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Chartifacts - Week Commencing: 30 January 2006

 

Singles

Eminem and Chris Brown trade places this week, with Em taking pole position. We see three debuts to the top 10 also with Nickelback firing onto the chart at #3, Bob Sinclar spreading some love at #7 and Rihanna rounding them off at #9. The Pussy Cat Dolls and Santana hold onto their spots sitting at #5 and #8 respectively. While the rest take a plunge down the chart.

 

FAR AWAY
Artist: Nickelback Position: No.3

Their humble start began in 1996, in a little town called Hanna in Canada where they performed as a cover band. Eventually they grew tired of this, so frontman Chad Kroeger borrowed $4,000 off his stepfather and the band traveled to Vancouver to record the tracks Kroeger had penned. This brings us here, with the follow up to Photograph (#3 Sep. '05). Both off their third, double platinum album, All The Right Reasons (#2 Oct. '05). Nickelback are due to hit our shores this year for a full nation-wide tour. So stay tuned for that.

 

 

LOVE GENERATION
Artist: Bob Sinclar Position: No.7

Born Christophe Le Friant, in Le Marais, Paris. He began djing in 1987 while still a teenager and formed Yellow Productions in 1993. It wasn't until 1997 did Sinclar take the guise "Bob Sinclar" from a character in a well-known French film Le Magnifique. This is Sinclar 's highest chart position to date, with I Feel For You (#60 Oct. '00) being the only other track to make the top 100.

 

 

IF IT'S LOVIN' THAT YOU WANT
Artist: Rihanna Position: No.9

She was born in Barbados in the West Indies. Then known as Robyn Rihanna Fenty, she was winning beauty and talent contests at a young age. It was only by a chance meeting with executive producer Evan Rogers who was vacationing near her village, that fate would give her the opportunity to show her talent to the world. This is her second top 10 hit, Pon De Replay marched on the charts late last year and peaked at #6. Both are lifted from her debut album Music Of The Sun.

 

 

 

CLOWN PRINCE
Artist: Hilltop Hoods Position: No.35

They are an Aussie hip-hop act from Adelaide. Their name refers to the Hilltop commercial precinct of O'Halloran Hill, south of Adelaide, where they boys come from. The group formed in the early 90's when MC's Suffa and Pressure met at high school. Then through a mutual friend they met DJ Debris and their line up was complete. This is their debut to the ARIAnet singles chart but they are widely known for their track The Nosebleed Section. It is featured on their album The Calling (#53 April '04).

 

 

I'VE GOT THE BLUES
Artist: Amber Lawrence Position: No.84

Hailing from Sydney, Lawrence is a rising country star. She was a grand finalist in the prestigious Toyota Starmaker Quest last year in Tamworth, but unfortunately missed out on the crown. Although Lawrence did catch the eye of award-winning producer Rod McCormack the previous year which lead to a spot in the Telstra Road to Tamworth show. This is her debut to the ARIAnet Charts.

 

 

 

 

 

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Albums

James Blunt still reigns supreme at #1 while those below do a little shuffle within the ranks. Nickelback climbs from #3 to #2, while Aussies Wolfmother, Rogue Traders, Bernard Fanning, The Veronicas and Human Nature sit at #3 to #7 respectively. The biggest fall in the Top 10 for the week goes to Eminem who tumbles six places to #8. Kelly Clarkson doesn't fare much better - she falls five places to #10.

ULTIMATE COLLECTION
Artist: Eurythmics Position: No.21

Eurythmics are Annie Lennox and David A. Stewart. The British duo started out together as romantic partners in a band called The Tourists before things turned sour within the band. The twosome decided to form their own pop-rock act and abandon their relationship to concentrate on making music. Eurythmics enjoyed success in the 1980s with Sweet Dreams (Are Made Of This) being the duo's breakthrough album. It peaked at #5 (May '83). Be Yourself Tonight went all the way to #1 (Jun. '85), while We Too Are One reached #7 (Sep. '89). Stewart and Lennox parted ways for most of the 1990s but reunited in 1999 to produce the album Peace which peaked at #8 (Nov. '99).

 

THE GREATEST
Artist: Cat Power Position: No.25

Born with the name Charlyn Marie Marshall, going by the name of Chan Marshall (Chan is pronounced 'Shawn'), with the stage name of Cat Power - there is no surprise to find that this singer/songwriter lacks a little structure in her life. She is Cherokee, Irish and Jewish descent and dropped out of high school to pursue the dreams of making music in New York. Power's only album to chart in Australia is You Are Free which reached #71 (Jun. '03). Her live shows are known to lack direction, with songs frequently cut short for no reason or trailing off into what sounds like Power tuning her guitar.

 

 

 

RING OF FIRE - THE LEGEND OF JOHNNY CASH
Artist: Johnny Cash Position: No.83

There has been a resurgence of Johnny Cash's music since the release of his biopic Walk The Line starring Joaquin Phoenix as Cash and Reese Witherspoon as his wife June Carter. Cash's career spanned almost five decades. In his hey-day, he had three Top 20 albums in Australia - Hello I'm Johnny Cash, Johnny Cash At San Quentin and Johnny Cash 1970. Due to his dark demeanor and clothing, Cash was dubbed "The Man In Black" by his fans. He was known for opening every show with the line "Hello, I'm Johnny Cash", his run-ins with the law and battling drug and alcohol addictions.

 

 

 

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