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iTunes Chart Watch: More Phish Fans Download Bootlegs Than 'Fuego' (And Other Chart Observations)

Ed Sheeran, Sam Smith Have Top Albums on iTunes....
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It's entirely possible I'm the only person who thinks it's funny a Phish studio album was among the most legally downloaded albums in the US last week, what with the band having been kings of the bootleg nation since their inception. Hilarity or not, Fuego checks in at #9 on the Albums charts where the latest from Ed Sheeran, X is #1. I didn't fall in love with Sheeran's debut (although I did take a $7 flier on it and gave it a chance). I've been told this new one is good and better than its predecessor so I might

Iggy Azalea, Miranda Lambert Top Song, Album at iTunes, Coldplay 'Ghost Stories' #3

Top songs, albums at iTunes for week ending June 9...
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I welcome myself back to my own column after this week after an absurdly long absence and we once again look at the most popular songs and albums from the #1 music retailer. This is your weekly iTunes Chart Watch and you are welcome to it... I've only heard 1/2 of one song on the Top Songs list, the inescapable and unforgivably awful "Happy" by Pharrell Williams. I don't know what a Iggy Azalea is and I choose to not find out. My money is on her being the latest inductee into the Andy Warhol Hall of Fame, soon to
We have a couple new additions to the iTunes Music Store Top 10s this week on both the singles and albums front. I'd like to tell you this is a good thing but it's still a matter of come meet the new boss, same as the old boss. In other words, it's still crap but from different names. Robin Thicke's "Blurred Lines" is still the #1 song in the land and is setting 2013 records for staying power for whatever that's worth. Jay Z (note: no hyphen) is still #1 with his Magna Carta Holy Grail album. The new additions
No change at the top of the charts this week as Robin Thicke's "Blurred Lines" and Jay-Z's Magna Carta Holy Grail are both #1 again this week. There's really not a lot of change on the charts this week, period. Miley Cyrus holds that #2 single again this week, Mackelmore and Lewis and Daft Punk are still in the Top 10 of singles and albums. Kanye's Yeezus dropped another slot from 6 to 7 this week but that's about all the action we have. I suppose I'm a little surprised Daft Punk's Random Access Memory isn't still a Top 10

'Magna Carta Holy Grail' #1 Album at iTunes This Week, Robin Thicke #1 Single

iTunes' Official Music Charts for the week ending July 8, 2013
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I heard an awful lot of talk about some unorthodox method of (pre)-release for Jay-Z's latest album Magna Carta Holy Grail. Whatever everyone was going on about it, it's the #1 album at iTunes this week. I'm not a fan or follower of hip hop but it seems Jay-Z and Kanye West have been in a "battle" of sorts for supremacy in the rap world. Both men have released recent albums and for the moment, Jay-Z seems to be winning as West's Yeezus has already slipped to #6. The singles chart is once again the domain of Robin Thicke, Daft

Daft Punk #1, The National #3 iTunes Albums Chart, Macklemore & Lewis Hold #1 Song

iTunes' Official Music Charts for the week ending May 27, 2013...
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We have that rare moment when I look at the iTunes Music Store weekly chart and find something to smile about, something that pleases me. Let us all take a moment to recongize this rare occasion. The source of my joy? The instant classic Trouble Will Find Me from The National is went to #3 in its first week of release. It deserved the top spot because everyone in America should own this record but I take comfort in this lofty debut. Daft Punk's long-awaited album Random Access Memory gets the top slot and while it's not a record I'm
The star-studded soundtrack to Baz Luhrmann's adatptioan of The Great Gatsby is the #1 album at iTunes for the past week with songs from artists like Beyonce, Florence + The Machine, Jack White, will.i.am, and Lana Del Rey. It's an ecclectic group of artists and that's what we've come to expect from Luhrmann's film soundtracks. I'm not at all surprised to see this doing well with listeners, for that reason. Vampire Weekend doing well with the iTunes crowd is also something I'd expect and their latest album has drawn strong reviews from all across the web including here at BlindedBySound,

