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iTunes Chart Watch: Vampire Weekend, Ke$ha, & The Return of Train

Is Ke$sha this year’s Lady GaGa.  I hope so, if only so that Lady GaGa can’t be this year’s Lady GaGa.  I heard my first Lady GaGa song this weekend while flipping channels.  I didn’t like this stuff when Madonna did it 20 years ago.  I guess this is music for people who don’t remember the mid-to-late ‘80s.  You can keep that, is what.  The big shocker in this week’s chart is the return of Train with “Hey, Soul Sister.”  Train had some big singles late in the ‘90s and earlier in this decade but seemed to run out of – wait for it – steam.  Not so fast.  They’re back.  They’ve got a new album and a single that seems to have captured the ears of the many.  I’ll confess to liking a couple songs from their self-titled debut but they really lost the plot with that “Drops of Jupiter” thing and I’ve been anti-Train since.

The cool kids got their Vampire Weekend to #1 on the albums chart, and according to our wonderful writer Holly Hughes it’s deserved.  Still haven’t picked this or their debut up, but I’m going to have to find out what the hype is all about.  Sade has been away for 10 years and absence has clearly made the heart grow fonder, as her Soldier of Love CD has entered the Top 10 as has her Best Of.  According BC’s Clayton Perry, Soldier was worth the wait.

Here’s your full iTunes’ Chart Watch rundown…

iTunes' top 10 selling singles of the week ending Jan. 18, 2010:

1. "Tik Tok” – Ke$ha
2. "Hey, Soul Sister” – Train
3. "BedRock” – Young Money, Lloyd
4. "Bad Romance” – Lady GaGa
5. "Blah Blah Blah (feat. 3OH!3)” – Ke$ha
6. "Replay” – Iyaz
7. "Empire State of Mind (feat. Alicia Keys)” – Jay-Z
8. "Fireflies” – Owl City
9. "Sexy Chick (feat. Akon)” – David Guetta
10. "Naturally” – Selena Gomez & The Scene

iTunes' top 10 selling albums  of the week ending Jan. 18, 2010:

1. Contra – Vampire Weekend
2. Animal – Ke$ha
3. The Fame Monster  - Lady GaGa
4. Soldier of Love – Sade
5. Ocean Eyes – Owl City
6. The E.N.D. (The Energy Never Dies) – Black Eyed Peas
7. Battle Studies – John Mayer
8. The Best of Sade – Sade
9. The Element of Freedom – Alicia Keys
10. The Love Uncompromised – Jason Castro

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