The 9513 Chart Update (1-24-10)

Sam Gazdziak | January 26th, 2010 Top Artists

Johnny Cash rules the roost for a second straight week, this time with 29 listeners. Surprisingly, Sugarland made it up to a tie for #2 with Miranda Lambert, with 26 listeners. After being the dominant artist in the early months of The 9513 group, the duo had lately fallen out of the Top 10. This week’s showing represents a gain of 8 listeners. Lady Antebellum, the band most likely to top Cash in listeners next week, ended up at #6 with 23, along with Alan Jackson and Carrie Underwood. Also making a strong run was Merle Haggard, who ended up at #11 with 20 listeners. It’s the first time he’s been in the Top 20 all year, which is somewhat surprising. Also making the Top 20 for the first time are Kenny Chesney (19 listeners) and Rascal Flatts (18). However, I don’t think they were as missed quite as much as The Hag was. Top Albums

The results for this are so similar to the last two weeks that I think something is wrong with this particular chart. Either that, or we have the most rigid listening habits of any group here. Nevertheless, the one slight change is that Lady Antebellum edged past Lambert’s Revolution, 20 listeners to 18, to take sole possession of the #1 spot on the charts. Top Tracks

A couple of the standbys are at the top of the chart this week – Lady Antebellum’s “Need You Now” with 11 listeners, Lambert’s “The House That Built Me” with 10 – but a few new songs have made their way to the top of the charts. Lady Antebellum has two new songs, “American Honey” and “Our Kind Of Love” with 7 and 6 listeners, respectively. Also coming in with 7 listeners was “Today Was A Fairytale” by Taylor Swift. Granted, this is a song for a romantic comedy soundtrack, but Swift is getting a little old to be singing about fairytales and white horses. Waylon Jennings also had 7 listeners for “Are You Sure hank Done It This Way.” I don’t know if it’s a result of being on the Crazy Heart soundtrack or if people just wanted a Waylon fix, but it’s one of the few songs in the Top 20 that would be considered “country” without putting “pop” in front of it.

Billboard Country Songs

We finally have a new #1 on the charts, and it’s “Southern Voice” by Tim McGraw, which leap-frogged Dierks Bentley to move from #3 to the top spot. “I Just Wanna Make You Close Your Eyes” stays at #2, and Jason Aldean had a big jump from #6 to #3 with “The Truth.” The big gainer for the week was Swift’s “Fearless,” which now sits at #20 after five weeks. This is what star power gets you. Gary Allan just got “Today” to #21, and it’s been charting for 30 weeks now. The best news that the charts have to offer this week is that Trace Adkins‘ “Ala-Freakin-Bama” dropped from #49 to #59, so we’ll soon be able to pretend that this song never actually existed. My apologies to people who do live in Alabama, though, because you’ll be stuck with this song for years.

Billboard Country Albums

The time is rapidly approaching where we will have a new #1 album, potentially for longer than a week. But for now, Fearless, #1. The only change in the Top 10 is that Lambert’s Revolution moved up a spot to #7. While we’re preparing for the great pop-country throwdown of 2010 between Swift and Lady Antebellum, it’s worth noting that the Hannah Montana soundtrack continues to fall, while Jamey Johnson‘s That Lonesome Song moves from #22 to #18 and was one of the biggest gainers for the week.

The highest-charting debut, or re-debut in this case, was Ryan Bingham‘s Roadhouse Sun, which showed up at #64. Bingham’s recent Golden Globe Award seems to be raising his profile outside of the Americana audience that’s known about him for a couple of years now. I think the lesson to take from all this is that if you’re an artist who’s not quite right for country radio, the best thing you can do for your career is to become friends with T-Bone Burnett. And pay your dues and write songs from the heart and stay true to yourself, sure, but mostly become friends with T-Bone.

Americana Music Association Chart

While Rosanne Cash is still at #1 with The List, we have a couple of contenders that leaped into the Top 10. First up is Ray Wylie Hubbard, who moved from #44 to #11 to #4 in three weeks with his Enlightenment album. Also new to the Top 10 is the Crazy Heart soundtrack, which jumped from #26 to #8 this week. While it didn’t make the leap into the Top 10, Crows by Allison Moorer made it to #12. Among the most-added albums are new efforts from Reckless Kelly and Blue Rodeo, so the months-long album drought may be starting to come to an end and we’ll see some new names here. The new releases will have considerable work to do before they reach the heights that Cash and Robert Earl Keen did for their albums. Both The List and The Rose Hotel topped the 6,000-spin mark this week.

Freebie of the Week

I got an email from a reader expressing his hope that Crazy Heart would get Stephen Bruton some notice. Unfortunately, there’s not a lot of material out there – he only released five solo albums in his career, and the first two are out of print. However, thanks to Don Was‘ My Damn Channel v-log, two of the best songs from those albums are available for free download. You can watch videos of Bruton singing “Getting Over You” and “Waiting For A Long Time” and download the audio version of those tracks. It’s only two songs, but they do a good job of showing his guitar abilities that made him such an in-demand musician and the lyrics that were alternately grin-inducing or heart-breaking.

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