Saturday, January 30, 2010

Chart Watch America: Week of February 6, 2010

Our weekly recap of veteran artists on the current American music charts. Chart highlights:
  • Like Canada, the soundtrack from the Hope For Haiti Now benefit debuts at the top of the Albums chart, making it the first album released only through digital sources to make number 1.
  • A few artists who had particularly good weeks last week are having bad ones now.  The Best of Sade drops 56 to 131, Ringo Starr's Y Not from 58 to 136 and Elvis Presley's Elvis 75 from 43 to 138 and Memories from 57 to off the chart.
  • Charlie Sexton returns to the Hot 100 for the first time since 1985 when he took Beat's So Lonely to number 17.  This time, he is in support of Justin Timberlake and Matt Morris on their Haiti benefit version of Leonard Cohen's Hallelujah.  The digital track debuts at 48.
  • Them Crooked Vultures (with bassist John Paul Jones) pull of the rock hat trick by having the top veteran album on the Rock (15) and Hard Rock Albums (3) and song on the Rock Singles (New Fang at 15).
Previous week position noted in parenthesis. (N) is a new entry. (R) is a re-entry. Grayed charts were not available for update at time of publication.


Hope For Haiti NowTop 200 Albums

Hallelujah (with Matt Morris and Charlie Sexton)Top 100 Singles
  • #1 (1) - TiK ToK - Ke$ha
  • #2 (N) - Today Was a Fairytale - Taylor Swift
  • #3 (2) - Bad Romance - Lady Gaga
  • #4 (4) - BedRock - Young Money Featuring Lloyd
  • #5 (N) - Baby - Justin Bieber Featuring Ludacris
  • #48 (N) - Hallelujah - Justin Timberlake & Matt Morris Featuring Charlie Sexton
  • #69 (58) - Soldier of Love - Sade
  • #83 (69) Consider Me Gone - Reba (McEntire)

The Digital, Radio Airplay, R&B, Blues, Country, Bluegrass, Folk, Rock, Adult Contemporary, Dance, Jazz and Americana charts are after the cut.

Preview: Emotion & Comotion - Jeff Beck

Emotion & CommotionArtist: Jeff Beck
Title: Emotion & Commotion
Release Date: April 13, 2010
Label: Rhino
Format(s): CD, Digital

Jeff Beck returns on April 13 with his first studio album in seven years, Emotion & Commotion.  The album was recorded last year at Starm Studios in London with producers Steve Lipson and Trevor Horn and includes guest appearances by Imelda May, Olivia Safe and Joss Stone.  Also appearing is a 64-piece orchestra on songs that range from Puccini’s immortal aria Nessun Dorma and Elegy For Dunkirk from the film Atonement to Somewhere Over The Rainbow from The Wizard Of Oz and Jeff Buckley’s interpretation of Corpus Christi Carol.
Beck says the idea of pairing his guitar with an orchestra evolved from the version of Gustav Mahler’s Symphony No. 5 he recorded a few years ago. “It turned out amazingly well, but I didn’t want to commit to an entire album of classical music. What appealed to me instead was the idea of bringing together these seemingly contradictory sounds on different kinds of nonclassical music.”
Playing backup on many of the tracks are his frequent collaborators Vinnie Colaiuta on drums, Jason Rebello on keyboards and Talk Wilkenfeld on bass.  

Track List: 
  • Corpus Christi Carol
  • Hammerhead
  • Never Alone
  • Somewhere Over The Rainbow
  • I Put A Spell On You (featuring Joss Stone)
  • Serene
  • Lilac Wine (featuring Imelda May)
  • Nessun Dorma
  • There’s No Other Me (featuring Joss Stone)
  • Elegy For Dunkirk (featuring Olivia Safe)

Set List: MusicCares Salute to Person of the Year Neil Young

Neil Young was honored as MusiCares Person of the Year on Friday night in Los Angeles with a tribute concert featuring twenty of his songs.  The salute came about due to his long affiliations with FarmAid and the  Bridge School which helps children with major disabilities.

Jack Black hosted the evening which included performances by both former band mates and admirers of Young, many of which made short speeches to talk about Young's influences and actions.  Elton John commented  "As a philanthropist and humanitarian, you're one my heroes.  I'll never forget your kindness."

Before playing the last song of the evening, David Crosby said "We made some of the best music of our lives with you, man."

At the end of the show, Young took the stage to offer thanks.  "I forgot how many songs I've written.  It's been a great night. Wore me out. 

"Some of those songs, I listen to them and I go, 'Oh my God! What am I gonna do now? Who was that guy? Look at Tony Bennett. He rocks. I look at that man and say, 'I can do this.' I'm going to keep on going, and I hope you do, too."

Some were disappointed that Young didn't perform.  It was only the third time in the twenty salutes put on by MusiCares that the honoree did not sing (Billy Joel and Luciano Pavarotti also did not). 

Also in attendance were the likes of Tony Bennett, Brian Wilson, Al Jardine, Jimmy Jam, Colby Caillat and Nicole Kidman.  On a side note, the Red Hot Chili Peppers did play with their oft rumored but never confirmed new guitarist Josh Klinghoffer and Leon Russell performed after just completing treatment for a brain fluid leak.

