The Chart Show: CHVRCHES on top again

by Mark Wheat

A lot of stasis on the chart this week, thanks to everyone who voted early! Because of the big holiday tomorrow there were few new releases this week but one big one is reflected as the biggest jumper on the chart from Billie Joe (Armstrong of Green Day) and Norah (Jones)!

It's an unlikely pairing taking on a highly unlikely project, a complete covering of a 1958 album by The Everly Brothers!? And if you think two such big stars didn't have time to be in the same room as each other check out this quote from Norah, who insisted they worked together to try to come close to the harmonies of the famed brothers:

I told him, you have to look at me to sing close harmonies. We can't not look at each other; it doesn't work. I was just staring at his lips the whole time to make sure that we breathe at the same time and that it all is cohesive.

You can listen to their great interview with NPR here.

Submit your Chart Show ballot this week for a chance to attend The New Standards Holiday Show at the State Theater on Sunday, Dec. 8!

Speaking of brothers, The Avetts are our highest new entry from last week's CD of the Week, Magpie and the Dandelion, and they just announced a nice tribute to their success: they'll be performing at the National Christmas Tree Lighting in D.C. on Dec. 6, 2013 with President Obama and the First Lady.

But the President still is not popular with tall musicians, Morrissey doesn't like the traditional T-Day turkey pardon!

Our other new entry this week is in a Twitter spat with Thom Yorke of Radiohead. Moby doesn't believe that there's any point in fighting a future that is already here by complaining about Spotify.

Like Thom, I'm a bit of a luddite, too — I've never used Twitter or Spotify. I agree with one of my heroes Nick Cave: I don't want my rock heroes tweeting me thank you; I like them up on a pedestal. Nick will be back in town playing a sold out show at the State Theater on June 21. He's the most vital artist who came out of the punk scene in the late '70s, still making great albums and putting on a brilliant show.

Have a fabulous Thanksgiving and thanks for listening!

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The Current Chart Show



Artist Song
1 1
11
CHVRCHES
The Mother We Share
2 2
10
Arcade Fire
Reflektor
3 5
11
HAIM
The Wire
4 4
6
The Preatures
Is This How You Feel?
5 3
4
Jeremy Messersmith
Tourniquet
6 7
2
Lorde
Team
7 8
5
Phantogram
Black Out Days
8 6
8
Janelle Monae
Give Them What They Love
9 13
2
Volcano Choir
Acetate
10 10
10
Phosphorescent
Ride On / Right On
11 14
9
The Head and the Heart
Shake
12 12
6
Caroline Smith
Magazine
13 11
5
Foals
My Number
14 15
4
Dr. Dog
Broken Heart
15 20
2
Billie Joe and Norah
Long Time Gone
16 16
2
Neko Case
Bracing For Sunday
17 X
1
The Avett Brothers
Morning Song
18 17
4
Jake Bugg
What Doesn't Kill You
19 18
3
Lucius
Turn It Around
20 X
1
Moby 
The Perfect Life

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