Carly Rae Jepsen, you can’t shake this bitch. Her mega pop hit ‘Call Me Maybe’ continues to reign on the Australian and UK singles chart, beating down heavyweights like Delta Goodrem and Florence + The Machine.
New albums by Kate Miller-Heidke, Jason Mraz and Monica blow up the Australian, UK and US charts.
We trace the first imprints of The Voice Australia‘s impact on our ARIA Top 100 and look ahead to new releases from Reece Mastin, Maroon 5 and Alexandra Burke.
- AUSTRALIA -
Kate Miller-Heidke has the biggest selling new album in Australia this week, debuting at #2 with Nightflight. She couldn’t quite rip the rug from under One Direction but we admire anyone who tries. This is the girl’s third solo album in Australia and possibly her best opening week response to date. Kate‘s last album Curiouser also peaked at #2 but that didn’t happen until the national realisation of ‘The Last Day On Earth’, following a placement on some Neighbours promo.
Watch KMH performing ‘Sarah’ on Sunrise. It’s one of my album faves because it actually sounds like she’s melodically narrating an ABC drama:
Delta Goodrem is handling this comeback like a boss with ’Sitting On Top of The World’ successfully debuting at #2 on our ARIA charts this week. All the elements came together in her favour - The Voice Australia, which she’s a coach on, is a ratings winner and all those shopping centre appearances to sign the single worked like a charm.
I thought these kind of shopping mall appearances went out of fashion when guys stopped wearing T-shirts over their collared shirts, but I’ve clearly underestimated the genius behind this strategy.
Delta‘s got a massive fanbase here that’s been gagging for her return and it’s such an effective way to reconnect with them at such a venue that’s evidently all ages and more readily accessible than say some gig on a weeknight. ‘Sitting On Top of The World’ is Delta‘s 12th Aussie Top 10 hit. The single comes out in the UK today so let’s see where that gets her.
Watch Delta perform ‘Sitting On Top of The World’ at the 2012 Logie Awards:
Florence + The Machine scores her biggest Aussie chart placement to date with ‘Never Let Me Go’ floating up to #3 after a clever placement on Channel 7‘s ad for Titanic. This is by far her best local performer from the current album Ceremonials which has so far spawned four singles. I wish I could’ve crammed more ‘sinking’ puns into that update. Elsewhere, Flo‘s new MTV Unplugged album debuts at #17 in Australia this week.
Rihanna‘s ‘Where Have You Been’ steadily scorches up the ARIA charts, rising to #12 this week. I don’t know about y’all but this is easily the most addictive track on Talk That Talk for me. I have been stomping and strutting to this track non-stop for months now and I’m yet to get over it. Side bar: I did hear it for the first time in a club last Friday night and shit, let me tell you, I was serving it. Lesser beings needed to take a seat.
Calvin Harris featuring Ne-Yo‘s ‘Let’s Go’ storms to #17 on our ARIA charts this week. Can we just take a moment to rank the four Calvin Harris-produced jams infiltrating airwaves across the globe right now? It reads: ‘Where Have You Been’ > ‘Let’s Go’ > ‘Only The Horses’ by Scissor Sisters > ‘Call My Name’ by Cheryl Cole. Thank you for your input.
The Voice Australia‘s young sensation Rachael Leahcar (above) becomes the first contestant to turn this mother out when her rendition of ‘La Vie En Rose’ debuted at #18 on our ARIA charts this week. The pretty young thing rose out of obscurity and seized the nation’s heart when she nailed her blind audition and revealed that she was actually legally blind. Gurl, this is just the kind of gold television producers jizz over. Good on her, though. I look forward to following her journey.
Rachael leads the pack of four The Voice contestants to have tracks impact our Top 100 this week. Soul powerhouse Karise Eden‘s rendition of ‘It’s A Man’s World’ snatches wigs at #41, indie kid du jour Lakyn Heperi‘s cover of ‘Kids’ comes up at #53, and early star Casey Withoos‘ take on ‘Samson’ debuts at #59.
