A whole season must’ve passed beneath our feet, moons come and gone, colours of the wind changed, since our last Chart Feed – but I’m now ready to immerse myself back into a regime of tireless research on Monday nights.
Perhaps once the choir of angels performing their celebratory rendition of ‘You Bring Me Joy’ has ascended back to heaven, we can begin this week’s pickings of the ARIA, UK Official and US Billboard charts.
This was a particularly rosy week for Justice Crew and Conor Maynard, featuring new entries also from The Veronicas, Kelendria Trene Rowland and Scissor Sisters.
- AUSTRALIA -
Justice Crew has incredibly nabbed themselves their very first #1 single this week with ‘Boom Boom’ rising to the top of our ARIA charts. The Australia’s Got Talent-spawned dance troupe rebounded well after their last single ‘Sexy and You Know It’ failed to even crack the Top 100. ‘Boom Boom’ – written by Jay Sean - by contrast, is a platinum selling success.
The Veronicas are back on our ARIA charts this week with ‘Lolita’ ripping through at #29. The song became the third most added new song to Australian radios this week – expect for another row of wigs to be snatched when they kick up to the Top 20 by Sunday.
Ricki-Lee’s trashy fantastic ‘Crazy’ has amazingly bolted from outside the Top 100 to #46 in its third week. Can we expect for this to be a grower in the way ‘Do It Like That’ was? Our gurl is only just getting warmed up with promo now that her Fear and Freedom tour’s just a month away from hitting the stage.
Listen to ‘Crazy (Doctor Werewolf Remix)’:
Cher Lloyd has officially bagged herself her second Aussie Top 50 hit with ‘Want U Back’ (feat. Astro) finally creeping into the upper echelons at #49 this week. Much needed validation after consistently turning out strong sales on iTunes for several weeks. Stateside, ‘Want U Back’ has ascended to #12 on the Billboard Hot 100, thanks to growing airplay. Fuck yes, I love how I get back to blogging and find that Cher has pretty much taken over the States.
The Wanted‘s ‘Chasing The Sun’ might have a chance to sustain their fleeting ARIA Top 40 placement. The pumping uptempo is the fifth most added new song to radios despite having been on digital shelves for four months now.
No Doubt‘s comeback single ‘Settle Down’ crashes out of the Top 50 after just one week, sinking to #77 this week. Over in the States, similar story. ‘Settle Down’ sinks from #34 to #57 on the US Billboard Hot 100 in its second week.
Karise Eden – The Voice supremo – continues to reign on top of the ARIA album chart with her double platinum debut album My Journey. The young soul singer’s first single ‘You Won’t Let Me’ has officially bowed out of the Top 100.
Karise‘s fellow runner-ups have all enjoyed brilliant success with their own “journey” package albums too but this week, they all take a tumble. Darren Percival‘s Happy Home slides from its peak of #3 to #8, Rachael Leahcar‘s Shooting Star falls from #11 to #15, and Sarah De Bono‘s No Shame (easily the only one flaunting a proper radio-friendly hit single) sinks from #20 to #27.
Lana Del Rey‘s Born to Die album leaps back into the ARIA Top 20 this week following her well-loved tour Down Under. Expect a “Paradise edition” re-release in November with seven new tracks that Del Rey has frankly described as an “after thought” to the statement she was making when recording the album.
The Sapphires soundtrack enters at #17 on our ARIA charts this week, probably bolstered by some promo (Jessica Mauboy has been fluttering about to different radio networks). Expect it to inch further to the top after the movie hits theatres this Thursday. Mauboy‘s sensational new single from the soundtrack ‘Gotcha’ hasn’t captured the masses yet – it is the eighth most added new song to Aussie radios this week.
Jennifer Lopez‘s atrociously compiled Dance Again… The Hits debuts at #20 in Australia this week. What kind of self-respecting J.Lo playlist – let alone official major label release – would dare walk out the door without ‘Play’ tucked under its arms? I can’t endorse this fuckery. And that poor excuse of a DVD of music videos? Bitch please, you can go hard or you can go home. Over in the US, Dance Again… The Hits entered the US Billboard 200 at #20 while over in the UK it falls 10 places to #14 in its second week.
Elton John vs Pnau‘s Good Morning to the Night debuts at #40 on our ARIA charts this week. The dreamy synth pop collabo earns the Croc Rocker his eighth Top 40 studio album in our country in the last 10 years. Did y’all catch the scathing comments he made about Madonna in his Molly Meldrum interview yesterday? Elsewhere, Good Morning to the Night sinks 20 places to #30 in the UK this week – having already made #1 several weeks ago.
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Conor Maynard‘s stellar debut album Contrast enters at #1 in the UK this week. It’s quickly becoming one of my favourite albums of the year, y’guys. I’m trying to contain my fangurling. Meanwhile, the 19-year old’s second single – the rather questionable ‘Vegas Girl’ – is almost out of the UK Top 10 after just two weeks.
Calvin Harris‘ new single ‘We’ll Be Coming Back’ featuring Example debuts at #2 in the UK and #11 on our ARIA charts this week. This is the lanky Scottish DJ’s fourth single and still no album in the vicinity? Shit. At this rate, by the time he brings it out and tour it, then do a re-release with new tracks 12 months after (which he will) – this era could well have like eight to 10 singles. The next release will be a track featuring Florence + The Machine titled ‘Sweet Nothing’.
