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Bruce Springsteen High Hopes

Midweek Music Report: Bruce Springsteen Battles Frozen

by Paul Cashmere on January 22, 2014

in New Music,News,Noise Pro

Bruce Springsteen ‘High Hopes’ and the Frozen soundtrack are the favourites for number one album this week.

It looks likely that Pharrell will be “Happy” at the top of the Australian charts for a fourth week this coming weekend, whilst Jason DeRulo will most likely be the prince at No.2 also for a fourth week with “Trumpets”.

After two weeks at No.5, Rudimental and Emeli Sande might move up into the Top 3 with “Free”, pushing John Legend and Magic down, whilst also retaining a top ten status this week should be Joel Fletcher & Savage, Ed Sheeran and London Grammar, whilst we might see Tiesto jump up from No.12 into the Top 10 with “Red Lights”, and we might see a third Top 10 entry from the Avicii album “True”, as “Addicted to You” (TW-21) could either reach No.10 or No.11, whilst A Great Big World featuring Christina Aguilera could also be set for a Top 10 entry with “Say Something” (TW-50).

The highest new entry could come from Aloe Blacc with his new single “The Man” which will be his first new entry since hitting No.1 last year on the Avicii track “Wake Me Up”, plus the new song features an interpolation of the Elton John song “Your Song” throughout the tune. Bliss N’ Eso scored their third Top 40 entry from their current “Circus in the Sky” album this past week as “My Life” jumped to No.36, and that new track could leap into the Top 30 this week, potentially becomes the highest charting single for the lads, helped by their current BDO shows.

The Shakira and Rihanna duet of “Can’t Remember to Forget You” entered at No.51 after half a weeks’ sales, and this week it looks set to jump into the Top 30, whilst there’s a possibility of a Top 40 debut for the 360 and Daniel Johns (Silverchair) teaming to enter, entitled “Impossible”, and also set for a Top 40 entry, up from last weeks No.100 debut, is Ellie Goulding with “Goodness Gracious”. Brooklyn, New York four-piece indie-rock band American Authors look set for a Top 50 entry with their debut self-titled EP, featuring the lead single “Best Day of My Life” which is currently Top 40 in the US, and another US act, electronic dance duo Cash Cash could see their first entry from the track “Take Me Home” featuring BeBe Rexha as guest vocalist.

Lower 50: The Vamps have a new song entitled “Wild Heart” which could debut within the Top 60 this coming weekend, whilst the new Foster the People track “Coming of Age” could become a Top 70 entry. Further new entries could come from Enrique Iglesias and Pitbull with “I’m a Freak” (Top 80), the 2010 track “Don’t Give Up” by Herbie Hancock, John Legend and Pink, which is a cover of the Peter Gabriel & Kate Bush (1987)/Shannon Noll & Natalie Bassingthwaighte (2006) duet. There’s also the potential for the tracks “Main Chick” by Kid Ink & Chris Brown or “Covered in Chrome” for Violent Soho to enter the lower one-hundred.

This week it’s a battle between the ‘Frozen’ soundtrack and the new Bruce Springsteen album “High Hopes”, whilst Beyonce might have to be relegated to No.3 this coming weekend.

Bruce scored his tenth UK No.1 album last weekend, and it might be able to debut at the top here, becoming only his third No.1 here, as his two prior chart-topping albums in Australia were “Born in the USA” (8 broken weeks from 22-Oct-1984) and his “Greatest Hits” set (1 week: 12-March-1995, TW-72). “High Hopes” will be his eighteenth studio album, and his past three studio sets have all reached the top three, “Wrecking Ball” (March 2012, HP-2), “Working on a Dream” (February 2009, HP-3) and “Magic” (October 2007, HP-2). Bruce is touring here from early February, so if the album doesn’t debut at No.1 this week, it could go to the top during his month long tour.

If Frozen takes over the No.1 spot from Beyonce this week, it will be only the second Disney soundtrack to reach the top of the Australian charts, and their first animated soundtrack too, as the only other Disney cast recording/soundtrack to reach the top was “High School Musical” (3 weeks from 31-July-2006). It will also be the first soundtrack from an animated film (Disney or others) since “Shrek 2” did it for a week at the end of July 2004.

Retaining their Top 10 albums status this week should be Beyonce, London Grammar, Avicii, Lorde, Eminem and Imagine Dragons, whilst the Arctic Monkeys could climb back up with their album “AM”, as too could Rudimental with “Home”.

The Big Day Out concerts kicked off on the Gold Coast on the 19th of January, so expect rises for albums from performers such as Pearl Jam, Arcade Fire, Major Lazer, Snoop Dogg, Flume, Beady Eye, The Lumineers, Tame Impala, Bliss N’ Eso, The Naked & Famous, GroupLove and Rufus amongst them.

A Great Big World could see their debut album “Is There Anybody Out There?” debut within the Top 30 this coming weekend, whilst Top 50 entries could come for War Paint and their self-titled album, and Switchfoot with their ninth album “Fading West”. In the lower fifty there could be debuts for the soundtrack to the folk filled Coen Brothers film “Inside Llewyn Davis”, and the third album for local country act McAlister Kemp entitled “Harder to Tame”.

Gavin Ryan reports with thanks to Australian-Charts.com

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