The summer can be pretty difficult to navigate as only 147 stations have reported each of the last 4 weeks and overall there have been 274. We hit 233 this week and thats above the average we have been hitting. I would hesitate to call it a trend though.
Looking at the adds we have not had a record get anywhere near 100 for the last 3 weeks in a row. So that leads to a lack of real contenders for #1 Sharon Van Etten made top 10 this week but making a run at #1 seems a long shot. Last weeks number one most added Pins had the top debut at #38 but remember when those debuts were happening the week they went for adds and propelling the records to a top 15 debut? Maybe under 100 is the new normal for the summer and we might see one of these make a run but I would bet that 100 or close to is a magic number for predicting #1 records. This weeks #1 most added was Mates of State and I imagine they will do just as well as the last few that did not break 100.
While I was looking at the numbers this week between Thee Oh Sees and Hot Chip one of the first things i look at is how many #1's each record has. I am never really sure how much of a predictor that is for being #1 but I always like to think that if a station has an overwhelming amount more #1's in their pocket they should come out on top. Now this is not always true as you could have all your #1's come from really small stations. And maybe one day we can look at the history of #'1s and how many number ones on average they have .. but not quite yet. So while looking I saw that Thee Oh sees did have a significant amount more #1s than Hot Chip. I went ahead and looked up every record in the top 10
|28||THEE OH SEES||Mutilator Defeated At Last||Castle Face|
|15||HOT CHIP||Why Make Sense?||Domino|
|16||MY MORNING JACKET||The Waterfall||Capitol|
|11||UNKNOWN MORTAL ORCHESTRA||Multi-Love||Jagjaguwar|
|11||ALABAMA SHAKES||Sound And Color||ATO|
|3||BEST COAST||California Nights||Harvest|
|3||BLUR||The Magic Whip||Warner Brothers|
|1||DJANGO DJANGO||Born Under Saturn||Ribbon|
|5||GIRLPOOL||Before The World Was Big||Wichita|
|1||SHARON VAN ETTEN||I Don't Want To Let You Down [EP]||Jagjaguwar|
So of course I found that very interesting... and had to keep looking... Like what was the highest charting record with NO #1's
Well I did not have to go far as it was #11's Surfer Blood
The lowest charting record with the most #'1s
Well Jamie XX at #15 had 8 #'1s
Twenty One Pilots at #23 had 6 #1's
What I really wanted to know is how many #1 records there were this week. I thought maybe there would be 50 maybe 75 as there are often stations that have random records at #1 that no other station charts. What I found was pretty interesting.
For this weeks charts with 233 reporters there were 115 different #1 records.
26 of those #'1s would be that records only reporter
In looking over a lot of these #'1s I have to imagine a lot of them are local bands the station is trying to promote or help out.
The lowest charting record with a station charting them at #1? Rhett Miller at #195 had one station with them at #1
But the names of records charted at #1 is pretty fantastic.
Some station is still charting the last Smashing Pumpkins record... and of course it is at #1
Blues Traveler has a station with them at #1
Between the Buried and me
While looking over the #'1s I did find it odd to see how many stations were charting singles. In doing a search for singles over the CMJ playlists I pull up 212 singles being charted, that only leads to 3 singles being charted in the top 200, but those 3 only account for 42 of those 212 singles. I have always been told and have thought of CMJ as an Album based format. However maybe this is changing? Or maybe this is not actually the case. I did a few searches and found nothing saying CMJ is album based so perhaps it is a creation of the promoters?
Would it be useful to have a singles and also an album chart? I don't know. I like believing CMJ is an Album based format because that is what I am used to and no single has ever gone to #1, as far as I know.
Back to my original thought though, 115 different #1 records. So while there does seem to be a lot of parity at college radio it is interesting that a lot of stations do not mind using their #1 spot to promote something they really are into and I have no argument against that.
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