The fade slowly but surely comes off Eminem’s reign atop the singles and albums chart. On the singles side of things, he’s relinquished top spot, while on the albums side of the draw, ‘Recovery’ slips below the 10,000 weekly sales figure mark for the first time since its release. But there’s plenty more going on besides in this week’s Chart Watch.
SINGLES : British singer songwriter Taio Cruz has a No.1 Aussie hit on his hands! His latest single ‘Dynamite’ has taken advantage of Eminem’s softening sales figures and has popped over the line this week by just under 1000 copies. Taio’s 23,210 copies beat out Eminem’s 22,252 sales by just 958 sales, but it’s enough for the No.1 hit.
Katy Perry’s new single ‘Teenage Dream’ isn’t doing too badly either – selling 18,793 copies in the past week to retain the No.3 position, Flo Rida in No.4 bagged 14,747 sales and Usher popping into the No.5 position sold 11,062 copies of ‘DJ Got Us Fallin’ In Love’.
Ke$ha’s new single ‘Take It Off’ strikes a chord with the record buying public – heading into the top ten at No.7 and the week’s highest new entry comes courtesy of Irish outfit The Script, whose single ‘For The First Time’ debuts at No.12 with 5397 first week sales.
Australian Idol Stan Walker benefits from a selection of in-stores around the country, with his single ‘Choose You’ heading 33 spots back up the charts to No.16. But Taylor Swift’s single is down 11 after just three weeks of action.
Rihanna’s new single ‘Rockstar 101′ impresses – up 17 places to No.24, Taio Cruz’ ‘Break Your Heart’ improves ten spots, Jay Sean’s new tune ‘2010 (It Ain’t The End)’ enters the top 50 for the first time at No.40 and John Butler Trio’s single ‘Revolution’ rises six.
Brand new into the mix this week is Bruno Mars’ single ‘Just The Way You Are’. Now firmly implanted in the Aussie iTunes top 20 (suggesting a much improved chart position next Monday), the track is in at No.43 with 2063 first week sales.
Vanessa Amorosi’s new single ‘Holiday’ is also in the top 50 for the first time – at No.47 with 2028 sales.
Outside the top 50, things are finally starting to look up for the Potbelleez and their latest single ‘Hello’. After floundering in the 60s and 70s for the past couple of weeks, it’s finally showing some signs of life – up 17 spots to No.52 this week.
Little Red’s new single ‘Rock It’ also seems to be finding its feet – up to No.54, while labelmates Bliss N Eso surge with ‘Addicted’ (up 29 spots to No.58).
Kid Cudi debuts at No.60 with his new tune ‘Erase Me’. It’s in there thanks to 1387 first week sales. And local dancefloor diva Zoe Badwi’s single ‘Freefallin’ is in for the first time at No.74 (1212 sales).
Stan Walker’s ‘Unbroken’ re-emerges at No.76, Bag Raiders’ ‘Way Back Home’ debuts at No.77 (1092 sales), Paramore’s ‘Careful’ is in at No.89 (877 sales) and Soundgarden’s ‘Black Rain’ precipitates on the No.90 spot.
ALBUMS : On the albums side of the draw, as mentioned, Eminem might very well be there in the No.1 position still with ‘Recovery’, but with sales sliding below the 10,000 mark for the first time since its debut, could Katy Perry knock him off next week? Eminem sold 8800 copies of ‘Recovery’ this week.
Stan Walker will be happy with his No.2 debut – after a series of well patronised instore appearances around the country, the singer can hold his head high with 5376 first week sales of ‘From The Inside Out’.
The next best debut is at No.10 from another Aussie outfit – Miami Horror, whose sparkly new album ‘Illumination’ sold 2238 copies in its first week. Aussie No.3 debut at No.11 – Adam Brand and his LP ‘It’s Gonna Be OK’ (2194 sales).
Taio Cruz’ ‘Rokstarr’ is up seven places to No.14 and Klaxon’s ‘Surfing The Void’ gives the Modular team some top 20 chart action at No.15 (1626 sales).
The Essential Dixie Chicks are in at No.33 (1108 sales), David Gray’s new LP ‘Foundling’ is in at No.34 (1098 sales) and on the back of more promo (including a star turn on Dancing With The Stars), Vanessa Amorosi’s album ‘Hazardous’ re-emerges in the top 50 at No.35.
Ray Lamontagne is in at No.41 with ‘God Willin’ & The Creek Don’t Rise’ (972 sales) and Adam Harvey’s best of debuts at No.48 with 836 sales.
Outside the top 50, debuts for Blue King Brown at No.74 (576 sales) and Miles Away (No.93 with 428 sales).