Welcome to this week’s article! I hope you have all been well since last week, and I certainly expect you to be ready for more chart action and analysis!
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As always, here is the Billboard Hot 100:
1) Set Fire To The Rain – Adele
2) Stronger (What Doesn’t Kill You) – Kelly Clarkson (digital gainer)
3) We Found Love – Rihanna ft. Calvin Harris
4) Good Feeling – Flo Rida
5) Turn Me On – David Guetta ft. Nicki Minaj (airplay gainer)
6) It Will Rain – Bruno Mars
7) Sexy And I Know It – LMFAO
8) Domino – Jessie J
9) The One That Got Away – Katy Perry
10) Rack City – Tyga
This week, another song won the airplay gainer award, but a previously unseen ‘Digital Gainer’ has arrived.
This means that a large portion of their success came from digital downloads from places such as iTunes.
The staying time for Adele has increased again, at 56 weeks with ‘Rolling In The Deep‘. ‘Party Rock Anthem‘
is close behind this at 45 weeks.
The top two biggest jumps were both re-entries. At #59, Nicki Minaj with ‘Stupid Hoe‘ (which holds the record
for the most music video views in one day on VEVO, 4.8 million on the day of release). ‘Better Than I
Used To Be‘ by Tim McGraw followed suit, dropping out and back in for a higher position in the 2nd entry,
Lady Gaga had the largest fall, dropping 28 places to #93 with ‘Marry The Night‘. The other contenders were
nowhere near that, signaling a good week for all!
Secondly, we will look at the Billboard Top 200 albums:
1) 21 – Adele
2) Emotional Traffic – Tim McGraw
3) Resolution – Lamb of God
4) 2012 Grammy Nominees – Various Artists
5) Human Again – Ingrid Michaelson
6) Kidz Bop 21 – Kidz Bop Kids
7) 100 Proof – Kellie Pickler
8) Soul 2 – Seal
9) Take Care – Drake
10) Where I Find You – Kari Jobe
Numbers 2-5, 7-8 and 10 are all debuts this week, quite a vast percentage. Tim McGraw, making an impact
on the Hot 100 is also in the Top 200, which means it’s likely that there has been a push in advertising
for both the album and single, leading to this chart success.
Pink Floyd increases ever more with ‘Dark Side Of The Moon‘ now at 796 weeks. It doesn’t look like anyone
else will be in contention for a loooong time!
‘Icon: George Strait‘ by George Strait dipped an enormous 134 places to rest at #200, teetering on the edge of the chart.
‘Her Best‘ by Etta James, re-released specifically to commemorate her
death performed almost as bad from #59 to #190, 131 places.
Billboard also features charts for nearly all genres, as well as other countries, including the Latin 25,
Country 30, Dance/Club 25, Social 50 Artists (the hottest artists rather than singles) and the Rock 25.
Nielsen SoundScan is their recorder for the data, and gives Billboard the opportunity to measure the music
for any style or location, even YouTube! However the UK chart is published at the same time as the others,
Thursdays. As it is not the official chart, the information cannot be as trusted as the Official UK Top 40.
Regardless, only the top 10 singles are given.
Now we will look at the ARIA Australian Singles Chart!
1) Wild Ones – Flo Rida ft. Sia
2) Lonely Boy – The Black Keys
3) Into The Flame EP – Matt Corby ft. Brother
4) Boys Like You – 360 ft. Gossling
5) Hey Hey Hey – Laurent Wery ft. Swiftkid
6) I Love It – Hilltop Hoods ft. Sia
7) Set It Off – Timomatic
8) Paradise – Coldplay
9) Turn Me On – David Guetta ft. Sia
10) Summer Paradise – Simple Plan
LMFAO’s ‘Party Rock Anthem‘ is clocking up great time on this chart, sitting pretty on 49 weeks, close to a year!
However, it shows signs of danger, swooping 9 to #43 this week.
#2, ‘Lonely Boy‘ was a high riser, as well as #4 ‘Boys Like You‘, soaring 13 and 15 places respectively.
LMFAO also had the largest dip, 10 places, with ‘Sorry for Party Rocking‘, which is now #45.
ARIA calculates the lowest number of entries for its charts, just 50, whereas the US Hot 100 and Top 200 give
exactly what they say on the tin. The Official UK Top 40 does hold records of up to 100 entries, but typically
these are used less.
The UK Top 40 Singles will not be the last chart of the week, as a surprise is in store below!:
1) Titanium – David Guetta ft. Sia
2) Alone Again – Alyssa Reid ft. Jump Smokers
3) Somebody That I Used To Know – Gotye ft. Kimbra
4) Domino – Jessie J
5) Wild Ones – Flo Rida ft. Sia
6) Twilight – Cover Drive
7) Mama Do The Hump – Rizzle Kicks
8) Stronger – Kelly Clarkson
9) Born to Die – Lana Del Ray
10) International Love – Pitbull ft. Chris Brown
Of the top 40 UK singles, only two were new entries: #2 from Alyssa Reid and #36 from R.I.O. (a re-entry
for its third week).
