We’ve seen the charts light up like it was Christmas this month, thanks to the heavy flow of new albums taking over the shelves.
For only the second time in history, the entire top six spots on the US Billboard 200 are filled with debut entries. Here in Australia, we have eight new albums scaling our ARIA Top 20, while over in the UK, they have six.
Y’all can obviously expect for it to get even more competitive in the coming months as all the strong sellers come out to play for your seasonal spendings.
This has been a good week for Pink, The Killers, Carly Rae Jepsen, Kanye West and – definitely more than ever – PSY, the K-pop icon responsible for ‘Gangnam Style’.
- AUSTRALIA -
Pink‘s The Truth About Love has unsurprisingly debuted at #1 in Australia this week, instantly certifying double platinum the minute it left the gates. This is her fourth consecutive #1 album in the country. Her tender new single ‘Try’ is the biggest selling new single in the land, debuting at an impressive #8 to be her 20th Top 10 hit here.
Elsewhere, old Alicia Moore’s greatest hits compilation – which is conveniently displayed next to the new album in most retail outlets – picks up sales too, racing from #41 to #24 this week.
Over in the States, Pink‘s hit single ‘Blow Me (One Last Kiss)’ tops the Radio Songs chart. She’s never had a solo #1 on the radio airplay charts before. The only other time she has done it was with ‘Lady Marmalade’, which was co-signed by Christina Aguilera, Mya and Lil Kim.
‘Blow Me (One Last Kiss)’ also managed to reach a new peak of #5 on the US Billboard Hot 100 – making this her fifth solo Top 5 smash in her home country.
The Killers grab #2 on our ARIA charts this week with Battle Born becoming their fourth consecutive Top 5 album in Australia. Elsewhere, other new albums impacting our Top 20 include: The Rubens‘ self-titled LP (#3), Seth Sentry‘s This Was Tomorrow (#6), Clare Bowditch‘s The Winter I Chose Happiness (#11), Grizzly Bear‘s Shields (#17) and Kanye West Presents Good Music Cruel Summer (#20).
Carly Rae Jepsen‘s album Kiss debuts at #8 in Australia this week. Over at the singles bar, ‘Good Time’ (with Owl City) is now certified double platinum sales in Australia (for over 140,000 downloads), and her album track with Justin Bieber ‘Beautiful’ debuts at #48. She can, once again, thank the Beliebers for stanning.
Over in the UK, Kiss sells a meagre 9,449 opening week copies to crack the album chart at #9. Yes, all this despite ‘Call Me Maybe’ spending a month on top of the UK charts and ‘Good Time’ making Top 5. Meanwhile, her Bieber duet ‘Beautiful’ shows up at #68 on the UK singles chart based on downloads alone.
Ronan Keating‘s new album Fires surges back up our ARIA charts from #28 to #16 this week, thanks to his performance on Aussie X Factor on Monday. The sexy Irish man’s greatest hits package 10 Years of Hits re-enters at #68.
Guy Sebastian and Lupe Fiasco‘s ‘Battle Scars’ retains its airtight grip on the ARIA singles chart for the sixth week, thanks to stimulus from his performance on X Factor Australia last week. ‘Battle Scars’ is now certified three times platinum, easily one of – if not - the fastest selling Aussie single here so far this year. Guy’s greatest hits compilation Twenty Ten re-enters our ARIA Top 100 at #86 this week.
The Aussie pop prince’s latest studio album Armageddon drops on 12 October and for the first time in Guy studio album history – he’s doing standard and deluxe versions.
PSY‘s ‘Gangnam Style’ continues its slayfest move upward the charts, reaching a new peak of #2 on our ARIA charts. Looks like he’ll be cockblocked from the top spot soon by the lads of One Direction, who will drop their exciting new single ‘Live While We’re Young’ on Friday.
Rita Ora‘s ‘RIP’ picks up to #15 on our ARIA singles chart but the heavily hyped on album Ora plummets from #24 to #69 in its second week in Australia.
Timomatic‘s feel good new single ‘Incredible’ has finally cracked the ARIA Top 20, reaching a new peak of #18 this week. His self-titled album on the other hand, sinks to #39, and looks doomed to reach the bowels of our Top 50 next week.
The Janoskians‘ ‘Set This World on Fire’ makes a strong debut at #25 in Australia this week. The song goes out to local radios this week so expect for it to sustain in some way as word spreads about these guys.
X Factor Australia‘s clear winners – The Collective – are off to an extremely promising start, not only did they utterly devastate the competition with their debut live show performance, but they also tore up the ARIA charts accordingly. Their superb cover of Jessie J’s ‘Domino’ debuts at #35 on our singles chart this week.
