Despite having woken up at 4am this morning to do breakfast radio (side bar: we interviewed Ricki-Lee, squee with me later) then rushed off to my full-time job, I still found the good humour to kid myself into thinking I could actually bang out “a few quick blog posts” before going to a friend’s celebratory dinner. Exhaustion is an understatement right now.
Guy Sebastian declares war on love.
Fuck, I just had this amazing light bulb moment. In celebration of my obvious “career” highlight interviewing Ricki-Lee this week – why don’t we try to slot in as many RLC pop references as we can into this post. In fact, if you record a reading of this whole blog out loud then play the tape backwards, it should somehow sound like ’Raining Diamonds’.
The original Australian IdolGuy Sebastian has revealed the artwork for this newest single ‘Battle Scars’, which features star American rapper Lupe Fiasco. To be honest with you, any of the rugged and masculine chic images we’ve seen of Guy in the last two years could’ve all been done in the same photo shoot. It’s nothing you haven’t seen before, unlike the below class act with her giant piece of joolry.
‘Battle Scars’ was sent to media today and from what I’ve heard, it is major ballad of Toni Braxton‘s ‘Yesterday’ proportions.
We can probably expect the new album Armageddon to drop some time before this season of Aussie X Factor is through.
I have to say, the arse end of my Top 30 albums list was harder to get right than the all-important Top 10. There are so many splendid LPs and mini-albums that I’ve connected with this year – it wasn’t easy to objectively assess and rank which ones were “better”.
What makes an album worthy of the Feed Limmy Albums of the Year list is overallquality and how well the tracks play together as a collection. There are some artists that make great singles but absolutely flop at getting it together for an album. I’m not here for that.
2011 served some top-notch pop albums with dance/pop persuasions and that has in turn set the tone for my year’s soundtrack. Even though I went through months of “emoting” to break up ballads – see: Clare Maguire‘s ‘Bullet’ – there was always a fun party record or trashy pop album on rotation to keep me going.
As for the quality of the dance/pop releases – it’s hard to stand out in this pack when everyone’s cashing in on the movement. Our eardrums have been rattling to RedOne and David Guetta beats for years now, the hands-in-the-ayer dance urban fusion is quickly losing its summer sheen and we desperately need a revolution. We need dance/pop music with some major heart and soul, y’all.
Feed Limmy‘s Albums of 2011 (#30 – #21) features a number of uptempo pop albums that boast melodic extravagance, cohesion, and a good range of lyrical themes. There should technically be a song for every mood and occasion up in here.
Ricki-Lee‘s ‘Raining Diamonds’ rockets back up the charts from #96 to #23 this week, thanks to her no-expense-spared X Factor Australia performance and Sunrise jaunt the morning after. The track immediately leapt from #57 to the Top 5 on iTunes right after Tuesday night’s performance and the girl even became a Twitter trending topic worldwide.
The fabulous Idol star is putting the finishing touches on her album now – which is expected to arrive in the first half of 2012 – and word is, her label has already approved a follow up single to ‘Raining Diamonds’. There’s a few good tidbits in her auspop interview – go have a read.
Watch Ricki-Lee turn out ‘Raining Diamonds’ on X Factor Australia.
Jessica Mauboy and Stan Walker‘s ‘Galaxy’ ascends to a new peak of #13 in Australia, making this J. Mally‘s 10th Top 20 smash and Stan‘s fourth. Meanwhile, Jess‘ Get ‘Em Girls album plummets to #100 on our ARIA charts proving that she might just be a more bankable singles seller after all.
Susan Boyle has once again made her annual showing on top of the album charts with her third LP Someone To Watch Over Me reigning at #1 in Australia and the UK. The chairman cash cow of Simon Cowell‘s label made her maiden trip Down Under last week to promote the new album and voila for results. Over in the US, Someone To Watch Over Me debuts at #4 with opening week sales of 132,000 copies. SuBo will probably never recapture the hysterical success of her debut I Dreamed A Dream – which opened at #1 in the US, selling 701,000 copies in its first week. But I reckon she’ll be right.