Speaking of The Voice, the show has turned Seal into some kind of national treasure? I think we’re all living for the unsolicited life coaching he deals with such charm and authority. The man’s classic ‘Kiss From A Rose’ re-enters our charts at #31 and ‘Crazy’ bolts up to #58 this week. Over on the album charts, Seal‘s Hits compilation returns at #24 and recent-ish album Soul 2 creeps up at #75. Adjacent Voice successes include Keith Urban‘s Greatest Hits: 18 Kids flying up the album charts to #21 this week and Delta‘s landmark album Innocent Eyes returning at #97.
Ricki-Lee‘s uber-kinetic new single ‘Do It Like That’ ascends to a new peak of #34 on our ARIA charts this week. There’s much excitement surrounding the girl’s first proper gig in years on 30 May in Sydney. She’ll be blasting some of her signature hits as well as some new material on the forthcoming album. Y’all better report back.
- UK -
Jason Mraz‘s Love Is A Four Letter Word debuts at #2 on the UK album charts this week with literally 44 copies standing between him and serial chart ruler Adele. This is Mraz‘s highest charting album in the UK. Meanwhile here Down Under, Four Letter Word debuts at #23 this week. His last effort We Sing, We Dance, We Steal Things made #3 in 2008 and remains his best chart action to date in Australia.
Conor Maynard‘s ‘Can’t Say No’ is the highest selling new single in the UK this week, debuting at #2 behind the unstoppable Carly Rae Jepsen. The 19-year old YouTube sensation is signed to Parlophone, which boasts big names like Coldplay, Kylie and Gorillaz. Keep an ear out for this kid.
B.o.B‘s ‘So Good’ comes in at #7 in the UK this week. The rapper’s had two #1 singles before in the UK (see: ‘Nothin’ on You’ feat. Bruno Mars and ‘Airplanes’ feat. Hayley Williams).
Marina and The Diamonds‘ top-shelf new single ‘Primadonna’ has painfully missed the UK Top 10 this week, crawling up to #11. The thing is, she has established herself to be quite a competent album seller with The Family Jewels - so you can bet the much-touted album’s gonna fare better when it drops next Monday in the UK. Aussies, we cop it on 18 May.
Watch Marina doing an acoustic rendition of ‘Primadonna’:
Lana Del Rey‘s ‘Blue Jeans’ pull up to #45 on the UK charts this week. The Coney Island Queen just premiered the clip for ‘Carmen’ yesterday as the final piece in her Born To Die video trilogy. The album is still faring well, rising to #4 this week. LDR is set to perform on the first results show of The Voice UK this Sunday.
Marcus Collins‘ self-titled album slides to #70 after six weeks on the shelves. I suppose he’s praying the rosary now that his second single ‘Mercy’ revitalises interest in his music? Can we just have Little Mix already?
- US -
Lionel Richie done grabbed himself his first #1 album in over 25 years, bitches. This is probably the only piece of chart news I would pass on to Papa Lim, like, ever. Tuskegee managed to ascend to #1 with 129,000 copies sold in its third week out.
Y’all remember when Madonna‘s MDNA cockblocked Lionel from the top? Well, MDNA is now heading in the wrong direction, sinking fast from #8 to #18. Mmph! Pull up a seat, here comes more tea about MDNA.
This is one of the shortest stints in the Top 10 Madonna has clocked in her three-decade career. MDNA now ties with Bedtime Stories (1994) and American Life (2003) for managing mere two-week stays in the US Billboard Top 10. Even the much-disliked Hard Candy stayed four weeks in the Top 10, thank you very much. However, all is not lost with MDNA. The pending world tour should give it the chart resurrection it deserves.
Monica‘s classy soul/R&B album New Life debuts at #4 on the US Billboard 200, selling a modest 69,000 first week copies. This is Mo‘s fifth consecutive Top 10 album in the States. Memaw’s first album charted almost 17 years ago. Damn. Sometimes I have to remind myself that she started young otherwise I’d keep wondering why she hasn’t cashed her pension cheque yet.
Watch Monica and Brandy reuniting on stage to perform their classic ‘The Boy Is Mine’. Bow down to these queens!
Gotye and Kimbra‘s ‘Somebody That I Used To Know’ crowns the US Billboard Hot 100 with record breaking digital sales of 542,000 copies, making this the biggest one-week sales so far in 2012. It’s the fourth biggest load of weekly digital sales ever recorded in American history. I don’t think you can handle it.
