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iTunes Chart Watch 10/26/09: Owl City, New Moon Soundtrack Top iTunes Charts

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Honesty is the best policy, except for when it's not.  I chose the honest approach when I started this column and it has served me well because I don't have to pretend I'm remotely excited about any of the entries in this week's iTunes charts.  I'm not.

I don't know what it is that's making vampires all the rage again, but I sure wish it would stop.  I've not read the books or seen the movies, but from a disinterested observer it seems the whole point of Twilight is that maybe, just maybe, naughty vampires need love, too.  Stephanie Meyer's novels are cash cows and the first movie made a metric buttload of money, and if the enthusiasm being generated by the second film's soundtrack is any indication we have not seen the end of the phenomenon. 

Joining the New Moon soundtrack on the albums' chart is another soundtrack, this one for Where The Wild Things Are.  We've also got a new album from Joss Stone.  Many of the other Top 10 albums have been on the chart for awhile.

On the singles chart, Owl City has displaced Miley Cyrus on the top spot.  I've not listened to Owl City, but the 30 second soundclip of "Fireflies" temporarily decreased my IQ by 15 percent.  This song ought to be used against enemy combatants.  They'll give up the goods without ever knowing they did.  I know some artists recently got pissed off when they found out their music was used as a form of… "enhanced interrogation" down at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.  I suppose that would go up my ass sideways, too, knowing my music might be  considered capable of inducing torture.  Either way, I've listened to the only 30 seconds of Owl City I plan to listen to on purpose.  Shocking.

iTunes' top 10 selling singles of the week ending Oct. 19, 2009:

1. "Fireflies" – Owl City
2. "Party In the U.S.A." – Miley Cyrus
3. "Meet Me Halfway" – Black Eyed Peas
4. "Whatcha Say" – Jason DeRulo
5. "3" – Britney Spears
6. "Replay" – Iyaz
7. "Down" – Jay Sean
8. "I Gotta Feeling" -Black Eyed Peas
9. "Paparazzi" – Lady GaGa
10. "Run This Town (feat. Rihanna & Kanye West)" – Jay-Z

iTunes' top 10 selling albums of the week ending Oct. 19, 2009:

1.  The Twilight Saga: New Moon (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) – Various Artists
2.  Ocean Eyes – Owl City
3.  Southern Voice – Tim McGraw
4.  Crazy Love – Michael Buble
5.  The E.N.D. (Energy Never Dies) - Black Eyed Peas
6.  The Blueprint 3 – Jay-Z
7.  Colour Me Free! – Joss Stone
8.  Where the Wild Things Are (Motion Picture Soundtrack) – Karen O and the Kids
9.  I Told You I Was Freaky – Flight of the Conchords
10.  Cycles – Cartel

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About Josh Hathaway

  • http://www.facebook.com/daniel.sather Daniel Sather

    You can not judge an artist by only listening to 30 seconds of a song. Why not listen to the whole thing and then give an opinion? Or maybe even watch the music video (which was a huge factor in the success of fireflies)?

    Needless to say, your harsh criticism of Owl City will leave a lot of people, (specially younger generations) wondering if you have any idea where music trends are going at all.

    There is a reason why Owl City is at the number one spot. It is not just luck. His lyrics are extremely creative (if you take the time to listen to a whole song) and the melodies put forth by Adam Young are very catchy.

    -Dan

  • Emily

    I find it funny that you see yourself fit to criticize other people’s hard work without even taking the time to research it. It would take a simple google search to see the plot summaries of all Ms. Meyer’s books. Likewise, it would take a YouTube search to listen to Fireflies and/or watch the music video. Imposing your own definition upon these two things is stupid. And the way you’ve defined them is sooo far from correct I do not even know where to start with explaining the truth. Also, Assuming that you know what these two are about makes you seem haughty and makes me personally like you a helluva lot less. You are not some genius music/book/movie god. Dont fool yourself into thinking you are. That’s just comical.

    And i really hope people dont just blindly accept what you have to say… that would just be dumb.

  • Josh Hathaway

    All right, I’ll play along. Let me address a few of your comments and see if we can get to a place where we at least agree to disagree. First up, Daniel:

    1) It only took one bite of green beans for me to know I don’t like them. I didn’t have to finish the rest of what was on my plate.

    2) I don’t care if the younger generations think I know what I’m talking about. Most people who live long enough wind up distancing themselves from chunks of their youth. There are numbers and stats to bear that out. I’m not trying to impress “the kids” and I don’t care what the trends are. Trends prove something is popular, not that it’s good.

    3) I heard enough in my bite to find the lyrics juvenile and silly, not clever.

    Now, Emily:

    1) My wife has read all of Ms. Meyer’s books. I know what they’re about. I was making a humorous generalized statement, parodying an old song from the ’80s. I realize I wasn’t giving a complete literary background on the popular series.

    2) Fit to criticize? You don’t know my credentials. You seem to assume just because you disagree with me that I don’t know what I’m talking about. How many times do you think I need to listen to “Fireflies” to be able to tell you that A) I don’t like it or B) that I don’t think it’s very good? There is no magical, objective number. I went and listened to it. I heard pap. I moved on.

    3) You don’t know me. I’m sorry you don’t like me. I’ll take a minute to get over it.

    4) I haven’t defined them. I haven’t defined anything. I’ve made critiques and judgments with which you have disagreement.

    5) As for not being a genius or god, I’ll plead guilty to the latter. I am no god. As for genius, I’ll plead no contest. Are you defining genius as someone who sees what you see and validates your own opinion? That’s the impression I get from your reaction.

    6) I hope people don’t blindly accept what anyone has to say. I’ve been above board and given my opinion and I’ve even provided my methodology. I’ve been honest in my criticism. You’re free to make up your own mind. We should all think for ourselves.

    To you both: there is a heavy current of sarcasm running through all of this and I think you’ve perhaps missed that. I do appreciate your comments, nonetheless.

  • James

    First of all, ur fat. A song is not food, the food on your plate will taste the same always as a song is not the same thing over and over unless it is a gay song. Owl city is the bomb, they ate great and will achieve more in this lifetime than you ever will. All you have to say that you have done is write crappy articles on the Internet giving your crappy opinion that no one wants to hear, and now ur gonna say, u doing know me, vie done heaps in my life but guess what, I don’t care, owl city is great and u didn’t even listen to the whole thing before you said what u think, it’s people like you why there is evil in this world, if u have nothing nice to say, don’t say anything at all.

  • DeeDee

    Mr. Hathaway, don’t you just love getting people all riled us on pointless topics? You should go into politics!
    I love the song, haven’t & won’t read the books, and completely envy anyone who gets paid to state their opinion. Even if their opinions sometimes suck….as does yours about “Fireflies.” Did you watch the video? The retro toys are suh-weet!!!

  • http://blogcritics.org/writers/josh-hathaway Josh Hathaway

    I can see retro toys without listening to a crap song. Many good videos have been made for bad songs and vice versa. “Fireflies” is a wretched tune.