The 9513 Last.fm Chart Update (12-27-09)
Last.fm Top Artists
The 9513 group members apparently worked music into their holiday celebrations somehow, as the numbers don’t show any kind of a drop from previous weeks. Brad Paisley closes out the year at #1 with 31 listeners. Far behind, with 26, were Trisha Yearwood and Miranda Lambert at #2. Rascal Flatts makes a rare Top 10 appearance at #9 with 21 listeners – a disturbing trend that hopefully will not continue into the next decade. Faith Hill also showed up at #10 with 20 listeners. For anyone who thinks that your favorite young singer is going to have a long and productive career with gobs of #1 hits and awards, consider Faith Hill for a moment. She started the 2000s as one of the hottest things in music, with success in both the pop and country music worlds. She ended the decade without a non-Christmas hit song in four years and is now mostly known as the guardian of her husband’s crotch from strange and overenthusiastic fans.
Last.fm Top Albums
The blondes continue to rule the charts, as Lambert, Carrie Underwood and Sugarland all have two albums in the Top 10, with Kellie Pickler and Taylor Swift have one each. Revolution had 16 listeners, followed by Carnival Ride (15), Fearless (14), Play On (13) and Love On The Inside (12).Paisley’s American Saturday Night (11) and Jamey Johnson‘s That Lonesome Song (10) were the only albums from male artists to make the Top10. I’m definitely ready for the next big album release that breathes some new life into this chart. Just outside the Top 10, with 9 listeners, we have Zac Brown Band‘s The Foundation, Martina McBride‘s Shine and Justin Townes Earle‘s Midnight At The Movies. So with the addition of a couple more eclectic listeners, The 9513’s charts could look much different.
Last.fm Top Tracks
Revolution got some serious play last week, as the top eight songs were all from that album. “White Liar” led the way with 14 listeners, but “The House That Built Me” (11), “Dead Flowers” (11) and “Only Prettier” (10) also did well. “Rattlin’ Bones” from Kasey Chambers & Shane Nicholson (7 listeners) helped break up the monotony, as did “Wrapped” by George Strait, “Mama” by Holly Williams and “Independence Day” by McBride. “And It Spread” by The Avett Brothers had 6 listeners, and it’s great to see people listening to more than just the title track of the new album. A handful of Christmas tunes did pretty well, with Pickler’s version of “Santa Baby” leading with 6 listeners, ahead of McBride’s “O Holy Night” and Darius Rucker‘s “Candy Cane Christmas,” among others.
Billboard Country Songs
Reba McEntire finally beat down Lady Antebellum and got “Consider Me Gone” to #1, the first time she’s managed that since “Somebody” in 2004. Tim McGraw‘s “Southern Voice” entered the Top 5 at #5, and “White Liar” moved up a couple notches to #6. This all came at the expense of David Nail‘s “Red Light,” which was on the charts for an incredible 43 weeks and peaked last week at #7. It moved back to #9 this week, so Nail finally gets to release his follow-up single. Another song moving the wrong way was “Backwoods” from Justin Moore, which dropped a spot at #28. Hopefully, the country boy/redneck pride anthem trend has run its course. “Temporary Home” by Underwood showed the most movement of anything on the chart, moving from #26 to #21. After “Need You Now” dominated the singles chart for so long, Lady Antebellum looks to repeat its success with “American Honey,” which debuted at #47.
Billboard Country Albums
Fearless is still #1, and was the sales gainer for the week again. This can only mean that the “Pure Extreme Platinum” version is in the works. There was some movement in the Top 10 this week, as The Foundation rose to #5 and Wide Open to #6, as Zac Brown and Jason Aldean continue to strike a blow for big guys and poseurs, respectively. The biggest debut of the week was Phil Vassar‘s “Traveling Circus,” which made it to #29. If nothing else, it has the most interesting album cover on the charts, so maybe it will get some sales from breaking up the row after row of godawful bland album covers that dominate the country section of record stores.
Freebie of the Week
California-based singer Grant Langston must love his fans, as he’s got quite a bit of free music available. In case you’d missed the notices in The 9513’s daily news, his new album, Stand Up Man, is available as a free download. It’s well worth it to get songs like “Shiner Bock and Vicodin,” “The King of Sunset Hills” and “I Give Up.” He’s also got 14 live songs available at Last.fm. Pick up your copies of “Divorce Number One,” “Drunken Prince Charming” and “Burt Reynolds Movie Brawl” among others at Last.fm.
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