Next week it is officially summer! Memorial day is this weekend and that means its time to go to vegas for PUNK ROCK BOWLING!
I have posted this before but I am very proud of our logo. I can't wait to report on the shenanigans next week.
Now speaking of shenanigans, in the 2nd time in 3 weeks yet another person from CMJ has quit. There was a legitimate concern this week that there might not be charts. There is continued concern from myself and I know some others share my same view. There are a lot of stories about why people have left and why people are staying and I continue to try and figure out the facts.
In digging for answers I stumbled upon the original lawsuit brought upon CMJ in 2013. ( Still ongoing) http://iapps.courts.state.ny.us/iscroll/SQLData.jsp?IndexNo=651858-2013
If you don't want to dig through that the article can be found here http://www.billboard.com/biz/articles/news/indies/5762974/cmj-accused-of-hiding-funds-avoiding-loan-repayment-by-john-schers
In 2015 a new company bought CMJ Abaculi Media. A company I can find very little of on the internet
One of the more fascinating things about these acquisitions and lawsuits is that the original owners were kept on board with the new company only to be let go. They then became part of a lawsuit against Abaculi Media. https://iapps.courts.state.ny.us/fbem/DocumentDisplayServlet?documentId=ofFobsX0SQqAL/69Sip6_PLUS_Q==&system=prod
I don't know how much these lawsuits have to do with people leaving CMJ but you can read through some of the pages and see how much debt CMJ has been in and how poorly run an organization it has been for many years. Now maybe the new company is trying to get everyone to quit to start over. That is one theory I have heard.
I appreciate that the charts came out yesterday but I disagree with the notion that whomever is doing them is doing us a favor. The music industry, heck any industry that employs young people invested in something they are passionate about such as music, is rife with people looking to take advantage of them. Its happened to me for sure and to a lot of other people. I have heard stories of people not getting paid, people being laid off in the winter, companies closing and reopening under a new name. Its not a friendly place, people get taken advantage of. I really hope that the people, person left at CMJ is not being taken advantage of.
Now on to the charts.
We BARELY got above 200 reporters this week. No surprise with it being Memorial Day this weekend. Radiohead continues to climb up to #2 on the charts and within arms reach of King Gizzard. Pretty amazing considering it is digital only with no real college radio push. If there were an indie it would of been #1 easily by now.
Because there is no indie and there are no hard copies does that leave the door open for anyone? White Lung moved up into the #5 position this week and has been out for as long as Radiohead. This next week both Parquet Courts and M83 should move out of the top 5. That makes it very easy for White lung to move into the top 3. Unless someone younger like Fruit Bats ( #8 from #21) James Blake (#11 from #45) or even Modern Baseball ( debut at #15) or Twin Peaks ( debut at #16)
In cross referencing the other radio charts Spinitron. Radiohead seems to be in great position as do James Blake and Fruit Bats. Interesting that neither Twin Peaks or Modern Baseball show up on the spins based chart but could be a matter of timing.
The other charts we sometimes check are the "College radio charts" I had not noticed an update for some time on there but it appears its because they moved the charts to another site without setting up forwarding? Seems like a rookie mistake. But if you wish to look at the new College Charts on Muzooka you can now. http://collegecharts.muzooka.com As of writing this they have yet to be updated.
This weeks ADDS were way off the pace from previous weeks with only 178 reporters. Perhaps stations are starting to think they are not worth doing? Who knows. This weeks #1 add is former Dum Dum girl Kristin Kontrol who pulled in 38% of stations doing adds. Even in normal down weeks a big add would get at least 50% of stations doing adds but maybe things are changing. As we saw from the previous few weeks adds James Blake (40%) Fruit Bats (37%) White Lung (40%) The last record to get over 50% was King Gizzard with 53% So maybe with more adds it takes less adds to be a big record? I don't know but worth keeping an eye on. It also means that 50% means it is for sure a HUGE record.
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