Yes, it even walked all over Justin Bieber‘s ‘Boyfriend’ which clocked opening week sales of 521,000 just two weeks ago. Gotye and Kimbra have their appearance on Saturday Night Live and a certain Glee cover to thank.
The Wanted‘s ‘Glad You Came’ holds tight to #3 position on the US Billboard Hot 100 while One Direction‘s ‘What Makes You Beautiful’ clings to #4. Boring. How about y’all just strip down to your jocks and wrestle it out in the mud while I watch?
This is 1D doing ‘What Makes You Beautiful’ at our Logie Awards:
Adele‘s ‘Rumour Has It’ has now entered the US Top 20. I bet there are some basic bitches shivering right now because they didn’t download 21 and they missed that episode of Glee so therefore, weren’t aware that Adele can put it down like that. The stomping Ryan Tedder-produced song is totally not one to fuck with and I hope it reigns just as hard as Ms Adkins‘ last three singles.
Jennifer Lopez and Pitbull‘s frivolous ‘Dance Again’ blasts in at #22 on the US Billboard Dance/Club play charts, certifying ‘hot shot debut’ status. Over on the main Hot 100, it has so far peaked at #27 – making it Slaylo‘s first US Top 30 hit since ‘On The Floor’.
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Maroon 5‘s ‘Payphone’ (featuring Wiz Khalifa) is expected to vault into the ARIA Top 20 next Monday after creeping in at #86 this week. It’s also the second most added new song to Australian radios this week. ‘Payphone’ is the first official single launched from their forthcoming album Overexposed, which features productions by Shellback, Benny Blanco and Ryan Tedder. Massive popfest ahead.
Reece Mastin‘s follow up single ‘Shut Up and Kiss Me’ should effortlessly bullet into the ARIA Top 10 next week. The perky, new generation Good Charlotte-like single was co-written by Reece and Hayley Warner (Aussie Idol runner up who penned his four-time platinum, #1 single ‘Good Night’). The song is the third most added new song to Australian radios this week. Reece‘s debut album – slated for a September release – features co-writes with Ilan from The Potbelleez and Benji Madden. Would his mentor Guy Sebastian get a look-in?
Adam Lambert‘s stomping new pop track ‘Never Close Our Eyes’ really should fare better than his soggy last effort, y’guys. But will it? I really feel like this is definitely more on the right track, even if it feels like we’ve heard it all before.
Listen to Glambert‘s ‘Never Close Our Eyes’:
Darren Hayes‘ fourth Secret Codes and Battleships single – ‘Stupid Mistake’ – hits Aussie radios this week. With any luck, our boy can pick up a bit of rotation with this stunning ballad. You really have to honour the commitment Dazza’s making here with consistent single releases, collectors editions and bonus tracks. It’s so easy to just slap out a one-track digital single these days but for him, it’s always an event – and I respect that. ‘Stupid Mistake’ will be released this Friday in Australia and 7 May in the UK.
Paloma Faith will drop her eagerly awaited new single ‘Picking Up The Pieces’ on 21 May in the UK. Thoroughly thrilled to see the flame-haired vixen back in the game after her slayfest debut Do You Want The Truth or Something Beautiful?. The new album Fall to Grace - due 28 May – will feature collaborations with Nellee Hooper (No Doubt), Eg White (Will Young) and Chris Braide (Pixie Lott).
Alexandra Burke‘s next dance pop affair ‘Let It Go’ will arrive in the UK on 28 May with the accompanying album - Heartbreak on Hold - dropping the following week. I am slightly pumped to hear this next chapter in Alex’s discography. I know ‘Elephant’ and I didn’t necessarily get off on the right foot but I reckon I can make peace with it if the rest of the album compensates with more mega vocals?
Listen to the rather decent ‘Let It Go’:
Stooshe is starting to make waves in Australia for their catchy debut single ‘Love Me’ and from what I gather, there are definitely plans hatching away for a promo tour Down Under. However, it’s probably time they issued a followed up in the UK after going Top 5 last month. Look out for their second single ‘Black Heart’ which is slated for a 11 June release in the UK.