It’s the first week that we haven’t had Eminem in either of the No.1 positions since mid June, with the rapper losing his grip on the No.1 albums position this week in spectacular fashion, with the top three on the albums chart taken up by debuts. On the singles chart, meanwhile, it’s the UK’s Taio Cruz holding firm – and that’s where we begin this week’s Chart Watch segment;
SINGLES : Yes, Taio Cruz is No.1 on the Australian singles chart again this week, but he’d better watch his back ’cause Katy Perry is snapping at his sales heels. Taio’s 22,027 copies of ‘Dynamite’ this week outsold Katy’s ‘Teenage Dream’ by only 1346 copies, with Eminem and Rihanna dropping off slightly this week to 18,577 copies at No.3.
Ke$ha’s making up sales in the No.5 position with ‘Take It Off’ – 11,847 copies was 608 sales ahead of Usher in No.6.
Bruno Mars rockets up the chart into the top ten with his debut solo offering ‘Just The Way You Are’. It bagged 7182 sales in its second week, while Birds Of Tokyo are also making some noise with their latest single ‘Plans’ – up to No.11.
Mike Posner’s patience is finally paying off with ‘Cooler Than Me’ beginning to find favour with Aussie music fans, moving up a further nine positions this week and now inside the Aussie top 20 at No.14 (4599 sales).
Good Charlotte gets the highest debut of the week for their new label EMI. In at No.17 with ‘Like It’s Her Birthday’ and 4378 sales. Expect them to improve dramatically next week, given the single is now inside the iTunes top ten.
B.o.B. is into the top 20 with new single ‘Magic’, Taylor Swift pops back in behind him and Cee Lo Green’s cussin’ smash ‘Fuck You’ debuts at No.26 (3423 sales).
John Butler Trio’s ‘Revolution’ moves up again, Linkin Park is back in the top 50 at No.44 and there are top 50 debuts for Bliss N Eso (No.45), Little Red (No.49) and Kid Cudi (No.50).
Outside the top 50, Zoe Badwi’s pop genius ‘Freefallin’ rushes from No.74 to No.59 (1595 sales), contestants’ audition songs on The X Factor has former chart hits surging again (Jay Z’s ‘Empire State Of Mind’, Lady Gaga’s ‘Bad Romance’ etc) and Snow Patrol’s ‘Chasing Cars’ pops back into the top 100 at No.71.
Washington’s ‘Sunday Best’ moves up again (No.96 to No.78), Brian McFadden and Delta Goodrem’s duet ‘Mistakes’ debuts at No.83 (1009 sales), Dane Rumble is into the top 100 at No.94 (875 sales), Swedish House Mafia in at No.95 (859 sales) and Alexandra Burke even poking her head back in at No.99.
ALBUMS : It was always going to happen – two big singles, a cheeky visit to our shores, scented product; all elements that have brought Katy Perry a No.1 debut for her album ‘Teenage Dream’. It sold a respectable 14,613 copies in its first week of sales. It’s the biggest sales for a No.1 album in Australia since July 05 this year.
A No.2 debut for Disturbed and their new album ‘Asylum’. They were less than 2000 copies behind Katy Perry too – with 12,623 copies in the bag.
Aussie rocker Jimmy Barnes is also celebrating this week – a No.3 debut for his new LP ‘Rage And Ruin’ with a smidge under 10,000 copies for the position. 9861 copies all up for the week.
Eminem therefore is displaced from the No.1 position – he’s down to No.4, while Children Collide make it four top five debuts for the week – at No.5 they sell 4109 copies of ‘Theory Of Everything’.
While a number of albums decline this week, the John Butler Trio surges 17 places to No.14 with their former No.1 album ‘April Uprising’ and the Dixie Chicks are up 15 places with their ‘Essential’ collection.
Roadrunner’s Murderdolls are in at No.18 with their new LP ‘Women And Children Last’ (1713 sales), Miami Horror slumps, Melinda Schneider surges, Adam Lambert’s down, John Williamson’s back into the top 40, Clare Bowditch slips and AC/DC are back. Yes, it’s a week of lots of ups and downs.
Outside the top 50, Klaxon’s album has plummeted from No.15 to No.54, The McClymonts are back in the top 100 at No.68 with ‘Wrapped Up Good’, The Pretty Reckless debuts at No.71 with ‘Light Me Up’ (662 sales) and The Eels debut at No.80 with ‘Tomorrow Morning’ (613 sales).
Also debuting this week are John Mellencamp at No.83 with ‘No Better Than This’ (602 sales) and Brian Wilson at No.95 with ‘Reimagines Gershwin’ (528 sales).