The Chart Show: 'Royals' treatment continues for Lorde

by Mark Wheat

New Zealand-native Ella Yelich-O'Connor, who uses the stage name Lorde, remains top of table this week on The Chart Show.
New Zealand-native Ella Yelich-O'Connor, who uses the stage name Lorde, remains top of table this week on The Chart Show. (FOUREYES)

It's appropriate that Lorde stays at the top this week; she's been a hooj fave at The Fair! It's always interesting to see and hear the listeners' reaction to the songs we play. Young and more mature audience members have been requesting Lorde's song "Royals" and marveling at its back story! I'm continually blown away by how many parents share the love of The Current with their kids AND grandkids! It's been an honor to see so many regulars who make it a tradition to stop by the booth.

According to their very nicely put together website, the band name should have a period: Portugal.The Man. Sorry about missing that for the last three weeks. But their song, "Purple Yellow Red and Blue" is the biggest upward mover, perhaps courtesy of the magic hit-making touch of the producer, Dangermouse!

We lost Laura Marling and Har Mar, again, and got two more inductees to The Chart Hall of Fame: CHVRCHES, who will be playing First Ave on Monday, Sept. 9, and we'll have them in studio that night at 7:30; and Lissie, who did a great version of her song "Shameless" in studio for us.

It's the first time, I think, that we've had two bands with "all cap" names, as NONONO make their debut. They also have a very nice site which tells us they're on tour in Germany right now and having the finishing touches made to their debut album.

Superchunk also make their debut after being our CD of the Week, and it was great to read this SPIN article about how they've positively affected their community through their work on Merge Records.

Speaking of community . . . come out and support ours at the Fair on Friday night for MN Music on-a-Stick! I'll be wrapping things up at our booth Monday from 3 to 6 p.m., with guest Chastity Brown playing at 4 p.m.

Happy Labor Day!!

TW LW Wks The Current Chart Show
Artist Song
1 1 6 Lorde Royals
2 2 4 Jake Bugg Lightening Bolt
3 3 9 Vampire Weekend Ya Hey
4 4 3 The National Graceless
5 6 5 Arctic Monkeys Do I Wanna Know?
6 10 9 Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros Better Days
7 5 5 Daft Punk Lose Yourself To Dance
8 7 12 CHVRCHES Recover
9 12 6 Franz Ferdinand Right Action
10 19 3 Portugal The Man Purple Yellow Red and Blue
11 11 5 Volcano Choir Byegone
12 18 7 Neko Case Man
13 14 6 Pixies Bagboy
14 8 3 The Suburbs Turn The Radio On
15 13 10 Dawes Most People
16 9 12 Lissie Shameless
17 15 4 Beck I Won't Be Long
18 16 6 Nine Inch Nails Came Back Haunted
19 X 1 Superchunk FOH
20 X 1 NONONO Pumpin' Blood

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  • The Chart Show Ballot Mark Wheat hosts this weekly countdown of your favorite songs currently in rotation on 89.3 The Current. Vote every week for your top 5 songs (and enter our weekly ticket giveaway while you're at it), and then tune in Wednesday nights at 8 p.m. to see if your favorites make the chart!
  • The Chart Show Hall of Fame When a song stays on The Chart Show's chart for more than 12 weeks, we retire it from the poll and it enters the very prestigious Chart Show Hall of Fame.