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.


priv8pete said...

99.1 gives Carrie Underwood's song a LOT of play. So, if it's getting play on country and contemporary christian stations, that could explain it's place on the billboard list.

Michael in New York said...

Sure, that plus some play on pop stations, single sales, etc. The mix of stations used in determining the charts is definitely pop heavy, but includes a mix of all sorts from around the country, as well as digital sales and other factors. But yes, the song is strongest in Christian and country markets which normally wouldn't be enough to hit the top 20. (Though if you check out the Hot 100 singles chart and the album chart, there's been a sea change in the last five years due to more realistic recoring of actual sales. They used to just poll major chains, who always mentioned the obvious pop albums. Now they use actual sales figures, which is why Hip hop albums, country album, even gospel albums (not to mention things like Barry Manilow's latest) can hit the Top 10 a lot more often than they would 20 years ago.

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