A British Breakthrough: The Chart Show, Feb. 21, 2013

by Mark Wheat

English indie rock quartet, Alt-J
English indie rock quartet, Alt-J (Courtesy of the artist)
  1. Listen The Chart Show for February 21, 2013

    Feb 21, 2013 The Chart Show

Last week's massive HOF induction and Pulp dropping off after three weeks made room for a record breaking five new entries (four of whom have never been on the chart before)!

Atmosphere are the odd guys out — they've done everything before, including The Welcome To MN Tour. Alt-J did well to hold off the rampaging Macklemore, but they couldn't win a Brit on Wednesday after being nominated for this year's British Breakthrough Act. Lots of the winners — Mumfords, Adele, Frank Ocean, Lana Del Rey and Emeli Sande — can be heard on The Current, and Alt-J pointed out that the Brits (like our Grammys) are a lot more "Alternative' these days ... so it's NOT alternative anymore, right?!

TW LW Wks The Current Chart Show
Artist Song
1 1 7 Alt-J Breezeblocks
2 4 2 Macklemore and Ryan Lewis Thrift Shop
3 5 5 Of Monsters and Men Dirty Paws
4 2 10 Django Django Hail Bop
5 6 6 Cloud Cult 1X1X1
6 10 11 Tame Impala Elephant
7 3 9 Metric Breathing Underwater
8 9 7 Local Natives Breakers
9 16 5 Ra Ra Riot Beta Love
10 19 4 Grizzly Bear Speak In Rounds
11 8 6 Thao and the Get Down Stay Down Holy Roller
12 12 2 Frightened Rabbit The Woodpile
13 X 1 Cold War Kids Miracle Mile
14 11 8 Father John Misty Nancy From Now On
15 X 1 My Bloody Valentine New You
16 17 5 Low Plastic Cup
17 X 1 Eels New Alphabet
18 13 11 Atlas Genius Trojans
19 X 1 Divine Fits Flaggin' A Ride
20 X 1 Atmosphere It Ain't The Prettiest

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