For decades, the Billboard charts were the chart that mattered when it came to the music industry. Billboard still matters plenty, but the iTunes Music Store is now the #1 music retailer in the United States.
In what should be news to no one, music and the internet are linked. While many of the albums and songs that top the iTunes charts are also doing well with Billboard in terms of radio and physical CD sales, there are times when the two diverge. People are people wherever you go, but the internet is a universe all it's own. As it happens, Blogcritics is an online magazine, so let's take a look at the Top 10 selling singles and albums at the iTunes Music Store for the week ending June 1, 2009.
First up, the singles:
- "Boom Boom Pow," Black Eyed Peas
- "Fire Burning," Sean Kingston
- "I Know You Want Me (Calle Ocho, More English Extended Mix)," Pitbull
- "LoveGame," Lady GaGa
- "Waking Up In Vegas," Katy Perry
- "Poker Face," Lady GaGa
- "No Boundaries," Kris Allen
- "Don't Stop Believin (Glee Cast Version)," Glee Cast
- "Heartless (American Idol Studio Version)," Kris Allen
- "Don't Trust Me," 3OH!3
If ever I needed a reminder that I am old and out of touch with "the kids," this chart gives me all the reminder I need. I can say I have not heard even one of those songs. Not one. I recognize the name Black Eyed Peas as more than a vegetable, although I think Fergie qualifies as both a bandmember and a vegetable. I've heard of Sean Kingston and Katy Perry. I never heard "I Kissed a Girl" all the way through because I thought it was just awful. Maybe "Waking Up in Vegas" is better. It would cost me a buck to find out. I'll pass.
I didn't know what a Lady GaGa was until I saw this chart. I'd heard someone or something mention Lady GaGa. I had no idea she (I'm assuming here) was a singer. She's got a couple songs in the chart here, so she's popular. Whether or not she's good is best left to someone who has actually listened to her.
Now let's take a look at album sales:
- Relapse, Eminem
- 21st Century Breakdown Green Day
- A_CROSS // The_EARTH: Tear Down the Walls Hillsong United
- Season 8 Favorite Performances Adam Lambert
- The Fame Lady GaGa
- ISolated INcident Dane Cook
- Defying Gravity Keith Urban
- Veckatimest Grizzly Bear
- Only By the Night Kings of Leon
- Big Whiskey and the GrooGrux King Dave Matthews Band
Okay, I'm in a little better stead here than with the singles. I've heard the first single from the "Eminem" album and it's unspeakably terrible. I'm not surprised to see the album doing well, but I am disappointed. That first single/video is completely terrible. I actually got an advance of the Green Day record but haven't listened to it. Rumor has it these guys want to be taken slightly more seriously than they did on Dookie. I didn't like Dookie and I'm unwilling to meet them halfway on this new record. I did hear part of the first single. It sounded like Green Day to me. I couldn't dig in.
Hillsong United is completely unfamiliar to me and we've covered Lady GaGa with the singles. Keith Urban is Nicole Kidman's husband and Australian. That is the extent of my knowledge there.
Interestingly at the backend of the Top 10 we get albums from Dave Matthews Band and Kings of Leon. DMB's new set is the first since the passing of bandmember Le'Roi Moore. Kings of Leon have been major players on the indie circuit and occupied a place somewhere just on the outside of the mainstream. They are known, but not well-known. I keep promising myself I'll one day check them out and I will, but I haven't gotten there yet.