After a few weeks’ hiatus over the Christmas period, possibly our most loved segment on auspOp returns – the Chart Watch! And believe us when we say… we’ve missed it possibly almost as much as you! So without further ado, let’s commence our chart watch segments for 2010!
SINGLES : Australia has a new No.1 single since last we touched chart base back in December – and it’s the former US No.1 ‘Fireflies’ by Owl City. Maintaining it’s lead over all other comers last week, it sold an impressive 20,026 copies.
Former No.1 holder Ke$ha continues to sell, however – in the No.2 position, she’s comfortably ahead of Gaga in No.3, with 17,909 copies of ‘Tik Tok’ as opposed to 11,822 copies of ‘Bad Romance’.
Ke$ha also holds down a second position in the top 10 this week – with her new single ‘Blah Blah Blah’. It hasn’t been at radio long, but it’s already making an impact on the Aussie singles chart – hitting the No.7 position with 9713 sales in the bag first week in.
Michael Buble’s also up inside the top 10 with his infectious ‘Haven’t Met You Yet’ (it sells 8678 copies this week), while the Black Eyed Peas are knocking on the door of another top ten single with ‘Rock That Body’. It’s up to No.12 this week on the back of 6463 sales.
Further down, LMFAO is up to No.28 with ‘I’m In Miami Bitch’ (2940 sales), Muse rockets into the top 50 with ‘Undisclosed Desires’ settling at No.34 (2676 sales) and Timbaland’s in at No.36 (2562).
There’s also chart love (finally!) for Sia – ‘You’ve Changed’ comes in at No.42 with 2261 sales, while Neighbours’ actor Sam Clark has his debut single ‘Broken’ finally scoring a top 50 berth – at No.50 (1913 sales).
Outside the top 50, Rihanna makes a move with ‘Hard’ – up from No.75 to No.51 (1895 sales), Richard Vission is up from No.97 to No.52 with ‘I Like That’ (1795 sales) and Vanessa Amorosi gets the highest placing yet for new single ‘Hazardous’ – up to No.55 on the back of 1710 sales.
Amy Meredith’s ‘Pornstar’ comes in at an ironic No.69 (1391 sales) and Paramore scores a No.85 debut with ‘Brick By Boring Brick’ (1151 sales).
ALBUMS : There’s no budging Susan Boyle on the ARIA albums chart again this week – she’s a good 5000 copies ahead of her nearest rival in the chart battle this week. Her ‘I Dreamed A Dream’ set sells 13,630 copies, with more on the way thanks to last night’s special on Channel 9.
In No.2 it’s all about Vampire Weekend, with 8518 fans sinking their teeth into the band’s latest album ‘Contra’.
Ke$ha is no one-chart pony either – she’s now impacting on the album chart with her debut album ‘Animal’. It has to settle for the No.4 position, however, with 5802 copies passing through the registers last week.
Elvis may be dead, but his sales certainly aren’t – he’s in with a debut at No.9 with his ’50 Australian Top Ten Hits’ set selling 2823 copies, while Temper Trap make it into the top 20 with their album ‘Conditions’ – at No.20 with 1873 sales.
Grizzly Bear makes an appearance in the top 50 at No.41 (904 sales), the Gunners’ best of is back in at No.44, while there’s not much to report outside the top 50, except perhaps for a big chart jump for Kasabian and The Priests. Kasabian’s album ‘West Ryder Pauper Lunatic Asylum’ moves up from No.94 to No.61 with 720 sales and The Priests’ set ‘Harmony’ moves back into the top 100 at No.67 (657 sales).