No need to front like you haven’t been doing the ‘Gangnam Style’ routine down the supermarket aisle.
This has been a good week for K-pop icon PSY, Amelia Lily, Taylor Swift and Pet Shop Boys.
- AUSTRALIA -
Thanks to the ubiquitous viral music video and accompanying iconic dance move, PSY has become the first Korean pop artist to crack the Australian Top 10 with ‘Gangnam Style’ debuting at #7 on our ARIA singles chart this week.
The song is reigning at #1 on our Aussie iTunes chart after it topped the music video chart weeks ago. I won’t be surprised if it wipes Guy Sebastian‘s ‘Battle Scars’ from the top of the ARIA chart next week.
The hilarious music video has been watched over 192 million times on YouTube, making it the most viewed K-pop music video in history.
Over in the UK, ‘Gangnam Style’ shoots from #61 to #37, turning out 8,955 copies in its eighth week. Things are also shaping up well in the States, with a debut at #64 on the Billboard Hot 100.
Five new albums assault our ARIA Top 10 this week, with three of them booking the top spots. The Amity Affliction‘s Chasing Ghosts race to the top, The XX‘s Coexist enters at #2 and The Presets‘ much-talked-about Pacifica takes bronze at #3.
Elsewhere, Kasey Chambers and hubby Shane Nicholson makes #6 with Wreck & Ruin, Bob Dylan‘s Tempest pulls up at #8 and The Script‘s #3 fails to add up to its namesake, debuting at #9 instead.
Rita Ora‘s Ora debuts at a tepid #24 in Australia this week, following a successful #1 break-in over in the UK three weeks ago. There’s probably enough hype percolating beneath her now to see this album rise in the coming months – ‘RIP’ has mounted a new peak of #18 in Australia this week, almost set to match the local Top 10 success of ‘How We Do (Party)’. The Sia-penned floor-filler ‘Radioactive’ needs to be the next single.
Amanda Palmer‘s new album Theatre is Evil debuts at #34 in Australia this week. The independent record took four years to write, around the time she made Who Killed Amanda Palmer.
Of Monsters and Men‘s My Head is an Animal debuts at #47 in Australia this week while the band’s amazing single ’Little Talks’ pipe in at #42. Incidentally, the ninth most added new song to Aussie radios. Expect for it keep growing as their global take over happens.
Timomatic‘s new single ‘Incredible’ rockets up to #27 this week, thanks to some healthy radio additions and feature on the X Factor Australia promos. The self-titled album tumbles to #30 in its third week, clearly struggling to compete with the onslaught of new releases hitting us this month.
- UK -
Amelia Lily‘s marvelous Xenomania-hemmed debut single ‘You Bring Me Joy’ looked set for a #1 debut early on in the week. However, it wound up entering the UK charts at a respectable #2 placement, with opening week sales of 61,461 copies.
The XX‘s Coexist debuts at #1 in the UK this week, selling over 58,000 copies in its first week. Their last album managed to peak at #3, at best turning out weekly sales of over 28,600 copies – so this is a decent improvement.
Two Door Cinema Club‘s Beacon fades from #2 to #7 on the UK charts. Meanwhile in Australia, the album also sees sales dim, sinking from #4 to #27 in its second week. Over in the US, Beacon debuts at #17 becoming their first album to light up the Billboard 200.
My future husband Joe McElderry‘s fourth album Here’s What I Believe debuts at #8 in the UK this week, rocking sales of over 10,600 copies. Impressively so, Joe’s now the first British X Factor act to have four UK Top 20 albums and three Top 10 albums.
Pet Shop Boys‘ lush new album Elysium enters at #9 in the UK this week, selling over 10,400 copies. This is not the Boys’ strongest placement in the land – I mean, 2009′s Yes managed to go #4 and 2006′s Fundamental did #5.
Meanwhile in Australia, Elysium debuts at #50 to become the iconic British electro pop duo’s tenth Top 50 studio album here. Albeit, their worst placement since 2002′s Release (which peaked at #62). The next single ‘Leaving’ – which is actually quite stunning – arrives on 15 October in the UK.
Ronan Keating‘s Fires gets all but snubbed out on the charts, faltering from #5 to #20 with just 4,950 sales in its second week. Here in Australia, Fires falls from #12 to #28 in its second week while the title track becomes the fifth most added new song to radios. Small victories.
Melanie C‘s first album of covers Stages takes a bow with an underwhelming #50 debut this week. The curtains closed on sales of some 2,326 copies – damn. It just seems like with every album, Melvin C is selling less and less. Stages just set a whole new level of low, like, beyond where The Sea trenched last year with 10, 979 opening week sales.
Ne-Yo’s ‘Let Me Love You (Until You Learn to Love Yourself)’ slights to #3 in the UK, clocking 55,937 copies in its second charting week. Meanwhile, the R&B superstar also appears on David Guetta and Akon‘s new single ‘Play Hard’ down at #22 – entering with 16,190 opening week sales.
