WGO: Chart Watch, United World Chart, Hot Debuts (8/25/2012)

Yes, I know. I've been neglecting. Back on track now...and just in time to see "Call Me Maybe" get ousted from the #1 position after what feels like eons (because it was...) and fun. jump back into the Top 10.

Below denotes songs and artists of note featured on the Billboard Hot 100 (USA), United World Chart, CHR/Top 40 (US Radio), Hot Dance/Club Play (USA), Heatseekers Singles Charts (USA), UK Hot (UK), Japan and KPOP (South Korea) charts. Italicized items have been discussed on Melismatic.

New Additions to the Charts of Note:
AKB48 (sub-group NMB48) - Virginity (#1, Billboard JPOP Charts)
Think of AKB48 as the Japanese Girls' Generation with a memer count times five and with the saccharine bubblegum feel amped up to 13. NMB48, a subgroup of the original, officially debuted in 2010 and currently stands with 25 members. Yes, you read correctly. 25 members. In a SUB-group. ::shakes head:: "Virginity" is the subgroup's fifth single, and follows the bubblegummy aesthetic popular in Japan, complete with cutesy outfits and a rock band back up. The overall feel is very late summer, and feels slightly vintage with occasional horn blasts. Soon they will be headlining their first solo concert performance at the Tokyo Dome, the Japanese equivilant of Madison Square Garden.

Lawson - Taking Over Me (#3, UK Billboard Chart)
"Taking Over Me" is UK pop/"rock" outfit Lawson's second single. I'd be quick to label them a boy band (because they sort of are), as the lead singer used to be in Avenue and is BFF with the hot one from The Wanted -- as they play their own instruments, they are a bit like the 2012 BBMak. "Taking Over Me" is  tight little pop diddy, complete with hooky "ooh-oooh-ooooooh" bits. I quite like this.

V6 - kEEP oN. (#4. Billboard JPOP Charts)
V6 is a six-piece JPOP boy band that debuted back in 1995 (!) and "Keep On" is their 40th single. Their last five proper singles went to #1 in Japan, but that's change in a bucket to them, as they overall have 25 #1s to their name (and the rest were all Top 5). The group is a "Johnny idol band" (standing beside the likes of Arashi, NEWS, SMAP, HEY! SAY! JUMP, SEXY ZONE, KAT-TUN and Jin Akanishi). This song is more bipolar and random than Super Junior's attempt to be "SPY"ies. Take that for what it is.

Redlight - Lost In Your Love (#5, UK Billboard Chart)
Redlight emerged from his beginnings as a remixer and DJ out of the UK to release a handful of stellar dance cuts, the latest of which being "Lost In Your Love" which debuted in the Top 10 over in the UK. The video is a trip. The clubs are gonna go bananas for this.

F.T Island - Top Secret (#14, Billboard JPOP Charts)
F.T. Island (Five Treasure Island...because there are five members, get it?) is a bit like the Korean Lawson in that they have an idol/boy band feel but also play instruments and are marketed as a pop rock band. (Also, the leader singer is BFF with Super Junior's requisite "Big Space Star" Heechul, who is currently serving in the Korean military. They debuted in Korean in 2007 but jumped into the Japanese market in 2010 -- "Top Secret" is their latest and features a Leggo sort of set not unlike the White Stripes. It's pretty catchy.

ERU - I Hate You (feat. Junhyung of BEAST) (#15, Billboard KPOP Charts)
We reviewed this for The KPOP Panel this week, and it was honestly my favorite of the bunch.

Taylor Swift - We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together (#72, Billboard Hot 100)
Taylor totally outdoes herself in petulance with this one, her latest single from her upcoming fourth album. The song is a Max Martin/Shellback collab so you'd think I'd be all over it but I just cannot get over the lyrical nonsense. Much like "My Life Would Suck Without You" before it, this version of M.Martin is just not for me.

Green Day - Oh Love (#100, Billboard Hot 100)
Remember when Green Day was everywhere on the Hot 100 and couldn't be avoided at radio cerca American Idiot? "Oh Love" is proof positive they can continue to write catchy pop rock, so it's a shame it's taking a while for America to warm up to it. It's definitely not their most classic song, but enjoyable nonetheless.

Billboard Hot 100:
1. Flo Rida - Whistle (NEW #1)
2. Ellie Goulding - Lights
3. Carly Rae Jepsen - Call Me Maybe
4. Katy Perry - Wide Awake
5. Maroon 5 - Payphone (feat. Wiz Khalifa)
6. Gotye - Somebody That I Used To Know (feat. Kimbra)
7. David Guetta - Titanium (feat. Sia)
8. fun. - Some Nights
9. Phillip Phillips - Home
10. Rihanna - Where Have You Been

CHR/TOP 40 Radio (USA):  
#1: Ellie Goulding - Lights
#1 Recurrent: Havana Brown - We Run the Night (feat. Pitbull)
Most Increased Plays: Neon Trees - Everybody Talks
Most Added To Radio: Neon Trees - Everybody Talks (23 stations)

