Clap Your Hands Say #1!

There are a few general observations that can be made about the pattern of movement by the majority of albums on the Canadian campus radio top 50 chart.

- Feb 7, 2006

There are a few general observations that can be made about the pattern of movement by the majority of albums on the Canadian campus radio top 50 chart.

Most albums (especially those with a large buzz) enter near the top, remain there for a number of weeks, and then slowly drop until they eventually fall off. A few burn themselves out quickly, garnering a few weeks of top 15 airplay before plummeting into chart obscurity. Others do the slow burn, being added to a few stations' playlists before gaining national support as more outlets pick up on it. These CDs start low and rise slowly. Only in the rarest cases do albums slide down the chart substantially only to rocket back up to the top. But Clap Your Hands Say Yeah! did just that this week.

The group's self-titled independently released debut made a massive leap of 16 places to capture the #1 spot this week. Ox's Dust Bowl Revival became the first truly independent (i.e. not connected with any major or indie record label) album to hit #1 during the week of August 15, 2003. Now CYHSY! have matched that feat and become the first non-Canadian independent act to top the chart. The Meligrove Band's Planets Conspire made an impressive run up to #2. Last week's top album, Bell Orchestre's Recording A Tape The Colour Of Light, slipped to #3. P:ano's Ghost Pirates Without Heads moves up two spots to #4, while Arab Strap's The Last Romance lumbers up 11 places to #5. Broken Social Scene's eponymous album dips four spots to #6. Test Icicles' For Screening Purposes Only jumps three places to #7, while AIDS Wolf's The Lovvers LP moves up four positions to #8. Robert Pollard's From A Compound Eye jumps 11 spots to grab #9 and Cat Power's The Greatest debuts at #10, giving Chan Marshall the Chart Sizzler Award for this week. Cheer up a bit, Cat.

The runner-up new entry goes to The Barmitzvah Brothers' The Century Of Invention, which debuts at #12, while The Gossip's Standing In The Way Of Control enters at #19. In-Flight Safety's The Coast Is Clear debuts at #21 and Delta 5's Singles & Sessions 1979-81 arrives at #25. That makes five new entries in the top 25, something not accomplished since October 21, 2005, the week that Broken Social Scene debuted at #1 and seven of the top 25 albums were new entries.

Another rare feat was pulled off by an artist this week, as the same album simultaneously topped two of the five specialty charts. Ghislain Poirier's Breakupdown maintained its hold on the Hip-Hop chart while rising up one place to capture the Electronic title, too. Kid Koala's Some Of My Best Friends Are DJs occupied the top spot on both the Hip-Hop and Electronic charts at the same time in October 2003. David Buchbinder's Shurum Burum Jazz Circus returns to the Jazz/Blues top 10 and lands at #1. The remastered reissue of Dimmu Borgir's 1996 album, Stormblast, moves up one spot to grab first place on the Metal/Punk chart. Bebe's Pafuera Telaranas makes the same move on the World/Folk chart.

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