I guess we'll start this off with the obvious: The Beatles won't be putting any songs or albums on the iTunes chart any time soon despite the long overdue release of their remastered catalog. Sources close to and within the band have said they're ready to see the music available digitally, but that The Beatles' label EMI is holding things up.
As for what is on the singles list, well, there just hasn't been much movement. Most of the same songs from the past several weeks are on the list and most of them are still in the same spot.
iTunes' top 10 selling singles of the week ending Sept. 7, 2009:
1. "Party In the U.S.A." – Miley Cyrus
2. "I Gotta Feeling" – Black Eyed Peas
3. "Down" – Jay Sean
4. "Run This Town (feat. Rihanna & Kanye West)" – Jay-Z
5. "Whatcha Say" – Jason DeRulo
6. "Use Somebody" – Kings of Leon
7. "Hotel Room Service" – Pitbull
8. "Good Girls Go Bad (feat. Leighton Meester)" – Cobra Starship
9. "She Wolf" – Shakira
10. "Fallin' for You" – Colbie Caillat
Reviews have been mixed for Whitney Houston's comeback CD I Look To You but it looks like the pop superstar has herself a commercial success with a #1 debut on Billboard's charts as well as with iTunes. I'm not sure what the staying power will be like with the mixed critical reaction, but she's off to a good start.
I'm very pleased to see Black Crowes' excellent “double album” in the Top 10. For those of you not savvy, Black Crowes have offered up a buy one, get one free deal with their new album. I even previewed a track from it in my daily Verse Chorus Verse column.
I know I'll take shit from someone for this but seeing The Blueprint 3 by Jay-Z in the Top 10 makes me want to make a Police Academy joke about sequels. If we get to a fourth installment, I double-dare Jay-Z to get Michael Winslow to drop some rhymes and sound effects.
iTunes' top 10 selling albums of the week ending Sept. 7, 2009:
1. I Look to You – Whitney Houston
2. Ready – Trey Songz
3. Only By the Night – Kings of Leon
4. Sci-Fi Crimes – Chevelle
5. Breakthrough – Colbie Caillat
6. Before the Frost… Until the Freeze – The Black Crowes
7. Artwork – The Used
8. Ellipse – Imogen Heap
9. Awake – Skillet
10. The Blueprint 3 – Jay-Z