Wednesday, June 12, 2013

This week in College radio, CMJ ISSUE 1300 Week 23

Round numbers are always so exciting! 1300! Seems like quite the big deal right?  I remember for issue 1000 they were planing a really special issue with all of these fun recaps that stations and promoters all wrote. I think they were even going to do a best of all time issue( something I might of made up but would really still love to see)  and then time went on and here we are at issue 1300 and I am still waiting.  Anyways 1300 issues is pretty impressive regardless and this week I would rather focus on that than the actual snoozefest that is the charts in the summertime. I was planing on doing this every other week in the summer but then I get asked why I did not write one and then I feel good that people read it when i do write it... so here we are.

I was thinking this would be a good week to do a best records of the year so far post but most years there are around 50 reporting weeks so I thought we would do that week 25. But in the meantime how about you tell me your favorite records thus far via twitter @theanimalarrg .

This week was almost exactly like last week. We have the same exact top 3 in Vampire Weekend, The National and Daft Punk.  All three records gained stations this week and there were a few more reporters this week. What is kind of crazy to look at is Daft Punk had a very good week but was still nowhere near getting to #1, they could not even slide past #2!  In the summer though the rules for how long you can push a record kind of go out the window.  In the fall or spring you have a compact window with so many records pushing their way toward the top of the charts and all doing so very quickly.  But in Winter and Summer those times are extended. You can have a record in week 6 make a big jump up the charts this time of year whereas that is unheard of in the Fall/ Spring.   The problem is the longer you wait you have the issue of more records joining the party.  So while the past 2 weeks the only real contenders for #1 have been Vampire Weekend, The National and Daft Punk we now have to start taking a look at records that are making moves like Mikal Cronin, making its move into the top 5.  also last weeks #1 add Portugal. The Man making a move from 198 to #8 ( easily the biggest move of the week ) and Shannon and the Clams making an impressive move from 19 to 7.

But I really have no idea out of those who will be the next #1 and I can't really know until Vampire Weekend starts to weaken. They GAINED stations again and while it was not a lot it was not a drop in stations. And as more people come back from summertime margaritas to do their charts the number could go up even more. So until I see them go down I have to think they will just stay there. If I had to guess I would say that they keep it for one more week and then Portugal. The Man  jumps up to take #1.  But if someone else does take it this next week I still think Portugal. The Man gets it in 2 weeks.

For adds this week Surfer Blood was the top add in a pretty weak ADD week. I don't know a lot about Surfer Blood but I thought going into the week they would be #1 and while they were they only had 85 adds. As we have seen in the summer thus far even in low reporting weeks we see big adds at least get 100 adds if they have any chance to challenge for #1.

I have  spent a lot of time talking about ADD since this Blog was started because I can never really decide how little or how much they mean to a success of a record. So I thought we could take a look at the last 6 weeks of adds and see if we can find any connection between the success or failure of a record based upon ADD position or number. I picked 6 weeks because the ADDs we will look at for the issue of 1294 would be ones that ended this week in most campaigns or will end soon.

To start lets look at just each ADD week over the past six weeks and in place of the label I have put where they are on Chart issue 1300 and where they peaked if they are on the way down.

1 week ago -- Radio 200 Adds Chart  #1299
All charts are subject to change prior to print
1105PORTUGAL. THE MANEvil Friends8
357ROGUE WAVENightingale Nights47
454BIG DEALJune Gloom42
554PASTELSSlow Summits29
741CAPITAL CITIESIn A Tidal Wave Of Mystery46
1028DIRTY BEACHESDrifters/Love Is The Devil80
1127CAMERA OBSCURADesire Lines41
1227CITY AND COLOURThe Hurry And The Harm67
1323FEMI KUTINo Place For My Dream193
1421IMAGINARY CITIESFall Of Romance79
1520QUEENS OF THE STONE AGELike Clockwork24
1620JON HOPKINSImmunity109
1815POKEY LAFARGEPokey LaFarge155
1915VARIOUS ARTISTSTrue Blood: Music From The HBO Original Series Volume 4139
2015WHEN SAINTS GO MACHINEInfinity Pool177

2 weeks ago-- Radio 200 Adds Chart  #1298
1107DAFT PUNKRandom Access Memories3
272SHANNON AND THE CLAMSDreams In The Rat House7
457LAURA MARLINGOnce I Was An Eagle23
553BRONCHOCan't Get Past The Lips66
739MOUNT KIMBIECold Spring Fault Less Youth18
838HOODED FANGGravez49
932TRICKYFalse Idols31
1028VAN STEEWe Are98 (97 peak) 
1119SCOUT NIBLETTIt's Up To Emma71
1218TEENCarolina [EP]97
1317POOR YOUNG THINGSThe Heart. The Head. The End.(not on chart) 
1415SECRET COLOURSPeach131 (99)
1515EMILY BELLIn Technicolor(not on chart)
1614KAE SUNAfriyie(not on chart)
1911BASTILLEHaunt [EP]58
2010PAPER KITESWoodland [EP]190 (188)