There are seven new entries in our ARIA Top 20 this week and I reckon it’s only gonna get more competitive over the next few weeks with new releases falling like rain. Triple J‘s Like A Version 7, which was topping the iTunes charts for most of the week, managed to debut at #6. Other debuts include: The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 1 soundtrack (#9), Il Divo‘s Wicked Game (#11), Powderfinger‘s Fingerprints and Footprints (#15), The Getaway Plan‘s Requiem (#17) and Chris Tomlin‘s Glory In The Highest Christian Christmas compilation (#19).
Watch Angus & Julia Stone do folky cover of Nelly Furtado‘s ‘Say It Right’, which is featured on Triple J‘s Like A Version 7:
The Wiggles tribute album is probably the best thing them indie folk types have come up with ever. Making children’s music is serious shit, y’guys. There’s no fooling around with ‘The Hot Potato’. ReWiggled: A Tribute to The Wiggles debuts at #25 this week on our ARIA charts and it features the likes of Washington doing a very straight-faced rendition of ‘The Monkey Dance’, Architecture in Helsinki giving fluorescent realness in ‘Wiggly Party’ and Living End doing a rocking cover of the aforementioned spud song.
Ed Sheeran has himself a little Aussie hit in his hands, thanks to some promo work. The ginger strummy la la artist’s ‘The A Team’ leaps to #5 on our ARIA singles chart while the album + shoots to #21. Ed has so far earned three UK Top 10 smashes with ‘You Need Me, I Don’t Need You’ and ‘Lego House’ both managing to follow the success of ‘A Team’. His album managed to debut on top of the British charts last month, garnering opening week sales of over 102,000 copies.
Jessie J‘s Who You Are album leaps back into the Australian Top 50 this week, placing itself at #35. Interest surrounding the new single ‘Domino’, which is still lingering in our Top 20, has got to help. The Christmas cash-in re-release of Who You Are arrived locally last Friday – that will also help the cause. Over in the UK, Jessie J launches her fifth single ‘Who You Are’ today, so we can expect for the track to break into the Top 20 next week. Over in America, ‘Domino’ rises to #67 on the Billboard Hot 100, thanks in some part to her killer US X Factor performance.
Watch Jessie J wail the house down on ‘Domino’:
Lady Gaga‘s Born This Way is out of the Australian Top 50 for the first time since it dropped in May. The epic top-selling album drops to #63 this week but I reckon it won’t be long before we see the bitch fight back with a vengeance. The project’s next single ‘Marry The Night’ debuts at #88 this week. Y’all better have a ton of popcorn ready too because Gaga has just announced that the forthcoming video for ‘Marry The Night’ will be her longest mini-movie yet.
Darren Hayes‘ Secret Codes and Battleships does a death drop from #15 to #53 in its third week on our ARIA Top 100. I want y’all to stop rocking in the corner because we knew this was bound to happen as soon as all promo activity wraps.
Dazza – although admirable in his plight for a sparkling commercial comeback – will always be one of those pop artists with a cult following. Pick up for his singles ‘Talk Talk Talk’ and ‘Bloodstained Heart’ haven’t improved since the album arrived but then again, he hasn’t had a solo single that really grabbed the Aussie public since 2005′s ‘So Beautiful’. And that was boosted by interest surrounding the Savage Garden best-of compilation.
Listen to Darren Hayes‘ ‘Bloodstained Heart (Monsieur Adi Remix)’:
Kele of Bloc Party‘s new EP The Hunter debuts at #79 in Australia this week. The collection of six new original songs and a cover of Q Lazzarus‘ ‘Goodbye Horses’ arrives a little over a year after Kele‘s first solo album. The Boxer managed to peak at #35 in Australia and #20 in the UK.
Cher Lloyd‘s wigsnatching debut Sticks & Stones shows up at #4 this week, making it the second biggest new album on the UK charts. After the first two days on shelves, the album had already racked up over 26,000 sales – putting the girl roughly 4,000 copies behind SuBo. Over at the singles bar, ‘With Ur Love’ dips a little to #6 in its second week while her fierce chart topping smash ‘Swagger Jagger’ rockets back up to #41.