Macklemore & Lewis #1 iTunes Song, Fleetwood Mac EP Top 10 iTunes Album

iTunes' Official Music Charts for the week ending May 6, 2013
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I'm actually stunned Fleetwood Mac finds themselves in the Top 10 in album sales this week at iTunes and not just because it's a rare display of respectable taste among digital music consumers. The real surprise to me is Lindsey Buckinghame settled for an EP rather than a double LP. Buckingham is ambitious, prolific, and relentless as a musician and songwriter. Four songs in stead 40... count me surprised. That's the only surprise in this week's iTunes chart. The rest is predictable and uninteresting to me but I'll tell you about it anyway. You're welcome. Macklemore & Ryan Lewis are
For reasons defying explanation, Pink's "Just Give Me A Reason" is the #1 song at the #1 music retailer in the US this week followed by yet another song from Macklemore and Lewis. Would you stop listening to this nonsense if I told you God kills a puppy every time you download one of these songs? I know, I've become a broken record. There was a time I'd worry about being old and out of touch using that reference but vinyl is back even as we talk about digital downloads. Selena Gomez is also in the Top 10 and this

Pink's "Just Give Me A Reason," Timberlake's '20/20' Tops at iTunes

iTunes' Official Music Charts for the week ending March 25, 2013...
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Be careful what you wish for, kids, because you just might get it. I've been whinging for weeks about Mackelmore and Ryan Lewis being the #1 song on the charts at radio as well at iTunes and Spotify and now we have a new #1 song, at least at iTunes: "Just Give Me A Reason" by Pink. I guess I'm going to have to be more clear next time when I talk about wanting a change on the charts. This was not what I had in mind. The aforementioned dunderhead duo fall from #1 to #2, followed by Rihanna,
It's a cruel and stupid world we live in when a new record from Justin Timberlake can top a new album from David Bowie and that, boys and girls, is where we are in the here and now. Timberlake's The 20/20 Experience debuts at #1 despite mixed reviews and Bowie's The Next Day comes in at #4 at the iTunes Music Store, with Luke Bryan and Imagine Dragons separating them and Bon Jovi's What About Now rounding out the Top 5. I hate you all just a little more right now than I did before. My review of the new
It's time to once again look into the world of digital music. We looked at the most-streamed tracks at Spotify for the week in the US and UK and now we have the most downloaded songs and albums at iTunes Music Store, the #1 music retailer in the US. I mentioned in that post that I just don't get this whole "Thrift Store" thing and here it is, once again, at #1 on a music chart. I didn't think we'd have what amounts to another novelty song so soon after Psy's kitschy little "Gangnam Style" pandemonium but here it is.

Macklemore & Ryan Lewis Top iTunes Single; Pitch Perfect, Gary Allan, Lumineers Top Albums

iTunes' Official Music Charts for the week ending Jan. 28, 2013
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We looked yesterday at what's popular at Spotify in the world of music streaming and now we take a look at the other behemoth of the digital music world, iTunes, and the top-selling songs and albums from the #1 music retailer in the US. The Billboard Hot 100, Spotify, and iTunes all have "Thrift Shop" from Macklemore & Ryan Lewis in the top spot, which makes me want to unspeakably angry. Taylor Swift isn't getting a lot of love at Spotify but her "I Knew You Were Trouble" is #2. Also in the Top 10 this week is Justin Timberlake's

Gotye, Lionel Richie Top Charts At iTunes For Week Of April 16

iTunes' Official Music Charts for the week ending April 16, 2012
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Time once again for the weekly look at the biggest sellers at the largest music retailer in the US. We've got the biggest selling singles and albums for the past week and our #1s belong to Gotye and Lionel Richie. One of those makes me say, "Who?" while the other makes me wonder if I slipped down a cosmic bunnyhole that sent me back to the 3rd grade. I'm perfectly well shocked to see Lionel Richie back atop the albums charts for the first time in 26 years! Kids today don't know how huge this guy was. He's one of

No Such Thing As Bad Press: Adele Continues Digital Dominance At iTunes

Top 10 songs and albums at iTunes Music Store for the week ending Feb. 20, 2012.
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Adele has been in headlines since the Grammys for performances, middle digits, daddy issues, and boyfriends, current and past. She's also made comments about taking time off or not before starting her next record. My advice: go on holiday, love. You have three singles in iTunes' Top 10 and your album is again/still #1 (and your debut is #4), holding off Whitney Houston in the first full week since her tragic passing. Rest the voice and take your time, is what. Houston represented at #2 on the singles and albums chart this week, as well. The non-Adele and Whitney

Adele Dominates iTunes Charts; Whitney Houston Makes Posthumous Push

Van Halen, Coldplay, Macca, and Minaj also present on Valentine's week iTunes Chart Watch
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It's been awhile since we last checked in with the world's largest digital music retailer and it turns out not much has changed since: you are all still crazy about Adele and her 21 record and I'm still not. The UK singer has three songs in the Top 10 Singles and both her albums are in the Top 10 on that chart. You've all gone all in on her and I'm still on the outside looking in on this phenomenon. Elsewhere, the passing of Whitney Houston has given the late, great vocalist the inevitable chart spike and we're sure

