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Behold the power of the Brothers Vercher and cohorts! The 9513 names Kasey Chambers & Shane Nicholson's Rattlin' Bones as 2008's album of the year, and suddenly the Aussie duo vaults into the Top 10 artists played in our group, and their album is #1 on the top album charts. Let us hope that the 9513 writers will continue to use their powers of persuasion for good and not for evil.
I've been asking who can dethrone George Strait from the Top artist chart, and the answer apparently is a whole bunch of women. The 50% estrogen-based duo Sugarland nabs the top spot with 16 listeners, and Trisha Yearwood, Reba McEntire and Lee Ann Womack are right behind with 15 listeners apiece. 9513 year-end list sweethearts Joey + Rory had 5 listeners (7 if you include those who mis-tagged them as Joey+Rory, no spaces), Hayes Carll had 7, and Justin Townes Earle had 4.
In the Top Albums list, Lady Antebellum by, well, Lady Antebellum tied with Rattlin' Bones with 12 listeners. Womack was the star of the week, with three of her albums parked in the Top 10. Sugarland had two albums in the Top 10, and Ashton Shepherd is still enjoying some heavy plays from her Sounds So Good CD with 11 plays.
The Top Songs of the week included Either Way and Last Call, two of the best songs from Womack's Call Me Crazy CD, along with Sugarland's Love. Sugarland dominated the singles charts, with five songs in the Top 17.
In other news, please vote for The 9513 as the best music blog in the 2008 Weblog Awards. Go to The Weblog Awards and vote every day. This is the only country blog among the nominees, and it's a great way to give some love to the site's talented writers. Also, our LastFM group is now 40 members strong! Welcome to all the new folks, and thanks for coming on board.
After many weeks where women dominated the top of the chart, the menfolk bullied their way to the front. Brad Paisley led the way with 19 listeners, and Toby Keith and George Strait shared second place with Trisha Yearwood and Sugarland. Garth Brooks, Dierks Bentley, Sara Evans and Tim McGraw help to round out the Top 10.
So while the 9513 group celebrated in all things Paisley this week, apparently nobody did it by listening to his new CD, Play. Sure, Time Well Wasted and 5th Gear were among the top albums with 10 listeners each, but the new album didn't even make the group's Top 100 list. We're not the only ones ignoring it, either. Overall, Paisley has more than 100,000 listeners on Last FM and more than 2 million plays, which is pretty impressive for a country singer. Of those, only 550 people have listened to "Play." Sure, it's only been out for about 3 months, but the stats are showing that people care more about his vocals than his guitar licks.
Anyway, back to the charts. Taylor Swift's Fearless and Sugarland's Twice the Speed of Life were the top albums of the week, with a dozen listeners. Those two acts also took 12 of the top 26 songs of the week. Leading the way on the singles chart was a White Horse with 8 listeners. Lady Antebellum helped break up some of the SugarSwift monotony with their song, Lookin' For A Good Time, which was among the songs with 7 listeners. The Dixie Chicks made a strong showing too, with Not Ready To Make Nice also placing second.
For this week's free downloads, I've got a couple from Adrienne Young & Little Sadie. She's a banjo player, songwriter and, if you check out her web site, someone who's really, really into gardening and sustainability. But we're talking about her music, which starts somewhere in bluegrass and has occasional detours into folk and country. She's got two songs available here, Home Remedy and Art of Virtue, for your downloading pleasure. "Home Remedy" would be my personal favorite, which features her songwriting partner and producer Will Kimbrough. I wish one of her instrumentals was available, as she's a very talented banjo player, but this is a good start.
Thanks as always for being part of the 9513 group.
The 9513 hive mind must have been buzzing a bit louder than normal this week. Normally, I don't pay too much attention to the top tracks chart, because they generally don't show anything more than what you get from the top albums chart. And not surprisingly, two of the top songs for the week were Lee Ann Womack's Last Call and Sugarland's Love, which are current singles normally at or near the top of the charts. The Dixie Chicks are up there too, with Not Ready To Make Nice. But the Chicks have a lot of supporters here, even if they and country radio are done professionally.
Then we come to George Jones and He Stopped Loving Her Today. Six people listened to that this week. Not that I can fault anyone for listening to one of the classic all-time country songs, it's just odd to see a 29-year-old song almost topping our charts. Was it a random iTunes play? Did you feel like listening to a sad song that day? Did you just get around to watching the Kennedy Center Honors on your Tivo? Or is the 9513 getting inside your head?
OK, ominous mental probing theories aside, we've got "King" George Strait back at the top with 19 listeners, with the Chicks and Sugarland tied for second with 17 plays. Taylor Swift fell out of the Top 10 with just 13 listeners, but that was still one more listener than Carrie Underwood got. Way to confirm all the suspicions that the Carrie Fans have about us, folks. Yes, we're a bunch of pop music lovers who are jealous of Carrie's success, thanks for asking. (Read the review for "I Told You So" and its almost 200 comments to put that in context.) For what it's worth, Miranda Lambert had 16 listeners and easily took the "Young Blond Female Country Singer" crown over the competition.
Lambert also did well in the albums chart, with both her albums placing in the Top 10. Sara Evans shot up the charts, with 11 people listening to Real Fine Place. Sugarland's Enjoy The Ride was the top CD of the week with 12 listeners.
No free music for this week, unfortunately. I'll try again with the next installment. Thanks for reading!
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