Birds Of Tokyo came within a whisker of knocking Eminem off his No.1 album perch this week – they were just 343 copies behind the rapper. But on the singles chart, Eminem’s outselling Enrique by more than 11,000 copies. Let’s wrap it up with this week’s Chart Watch.
SINGLES : Yes, Eminem in the No.1 position is light years ahead of Enrique in the No.2 position on the ARIA singles chart this week – Eminem’s 26,680 copies of ‘Love The Way You Lie’ light years ahead of Enrique’s 14,923 copies of ‘I Like It’.
Usher’s making his way up the chart in a hurry with new single ‘DJ Got Us Fallin’ In Love’. He’s up seven spots this week with 14,387 sales, followed closely by Katy Perry’s ‘California Gurls’ at No.4 with 14,014 sales.
Flo Rida’s up into the top ten with ‘Club Can’t Handle Me’ (No.6 with 9916 sales), so too Taio Cruz’s explosive top five US smash ‘Dynamite’ (No.7 with 9787 sales).
Kylie’s promo tour pays off, with the single ‘All The Lovers’ reaching a new peak of No.13 with 5725 sales and Cody Simpson’s ‘Iyiyi’ is into the top 20 at No.19.
Australia’s love affair with Mark Ronson’s latest track ‘Bang Bang Bang’ seems to have been short lived, with the track sinking to No.31 after three weeks, while Angus & Julia Stone’s ‘Big Jet Plane’ flies into the No.34 spot.
Jason Derulo surges to No.35 with ‘What If’, Newton Faulkner’s flash-in-the-pan hit ‘I Hate Mondays’ slumps to No.40 in week two, Nickelback’s into the top 50 at No.46 with ‘This Afternoon’ and Brandon Flowers cracks the top 50 at No.48 with ‘Crossfire’.
Outside the top 50, 30 Seconds To Mars is surging with the single ‘Closer To The Edge’ – up 34 places to No.51, Ne-Yo’s ‘Beautiful Monster’ surges 36 spots to No.57, Bliss N Eso’s ‘Down By The River’ is up 16 places to No.58 and Kelly Rowland’s short visit to our shores sees ‘Commander’ up 20 spots to No.68.
The Potbelleez’ new single ‘Hello’ is one of only three proper top 100 debuts for the week – in at No.91 with 910 sales.
Lady Gaga’s new single ‘Dance In The Dark’ is in at No.93 (864 sales) and with a tour announcement, Gorillaz’ track ‘On Melancholy Hill’ is in at No.96 (845 sales).
ALBUMS : The Eminem/Birds Of Tokyo battle was a close fought one this week – but once again, Eminem’s held off all comers with his album ‘Recovery’. ‘Recovery’ sold 12,663 copies, Birds Of Tokyo sold 12,320 copies.
Once again, Kylie was a long way behind in position No.3 with ‘Aphrodite’ (6110 sales), but she’s doing rather well compared to the No.4 position – just 2887 copies for Angus & Julia Stone’s ‘Down The Way’.
Mumford & Sons’ Aussie visit sees their album ‘Sigh No More’ back at the pointy end of the chart – up 16 places to No.5 this week with 2654 sales, while Lady Gaga and Usher’s albums surge with desperately low top ten sales.
Last week, we told you that just 2000 copies would have gotten you a top ten album. This week, with sales remarkably even lower, 2000 copies would have got you into the No.9 spot.
The Twilight Eclipse soundtrack is down 11 spots to No.14 (1784 sales) and Jason Derulo is back into the top 20 with his eponymous debut – No.17 to be precise.
Basement Birds slump in their second week – down 17 spots to No.29, the ‘Journey To Regionals’ album from the Glee cast also slumps – down 20 spots to No.30, and Korn’s ‘Korn III’ moves down 18 spots to No.33.
Katy Perry’s album ‘One Of The Boys’ benefits from a sub-$10 price point and surges back into the top 50 as a result, 30 Seconds From Mars re-emerges at No.41 and Crazyfists debuts at No.47 (776 sales).
Outside the top 50, the ‘Step Up 3D’ soundtrack is in at No.61 in its first week (606 sales), Gorillaz’ ‘Plastic Beach’ is up 33 spots on the back of the tour announcement (601 sales) and the Inception soundtrack is in at No.67 (532 sales).
Laura Marling’s ‘I Speak Because I Can’ is back in at No.82, LCD Soundsystem’s tour does the trick – back in at No.88 (441 sales), Sheryl Crow debuts at No.95 with ‘100 Miles From Memphis’ (411 sales), and there are re-emergences from Cloud Control, Michael Jackson, Band Of Horses and Whitney Houston.