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Rihanna, Linkin Park Tops At iTunes

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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:


  1. “Only Girl (In the World),” Rihanna
  2. “Just the Way You Are,” Bruno Mars
  3. “DJ Got Us Fallin’ In Love,” Usher
  4. “Teenage Dream,” Katy Perry
  5. “Just a Dream,” Nelly
  6. “Like a G6 (feat. Cataracs & Dev),” Far East Movement
  7. “Love the Way You Lie,” Eminem
  8. “Club Can’t Handle Me (feat. David Guetta)(From “Step Up 3D”),” Flo Rida
  9. “Dynamite,” Taio Cruz
  10. “I Like It,” Enrique Iglesias



  1. A Thousand Suns –  Linkin Park
  2. Passion,  Pain & Pleasure –  Trey Songz
  3. Recovery –  Eminem
  4. The Guitar Song –  Jamey Johnson
  5. Flamingo –  Brandon Flowers
  6. Come Around Sundown –  Kings of Leon
  7. Kaleidoscope Heart –  Sara Bareilles
  8. Lungs –  Florence + The Machine
  9. Hurley –  Weezer
  10. Sigh No More –  Mumford & Sons
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  • mark

    Mr. Editor-obviously you have next to no musical expertise and can be hardly called a critic nay, rather, you are critical. Mr. Flowers and the Killers represent some of the freshest original music to appear in the last 10 years. Ah…but Americans are so closed-minded. But this Yank for one knows what’s good!

  • Because I don’t like who you like, I have no expertise and can be hardly called a critic? Fresh and orginal? I heard New Wave in the ’80s, Captain. The Killers haven’t invented anything. Synthesizers and croaky voices with Queen’s flair for the flamboyant (and mustache) nearly ruined an entire decade. You like them. That’s fine. Don’t embarrass yourself calling what they do original or fresh.

  • zingzing

    you really think the killers are worse than linkin park? they’re both dull music, but linkin park… yeesh. they should’ve been one of those one and done type bands. who are these people that still listen to them?

  • It’s a toss up, zingzing. Linkin Park is so much a joke to me that I can only muster a certain amount of animus for them. The Killers, on the other hand, push nearly every one of my buttons.

  • zingzing

    that’s a good point. linkin park do a bad thing bad, while the killers do a good thing bad. they have good taste and influences, but they muddle it down into a lowest common denominator gruel for the charts. a crime.

  • Karen

    Love Brandon’s new album and love the killers, this is great news congrats brandon, you gosh darn cutie pie

  • Linkin Park is worse than The Killers. So let it be written. They came on before Tool at Epicenter last year and were booed throughout their set.

    Heard Florence + The Machine for what I think is first time today on radio. Liked what I heard. Believe it was Dog Days Are Over. Just listened to a couple more on MySpace. Will be getting the album.

    So is the KoL pre-orders or are people getting the album a month early through iTunes?

  • Flow

    ha ha. Brandon Flowers, the bane blogcritics. woohoo! Here’s to Brandon being your archnemesis. /cheers

  • zingzing

    linkin park opened for tool? i’m not much of a tool fan, but that’s just awful.

  • it was a daylong music festival so they didn’t so much open as came on before