Rihanna Tops iTunes Weekly Singles Chart; Coldplay, Florence And The Machine Among Top 10 Albums

iTunes' Official Music Charts for the week ending Nov. 14, 2011
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The iTunes Music Store is the #1 music retailer in the US, so let's take a look at what the world's biggest music store is selling the most of these days. Two of the Top 10 Albums have been recently reviewed at Blinded By Sound, and both were praised mightily. I love Ceremonials from Florence + The Machine. Speaking of Florence, she's debuting a new video for "No Light, No Light" tomorrow and we'll hope to bring that to you. In the meantime, you can check out her video for "Shake It Off." 11 likes Coldplay's Mylo Xyloto quite a

Lil Wayne's 'Tha Carter IV' and "Moves Like Jagger" Own The Week At iTunes

iTunes' top 10 selling singles and albums of the week ending Sept. 12, 2011:
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Lil Wayne remains atop the iTunes albums chart this week with his The Carter IV followed by The Beatles 1 compilation, which now features the amazing remasters from two years ago. The Top 5 is rounded out by Adele, Maroon 5, and the latest from Red Hot Chili Peppers. While Lil Wayne and Adele have been superstars on the chart of late, I guess we have to deal with the fact Maroon 5 is making their presence felt. Their collaboration with Christina Aguilera "Moves Like Jagger" is the #1 single and their album is Top 5. They're hot right now

Lil' Wayne and Adele iTunes' Weekly Sales Champions

Red Hot Chili Peppers, Foster The People, and Pistol Annies also make chart impacts...
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It's been awhile since our iTunes Chart Watch series was published and Adele is still dominating the scene! There are a few names, albums, and songs that have entered since our last time through the list, so let's take a look. Let's start with the albums where Lil Wayne's Tha Carter IV has vaulted to the top spot. I can't recall having ever heard a song by Weezy -- and yet I'm knowledgeable enough to know his alias -- so I don't know what it is that has made him arguably the biggest star in hip hop, but his sales

Amy Winehouse Re-Enters iTunes Top 10

Adele holds off one of her mentors, the late Amy Winehouse, to remain at #1
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Forgive the internal geekiness of this but I'm very excited about this week's iTunes Chart Watch, mostly because we've finally produced our own, in-house review of Adele's blockbuster 21 and we can refer you to that if you're one of the other five people who haven't bought it yet. Adele isn't the only album in iTunes' albums charts to have been reviewed at BBS. We reviewed the new 311 record and it touched off a firestorm of comments from touchy 311 fans who weren't prepared to confront the idea that Universal Pulse is not the greatest album of all time

Colbie Caillat, LMFAO #1 At iTunes This Week

Top 10 selling singles and albums at the iTunes Music Store for the week ending July 18, 2011...
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Guess whose album is OUT of the Top 10 at iTunes this week? Lady GaGa. Tick, tick, tick, tick... Singer/songwriter Colbie Caillat is our surprise #1 this week, topping the iTunes Albums Chart with her latest record All Of You. Country star Blake Shelton's Red River Blue comes in at #2 followed by the latest from Incubus, the blockbuster 21 from Adele, and Yours Truly, a collaboration between Sublime and Rome. Rockers Theory Of a Deadman also hit the Top 10 albums chart this week with their new album The Truth Is.... I got my Spotify account this week and

LMFAO, Adele #1 Single, Album at iTunes Music Store

Here are iTunes' top 10 selling singles and albums of the week ending July 11, 2011...
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It hit me, this weekend, part of the reason I report the iTunes charts each week is because my nieces think it's fun to make fun of me for listening to music they've never heard of and try and stump their uncle, asking him about artists they're sure he's never heard of. They're impressed that I can name these people. They're embarrassed I don't like, well, any of them. They're pretty sure everything I listen to is old and weird. I tell them the word they're looking for is "awesome." They're not buying it. I wouldn't have at their

