Susan Boyle has pulled off a stunning sales result this week with her debut album ‘I Dreamed A Dream’ – and not since the debut of Pink’s ‘Funhouse’ album has a weekly sales figure been so high. How high? Read on in our weekly chart watch segment.
SINGLES : Young Ke$ha has secured herself a fifth consecutive week on top of the ARIA singles chart with her track ‘Tik Tok’. It thrashed all comers again, outselling the No.2 single (Lady Gaga’s ‘Bad Romance’ by more than 5500 copies. 19,238 people snapped ‘Tik Tok’ up in the past week.
In the No.2 position and rising one place was Lady Gaga and this week’s UK No.1 ‘Bad Romance’. It bagged a further 13,723 copies this week, beating out Stan Walker’s debut single ‘Black Box’ by 1452 copies.
Moving up into the top five at No.4 was Jay-Z with Alicia Keys and ‘Empire State Of Mind’ (10,525 sales), while Jay Sean once again moves ‘Down’ to No.5 (9701 copies).
Jason DeRulo and Guy Sebastian with Jordin Sparks both improve – they’re into the top ten at Nos.7 and 8 (8674 and 8442 copies) respectively, while former US No.1 Owl City is knocking on the door of a top ten Aussie hit with ‘Fireflies’. It’s placing at No.11 this week (up eleven places) on the back of 6866 sales.
John Butler Trio scores the week’s highest new entry (No.15) with his their new single ‘One Way Road’ (4726 sales) and Jessica Mauboy improves seven places with her new single ‘Let Me Be Me’ up to No.26 (2679 sales).
The ‘Telephone’/’Video Phone’ battle continues, with Beyonce ftg. Gaga song beaten this week by the Gaga ftg. Beyonce track. ‘Telephone’ up to No.30, ‘Video Phone’ down to No.36.
Robbie Williams breaks them both up with his new single ‘You Know Me’. It’s up into the top 50 for the first week at No.33 with 1891 sales, just 18 copies ahead of his previous single ‘Bodies’ one spot behind.
Timbaland ftg. Nelly Furtado break the top 50 too with new single ‘Morning After Dark’. It’s in at No.38 with 1825 sales, while two more top 50 debuts come courtesy of the Glee Cast (‘True Colours’ at No.47 – 1487 sales) and Angus & Julia Stone (‘And The Boys’ at No.50 – 1431 sales).
Outside the top 50, there’s a debut for Rob Thomas at No.52 (‘Give Me The Meltdown’ – 1385 sales), the Glee Cast are in action again with their cover of the Wham classic ‘Last Christmas’ (No.60 with 1252 sales), Lisa Mitchell’s single ‘Coin Laundry’ suffers a post-ARIAs slump – down from No.32 to No.73 (1057 sales) and the John Butler Trio is at it again at No.77 with ‘I’m Ready’. It sells 994 copies.
Further still, more action for the Glee Cast. ‘Imagine’ is in at No.82 (955), while Cassie Davis’ ‘No More’ rises to No.90 (865).
ALBUMS : Take a bow, Susan Boyle. No other artist has sold this many albums in a week this year. How many? Try 85,925 copies on for size. Susan scanned through in excess of platinum sales within a week. The album is now four times platinum (280,000 copies) after just three weeks on sale. Incredible.
Michael Buble, although No.2 on paper – was a long, long way behind. In an ordinary sales week, 25,708 copies would have had him across the line by miles, but it pales into comparison to SuBo’s figures.
Only the No.1 and No.2 albums sold more than 10,000 copies last week, with Foo Fighters at No.3 (9882) and Black Eyed Peas at No.4 (9762) a long, long way behind.
Finally, ARIA has given Gaga’s ‘The Fame Monster’ a chart all of it’s own. It makes a ‘debut’ this week at No.6 with 9299 copies sold, while volume two of the Glee soundtrack debuts in the No.8 position on the back of 9138 sales.
The Aussie tour is paying dividends for Fleetwood Mac – their best of moves up from No.36 to No.17 with 4712 sales and the best of Enya benefits from a pre-Christmas splurge – 4441 copies were scanned through last week.
Thirty Seconds To Mars scores a top 40 debut with their new album ‘This Is War’ (No.36 with 2965 sales), Chris Brown’s ‘Graffiti’ debuts at No.40 with 2849 sales and another top 50 debut comes courtesy of Timbaland – in at No.45 with ‘Shock Value II’ (2319 sales).
Not much movement outside the top 50 – though Hugh Sheridan’s album ‘Speak Love’ moves into the top 100 for the first time – at No.86 (1030 sales).