Braids

Braids

In Chart Recap we take a look at what’s happening on the CMJ charts each week. Check out the CMJ Radio 200 top 20 for the week. CMJ NMR Subscribers can login to view the complete charts.

Courtney Barnett‘s Sometimes I Sit And Think, And Sometimes I Just Sit has been sitting at No. 1 for four weeks now, so the question is, while she has been hanging out at the top of the Radio 200 chart, is she sitting and thinking or just sitting? Bad jokes aside, college radio has been loving her, and that’s what matters. Next week she has a fresh set of No. 1 hopefuls to compete against, so we’ll have to wait and see if she can hold on for another week.

Waxahatchee pushed up to No. 2 this week, while Alabama Shakes continued to charge up the charts, landing at No. 3. Sufjan Stevens (No. 4) and Modest Mouse (No. 6) spent the last few weeks trying hard to get another No. 1 under their belts, but neither of them were able to make it there this time around, and their window of opportunity seems to have closed since both moved down this week. Speedy Ortiz moved up to No. 7 with Mikal Cronin still on their tail at No. 9. Built To Spill also pulled into the top 10 this week.

It was an extremely tight adds race this week between Blur and My Morning Jacket with Blur pulling ahead by just one add. Blur debuted at No. 72 and My Morning Jacket at No. 82, and both will likely be hitting the top 10 before too long. Best Coast was the top mover this week, jumping 112 spots to land at No. 13. Braids, last week’s third most added album, made the highest debut this week at No. 40.

On the Triple A chart, Alabama Shakes ousted Courtney Barnett from No. 1. Could this be foreshadowing for the next week on the Radio 200 chart? Alison Wonderland, took No. 1 on the RPM charts, the first new No. 1 on RPM in a while, as Dan Deacon had laid claim to that spot for the past seven weeks. Jazz pianist Harold Mabern moved up to No. 1 on the Jazz chart. Buena Vista Social Club (New World), Raz Simone (Hip Hop) and Nightwish (Loud Rock) all held on to their No. 1 spots for another week.