There are times when predictions that never make it to print that eventually come true. When this columnist first heard the news of Feist’s upcoming new album, I thought there would be a strong showing by this new album on the chart. “Feist could dominate the top 50 chart as Arcade Fire had with The Suburbs in 2010,” I thought this past summer. If I could have bet on that eventuality, I might have made a few sheckles. Alas, my prediction is coming true.
Feist’s Metals Dominates The Canadian Campus Chart
Feist holds the #1 album slot for a fifth consecutive week on the Canadian Campus chart for the week of November 14, 2011. Metals increased its cumulative point total to 1786 points this week its highest total since The Pack A.D.’s Unpersons broke the 1700 point barrier a month ago.
Feist appears on 29 different campus radio charts including 19 top ten finishes. Three radio stations placed Metals at #1: CFMH (UNB – Saint John); CFUV (Victoria) and CISM (Montreal). Metals totals must be placed in some context. Only a handful album titles have cracked this barrier including the aforementioned Unpersons and The Suburbs, as well as The New Pornographers’ Twin Cinema – the first album to pull off that feat back in 2005.
The other notable feat accomplished by Metals is its complete dominance compared to the rest of the chart pack. Arts & Crafts’ label-mate, Dan Mangan finished a distance second as Oh Fortune compiled only 992 points an almost 800 point difference. While this is quite impressive, it falls short of the record difference. In late August 2010, The Suburbs received an astounding 2077 points compared to Wolf Parade’s Expo 86’s 988 points.
An Asian Performance Artist Duo – Canadian Campus Chart Top Debut
The top ten features both of this week’s Chart Bullet and Chart Sizzler Award recipients. Ohbijou’s Metal Meets falls a spot to #3 followed by Tom Waits’ Bad As Me which rockets up the chart 28 places to easily capture Chart Bullet honours. This jump dwarfs Tim Hecker’s Dropped Pianos’ 22 place rise by to #19 and Kidstreet’s Fuh Yeah 19 place zoom up to #24.
The Pack A.D.’s Unpersons falls a deuce to #5 and Wilco’s The Whole Love slips a spot to #6. The second impressive upward move in the top ten belongs to Rich Aucoin’s We’re All Dying To Live, which rises 17 places to #7 followed by Dum Dum Girls’ Only In Dreams two place jump to #8 pushing Real Estate’s Days down to #9.
The #10 spot is occupied by Yamantaka/Sonic Titan’s collaboration entitled YT//ST. It’s the first performance artist-based album to chart since Dandi Wind’s appearance in 2008 and as the highest debut this week it’s the Chart Sizzler Award winner. It’s a bit of a two-horse race for the CSA as Ox’s Tuco arrives at #12 the runner-up new entry this week on the Canadian campus chart.
Other important arrivals include Miesha & The Spanks and The Sphinx’ Split EP arriving at #34, Mayer Hawthorne’s How Do You Do? debuting at #38 and Said The Whale’s New Brighton EP entering the Canadian campus chart at #46.