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:
- Fancy (feat. Charli XCX) - Iggy Azalea
- Problem (feat. Iggy Azalea) - Ariana Grande
- Rude - MAGIC!
- Stay with Me - Sam Smith
- Wiggle (feat. Snoop Dogg) - Jason Derulo
- Am I Wrong - Nico & Vinz
- Turn Down for What, DJ Snack, Lil Jon
- Happy (from "Despicable Me 2") - Pharrell Williams
- All of Me - John Legend
- Believe Me (feat. Drake) - Lil Wayne
- Platinum - Miranda Lambert
- The Fault in Our Stars - Various Artists
- Ghost Stories - Coldplay
- Animal Ambition: An Untamed Desire to Win - 50 Cent
- Ultraviolence - Lana Del Rey
- In the Lonely Hour - Sam Smith
- Unstoppable Love - Jesus Culture
- The New Classic - Iggy Azalea
- Frozen - Various Artists
- Just As I Am - Brantley Gilbert