More flash in the pan sellers falling off the charts just as quickly as they came. You really come to appreciate what Adele‘s 21 achieved last year in anchoring the music industry, don’t you?
This week the sun shines on K-pop star PSY and his incredible viral single ‘Gangnam Style’. Guy Sebastian, Matchbox Twenty, Flo Rida, Ne-Yo and TobyMac also come through with the goods.
- AUSTRALIA -
Guy Sebastian and Lupe Fiasco‘s ‘Battle Scars’ spends one month on top of the ARIA singles chart, selling over 140,000 copies here to date. Better yet – the song has made a defining debut at #73 on the US Billboard Hot 100 and #23 on the Digital Song chart.
Flo Rida‘s ‘I Cry’ (see above) is the biggest new single on the Aussie charts this week, debuting at #3. This is his fifth single from the nine-track album Wild Ones, which has to date peaked at #5 in Australia. Flo‘s last single ‘Whistle’ is now certified six times platinum here, denoting sales of over 420,000 copies.
Taio Cruz‘s ‘Fast Car’ leaps from #72 to #28 in its second week here in Australia. This song’s not on the European edition of his TY.O album, instead it was done just for the US market. Not that Australia is a territory to shy away from getting American releases.
Rita Ora‘s ‘RIP’ ascends to #23 on the ARIA singles chart this week. Could her debut album Ora enter in our Top 30 this time next week? The album has found its way into our Aussie iTunes Top 25 so far.
Cher Lloyd‘s petulant ‘Want U Back’ leaps from #53 to a new peak of #36 in Australia this week, overtaking her last single ‘With Ur Love”s peak of #43. As of August, ‘Want U Back’ has already sold over 1 million copies in the US and UK combined, making this her biggest single to date.
Delta Goodrem‘s ‘Dancing With A Broken Heart’ leaves the ARIA Top 50 (sinking to #63) after just four weeks, making this her poorest performer since the utterly fantastic ballad ‘I Can’t Break It To My Heart’. This is not the business, especially with the album – Child of The Universe – in the pipeline. Sony Music Australia has been hush about a release date. Will they rush out a third single before proceeding with the album campaign?
Keith Urban‘s ‘All For You’ cracks the ARIA Top 100 at #91 thanks to utilisation on Channel Nine‘s House Husbands commercials, which was very effective by the way. Warms the cockles of my heart.
Matchbox Twenty blazes up the ARIA album charts this week with their comeback North debuting at #1. This is the band’s third chart topper in our country – only album they’ve had to not do so was their last one, 2002′s More Than You Think You Are, which peaked at #3 clocking an impressive five times platinum sales – so it’s not like it was a flop, anyway.
Two Door Cinema Club‘s Beacon debuts at #4 in Australia this week, making this their biggest chart success here yet. Their fantastic debut LP Tourist History only managed to peak at #44 here.
Ronan Keating‘s new album Fires enters at #12 in Australia this week. The collection of originals feature songwriting contributions from American Idol Lee DeWyze, Gregg Alexander (hit writer for Melanie C and Enrique Iglesias), and Rick Nowels (legendary writer for the likes of Belinda Carlisle, Jewel and Dido).
Over in the UK, Fires enters at an impressive #5 to be the third biggest new album in the land. Meanwhile, the accompanying single of the same name debuts at #76.
Timomatic may have had the biggest selling new album in Australia last week, but the self-titled LP slips from #3 to #13 in its second week.
Ricki-Lee‘s fabulous Fear and Freedom album drops out of the ARIA Top 50 after just three weeks, sinking to #55. The album is also out of the Aussie iTunes Top 100. Damn, what’s it take to get a bit of sales sustenance around here?
Oh Mercy‘s Deep Heat gets the cold shoulder treatment on the ARIA charts this week, freefalling from its #21 debut to #83.
- UK -
Rita Ora‘s reign took a shaking this week with Ora sliding from #1 to #3 on the album charts in light of two mega new releases: The Vaccines‘ Come of Age (#1) and Two Door Cinema Club‘s Beacon (#2).
Over on the singles chart – it’s looking far more severe: ‘How We Do (Party)’ falls from #3 to #9, ‘RIP’ tanks from #23 to #33, ‘Hot Right Now’ sinks from #51 to #75 and ‘Young, Single & Sexy’ slips from #54 to #93.
Ne-Yo scores his fourth solo UK #1 single with ‘Let Me Love You (Until You Learn to Love Yourself)’. The new single was produced by Stargate and co-penned with another ultra talented singer/songwriter Sia.
Pink‘s fierce ‘Blow Me (One Last Kiss)’ debuts at #3 in the UK this week, making it the pop princess’ first Top 3 smash in the land since ‘So What’ topped the charts in 2008.
Last week’s big singles performer, Little Mix ‘Wings’ tumbles from #1 to #4. Meanwhile, Cheryl Cole‘s ‘Under The Sun’ (see above) has finally cracked the UK Top 20, rising to #15 this week to be one of her slowest rising singles to date.
Former N-Dubz member Fazer‘s new single ‘Killer’ pops off from #17 to #38 in its second week. I don’t get the movement behind this single. I saw the video everywhere when I was in the UK two months ago but the single didn’t come out until like three weeks ago?
