It's time to once again look into the world of digital music. We looked at the most-streamed tracks at Spotify for the week in the US and UK and now we have the most downloaded songs and albums at iTunes Music Store, the #1 music retailer in the US. I mentioned in that post that I just don't get this whole "Thrift Store" thing and here it is, once again, at #1 on a music chart. I didn't think we'd have what amounts to another novelty song so soon after Psy's kitschy little "Gangnam Style" pandemonium but here it is. The world of one-hit wonders is upon us because I just don't see these guys making the rounds. Elsewhere in the singles chart, we have Bruno Mars, Rihanna, and another novelty song in the form of Bauuer's "Harlem Shake." I. Do. Not. Get. It. I keep wanting to make jokes about Christina Aguilera and a pitbull but that seems cruel even by my bitter standards.
I'm going to have to find out what Imagine Dragons are but they've got charting song and a Top 5 album. Luke Bryan's Spring Break...Here to Party is #1 on the albums chart and the title suggests this is going to be a disposable wasteland but I'm sure it will make for a fun soundtrack to the wrong kind of fun.
I've made a lot of jokes about novelty and the like and I would have pegged Justin Timberlake as such with his roots in the BoyBand craze of the late '90s. I still don't think anything of him as an artist from a musical perspective and have yet to see any movie he's in but I have to admit I didn't think he'd last this long in either medium. I don't know if The 20/20 Experience is going to take off the way past efforts have but it's doing more than I thought it would. I actually thought his film career would keep him out of the recording studio. Once again I was wrong and once again I am angry about it.
The Jimi Hendrix estate continues to pick the bones of the late genius, offering up another grouping of outtakes that have merely been remixed or slightly altered and calling it a new album or glimpse into what Hendrix may have done next. I love Jimi Hendrix and have allowed myself to be exploited by some of these packages in the past but I've called it quits. I'll buy good quality live shows offered from the archives because I love his improvisational playing and guitar mastery but I'm through with these not-really-new albums. He made three landmark LPs and there was a lot of stuff leftover. Some of it was briliant and the rest was unfinished. We'll never know what more he might have had to say and offer and I'm tired of these crap, crass stabs at guessing.
Wow... I guess I'm a bit bitter tonight, kids. Even Jimi Hendrix is making me angry. Let's hope you all buy and stream something better next week or that I get a hug. In the meantime, here are iTunes' Music Charts for week ending March 11, 2013:
- "Thrift Shop (feat. Wanz)," Ryan Lewis, Macklemore
- "When I Was Your Man," Bruno Mars
- "Stay (feat. Mikky Ekko)," Rihanna
- "Harlem Shake," Baauer
- "Suit & Tie (feat. JAY Z)," Justin Timberlake
- "Started from the Bottom," Drake
- "Feel This Moment (feat. Christina Aguilera)," Pitbull
- "Just Give Me a Reason (feat. Nate Ruess)," P!nk
- "Radioactive," Imagine Dragons
- "Heart Attack," Demi Lovato
- Spring Break...Here to Party - Luke Bryan
- The Heist - Ryan Lewis,Macklemore
- Unorthodox Jukebox - Bruno Mars
- Night Visions - Imagine Dragons
- People, Hell and Angels - Jimi Hendrix
- Babel - Mumford & Sons
- The 20/20 Experience - Justin Timberlake
- Here's to the Good Times - Florida Georgia Line
- Pitch Perfect (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) - Various Artists
- My Head Is An Animal - Of Monsters and Men