Here in Australia, they’re actually trying to launch young Cher again after ‘Swagger Jagger’ flopped disastrously. Basically two radio stations in the entire country added that shit. My friend auspop informed me that ‘With Ur Love’ has picked up some local radio love in the last week, getting added to Nova 106.9 (Queensland) and The Edge 96.1 (Sydney) – just to name a few. It’s already on course to fare better than ‘Swagger Jagger’ so we’ll see what comes of it.
Catch a glimpse of Cher Lloyd‘s secret acoustic gig:
The Wanted‘s Battleground becomes the third biggest new release on the UK album charts this week, entering at #5 after selling over 25,000 copies in the first two days. The sophomore album’s a mostly consistent blend of present day boy band fodder. The best showing here is definitely the singles ‘Glad You Came’, ‘Lightning’ (although I prefer the Alias Radio Edit) and future hit ‘Warzone’ (which debuted at #64 this week thanks to interest surrounding the video/album).
JLS‘ big ballad ‘Take A Chance On Me’ debuts at #2 to become the biggest selling new single in the UK this week. The next major impacting new single is Pixie Lott‘s rather dated pop/R&B submission ’What Do You Take Me For’, which entered at a meagre #10. Both JLS and Pixie launch their respective albums Jukebox and Young Foolish Happy today, so it’ll be interesting to see where they end up next Monday. Right now, JLS‘ album sits at #6 on the UK iTunes charts while Pixie‘s record pulls up at #29.
Watch Pixie Lott‘s sleek ‘What Do You Take Me For’ video:
Next week’s British chart battle would also see two pop groups with two stunning winter ballads go head to head. In one corner, there’s One Direction‘s flawless ‘Gotta Be You’ and the other, The Saturdays‘ ‘My Heart Takes Over’. Day one on the digital shelves and One Direction‘s currently perched at #2 on the iTunes singles chart while The Saturdays trail behind at #17. Both bands will take up battle again on 21 November when their albums drop on the same day.
Looking ahead, 28 November is gonna be a nerve-wracking day at the UK X Factor camp with Kelly Rowland releasing the international edition of Here I Am and fellow judge Tulisa foisting an N-Dubz greatest hits compilation. Xtra Factor host and former show contestant Olly Murs will also drop his sophomore album In Case You Didn’t Know on the same day, while fellow series winner Joe McElderry launches his third album Classic Christmas.
Parade‘s self-titled debut album isn’t about to snatch any trophies, let’s be real about that. But the struggling girl band isn’t doing too badly right now with their record rising to #88 on the UK iTunes album charts. Can they keep it chugging along for the rest of the week?
Melanie C‘s new bruised ballad ‘Weak’ debuts at #29 on the UK indie singles chart. Despite the barrage of TV and radio promo in the last week – performing on Daybreak, This Morning and other places – the Old Spice couldn’t get the track to crack the Top 100.
Watch Mel deliver a knock out live acoustic performance of ‘Weak’:
Nicole Scherzinger‘s ‘Try With Me’ plummets to #29 in its second week on the UK charts. The ex-Pussycat team leader is relaunching her Killer Love album in the UK today with three new tracks, plus the 50 Cent remix of ‘Right There’, which was used to launch her career in the States.
Here’s what you need to know about the new recordings: ‘Try With Me’ – the Nervo co-write – is acceptable but not really on the level of immediate pop excellence like say ‘Killer Love’, ‘Trust Me I Lie’ is an unnecessarily dramatic ballad written by Diane Warren, and ‘Tomorrow Never Dies’ is a mid-tempo with a wistful Teenage Dream flavour, probably because it’s a Bonnie McKee co-write.
Little Boots‘ new single ‘Shake’ is currently placed at #105 on the UK iTunes charts after just day on the digital shelves. A feat she said she wasn’t expecting for a “six minute song with no video”. This really is a good Litmus test for Victoria’s fan base because there’s really been no promo prior to this.