Tulisa‘s second solo single ‘Live It Up’ misses the Top 10 to debut at #11 this week, collecting 29,545 first week copies. This is a far cry from her last effort ‘Young’, which made #1 with over 121,000 copies.
Conor Maynard‘s new single ‘Turn Around’ featuring Ne-Yo leaps into the Top 100 at #38, garnering 8,922 digital sales. God willing, this kid keeps on keeping on because I actually love this album.
- US -
Matchbox Twenty take out their first US #1 album on the Billboard 200 with North, rocking 95,000 opening week sales. Look, the placement might be impressive but their last studio album – 2002′s More Than You Think You Are – sold 178,000 first week copies, despite making #6. This is not exactly great.
Frank Ocean‘s Channel Orange gets a second squeeze in the Top 30, rising back up the charts to #21 following his defining performance at the MTV Video Music Awards.
Taylor Swift‘s ‘We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together’ goes back up to #1 on the US Billboard Hot 100, picking up 12% more digital sales with 284,000 copies sold. Her heartfelt charity single ‘Ronan’, which was launched at Stand Up to Cancer, debuts at #2 on the digital charts with 211,000 downloads (#16 on the overall Billboard Hot 100). TayTay is now the first artist since Ke$ha to have both #1 and #2 songs on the US Digital Song chart – think: circa ‘TiK ToK’ and ‘Blah Blah Blah’ in 2010.
Pink‘s killer ‘Blow Me (One Last Kiss)’ reaches a new peak of #6 on the US Billboard Hot 100 thanks to her MTV VMAs performance, which helped peddle an extra 114,000 digital sales. ‘Blow Me’ has now clocked over a million sales in the States alone.
Alicia Keys‘ ‘Girl on Fire’ blazes its way into the Billboard Hot 100 this week at #37. Meanwhile, here in Australia, the song debuts at #25 – making this her first Top 30 single Down Under since ‘Put It In A Love Song’ (which was never promoted as a proper single) scaled up to #18. ‘Girl on Fire’ is surprisingly the third most added new song to Aussie radios this week.
Beyonce‘s saucy ballad ‘Dance For You’ has strangely (read: belatedly) entered the US Billboard Hot 100 at #100, debuting on the US Airplay chart at #73. What’s with all this crossover activity after months of working the R&B charts?
Rihanna‘s new remix of ‘Cockiness’ with A$AP Rocky debuts at an unremarkable #61 on the Digital Song chart. You’d think that performance at the VMAs would’ve done something more for it.
Guy Sebastian and Lupe Fiasco‘s ‘Battle Scars’ gets a shock shut down in their second week on the Digital Song chart, falling from #23 to #69. It was like the most downloaded R&B/hip hop track in the land last week.
Kelly Rowland‘s slow jam ‘Ice’ rises from #50 to #41 on the R&B charts this week but disappears from the main Billboard Hot 100 altogether. The baby-making ballad has surprisingly been a hit on the South Korean international song chart, peaking at #25.
Scissor Sisters‘ flawless ‘Let’s Have A Kiki’ has finally claimed the top of the US Hot Dance Club Play charts after weeks of waiting in the wings. Further down the line, fire up the smoke machine for Pet Shop Boys‘ ‘Winner’ which kicks in at #38 and Mika‘s ‘Celebrate’ at #46.
- FUTURE FEED -
Robbie Williams‘ ‘Candy’ is the fourth most added new song to Australian radios this week. This is all such a sudden arrival for the masses who didn’t count on getting a Robbie comeback single so soon, so give them a bit of time before it starts slaying the charts.
Christina Aguilera‘s stomping new single ‘Your Body’ hit digital stores in Australia today but given the late service to media on Friday night, I don’t think it’s gonna impact well. It’ll be interesting to see how it fares in the States anyway, where she’s got a far more captive audience. Her big comeback album Lotus drops locally on 16 November.
Pink‘s hit-and-miss new album The Truth About Love has been reigning on our Aussie iTunes chart ever since it came out on Friday. Pretty safe to expect a #1 debut on the ARIA charts this Sunday? Her 80s rock balladey new single ‘Try’ is the most added new song to Australian radios this week. Expect a double touch down.
Carly Rae Jepsen‘s Kiss is also expected to make a strong first impression on the charts next week.
Nelly Furtado‘s brilliant The Spirit Indestructible album won’t rip through with continent-shifting sales but I’m expecting for a Top 50 entry in Australia and the UK, perhaps?
No Doubt‘s long awaited comeback album Push and Shove will drop in Australia this Friday and everywhere else on Sunday/Monday. Given that ‘Settle Down’ has gone down like a lead balloon, I truly hope most folks are saving their coins for the album – at least out of loyalty to the band.
Kelis‘ new album The Evolution of Kelis will arrive in the UK next week but no local drop date has been announced as yet. Suppose I’ll be looking to the internetz for a listen then.