Sure, Kings Of Leon in the No.1 album spot sold more than 10,000 copies of their latest album ‘Come Around Sundown’ this week, but after that it’s all looking a little miserable for sales of albums in Australia, with this week’s No.30 album (Guns ‘N’ Roses best-of) not even selling 1000 copies – the lowest sales for a No.30 album since we started reporting sales figures. It’s all so dire. On the bright side, however, people still seem to be buying digital singles – and our No.1 is where we begin in this week’s Chart Watch.
SINGLES : According to ARIA, Rihanna is the only artist this year to jump back into the No.1 position with a single. Her tune ‘Only Girl (In The World)’ back into the top spot with a solid 21,285 copies down. Last week’s No.1 (Bruno Mars’ ‘Just The Way You Are’) is certainly no slouch – with 17,633 sales, while Nelly’s latest single creeps slowly higher in the sales stakes – just 166 copies in arrears.
Far East Movement is going places fast – their single ‘Like A G6’ follows the lead of the US and it rockets up into the No.6 position on the back of 10,826 sales. Taio Cruz’s single was just 69 sales behind that – and incredibly Cee Lo was just four sales behind that!
Duck Sauce’s infectious ‘Barbra Streisand’ popped it’s bill into the top ten at No.9 (10,675 sales).
Katy Perry’s new single is firing – ‘Firework’ heading up 22 spots this week to No.15 and 6529 sales. Expect this one to go even higher next week.
Stan Walker’s ‘Choose You’ soars a little – up to No.28, New Zealand songstress Brooke Fraser sees her single ‘Something In The Water’ hit the top 50 for the first time, up 30 spots on last week’s No.59 placing (3245 sales).
Sia’s ‘Clap Your Hands’ hits a new high – No.33 – on the back of its use in the ARIA TV promos. This beats her original chart placing of No.51 by 18 spots and gives her another 2993 sales.
Swedish House Mafia’s club banger ‘Miami 2 Ibiza’ is up 15 spots to No.24 and Taylor Swift scores the highest debut for the week (at No.45) with album highlight track ‘Mean’ (2253 sales).
Outside the 50, there’s a debut for the Glee Cast and their take on ‘River Deep, Mountain High’ (1895 sales), Bruno Mars’ new single ‘Grenade’ follows its entry into the Most Added list last week with a No.55 chart debut (1795 sales) and The Temper Trap’s ‘Fader’ is up 18 spots to No.57.
New at No.58 is Illy’s single ‘It Can Wait’ on local urban label Obese (1733 sales), while the Glee Cast debut again with their version of ‘Lucky’ (1361 copies).
Tinie Tempah’s in at No.70 with a little help from Eric Turner and their single ‘Written In The Stars’ (1353 sales), Taylor Swift’s ‘Back To December’ plunges from No.26 to No.71 (yikes!) and it’s ‘Bottoms Up’ for Trey Songz and Nicki Minaj – who are up 19 spots to No.74.
Stromae ftg. Kayne West are in at No.79 with ‘Alors On Danse’ (1118 sales), ‘The Sky’s The Limit’ for Jason Derulo – up to No.81, more debuts for Glee (No.89 with ‘I Wanna Hold Your Hand’ and No.96 with ‘Don’t Go Breaking My Heart’) and another debut for Keith Urban – ‘Long Hot Summer’ making it into the No.94 spot on the back of 1011 sales.
ALBUMS : While things may still be looking relatively peachy on the singles chart (with all but one top ten single selling more than 10,000 copies), here on the Aussie albums chart, things aren’t looking quite so rosy. Sure, Kings Of Leon still sold 12,591 copies of ‘Come Around Sundown’, but Triple J’s ‘Like A Version Vol.6’ in position two sold less than half that (5531 copies), John Farnham’s ‘Jack’ did 5118 sales and Rod Stewart’s ‘Fly Me To The Moon’ – the fifth in the Great American Songbook series – debuts at No.4 with just 4021 sales.
By the time we get down to The Script at position 10, we’re already three albums below the 2500 sales mark.
New at No.14 is Billy Thorpe’s ‘Tangier’ (1909 sales), Geoffrey Gurrumul Yunupingu’s album ‘Gurrumul’ rockets back into the charts at No.19 (1671 sales) and Jimmy Barnes’ ‘Rage And Ruin’ re-enters the top 50 at No.27 (1103 copies).
Hillsong used to debut comfortably in the No.1 position, but it would appear the pulling power of the church may not be what it once was – their latest album ‘Hillsong Chapel : Yahewh’ selling all of 924 copies for a No.31 debut.
Stan Walker’s ‘From The Inside Out’ moves from No.84 to No.33 (903 sales), re-entries in the top 50 too from Sia and Ke$ha, while Sugarland can’t match their No.1 debut of the US here – No.47 with ‘The Incredible Machine’ and just 748 sales.
Outside the top 50, a repackaged album and a tour have helped Katherine Jenkins’ album ‘Believe’ back into the top 100 – at No.65 with 577 sales, while right behind her is proof that the Hannah Montana bubble has burst – the ‘Hannah Montana Forever’ soundtrack only managing 566 first week sales.
Barbra Streisand’s ‘Ultimate Collection’ debuts at No.68 (541 sales), Celtic Woman’s tour pays off – the album ‘Songs From The Heart’ back into the top 100 at No.69 (536 sales), k.d.Lang’s best-of bounces back (No.71) and a few recent offerings and best-ofs heading back into the top 100 due to the low sales numbers. The No.100 album (Melinda Schneider’s ‘Melinda Does Doris’) sells a paltry 420 copies.