After assuming our regular chart info had all but dried up for the year due to the break over Christmas) and a week of no Chart Watch, we’re thrilled to report that the figures are in for Christmas week. And there’s some deliciously big numbers in there. So let’s jingle all the way – ’cause here’s your Christmas Chart Watch!
SINGLES : Bruno Mars spends his second week in the No.1 position on the ARIA singles chart with his second single proper ‘Grenade’. Warner will be most pleased with its 25,111 sales, but the Nos.2 and 3 positioned singles are most certainly no slouches in the sales department either – both bagging in excess of 20,000 copies.
Guy Sebastian’s single ‘Who’s That Girl’ edges to No.2 with 22,532 sales, while the Black Eyed Peas slip slightly, but still with 21,794 sales.
Jessica Mauboy scores a top ten hit from her second studio LP ‘Get Em Girls’. ‘Saturday Night’ seems to be finally finding its feet among the Aussie record buying public, rising four places to No.10 this week on the back of 11,039 sales.
David Guetta’s also doing the business again. Teaming with Rihanna for his latest single ‘Who’s That Chick’, he’s managed a five place rise this week to No.12 with another 10,151 sales.
The week’s highest new entry on the singles chart is by Alexis Jordan, who after a belated single release debuts at No.25 with her radio-ignored hit-in-waiting ‘Happiness’. 4660 punters patiently waited for its release.
Dance diva Wynter Gordon was in town for some publicity last week – and she bullets 17 places up the chart (to No.32) with her latest club banger ‘Dirty Talk’. 4059 sales there. While Flo Rida edges up with ‘Turn Around (5, 4, 3, 2, 1)’ to No.35.
New at No.37 is the first posthumous single from Michael Jackson. The Akon-featuring single ‘Hold My Hand’ sold 3682 copies in its first week on sale, while My Chemical Romance’s latest single ‘Sing’ is in at No.47 with 2662 first week sales.
Katy Perry and The Script pop back into the top 50 with ‘California Gurls’ and ‘For The First Time’ respectively.
Speaking of The Script, their latest single ‘Nothing’ debuts just outside the top 50 – at No.53 to be precise – with 2522 sales, while Neon Trees’ track ‘Animal’ (a track we told you about back in March) continues to shine – moving up 21 spots to No.57.
Bon Jovi’s Aussie visit pays off, with their classic ‘Livin’ On A Prayer’ up to No.63. ‘It’s My Life’ also heads in at No.81 after the tour and the band’s appearance on Oprah’s Australian Adventures shows (1378 sales).
Coldplay’s festive season single ‘Christmas Lights’, which debuted at No.32 last week, plunges down the charts to No.80 this week.
Crystal Castles are in at No.98 with ‘Not In Love’ (1049 sales) and back into the top 100 this week are Owl City’s ‘Fireflies’ (No.89), Akon’s ‘Angel’ (No.90), Jason Derulo’s ‘In My Head’ (No.92), Justin Bieber’s ‘Baby’ (No.95), Uncle Kracker’s ‘Smile’ (No.97), Lady Gaga’s ‘Telephone’ (No.99) and B.o.B’s ‘Airplanes’ (No.100).
ALBUMS : You know it’s got to be Christmas when the No.1 album sells more than 40,000 copies. And Pink’s done just that this week with sales of her ‘Greatest Hits… So Far’ set reaching precisely 43,000 copies for the week.
Bon Jovi’s selling well on the back of their Australian tour – even moving up one spot to No.2 this week with their greatest hits set. It bagged another 32,816 sales.
Though Susan Boyle can’t come close to matching the sales of her debut album ‘I Dreamed A Dream’, ‘The Gift’s 32,047 sales will do very nicely, no doubt.
X Factor winner Altiyan Childs is most certainly no slouch in the sales department either. His debut album ‘Altiyan Childs’ comes in at No.4 on the ARIA albums chart – and at pretty much any other time throughout 2010 he’d have (pardon the language) “shit it in” to the No.1 spot. ‘Altiyan Childs’ sold a rather respectable 29,999 copies in its first week.
Michael Jackson’s posthumous album ‘Michael’ debuts in the No.10 spot with 11,395 first week sales, while the rest of the top 50 is pretty much a case of musical chairs.
Outside the top 50, there’s a 17 place jump for The Eagles’ best-of (No.80 to No.63), a ten place leap for Robbie Williams’ best-of – from No.74 to No.64 and a rise for Muse’s ‘The Resistance’ on the back of their Aussie visit.
* We cannot guarantee service of this chart across the Christmas/New Year period. Our apologies if it doesn’t appear for a few weeks – the service should resume early in 2011.