Thursday, March 23, 2006
Billboard's Latest Music Charts
Here's the full Billboard Top 100 albums, with High School Musical back at Number One. If you're wondering what it's like, the TV movie reruns on the Disney Channel tonight and Friday. Donald Fagen debuts at #26 with his latest solo album. His first -- The Nightfly -- was a gem that seemed to indicate Becker was redundant. The rest since then? A shadow of his former greatness. Barry Manilow is at #24. It will be interesting to see how much he jumps up next week after his showcase on American Idol. Manilow's "Love Is A Many Splendored Thing" was certainly more enjoyable than his flogging of "Unchained Melody" (the song he sang when first promoting the album) and it was pretty menschy of Manilow to fly out to check on the arrangements one more time before the kids' performance. On the singles chart, Pearl Jam debuts at #41 with their political diatribe "World Wide Suicide" and Kelly Clarkson has two tunes in the Top 30. Longtime hit "Because of You" (which peaked at #7) actually rises four slots to #22 and latest hit "Walk Away" is at #16 and rising. They go along nicely with her 5 times platinum album Breakaway. Fellow Idol Carrie Underwood peaked at #20 with "Jesus Takes The Wheel," very impressive since it's essentially a country song.