No change to the top spots on either the ARIA singles or albums chart this week, but Usher breaks through the 20,000 sales barrier on the singles chart – and that’s precisely where we begin our Chart Watch;
SINGLES : 20,067 copies to be precise. Usher notched up another week on top of the ARIA singles chart this week with his single ‘OMG’, but Taio Cruz is hot on his heels – his single ‘Break Your Heart’ rocketed up an incredible 14 places this week to sit at No.2. But with more than 9000 copies separating him from Usher, he’s got a lot of sales ground to make up in the weeks ahead. Taio sold 11,033 copies of his single, with Brian McFadden dropping back to No.3 with ‘Just Say So’ (10.726 sales).
Also making a move on this week’s chart is Eminem with new single ‘Not Afraid’. It’s up 12 places to No.4 with 10,438 sales, while B.o.B’s first single ‘Nothin’ On You’ drops to No.5 with 9877 sales.
Warner’s decision to rush B.o.B’s second single ‘Airplanes’ to Aussie digital retail is paying dividends – it’s up to No.7 in just it’s second week on the chart. 9431 peeps snapped it up last week.
Vanessa Amorosi’s single ‘Mr Mysterious’, now a certified gold single, drops from No.4 to No.12, while Ke$ha looks set for another top ten berth with her new track ‘Your Love Is My Drug’ – up to No.13.
David Guetta’s also back into the top 20 – this time with his single ‘Gettin’ Over You’ moving up seven places to No.18.
Finally Sony gives the green light for a debut for Christina Aguilera’s single ‘Not Myself Tonight’. In at No.22 in it’s first week, the single sold a respectable 4287 copies, just over 300 copies behind the No.21 position.
Stan Walker’s new single ‘Unbroken’ reaches a new peak of No.24 (3933 sales), while the Amy Meredith boys debut in the top 50 at No.27 with their latest track ‘Lying’ (3440 copies) and the cast of Channel 10’s Glee aren’t far behind with their version of ‘Like A Prayer’ (3380 copies) at No.28.
k.d.Lang’s ‘Hallelujah’ suffers a post-Logies plummet, dropping 17 spots to No.30, while Rihanna’s new single ‘Te Amo’ hits the top 50 for the first time – up from No.60 last week to No.35 this week.
Outside the top 50, Angus & Julia Stone are poised to strike with their latest ‘Big Jet Plane’. It’s up from No.73 to No.51 this week with 1753 sales. Scouting For Girls also ready to stake a claim on the top 50 with ‘This Ain’t A Love Song’. The former UK No.1 single is up 28 spots to No.55 this week.
Ou Est Le Swimming Pool debuts in the top 100 at No.56 with ‘Dance The Way I Feel’ (1568 sales), while Cheryl Cole moves up the order with ‘Fight For This Love’ – it’s up 12 spots to No.64 – and Calvin Harris rockets his way into the top 100 at No.65 with ‘You Used To Hold Me’ (1321 sales).
Boy & Bear pops in at No.66 with the ‘With Emperor Antarctica’ EP (1318 sales), Washington debuts at No.70 with ‘Rich Kids’ (1230 sales) and Lisa Mitchell is in at No.81 with ‘Oh! Hark!’.
There’s a debut for Orianthi at No.85 with ‘Shut Up & Kiss Me’ (869 sales), Powderfinger at No.87 (‘Sail The Wildest Stretch’ – 842 sales) and LMFAO at No.89 (‘Shots’ – 832 sales).
More debuts come from the Rogue Traders at No.95 (‘Would You Raise Your Hands’ with 757 sales) and the Glee Cast’s rendition of ‘Like A Virgin’ at No.99 (726 sales).
ALBUMS : On the albums side of the draw, it’s k.d.Lang once more who’s got the No.1 position all sewn up – and by more than 700 copies this week. k.d’s 14,239 sales to Susan Boyle’s 13,459 sales.
Michael Buble may have moves up into the No.3 position, but he’s a long way back on sales. ‘Crazy Love’ bagged 7672 copies last week (just 63 copies ahead of AC/DC back in No.4).
The cast of Glee’s Madonna EP is up to No.10 with 5106 sales and Pink’s ‘Funhouse’ shows no signs of slowing down – even after an incredible 81 weeks on the chart. Up to No.14 with 2626 sales. Movement too for David Hobson’s album ‘Enchanted Way’ – up seven spots to No.18 (2316 sales).
Outside the top 20, Tina Arena’s belated promo tour does the trick – her ‘Live : The Onstage Collection’ moves into the top 50, jumping 30 places to No.22 (2087 sales), while Usher’s album ‘Raymond V Raymond’ also rises again on the back of his No.1 single success.
There’s a debut at No.28 for The Dead Weather (‘Sea Of Cowards’ with 1627 sales) and a big second week slide for British India – down 23 spots to No.33.
The National is in at No.41 with new album ‘High Violet’ (1325 sales) and top 50 re-emergences from Michael Buble, Metallica, Guy Sebastian and Cat Stevens.
Outside the top 50, UNKLE’s album is in at (some would say lucky) No.69 (766 sales), Madonna’s ‘Celebration’ compilation celebrates a resurgence on the back of the Glee episode – back in at No.72 and Powderfinger’s best-of ‘Fingerprints’ debuts at No.74 (706 sales).
Foals debut at No.79 with ‘Total Life Forever’ (660 sales) and there are sales resurgences resulting in re-appearances in the top 100 for Roy Orbison, Ronan Keating, Bruce Springsteen, Lee Kernaghan, Vampire Weekend, Patrizio Buanne, Metallica, Billy Joel and Neil Diamond.