Putting it plainly, Taylor Swift blew the competition out of the water this week when it comes to the ARIA albums chart, outselling her closest competitor (Kings Of Leon) by more than 12,000 copies. And on the singles side of the draw, Ke$ha thunders into the No.1 position with big first week sales. And that’s where we kick it off in this week’s Chart Watch.
SINGLES : Yes indeed – Ke$ha makes a big impact with her new single ‘We R Who We R’ on this week’s ARIA singles chart – debuting at No.1 with a very healthy 23,433 copies.
Also exciting this week is that every track in the Aussie top ten has sold more than 10,000 copies, as digital sales continue to increase.
Katy Perry’s single ‘Firework’ rushes into the top 10 at No.5 with 15,342 copies. That’s 307 copies ahead of Pink, who in turn is just 26 copies ahead of Bruno Mars.
Enrique Iglesias is also back in the top ten on the back of his Aussie visit. His latest single ‘Heartbeat’ is up to No.8 with 13,588 sales.
Sia’s single ‘Clap Your Hands’ continues its second wind rise up the charts – now inside the top 30. And after last night’s ARIA performance, it may rise even further next week.
Rihanna’s new single featuring Drake is called ‘What’s My Name?’ and it’s the second highest debut of the week – in at No.28 with 3424 sales, while Taylor Swift’s single ‘Mine’ jumps ten places to No.33.
Bruno Mars’ new single ‘Grenade’ makes it to the top 50 (No.40 to be specific) with 2667 sales and the Glee Cast take ‘River Deep Mountain High’ into the No.44 spot with 2306 sales.
Outside the top 50, Nelly, T-Pain and Akon’s single ‘Move That Body’ debuts at No.53 (1899 sales), Sia’s stunning ‘I Go To Sleep’ debuts at No.56 (1842 sales) after its use in last week’s moving ‘Packed To The Rafters’ episode and Afrojack with Eva Simons is in at No.58 with ‘Take Over Control’ (1742 sales).
Jason Derulo’s new single ‘The Sky’s The Limit’ moves up 20 spots to No.61, the cast of Glee are astounding, performing ‘Time Warp’, which debuts at No.70 (1488 sales) and Hannah Montana debuts with a little help from Iyaz at No.75 with ‘Gonna Get This’ (1272 sales).
Taio Cruz’s ‘Higher’ is in at No.77 (1210 sales), but think how much higher it would be if they’d rush-released the ‘featuring Kylie’ version.
Kid Cudi’s ‘Erase Me’ is in at No.87 (1050 sales), Good Charlotte is in at No.88 with ‘Sex On The Radio’ (1049 sales) and Taylor Swift comes in at Nos.91 and 97 with ‘Ours’ and ‘Sparks Fly’ – 1027 and 965 copies respectively.
ALBUMS : And over on the albums chart, it totally Taylor, with the country starlet picking up 20,383 sales of her new album ‘Speak Now’. She’s more than 12,000 copies ahead of Kings Of Leon on 8144 sales back in position #2.
Even the pulling power of Good Charlotte couldn’t get them over the sales line – they debut in position No.3 with ‘Cardiology’ (4246 sales), while Neil Diamond’s new album ‘Dreams’ wasn’t overly far behind – debuting at No.5 with 4046 sales.
New in at No.8 is the Glee Cast’s ‘Rocky Horror Glee Show’ EP, bringing in 3690 sales and another new entry at No.13 comes courtesy of Jamiroquai and their new album ‘Rock Dust Light Star’ (2259 sales).
Enrique Iglesias’ album ‘Euphoria’ bullets from No.77 to No.18 after his appearance in the country, Illy’s ‘The Chase’ debuts at No.25 (1420 sales) and Elton John with Leon Russell debuts at No.28 with their new LP ‘The Union’ (1335 copies).
Bob Dylan’s ‘Witmark Demos’ pops its head in at No.36 (1049 sales), Michael Jackson’s ‘Essential’ album benefits from some discounting and races back into the top 100 at No.40 (978 sales) – same too for Neil Diamond’s best-of, which re-emerges at No.42 (974 sales).
Also back in the upper half of the top 100 this week are Pink’s ‘Funhouse’ (No.47) and Ronan Keating’s ’10 Years Of Hits’ (No.50).
Outside the top 50, Subo’s back with ‘I Dreamed A Dream’ (No.53 with 752 sales) and Glenn Richards’ ‘Glimjack’ debuts at No.60 with 696 first week sales.
Lady Gaga, Beyonce, The Bee Gees, The Police, Roy Orbison, John Mayer, Abba, Black Sabbath, Eurythmics, Santana and Taylor Swift all re-emerge after price cuts and Nirvana’s ‘Nirvana’ is in at No.100 with a lowly 479 sales.