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Alex's Weekly Music Mash-Up!0
By - Posted 4th July, 2015 at 9:32 pm
Welcome to this week’s edition! As last week not much feedback was given, I was able to at least consider every (one) point made! If you like the article, don’t be afraid to sign in and post a comment to see your thoughts here! Maybe not the Ethiopian chart, but what if you wanted a different featured artist? Just give me your opinions and if not too outrageous (no interviews with Her Majesty the Queen, that might be a bit difficult on the News budget) they will be used! I would also like to announce the arrival of the shiny new banner at the top! If you like the Weekly, I’d appreciate it if you could advertise around ^^.
The more readers the better! Let’s start the proceedings!

Chart 1 for this week is the Billboard Hot 100, the equivalent of general Top 40s50s or 100s in other countries:
 
1) Set Fire To The Rain – Adele
2) We Found Love – Rihanna ft. Calvin Harris (last week’s chart-topper)
3) Good Feeling – Flo Rida
4) Turn Me On – David Guetta ft. Nicki Minaj
5) The One That Got Away – Katy Perry
6) It Will Rain – Bruno Mars
7) Sexy And I Know It – LMFAO
8) Stronger (What Doesn’t Kill You) – Kelly Clarkson
9) Ni**as in Paris – Jay Z & Kanye West
10) Domino – Jessie J
 
After sitting at the top for a few weeks, ‘We Found Love‘ has slipped to #2, being overtaken by Adele,
who won the Airplay Gainer award. This means that the song in question was played more than usual
on both regional and national radios, adding to its chart position.
 
Rolling In The Deep‘ – Adele is still the longest on chart, increasing to 55 weeks
 
Of the 10 largest jumpers, a whopping FIVE of these came from the Glee Cast with new entries.
These were:
  • ‘Without You’ at #28
  • ‘We Found Love’ at #56,
  • ‘Moves Like Jagger / Jumpin‘ Jack Flash’ at #62
  • ‘The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face’ at #70
  • ‘Summer Nights’ at #88.
Jason Mraz, who once held the record for the longest uninterrupted time on the chart at 54 weeks
is this week’s biggest faller, dropping half the chart from spot 22 to 72 with ‘I Won’t Give Up‘. Next
was ‘Safe & Sound’ by Taylor Swift ft. The Civil Wars stooping down to 91, a crash of 28.

 
 
The second chart of this week is the US Billboard 200, the album chart:
 
1) 21 – Adele
2) Kidz Bop 21 – Kidz Bop Kids
3) El Camino – The Black Keys
4) Take Care – Drake
5) Talk That Talk – Rihanna
6) TM:103 Hustlerz Ambition – Young Jeezy
7) Identity – James Fortune & FIYA
8) Clancy’s Tavern – Toby Keith
9) Mylo Xyloto – Coldplay
10) Here And Now – Nickelback
 
#2, ‘Kidz Bop 21′ is a shock entry so high up in the main albums chart, although the artist, formed
through a nation-wide talent search, often tops the Children’s Album Charts. The next highest debut
was #7Identity‘ and then #11 This Means War‘ by Attack Attack!
Dark Side of the Moon‘ by Pink Floyd is still the longest runner with now 795 weeks, rising 45 places
to #104.
Rebelution took a hard hit with their 4th album ‘Peace of Mind‘ which dropped 100 places from #13.
The next two top drops were both by Michael Jackson, ‘Number Ones’ and ‘Immortal’.

 
Next this week is the Canadian Hot 100, also calculated by Billboard.com:
 
1) We Found Love – Rihanna ft. Calvin Harris
2) Good Feeling – Flo Rida
3) Call Me Maybe – Carly Rae Jepsen
4) The One That Got Away – Katy Perry
5) Set Fire To The Rain – Adele
6) Turn Me On – David Guetta ft. Nicki Minaj
7) It Will Rain – Bruno Mars
8) Sexy And I Know it – LMFAO
9) Without You – David Guetta ft. Usher
10) Moves Like Jagger – Maroon 5 ft. Christina Aguilera
 
Exactly like the US Hot 100, Jason Mraz had the largest fall from #28 to #60. Due to the close proximity
of the two countries, it’s not surprising that their charts are so similar. Their top 7 of the top 10 singles
in each are the same, although in a different order.
The 5 afore-mentioned Glee Cast singles all debuted this week, with the highest at #29 Without You‘.
Rolling In The Deep‘ by Adele is also the longest runner at 55 weeks, which rose 3 places as well.
 
 
Nextly, we have the UK Singles Charts:
 
1) Twilight – Cover Drive
2) Titanium – David Guetta ft. Sia
3) Domino – Jessie J
4) Mama Do The Hump – Rizzle Kicks
5) Wild Ones – Flo Rida ft. Sia
6) Antidote – Swedish House Mafia & Knifeparty
7) Somebody That I Used To Know – Gotye ft. Kimbra
8) Stronger (What Doesn’t Kill You) – Kelly Clarkson
9) Good Feeling – Flo Rida
10) International Love – Pitbull ft. Chris Brown
 
Before starting the details, congratulations to Sia in being a featured artist for 2 of the top 5 singles
this week. Very well done, considering how little chart success she has had!
 
