WARNING – This week’s ARIA wrap features a little swear word – and while we don’t ordinarily allow swears into the auspOp column inches, it’s the title of a track. Bloody Lily Allen and her potty mouth!
SINGLES : Flo Rida and his No.1 single ‘Right Round’ continues to sell in Australia – and after selling 13,577 copies of the track last week, he notches up another 13,883 copies this week. Taylor Swift holds firm at No.2 (10,206 copies), while Beyonce’s ‘Halo’ begins to make an impact down at No.3 and Lily Allen’s ‘The Fear’ kicks in on the back of her promo tour, jumping up to No.4, selling 8938 copies, exactly 500 of them physically. Short Stack’s ‘Princess’ leaps in at No.11 with 5041 copies, while T.I’s ‘Dead And Gone’ reaches No.15 with sales of 4361. Andre Rieu meanwhile was just one single sale behind in No.16, all of them physical copies sold out of stores. Lily Allen debuts in the No.35 position with her syrupy-sweet ‘Fuck You’ bagging 2070 digital sales, while Beyonce’s ‘Diva’ bags a No.47 debut.
PHYSICAL SINGLES : Over on the physical side of things, there’s Andre Rieu, perched atop with violin in hand, with 4360 copies of his single ‘Yours Forever’ flying out the door of retail establishments across the country. Taylor Swift held steady here at No.2, while Short Stack’s ‘Princess’ found favour with it’s target audience, debuting at No.3 here following 1171 physical sales. Elsewhere, Bruce Woodley’s stirring rendition of the unofficial anthem ‘I Am Australian’ debuts at No.26 following it’s appearance on the bushfire remembrance telecast. And which were the sneaky little retailers who decided to sell Wes Carr’s new CD single ‘Feels Like Whoa’ early last week? 46 copies were sold before they were to officially go on sale – Sony Music won’t be happy.
DIGITAL TRACKS : And digitally, it was all about Flo Rida – more than five and a half thousand copies ahead of Taylor Swift in digital sales last week with his mammoth hit ‘Right Round’. Short Stack’s new single ‘Princess’ pOps in at No.12 (3838 digital sales) while U2 re-enter the top 50 with ‘Get On Your Boots’ peaking at No.23 (a 133 place jump on last week). Jessica Mauboy now scrapes into the digital chart with her third single ‘Been Waiting’ coming in at No.50, nabbing 1376 digital sales.
ALBUMS : 29,963 copies – that’s how many copies of U2’s album were sold in Australia last week to give the Irish supergroup their 11th No.1 album down under. Although the group’s album has been certified platinum (70,000+ copies), this figure represents the number of copies that shipped from the warehouse into stores throughout the country. Lily Allen stayed put in the No.2 position, and on the back of her Aussie promo tour, notched up another 10,128 sales of her awesome album ‘It’s Not Me, It’s You’. Kings Of Leon move back up to No.3 this week on the eve of their Aussie tour, with another 7554 copies of their album ‘Only By The Night’, while last week’s No.1, Natalie Bassingthwaighte, pOps down to No.4 on the back of another 6982 album sales. Further down the list, Chris Isaak is a tad unlucky, debuting just outside the top 10 (at No.11) with his new album ‘Mr.Lucky’. It sold 3472 copies for the week, just 284 copies off a top ten berth.
A big slide from Wrath’s album ‘Lamb Of God’ – slipping 12 places to No.20 in it’s second week. Kylie’s ‘Boombox’ debuted well outside the top 50 – at a lowly No.72, selling a mere 489 copies. Presumably most fans had already purchased it from overseas.