‘Titanium‘, although released in November of last year, has steadily risen, passing through from #20 to
the top spot. Christina Perri has proven her staying power, climbing 15 spaces this week whilst still
in the chart after 36 weeks, at a respectable #22. This was the highest climb
Taio Cruz’s ‘Troublemaker‘ slipped down 15 spots, almost doubling its position from last week, only in for
At 47 weeks, ‘Skinny Love‘ by Birdy is this week’s longest entry, sitting on a healthy #24, 4 places above
the 29/1/12 edition.
Oricon is the corporate group that supplies data about the music industry in Japan, previously known as
Original Confidence Inc. (Ori-Con). It started out selling exclusively to music executives for analysis but
was then made public, and is now the main chart recorder for Japan, collecting from nearly 40,000 outlets.
Here are this week’s top 10 singles:
1) Kataomoi Finally – SKE48
2) KISS KISS (Japanese Version) – Kim Hyun Joong
3) Inoichi No Uta – Mariya Takeuchi
4) Good Luck – BUMP OF CHICKEN
5) The A-Team – Ed Sheeran
6) Pyoko Pyoko Ultra – Morning Musume
7) HERO – MONKEY MAJIK
8) sign – Ju Ju
9) Shake It Out – Florence + The Machine
10) By My Side – Hemenway
Due to the language of the Oricon Style site, Japanese, only 30 singles can be found.
Billboard’s chart is updated on different days, but is in full English so as an exception, an alternate chart is
used. It is extremely surprising that 2 English singles, both released weeks ago, are so high up in the chart.
Lady Gaga’s ‘Born This Way’ is old-timer at 23 weeks, although is slowly slipping down. There appears to
be no reason for such shorter singles, with other charts having multiple entries over a year in length.
The 10 highest risers were all debuts, from #1 to #40, also a peculiar trend.
A 66 place drop for Tamurapan leaves ‘Fight’ at #97 was the largest.
Finally, we will end with the Special Artist Feature. This week’s edition is inspired by my family, who are completely
in love with this artist, so much so that they’ve abandoned me to go and see them in concert! They have 5
members, one including an Orange, and have 11 #1 singles in the UK alone. Yes, of course, it’s Take That!
In 1989, Nigel Martin-Smith was looking to create a teen-orientated group to appeal to everyone, but met a young
Gary Barlow. He was so impressed by his material that he decided to build the whole group around Barlow’s abilities.
An advertising campaign around the Manchester area in 1990 brought Howard Donald, one of the oldest auditionees.
His acceptance was only because he took time off work as a vehicle painter.
They released ‘Take That & Party’ in 1991 and included two #7 singles and a shockingly well performer at #3.
The group aimed to rival American equivalents, singing mainstream pop and urban soul. Their first success came
from singing in schools and clubs to build up fans before travelling to gigs for months on end.
In 1993, ‘Everything Changes’ was released and rocketed the band to superstardom, hitting #1 and giving way to
4 #1 singles. By 1994, radio coverage around Europe and Asia was phenomenal, leading them to a world tour in 1995.
They appeared in magazine covers of all genres and on tacky merchandise from picture books to toothbrushes!
For nearly half a decade their success was unparalleled, hitting youths with their pop songs and more adult listeners
with Barlow’s soft ballads.
Robbie Williams had been known to take illegal substances before performances, and was caught partying with rival band
Oasis after a show. This prompted an ultimatum from the other members: adhere to our rules or leave before the world tour.
He declined, and the band lost one of their more known members. They still functioned without him, releasing ‘Nobody Else’
the same year. On February 13th 1996 they announced their decision to split up and released a ‘Greatest Hits’ album in March.
Teenage girls around the country lined up in the streets crying, showing their distraughtness. The government even set up
a special hotline to deal with the mass suicides threatened!
A decade after their “final” performance, they released ‘Never Forget – The Ultimate Collection’ which sold over 2 million copies.
In late 2005, the band members shared their views on their fame, success and other members for the ITV show ‘Take That:
For the Record’. The band (without Williams) announced another tour, featuring Beverley Knight, Pussycat Dolls and Sugababes
on different shows.
A joint single between Barlow and Williams was leaked in June 2010, causing mass celebration for what looked like a return to the
band. Mid-July Williams declared his return, and the band released ‘Progress’ which had hit 235,000 sales in just one day, the fastest
seller for the entire century. Its week sales of 520,000 are the second fastest seller of the same time.
All throughout 2011 the band experienced success, even teasing fans about a performance at the 2012 Olympics.
Music Week voted Take That’s reformation as the greatest musical comeback of UK history, examining nearly 1 billion Google searches.
This list proves how influential Take That have been on UK music:
6 #1 UK albums, with their debut and comeback at #2;
A #1 EP (Extended Play);
8 #1 singles in 5 years, followed by 3 in 3 more years;
Millions of both album and single sales over 2 decades.
If there was a better band to epitomise UK music, I would personally take my sock and eat it, because Take That are one of the most famous bands to have existed.
What do you think? Did your favourite get to #1? Or has it slipped down really low? Did you like the Special Artist Feature? Or do you think a better artist should have got a mention? Leave your thoughts below!