3 weeks ago --Radio 200 Adds Chart  #1297
1114NATIONALTrouble Will Find Me2
461FRONT BOTTOMSTalon Of The Hawk35
551COCOROSIETales Of A Grasswidow45 (42) 
643TREETOP FLYERSThe Mountain Moves61
740WILD NOTHINGEmpty Estate21 (20)
837MAN OR ASTRO-MAN?Defcon 5 4 3 2 126
932MAJICAL CLOUDZImpersonator44
1128TULLYCRAFTLost In Light Rotation73
1224CLUB 8Above The City82
1324GYPSY AND THE CATThe Late Blue179 (98)
1419W-H-I-T-EIII88 (74)
1516HERMITUDEHyperParadise144 ( debut) 
1615RADICAL DADSRapid Realitynot on chart 
1713BNLXBNLX123 (debut) 
1813CAMERA2This Is Not A Sad Song [EP]121
1912LORDEThe Love Club [EP]not on chart 

4 weeks ago--  Radio 200 Adds Chart  #1296
1118VAMPIRE WEEKENDModern Vampires Of The City1
360MS MRSecondhand Rapture51 (42)
458BIBIOSilver Wilkinson16 (13)
557FITZ AND THE TANTRUMSMore Than Just A Dream14
657BAPTIST GENERALSJackleg Devotional To The Heart37 (27)
833EMMA LOUISEVs Head Vs Heart118 (113) 
931PURE XCrawling Up The Stairs52 (43)
1029BIG BLACK DELTABig Black Delta110 (84) 
1126JULIAN LYNCHLines102 (79) 
1320SAM AMIDONBright Sunny South87 (167)
1416MOHAWK LODGEDamaged Goodsnot on charts 
1516GOLD AND YOUTHBeyond Wilderness84 (62) 
1612TUNNGTurbines96 (80) 
1711KISSESKids In LAnot on charts 
198ANCHORESSSet Sailnot on charts 
207VARIOUS ARTISTSGhost Brothers Of Darkland County126 ( 81) 

5 weeks ago Radio 200 Adds Chart  #1295
1105SHE AND HIMVolume 310 (3) 
287SMALL BLACKLimits Of Desire12
469CHILD OF LOVThe Child Of Lov63 (28) 
557SAVAGESSilence Yourself19 (15) 
640NEIGHBOURHOODI Love You65 (48) 
737UNCLUDEDHokey Fright39 (31) 
837GRAHAM MACRAEDundrearies83 (62) 
934ALPINEA Is For Alpine34 (26) 
1032HOCKEYWyeth Is153 (111) 
1130MOTHER FALCONYou Knew91 (58) 
1229ADULT.The Way Things Fall74 (60) 
1327RADIATION CITYAnimals In The Median111(80) 
1426AM AND SHAWN LEELa Musique Numerique75 (61) 
1516BATSFree All The Monstersnot on chart 
1616JESSIE WAREDevotionnot on chart 
1716HAILERAnother Waynot on chart 
1815WOLF EYESNo Answer : Lower Floorsnot on chart 
1915ROUGEBlurrynot on chart 
2012WE ARE LOUD WHISPERSSuchness154( 122) 

6 weeks ago Radio 200 Adds Chart  #1294
1109!!!Thr!!!er22 ( 8) 
2108STILL CORNERSStrange Pleasures20 ( 9) 
399IGGY AND THE STOOGESReady To Die86 (26) 
490GUIDED BY VOICESEnglish Little League25 (16) 
560DAUGHTERIf You Leave13 
659WOLF PEOPLEFain171 (56) 
746FEATURESThe Features163 ( 78) 
844PRETTY AND NICEGolden Rules For Golden People197 ( 46) 
939FRANK TURNERTape Deck Heart146 (68) 
1034SNOOP LIONReincarnatedNot on chart 
1133ALICE RUSSELLTo Dust68 (35) 
1232POSTELLESAnd It Shook Me108 ( 101) 
1328FORTRESS SOCIAL CLUBDreamin' The Life166 (117) 
1425HUMAN EYEInto Unknown127 (73) 
1522CRACKLINGMary Magdalene182 (181) 
1619BROTHERS IN LAWHard Time For Dreamersnot on chart 
1717DISCLOSUREThe Singles [EP]full added this week 
1815MINDLESS SELF INDULGENCEHow I Learned To Stop Giving A Shit And Love Mindless Self Indulgencenot on charts 
1915VALLEYSAre You Going To Stand There And Talk Weird All Night?not on charts 
2015BLANK REALMGo Easynot on charts 

The first thing I noticed was how many records are on the decline after 4 weeks on. Only 8 total records from weeks 4, 5 and six are at their peak right now.  Only 3 of those from weeks 5 and 6.  If you go to 3 weeks ago only 6 records are either in decline or not on the charts. So your third week looks to be when most people peak.   I also noticed that of last weeks ADDS every record made it on the charts. This is a sure sign of the summer as this almost never happens throughout the year.

I wanted to also take a look at average peak position

#1 --4.16

I  stopped at #10 as I could not decide a proper way to represent the records that are no longer on the charts without having to go back and look each one up.

The thing that stands out is the drop off from #1 to #2 as I thought those would be closer as we have seen in the past a lot of #2 most added records get to #1 but I think in the summertime that becomes a bit harder.  One thing I sort of expected was the drop off from Top five most added and #6.  Of course throughout each week you can see outliers such as last weeks Queens of the Stone age, already at #24 on the charts.   But for the most part records that were added higher had higher debuts ( or chart movements)  Another interesting thing to look at would be comparing how records did based on who is working it.

I think that about does it for this week. Please do let me know if you have any questions and you have 2 weeks to think of your top 10 of the year so far!  Thanks a lot for reading!


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