Outro: Looking Back At The Week In Which We Proved Our Bad-Writing Mettle

- Can you match wits with the man who wrote “Eat It”?
- Don’t worry, scandal-plagued writers: Pitchfork forgives all.
- Finally! Some awesome assholes!
- Rolling Stone‘s blog pulled out of Fergie faster than Josh Duhamel.
- Ticketmaster isn’t the only shady ticket outlet out there.
- Not to get all travelocity on you, but you may want to steer clear of Sam’s Town.
- Is this what people mean when they ask us to if we want to go “cruising“?
- How Zune is now?
- Man, it’s harder to get cease-and-desist letters than we thought.
- Jigga what? Jigga who?
- If we’ve said it once, we’ve said it a thousand times: Hairdresser!

  • Chris Molanphy

    In other wrapping-up-the-week news, Billboard and SoundScan belatedly recalculated their c… to include the missing Best Buy data, and it did nothing to change the top seven albums. The prediction that Clay might eke out an upset over Justin didn’t play out.

    However, it is fun to compare the published chart (in the new issue that came out Friday) with the revised chart (on the website) and see what changed. Most of the changes are minimal, but you get a rare chance to isolate the kinds of records sell well at Best Buy and draw conclusions:

    • Young bands do better at Best Buy: the Fray, New Found Glory both rise, the latter by five positions.
    • Duh! Oldsters do worse: Dylan was Top 10 before the Best Buy data, now down to #12. Julio Iglesias’s #41 debut becomes a #43 debut.
    • The Megaforce guy was right to be concerned: his band Mushroomhead vaults 23 positions after the Best Buy data is included; their #73 debut becomes a #50 debut.

    Anyway, I don’t have time to comb over every last detail, but there’s all sorts of little revelations buried in there.
    -Your favorite chart geek