Chartifacts - Week Commencing: 19 October 2009

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Singles

David Guetta’s reign is over, Sexy Bitch at No.2 makes way for Vanessa Amorosi’s This Is Who I Am, which storms right into spot No.1.  Britney Spears is a woman on a mission as her single 3, jumps a massive forty-three spots to No.7 this week, giving Ms Spears her twelfth Top 10 hit here in Australia.  Meanwhile further along the chart we see Michael Buble’s Haven’t Met You Yet shuffle into position No.33 up from No.90.

 

THIS IS WHO I AM - Vanessa Amorosi
No.1

Melbourne-born starlet, Vanessa Amorosi is no stranger to our charts.  This Is Who I Am is Amorosi’s fifth top 10 single and first No.1 hit.  The newie is the first to be lifted from Amorosi’s upcoming album Hazardous, due out later next month.  The former restaurant singer has enjoyed success with her singles Perfect (No.4 June ’08), Power / Everytime I Close My Eyes (No.8 Jan. ’01), Shine (No.4 May ’00) and Absolutely Everybody (No.6 Dec. ’99).

 

BODIES - Robbie Williams
No.4
Former member of Take That, Robbie Williams parted ways with the boy band in 1995 to pursue a solo career and the move paid off.  Williams has enjoyed a successful career since the demise of the group, chalking up a swag of chart hits including Tripping (No.7 Oct. ’05), Better Man (No.6 Jan. ’02) and Rock DJ (No.4 Sep. ’00).  Bodies is Williams’ first single release in three years; his last being Lovelight (No.25 Dec. ’06).  For Williams’s fans who haven’t already heard, the singer will be the special guest at this year’s ARIA Awards event!

 

HALO/WALKING ON SUNSHINE - Glee Cast
No.49

Like we said in last week’s Chartifacts, the Glee tracks are going to keep on rolling in week by week and this week we see a double take with Beyonce’s Halo and Katrina And The WavesWalking On Sunshine debuting on the chart.  Halo originally peaked at No.3 in March earlier this year and Walking On Sunshine was a top 5 hit way back in 1985.

 

WHO SAYS - John Mayer
No.62

Guitarist, John Mayer who recently celebrated his thirty-second birthday makes a splash on the ARIA Single Chart with Who Says.  The Grammy Award winner made his presence felt here in Australia with his debut single – No Such Thing (No.28 Oct. ’02). Mayer followed this up with Your Body Is A Wonderland, which peaked at No.23 in March the following year.  Who Says is Mayer’s eighth top 100 single and the first lifted from Mayer’s latest album, Battle Studies.

 

IT'S MY LIFE/CONFESSIONS PT. II - Glee Cast
No.76

Gleemania has hit Australia hard with an average of at least three tracks debuting every week.  This time they take on It’s My Life by Bon Jovi and Usher’s Confessions Pt .II, which both singles peaked at No.5 in 2001 and 2004 respectively.

 

TAKING CHANCES - Glee Cast
No.79
This previous Celine Dion song was written by American Idol judge, Kara DioGuardi and Eurhythmics guitarist - David A. Stewart.  The original peaked at No.60 in November 2007.

 

I DON'T BELIEVE YOU - P!nk
No.81

Vegetarian, PETA campaigner, singer, songwriter and all round rockstar, P!nk enters the chart with the sixth single to be released her former No.1 album – Funhouse.  I Don’t Believe You is P!nk’s favourite song off her Funhouse album. P!nk explained why on her website "because it's just so naked. It's like taking a deep breathe and saying, 'Here I am. Take me. Take your best shot”.   The previous five singles all charted well with So What (No.1 Oct. ‘08), Sober (No.6 Dec. ‘08), Please Don’t Leave Me (No.11 Mar. ‘09), Bad Influence (No.6 June ’09) and Funhouse (No.6 Aug. ‘09) all reaching the top 20.

 

(IF YOU'RE WONDERING IF I WANT YOU TO) I WANT YOU TO - Weezer
No.87

Californian alt-rockers Weezer comprises of Rivers Cuomo (lead vocals, lead guitar), Patrick Wilson (drums, guitar, backing vocals), Scott Shriner (bass, backing vocals) and Brian Bell (rhythm guitar, backing vocals).  They made their musical debut to the ARIA Singles Chart with Undone / The Sweater Song, which peaked at No.63 in October 1994.  This was followed up with Buddy Holly (No.68 Mar. ’95), El Scorcho (No.70 Oct. ’96) and The Good Life (No.88 Mar. ’97), Island In the Sun (No.78 Nov.’91) and Pork & Beans (No.95 June ’08).

 

I'M IN MIAMI BITCH - LMFAO
No.90

This duo takes their name from a modern electronic slang acronym abbreviated from a phrase that indicates a great deal of amusement.  The Los Angeles pair are DJ/rappers – Redfoo and Sky Blu.  LMFAO are currently touring Australia and New Zealand with Black Eyed PeasI’m In Miami Bitch is LMFAO’s debut to the ARIA Singles Chart.

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Albums

The Black Eyed Peas’ return to the top of the chart has ended after only one week. This week’s new No.1, Michael Buble, is a familiar face at the top of the chart in this country, having made the top spot twice before. Elsewhere, big moves come from Harry Connick Jr (up 9 to No.9), Jessica Mauboy (up 10 to No.18) and Whitney Houston (up 27 to No.33). Biggest jump of the week comes from Melbourne four-piece The Temper Trap. Their album, Conditions has moved up 28 spots to No.38. This may not be the end of their climb either, as the band is doing big things overseas and will hope it translates into a growing home fanbase

 

CRAZY LOVE - Michael Buble
No.1

He’s done it again! Cool Canadian crooner Michael Buble has scored his third number one album on the ARIA chart. Crazy Love is Buble’s fourth studio album and sees him working with acclaimed pop producers David Foster (Whitney Houston), Bob Rock (Metallica) and Humberto Gatica (Celine Dion, Richard Marx). The album was recorded over a period of six months across studios in Buble’s hometown of Vancouver, New York and Los Angeles. Included on the album are covers of tracks by the likes of The Eagles (Heartache Tonight) and Van Morrison (Crazy Love), as well as several tracks written by Buble himself. Crazy Love has also gone to number one in the US and in Canada. Of Buble’s three previous studio albums, two have gone to number one here; Michael Buble (No.1 Sept. ’04) and Call Me Irresponsible (No.1 Jul. ’07). The other album, It’s Time, only made it to number two (No.2 Mar. ’05).