United World Chart:
1. Flo Rida - Whistle (3 Weeks @ #1)
2. Carly Rae Jepsen - Call Me Maybe
3. Maroon 5 - Payphone (feat. Wiz Khalifa)
4. Katy Perry - Wide Awake
5. AKB48 (sub-group NMB48) - Virginity (HOT SHOT DEBUT)
6. Gotye - Somebody That I Used To Know (feat. Kimbra)
7. Owl City/Carly Rae Jepsen - Good Time
8. P!NK - Blow Me (One Last Kiss)
9. fun. - Some Nights
10. Maroon 5 - One More Night (BIGGEST INCREASE)

Billboard Hot 100 (complete):
1. Flo Rida - Whistle (NEW #1)
2. Ellie Goulding - Lights
3. Carly Rae Jepsen - Call Me Maybe
4. Katy Perry - Wide Awake
5. Maroon 5 - Payphone (feat. Wiz Khalifa)
6. Gotye - Somebody That I Used To Know (feat. Kimbra)
7. David Guetta - Titanium (feat. Sia)
8. fun. - Some Nights
9. Phillip Phillips - Home
10. Rihanna - Where Have You Been
11. P!NK - Blow Me (One Last Kiss)
12. Justin Bieber - As Long As You Love Me (feat. Big Sean) (STREAMING GAINER)
13. Owl City/Carly Rae Jepsen - Good Time
14. Cher Lloyd - Want U Back
15. Maroon 5 - One More Night (DIGITAL GAINER)
16. Demi Lovato - Give Your Heart A Break
17. Neon Trees - Everybody Talks
18. Usher - Scream
19. Calvin Harris - Let's Go (feat. Ne-Yo)
20. Kanye West - Mercy (feat. Big Sean, Pusha T, 2 Chainz)
21. Alex Clare - Too Close
22. Little Big Town - Pontoon
23. Mumford & Sons - I Will Wait (DEBUT)
24. fun. - We Are Young (feat. Janelle Monae)
25. One Direction - What Makes You Beautiful
26. 2 Chainz - No Lie (feat. Drake)
27. Jason Mraz - I Won't Give Up
28. Nicki Minaj - Starships
29. Nicki Minaj - Pound the Alarm (AIRPLAY GAINER)
30. Flo Rida - Wild Ones (feat. Sia)
31. Havana - We Run the Night (feat. Pitbull)
34. Hunter Hayes - Wanted
36. Train - Drive By
37. The Wanted - Glad You Came
38. Carrie Underwood - Blown Away
39. Gloriana - (Kissed You) Good Night
40. Jason Aldean - Take A Little Ride
41. Kelly Clarkson - Stronger (What Doesn't Kill You)
42. Kelly Clarkson - Dark Side
43. Trey Songz - Heart Attack
49. The Lumineers - Ho Hey
50. The Wanted - Chasing The Sun
51. Of Monsters & Men - Little Talks
53. Chris Brown - Don't Wake Me Up
55. No Doubt - Settle Down
58. Matchbox Twenty - She's So Mean
60. Justin Bieber - Boyfriend
63. Linkin Park - Burn It Down
63. One Direction - One Thing
65. The Band Perry - Postcard From Paris
72. Taylor Swift - We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together (DEBUT)
75. Pitbull - Back In Time
78. J.Cole - Nobody's Perfect (feat. Missy Elliot)
79. Imagine Dragons - It's Time
82. Frank Ocean - Thinkin Bout You
85. Ed Sheeran - The A Team
89. Future - Turn On the Lights (DEBUT)
91. Keyshia Cole - Enough of No Love (feat. Lil Wayne)
93. Jake Owen - The One That Got Away (DEBUT)
94. Lady Antebellum - Wanted You More (RE-ENTRY)
95. Kendrick Lamar - Swimming Pools (Drank)
96. Nero - Promises
97. Ne-Yo - Let Me Love You (Until You Love Yourself)
98. Imagine Dragons - Radioactive
99. The Black Keys - Gold On the Ceiling (RE-ENTRY)
100. Green Day - Oh Love (DEBUT)

