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I haven't really followed the pop music scene since The Police broke up, and my musical compass predates that era by at least two decades. About the only "current" music I've listened to this century is Country; and while my Country music preferences mimic my Pop music preferences in that I'm more likely to be found listening to the songs of my youth rather than to what's being produced today, I do appreciate today's Country music enough to give an occasional listen and to check out the Country portion of these charts each week. And since my grasp of today's technology is even less firm than my grasp of today's music, I just considered it some sort of quirk among those who download on iTunes that Carrie Underwood's latest offering, while being at or near the top of the Billboard charts this autumn, could not crack the iTunes Top Ten. It was only today that I noticed that her song had made it into the Top Ten, but on the Pop chart, where (a quick check of the archives shows) it has been sitting for the past eight weeks, since October 8. (BTW, a not-so-quick check of the archives shows that her earlier hit, "Jesus, Take the Wheel", was also on iTunes Pop chart without being on the Country chart. Man, for someone who looks at these things each week I sure do miss a lot!)
While it's possible that in the iTunes alternate universe Country music downloads outnumber Pop music downloads to such a degree that a song could be number four on the Pop charts without being in the Country Top Ten, it seems much more probable that iTunes simply does not recognize the existence of what in my day was referred to as "crossover hits" and has decided that each song/album shall be classified as one genre, and one genre only. Indeed, a closer inspection reveals that Tim McGraw's "My Little Girl", while sitting at number six on the Country Chart, does not share a spot with Mrs. Tim McGraw in the Soundtrack Top 10, despite stating right in its title "From the Motion Picture "My Friend Flicka". Can someone confirm that iTunes does in fact list each song/album in one genre and one genre only, or is there something else at work here? Or am I the only one who even cares?
I'm not even a Skynyrd fan and I agree. It boggles my mind that Black Sabbath hasn't gotten in yet, either, considering the massive influence they've had on the music industry and Ozzy Osbourne's new status as America's Sweetheart.