Stooshe‘s delightful ‘Black Heart’ sinks to #5 this week in the UK. The best thing about this single is the b-side, a feisty cover of ‘Things That Make You Go Mmm’ that recall the brazen ballsiness of early Spice Girls with the rock solid harmonies of All Saints. The trio’s debut album has been retitled to just Stooshe (originally dubbed Swings and Roundabouts) and pushed back to a 24 September release.
Cheryl‘s ‘Under The Sun’ rises to a new peak of #57 this week, bolstered by radio airplay and love for the video. The single package itself is not set to drop until 2 September. Can we expect more b-sides? I do love it when popstars do b-sides.
Misha B‘s killer ‘Home Run’ drops to #20 in the UK in its third week. I am crying, shaking and convulsing at these rumours that Misha will feature on the UK edition of Nicki Minaj‘s ‘Automatic’. The massive RedOne-produced banger is already one of my favourite songs of the year – how can you upgrade it even more?
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Carly Rae Jepsen maintains an iron-fisted reign on top of the Billboard Hot 100 with ‘Call Me Maybe’ still overruling any attempts to take over by Katy Perry (‘Wide Awake’ – #2, but has gone #1 on the Pop Song Chart), Maroon 5 (‘Payphone’ – #3, but #1 on the Hot 100 Airplay charts) and Flo Rida (‘Whistle’ – #4, but #1 on the Digital Song Chart).
Pink‘s ‘Blow Me (One Last Kiss)’ remains at #10 on the US Billboard Hot 100. Her new album The Truth About Love arrives next month – so needless to say, Australians will know no other records for the next 15 months.
Justin Bieber‘s new single ‘As Long As You Love Me’ (featuring Big Sean) bullets from #53 to #28 on the US Billboard Hot 100 this week. The song also leapt up the Airplay Hot 100 chart from #60 to #48.
Nicki Minaj‘s ‘Pound The Alarm’ creeps into the US Billboard Hot 100 at #92 at last – probably thanks to some radio pick up. ‘Pound The Alarm’ debuts at #66 on the Billboard Airplay 100 this week. *Does a celebratory stomping down the streets of Trinidad, dressed as a giant red Turkeyzilla*
Brandy‘s swaggerific ‘Put It Down’ (featuring Chris Brown) soars to #30 on the US Billboard R&B/Hip Hop Songs chart in its ninth week. I suppose that is promising, considering how long drawn out this whole era has been.
Kelly Rowland‘s back to making pussy-moistening R&B jams. She re-teams with Lil Wayne for another sexually descriptive jam titled ‘Ice’, which creeps in at #100 on the US Billboard R&B/Hip Hop Songs this week.
Prepare to make babies to Kelendria‘s ‘Ice’:
Kylie‘s ‘Timebomb’ has made #1 on the US Billboard Dance/Club play chart – further solidifying the Aussie pop queen’s untouchable status in the scene. Could your fave singing budgie?
Jennifer Lopez‘s surprisingly amazing ‘Goin’ In’ remixes are rightfully doing well on the club charts – rising to #2 this week. Elsewhere, Nelly Furtado‘s ‘Big Hoops’ remixes are doing the same too, swinging from #12 to a new peak of #7.
Madonna‘s ‘Turn Up The Radio’ is the biggest gainer of the week, rising to #19 on the US Billboard Dance/Club play chart.
Meanwhile, Scissor Sisters‘ defining ‘Let’s Have A Kiki’ is serving several degrees of remix severity to debut at #30. I love how I’ve introduced the trainee in our department to this drag anthem and essentially changed her life. Yes, huntee, that seat next to RuPaul in heaven is mine.
Two Door Cinema Club‘s new single ‘Sleep Alone’ has debuted at #39 on the US Billboard Alternative Songs chart. Their sophomore album Beacon will drop next month.
- FUTURE FEED -
Delta Goodrem‘s ‘Dancing With A Broken Heart’ has astonishingly become the most added new song to Australian radios this week. I suppose there’ll always be manic love for Delta there. The single drops on digital shelves this Friday and the songbird will showcase songs from her fourth album - Child of the Universe - with a special tour in October.
Timomatic will drop his debut self-titled album on 24 August. The slick 13-track collection will bear hit singles: ‘Set It Off’, ‘If Looks Could Kill’ and ‘Can You Feel It’.
Pet Shop Boys‘ dreary new single ‘Winner’ gets the full CD release this week with remixes et al. so y’all can expect for it to impact on the charts next Monday. Meanwhile, Joe McElderry‘s new single ‘Here’s What I Believe’ also drops this week in the UK. I’m sorry, husband, but I’m not holding my breath for a splash with that one.
Paloma Faith‘s second Fall to Grace single ’30 Minute Love Affair’ drops next Monday in the UK – joining her to step off the curb include Aiden Grimshaw‘s second single ‘Curtain Call’ and strangely enough, Sam Sparro‘s ‘Happiness’. Talk about a delay.
Celine Dion‘s threatening her first English studio album in five years this October with Water and a Flame – which will feature songs written and produced by Eg White, hit maker behind Adele and Will Young.