Sunday, September 27, 2009

Madonna matches Elvis' record, behind only the Beatles

This week, Madonna's new greatest hits package bowed at Number 1 in the UK, giving her 11 chart-topping albums there. That ties the record Elvis set (rather, his estate set) in 2008 with 'The King.' That leaves her only behind the Beatles, whose 15 number 1 albums make them the most successful act in the history of the albums chart.
Mantis-arms has found much greater success across the pond than in her native country, as she only has 7 U.S. chart topping albums. That leaves her in a tie for 7th, with Led Zepplin and U2. That all may change this coming week when 'Celebration' gets released stateside, but considering the tepid response so far, fans shouldn't be too hopeful. No reason to pout, though. Sales should be strong through the holidays, and after only a week the package has already gone gold in England and platinum in Finland.

Chart Chat UK, September 27, 2009

The top two stays the same this week, as both Taio Cruz and David Guetta hold steady at 1 and 2 respectively. At 3, Jay-Z and Alicia Keys leap up 12 places with 'Empire State of Mind', and kick Madonna all the way down to 8 with her latest, 'Celebration.' Shakira edges up a spot with 'She Wolf,' flip-flopping with Jay-Z's last hit, 'Run This Town,' which hangs on at 5 and gives Mr. -Z his second top five hit this week. The Black Eyed Peas refuse to let go of their chart death-grip (which is thankfully less severe than in the U.S. where they have spent a full 6 months at the top with their last two tracks), and back up the chart to 6. Mini Viva hangs on to a top ten placing for one more week, as 'Left My Heart In Tokyo' slides to 10. I think everyone was a bit surprised at its success, and more so at its staying power. Our first new entry is at 11, as Dizzee Rascal continues his chart onslaught with 'Dirtee Cash.' The song isn't even an official single yet, but its impending release has set downloaders' hearts aflutter. My guess is this song's future is looking rather good. At 12 we find Temper Trap, with their lovely 'Sweet Disposition' pushing up another few places. The Australian band may just crack the top ten if this unconventional chart trajectory continues. Released all the back in 2008, 'Disposition' this week manages its highest chart placing yet. Not a lot else is going on, save for the number 35 entry for new Sugababes member Jade Ewen. With all the 'babes drama, this single was more or less dumped - its release more a contractual obligation than an effort to have a hit - so a top 40 placing isn't the end of the world. Jade just recorded vocals on the Sugababes next single, which in our opinion is one of their best yet, so Ms. Ewen has nothing to worry about.

The UK Top 10:

1 - Taio Cruz: Break Your Heart
2 - David Guetta ft Akon: Sexy Chick
3 - Jay-Z ft Alicia Keys: Empire State of Mind
4 - Shakira: She Wolf
5 - Jay-Z ft Rihanna & Kanye West: Run This Town
6 - Black Eyed Peas: I Gotta Feeling
7 - Pixie Lott: Boys & Girls
8 - Madonna: Celebration
9 - Dizzee Rascal: Holiday
10-Mini Viva: Left My Heart in Tokyo

Check out the Saturdays new album! (video)

Yesterday we brought you a Mariah Carey album sampler, and today we bring you something that is actually exciting: The new Saturdays album. Well, a few tracks at least. The songs are pretty good, and there's something comforting about the way they scream 'WE ARE NOT GIRLS ALOUD.'

Very not bad, agreed?

Wordshaker is out Oct 12 on Polydor/Fascination