We do have a bit of catching up to do after I shamefully skipped last week’s Chart Feed.
I think I’ve covered off all the important points re: MDNA and One Direction‘s #1 album placements? You can fill me in on anything I missed later.
Elsewhere, Rebecca Ferguson‘s remarkable Heaven has finally gone Top 20 in Australia. This is an absolute dream come true for me. I’m sure it means something to Godbecca too, but I feel like I’ve wanted this Down Under success more.
Nicki Minaj manages a history making #1 album in the UK this week with Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded and we look forward to Darren Hayes, Delta Goodrem and Scissor Sisters‘ new singles/videos.
- AUSTRALIA -
One Direction‘s Up All Night album finally makes #1 in Australia this week in light of the forthcoming tour starting this Friday in Sydney. Their current hit single ‘One Thing’ also finally breaks into the Top 10 at #6 this week. It’s only taken the song like nine weeks to do so, but hey, this is what happens when you get a strong teen girl fan base, a pending tour, and the sudden availability of CD singles.
Watch One Direction performing their fourth single ‘More Than This’:
Madonna‘s MDNA plummets from its #1 debut to #9 on our ARIA charts, and went from #1 to #7 in the UK this week. When MDNA went #1 in the UK last week, it became Madge‘s 12th chart topper – scoring her as the solo artist with the most #1 albums there.
The overwhelming first week response everywhere can’t be pissed on. MDNA debuted on top of the iTunes charts in 40 countries and has scored the biggest one day pre-sale in iTunes history.
In the States, MDNA also made #1 with opening week sales of 359,000 copies (124,000 of these were digital copies). This is the biggest first week sales so far in 2012, y’guys. And this is actually M‘s best sales week since 2000′s Music debuted at # with 420,000 copies.
It had to be said, though. MDNA‘s sales were aided by a crafty campaign that gave US customers the option of getting the album as part of their ticket purchase of her forthcoming world tour. This tactic is nothing new – both Bon Jovi and Tom Petty have done it before – and it’s a great way of playing into an artist’s strongest selling point.
In Madonna‘s case – see also Kylie – she is a far stronger concert seller than a single or album seller. Both divas have worked so hard to build their empire and reputation to a point now that their tours are untouchable and people would flock to see their show even if they don’t get the album.
Listen to the amazing Dave Aude remix of Madonna‘s ‘Girl Gone Wild’:
Rebecca Ferguson‘s amazing debut album Heaven is in our fucking Top 20. I could cry tears of joy right now. So damn proud. The showcase she played for media and retailers two weeks ago obviously did the trick, Heaven soared from #40 to #17 this week. Her hit single ‘Nothing’s Real But Love’ finally enters our ARIA Top 50 at #43 this week. So flawless.
Sia‘s Best of compilation lands at #30 on our ARIA charts this week. Interesting, given that it only features one of the three hit collaborations she’s had recently. I think a lot of this would be tapping into coins from Sia‘s traditional fans, who would obviously be living for her back catalogue.
Take a flashback to Sia‘s gorgeous ‘Soon We’ll Be Found’:
Carly Rae Jepsen clocks her second consecutive week on top of our ARIA charts with ‘Call Me Maybe’ (now certified platinum sales). The song also impressively made #1 in the UK this week.
Ed Sheeran‘s ‘Lego House’ and Timomatic‘s ‘If Looks Could Kill’ both break into the ARIA Top 10 this week at #5 and #8 respectively. Timo‘s track is the newest one in the Top 10, managing to come up this high in just two weeks.
B.o.B‘s ‘So Good’ is the biggest new single in Australia this week, debuting at #21 on our ARIA Top 100. The song has to date peaked at #11 on the US Billboard Hot 100 and #13 on the New Zealand singles chart. Those are the only two Top 20 placements so far.
Watch the music video for ‘So Good’, which was directed by Justin Francis (the man behind Alicia Keys‘ award-winning ‘Unbreakable’ video):
Stan Walker‘s ‘Music Won’t Break Your Heart’ ascends to a new peak of #25 on our ARIA charts this week. The team at Sony Music Australia‘s been going hard advertising this on YouTube on the side column and embedded in videos. Seems to be working a treat.
Bob Sinclar featuring Pitbull, Fatman Scoop and Dragonfly‘s ‘Rock The Boat’ debuts at #39 in Australia this week. Y’all remember Bob Sinclar, right? He had that addictive #1 hit here centuries ago with ‘Love Generation’ – that jam with them twee whistles and strummy guitar beats? Sinclar also recently had an Italian Top 10 smash with Sophie Ellis-Bextor called ‘Fuck With You’.