Team XFAU has sent the Top 12′s ear-bleedingly heinous cover of ‘Call Me Maybe’ to local radios this week. I pray it has been through at least 16 severe treatments of Auto-Tune.
Robbie Williams‘ ‘Candy’ isn’t sticking hard and fast, debuting at a disappointing #89 on our ARIA charts this week. Radios need to get on top of this.
- UK -
The Killers rocked the UK charts this week with their new album Battle Born, which debuted at #1 off the back of 93,989 first-week sales. It’s the third highest weekly album sales clocked so far in 2012. Battle Born triumphantly raced past Pink‘s The Truth About Love, which wound up selling over 79,000 copies to enter at #2.
Michael Jackson‘s defining Bad album returns to the UK charts this week at #6, thanks to a refreshed 25th anniversary repackage. The buffed up set – featuring remixes, live tracks and rarities – turned out 11,475 copies in its first week on shelves.
Nelly Furtado‘s The Spirit Indestructible understandably cops triflingly low opening-week sales, debuting at #46 with just 2,637 copies. Her last English-language album Loose managed to bust in at #5 in the UK, selling over 33,000 first week copies but then again, it had actual hit singles backing its cause. Poor TSI only managed to send its first single ‘Big Hoops (Bigger the Better)’ to #14 on the UK charts, while ‘Spirit Indestructible’ is only getting released there today. The UK digital single EP contains an acoustic version and two remixes of ‘Big Hoops’.
Joe McElderry – more commonly known to my friends as ‘my boo’ – slides from #8 to #19 on the UK charts this week with his album Here’s What I Believe.
Pet Shop Boys‘ Elysium sinks from #9 to #37 in its second week, managing unremarkable sales of just 3,123 copies. The same album – meanwhile – debuts at #44 on the US Billboard 200 with its lead single ‘Winner’ shimmying its way to a new peak of #30 on the Dance/Club play charts.
PSY‘s ‘Gangnam Style’ turns out some continent-shifting sales increases this week, flying from #37 to #3 on the UK charts this week – selling 48,848 copies. It is quite startling that this song has made #1 on 33 iTunes stores around the world.
Tepid sales declines for 2011 UK X Factor pop princesses Little Mix and Amelia Lily. The winning girl band’s single ‘Wings’ tumbles from #4 to #7 in its fourth week, which isn’t that tragic considering the track record of most flash-in-the-pan TV show contestants. Amelia’s own debut single ‘You Bring Me Joy’ dips from #2 to #8 in its second week.
Conor Maynard‘s ‘Turn Around’ (featuring Ne-Yo) is turning fortunes around for him after his cringeworthy last single ‘Vegas Girl’ failed to stick around. ‘Turn Around’ leaps from #38 to #18 in its fourth week on the UK charts.
Tulisa‘s redundant career might as well fold up like a deckchair now and save us all some time. Her second single ‘Live It Up’ plummets from #11 to #24 in its second week, which obviously isn’t bovvering her seeing as she said she didn’t want a #1 single anyway. Bitch, quit frontin’.
Emeli Sandé‘s heartbreaking acoustic ballad ‘Clown’ debuts at #62 on the UK singles chart this week, making it her sixth Top 100 entry from the massively successful Our Version of Events. The album will be re-released with three new tracks, a remix, and her Olympic ballad ‘Abide with Me’ on 8 October.
- US -
For the second time in US Billboard chart history, the top six slots on the Billboard 200 is dominated by debut entries. Top of the list is Dave Matthews Band‘s Away from the World, selling 266,000 opening week copies to go #1, followed by these fellow newcomers: Little Big Town‘s Tornado (#2), Bob Dylan‘s Tempest (#3), The Avett Brothers‘ The Carpenter (#4), The xx‘s Coexist (#5), and ZZ Top‘s La Futura (#6).
Maroon 5 snaps up their third ever #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 this week with ‘One More Night’. The song has been lingering about for 13 weeks, but still did better than the band’s last single ‘Payphone’ – which spent its first 19 weeks in the Top 10 and never went further than #2. The key contributor to ‘One More Night”s sudden rise to #1 is increased radio airplay (surging #11 to #5 on the airplay charts). It is also the third biggest song on the digital charts.
PSY‘s ‘Gangnam Style’ could well penetrate the Top 10 next week. After a defining US TV debut, appearing on The Ellen Degeneres Show, Today Show, and season premiere of Saturday Night Live, ‘Gangname Style’ vaulted from #64 to #11 on the US Billboard Hot 100. ‘Gangnam Style’ has also interestingly enough cracked the US Airplay charts at #68 – yes, novelty K-pop on the radios.
Kanye West‘s new single ‘Clique’ (featuring Jay-Z and Big Sean) makes a defining leap from #55 to #12 on the US Billboard Hot 100. The song vaults to #2 on the US Digital Song chart, denied the top spot by none other than Taylor Swift’s ‘We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together’ – which sold 226,000 downloads to hold the crown. ‘Clique’ turned out 209,000 digital copies.
