The College Music Journal (CMJ) Top 20

1 SHINS Wincing The Night Away

2 OF MONTREAL Hissing Fauna, Are You The Destroyer?

3 DEERHOOF Friend Opportunity

4 SLOAN Never Hear The End of It

5 CLINIC Visitations

6 TOM WAITS Orphans: Brawlers, Bawlers And Bastards

7 GOOD, THE BAD AND THE QUEEN The Good, The Bad And The Queen

8 MENOMENA Friend and Fwww.oe

9 BRAND NEW The Devil And God Are Raging Inside Me

10 POSTMARKS The Postmarks

11 YOUTH GROUP Casino Twilight Dogs

12 BROKEN WEST I Can’t Go On, I’ll Go On

13 BABYSHAMBLES The Blinding EP

14 DEAN AND BRITTA Back Numbers

15 JOANNA NEWSOM Ys

16 SIX PARTS SEVEN Casually Smashed To Pieces

17 BIRD AND THE BEE Bird And The Bee

18 DECEMBERISTS The Crane Wife

19 VIETNAM Vietnam

20 ARAB STRAP Ten Years Of Tears

Billboards Top 20 Independent Chart

1 THE SHINS Wincing The Night Away

2 OF MONTREAL Hissing Fauna Are You the Destroyer?

3 THE RIDDLE AND THOMAS SIMPSON Ultra Dance 08

4 SUNSHINE ANDERSON Sunshine Anderson at Midnight

5 HELLOGOODBYE Zombies! Aliens! Vampires! Dinosaurs!

6 ATREYU The Best Of…

7 JASON ALDEAN Jason Aldean

8 JIM JONES Hustler’s P.O.M.E.

9 MOE The Conch

10 LITTLE BIG TOWN The Road To Here

11 DJ SKRIBBLE Vic Latino Thrive Mix

12 DUSTIN KENSURE Please Come Home

13 VARIOUS ARTISTS Crunk Hits Vol. 3

14 DEERHOOF Friend Opportunity

15 DANE COOK Retaliation

16 TAMIA Between Friends

17 SILVERSUN PICKUPS Carnavas

18 UNK BEAT’N Down Yo Block

19 SOUNDTRACK The Last Kiss

20 PITBULL El Mariel

 

 

 

There are very little similarities between these two lists, with the exception of the new Of Montreal and The Shins albums leading the charts. I am really surprised by some of the Billboard Indepedent Chart selections, especially Crunk Hits Vol. 3 (though I sincerely hope the album shows up on The Wall at KUGS soon).

These two charts demonstrate how different commercial radio programming and college radio programming is. I have seen and played most of what appears on the CMJ chart and I have heard of very little on the Billboard chart. I suppose that the CMJ charts are based on college radio play, which tend to favor certain artists and genres over others (for instance, indie rock vs. crunk hits).

 

 

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