Justin Bieber has the #1 album in America with Under The Mistletoe, nabbing first-week sales of 210,000 copies. The teen megastar also made history as the first Christmas album by a male artist to debut at #1 in Billboard’s 55-year chart history. Susan Boyle‘s 2010 The Gift was the only other Christmas album to ever open on top of the US charts.
Coldplay‘s Mylo Xyloto (last week’s big #1 entry) and Kelly Clarkson‘s Stronger (last week’s #2 hot shot debut) falls to #7 and #10 respectively on the US Billboard 200. Mylo Xyloto registered a 76% drop in sales (selling 104,000 copies in its second week) while Stronger slumped with 69% sales drop (selling 51,000 copies in its second week).
Listen to Coldplay‘s ‘Paradise (Fedde Le Grand Remix)’:
Rihanna‘s ‘We Found Love’ clocks its second week on top of the US Billboard Hot 100 and picks up even more airplay to support it. The single is still the most downloaded song in America, racking in 236,000 digital sales in the last week. ‘We Found Love’ also managed to top the US Billboard Dance/Club play charts.
Meanwhile, the Rihanna Navy is already going to work stanning for her next single ‘You Da One’. The album Talk That Talk leaked over the weekend and while I have no interest (at the moment) to hear it in web quality, everyone’s already saying that it’s better than Loud.
Katy Perry‘s ‘The One That Got Away’ finally leaps into the US Top 20, placing itself at #18. This chart upgrade was supported by growing radio rotation, which saw the song rise from #33 to #26 on the US airplay charts. ’The One That Got Away’ dips to #41 in Australia this week and #62 in the UK. Now that the video’s dropped, expect for the single to really pick up pace.
Listen to ‘The One That Got Away (JRMX Remix)’:
Beyoncé‘s ‘Party’ rises to #3 on the US R&B/Hip Hop song chart while her hubby Jay-Z reigns on top with ‘Niggas in Paris’. Looking on the overall Billboard Hot 100, ‘Party’ rises to #54 and continues to lead the pack of 4 tracks currently littered all over the charts. Further down, we have ‘Countdown’ picking up pace to #71. While ‘Party’ is the stronger performer on the American radio airplay charts, ‘Countdown’ is making waves over on the US dance/club play charts – rising to a new peak of #9 this week.
Britney Spears‘ ‘Criminal’ is still slowly happening in the States, rising to a new peak of #55 on the Billboard Hot 100. I honestly can’t see this song scaling the Top 20 unless radio comes around to playing it more. The song tumbles from #67 to #74 on the American airplay chart – not at all promising. ‘Criminal’ has yet to crack the ARIA Top 100 and as for its fate in the UK, we’ll have to see after it’s formally released on 21 November.
Wynter Gordon‘s ‘Buy My Love’ moves up to #21 on the US Billboard Dance/Club play charts. Almost in the Top 20 league, boo boo. Elsewhere, other exciting new movers in the club sphere include Anjulie‘s ‘Brand New Bitch’ (#18), Eddie Amador and Kimberly Cole‘s ‘Arrow Through My Heart’ (#32) and Chris Willis‘ new piece ‘Too Much In Love’ (debuting at #40).
I shudder to peep how badly this is gonna flop but burgeoning British girl band Parade are forging ahead with an album release anyway, despite only having one short-lived Top 10 hit.
The well-styled quintet appears to have the charisma, nerve and flavour to be the next best girl band – except, they’re sorely missing the all important right songs.
Parade presents a colourful and very current kind of teen girl pop the market could do with now that The Saturdays have ascended to appealing to twentysomethings and Sugababes are well over the hill. They’ve gigged hard for most of the year – supporting Shakira, the Black Eyed Peas and, come December, Melanie C. Surely they owe it to their ever growing fan base to put something out before this year’s X Factor girl band du jour,Little Mix, graduates and threatens to snatch serious wigs.
Parade‘s self-titled debut will feature their first single ‘Louder’ (a Top 10 smash in the UK) and delightful follow up ‘Perfume’, which I quite enjoyed (especially the Wideboys Remix). There’ll also be other future dance/club smashes in ‘Stars’ and ‘Rollercoaster’, coupled with some sensible heartfelt pop like ‘Rokstar’ and future hit-in-waiting ‘Like You’. Some producers involved include The Fairground (who has worked with Alesha Dixon), Greg Kurstin (Kylie Minogue and Kelly Clarkson), Sandy Vee (Rihanna and David Guetta), and Steve Mac (Aggros Santos and The Saturdays).
