We had another tight week on the charts with incumbent Sleater-Kinney looking for week #5 at #1.
Last week The Decemberists dominated the #1s but came up short when it came to the Core stations.
Father John Misty being the hot new record looked to have an easy path towards the top.
I really thought that The Decemberists would of been done a few weeks ago. But they kept on pushing. It looked like they were bridging the gap and making some real strides with CORE stations.
It was much like last week. Every time I checked the race between the 3 was incredibly tight. I thought early on that it would be either Sleater-Kinney or Decemberists and found myself pulling for the Decemberists as if it were a sport of some type. In the end though Father John Misty is the new #1. It is hard to hold off a new record with momentum. While the Decemberists had another great week of #1's and improved core, Father John Misty also had a great week with #1's and had slightly more Core under its belt.
That brings me to the rest of the top ten. I can't remember a top 10 this tight. Nothing seems be moving. This week only 2 records in the top 10 changed and six of the records are six weeks or older. I have been expecting some of the older records to start falling out but the newer records don't seem to have enough behind them. Is it that the older records are bigger names, or that the companies pushing them don't want to let go?
How long does Father John Misty hold the top now. Is Jose Gonzalez a contender? Last weeks #1 most added Dan Deacon could see itself in the FJM role and shoot past Jose for a clearer shot at #1.
This weeks most added race while not all that close did produce three 100 ADD records. The top add Purity Ring will likely shoot up into the top 10 next week. Will the other 2 Of Montreal and Matthew E. White join them? Are either of those top spot contenders? I think our next best bet for #1 has to be Dan Deacon followed closely by Purity Ring. We shall see though.
Over the next few weeks I would love to write more about changes we as a college radio community would like to see CMJ make. I have been at this for a while now and for the most part there have been very few changes recently. There was once a CORE chart that gave us a look at what just the larger stations were playing. There was a spin count chart that helped to legitimize a lot of stations charts. There was a print magazine that had reviews, interviews and profiles. These changes are neither wholly good or bad but they are up for discussion. Lately though, I find myself wishing CMJ would try some new things, and perhaps as a community we should let CMJ know what it is we need and might be missing.
Should we be asking for a CORE chart to return, should we look at which stations are CORE or not, should we be looking at some new chart that we haven’t even thought of yet (some new genre, or a specific chart just for non-CORE stations to see what’s bubbling under at the 100s of smaller stations out there)? What would you change?
The question I wanted to pose this week involves what you can and cannot chart. Should there be a set of charting standards or should stations be able to chart whatever they want? This question came up specifically a few weeks ago when a station pointed out to me that somehow Iggy and the Stooges and The Kinks both made it on the HIP HOP top 40 chart.
(You might remember back to early last year when Sharon Jones made it onto the Hip hop charts and that also had some people up in arms. )
But should these stations be able to chart those records? I have reached out to CMJ and they are aware of the station and I have reached out via twitter and email to the MD of the station to see what they have to say about it and will update if I hear back.
My stance is that yes there should be standards by witch stations have to adhere to. The specialty charts lose their credibility when records like The Kinks make it on the Hip Hop chart before artists that are trying to make a name for themselves at the genre. I would go way beyond that though. Not only would CMJ be vasty improved, in my opinion, if there were genre constraints but time constraints as well. A station 3 weeks ago charted records that were over 10 years old on their CMJ chart. I am sure there are arguments for allowing the station to do this. I would LOVE to hear them.
Thank you for reading, let's continue the conversation on twitter!