Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Traipsing the 'Net: The Week's Popular Music

Oh hi, followers. Despite being thoroughly entrenched in a Dante's Inferno hell that some call "medical school", I am going to try to resuscitate (alright, I promise, no science or medicine jokes) my fledgling writing skills by doing something entirely unusual here at Cassette Musique: Update regularly.

I heard that derisive laughter from over here. Hear me out: Once a week, I want to compile a list of the most popular, most purchased, most played, highest-reviewed and up-and-coming music, complete with links and the such for listening pleasures. This is mostly impulsive, but I figured I'd try it out for a little bit.

I plan to display a Top 10 songs and albums from Billboard (most popular and purchased), Top 10 songs from (most played by users), Top 10 highest reviewed new (i.e. nothing re-released or live) albums from Metacritic and Top 10 emerging songs from We Are Hunted (up-and-coming).

Any album or song available on Spotify is linked, the entire Hot 100 playlist on Spotify is linked at the top of the list and the We Are Hunted list is directly linked to their website.  Without further ado, here we go:

Billboard 200: Top 10 highest-selling albums

1. Adele - 21
2. Whitney Houston - Whitney: The Greatest Hits
3. fun. - Some Nights
4. Tyga - Careless World: Rise of the Last King
5. Various Artists - NOW 41
6. Whitney Houston - The Bodyguard
7. Adele - 19
8. Chiddy Bang - Breakfast
9. Whitney Houston - Whitney Houston
10. Various Artists - 2012 Grammy Nominees

New and Upcoming Music, by Metascore: Top 10 highest reviewed albums*

1. Burial - Kindred (EP)
2. The Men - Open Your Heart
3. The Menzingers - On The Impossible Past
4. Anais Mitchell - Young Man in America
5. Django Django - Django Django
6. Leonard Cohen - Old Ideas
7. Goldfrapp - The Singles
8. Karen Dalton - 1966
9. Earth - Angels of Darkness, Demons of Light, Vol. 2
10. Cloud Nothings - Attack on Memory

* Albums must have at least 7 reviews to qualify. "New and Upcoming Music" compiles all albums released within the last three months.

Billboard Hot 100: Top 10 most popular songs

1. "Stronger" by Kelly Clarkson
2. "Set Fire To The Rain" by Adele
3. "We Are Young" by fun. featuring Janelle Monae
4. "Part of Me" by Katy Perry
5. "Glad You Came" by The Wanted
6. "We Found Love" by Rihanna featuring Calvin Harris
7. "Good Feeling" by Flo Rida
8. "Turn Me On" by David Guetta featuring Nicki Minaj
9. "Young, Wild & Free" by Snoop Dogg & Wiz Khalifa featuring Bruno Mars
10. "Starships" by Nicki Minaj

Click the link at the top to be sent to the Spotify playlist, where you can listen to all of the available songs on the Hot 100. Top Tracks Chart: Top 10 most played songs by all users

1. "Somebody That I Used To Know" by Gotye
2. "Rolling In The Deep" by Adele
3. "Born To Die" by Lana Del Rey
4. "Video Games" by Lana Del Rey
5. "Paradise" by Coldplay
6. "Pumped Up Kicks" by Foster The People
7. "Midnight City" by M83
8. "We Found Love" by Rihanna featuring Calvin Harris
9. "Somebody Like You" by Adele
10. "Set Fire To The Rain" by Adele

We Are Hunted Emerging Chart: Top 10 Hottest Tracks

1. "Out The Blue" by Sub Focus featuring Alicia Keys
2. "Live Your Life" by Yuna
3. "Better Off" by Haim
4. "Nova" by Burial + Four Tet
5. "This Head I Hold" by Electric Guest
6. "Chin" by Sleep Party People
7. "I Thought I Was An Alien" by Soko
8. "Weekend" by Last Dinosaurs
9. "Show Me" by Team Me
10. "Darlin' You're Sweet" by Wise Blood

Click the link at the top to be sent to We Are Hunted's website, where you can stream the entire Top 99.

I literally did this on a whim with some rare free time. There are a ton of things that could be done to improve the appearance and presentation, but the general idea appealed to me: Essentially combine reliable sources of different barometers for new music and put them in one place.

This is just a test run and suggestions would be just lovely. I would like to continue this, so hopefully it is useful to someone. Let me know what you think.

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