I found it interesting to see that we are right around the same number of stations as we were last year at this time. Last year there were 228 reporters the week before Memorial Day and this year there are 227. For whatever reason it felt like the drop off had been earlier and greater this year but numbers don't lie and it looks to be about the same. If last year is any indication then we should loose only around 10 stations. My money is on the over though.
One thing for certain is it gets a lot harder to get in touch with people, I don't blame anyone though, I don't want to be in the inside either!
So it looks like bombardment of huge records has come to a slow down with last week no record getting above 100 adds and this week only one. It should get a bit easier to guess or predict who will take #1 going forward. The big difference between the transition of Spring To Summer and say Winter to Spring is it takes so much longer go move those big spring records out of position. In the Spring there are so many big records coming each week they push out the old records pretty easily but in the Summer the newer records are usually not as big of names as the big records of the spring so they don't automatically jump up into the top 10.
Just take a look at last weeks most added.
|34||101||-||34||2||HELIO SEQUENCE||The Helio Sequence||Sub Pop|
|35||42||100||35||3||ROSE WINDOWS||Rose Windows||Sub Pop|
|36||-||-||36||1||ICKY BLOSSOMS||Mask||Saddle Creek|
Both come in around the same spot with a good showing. But not mind-blowing and not in any position to make a run to the top.
Lets compare this weeks top 10 to a top 10 from 5 weeks ago.
|1||1||3||1||4||ALABAMA SHAKES||Sound And Color||ATO|
|2||2||1||1||9||COURTNEY BARNETT||Sometimes I Sit And Think, And Sometimes I Just Sit||Mom And Pop|
|3||11||82||3||3||MY MORNING JACKET||The Waterfall||Capitol|
|4||6||7||4||5||SPEEDY ORTIZ||Foil Deer||Carpark|
|6||9||13||6||4||BEST COAST||California Nights||Harvest|
|7||14||72||7||3||BLUR||The Magic Whip||Warner Brothers|
|8||8||10||8||4||BUILT TO SPILL||Untethered Moon||Warner Brothers|
|10||7||4||3||8||SUFJAN STEVENS||Carrie And Lowell||Asthmatic Kitty|
Five weeks ago
|1||2||9||1||4||COURTNEY BARNETT||Sometimes I Sit And Think, And Sometimes I Just Sit||Mom And Pop|
|2||3||5||2||10||MODEST MOUSE||Strangers To Ourselves||Epic|
|3||5||32||3||3||SUFJAN STEVENS||Carrie And Lowell||Asthmatic Kitty|
|4||1||1||1||8||DAN DEACON||Gliss Riffer||Domino|
|5||11||72||5||8||DEATH CAB FOR CUTIE||Kintsugi||Atlantic|
|6||10||14||6||3||CHASTITY BELT||Time To Go Home||Hardly Art|
|7||6||2||1||9||FATHER JOHN MISTY||I Love You, Honeybear||Sub Pop|
|8||4||3||3||10||PURITY RING||Another Eternity||4AD|
|9||124||-||9||2||TORO Y MOI||What For?||Carpark|
What stands out to me is how few new records are in this weeks chart. Only 2 records 3 weeks or younger. Where as 5 weeks ago we had double that. How many of the current top 10 do you think will still be in the top ten in 3 or 4 weeks. I would guess about half. Something to look into as the weeks go by.
Alabama Shakes is dominating with 68% of the stations reporting. At first look you might think My Morning Jacket could be making that move. Well they could be but they are at least 2 weeks away before they have a shot and in that time where will Hot Chip be? There is a rather large gap still for My Morning Jacket to bridge. I am not sure anyone else really has a shot.
Speaking of Hot chip they were the #1 most added record this week with a rather good 121 adds out of 202 reporting stations. That is no slouch. Unknown Mortal Orchestra was the only other add that came close to 100 with 92 and like most Jagjaguwar records I am sure it will do great just not number one great.
This week I head to PUNK ROCK BOWLING for some bands and some bowling. Wish us luck!
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