The Black Keys' media blitz is paying off in a big, noticeable way. The Akron, Ohio duo recently scored six Grammy nominations and now their album has been certified Gold (sales of more than 500,000 copies) and they jolt to #2 at the iTunes Music Store.
I haven't been on the Keys' bandwagon since the beginning but I go back a few years to the Rubber Factory and Magic Potion days. I love these guys and I'm thrilled to see their music reaching a wider audience as they experiment and expand their sound. I still love the early, lo-fi records and would be happy to hear them return to that for a future album but Brothers is a wonderful work and one of the best releases of 2010.
We have the Country Strong and TRON: Legacy soundtracks placed highly on the albums chart, flanking The Black Keys. There are two volumes of the Country Strong soundtrack on the chart this week. I hadn't even heard of this movie until I went and looked it up on Amazon and now I see that in addition to having songs by some of country music's biggest names, this is another step Gwyneth Paltrow's attempt at a music career. I guess. I've heard mixed reviews on her as a vocalist. I simply don't care.
The singles chart doesn't have much shakeup from last week with the same beat-driven songs that were hot last week carrying over to this week.
- "Grenade" - Bruno Mars
- "Firework" - Katy Perry
- "Tonight (feat. Ludacris & DJ Frank E)" - Enrique Iglesias
- "The Time (Dirty Bit)" - Black Eyed Peas
- "Black and Yellow" - Wiz Khalifa
- "We R Who We R" - Ke$ha
- "6 Foot 7 Foot (feat. Cory Gunz)" - Lil Wayne
- "Raise Your Glass" - P!nk
- "What's My Name?" - Rihanna, Drake
- "No Hands (feat. Roscoe Dash & Wale)" - Waka Flocka Flame
- Country Strong (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) - Various Artists
- Brothers - The Black Keys
- TRON: Legacy - Daft Punk
- Sigh No More - Mumford & Sons
- My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy - Kanye West
- Doo-Wops & Hooligans - Bruno Mars
- Speak Now - Taylor Swift
- Loud - Rihanna
- Country Strong (More Music from the Motion Picture) - Various Artists
- Recovery - Eminem