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 the last remaining interesting mainstream rock bands we have. I quite like them and I like Wasting Light.
We've also got new albums from Alison Krauss & Union Station and Paul Simon on the charts. Alison Krauss' voice is one of the most beautiful on earth. I haven't picked this new set up yet, but I do love to hear her sing and am very happy to see it debut so well. I'm quite taken with Paul Simon's So Beautiful Or So What. The music is lovely and the lyrics are brilliant. He remains one of the untouchable songwriters in pop music history.
Some of you care about the songs in the singles chart, so I've included them here.
iTunes' top 10 selling singles and albums of the week ending April 18, 2011:
- Wasting Light - Foo Fighters
- 21 - Adele
- Songs for Japan - Various Artists
- Paper Airplane - Alison Krauss & Union Station
- Sigh No More - Mumford & Sons
- So Beautiful or So What - Paul Simon
- Who You Are - Jessie J
- Nine Types of Light - TV On the Radio
- Femme Fatale - Britney Spears
- The Family Sign - Atmosphere
- "E.T. (feat. Kanye West)" - Katy Perry
- "S&M (Remix) (feat. Britney Spears)" - Rihanna
- "Just Can't Get Enough" - Black Eyed Peas
- "Judas" - Lady GaGa
- "Rolling In the Deep" - Adele
- "Down On Me" - Jeremih, 50 Cent
- "The Lazy Song" - Bruno Mars
- "On the Floor (feat. Pitbull)" - Jennifer Lopez
- "Look At Me Now (feat. Lil Wayne & Busta Rhymes)" - Chris Brown
- "Till the World Ends" - Britney Spears