When I first skimmed these charts I was sure my outrage of the week would be Linkin Park's A Thousand Suns debuting at #1 on the iTunes Albums Chart. Upon closer inspection, that annoyance barely registers. How can I be angry at Linkin Park when Brandon Flowers' solo album is in the Top 5? This might be the most agonizing moment of souldeath the iTunes Chart Watch has caused me since I created this column. I have given a name to my pain and it is Brandon Flowers and The Killers. Why? Why? I ask unto thee again, why? What have I done to deserve this? Why do mine enemies prosper in my presence?
So, Linkin Park and Brandon Flowers' new albums are both in the chart. Sara Bareilles falls from the top spot but her album remains. Florence + The Machine get a nice bump stateside after their performance at the MTV Awards and our good friends the Weezer have a Top 10 debut for their record Hurley.
On the singles front Rihanna is the new #1, bumping Bruno Mars to #2. Flo Rida and Far East Movement are also new names in the Top 10, while the rest of the singles chart looks very similar to what we've seen in weeks past.
iTunes' top 10 selling singles and albums of the week ending Sept. 20, 2010:
- "Only Girl (In the World)," Rihanna
- "Just the Way You Are," Bruno Mars
- "DJ Got Us Fallin' In Love," Usher
- "Teenage Dream," Katy Perry
- "Just a Dream," Nelly
- "Like a G6 (feat. Cataracs & Dev)," Far East Movement
- "Love the Way You Lie," Eminem
- "Club Can't Handle Me (feat. David Guetta)(From "Step Up 3D")," Flo Rida
- "Dynamite," Taio Cruz
- "I Like It," Enrique Iglesias
- A Thousand Suns - Linkin Park
- Passion, Pain & Pleasure - Trey Songz
- Recovery - Eminem
- The Guitar Song - Jamey Johnson
- Flamingo - Brandon Flowers
- Come Around Sundown - Kings of Leon
- Kaleidoscope Heart - Sara Bareilles
- Lungs - Florence + The Machine
- Hurley - Weezer
- Sigh No More - Mumford & Sons