Listen to ‘Rock The Boat’:
Emeli Sandé‘s ‘Next To Me’ breaks into our ARIA Top 50 this week at #49. What this girl needs is a showcase just like what Sony Music Australia did with Rebecca Ferguson. I feel like there’s already enough buzz building for Emeli Down Under and this is just the little nudge she needs to be bigger. The album’s sitting at #59 this week.
360‘s personal new track ‘Child’ climbs to #50 on our ARIA charts this week. The Melbourne rapper’s enjoyed a great deal of success lately with the Top 3 smash ‘Boys Like You’ and a corresponding hit debut album. It would be great to see ‘Child’ go at least Top 10.
Watch the music video for ‘Child’:
Rihanna‘s ‘Where Have You Been’ returns to our ARIA Top 100 at #67 this week. The track was serviced to local media last week. Meanwhile the last single, ‘Talk That Talk’ featuring Jay-Z plummets to #84 this week. Over in the States, ‘Where Have You Been’ is not set to impact mainstream radio until 8 May.
Brian McFadden‘s ‘Wrap My Arms’ debuts at #70 in Australia this week despite having sat there doing nothing on our digital shelves for some three months. The beige single, which sounds a lot like the stuff from his first solo album, also comes with a bland cover of Adele‘s ‘Someone Like You’.
Watch Brian‘s ‘Wrap My Arms’ video:
Ricki-Lee‘s ‘Do It Like That’ slides from #69 to #75 in its second week. Ahem! Fellow Feed Limmy readers, in case you haven’t heard, I’ve been quoted in her promo ad for the ‘Do It Like That’ remix. (See: ad in The Music Network magazine)
Azealia Banks featuring Lazy Jay‘s ’212′ debuts at #90 on our ARIA Top 100 this week. There’s been so much buzz about this hip hop artiste from Harlem, it’s crazy. The bisexual rapper guested on Scissor Sisters‘ last single ‘Shady Love’ under the moniker Krystal Pepsy.
Lisa Mitchell‘s new single ‘Spiritus’ enters at #91 on our ARIA Top 100 this week. ‘Spiritus’ is the first taste of new material from the waify-voiced singer since tearing it up with her smash album Wonder three years ago. The forthcoming second album is slated for a late 2012 release.
Listen to Lisa Mitchell‘s ‘Spiritus’:
- UK -
Nicki Minaj‘s Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded debuts at #1 in the UK this week, making her the first female rapper to score a chart topping album in the country. This defining entry trumps her debut Pink Friday, which only ever made #16 in the UK. Onika‘s new tracks ‘Pound The Alarm’ and ‘Whip It’ debut at #79 and #98 respectively in the UK this week.
Watch the video for Nicki‘s new urban cut ‘Beez In The Trap’, which may offer you a close encounter of the rectum kind:
Demi Lovato‘s album Unbroken debuts at #45 in the UK this week, seven months after it was first released in the States. Her new single ‘Give Your Heart A Break’ is released in a few interesting formats, including an international EP that features ‘Aftershock’, a track Amy Pearson originally recorded for her shafted album of the same name.
Beyoncé‘s flawless ‘End of Time’ climbs to #39 in the UK this week. Our Lord Beysus is set to re-release her album 4 with four new tracks in May and the Year of 4 doco. I was kinda hoping for more but it’ll be interesting to hear the new material and see how they complement the package. Because y’all know sometimes it can completely disrupt the flow, like what she did with the sketchy B’Day triple upgraded deluxe edition after ‘Beautiful Liar’ came out.
Lana Del Rey‘s future hit ‘Blue Jeans’ creeps from #110 to #84 on the UK charts this week. Right now I’m just waiting for the ‘Carmen’ video to come out.
Madonna‘s W.E. single ‘Masterpiece’ drops from #68 to #87 in its second week. This has to be one of the most beautiful Madonna ballads I’ve heard in a while. Her vocals sound warm and just on-point here. It’s kinda nice to see this getting picked up on UK radios.
- US -
Justin Bieber‘s ‘Boyfriend’ (above) debuts at #2 on the US Billboard Hot 100, with an impressive 521,000 first week copies. This is the second highest ever first week digital sales in the States. The only one to have fared better is Flo Rida (featuring an uncredited Ke$ha) ‘Right Round’, which broke the motherfucking charts with 636,000 debut week sales.
Despite heat from The Bieber, fun. and Janelle Monae‘s ‘We Are Young’ remains on top of the Billboard Hot 100 thanks to growing airplay. ‘Boyfriend’ isn’t doing too bad to debut at #24 on the Hot 100 Airplay chart, though. Biggest new song on American radios.
Gotye and Kimbra‘s ‘Somebody That I Used To Know’ rises to #3 on the US Billboard Hot 100, with 244,000 digital sales and an advancement from #20 to #16 on the Radio Songs chart.
