This week became a three-man battle with the “Piano Man” of almost 50 years in Billy Joel who won out last week, one of the current country kings in Jason Aldean and the over 20-year guitar-slinger John Mayer. When the dust settled it was Mayer who took the #1 artist slot thanks to the newly crowned #1 Vault single, “Slow Dancing In A Burning Room” and his two-week #1 Vault album, “Continuum”. Mayer also charted four other Vault 40 Singles and two other Vault 40 albums which could have pushed him over the top. Mayer has 63 of the 887 songs played this week. His album, “Continuum”, has definitely been one of the most played of 2020 and could continue a solid run going forward with potentially multiple Vault singles down the road. Mayer has plenty of music that should keep him in the Byrdy Dozen artists for awhile especially if he were to drop a new album in 2020. That may not happen, but I am always hoping.
Jason Aldean remained at #2 thanks to his dominate SongByrd #1 album which spent it’s eighth straight week at #1, and his #7 SongByrd hit Single “Champagne Town”. Billy Joel falls to #3 despite another strong weekly performance with six Vault 40 singles and three Vault 40 albums. Sister Hazel blasted up from #11 to #4 thanks to the #2 SongByrd Single, “Memphis Rain”, and three Vault 40 albums led by “Fortress” at #9. Whitesnake moves up to #5 after last week’s drop to #19 thanks to their new album, “Flesh & Blood”, re-entering the Byrdy Dozen at #6 this week.
Little Big Town jumped onto the SongByrd 60 Artists Chart at #8 thanks to their new album, “Nightfall”, debuting at #4, while their album, “The Road To Here”, landed at #17 on the Vault 40 Albums Chart. The Kenny Wayne Shepherd Band blasts up from #30 to #10 as their new album, “The Traveler”, moves up to #16 on the SongByrd 40 Albums chart and their album, “Trouble Is…”, sits at #20 on the Vault 40 Albums Chart. Matchbox Twenty sits at #30 thanks to their 2020 tour announcement this week which sparked their album, “More Than You Think You Are”, to chart at #22 on the Vault 40 Albums Chart. Richard Marx entered at #54 thanks to a new tune, “Front Row Seat”, which is the top debut at #26 on the SongByrd 40 Singles Chart. Marx will most likely make major moves up the artists chart once his new album, “Limitless”, drops February 7th.
Other notable artists this week are Led Zeppelin who hit the Byrdy Dozen artists at #12, Skillet who moves back up the list from #39 to #24 thanks to the title cut from their new album, “Victorious”, debuting on the SongByrd 40 Singles Chart at #28, Fleetwood Mac who leaps from #44 to #32 thanks to their “Rumours” album hitting #10 on the Vault 40 Albums Chart and Christian Contemporary artist, MercyMe, who move from #52 to #38 thanks to finally seeing some major momentum for their new single, “Almost Home”, which moves from #27 to #19 on the SongByrd 40 Singles Chart.
Congratulations to John Mayer who pulls the tri-fecta of leading both Vault Charts and the SongByrd 60 Artists Chart as well. Check out the Top Flight Artists section of the site for the comprehensive listing of the top artists of the week on Byrdbored. Enjoy the album version of “Slow Dancing In A Burning Room” by John Mayer below. Have a great week Byrd Heads!