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iTunes Chart Watch: Taylor Swift and Arcade Fire #1, The Black Crowes’ Croweology Charts

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I’ll be doing this week’s iTunes Chart Watch in better humor than is the norm, once again thanking my stars for the albums chart.  I’ve about gotten to the point where I don’t even look at the singles.  I find nothing but disappointment there week after week.  Case in point: Taylor Swift.  She got hammered for her performance on an award show because she couldn’t have been much more out of tune.  Fast forward and her new single is already #1.  I don’t get it, people.  I really don’t.

On to the albums… Arcade Fire tops this week’s charts with The Suburbs.  I’ve not listened extensively to AF, being more familiar with them by name.  They’ve built a large following of adoring fans in indie-rock circles and have attained a certain amount of credibility with the new cognoscenti.  That doesn’t make them good but I find their presence refreshing.

What does make me happy is seeing The Black Crowes’ Croweology on the charts.  This 2-disc – for those of us who still buy our music on CDs – set features 20 songs, mostly acoustic arrangements of previous Crowes songs.  This is a little love letter to fans who have supported the band for 20 years.  It’s also being offered to tide fans over as the band prepares for an extended break so the different members can resume solo careers, side projects, and vacation.  It’s a terrific collection.  Hardcore fans must have it and even some casual fans will find it enjoyable.

iTunes’ top 10 selling singles of the week ending Aug. 9, 2010:

  1. “Mine” – Taylor Swift
  2. “Love the Way You Lie” – Eminem
  3. “Dynamite” – Taio Cruz
  4. “I Like It” – Enrique Iglesias
  5. “Teenage Dream” – Katy Perry
  6. “DJ Got Us Fallin’ In Love” – Usher
  7. “California Gurls (feat. Snoop Dogg)” – Katy Perry
  8. “Cooler Than Me” – Mike Posner
  9. “Ridin’ Solo” – Jason Derulo
  10. “Magic (feat. Rivers Cuomo)” – B.o.B

iTunes’ top 10 selling albums of the week ending Aug. 9, 2010:

  1. The Suburbs – Arcade Fire
  2. Recovery – Eminem
  3. The Remix - Lady GaGa
  4. A Thousand Suns – Linkin Park
  5. Nightmare – Avenged Sevenfold
  6. Trill O.G. – Bun B
  7. Croweology – The Black Crowes
  8. Step Up 3D (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) – Various Artists
  9. Hear Me Now – Secondhand Serenade
  10. Sigh No More – Mumford & Sons
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  • punkrocker

    Taylor Swifts single went from a piracy rush release to #1 on itunes in 5 hours and the only reason you can give us for why in your high and mighty opinion that shouldnt have happened is one really bad performance?! Never mind the fact that shes pretty much a ray of hope in a dying music industry. Wow im super stoked about the credibility of this site…

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

    Your nonsequitir argument notwithstanding makes me super stoked about your credibility. The nonsense that somehow by only offering one criticism of Swift my credibility and that of the site is compromised is just that. How many reasons do I have to offer for not liking Swift in order to have credibility? I wasn’t the only person who thought she absolutely tanked that performance.

    Ray of light in a dying music industry? Are you referring to commercially or artistically? Being a top seller in a time when sales are drastically down doesn’t make her that strong of a beacon.

    If you’re not talking about sales but rather artistic merit, I’d argue the music industry is doing fine with many great, talented artists making great music and Taylor Swift is hardly one of them. There is so much great music being made today. You have to look for it but it’s out there. Taylor Swift is not it.

  • Jordan Richardson

    Taylor Swift is as generic as it gets. Bland vocals, boring songs and poor lyrics don’t make anyone a “ray of hope” in a “dying” music industry.

  • zingzing

    i do like the idea of a “punkrocker” listening to taylor swift.

    also, linkin park is really still around? and at #4? the music industry is dead and there are bugs crawling on it and birds pecking at its soft bits.

  • jayray

    You lost all credit as a music blogger/critic when you said you haven’t listened to Arcade Fire.

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

    You lost all credibility as a commenter when you didn’t read what I actually wrote. I said I haven’t listened extensively to Arcade Fire, not that I haven’t listened to them at all.

  • Jordan Richardson

    Sorry to hear about your credit, Josh.

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

    Yeah, it’s a bitch.

  • David

    Josh, the only credible thing about your review is this statement: “I don’t get it”.
    You surely don’t. But you give us your opinion nevertheless, talking about some live performance as if THAT had even the remotest relevance to the new single! Very strange. You need to get in touch with your feminine side fella — review Swift on the basis of what SHE set out to do, NOT what your limited view of great music is.

  • Jordan Richardson

    Where’s Kanye West when you need him?

  • http://marksaleski.com Mark Saleski

    Kanye is getting ready to celebrate the 5th anniversary of katrina.

  • http://marksaleski.com Mark Saleski

    >review Swift on the basis of what SHE set out to do, NOT what your limited view of great music is.

    and what exactly, did she set out to do? make a bunch of shapeless velveeta “country” records? what’s to review?

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

    I’m not interested in Swift’s artistic vision. This is a rundown of the top selling singles and albums at iTunes for the past week with, yes, some commentary. I haven’t reviewed anything here.

    If I were to review something, evaluating an artist’s record based on their stated intention for the work or my perception of the artist’s intent is certainly one criteria but it’s only one criteria. Talk about limited views.

    Oh and lastly, there are dozens of incredible female artists out there. It takes a pretty big leap to suggest not liking Taylor Swift has anything remotely to do with gender or so-called “feminine sides.”

  • zingzing

    “Where’s Kanye West when you need him?”

    kanye is vindicated! it saddens me to hear that his new album will no longer be called “good ass job.”

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