The 9513 Last.fm Chart Update (11-8-09)
Last.fm Top Artists
Apparently this group isn’t as crazy for Carrie as you’d think. Despite a brand new album, the best Carrie Underwood could manage was #4 with 25 listeners, behind Johnny Cash (28), Miranda Lambert (27) and Garth Brooks (26). That’s a dead guy, a slightly un-retired guy and a non-radio sweetheart whose new album is a month old. Clearly, The 9513 group does not recognize real country music when it hears it. Underwood did manage to surpass the likes of Willie Nelson (22) and Dolly Parton (21), not to mention current stars like Sugarland (21) and Taylor Swift (19). Surprisingly, the Americana artists had a pretty solid week, with Todd Snider having 18 listeners, putting him on par with George Jones and Alan Jackson. Also, 11 people are now listening to The Avett Brothers, Corb Lund and Ryan Bingham, which makes me smile.
Last.fm Top Albums
As expected Play On did make it to #1, but it shares that spot with Revolution, as both had 15 listeners. Swift’s Fearless, in all its incarnations, was at #3 with 14 listeners, alongside the Dixie Chicks‘ Taking The Long Way. Two other Underwood albums made the Top 10, so her die-hard fans made it a Carrie Week. Gretchen Wilson managed to make it up to #9 with Here For The Party, as 10 people recalled those halcyon days of 2005 when her schtick was fresh. The group with 6 listeners ranges anywhere from Bomshel‘s Fight Like A Girl and Billy Currington‘s Doin’ Something Right to Whiskeytown‘s Pneumonia and Deer Tick‘s War Elephant. This will be the only country music chart where Deer Tick is mentioned in the same sentence as Billy Currington, by the way.
Last.fm Top tracks
Underwood almost manages the clean sweep, as nine of the top 10 songs are from her Play On album. “This Time” had 11 listeners, and “Someday When I Stop Loving You” and “Look At Me” had 10. Lambert’s “White Liar” sneaks in with 9 listeners. All in all, female singers and groups take the top 24 songs, with Luke Bryan breaking up the monotony with “Do I.” Six listeners dug back in the dusty recesses of their mp3 collections to give Randy Travis‘ “Forever and Ever, Amen” and Suzy Bogguss‘ “Someday Soon” a whirl. Even further back, 5 people played “Big Iron” from Marty Robbins, “Angel Band” from The Stanley Brothers and “White Lightning” from George Jones. That concludes our audio tour of country music history. Steel Magnolia also had 5 listeners for “Keep On Lovin’ You,” which isn’t all that great for a track that was available as one of iTunes’ free downloads.
Billboard Country Songs
For the second week in a row, Zac Brown Band holds the Top spot with “Toes,” while Brad Paisley sits at #2 with “Welcome To the Future.” Two of the big gainers for the week are “Cowboy Casanova,” which moves Underwood up to #3, and “Need You Now,” which moves up to #4 and gives Lady Antebellum its third Top 5 song. Meanwhile, Reba McEntire adds another Top 10 hit to her collection, with “Consider Me Gone” being her first solo Top 10 song since “He Gets That From Me” in 2004. The biggest debut of the week went to The Band Perry, which saw “Hip To My Heart” debut at #52. Meanwhile, “Honky Tonk Stomp” by Brooks & Dunn with Billy Gibbons moves backwards for the second straight week (down to #20), meaning that one of country music’s most successful duos is ending their career with a single that even one-third of ZZ Top couldn’t push past #16.
Billboard Country Albums
It may be a little unfair, but Taylor Swift’s Fearless re-debuted and went from #2 to #1. It was the biggest sales gainer of the week, and Swift made history on the Hot 100 Singles chart as well, as all six of the new songs from the platinum edition charted, with five debuting within the Top 30. Overall, she’s got nine singles in the Hot 100, which is a record for a female artist. Back to the country albums, or at least the “country” albums. Jason Aldean moves up three spots, as Wide Open moves from #10 to #7. Lady Antebellum has a resurgence as well, moving up to #4. There weren’t many debuts this week, but Joe Nichols made it to #15 with Old Things New. Rosanne Cash made a reappearance in the Top 10 with The List, which is having a nice little run on the charts. Most other albums that aren’t supported by country radio have a solid debut before falling completely off the charts, but this one has stuck around.
Americana Music Association Chart
As good as it’s doing on the Billboard charts, The List has only made it to #2, where it’s been blocked for the second straight week by The Rose Hotel by Robert Earl Keen. It’s only by a technicality that Hotel keeps the top spot, as both albums had 429 spins last week. The rest of the chart was pretty stable, with only The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band having a big jump, with Speed Of Life moving from #21 to #10. You know the competition is tough on this chart when John Fogerty has stalled out at #7 for the third week in a row with The Blue Ridge Rangers Rides Again. At least Sam Bush managed to move up four spots, with Circles Around Me jumping to #16. Though he hasn’t charted yet, Chris Scruggs (from THAT Scruggs family) had the most adds last week, as Anthem gained 12 stations.
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