The 9513 Last.fm Chart Update (9-27-09)
Last.fm Top Artists
George Strait has held the #1 spot for most of the month of September, but Brad Paisley takes over this week with 29 listeners, one more than Strait. Dwight Yoakam, having a bit of a resurgence despite not having any new material, tied Tim McGraw for third place with 24. Miranda Lambert, who’s got a brand new album coming out tomorrow, came in at #5 with 23. Tomorrow is going to be a very busy purchasing day for country music listeners, and we should see a decent boost from a few artists on the chart besides Lambert, including Patty Loveless (#15, 18 listeners), Robert Earl Keen (#150, 6), The Avett Brothers (#150, 6) and Corb Lund (#350, 3). This is, assuming that everyone has a nearly unlimited shopping budget thanks to this great economy, where salaries are high and no one has to decide between food and luxury items like new music.
Last.fm Top Albums
The two crazy albums from Lambert and Lee Ann Womack tied for the top spot with 13 listeners, just ahead of self-titled debuts from Lady Antebellum and Gloriana, Fearless by Taylor Swift and Kerosene by Lambert. Three of Paisley’s albums ended up tied at #7 with 11 listeners. Somehow, Rascal Flatts came in at #7 as well with Unstoppable. Apparently, they really are unstoppable, like death, taxes and Carrie Underwood fans. Speaking of, Carnival Ride had 11 listeners as well. And if we learned anything from last week, it’s that Jason Aldean is the guilty pleasure of many readers here at The 9513. Nine of them listened to Wide Open last week, though most of them might not admit it.
Last.fm Top Tracks
The dynamic duo of Strait and Reba McEntire tied for #1 with “Living For The Night” and “Strange,” respectively, so Strait makes it to #1 on a Last.fm chart this week after all. There are ten songs tied for #3 with 7 listeners, and half of them are from Lambert – “White Liar” and “Dead Flowers” are both from the new release, boding well for next week. McEntire (“Consider Me Gone”), Womack (“Solitary Thinkin’”), Billy Currington (“Good Directions”), Gloriana (“Wild At Heart”) and Zac Brown Band (“Toes”) also made the Top 10. While most of the songs in the Top Tracks are relatively new, we have a few classics still finding listeners, including “Walkaway Joe” by Trisha Yearwood, “Deeper Than The Holler” by Randy Travis, “When You Say Nothing At All” by Keith Whitley and “Cowboy Casanova” by Tammy Wynette, all of which had 5 listeners.
Billboard Country Singles
Shockingly, a song celebrating rural life is at #1 this week. I know, there’s so few of them being recorded these days. In this case, it’s “Small Town USA” from Justin Moore, which jumped from #3. “American Ride” by Toby Keith moved from #4 to #2. “Toes” by the Zac Brown Band entered the Top 10 at #9, meaning that casual swearing and drug references are now accepted in country radio. Can’t wait to hear Josh Turner‘s new songs, now that the shackles are off. Much like George Sherman, “Cowboy Casanova” by Carrie Underwood continues its unrelenting march to #1, moving up to #11 after 3 weeks on the chart. Also shooting up the charts is “Southern Voice” by Tim McGraw, again, because songs about Southern life are so few and far between that each one has to become a hit. If there’s any consolation to be had, it’s that “That Thang” by Fast Ryde dropped nine places, plummeting back to #47.
Billboard Country Albums
Swift’s Fearless has returned to the #1 spot, and Zac Brown Band’s The Foundation moved to #2, which is as high as it’s ever gotten after 44 weeks on the chart. If every parent in the country held back their kids’ allowance for just one week, Brown could finally get a #1 album. Aldean’s Wide Openmoves back into the Top 5, and Lady Antebellum’s debut re-enters the Top 10, a remarkable achievement after having been on the charts for almost a year and a half. Solo: Songs My Dad Loved by Ricky Skaggs debuted at #1 on the Bluegrass Albums chart and was the top debut on the country charts, appearing at #38. Chris Knight made it up to #64 with his Trailer II album, leaving all the Swift fans to wonder who he is.
Americana Music Association Charts
For the second week in a row, Acquired Taste by Delbert McClinton is #1, with 407 spins. Among the biggest gainers are Band of Heathens, which moved from #5 to #3 with One Foot In the Ether and Cross Canadian Ragweed, which moved from #15 to #6 with Happiness And All The Other Things. The top debut for the week was Keen’s The Rose Hotel, which had 225 spins and is probably destined to be within the Top Five with in the next two weeks or so. The album also had 16 adds, which was the third-most of any album. Rosanne Cash‘s The List had the most adds, with 28, in anticipation of its October 6 release.
Freebie of the Week
One of the finest concerts I ever saw took place when the folk duo Sara Lee Guthrie and Johnny Irion battled a makeshift sound system at an Americana festival and lost. After about 10 minutes of trying to get the microphones to do anything besides screech, the two stepped down from the stage onto the grass in front, had the audience pull their chairs up close and proceeded to perform a full unplugged set, including occasional accompaniment from members of Chatham County Line. Even without any mics, their voices soared, and they managed to nail those close harmonies that only couples or blood relatives are ever able to achieve. I don’t know if they’d ever rank that among their best shows, but for those of us who were there, it was a moment to remember. If you’re not familiar with them, head over to their website and download a few of the songs from their album, Exploration, as well as a few from Irion’s solo work. “Dr. King” in particular is a stand-out track, and “Kindness” is an excellent choice, too.
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