Check out the final Parade album tracklisting:
1 – Louder
2 – Like you
3 – Ticking On It
4 – Perfume
5 – Just A Girl
6 – Knock on My Door
7 – Stars
8 – Mr Right Now
9 – Shoes
10 – Pretty Ugly
11 – Weatherman
12 – Yes You Are
13 – Rokstar
14 – Rollercoaster
Listen to an acoustic performance of their album track ‘Rokstar’:
I quite like the sound of ‘Rokstar’ but it’s very much a grown woman’s ballad. Something you’d pitch to LeToya Luckett, not a bunch of teeny bopper girls dressed in floral tops and jeans shorts.
The girls’ label – Asylum Records – isn’t at all known for handling pop acts. In fact, Alesha Dixon was probably as pop as they went before they dropped her after The Entertainer flopped hard earlier this year. With a roster full of hip hop acts like Gucci Mane and Ginuwine, I really hope they know what they’re doing with these young ladies.
Not to piss on their Parade or anything [Editor's note: such a tireless pun] but is this album supposed to simply drop its raw ass on UK shelves with no single to support its release? An extremely questionable move, if you ask me. Especially given that their last single ‘Perfume’ flopped at #38 over four months ago. Ain’t nobody gonna turn up to this Parade.
Parade will release their self-titled album on 14 November. Are you on board?
Wynter Gordon‘s With The Music I Die debuts at #25 in Australia this week. I reckon that’s a pretty decent starting point for an upcoming artist who’s only had two official singles out here. For many Aussies, last week’s promo trip was their first real taste of Wynter. Y’know, finally putting a face and a character to the ‘Dirty Talk’ hit. Before this, she had only done dance music festivals and Mardi Gras in Australia. The TV performances on prime time programs like Dancing With The Stars and Sunrise were effective in a sense because it brought her some mainstream attention. Good news, it also propelled ‘Til Death’ back into the Top 20 (#18)!
With The Music I Die is only just kicking off. Her manager has informed me that they’ll be five singles from this opus – the fifth likely to be a new recording taken from the US edition of the album. There’ll be four new songs on that version, which Aussies will get when the album is repackaged here. So watch this space.
Over in the US, ‘Til Death’ rises to #20 on the dance/club charts after only three weeks. The six-track US EP comes out tomorrow. Now, I know there better another Wynter stan or two reading this. You guys need to check out this new Wynter Warriors fan Tumblr blog. Follow, follow, follow!
Bon Iver‘s self-titled album debuts at #2 in Australia, making it the highest selling new album of the week. There’s been loads of critical applaud for the album and honestly, I tried with it but I think I’m in far too much of a boppy dance head space [Editor's note: see above] to mellow out to his material. I can do Gypsy and The Cat mellow right now in this minute but that’s about as downtempo as it gets. Bon Iver debuts at #4 in the UK. Other mega new entries on our ARIA charts this week include Bad Meets Evil‘s Hell: The Sequel (#3), The Grates‘ Secret Rituals (#11) and Simple Plan‘s Get Your Heart On! (#13)
Pitbull‘s imaginatively titled Planet Pit debuts at #5 in Australia this week. Would you have expected any less from this rent-a-rapper of the moment? He’s had two monster hits with this album, including the current smash ‘Give Me Everything’ featuring a certain squealing power bottom on the hook. I’ve just had a quick preview of the album and some interesting tracks include the next single ‘Rain Over Me’ featuring Marc Anthony and ballad ‘Castle Made of Sand’ featuring Kelly Rowland (produced by DJ Frank E, who did Toni Braxton‘s epic ‘Yesterday’). Planet Pit debuts at #18 in the UK.
