Thursday, January 15, 2009

[WGO] It's A Bittersweet Week

The album chart this week is shaping to be another good one for Taylor Swift. Nickelback is set to be #2 despite no attention-making single, with Kanye, Beyonce and the Twilight soundtrack rounding out the top 5.

The sad part is every single album in the top 10 all sold less than last week by at the least 17%. In fact, for the majority of the albums sold less than last week by quite a bit, except for Katy Perry, who saw a boost in the sales of her album "One Of the Boys", which sits high at #15, after being at #23 last week. Maybe the publicity of her breaking up with that dude from Gym Class Heroes worked in her favor? Because her new single "Thinking of You" continues to be a new fave at top 40 radio, as it is again the most added song to CHR stations.

The "Hot Shot" of the week is a blast from the past: DJ Scribble's "Total Club Hits 2", which debuts at #16. Remember him from those MTV Spring Break shows where he'd rock the turntables as pretty people walked the "runway" in bathing suits and Destiny's Child sang "No No No" before they were famous? I sure do.

My girl Lady GaGa also saw a bit boost in sales this week, no doubt thanks to the glory of having a #1 single on the Hot 100 with "Just Dance" (finally), to #14, up from #24 last week. Same goes for my newfound giddylove Kings of Leon, who sit at #17, when they were #33 last week.

The biggest loser this week on the album chart seems to be Guns N' Roses' "Chinese Democracy" (uh...surprising? How about no.) which fell from #30 to #40, and High School Musical 3's soundtrack, falling from #28 to #43. It's a miracle that soundtrack is still in the top 50, honestly. Was it really the hit everyone was clamoring it to be?

MGMT, the indie-esque rock band that's actually repped by mammoth Columbia Records, continue their ascent into the Album Chart this week at #38 with "Oracular Spectacular".

Of all of the entries into the Billboard 200 this week, I'm most excited by the emergence of Hollywood Undead, a rock/rap group that dons masks and is currently the sweetheart of A&M/Octone Records -- the site of my internship that begins in less than a week! I'm excited because I get to join in a project just as it starts to emerge as a major player! Psyched! Their album "Swan Songs" is up to #48 from#58 last week (although it peaked at #22 awhile back...).

Other most added songs to radio this week include P!NK's soulful "Sober" (Hot Adult Contemporary) (the more I listen to this song, the more I adore it), Keyshia Cole's "Playa Cardz Right" feat. 2Pac (Urban Adult Contemp) (the same week a film about Notorious B.I.G. comes to theatres...hmmm...interesting), Daughtry's "What About Now" (Adult Contemp), Coldplay's "Lovers In Japan" (AAA), Papa Roach's "Lifeline" (Active Rock), Tim McGraw's "Nothin' To Die For" (Country), Theory of a Dead Man's "Hate My Life" (Rock), Jazmine Sullivan's "Lions and Tigers" (Urban) and Akon's "Beautiful" (Rhythmic).

Lady Gaga continues her grip on both her disco stick and the Hot 100 as "Just Dance" is #1 again this week! Rest of the top 10 is:

2. Beyonce "Single Ladies (Put A Ring On It)"
3. Kanye West "Heartless" (the airplay gainer -- making it's peak position so far)
4. T.I. feat. Rihanna "Live Your Life"
5. Taylor Swift "Love Story"
6. Katy Perry "Hot N Cold"
7. Jason Mraz "I'm Yours"
8. Kevin Rudolf "Let It Rock"
9. Britney Spears "Womanizer"
10. The All American Rejects "Gives You Hell" (the sales gainer - up from#18)

Blast from the past with the All American Rejects who could do no wrong in 2005 with "Dirty Little Secret" (I still think of John Tucker Must Die when I hear that song), "Move Along" and "It Ends Tonight."

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