The 9513 Last.fm Chart Update (1-10-10)
Last.fm Top Artists
Without any new music at the present, members of The 9513 group have gone back to their favorites, with Miranda Lambert and George Strait tied for #1 with 33 listeners each. While the rest of the Top 10 features some old favorites, artists like Garth Brooks and Taylor Swift (25 listeners each) both made it to #6. While they represent the best-sellers of country’s past and present, neither artist has been consistently well-represented in the group. If Swift dominates the Grammys as well as she did the rest of the awards shows, she might get some extra listeners who will finally cave in to the pressure. Just inside the Top 20, with 21 listeners, was Clay Walker, who’s got a new single after a pretty spotty decade. Perhaps the new song spurred all the ‘90s country fans here to dig out their old CDs. The Avett Brothers, whose popularity here has steadily grown, is up to 17 listeners to lead the way for all Americana artists.
Last.fm Top Albums
Once again, the #1 albums are Lambert’s Revolution and Lady Antebellum. The guys don’t fare much better than previous weeks, with only Justin Townes Earle’s Midnight At The Movies placing in the Top 10, with 12 listeners. The Dixie Chicks have three albums in the Top 10, and Swift’s Fearless (15 listeners), Carrie Underwood’s Carnival Ride (14), Sugarland’s Love On The Inside (13) and Sara Evans’ Real Fine Place (12) also made the Top 10. The back end of the charts, as always, has some interesting results — we have a fair number of Alicia Keys fans, apparently. More impressively, six people played something from Suzy Bogguss’ very underrated Aces album, which came out way back in 1991.
Last.fm Top Tracks
Four of the top five tracks are from Revolution: “Me & Your Cigarettes” (12 listeners), “Dead Flowers,” “Only Prettier” (both with 11) and “The House That Built Me” (10). The only other song with double-digit listeners was Lee Ann Womack’s “Last Call,” which also had 10. Womack has a total of 10 songs on the chart, and none of them contain the words “Dance” or “God.” This is further proof that The 9513 group and the American public at large have vastly different opinions about Womack’s recording career. The rest of the Top 10 features several new singles, including Martina McBride’s “Wrong Baby Wrong Baby Wrong” (9 listeners) and Zac Brown Band’s “Highway 20 Ride” (8). Lady Antebellum still has some momentum with “Need You Now.” It had 8 listeners, two more than its new single, “American Honey.” Another song that’s doing well from an album that’s not out is “The Weary Kind,” the theme from Crazy Heart as performed by Ryan Bingham. It’s tied with Lady GaGa’s “Paparazzi,” which is the theme to my nightmares.
Billboard Country Songs
Not much change at all this week, as the Billboard charts are still recovering from its holiday hibernation, apparently. The Top 8 are identical from last week, with Josh Turner moving from #10 to #9 with “Why Don’t We Just Dance,” and Brad Paisley moving from #12 to #10 with “American Saturday Night.” Before you get too complacent with good songs on the airwaves, bear in mind that the songs next most likely to enter the Top 10 include Jake Owen’s “Eight Second Ride” (currently #12) and Billy Currington’s “That’s How Country Boys Roll.” Owen’s song, incidentally, is now the longest-charting song that still has positive momentum. It’s been on the charts for 31 weeks now.
Billboard Country Albums
Fearless, #1. Again. Underwood’s Play On and Lady Antebellum also have the #2 and #3 spots, as per usual. Albums that did move upwards on the chart include Revolution from #9 to #6, Keith Urban’s Defying Gravity from #16 to #11 and Kenny Chesney’s Greatest Hits II from #20 to #17. Additionally, Bomshel’s Fight Like A Girl jumped from #59 all the way to #40. I’m sure the duo appreciates the anonymous person who bought two dozen copies of their album last week.
Americana Music Association Chart
This chart returns from the holiday break, pretty much as we left it. The List by Rosanne Cash is still #1, with 410 spins last week. Lyle Lovett moves up to #2, with Natural Forces picking up 353 spins, four more than former roommate Robert Earl Keen’s The Rose Hotel. The Top 10 did get a shake-up as A Friend Of A Friend by Dave Rawlings Machine moved up from #10 to #7, and Circles Around Me by Sam Bush went from #11 to #8. The real gainer for the week was The Fall by Norah Jones, which jumped all the way from #40 to #22, a gain of 32 plays over the previous week.
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