The 9513 Last.fm Chart Update (8-2-09)

Sam Gazdziak | August 4th, 2009

We’ve got to go all the way back to the very end of May to find a female artist at the top of The 9513 charts, and that was Jennifer Nettles as one-half of Sugarland. This week, we’ve got three of them at #1, courtesy of the Dixie Chicks. Unlike some of the artists who pop up on the charts as a result of a new album or new single, there’s absolutely nothing at work here beyond a loyal fanbase. Interestingly enough, the two albums that garnered the most listeners were Fly and Home (both with 11). The latest, supposedly non-country release, Taking The Long Way, had just 6 listeners.

The Chicks haven’t had a new album out since 2006. Even their Web site is rather dormant, as the tour dates are now three years out of date, and the latest news concerned Martie Maguire recommending a new CD by Jill “Crossing Jordan” Hennessey. Outside of that, the only recent news concerned a leaked song that was to show up on a movie soundtrack and reports of a bluegrass album by fiddler Maguire. Fans are loyal to a point, but word that something–anything–is in the works would be appreciated.

Really, I just want to see the political breakdown in the group when the Chicks do release something new. Will the liberals buy it in droves, and will the conservative members counter with massive airplay of Hank Williams Jr. and John Rich?

The Top 10 Artists has more of a feminine touch than usual, with Patty Loveless, Sugarland and Lee Ann Womack tied for #4 with 21 listeners, and Martina McBride, Trisha Yearwood and Miranda Lambert tied for #8 with 20. Brad Paisley, who had been firmly ensconced at #1 for a couple weeks now, slipped to #8 as well. Michelle Branch, fresh off a hotly discussed single review, showed up with 13 listeners, tying her with the likes of Haggard, Jones, Jennings, Williams and… Shelton. Blake, not Rickey Van. Charlie Robison led the way for Americana artists with 12 listeners, one ahead of Emmylou Harris and Dale Watson and two ahead of Ryan Adams and Lucinda Williams.

The top album of the week, making a return to #1 after a bit of a hiatus, was Womack’s Call Me Crazy. It had 14 listeners this week, two more than the second-best album, Carnival Ride by Carrie Underwood. Womack also had There’s More Where That Came From tied for #3, along with six other albums that had 11 listeners. Along with the two Chicks albums, Alan Jackson‘s Good Time, McBride’s Shine and Tim McGraw‘s Set This Circus Down also were tied for #3. Keith Urban sneaks a couple of albums, Defying Gravity and Be Here, in at #10 with 10 listeners. Taylor Swift‘s self-titled album and Josh Turner‘s Your Man also ended up at #10.

Lambert’s single, “Dead Flowers,” may be reaching an untimely demise on the Billboard charts, but it’s alive and well on The 9513 charts, taking the #1 spot in the Top Tracks with 9 listeners. In at #2 was “Wild At Heart” from Gloriana. That’s the country band where the men pay more attention to their hair than Rascal Flatts and one of the women was on an MTV reality show. So, just like the Carter Family, really. In the group of seven songs tied at #3 with 7 listeners, we have two from Swift (“You Belong With Me” and “White Horse), two from Paisley (“Welcome To The Future” and “Then”) and songs from Womack (“Last Call”), Turner (“Would You Go With Me”) and McBride (Ride”). After that backlog, we’ve got 16 songs tied for #10 with 6 listeners. Among the highlights there are “Reconsider” by Robison, “Straight Tequila Nights” by John Anderson, “Always The Love Songs” by Eli Young Band and “Down In Mississippi (Up To No Good)” by Sugarland.

Freebies of the Week: A couple random things this week. Of course, you all know about the Jamey Johnson single available as a free download from his website. So go get that. On a decidedly less country note, Last.fm has a song from Enter The Haggis available for free, called “The Litter And The Leaves.” They’re a celtic rock band from Toronto, and aside from having a fantastic fiddle player in the band, there’s really nothing country about them. Well, they have a bagpipes player, and Glen Campbell also plays the bagpipes, so there’s another tenuous connection. Still, they’re one of my favorites, and after looking through some of the libraries of our group members, we’ve got more than a few celtic music fans, so hopefully there’s at least a few people who’d be interested in this track. Finally, for the alt-country fans, here’s a song from Or The Whale that’s been rattling around in my head since I finally tracked down their debut CD, Light Poles & Pines. The song is “Call And Response,” and if you need any more incentive to check it out, I was originally turned on to this band by The 9513’s own Kelly Dearmore.

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  1. Razor X
    August 4, 2009 at 10:48 am

    How are the Last FM album charts compiled? Does the whole album have to get played or is just a listing of the albums that contain the most listened-to tracks for the week?

  2. Andrew Lacy
    August 4, 2009 at 10:56 am

    I’m pretty sure if someone listens to one track off the album, it gets counted.

  3. Sam G.
    August 4, 2009 at 11:00 am

    I believe that if you play one song from an album, that counts as a listen for that album. So in this case, more people listened to something from “Call Me Crazy” than any other album.

    The one bug about that is that I’m not sure how Last.fm handles tracks from greatest hits albums and things like that. I don’t know how comprehensive its albums database is, either, but I think it’s pretty accurate for the most part.

  4. Razor X
    August 4, 2009 at 11:35 am

    The one bug about that is that I’m not sure how Last.fm handles tracks from greatest hits albums and things like that.

    I think it depends on what they have in their database. I’ve noticed sometimes when I listen to a track it comes up on my Last FM page with the wrong album artwork. The other issue is songs that are incorrectly tagged that Last FM might not recognize as something in its database.

  5. Sam G
    August 4, 2009 at 1:07 pm

    “The other issue is songs that are incorrectly tagged that Last FM might not recognize as something in its database.”

    Last.fm’s auto-correcting feature has actually improved enough to make it usable. At first, it was way off in what it considered “incorrect,” but it’s good at finding tracks that were mis-titled or misspelled when I added them to iTunes and putting them with the proper artist and album.

  6. J.R. Journey
    August 4, 2009 at 2:07 pm

    I use the auto-correct feature on my Last FM account too – I label my songs for my own use and sometimes it’s different from the actual title or artist name. And that does affect the charts when something is labeled differently. For instance, Reba’s new single is actually our #1 track this week, but 5 people have it labeled Reba and 5 more as Reba McEntire, giving it 2 separate entries.

  7. Matt B.
    August 4, 2009 at 2:28 pm

    I’m one who has it listed as “Reba” but that’s because of how it was tagged when sent to me.

  8. SamB
    August 4, 2009 at 3:12 pm

    Last.fm’s album database is notoriously dodgy. It tends to have a lot of songs just not assigned to any albums, as that often relies on the record company to do it. If nobody has, then said artist just has tons of unassigned songs.
    The ‘official’ album pages compiled by the labels are frequently wrong or badly named, too.

  9. Nicolas
    August 4, 2009 at 10:10 pm

    @JR Journey: Well, I guess that’s what Reba gets for dropping her last name lol

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