 

BOTH SIDES NOW - Adam Harvey
No.19

Our second new entry for the week comes from Australian country star and seven-time Golden Guitar winner, Adam Harvey. Both Sides Now sees Harvey rounding up some mates to perform duets on some classic tracks. The guest list - a who’s who of the Australian music industry - includes Guy Sebastian, Wendy Matthews, Leo Sayer, Tommy Emmanuel, The McClymonts, Shannon Noll, John Williamson, David Campbell and Renee Geyer. This is Harvey’s highest charting album, bettering his previous effort, Can’t Settle For Less (No.20 Jan. ’05).

 

REMEMBER JUNE - Damien Leith
No.25

This is the third studio album by 2006 Australian Idol winner Damien Leith. Remember June sees Leith teaming up with producer Stuart Crichton (Kylie Minogue, Pet Shop Boys). In recent days, Leith has launched the album with a series of shows around the country. He is no stranger to the ARIA charts, having scored two No.1 albums (The Winner’s Journey (Jan. ’07) and Where We Land (Aug. ’07) and a No.2 (Catch The Wind: Songs Of A Generation (May ’08).

 

KALEIDOSCOPE - Tiesto
No.31

Bringing some Dutch trance to the chart this week is Tiesto (aka. Tijs Michiel Verwest) with his fourth studio album, Kaleidoscope. The album has a whole host of guests on it from different musical backgrounds, including Bloc Party’s Kele Okereke, Nelly Furtado, Calvin Harris, Canadian twins Tegan and Sara, Joni of Sigur Ros and Australia’s own Sneaky Sound System. The Sneakys feature on the album’s lead single I Will Be Here (No.59 Aug. ’09). This is Tiesto’s first appearance on the ARIA Album Chart. Tiesto hits Australia in the early part of 2010 for a string of live dates.

 

IN THIS LIGHT AND ON THIS EVENING - Editors
No.40

British four-piece Editors make their second appearance in the chart with new album In This Light And On This Evening. The band’s third album marks a change to a rawer, more anthemic sound than their previous efforts. Upon release, the album went to No.1 in the UK; their second album in a row to do so. Their first UK No.1, An End Has A Start, is also their highest charting release here; having reached N0.37 in July 2007.

 

EMBRYONIC - The Flaming Lips
No.55

Embryonic, the twelfth studio album by American cult heroes The Flaming Lips, is also a double album. Speaking in the lead-up to the album’s release, frontman Wayne Coyne described the album’s sound as a mix of Joy Division, Miles Davis and John Lennon. Making guest appearances on the album are the Yeah Yeah YeahsKaren O and psych-pop duo MGMT. The band is already working on a follow-up album. It’s reported that they will be recording their own version of Pink Floyd’s classic Dark Side Of The Moon with the help of Henry Rollins and Peaches. The Flaming Lips have enjoyed chart success with their previous two albums. Their highest charting album was At War With The Mystics (No.20 Apr. ’06).

 

OUT OF ASHES - Dead By Sunrise
No.57

Dead By Sunrise is the new side-project of Linkin Park vocalist Chester Bennington. Bennington decided to form the group after he realized he had amassed a lot of songs that didn’t suit the Linkin Park style. Other members of the band come from the Los Angeles-based electronic band Julien-K. Originally, the album was scheduled for release in 2006. However, due the band members’ commitments to their other projects, recording and release took almost four years.

 

COME TO LIFE - Natalie Imbruglia
No.67

Returning with her fourth album is London-based Australian songstress Natalie Imbruglia. Come To Life is the first release on her own Malabar Records. The album, her first in four years, sees the former Neighbours actress getting a little help from her friends. Two of the tracks on the album, Luka and Fun, were written by Coldplay and are believed to have been left off their most recent album, Viva La Vida Or Death And All His Friends. Imbruglia, the winner of eight ARIA Awards, achieved her highest chart placing with her debut Left Of The Middle (No.1 Oct. ’98).

 

CANCER - Confession
No.69

Making their debut appearance on the ARIA Albums Chart is Australian hardcore band Confession. Cancer is the band’s debut album. The band formed in 2008. Members of the band were previously in groups 50 Lions, Hiroshima Will Burn and Jack The Stripper. The band is currently on tour in support of the album.

 

LIVE AT THE HI-FI - Kate Miller-Heidke
No.71

This recording captures a concert by Kate Miller-Heidke at Melbourne’s Hi-Fi Bar and Ballroom in May of this year. The album features well-known tracks such as Caught In The Crowd, Space They Cannot Touch and Can’t Shake It. It also includes a cover of John Farnham’s You’re The Voice and a studio-recorded version of Empire Of The Sun’s Walking On A Dream.

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CHARTIFACTS is a regular feature of the weekly ARIA Report. The ARIA Report is produced a minimum of fifty weeks a year and is only available by subscription. Subscription rates are 12 months (52 issues) - $A220.00. For subscription information, please contact ARIA by phoning (02) 8569 1144, faxing (02) 8569 1181 or email your request to charts.mail@aria.com.au