The 9513 Last.fm Chart Update (1-10-10)
Last.fm Top Artists
Just when you thought we’d had pretty much all of the Johnny Cash material that was available, we were treated with the news that one more album is going to be released this year. He’s doing pretty good with posthumous releases, but he’s got a way to go before he’s in the Tupac realm. For now, though, Cash had 26 listeners and was the #1 artist for the week. George Strait and Reba McEntire tied with 24 listeners along with upstart Lady Antebellum. Reba and Lady Antebellum were the only two artists in the Top 10 who gained listeners this week; perhaps new singles had something to do with it in both cases. Miranda Lambert lost 10 listeners from the previous week and ended up with 23, tied at #5 with a group that included Carrie Underwood, Alan Jackson and Dixie Chicks. Neko Case and The Avett Brothers were the leading Americana acts with 14 listeners.
Last.fm Top Tracks
Due to a glitch in the system, there isn’t a new Top Albums chart. Honestly, I wish it was the Top Tracks chart that was broken, because it’s a complete cluster this week. There are not one, but two Lady GaGa tracks in the Top 5 (“Bad Romance” and “Paparazzi,” with 7 listeners each). What’s worse, Miley Cyrus‘ “Party In The U.S.A.” had 6 listeners to rank at #14. Comparatively speaking, the batch of new Vampire Weekend tracks that had 5 listeners sound traditionalist country by comparison. The #1 track was “Need You Now” by country stalwarts Lady Antebellum, followed with 9 by Lee Ann Womack‘s “Last Call.” The batch of songs with 7 listeners also included “Suds In The Bucket” by Sara Evans, “Strawberry Wine” by Deana Carter and “Temporary Home” by Carrie Underwood. The songs with 6 listeners includes “January Wedding” and “Kick Drum Heart” by The Avetts, “Travelin’ Soldier” by the Dixie Chicks, “She Won’t Be Lonely Long” by Clay Walker and “Independence Day” by Martina McBride. And believe me, it takes every one of those songs and a few more to cancel out Miley Cyrus.
Billboard Country Songs
Reba’s “Consider Me Gone” maintains its deathgrip on #1, but Dierks Bentley moves up to #2 with “I Just Wanna Make You Close Your Eyes.” What’s more, Lambert’s “White Liar” moves up to #4 from #6, and Jason Aldean‘s “The Truth” moves from #7 to #6. With no new songs in the Top 10, it’s nice to see some decent songs at least moving upward. The number of lousy tunes moving through the Top 20 is a little frightening; we now have “Hillbilly Bone” by Blake Shelton and Trace Adkins up to #18. The biggest debut for the week was “This Is Our Moment” by Kenny Chesney at #50; there’s no mention of which pop star he’s dueting with there.
Billboard Country Albums
Fearless, #1. The one change is that Lady Antebellum moved up to #2, ahead of Underwood’s Play On. Darius Rucker‘s Learn To Live moved from #8 to #6. Defying Gravity by Keith Urban moved up to #10 and knocked Hannah Montana’s soundtrack out of the Top 10, and praise be to him for that. The next goal of the Miley Purge is to get her out of the Top 20. Rascal Flatts‘ Unstoppable (up to #11) can keep doing its periodic sales surges all it wants if we can make it happen.
Americana Music Association Chart
The Top 5 is still essentially the same, with minor changes Rosanne Cash is still #1 with The List; it had 418 spins this week. The newest album on the charts, at #11, is Ray Wylie Hubbard‘s A: Enlightenment B: Endarkenment (Hint: There Is No C). Yes, the title is obnoxious, but the album proves that any cover can be improved by someone wielding a sword. See: Case, Neko. Norah Jones gains ground with The Fall, which moves from #22 to #18, but the big gainer was John Evans‘ Lollygaggin’, which jumps 16 places to #21. Evans is a Texas country/rockabilly artist and is not to be confused with the British photographer, the standup comic, the photographer or the former governor of Colorado of the same name. Other debuts of note are Alison Moorer‘s Crows at #25 and the Crazy Heart soundtrack at #26. Those are both likely to shake up the Top 10 eventually.
Freebie of the Week
Dave Rawlings Machine is at #7 on the AMA charts with A Friend Of A Friend, marking the first time that he’s stepped up to sing lead vocals in his partnership with Gillian Welch. His recent appearance at the Daytrotter Sessions gives you a chance to download three of the songs: “Ruby,” “Method Acting/Cortez The Killer” and “Sweet Tooth.” Head to Daytrotter and start downloading.
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