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1 THE SHINS Wincing The Night Away

2 OF MONTREAL Hissing Fauna, Are You The Destroyer?

3 DEERHOOF Friend Opportunity

4 APPLES IN STEREO New Magnetic Wonder

5 THE GOOD, THE BAD & THE QUEEN The Good, The Bad & The Queen

6 BLOC PARTY A Weekend In the City

7 CLAP YOUR HANDS SAY YEAH Some Loud Thunder

8 MENOMENA Friend and Foe

9 LILY ALLEN Alright Still

10 YOUTH GROUP Casino Twilight Dogs

11 SLOAN Never Hear The End of It

12 BIRD & THE BEE Bird and the Bee

13 PIEBALD Accidental Gentlemen

14 CLINIC Visitations

15 SIX PARTS SEVEN Casually Smashed To Pieces

16 SONDRE LERCHE Phantom Punch

17 PETER BJORN & JOHN Writer’s Block

18 POSTMARKS The Postmarks

19 BUSDRIVER RoadKillOvercoat

20 ARCADE FIRE “Black Mirror [Single]”

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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).

 

 

The following is a brief introduction to the Billboard and CMJ Charts, focused primarily how they determine chart positions and differences between the two systems.

Billboard chart, first published in 1958, relies primarily on the Neilsen SoundScan system, which records singles, albums, and DVD sales. When a product (say, a CD) is purchased at a retailer in assocation with SoundScan, the sale is recorded. The second system Billiard uses to collect numbers for the charts is referred to as the BDS, or Broadcast Data Systems. BDS is used to track radio airplay and when a song is played on a radio station associated with BDS, it is recorded into the database as well. The numbers of both the record sales in the Neilson SoundScan-affiliated store and Broadcast Data Systems-affiliated radio station are added up every week to determine the ranking of the album. Billboard charts have since become divided into different genres (Latin, Pop, Rap/R&B, Independent, etc.)

College Music Journal (CMJ), on the other hand, relies on an entirely different system of collecting album popularity. College radio stations, independent record stores, and record companies submit weekly playlists and airplay statistics, and CMJ complies the information from independent college radio station playlists. CMJ then publishes the top 30 in their weekly publication.

 

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