The set list for the night:
  • Down By the River - John Mellencamp, T-Bone Burnett
  • Mr. Soul - Ozomatti
  • Don't Let It Bring You Down - Jackson Browne
  • Long May You Run - Stephen Stills, Sharyl Crow
  • Only Love Can Break a Heart - Lady Antebellum
  • Tell Me Why - Norah Jones
  • Comes a Time - Emmylou Harris, Patty Griffin, Lucinda Williams
  • Broken Arrow - Wilco
  • Harvest Moon - Josh Groban
  • Revolution Blues - Everest
  • Cinnamon Girl - Dierks Bentley, Booker T. Jones
  • Ohio - Ben Harper
  • Rockin' in the Free World - John Fogerty, Keith Urban, Booker T. Jones
  • The Losing End (When You're On) - Elvis Costello
  • Lotta Love - Jason Mraz, Shawn Colvin
  • The Needle and the Damage Done - Dave Mathews
  • A Man Needs a Maid - Red Hot Chili Peppers
  • Heart of Gold - James Taylor, Dave Matthews, Elvis Costello, Emmylou Harris, Jason Mraz
  • Helpless - Elton John, Sheryl Crow, Leon Russell, Neko Case
  • Human Highway - Crosby, Stills and Nash

Nelson Cancels Show Due To Hand Problem (And Crew Arrests), KISS Sues Author, more

Willie Nelson canceled a Kenansville, North Carolina concert on Thursday because of a sore hand; however, the decision to not go on also came after six members of his band and crew were arrested for alleged possession of marijuana and moonshine. 

The charges against the six, including Nelson's bass player Dan Edward Spears, are misdemeanors and they were issued citations.  Officers had smelled marijuana when they passed by Nelson's tour bus and investigated.

Nelson's daughter posted on his website "Dad’s hand ( the one he had the carpel tunnel operation on) was in  pain, too much to play  his guitar Trigger. Doctors say to just give it a rest. He is going to try and finish the tour ( tomorrow night Rome, Georgia and then  Asheville, NC) before taking it on home to Texas for ten days."

KISS has brought suit against Marc Scallatino and photographer Janet Macoska over the unauthorized use of photographs of the group from between 1974 and 1981 in a book.  According to a press release, Scallatino was warned many time about the unauthorized use of photos that included the federally registered trademark KISS logo and the band in their face paint.  "We cannot simply ignore Mr. Scallatino's willful violation of the rights of "KISS" after he was repeatedly warned."

After the lawsuit was filed, Macoska was able to prove that she had no knowledge of the use of the photos by Scallatino and would not have given permission.  She has been dropped from the suit.

Ozzy Osbourne told the Rock that his next album will not be called Soul Sucka.  "When we put that on the Internet none of my fan base liked the title. They were like, 'I can't imagine me walking around the f***ing house with the words Soul Sucka on my T-shirt.' So I was like, 'F*** it. I've got to come up with something else!'"

He also told the site that the new album will be "very, very heavy. ... It's a cross between -- it's kind of like a Sabbath/Ozzy album, you know. It's kind of, it wasn't meant to, I didn't plan on doing it but that's the way it unfolded."

Tom Waits is working again with director Robert Wilson on a new stage musical, their fourth together.  This time, Waits will also be working with writer and directer Martin McDonagh who made In Bruges.

Ron Wood is in rehab again...for the eighth time.  He made the decision at the urging of Mick Jaggar, his daughter Leah and other family members.

A friend of Wood's told the Daily Mail "Mick has always been helpful and supportive of Ronnie when he gets in trouble and falls off the wagon. The news Ronnie's decided to go into rehab is really pleasing for Mick. He has always urged him to get help when he's had his problems -- and this case was no different. Mick's just delighted he's taken heed and is trying to get himself straight."

Friday, January 29, 2010

Chart Watch Canada: Week Ending January 28, 2010

Our weekly recap of veteran artists on the current Canadian music charts.  Chart highlights:
  • The biggest album in Canada by or containing vintage artists is the Hope for Haiti Now album, which debuts at the top of the album chart.  That drops last weeks leader, Michael Jackson, even though his album went up from 32 to 22.
  • The only new album by a veteran artist on the Album chart is the 1975 debut album by Kate and Anna McGarrigle.  The LP debuts at 95 on sales after Kate's passing.
  • Roseanne Cash reclaims the top country album by a veteran artists with The List after Elv1s 30 Number One Hits fell from 3 to 9.
Previous week position noted in parenthesis.  (N) indicates a new release.  (R) indicates a record that is re-charting.  There can be ties in chart positions.

Hope For Haiti NowTop 100 Canadian Albums

New FangTop 100 Canadian Singles (Airplay)
  • #1 (1) - Bad Romance - Lady Gaga
  • #2 (2)- TiK ToK - Ke$ha
  • #3 (4) - Empire State of Mind - Jay-Z + Alicia Keys
  • #4 (3) - Sexy Chick - David Guetta Featuring Akon
  • #5 (9) - Do You Remember - Jay Sean Featuring Sean Paul & Lil John
  • #28 (26) - New Fang - Them Crooked Vultures
  • #63 (55) - Consider Me Gone - Reba (McEntire)
  • #98 (79) - We Weren't Born to Follow - Bon Jovi
The R&B, Country and Hard Rock charts are after the cut.