Beyonce‘s 4 is currently at #3 on our Aussie iTunes chart. I know some stans are confused over which versions are available on what format. Here’s the tea: the deluxe edition is only released here as a physical two-disc set and the standard edition is only available digitally. So don’t bother looking for a standard edition 4 album in stores. The current single ‘Best Thing I Never Had’ sits at #32 in Australia and rises to a new peak of #71 on the US Billboard Hot 100. Look out for a preview of the music video on her major Piers Morgan interview tomorrow.
Check out Queen B slaying it at GLASTONBEY today, performing her new tracks ‘Best Thing I Never Had/ End of Time’. Hurry before the ever efficient “Ms. Beyonce Knowles” pulls it down for infringing on her copyrightness:
Beyonce made history today as the first woman to headline Glastonbury in over 20 years when she performed to over 175,000 festival goers in the UK. Since the diva was all set up there already, she also did a live cross over to the BET awards where her performance was beamed to the American public. Ex-bandmates Kelly and Michelle were in attendance there so I don’t know where them rumours of a Destiny’s Child reunion at Glastonbury came from. Did you clock Tenitra at the awards? Look at that stunning beauty.
Watch Kelly Rowland‘s sexy BET Awards performance of ‘Motivation’. You can’t say she didn’t work for it:
Adele‘s life changing ‘Someone Like You’ ascends to #1 in Australia, chalking us off as the fifth country this song has dominated with a #1 position. In case you were wondering, the single also topped the charts in UK, Ireland, New Zealand and Scotland. The album – 21 – remains at #1 in Australia. Over in the US, ‘Rolling In The Deep’ is still #1 on the Hot 100. Move along, nothing to see here.
Lady Gaga‘s ‘The Edge of Glory’ continues its return back up the charts, reaching #21 in Australia this week. Over in the UK, the single jumps to #8 while the album Born This Way reclaims the #1 spot. The Fame also gains a few places, rising from #20 to #13.
LMFAO and Natalia Kills‘ ‘Champagne Showers’ debuts at #26 in Australia this week. Hey, y’guys. I guess this is our nation’s first formal introduction to Natalia. Please make her feel welcomed. Expect her to slay soon with ‘Free’ and/or ‘Mirrors’, whichever they plan to drop here after she’s done making small talk with this collabo.
Wes Carr‘s appropriately titled comeback single ‘Been A Long Time’ debuts at #33 in Australia. No kidding, last week I saw his Australian Idol winning single abandoned on a Borders bookshelf. Gurl, you know they’re closing shop, right? And there are people buying fixtures off the wall and shelves and shit. Yet, still nobody wants old Wes Carr‘s $1 CD single. Before you shake your head, you should know that it could’ve been a lot worst. Spare a thought for previous Idol winner Kate DeRaugo, for there were far more copies of her single left behind than his.
Calvin Harris and Kelis‘ fun new collabo ‘Bounce’ debuts at #34 in Australia while Sneaky Sound System‘s ‘We Love’ finally enters our ARIA Top 50 this week at #41.
Jennifer Lopez‘s Love? shoots to #15 in the UK thanks to the proper promo it’s now getting on the European side. She’s still flogging ‘I’m Into You’ and like we said before, the only reason why it has felt like a lifetime is because ‘On The Floor’ is still tearing it up hard on the charts and her label doesn’t want to show it up with a follow up just yet. Not that ‘I’m Into You’ is any real match. While we’re waiting patiently for more new J.Lo, have you seen this clip of her unreleased viral video for ‘Good Hit’?
I know it’s old news but I’m sure some of y’all haven’t experienced its eleganza. Silence! Class is in session at the Fierce Academy. Fingers crossed the full video will surface eventually. I’m thinking maybe for a repackaged edition of the album? Please let there be a video anthology disc like what Beyonce did for B’day. Of all the divas, you know this bitch can deliver some proper visuals.
Cascada‘s Original Me album debuts at #2 on the UK dance charts and #24 on the main charts this week. Ugh, so wretched. Good on her for making a career out of purveying vanilla dance/pop fodder that lovers of September can lap up. It really doesn’t speak to me. I thought she already had an album out when ‘Pyromania’ dropped last year but as it turns out, this is the album and the new official lead single is ‘San Francisco’.
