You know Christmas is coming when every single album in the top ten sells more than 7000 copies these days – and on the singles chart, each of the top 16 bags more than 10,000 sales. Could things be looking up!? Let’s check out the charts in this week’s Chart Watch.
SINGLES : Ke$ha loses her grip on the top spot this week – and how. Her single ‘We R Who We R’ drops from No.1 to No.4, paving the way for the Black Eyed Peas’ return to the top spot with their latest single ‘The Time (The Dirty Bit)’. BEPs sold a respectable 22,653 more copies of the track this week.
A big move, however, from Guy Sebastian whose new single ‘Who’s That Girl’ moves into the top ten for the first time, landing at No.2 with sales just shy of the 20,000 mark – 19,949 to be precise.
Katy Perry stays put at No.3 with ‘Firework’ and further down the top ten list, Bruno Mars’ latest single ‘Grenade’ is making an impact – up ten spots to No.7 with 16,405 sales.
David Guetta gets himself another top 20 Aussie hit alongside Rihanna and the track ‘Who’s That Chick’. It’s up 18 places to No.18 this week with 8279 sales, just ahead of Willow Smith’s ‘Whip My Hair’, which also enters the top 20 for the first time.
The cast of Glee gets the highest debut of the week – No.27 with their interpretation of the Bruno Mars track ‘Marry You’ (4918 sales). Ironically, the original version of the track also debuts this week – at No.50 (2853 sales).
There’s a new entry at No.37 from Drapht (‘Rapunzel’ with 3725 sales), Nelly’s into the top 50 with ‘Liv Tonight’ at No.39 and new entries too from Syndicate (‘Shout’ at No.46 with 3039 sales) and the Glee Cast (‘Just The Way You Are’ at No.47 with 2922 sales).
Martin Solveig heads into the top 50 with ‘Hello’ at No.48 and Short Stack’s back in the upper half of the hundred at No.49.
Outside the top 50, Kanye West keeps moving in the right direction with ‘Runaway’ – up 29 spots to No.59, Wynter Gordon’s burgeoning club hit ‘Dirty Talk’ debuts at No.77 (1611 sales) and the Glee Cast’s version of the Dirty Dancing classic ‘(I’ve Had) The Time Of My Life’ is in at No.85 (1382 sales).
Coldplay’s festive season tune ‘Christmas Lights’ debuts at No.86 (1369 sales), Ill’s ‘It Can Wait’ is into the No.91 spot, Thirsty Merc’s ‘All My Life’ makes it back to No.94 and Art vs Science debut at No.98 with ‘Finally See Our Way’ (1015 sales).
ALBUMS : No real surprise on the albums side of the draw, with Pink’s best-of continuing to outsell all comers – even the once insurmountable Susan Boyle can’t manage to top the Pink juggernaut.
‘Greatest Hits… So Far’ notched up another 26,389 sales this week, while SuBo could only manage 17,236 – still very decent figures.
The cast of Channel 10’s hit TV show Glee bags themselves another sales bonanza with ‘Volume 4’ debuting at No.3 on the back of 15,776 first week sales. And with more than 35,000 copies of the LP shipped to the shops, it’s already accredited gold.
The second highest entry of the week comes courtesy of radio golden boys Hamish & Andy, whose ‘Celebrating 50 Glorious Years’ compilation debuts in the No.6 spot with 8795 sales. It’s also been certified gold.
Not such good news for the Black Eyed Peas, however. With sales figures increasing in the lead-up to Christmas and the record buying public obviously wanting to hear more than the lead single before making the decision to purchase, the album ‘The Beginning’ can only manage a No.9 debut. 7648 sales would have had them easily at No.1 not two months back.
Welsh songstress Duffy sees her new LP ‘Endlessly’ come in at No.27 with 2665 first week sales, while Mariah’s ‘Merry Christmas II You’ rises to No.32 with 2034 third week sales.
Smokie’s classic ‘Living Next Door To Alice’ benefits from discounting to move from No.50 to No.36, while country star Alan Jackson makes a splash at No.49 with 1462 sales.
Outside the top 50, Kate Ceberano’s re-packaged ‘Merry Christmas’ set re-enters at No.54 (1320 sales), Nicki Minaj’s album ‘Pink Friday’ debuts at No.71 (987 sales) and Flo Rida’s ‘Only One Flo (Part One)’ is in at No.82 (867 copies).
David Guetta’s ‘One More Love’ is in at No.91 (748 sales), Glee Volume One is back and Tame Impala’s album ‘Innerspeaker’ makes it back to No.95 after their Triple J Album Of The Year win.