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 dig into it and see if that proves true. The only record in the Top 10 that's interesting me is the moody Ghost Stories from Coldplay.

As for the Top Songs? I can think of only a few things I'd less rather hear than a a collaboration between Jason Derulo and Snoop Dogg... and I actually think Snoop is kind of funny. I still don't know what a Iggy Azalea is but I'm oddly sort of proud of her for refusing to get into a beef with that nitwit Nicki Minaj, who couldn't handle winning an award without being an asshole. The irony in Minaj's rant at the BET awards is that I'm not sure I'd be bragging about writing my own lyrics if I were her. No matter. Maroon 5 is threatening us with a new album and a song from it is also part of your Top 10. I will go to great lengths to avoid hearing it. Your prayers are appreciated as I undertake that endeavor.

I've now emptied my snark reservoir and present to you the iTunes' Official Music Charts for the week ending June 30, 2014:


Top Songs

  1. Rude - MAGIC!
  2. Stay With Me - Sam Smith
  3. Fancy (feat. Charli XCX) - Iggy Azalea
  4. Life of the Party - Shawn Mendes
  5. Problem (feat. Iggy Azalea) - Ariana Grande
  6. Am I Wrong - Nico & Vinz
  7. Wiggle (feat. Snoop Dogg) - Jason Derulo
  8. Maps - Maroon 5
  9. Boom Clap - Charli XCX
  10. Latch (feat. Sam Smith) - Disclosure

Top Albums

  1. x - Ed Sheeran
  2. In the Lonely Hour - Sam Smith
  3. Ultraviolence - Lana Del Rey
  4. These Things Happen - G-Eazy
  5. These Days... - Ab-Soul
  6. 5 Seconds of Summer - 5 Seconds of Summer
  7. The Fault In Our Stars Soundtrack
  8. The Hunting Party- Linkin Park
  9. Fuego - Phish
  10. Ghost Stories - Coldplay