The Olympic Games is doing nothing to stimulate Britain’s album buying habits as the nation hits its lowest weekly album sales in 16 years. Rihanna‘s Talk That Talk has returned to #1 on the UK charts with just over 9,500 copies sold – making it the lowest weekly sale for a UK #1 album in the 21st century.
Elsewhere, American Idol winner Phillip Phillips scores big on the digital charts thanks to a placement in NBC’s Olympic broadcast, the Pet Shop Boys cops a chart fail with ‘Winner’, and J.Lo now ties with Katy Perry for most consecutive US #1 dance/club play singles.
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Justice Crew continues their second week reign on top of the singles chart with ‘Boom Boom’, leaving the rest of the Top 10 pretty much in peace. Will there be an album coming some time this year?
Florence + The Machine‘s ‘Spectrum’ EP has risen to #4 on the ARIA charts thanks to some radio love for the Calvin Harris remix. This is Flo‘s second consecutive Top 5 hit in our land – read: the best run she’s ever had in Australia.
Far East Movement‘s ‘Turn Up The Love’ (feat. Cover Drive) accelerates to #16 on the ARIA chart, making this the band’s second Top 20 smash from this era. This is also Australia’s first sighting of Barbadian group Cover Drive, who has successfully claimed three UK Top 10 singles in the last year.
The Veronicas‘ ‘Lolita’ is slowly easing its way up the charts, climbing to #23 now. I don’t understand why this isn’t a rapid fire success already? Perhaps the public just needs to be reminded of Jess and Lisa?
Havana Brown‘s vapid When The Lights Go Out EP has risen to #40 on the ARIA singles chart, propelled by the mind-numbing single ‘You’ll Be Mine’.
Ricki-Lee‘s ‘Crazy’ dips to #52 on the ARIA charts this week, proving to be her most unpredictable performer of this current era. Perhaps it’s the added emphasis on her album Fear and Freedom, which comes out on Friday, that is shifting focus from the track.
Christina Parie‘s ’16 & Unstoppable’ has dropped out of the ARIA Top 100. Sigh! Well, honestly, if I was driving this project I would’ve launched the two other killer tracks from this EP: ‘Ex Oh’ and then ‘Sorta Wanna Be With Me’. Kelly Clarkson vs Pink realness. Don’t deny yourself this goodness.
Elton John‘s Rocket Man: The Definitive Hits fires back up the ARIA charts at #37 this week, bolstered by his much-talked about Molly Meldrum interview. Meanwhile, Elton’s remix album with Pnau Good Morning to the Night sinks from #40 to #82. Ba-bow!
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Rihanna‘s Talk That Talk has returned to #1 on the UK album charts in what has reportedly been the lowest-selling album sales the UK has experienced since week-ending 22 June 1996. In the last week, just over 1.3 million albums were sold and that includes digital sales too. Back in that infamously quiet week in June 1996, only 1.27 million albums were sold.
Talk That Talk managed to sell 9,578 copies to go #1 this week, making it the lowest weekly sale for a UK #1 album in the 21st century. The fact that it even made it this far was apparently due to heavy discounting (as little as £3 in Tesco online, I read).
Conor Maynard‘s awesome debut album Contrast plummets from #1 to #6 in its second week, selling just 6,660 copies. The current single ’Vegas Girl’ is going down like a basement too, sinking from #9 to #19 in the just three weeks.
Lawson‘s new single ‘Taking Over Me’ is the biggest new entry in the UK this week, debuting straight in at #3 with opening week sales of 39,994 copies.
Florence + The Machine‘s ‘Spectrum (Say My Name)’ drops to #4, bearing 39,021 sales in the last week. Elsewhere, Stooshe‘s ‘Black Heart’ is almost out of the UK Top 10 – crouching at #9 with 22,456 sales.
Of Monsters and Men‘s utterly infectious ‘Little Talk’ debuts at #28 in the UK this week, selling a respectable 9,225 copies. The song has already made Top 10 in Austria, Germany and Ireland. It really is perfect for the summertime – definitely one of my favourite indie pop tracks of the year. It’s kinda reminiscent of Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros‘ breakthrough ‘Home’?