United World Chart (complete):
1. Flo Rida - Whistle (3 Weeks @ #1)
2. Carly Rae Jepsen - Call Me Maybe
3. Maroon 5 - Payphone (feat. Wiz Khalifa)
4. Katy Perry - Wide Awake
5. AKB48 - Virginity (HOT SHOT DEBUT)
6. Gotye - Somebody That I Used To Know (feat. Kimbra)
7. Owl City/Carly Rae Jepsen - Good Time
8. P!NK - Blow Me (One Last Kiss)
9. fun. - Some Nights
10. Maroon 5 - One More Night (BIGGEST INCREASE)
11. fun. - We Are Young (feat. Janelle Monae)
12. Rihanna - Where Have You Been
13. Justin Bieber - As Long As You Love Me (feat. Big Sean)
14. Phillip Phillips - Home
15. Usher - Scream
16. Chris Brown - Don't Wake Me Up
17. Nicki Minaj - Pound the Alarm
18. David Guetta - Titanium (feat. Sia)
19. Ellie Goulding - Lights
20. Mumford & Sons - I Will Wait (DEBUT)
21. will.i.am - This Is Love (feat. Eva Simons)
22. Sandaime J Soul Brothers - Hanabi (DEBUT)
23. Alex Clare - Too Close
14. Nicki Minaj - Starships
25. Cher Lloyd - Want U Back
26. Loreen - Euphoria
27. Train - Drive By
28. The Wanted - Chasing the Sun
29. Calvin Harris - Let's Go (feat. Ne-Yo)
30. Gusttavo Lima - Balada
31. One Direction - What Makes You Beautiful
32. Florence + The Machine - Spectrum (Say My Name)
33. Of Monsters & Men - Little Talks
34. Pitbull - Back In Time
35. Calvin Harris - We'll Be Coming Back (feat. Example)
36. Wiley - Heatwave (feat. Rhymez & Ms D)
37. Jennifer Lopez - Dance Again (feat. Pitbull)
38. Little Big Town - Pontoon
39. Linkin Park - Burn It Down
40. Karmin - Brokenhearted

Billboard US Dance/Club Play:
1. Kelly Clarkson - Dark Side

2. Zedd - Spectrum
3. Madonna - Turn Up the Radio
4. Usher - Scream
5. Jennifer Lopez - Goin' In (feat. Flo Rida)
6. Scissor Sisters - Let's Have A Kiki (GREATEST GAINER)
7. Adam Lambert - Never Close Our Eyes
8. Florence + The Machine - Spectrum (Say My Name)
9. Kylie Minogue - Timebomb
10. Katy Perry - Wide Awake
12. Nervo - You're Gonna Love Again
13. Chris Brown - Don't Wake Me Up
16. Nelly Furtado - Big Hoops (Bigger The Better)
17. Scissor Sisters - Only the Horses
20. BLUSH - All Stars
22. Gossip - Perfect World
25. Rebecca Ferguson - Nothing's Real But Love

Billboard Heatseekers Chart:

1. Of Monsters & Men - Little Talks
6. Imagine Dragons - It's Time
8. Frank Ocean - Thinkin Bout You
9. Ed Sheeran - The A Team
10. Future - Turn On the Lights (GREATEST GAINER)
11. Kendrick Lamar - Swimming Pools (Drank)
12. Nero - Promises
13. Imagine Dragons - Radioactive
14. The Black Keys - Gold On the Ceiling (DEBUT)
15. Passion Pit - Take A Walk

UK Singles Chart:
1. Wiley - Heatwave (feat. Ms D.)
2. Calvin Harris - We'll Be Coming Back (feat. Example)
3. Lawson - Taking Over Me (DEBUT)
4. Florence + The Machine - Spectrum (Say My Name)
5. Redlight - Lost In Your Love (DEBUT)
6. Maroon 5 - Payphone (feat. Wiz Khalifa)
7. Rudimental - Feel The Love
8. Nicki Minaj - Pound the Alarm (RE-ENTRY)
9. Stooshe - Black Heart
10. Karmin - Brokenhearted

 Billboard JAPAN Charts:
1. AKB48 (sub-group NMB48) - Virginity (DEBUT)
3. One Direction - What Makes You Beautiful
4. V6 - kEEP oN. (DEBUT)
6. SMAP - Moment
14. F.T Island - Top Secret (DEBUT)
16. Pet Shop Boys - Winner
19. Perfume - Spending All My Time
21. SMAP - Gift (DEBUT)
22. Green Day - Oh Love
23. Owl City/Carly Rae Jepsen - Good Time
27. Che'Nelle - Believe
32. Alexandra Stan - Lemonade
33. Ayumi Hamasaki - You & Me (DEBUT)
35. EXILE - Bow & Arrows
40. P!NK - Blow Me (One Last Kiss)
42. Carly Rae Jepsen - Call Me Maybe
44. Muse - Survival
45. Passion Pit - Take A Walk
47. Jennifer Lopez - Dance Again (feat. Pitbull)
48. Flo Rida - Whistle
49. SAY - OMG!!! (DEBUT)

 Billboard KPOP Chart:
1. PSY - Gangnam Style

2. BoA - Only One
3. SISTAR - Loving U
4. Jong Hyun (CN Blue) - My Love
5. BEAST - Beautiful Night
6. Davichi - Do Men Cry
7. PSY - Passionate Goodbye (feat. Sung Si Kyung)
8. 2NE1 - I Love You
10. T-Ara - Day By Day
12. Teen Top - Be Ma Girl
15. ERU - I Hate You (feat. Junhyung of BEAST) (DEBUT)
19. Busker Busker - If You Really Love Me
20. Super Junior - SPY
23. Brown Eyed Girls - One Summer Nights
27. Youn ha - Distance From The Future (DEBUT)
28. ZE:A - Aftermath
37. f(x) - Electric Shock
42. Big Bang - Monster
49. Wonder Girls - Like This


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