This week Parquet Courts EASILY took #1 on the top 200. Only 100 stations did not chart Parquet Courts. So 62% of all stations reporting had them on there. I expect this to grow as well. Making the top 5 for the next few weeks a bit messy/ stressful if you are any other record.
|1||2||5||1||4||PARQUET COURTS||Human Performance||Rough Trade|
|2||3||2||2||5||TACOCAT||Lost Time||Hardly Art|
|3||1||1||1||5||ANDREW BIRD||Are You Serious||Loma Vista|
|5||5||8||5||4||YEASAYER||Amen And Goodbye||Mute|
Obviously it will be interesting to watch M83 vs Parquet Courts over the next few weeks. Even more interesting is the timing of this weeks #1 add King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard. So many factors will go into these next few weeks. One of the biggest ones is final exams. They can make a mess of the charts. That plus MD's graduating and or stations going off air. Could be harder for some records to have traction.
With Parquet Courts going #1 this week they have had a #1 record in each of the last 3 years.
The first one was Issue 1350
|1||3||8||1||4||PARQUET COURTS||Sunbathing Animal||What’s Your Rupture?|
|2||1||1||1||6||BLACK KEYS||Turn Blue||Nonesuch|
|3||2||2||2||6||CONOR OBERST||Upside Down Mountain||Nonesuch|
|4||5||71||4||4||JACK WHITE||Lazaretto||Third Man|
They would stay #1 for 2 weeks drop to #2 and then regain the #1 spot for a third week. Later that year (2014) they would go for adds on another record and get #1 early in 2015 for one week on issue 1375.
|1||2||5||1||5||PARQUET COURTS||Content Nausea||What's Your Rupture?|
|2||1||1||1||7||TV ON THE RADIO||Seeds||Harvest|
|3||3||3||3||6||ARIEL PINK||Pom Pom||4AD|
|4||4||11||4||4||TY SEGALL||Singles 2||Drag City|
|5||5||2||2||7||DEERHOOF||La Isla Bonita||Polyvinyl|
It will be interesting to see what kind of strides M83 makes this next week towards #1.
The last record was 2011 and that can be a lifetime at college radio. Some stations forget artists if they don't have a record every 2 years. Of course artists like M83 or Modest Mouse or Black Keys or TV on the Radio can take some time and not have to worry about being forgotten. But some stations do forget. Some station I talked to had no idea who Tegan and Sara was so they were new to them.
I can't go back to the last time M83 was #1 on the CMJ charts but I can get pretty close. Issue 1229 was the last issue with M83 at #1 and the website currently goes back to 1239 so we miss it by 10.
But we should take a look at that chart.
M83 is still on there
|112||-||-||112||1||CARAVAN OF THIEVES||The Funhouse||United For Opportunity|
|113||71||74||23||13||CLOUD CONTROL||Bliss Release||Turnout|
|114||69||46||1||18||M83||Hurry Up, We're Dreaming||Mute|
|115||115||130||115||3||PUNCH BROTHERS||Who's Feeling Young Now||Nonesuch|
|116||103||100||100||4||ARCHERS OF LOAF||Vee Vee||Merge|
|117||86||55||55||5||JEALOUS SOUND||A Gentle Reminder||Music Is Subjective|
Intersting for me to see Archers of Loaf on there since Pirate! is currently working his solo record.
M83 would stay on the charts for 26 weeks! until issue 1247 and it may of stayed on longer had there not been the winter break.
|173||120||134||117||9||CHUCK PROPHET||Temple Beautiful||Yep Roc|
|176||148||162||1||26||M83||Hurry Up, We're Dreaming||Mute|
|177||-||-||165||2||ANDRE WILLIAMS||Hoods And Shades||Bloodshot|
|178||-||-||6||15||PORCELAIN RAFT||Strange Weekend||Secretly Canadian|
|179||147||-||147||2||OUTER MINDS||Outer Minds||SouthPaw|
But I wanted to also take a look at the top of the last charts we can go back to on CMJ
|1||3||1||6||TENNIS||Young And Old||Fat Possum|
|2||2||1||1||6||DR. DOG||Be The Void||Anti|
|3||4||70||3||4||SLEIGH BELLS||Reign Of Terror||Mom And Pop|
|5||3||2||1||12||BLACK KEYS||El Camino||Nonesuch|
|7||16||18||7||4||MEMORYHOUSE||The Slideshow Effect||Sub Pop|
|8||18||-||8||2||HUNX||Hairdresser Blues||Hardly Art|
|9||13||13||9||3||FUN||Some Nights||Fueled By Ramen|
|10||6||6||6||6||SHARON VAN ETTEN||Tramp||Jagjaguwar|
|11||11||22||11||4||YELLOW OSTRICH||Strange Land||Barsuk|
|12||110||-||12||2||MAGNETIC FIELDS||Love At The Bottom Of The Sea||Merge|
|14||10||5||3||7||OF MONTREAL||Paralytic Stalks||Polyvinyl|
|15||17||12||12||4||ISLANDS||A Sleep And A Forgetting||Anti|
How many of these records would have the chance at going #1 today?
I think its just really neat to look back at how much can change in a year, 2 years longer...
The longer the gap between records the harder it gets for them to keep that fan base. The Black Keys had a record a year for many years, Ty Segall has one every year pretty much now.
However a counter to that is Sleater Kinney. The break between albums was longer than M83 by far but how they returned was part of the story. It was largely a surprise. Is Pitchfork the major driver in what is still relevant. Looking at Sleater Kinney they came back and scored best new music 8.7 and were once again darlings. But also every record listed on Pitchfork from Sleater Kinney has at least an 8.3. Perhaps that is the key.
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