The 9513 Last.fm Chart Update (2-21-10)
Last.fm Top Artists
After a flirtation with some new albums, most of The 9513 group members went back to the old favorites this week. Miranda Lambert is #1 with 29 listeners, and Sugarland makes the big leap up to #2 with 27. That’s nine more listeners than last week. Lady Antebellum and Josh Turner, meanwhile, dropped back down to #10 with 21 listeners. So much for new music. Johnny Cash tied with Lee Ann Womack and Reba McEntire for #5 with 24 listeners. He’s got the next big-name release, so perhaps he can add to his usual high weekly totals. The Americana contingent was led by Justin Townes Earle with 14 listeners and Kasey Chambers with 13.
Last.fm Top Tracks
Of all the Turner tracks that made the Top 10 last week, not a single one repeated the trick this week. In fact, only “Why Don’t We Just Dance” charted at all, with 6 listeners. Lady Antebellum’s “Need You Now” led the way with 9 listeners, Followed by “Hello World” and Womack’s “Last Call” with 8. Among the tracks with 7 listeners was Easton Corbin‘s “A Little More Country Than That,” which benefited from being a free iTunes download, and Cash’s “I Walk The Line,” which benefited from being awesome. Cash also had a #12 song with “Hurt” (6 listeners), making him the only person to ever have two songs in Top 20 that were recorded more than 40 years apart. Along with Lambert, Lady Antebellum and Cash, Earle also had multiple songs in the Top 20, with “Poor Fool” and “The Good Life” having 6 listeners each.
Billboard Country Songs
Turner gets a second week at #1 with “Why Don’t We Just Dance,” with Brad Paisley moving up to #2 with “American Saturday Night.” After that, here comes the Hillbilly Pride songs, with “That’s How Country Boys Roll,” “Hillbilly Bone” and “A Little More Country Than That” all moving up quickly. Outside of the Top 10, Kenny Chesney‘s “Ain’t Back Yet” debuted at #23, one of the highest debuts in a long time. After that, it seems like every song that’s been struggling on the charts is finally gaining ground. “Didn’t You Know How Much I Loved You” by Kellie Pickler moved three spots to #14 after 25 weeks. “Keep On Lovin’ You” by Steel Magnolia moved to #15 after 23 weeks. Even “Today” by Gary Allan moved up a couple spots to #18 after being around for a whopping 34 weeks. Unfortunately, this clearing-house effect also meant that Justin Moore‘s wretched “Backwoods” cracked the Top 20, ending up at #19. Poor Sarah Buxton still can’t catch a break though, as “Outside My Window” only made it to #25, and it’s been kicking around the charts only a week less than “Today.”
Billboard Country Albums
Lady Antebellum is still at #1 with Need You Now, though it got knocked off the top spot of the Top 200 by Sade. Turner’s Haywire debuted at #2 on the country charts and #5 overall. This is the first time since these chart updates began to cover Billboard that Taylor Swift‘s Fearless is as low as #3. It’s clearly time to release a new edition of the album. Reckless Kelly debuted at #22 with Somewhere In Time, which is where Bulletproof landed in 2008. They’re nothing if not consistent. The other debut for the week was a greatest hits package from Chris Cagle at #34. In other news, there’s apparently a country singer out there named Chris Cagle, and he had enough songs to put together a greatest hits package.
Americana Music Association Chart
The Crazy Heart soundtrack and Ray Wylie Hubbard‘s Enlightenment have been trading the #1 and #2 spots for the last three weeks, and this week, it’s Jeff Bridges and company in the top spot. Add to that Patty Griffin‘s House Of Gold holding at #3, Reckless Kelly moving from #10 to #4 and Alison Moorer moving up a notch to #5 with Crows, every album in the Top 5 was released this year. Among the fast risers are Animal Boy by Matt The Electrician (yes, a former electrician), which moved from #37 to #23, and Will Kimbrough‘s Wings, which moved up 11 spots to #17. New albums from Cash, Eleven Hundred Springs and the Carolina Chocolate Drops are getting adds already, and they may be joining the crowd of recent releases at the top. American VI is already at #40 on the charts, in fact.
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