Beyonce, LMFAO Top iTunes Music Store Singles And Albums Chart

Mixed reviews didn't keep Beyonce's latest from the top spot...
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A musician friend of mine commented after making a long drive along the West Coast that American radio is completely dead. We've all heard such proclamations before and while I've tried to ignore it, the truth is I don't listen to music via radio anymore and I can't remember the last time I did. My radio presets are NPR and a couple local news/talk/sports stations. I'm sure some of that's because I'm a geezer at this point but it's not because I've stopped listening to music. I buy more music than I ever have. I know, I know, I

iTunes Chart Watch: Katy Perry, Bon Iver #1 at iTunes Music Store

iTunes' top 10 selling singles and albums of the week ending June 27, 2011:
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If you follow the iTunes Music Store charts closely enough - for example, say you do a weekly series wherein you report the top selling singles and albums - you notice there are certain types of artists or records that are bound to do well. The young, hip hop, beat-driven pop is always going to be a seller and there is also a loyal contingent of indie lovers out there. All that is on disaply in this week's chart where both Bon Iver and Matt Nathanson have landed in the Top 10 albums, Iver taking the top spot from

Katy Perry & 'Hell: The Sequel" Are #1 at iTunes

Fittingly symbolic...
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What in the name of Steve Perry's ass is going on here? How in the hell did compilations by Journey, Frank Sinatra, and Bob Marley make the Top 10 on iTunes Albums Chart? Don't get me wrong: everyone loves The Chairman and Marley is indeed a legend (and I won't even get started on Journey) but I have no explanation for what's going on with our albums chart this week. It's only fitting the #1 album this week is Hell: The Sequel because that's how I feel about these charts on a weekly basis. I'm not going to proclaim

Adele Holds Off Queen Of All Hype; Coldplay Enters Top 10 at iTunes

Here are iTunes' top 10 selling singles and albums of the week ending June 6, 2011
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I know the Lady Gaga phenomenon is alive and well but am I the only one shocked she hasn't completely dominated the iTunes chart since the release of Born This Way? I find her reasonably insipid but she does have great taste in saxophone players and it's been very sweet the way she has rallied her fans to send good thoughts to ailing Clarence "Big Man" Clemons, who played on her album. We're all pulling for him to get well soon. Adele is #1 on singles and albums this week and our good friends Coldplay (okay, so I've never

Lady GaGa and Adele #1 at iTunes, Scotty McCreery and Lauren Alaina Make Big Post-Idol Debuts

GaGa will rule these charts but for now has a little competition...
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As predicted last week, Lady GaGa took over the iTunes chart watch but not with the immediate dominance I expected. Born This Way is the #1 album but Adele holds onto the #1 single with "Rolling In The Deep" for one more week. American Idol winner Scotty McCreery was #1 by the end of the week but didn't quite take the weekly title, debuting at number three. Runner-up Lauren Alaina is in at #8. On the albums front, Adele is #2 followed by Brad Paisley. Alaina and McCreery both placed their American Idol digital albums in the Top 10

iTunes Chart Watch: Lady Gaga Is Coming...

The calm before the horrifying storm...
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Savor this moment, kids. It may be the last time for a long time Lady Gaga isn't #1 on either the singles or albums chart at the iTunes Music Store. Oversaturation and shameless promotion have little meaning in the 21st century but attention whores everywhere are embarrassed by Gaga's vomitous saturation campaign. Turning the page to actual music, I let my money burn a hole in my pocket and picked up the "soundtrack" album Rome, created by Danger Mouse and Daniele Luppi. I'd heard about the project and thought for sure I'd skip it until learning Norah Jones and

Adele Tops At iTunes Music Store; Beastie Boys & Lady Antebellum Close Behind

iTunes' top 10 selling singles and albums of the week ending May 9, 2011
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Adele's 21 is back on top of the Albums Chart at iTunes and it looks like it will retain the #1 slot at Billboard as well. It's been remarkably well received in the US and UK and is showing no signs of losing any steam. I'm surprised and disappointed to see Foo Fighters' Wasting Light has already fallen from the Top 10. It's such a good rock record. It sold well early on but can't understand why it would have falled beyond the Top 10 so soon after its release. It's been awhile since Beastie Boys released new music

Foo Fighters #1 At iTunes, Paul Simon, Alison Krauss Top 5 Debut

iTunes' top 10 selling singles and albums of the week ending April 18, 2011
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Welcome back to our look at the biggest songs and albums at the iTunes Music Store, the largest music retailer in the United States. It took a brief sabbatical in part because I got lazy and also because I couldn't bring myself to feign interest in the rubbish populating these lists. Fortunately, we have some albums worth mentioning this week, and thus we return. Foo Fighters' Wasting Light is the #1 album this week. That's not a big surprise. They're #1 in the UK, and may debut at #1 in the US in physical CD sales. They're one of

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