Adelegend‘s stomping single ‘Rumour Has It’ really needs to snatch more wigs already. The song ascends to a new peak of #35 on the US Billboard Hot 100 and is now in the US Airplay Top 30, so it’s only gonna be a matter of time, right?
Katy Perry‘s Teenage Dream flies from #31 to #7 in its 84th week going, thanks to the delicious Complete Confection re-release (hear one of the new tracks ‘Dressin’ Up’ above). Hey before you applaud the chart leap – know that it only took 33,000 copies to achieve this placement.
84 weeks, bitch, and this is only Teenage Dream‘s ninth week in the US Top 10. Really justifies Katy‘s reputation as a boss singles seller and utterly rubbish album artiste. All up, the Teenage Dream albums have sold 2.1 million copies to date – trumping One of The Boys‘ feat of 1.4 million.
Dev‘s cantankerous flop debut album The Night The Sun Came Up enters at #61 on the US Billboard 200 this week. The popular Cataracs‘ collaborator is kinda struggling after ‘In The Dark’. Her new single ‘Naked’ with Enrique is so bland, it’s actually making me feel sorry for her. ‘Naked’ – the remixes – are currently slaying at #2 on the US Billboard Dance/Club play charts.
Beyoncé‘s brilliant solid ‘Love On Top’ remixes stomped all the way to the top of the US Billboard Dance/Club play chart, making this the diva’s 18th #1 Dance/Club play hit. She’s about to clip Janet‘s record of 19 #1 dance hits and I can just see ‘End of Time’ kicking into action in a few months’ time.
RuPaul’s Drag Race Season 2 vixen Sahara Davenport‘s new single ‘Go Off’ (see above) picks up to #49 on the US Billboard Dance/Club play charts this week.
Having said that neither of them are as great as her partner Manila Luzon‘s single ‘Hot Couture’. The track, which was written by the same team behind Ricki-Lee‘s ‘Can’t Touch It’ and Britney‘s ‘Anticipating’, really deserves to be on top. Perhaps if she got some remixes up in this bitch?
- FUTURE CHART FODDER -
Look out for these brand new and forthcoming releases on your future Chart Feed.
Delta Goodrem‘s pleasant comeback single ‘Sitting On Top of The World’ will hit Aussie retail this Friday. She’ll be hitting Westfield Plenty Valley (Melbourne) on Friday itself and Westfield Kotara (Newcastle) on 17 April to promote it. Shopping centres. Mmph.
Watch the gorgeous new video where she’s coming for Jennifer Hawkins and Erika Heynatz‘s elegance:
Monica‘s much-delayed album New Life hit stores in the States on 6 April, so it’ll be interesting to see where it debuts. Her last album Still Standing was a proper smash, debuting at #2 with 184,000 opening week sales back in 2010. New Life actually serves even more of a traditional soul leaning than Still Standing. So much Etta James realness here, it actually makes ‘It All Belongs To Me’ the most modern cut on the record.
Jennifer Lopez‘s insipid new single with Pitbull ‘Dance Again’ debuts at #69 on the US Hot 100 Airplay charts. How sexual. Despite my general dissatisfaction with this disposable dirge, I think it’s actually gonna do better than ‘Papi’. Y’know the song was released worldwide last Monday so technically, it should be showing up on everyone else’s chart too?
Nicki Minaj‘s ‘Right By My Side’ featuring Chris Brown turns out to be the second official single from Roman Reloaded. The track ascends to #40 on the US Billboard R&B/Hip Hop charts in its second week and y’know what? I’m not surprised if this becomes Minaj‘s first proper ballad hit.
Darren Hayes‘ ‘Stupid Mistake’ is set to be released as a 4-track digital EP and 7 inch gold vinyl single on 6 May. Check out the intriguing new video here, which is based on a routine he did on the Secret Tour.
Kylie Minogue‘s 25 album has appeared on the UK release schedule for 28 May. Fucking losing my mind over this. I can’t even. You just know this is gonna be deluxe the house down.
Scissor Sisters‘ flawless new single ‘Only The Horses’ debuted last week to rave responses. The track, produced by Calvin Harris and Boys Noize, is due 14 May in the UK. What an excruciating wait. The album Magic Hour comes out the following week (Aussies get it on 25 May).
Check out ‘Only The Horses’:
Sam Sparro‘s Return To Paradise has apparently been pushed back to 11 June in the UK. As far as I know, Aussies are still getting it on 25 May, so fuck if I care when the Brits are getting theirs.
Nelly Furtado‘s first English album in six years – T.S.I. (The Spirit Indestructible) is set for an 18 June release. This is her walking in stilts for her new video ‘Big Hoops (Bigger The Better)’. Bitch hasn’t aged a day.