#1, ‘Twilight‘ by Cover Drive is a brand new entry, automatically making it this week’s biggest climb.
#5 from Flo Rida ft. Sia and #14 from Lana Del Ray were other high new entries, with ‘Drunk‘ by Ed Sheeran
hitting the longest non-debut jump from #92 to #29.
 
Iris‘ from Goo Goo Dolls is still in the chart, giving it 231 weeks disconnected, and rising 34 to land
at a respectable #62. Aloe Blacc’s ‘I Need A Dollar‘ shifted down 36 spots, putting it as the highest fall
(if that isn’t an oxymoron).
 
At the end of the last article, it was mentioned that if you want a feature, you might just get it, and for
a joke, I used the Ethiopian Chart for an example. Bolt660, our friendly News manager wanted this,
and I am sorry to inform both you and Bolt660 himself that the latest Ethiopian Music Chart on the
internet was produced in November 2011, and the webpage is in Amharic, the official language of
Ethiopia. Many apologies, but I implore you to make more suggestions for charts! 

 
The final chart of the week, before the special artist feature, will be the Australian ARIA Chart.
The top 10 singles (with Australian artists specially mentioned) are:
 
1) Wild Ones – Flo Rida ft. Sia
2) Hey Hey Hey – Laurent Wery ft. SwiftKid
3) Turn Me On – David Guetta ft. Nicki Minaj
4) Summer Paradise – Simple Plan 
5) Paradise – Coldplay
6) Set It Off – Timomatic (Australian)
7) Young, Wild & Free – Snoop Dogg & Wiz Khalifa ft. Bruno Mars
8) Into The Flame – Matt Corby (Australian)
9) Don’t Worry Be Happy – Guy Sebastian (Australian)
10) Pumped Up Kicks – Foster The People
 
Party Rock Anthem‘ still has the furthest distance, racking up nearly a year, whilst keeping at #34.
Adele is closely behind this with two singles at 44 and 43 weeks respectively.
#8 was the largest jump, moving up from #42 (34 places, most of the chart).
Two singles shared the ‘winner’ of widest down-stretch: #27 ‘Stronger (What Doesn’t Kill You)‘ – Kelly
Clarkson and #23 ‘A Thousand Years‘ – Christina Perri. Both fell 7 places from last week’s position.
Sia is a featured artist for THREE singles in the ARIA Chart, even better than 2 in the UK Chart.
This time, with David Guetta, Flo Rida (at #1, wow!) and an Australian artist Hilltop Hoods.
 
This week’s Special Artist Feature will look at Leona Lewis, probably the most famous winner of The
X Factor, a British (and recently American) talent competition.
 
Born on April 3rd 1985, Leona Lewis grew up in the London Borough of Islington, in a very diverse family.
Having a Afro-Guyanase father and Welsh, Italian and Irish mother gave her a very interesting childhood.
As a youth, she was enrolled in the Sylvia Young Theatre School, and eventually joined the BRIT School,
learning to play many instruments. 
She thinks of Minnie Riperton, Eva Cassidy and Stevie Wonder as her inspirations, with training in
opera, jazz, blues and popular music.
 
In 2006, she applied for The X Factor, being a favourite weekly, winning a £1 million recording contract
with Simon Cowell’s label SyCo. Her debut single (a cover of a Kelly Clarkson single) ‘A Moment Like This’
was released December 20th 2006. It broke a world record, having been downloaded 50,000 times in 
just 30 minutes. It was announced to be the Christmas #1 single on December 24th, sellling 571,253
copies, completely outselling the other 39 Top 40 Singles combined. It was the most downloaded song
for 2006, although released for under a month.
Releasing albums ‘Spirit’ and ‘Echo’ in the next few years, she became an international name, with hit
singles through the years. Her first tour, called The Labyrinth, came before the album ‘Hurt’. She regularly
performs on both the UK and US versions of The X Factor with new singles, and it has become tradition 
that the first performance of a new song happens on The X Factor.
Glassheart‘ planned for release late last year, has been postponed severely, until November 2012.
However, Leona herself has told the media that she will still be releasing music during this break.
 
Here is a sample from her discography, showing just how influential she is:
‘Spirit’ (album) reaching #1 in UK, Australia, Austria, Canada, Germany, Ireland, New Zealand, Switzerland
and US. #2 in Sweden.
Selling 11x platinum in Ireland, 9x in UK, 2x in Switzerland, 1x in Australia, Austria, Canada, New Zealand,
& US, 3x gold in Germany and 1x in Sweden.
‘A Moment Like This’ released in only UK and Ireland, hitting #1 and selling platinum in both.
‘Bleeding Love’ reaching #1 in UK, Australia, Austria, Canada, Germany, Ireland, New Zealand, Switzerland
& US. #2 in Sweden.
Selling 2x platinum in Australia, 1x in UK, Canada, New Zealand & US, 3x gold in Germany, 1x in Sweden
and Australia.
 
The evidence is here: Leona Lewis is the most successful artist to come from The X Factor. It was once
stated by Simon Cowell that all sales from X Factor musicians amount to £60 million, with Leona selling
over 1/3 of these, over £20 million. However, some previous fans have become skeptical, that her talent is fake and not earnt,
with one hating fan punching her in the face at her autobiography signing! What some “fans” will do…

On that peculiar note, we will finish! What do you think?
Has your favourite artist topped the chart? Or were they the biggest faller? 
Did you like the Special Artist Feature? Or does she not tickle your fancy?
Leave your thoughts below!

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