Alicia Keys‘ comeback single ‘Girl on Fire’ dips slightly to #40 on the Billboard Hot 100 in its second week. Things are looking better on the R&B/Hip Hop song chart where it bullets from #50 to #20. The Inferno version (featuring Nicki Minaj) rises to #20 in Australia this week, making this the most successful first single she’s had from any album since ‘No One’ (circa As I Am).
Olly Murs has his first US Billboard Hot 100 breakthrough with ‘Heart Skips a Beat’ debuting at #96 this week. The single previously made #1 in the UK in August last year. Like clockwork, we’re getting a new Olly album by the year’s end. Mark your diaries: 3 December – Right Place Right Time.
Brandy‘s on-point new single ‘Wildest Dreams’ debuts at #93 on the R&B/Hip Hop song chart this week. Elsewhere, its predecessor ‘Put It Down’ (featuring Chris Brown) climbs up to #11.
Florence + The Machine‘s ‘Spectrum (Say My Name)’ crowns the US Billboard Dance/Club Play chart after 10 weeks in the game. Elsewhere, some noteworthy up-and-coming players include Swedish House Mafia (featuring John Martin)’s ‘Don’t You Worry Child’ (leaping to #19 in its third week), and Mika‘s ‘Celebrate’ (currently placed at #33). Y’all need to hear the smashing Robbie Rivera remix of ‘Celebrate’ – like tout suite.
Michael Jackson featuring Pitbull – those words should never be uttered but alas they are schlepped together for a 25th anniversary remix of ‘Bad’. The new version (remixed by Afrojack) debuts on the US Dance/Club Play chart at #42 this week.
Beyoncé‘s so-so remixes of ‘I Was Here’ finally show up on the Dance/Club play charts at #44 this week. I don’t know about y’all but the club cuts don’t quite turn the party for me. I’d rather just revisit the ‘End of Time’ mixes if that’s alright with y’all.
Melanie Amaro‘s grower new single ‘Don’t Fail Me Now’ debuts at #49 on the Dance/Club play charts. I think it’s actually perfect for the treadmill and haters need to give this a chance.
- FUTURE FEED -
No Doubt‘s splendid comeback album Push and Shove might make the ARIA Top 10 next week. Elsewhere, y’all should anticipate heavy competition from Mumford and Sons, Green Day, Deadmau5, Ben Folds and the 25th anniversary edition of Michael Jackson‘s Bad.
Conor Maynard might make a modest cameo on our ARIA Top 50 – Top 75 next week with his album Contrast. The album has been out digitally for months but the CD version arrived on Friday, which I hastily snapped up for a mere $13. Yes, $13. Poor Conor’s ‘Vegas Girl’ has dropped out of the ARIA Top 100 singles.
Katy Perry‘s ninth Teenage Dream single ‘Hummingbird Heartbeat’ is the most added new song to Australian radios this week. Can you believe this bitch and this album is still a thing? I am not holding my breath for a Top 20 hit given that this track has been out for over two years now.
Nicki Minaj‘s ‘Va Va Voom’ is the second most added new song to Aussie radios this week. I think the masses would quite comfortably take to it in light of recent successes with ‘Starships’ and ‘Pound The Alarm’ – even though the obvious mega hit for me has always been ‘Automatic’.
The Wanted‘s smashing new dance single ‘I Found You’ is the sixth most added new song to Australian radios. I suppose any other week and it might’ve seen a stronger uptake? Perhaps even if they had launched this song when they were here on a promo trip.
Christina Aguilera‘s ‘Your Body’ has been sent to Aussie radios – sadly it failed to make the Top 10 most added. I love how she served some intense truth tea in her Billboard interview, touching on everything from the new album Lotus to her chronic flop Bionic (which was “ahead of its time”).
Coldplay‘s arena-sized new single ‘Hurts Like Heaven’ might just impact the Aussie charts now that it’s been despatched to radios. Likewise for Hot Chip‘s ‘How Do You Do?’, Hungry Kids of Hungary‘s ‘Sharp Shooter’ and Bat for Lashes‘ ‘All Your Gold’.
Kylie Minogue releases the orchestral Abbey Road Session version of ‘Flower’, a beloved fan-fave demo from the X era, in the UK today. Goddess Min recently performed the lush track on BBC Proms in the Park.
Her classy-as-fuck The Abbey Road Sessions album drops locally on 26 October – featuring orchestral reimaginations of her finest songs like ‘All The Lovers’, ‘Finer Feelings’, ‘The Loco-Motion’ and even ‘Can’t Get You Out of My Head’.