After a few weeks absence, The Number Crunch is back with vengeance. It’s also a coincidence that an old friend returns to the top of the charts after a three-week absence. The Black Keys’ El Camino recaptures the #1 album position on the top 50 chart for the week of February 20, 2012 by leap-frogging over the two albums that held the top spot on the Canadian Campus Chart during the past two weeks, Last week’s #1, Kathleen Edwards’ Voyageur slips down to #2 pushing the #1 album from two weeks ago, John K. Samson’s Provincial down a position to #3 compared to last week’s top 50 chart.
The self-titled release from Hospitality rises four places to become the highest non-Canadian and the highest non-#1 album on the chart this week. Cloud Nothings’ Attack On Memory holds its place at #5 for a second straight week while Woodpigeon’s For Paulo rises three spots to #6.
With all of this upward movement, some album had to suffer and this is reflected in the three position fall of Rae Spoon’s I Can’t Keep All Of Our Secrets to #7 and a two position drop of The Darcys’ interpretation of Aja (the 1979 classic Jazz-rock fusion album from Steely Dan) to #8. Long Weekends` Don`t Reach Out rises a spot to #9 while Sonic Avenues’ Television Youth experiences a touch of greater popularity as it rebounds up five places to #10 this week.
It’s not too surprising that the top debut belong to Plants And Animals. Their pre-release advanced single, Lightshow had showed some solid getty-up on the chart over the last few weeks bubbling under impressively, especially on a few of the key Quebecois stations, CISM, CHYZ and CIBL. Well this week, the Quebec trio released their third full-length album The End Of That and it arrives at #13 giving the group the coveted Chart Sizzler Award. It the band’s first release since La La Land which topped the ChartAttack charts for three weeks in the spring of 2010.
It wasn’t a run-away victory for Plants And Animals for the top debut. In fact three other new releases landed in the teens this week. Phedre’s eponymous debut at arrives #15, Leonard Cohen’s Old Ideas debuts at #17 and Strange Boys’ Live Music enters at #19.
In the midst of all of these new entries we also find this week’s Chart Bullet. This is an honour given to the album that moves the most in an upward position amongst last week’s chart holders. This week, John Carroll & The Epic Proportions’ Everybody Smokes In Hell jumps 21 places to #18 capturing this special citation. Cannon Bros.’ Firecracker/Cloudglow matched this mark with a 21 point rise to #27 but the tie goes to the album that’s further up the chart.
There’s also a tie for the longest-serving album this week between two of the lowest charting albums, M83’s Hurry Up, We’re Dreaming falls 22 places to #48 during its 16th week on the chart while former #1 album holder, Feist’s Metals re-enters this week’s chart at #50 to rack up 16 weeks service on the Canadian Campus Chart.