Friday, November 19, 2010

Lopsided

So here's something to think about. So a song sells a ton on iTunes. Does that really make it the number one song in the country? For instance: Teenage Dream, the Glee version, sold the most downloads on iTunes last week so it's now at number one on the charts. But is it really the number one song in the country? Is it the song that is played the most, listened to the most, AND bought the most? I don't think so. It's not on any radio station here, that's for sure.
So I get a little irritated when I read things like "all of the songs from Taylor Swift's album are in the top 40 right now." But they aren't all top 40 songs. Only one of them is...her current single. I know there was a long battle about having iTunes sales count toward the Billboard charts but I just don't think it's even. It's not a fair playing field for artists whose songs might not be selling 100,000 downloads a week but are still in heavy rotation on every radio station in the country.
The word is lopsided. Lopsided.
Did I like that version on Glee? Sure. But is it the number one song in the country? Probably not. Don't Stop Believing was actually the biggest song in the country when it came out. It was absolutely everywhere. That was a rightful number one. Not that any of this matters to the Glee folks at all, just as long as people keep downloading that abysmal Umbrella mash-up, they don't care. Really, between that mash-up and that dreadful mash-up with Crazy in Love and Hair...we've got the best audio torture ever created. Screw waterboarding. If Bush was still in office, he'd be using these songs to make people talk. I wouldn't be surprised if in a few years when Obama's book comes out, he fesses up to using these songs to torture Al Qaeda. The headline will read "Obama Uses Number One Songs to Get Answers." You heard it here first.

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