Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Finnish Charts 1/2012

The bestselling album of 2011 kicks off the year 2012 on the throne as Adele's 21 climbs back to the top spot of the Finnish Albums Chart on the first week of 2012. Out of the nine christmas albums on 2011's last chart, all except Antti Tuisku's Minun jouluni 2 (this week 7-37) left the Top 50 this week, including last weeks number 3 Michael Bublé's Christmas. Nightwish remains on the second position when the previous week's number-one album, Chisu's Kun valaistun, falls down to number three. Erin's Hunningolla climbs back to its peak position, number four, a position it held on its first week and to which it has since returned five times since that, but so far not yet higher. Now in its 29th week on the chart it takes a huge jump from 46 to 4, in total its eighth week on that position.
Elsewhere on the chart it can be mentioned that Tuure Kilpeläinen climbs to number 6, one below its peak position, Juha Tapio returns to Top 10 after spending five weeks between 11 and 15, Nickelback jumps from 20 to 11 (Here and Now debuted at #10), Rammstein's compilation album Made in Germany is at 14 (peak #12), Sade re-enters with The Ultimate Collection at 18 (which was also its peak on its week of entry, 19/2011) and Lord Est enters at 33 with Sonmoro senjoro. The late Kari Tapio is still on the chart with two compilation albums, Laulaja 1945-2010  and Valaise yö – Lauluja elämää suuremmasta  are at 41 and 46, even if the most recent Olen suomalainen - 44 Huippuhetkeä 1972 - 1992  drops out of the chart - his son Jani Jalkanen however re-enters the chart on its new peak position #34. Honorable mention goes to Finnish 70's rock legends Wigwam, who this week re-enters the chart at number 40 with Nuclear Nightclub with an album that topped the charts in August 1975.

The Singles Chart has a new number-one, as the aptly titled Vuosi vaihtuu ("the year changes" in Finnish) by Lord Est feat. Mikael Gabriel moves from sixth position to the top in its second week. Within a year it's already the third chart-topper for Lord Est, as he first reached the top as a featured artist on Petri Nygård's Selvä Päivä on the fourth week of 2011, then on week 27 returned to number-one with Reggaerekka (this time with Petri Nygård receiving the "feat." credit) and now on the first week of 2012 with Vuosi vaihtuu. Last week's number one Adele and Someone Like You falls down to #4, Chisu's Kohtalon oma and Rihanna's We Found Love coming in there between. Meanwhile Adele's Rolling in the Deep returns to its peak position #6 (at which it was almost a year ago on week 13) now in its 39th week on the chart. No new entries on the chart, but Kaija Koo and Avicii re-enter at the low end of Top 20.

Lord Est also tops The Official Download Chart, which this week is for Top 20 exactly the same as the Singles Chart - what's the point of having two separate charts that are exactly the same? With the exception of Nightwish's Storytime and Apulanta's Pihtiote, two singles that were released as CD-singles and therefore had bigger sales on the Singles Chart, it's been for a long time same songs on same positions on both charts. Daddy by Emeli Sandé enters the download chart this week at #25, having already reached #7 on The Finnish Airplay Chart in mid-December. Florence + The Machine with What the Water Gave also enters the chart at #21.

On The Airplay Chart Kohtalon oma by Chisu was the first number one of the year, but on week 2 it was dethroned after seven weeks on the top spot by Nickelback and When We Stand Together, thus giving the Canadians their first number-one hit in Finland.

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