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 be forgotten. I probably hope I'm right...

Albums wise, I'm pleased to see Coldplay's Ghost Stories still in the mix at #3. I can't imagine this moody, murky little record doing the numbers of Viva La Vida and its lesser but still pleasant impostor/successor Mylo Xyloto but I rather like it. I also like, but don't love, Turn Blue from The Black Keys, which has already fallen out of the Top 10 as has Jack White's Lazaretto. That's a shame. Those are two good records I hope to one day review and discuss with you.

I don't know why Lana Del Rey generates as much attention -- positive and negative -- as she does. I don't understand what it is that gets tongues wagging with her music and performances but she moves the needle and her new album Ultraviolence is already off to a big sales start. I'll be curious to see what the reaction is this time around but I don't imagine I'll actually listen to the record. I thought 50 Cent had been cast aside for a new wave of similarly disposable rappers but he's back in the Top 10 with his latest.

iTunes' Official Music Charts for the week ending June 9, 2014:

Top Songs

  1. Fancy (feat. Charli XCX) - Iggy Azalea
  2. Problem (feat. Iggy Azalea) - Ariana Grande
  3. Rude - MAGIC!
  4. Stay with Me - Sam Smith
  5. Wiggle (feat. Snoop Dogg) - Jason Derulo
  6. Am I Wrong - Nico & Vinz
  7. Turn Down for What, DJ Snack, Lil Jon
  8. Happy (from "Despicable Me 2") - Pharrell Williams
  9. All of Me - John Legend
  10. Believe Me (feat. Drake) - Lil Wayne

Top Albums

  1. Platinum - Miranda Lambert
  2. The Fault in Our Stars - Various Artists
  3. Ghost Stories - Coldplay
  4. Animal Ambition: An Untamed Desire to Win - 50 Cent
  5. Ultraviolence - Lana Del Rey
  6. In the Lonely Hour - Sam Smith
  7. Unstoppable Love - Jesus Culture
  8. The New Classic - Iggy Azalea
  9. Frozen - Various Artists
  10. Just As I Am - Brantley Gilbert