The Feeling‘s Together We Were Made debuts at #22 in the UK. I really do like these guys and while I don’t usually listen to “band music”, these guys give good pop and they really do have a summery sound of their own. This is gang’s first album to feature duets with foxy mamas like Sophie Ellis-Bextor (British pop goddess and wife of bass player Richard), Roisin Murphy and 90s one-hit wonder Betty Boo (whose track ‘Virtually Art’ is only available on the deluxe edition).
Patrick Wolf‘s Lupercalia debuts at #37 in the UK. I’ve seen massive shop front posters for this album in a prominent record on Oxford Street – Sydney’s spiritual home of the gays. I have to admit, I am rather slack with keeping up with Patty’s discography. The last song I really got into was ‘Accidents and Emergencies’. The new album has been described as a really romantic record. Wonder what the new single like? Let’s play ‘House’:
Jason Derulo‘s ‘Don’t Wanna Go Home’ has surprisingly enough hit #1 in the UK, making this his second chart topper there since ‘In My Head’. The single has so far peaked at #5 in Australia and #14 on the US Billboard Hot 100. Good for him.
Parade‘s ‘Perfume’ debuts at #38 in the UK. They’re lucky they managed to scrape into the Top 40 with this one. Girl bands seem to be having a hard time over there right now. I mean, The Saturdays are kinda exempt because they’re arguably the most established British girl band working in this minute. Even so, ‘Notorious’has had to fight to regain its Top 20 position.
Speaking of girl bands Wonderland‘s self-titled album sinks to #58 in the UK. Y’all would be pleased to hear that JOY 94.9 – Australia’s only gay and lesbian radio station – has playlisted a remix of ‘Starlight’ on daytime. Maybe these divas can catch a hit here with the queens? Perhaps JOY should also start plugging one of the many twinky remixes of ‘Perfume’. I gagged with excitement when I heard it in a night club in Sydney!
Katy Perry‘s ‘Last Friday Night (T.G.I.F.)’ cracks the UK Top 20 – as expected – with a new position of #11. No pressure or anything but the first four Teenage Dream singles all went Top 3 there. Over in the States, the stakes are even higher for ‘Last Friday’. I’d be pretty happy if it doesn’t better its peak of #4 on the Billboard Hot 100 but bear in mind its predecessors ‘California Gurls’, ‘Teenage Dream’, ‘Firework’ and ‘ET’ all made #1. I sometimes forget how bloody huge this bitch is. Absolutely winning.
Rihanna‘s ‘Man Down’ rises to #58 on the UK charts while ‘California King Bed’ reigns at #17. Her other single ‘S&M’ is docked at #54 and ‘Only Girl In The World’ at #69. Over on the US R&B/Hip Hop charts ‘Man Down’ reaches a new peak of #13. You can’t tell me this diva isn’t winning either.
Keri Hilson and Chris Brown‘s ‘One Night Stand’ moves up the US R&B/Hip Hop charts to #19. It sure took its time, didn’t it? I mean, we’re onto the next single already, right? We’re all shakin’, windin’ and rollin’ now gurl. Elsewhere, Estelle‘s new single ‘Break My Heart’ featuring Rick Ross is steady impacting on the urban charts too, rising to #48. Y’know, this song taps into that retro soul glam sound we know Estelle can sell over in the States but I’m just not sold on it. This bores me. Check out the video here:
Britney‘s ‘I Wanna Go’ debuts at #37 on the US Billboard Pop charts and re-enters the Hot 100 at #89 this week. The tour is gonna help sell this one right, guys? So she has announced dates across Europe for the Femme Fatale show – are Aussie fans pressed that she won’t do any dates down here after the last tour’s “miming shock” fiasco? Would you pay to see Britney live? – remains one of the best conversation starters in a gay bar.
Robyn‘s ‘Call Your Girlfriend’ is now a US #1 dance single. Round of applause, please. Over on the dance/electronic album charts, her Body Talk anthology sits at #20. Another notable placement while we’re there is Junior Boys‘ fourth studio album It’s All True making its debut at #8.
