #2 on the US Billboard digital charts – turning out 184,000 downloads in that week – and thankfully, it has now cracked the US Airplay Top 10.
Adele‘s ‘Set Fire To The Rain’ may still be reigning at #1 on the US Airplay Top 100 but its follow up ‘Rumour Has It’ has become the most added new song to American radios, debuting at #57. Just when I thought the stomping Gossip-esque single was never gonna happen.
Watch Adele do ‘Rumour Has It’ live - fuck, don’t you just love her cackle?:
Rihanna‘s ‘Birthday Cake’ continues to close in on its predecessor ‘Talk That Talk’ (featuring Jay-Z). They are literally within single digit count from each other on the US Billboard Hot 100 now with ‘Cake’ icing it at a new peak of #39 while ‘Talk’ kicks it at #32.
The Barbadian beauty filmed the video for her Coldplay collabo ‘Princess of China’ last week and was seen rocking some devastatingly fierce gangsta geisha looks. She makes “Asian” work better than my yellow ass ever could. Bitch.
Madonna‘s ‘Give Me All Your Luvin” ascends to #1 on the US Billboard Dance/Club play chart – making this the Queen of Pop’s 41st dance chart topper. Its follow up ‘Girl Gone Wild’ becomes the greatest gainer on the same chart, rising to #20. Now fuck the singles - could we expect to see Madonna‘s 12th studio album MDNA debut at #1 by next Wednesday?
- FUTURE CHART FODDER -
Look out for these brand new and forthcoming releases on your future Chart Feed.
Calvin Harris and Ne-Yo‘s ‘Let’s Go’ is the most added new song to Australian radios this week. This succinct and immediate dance number is an absolute no brainer. It completely fits the template set out and sold on Rihanna‘s global hit ‘We Found Love’ (which Harris produced) and her future single ‘Where Have You Been’. Let’s face it, Calvin Harris is gonna be the David Guetta of 2012.
Timomatic‘s second single ‘If Looks Could Kill’ – produced by Aussie hit makers DNA – was released last Friday and has quickly become the second most added new song to Australian radios. I’m predicting an ARIA Top 40 debut at the very least. ‘If Looks Could Kill’ is currently turning it out in the Aussie iTunes Top 20.
Watch the video for ‘If Looks Could Kill’:
Ricki-Lee‘s catchy new single ‘Do It Like That’ came out on iTunes last Friday and honestly, right now I’m feeling like the flawless Fred Falke remix should’ve been the single version. There’s just something so effortlessly cool and world class about it that I’m sure local radios won’t quite get – but would still prefer to see promoted on a grander scale.
The original version is currently sitting on the edge of our Aussie iTunes Top 100. The music video’s set to premiere on Friday but the girl – who is a total boss at executing her own social media networks – has been steadily dropping photo teasers via Instagram for a week. Werk!
Kelly Clarkson‘s third Stronger single ‘Dark Side’ has already been playlisted by Nova Melbourne, so even if the career-defining ‘Stronger (What Doesn’t Kill You)’ doesn’t cop a proper chart resurrection in Australia, we can all move on to something just as good.
Stooshe‘s ‘Love Me’ is now set to get the push down under after blasted into the UK Top 5 three weeks ago. The track’s set to impact radios very soon, with Nova apparently already playlisting the jam.
The Saturdays‘ brand new single ’30 Days (To Love)’ is scheduled to drop in the UK on 30 April. The mostly on-point girl band continues to teeter a tightrope between hit and misses – and I truly feel sorry for them. After the embarrassing floppage of their album On Your Radar, they’re here to try their luck with a new recording that promises to attack with an unapologetic pop sound.
Tulisa‘s debut solo single ‘Young’ is set to arrive on 7 May in the UK. An awfully long wait given that the video (music video, not the other scandalous one) was posted late last week. It would be yesterday’s news by the time May rolls by.
Watch the video for Tulisa‘s ‘Young’:
Rumer‘s gearing to release her sophomore album Boys Don’t Cry on 28 May in the UK. The blues/soul singer could’ve had it all last year with her 2010 debut Seasons of My Soul if it weren’t for this sucking up all the attention. Boys Don’t Cry will be an album of covers, featuring lesser known material by Leon Russell, Bob Marley and Isaac Hayes.
Scissor Sisters will release a new single titled ‘Only The Horses’ (produced by Calvin Harris) on 20 May in the UK – a week before their fourth studio album Magic Hour arrives in stores. The album’s direction’s been described as “future pop” featuring collaborations with Diplo and Pharrell Williams.
Ne-Yo‘s forthcoming album The Cracks in Mr Perfect‘s slated for a mid-year release. Was anyone else’s gag reflex tested just then reading the album title? The last thing we need is some Target-grade male version of Memoirs of An Imperfect Angel. The project’s first single is ‘Don’t Make ‘Em Like You No More’.