The 9513 Last.fm Chart Update (2-28-10)
Last.fm Top Artists
Johnny Cash closes out February as the #1 artist for the week, with 30 listeners, a high-water mark for him for the year. Right behind him was Miranda Lambert with 29. After that, the list drops off considerably, as the artists tied for #3 were Gary Allan and Reba McEntire with 20 listeners apiece. Lady Antebellum really fell off, with just 15 listeners. In a change of pace, seven of the Top 10 singers were men, with McEntire, Lambert and Lee Ann Womack (19 listeners) breaking through for the women. Sarah Buxton managed 11, thanks to her new album, and Josh Thompson had just 7 people listen to him on his release week. Townes Van Zandt had 11 listeners to lead the way for the Americana artists.
The 9513 Last.fm Artists of the Month
- Miranda Lambert: 110 listeners
- George Strait: 94
Johnny Cash: 94
- Brad Paisley: 86
- Lady Antebellum: 85
Carrie Underwood: 85
Gary Allan: 85
Last.fm Top Albums
This chart finally seems to be fixed after being out of commission for a month, as it has Lambert’s Revolution with 15 listeners and Cash’s new American VI: Ain’t No Grave with 13. Cash fans must have been in a reflective mood this week, as American IV: The Man Comes Around had 7 listeners to rank #14. The Top 5 was rounded out by That Lonesome Song by Jamey Johnson, Some Hearts by Carrie Underwood, Brad Paisley‘s American Saturday Night and Josh Turner‘s Haywire, all with 9 listeners. Country California sweetheart Ashley Monroe managed to make it into the Top 10 as well, with 8 people checking out Satisfied.
Last.fm Top Tracks
There were 11 songs that made it into the Top 10, and all but one were from Cash. “Ain’t No Grave” had 13 listeners to lead the way, and “Aloha Oe,” “Cool Water” and “Can’t Help But Wonder Where I’m Bound” had 11. Cash also had 6 listeners for “Folsom Prison Blues” and “Hurt,” so it was a real career retrospective week for some people. Only Turner’s “Why Don’t We Just Dance” with 9 listeners snuck through, making him one of only six non-Cash singers in the Top 20. Some high-ranking songs by living people included “I Run To You” by Lady Antebellum and “The House That Built Me” and “Airstream Song” by Lambert with 7 listeners. Ryan Bingham also entered the Top 20 for “I Don’t Know,” which had 6 listeners.
The Last.fm Tracks of the Month
- Lady Antebellum – “Need You Now”: 43 listeners
- Josh Turner – “Why Don’t We Just Dance”: 35
- Miranda Lambert – “The House That Built Me”: 34
- Lady Antebellum – “American Honey”: 29
- Lady Antebellum – “Hello World”: 26
Miranda Lambert – “White Liar”: 26
Billboard Country Songs
For a third straight week, the #1 song is “Why Don’t We Just Dance,” making it officially the biggest song of Turner’s career. Because of that and the fact that Paisley stuck at #2 with “American Saturday Night,” everything else pretty much stalled as well, with just a couple songs moving up a spot. Turner’s gain was a loss for Toby Keith, as “Crying For Me” fell back a couple spots to #8. The one song that did gain considerable ground was “Ain’t Back Yet” by Kenny Chesney. After two weeks on the chart, it’s at #15, which is pretty much unheard of for a singer who’s not young, blonde and female. The old guard of Nashville (meaning anyone over 30) had a nice resurgence in general, as the current singles from George Strait, Tim McGraw and Martina McBride all moved up at least a couple of spots, though they’re all still outside of the Top 20 at the moment.
Billboard Country Albums
The Top 5 didn’t change at all, meaning that Lady Antebellum and Turner are still the artists to beat. The Crazy Heart soundtrack moved up a couple of notches to #6, it’s highest position on the chart to date. It’ll probably need an Oscar win to move up much higher, but it’s hanging tough with some of the genre’s hottest stars without receiving much if any mainstream radio play. The only major debut for the week was She’s Like Texas from The Josh Abbott Band; the Texas band’s second release came in at #28. Right behind that at #29 was Ride Through The Country from Colt Ford. Maybe his collaboration with Johnson on “Cold Beer” is gaining some new fans for the country/hip-hop artist.
Americana Music Association Chart
After a rash of new albums, the Top 5 has stabilized, with Crazy Heart at #1 and Ray Wylie Hubbard‘s Enlightenment at #2. Hubbard has the lead in overall spins, though, 2,571 to 2,445. The Band of Heathens‘ One Foot In The Ether moved up to #6 and has the most spins of any album on the chart with 7,498, one play ahead of Robert Earl Keen‘s The Rose Hotel. New to the Top 10 this week are Wings from Will Kimbrough, which shot from #17 to #9, and The Things We Left Behind by Blue Rodeo, moving up 3 spots to #10. American VI was at #12 in its second week on the chart, with 201 spins and 20 new ads. The only album that was added to more stations was The Open Road from John Hiatt, debuting at #30 with 22 adds and 122 spins.
Freebie of the Week:
It’s March, which means preparations for the year’s greatest holiday, St. Patrick’s Day, should have already begun in earnest. You can get in the spirit by downloading three songs from The Bloody Irish Boys on Last.fm. They describe themselves as a drinking group with a music problem and are in the Pogues/Dropkick Murphys punk Irish vein. “Drunk Tonight” is the best of the free bunch. In a more traditional vein, there’s Aul’ Grey Whistle, a Celtic-folk band from Australia. This band has 10 tracks available, including some good instrumentals like “Jenny’s Picking Cockles – The Earl’s Chair” and a take on the traditional “Tipping It Up To Nancy.”
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