Chart snack of the week:Romeo + Juliet soundtrack is currently at #106 on our Aussie iTunes, thanks to a special 10 year anniversary re-release. Do you remember watching this movie in high school? Had a total boner for Leo DiCaprio during class – and that, my friend, is a little too much information. Goodbye.
They’re still gearing up for the second coming of Parade. But we’re not far off now from catching a whiff of ‘Perfume’ on the charts.
This upcoming British girl group might’ve scored a Top 10 entry with their debut ‘Louder’a couple of months back but as short-lived as that was, they were certainly in no hurry to step off with a follow up single. The five piece is about to play a couple of Newcastle Upon Tyne gigs in the UK, featuring a line up of The Saturdays, Katy B, Tinchy Stryder, Nicola Roberts, Sophie Ellis-Bextor and The Feeling. That should give them enough exposure before dropping the new single!
‘Perfume’ being the band’s second offering comes loaded with “make or break” pressure [Editor's note: Limmy elaborates on this in the music video review he did a few weeks back - read it]. While we all wait with baited breath to see how the track performs on the charts, the girls have uploaded three stunning new ‘Perfume’ remixes which will be available when the single comes out.
Take a listen to the Wideboys, Moto Blanco and DNA remixes here:
How predictable is that Wideboys production? You’ve heard one remix by them, you’ve heard it all. Bankable as it is obvious and uninspiring. In other words, I like it.
Our British friends have been consistent in serving girl bands of late. But let’s not forget the great purge we had not too long ago with Girls Can’t Catch and Mini Viva biting the dust. Cautionary tale, ladies.
Here we have a fresh-faced five-piece on the block called Parade stepping out with their second single ‘Perfume’. Now if you look back on all the great girl bands who have had successful debut singles – their follow up singles have all been the real corkers. In fact, single numero deux is probably more important than your launching track. If the first one served to grab people’s attention, the second one has to feed them something quality.
Look at Spice Girls with ‘Wannabe’ and its substantially stronger predecessor ‘Say You’ll Be There’. Think about All Saints with ‘I Know Where It’s At’ then dropping a classic like ‘Never Ever’, or The Saturdays with ‘If This Is Love’ then blowing our minds with ‘Up’. They all had it loaded with the second single.
I am very much on the fence with Parade right now as I feel like – despite all the hype and blog love – ‘Louder’ really didn’t do it for me. The single managed to peak at #10, which in this day and age is pretty acceptable for a first release. Having said that, ‘Perfume’ stands out as a fun and distinctly flavoursome pop track for me.
I don’t get instant classic in the way I felt with all the aforementioned bands’ second singles but I do get a stronger sense of Parade‘s identity now than I did with ‘Louder’. To top it off, they look extremely likeable in the video and you can’t help but want to hang out a little to see what other cute stuff these girls have in store.
Check on three moments to beat in ‘Perfume’:
1) Hipster Parade.
Already the stand out in the group for commanding such style with the glasses and floral tights while positively radiating naughtiness. I don’t know to what extent were these girls all stitched up to represent a certain look portrayed in the pages of Dolly but cynicism aside about Hipster Parade – I like her.
2) Girls just wanna have fun.
I think fun is underrated. I feel like society comes down too hard on anything with buoyant pop melodies and bright colours in fear of being grouped as a teeny bopper. Bitch, there is nothing wrong with having teeny bopper taste in music. Live a little. ‘Perfume’ may have the hook of a coy jingle but like an effective jingle, it works its way pretty deep into the mind cavities.
3) Cute like that.
I’m getting flashbacks to Atomic Kitten feel good fuzzies when I watch this video, hear the tune and check these girls’ styling. They are like the modern day AK, sans the insipid covers. I feel like Parade was designed to target a younger herd, I’m talking the pre-teens demographic that The Saturdays are about to outgrow. Y’know, there’s definitely a market for them because Girls Aloud and Sugababes aren’t speaking to their style any more.
Parade releases ‘Perfume’ in the UK on 20 June. Plenty of time to get the hype around for round two or so we hope.