Jessie Ware‘s critically lauded album Devotion sinks #29 to #66 in its third week. Elsewhere, Noisette‘s new album Contact plummets from #30 to #84 in its second week. You really do wonder if anyone will be talking about these albums this time next week.
- US -
Lord Jesus, for the first time since 1997 a Christian album has gone #1 on the Billboard 200. The heavens parted for TobyMac‘s Eye On It, blessing it with 69,000 opening week sales to debut at #1. The last Christian album to go #1 in the States was LeAnn Rimes‘ You Light Up My LIfe – Inspirational Songs.
Alanis Morissette‘s Havoc and Bright Lights debuts at #5 in the States, selling a weak 33,000 opening week copies to be her sixth Top 10 album there. Her last effort 2008′s Flavors of Entanglement debuted and peaked at #8 with 70,000 copies.
In Australia, Havoc came in at #22 this week – unable to better Flavors‘ local peak of #17. Over in the UK, Havoc has predictably fallen from #12 to #75. You knew this was going to happen, right? Especially once all the super fans have bought their copies.
Carrie Underwood‘s Blown Away blasts back up the charts to #8 this week, thanks to heavy discounts on iTunes where the whole album was going for just $6.99. The result was 28,000 more sales.
Flo Rida‘s ‘Whistle’ somehow returns to the top of the Billboard Hot 100 for a second week, displacing Taylor Swift‘s monster-selling ‘We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together’. This take over is thanks to increased radio rotation, which sees ‘Whistle’ blow up from #5 to #3 on the US Radio Songs chart.
Taylor Swift‘s ‘We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together’ may have slipped to #2 on the overall Hot 100 but it remains the biggest digital song seller in the land, now passing 1.2 million download sales. ‘Never’ is also rising on the Radio Song chart, going from #13 to #10 in just a month. The song is now Swift’s quickest radio uptake since ‘Mine’.
K-pop viral single PSY‘s ‘Gangnam Style’ has hit #1 on the Bubbling Under Hot 100 and YouTube charts. The infectious track leaps from #74 to #49 in its second week on the US Billboard Digital Song chart.
Over in the UK, ‘Gangnam Style’ takes off from #149 to #61 in its third charting week. Here in Australia, ‘Gangnam Style’ is surprisingly the third most added new song to Australian radios – making this the first K-pop single to actually crack local media.
Passion Pit‘s ‘Take A Walk’ finally debuts at #99 on the US Billboard Hot 100. Bear in mind, this song was first released in May.
Kelly Rowland‘s ‘Ice’ cracks the US Billboard Hot 100 at, well, #100 and the Digital Songs chart at #56 this week. This is Kelendria‘s eighth solo Hot 100 entry and her first since the game-changing ‘Motivation’ peaked at #17 last year. The sassy star is said to be focusing on making a full-fledged R&B album now for her fourth solo record. She has already done a photo shoot for the album but no name or date has been confirmed as yet. There’s not even a video out for ‘Ice’ yet.
Alicia Keys‘ lukewarm comeback single ‘Girl On Fire’ lights up at #67 on the US Billboard R&B/Hip Hop chart this week. Expect it to improve when we check back next week with some post-MTV VMAs buzz.
Usher‘s ‘Scream’ has finally taken over the top of the Hot Dance/Club Play charts. Coming up close behind is Scissor Sisters‘ ‘Let’s Have A Kiki’, now clocking a new peak of #2. Elsewhere, Nicki Minaj‘s ‘Pound The Alarm’ blasts from #12 to #5 while Pink‘s addictive ‘Blow Me (One Last Kiss)’ races from #27 to #18.
- FUTURE FEED -
Amelia Lily‘s ‘You Bring Me Joy’ drops this week and so far, in the first 24 hours it has already gone #1 on iTunes. Shit is looking good for this Xenomania-hemmed pocket pop rocket.
Tulisa‘s ‘Live It Up’ (above) comes out in the UK today, so expect for it to enter in the Top 10 this time next week – thanks to her X Factor gig and strong fan base, which I never get. Her self titled debut solo album drops on 26 November, preceded by a third single titled ‘Skeletons’.
Pet Shop Boys‘ cinematic electropop extravaganza Elysium is out today. Not holding my breath for an Aussie Top 100 breakthrough but in the UK, given their cult status, massive first week sales should propel them into the Top 20.
Melanie C‘s Stages is out in the UK today, her last album The Sea became her second solo album to miss the Top 40 – managing only to peak at #45. Stages somehow managed to cracked our Australian iTunes Top 100, rising to #95 on its first day out. So apparently a few of us here Down Under do give a shit about Old Sporty’s upmarket musical theatre showcase.
Joe McElderry‘s Here’s What I Believe is out in the UK this week. It’s my future husband’s fourth studio LP, making him the UK X Factor winner with the most albums released to date.
Kimbra‘s ‘Two Way street’ is set to drop in the UK on 17 September. She’s set to premiere a new music video on 12 September – y’all can see stills on her Facebook page now. The Kiwi songbird is never one to turn out a less than visually flawless video, so I’m gagging to see this.
Nicki Minaj will drop ‘Va Va Voom’ as her next UK single on 8 October, despite early rumours that it would be a new remix of ‘Automatic’ featuring fierce femmecee Misha B.