Pink sails away atop the Australian singles chart with her new track ‘Raise Your Glass’ this week, but over on the albums chart, the sales figures for a No.1 album in this country seemingly hit a new low.
SINGLES : It’s smile all round at Sony Music this morning with Pink achieving a mammoth No.1 debut for her single ‘Raise Your Glass’. The track becomes the singer’s first to debut in the top spot, and her fourth Australian No.1 behind ‘Most Girls’, ‘Get The Party Started’ and ‘So What’. ‘Raise Your Glass’ sold a respectable 23,742 copies on debut.
Rihanna falls a little further off the pace this week with ‘Only Girl (In The World)’ and 18,630 sales, but Bruno Mars is heating up in the sales race with 17,786 copies of ‘Just The Way You Are’ (it’s now No.1 on the iTunes singles chart) and Nelly has surged four spots to No.4 with ‘Just A Dream’ (16,077 sales).
Second highest entry this week is from Pitbull down in No.16 with new single ‘Hey Baby (Drop It To The Floor)’ featuring guest vocals from T-Pain. It debuted with 6518 first week sales, just 121 copies behind The Script at No.15.
Sony has finally allowed Jessica Mauboy’s single ‘Get ‘Em Girls’ to chart after a couple of disappointing first weeks. It has come in top 20, however, with 4825 sales.
And ‘Speak Now’ – the title track and first highlight single from Taylor Swift’s forthcoming album has debuted at No.20 with 4603 first week sales.
A little further down, Kings Of Leon’s new tune is taking a while to find its chart feet, shuttling back up to No.24 this week, while Eminem’s new single with Lil Wayne (‘No Love’) rockets into the top 50 at No.30 (3330 sales).
Far East Movement is in at No.33 with ‘Like A G6’ (2921 sales), though expect a much higher position next week, with the single now firmly ensconced within the iTunes top 20 and Bliss N Eso reach a new peak of No.38 with ‘Addicted’.
Enrique Iglesias with Nicole Scherzinger plops into the top 50 at No.41 (2481 sales) and Boyzone’s performance on X Factor last week did something their record company couldn’t – give them some top 50 chart love. ‘Gave It All Away’ is in at No.42 with 2426 sales.
3OH!3 debuts at No.48 with ‘Double Vision’ (2066 sales) and Adrian Lux’s dancefloor stormer slots into the top 50 at No.49, up nine spots from last week with 1944 sales.
Outside the top 50, Travie McCoy rockets up 29 spots to No.51 (1887 sales) with his latest single ‘We’ll Be Alright’, Akon’s ‘Angel’ is in at No.62 (1533 copies) and Justin Bieber debuts at No.65 with ‘U Smile’ (1439 copies).
Kanye West’s latest single ‘Runaway’ is in at No.72 (1277 sales), Sia’s ‘Clap Your Hands’ moves back up to No.77, Swedish House Mafia’s ‘Miami 2 Ibiza’ is in at No.79 (1211 sales) and John Lennon’s classic ‘Imagine’ comes in at No.85 (1140 copies).
Trey Songz ftg. Nicki Minaj debut at No.88 with ‘Bottoms Up’ (1120 sales), Michael Buble is in at No.91 with ‘Hollywood’ (1069 sales), Train’s ‘Save Me, San Francisco’ debuts at No.92 (1049 copies) and Kylie Minogue’s ‘Get Outta My Way’ is back in the top 100 mix – only just – at No.96 with 997 sales (311 of them physically).
ALBUMS : When the charts premiered last night, we wondered just how few copies Shock’s death metal outfit Bring Me The Horizon would have sold to get a No.1 premiere with their new album ‘There Is A Hell, Believe Me I’ve Seen It. There Is A Heaven, Let’s Keep It A Secret’. The answer? Just 3600 copies.
Though a No.1 debut is a great result for the band and looks fab on paper, just 3600 copies for a No.1 album in this country really is no cause for celebration. It’s the lowest No.1 sales number since we started reporting chart figures in March last year and though we can’t confirm this claim, could possibly be the lowest sales figures for a No.1 Aussie album in history.
Given the low figures, The Script’s ‘Science & Faith’ wasn’t too far behind, with 3370 sales and Brooke Fraser’s album ‘Flags’, debuting at No.3, was just 55 sales behind that.
What did shock us was the lowly No.6 debut for Robbie Williams’ best of ‘In And Out Of Consciousness’. A shoe-in for No.1 just years ago, Rob’s best-of sold just 2816 copies throughout the country.
John Lennon’s ‘Power To The People’ rises 16 places to No.10 (2154 sales), You Am I debuts at No.18 with their eponymous album (1476 sales) and Angus & Julia Stone’s iTunes digital live EP (thankfully reduced from its ridiculous $17 plus original price) debuts at No.26 with 1104 sales.
The Audreys’ ‘Sometimes The Stars’ is in at No.28 (1076 sales), Paramore’s ‘Brand New Eyes’ moves back into the top 50 at No.32 and Boyzone finally get some top 50 chart love for their album ‘Brother’ (No.34 with 938 sales).
Alter Bridge’s ‘AB III’ debuts at No.35 (918 sales), Mirusia’s ‘Always And Forever’ is in at No.45 (829 copies) and Rihanna’s ‘Rated R’ comes back into the top 50 at No.48 ahead of the release of her new LP ‘Loud’.
Outside the top 50, the ‘Eat Pray Love’ soundtrack is in at No.56 (692 sales), Sufjan Stevens’ album ‘The Age Of Adz’ debuts at No.61 (672 sales), Belle & Sebastian’s album ‘Write About Love’ comes in at No.74 (588 copies) and Joe Satriani’s album ‘Black Swans & Wormhole Wizards’ is in at No.84 (524 sales).
Other debuts come courtesy of Antony & The Johnsons (‘Swanlights’ at No.87 – 516 sales) and Lil Wayne (‘I Am Not A Human Being’ at No.91 – 497 sales).
* This is also the first week since his shock death in the middle of last year that there is no Michael Jackson title in the top 100 on either albums or singles chart.