Cheryl‘s ‘Under The Sun’ rises to #36 this week, managing to pull only 6,957 sales in the last week. ’Under The Sun’ is now smack bang against its predecessor ‘Call My Name’ on the charts which, after a #1 reign two months ago, is now sliding out of the Top 30.
Emeli Sande‘s stunning Olympic torch ballad ‘Abide With Me’ crashes from #44 to #80 in the UK. Guess the post opening ceremony high was well and truly spent. However, given her reappearance at the Closing Ceremony to warble her solo version of ‘Read All About It’ – I wonder if this’ll be rushed out as the next single.
Pet Shop Boys‘ ‘Winner’ awkwardly crawls in at #86 in the UK this week. They didn’t even get a chance to flog this at the Closing Ceremony – but apparently, they’ll be more opportunities come the London Paralympics.
Paloma Faith‘s ’30 Minute Love Affair’ rises to #87 in the UK this week, gaining momentum with increasing airplay. The stunning moody single managed to rake in 2,667 sales in the last week.
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Papa Lim will shit his bell bottoms when I tell him that the Bee Gees have returned to the US Billboard Top 5. The legendary falsetto-abusing man band sold 32,000 copies of their Number Ones compilation to re-enter the US Billboard 200 at #5. Apparently 97% of the compilation’s sales last week were propelled by digital downloads. Not surprising given that Amazon was selling the 20-song set for 99 cents.
Joss Stone‘s actually back, in case anyone was wondering. Her new album The Soul Sessions, Vol. 2 has debuted at #10 in the US with 24,000 opening week sales.
J.Lo‘s Dance Again… The Hits compilation plummets from #20 to #43 in its second week. Elsewhere, on a far brighter stroblit note, ‘Goin’ In’ has dominated the US Billboard Dance/Club Play charts, making this her 10th consecutive Dance Club Play chart topper. The ferocious Latina diva now ties with Katy Perry for most consecutive #1 dance/club play songs in the States.
American Idol winner Phillip Phillips blasts from #47 to #1 on the US Billboard Digital Songs chart with ‘Home’, which was played endlessly during NBC’s broadcast of the Olympics women gymnastics feat. ‘Home’ turned out 228,000 digital sales during this particular week, which is almost as great as his opening week sales of 278,000 copies.
Brandy’s ‘Put It Down’ has risen to #23 on the US Billboard R&B/Hip Hop song chart. I feel obligated to update you on every movement this single makes. I would also inform you in great detail about Brandy‘s bowel movement too but that’s for a different blog.
Madonna‘s ‘Turn Up The Radio’ is cranking it up the US Billboard Dance/Club play charts, rising to #8 this week. Elsewhere, Nicki Minaj‘s ‘Pound The Alarm’ becomes the biggest new entry there. Further down, Paulina Rubio‘s ‘Boys Will Be Boys’ finally crack the dance/club charts at #48.
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Guy Sebastian‘s ‘Battle Scars’ (feat. Lupe Fiasco) becomes the most added new song to Australian radios this week. The massive bruised ballad is already #1 on iTunes since it came out on Friday. Check back next Monday to see where it lands – I’m placing my chips on a Top 3 entry.
Ricki-Lee‘s much-anticipated third album Fear and Freedom hits shelves this Friday but she has already uploaded the album in full on Soundcloud for fans to listen and tweet review it tonight. We’ll find out in two weeks’ time where it enters on our ARIA charts.
Jason DeRulo‘s new single ‘Pick Up The Pieces’ is the second most added new song to Australian radios this week. Meanwhile over in the UK, Delta Goodrem‘s ‘Dancing With A Broken Heart’ is astonishingly out there today.
George Michael‘s new single ‘White Light’ dropped at the start of the week and he even conveniently gave it a whirl at the London 2012 Closing Ceremony – of all places – when he could’ve given millions around the world a real moment by performing a beloved Wham! hit.