Hip-hop, teen pop top charts
Posted April 4, 2008

Erin Konrad
Arts Editor

In today’s music, the best-selling albums are a great indicator of what the country is listening to.

For the past several weeks, the most popular tracks have been from artists representing almost every music genre.

Hip-hop, rap, country, pop and R&B songs are all currently topping the Billboard charts.

The most recent No. 1 in record sales belongs to a surprising group.

While Danity Kane doesn’t necessarily embody the most talented singers on the charts, their album “Welcome to the Dollhouse” has been selling like crazy.

Few music critics predicted the former “Making the Band” group could sell so many records.

Another surprise has been the overnight sensation of rapper Flo Rida.

According to Entertainment Weekly, Flo Rida had recorded his hit single “Low” before even putting together the rest of his record.

The instant digital phenomenon sold more than 3.3 million downloads before his album “Mail on Sunday” was even released.

The song is still dominating radio airplay and is No. 7 on the Billboard Hot 100.

Of course the popularity of teen pop music is still dominating the charts.

Miley Cyrus (also known as her pop superstar alter ego Hannah Montana) currently holds two places on the Billboard Top 10.

Her “Hannah Montana 2: Soundtrack/Meet Miley Cyrus” has been topping the charts for an astounding 39 weeks.

Her other album, “Hannah Montana/Miley Cyrus: The Best of Both Worlds Concert,” broke the top 10 and is still consistently selling units.

The longest selling album currently resting at the top of the charts is Taylor Swift’s self-titled country record.

Her hit single “Teardrops on My Guitar” has achieved the rare feat of jumping from country radio to pop stations as well.

The singer was only 16 years old when she recorded this album and it has done surprisingly well despite Swift’s lack of experience.

As far as veterans of the music business go, Snoop Dogg is representing an older generation of artists otherwise absent from the charts.

His album “Ego Trippin’” has been in the top 10 for seven weeks.

Gaining a renewed interest in his career after letting his life be taped for his reality show, E!’s “Snoop Dogg’s Fatherhood,” his music’s popularity has gotten a much needed jump start.

His single, “Sensual Seduction,” is also doing extremely well on the singles charts.

Newcomer Sara Bareilles has also gotten notice for her first album, “Little Voice.”

The record has been rocking the charts for 25 weeks, with her hit song “Love Song” getting more and more airplay.

Overall, the current charts demonstrate this country’s wide appreciation for all types of music.

The best part is the unpredictability of the numbers – will Miley Cyrus’ teenybopper fans continue spending their allowance on her CDs? Or will Flo Rida’s rap sensation overtake Danity Kane for the No. 1 spot?

At this point it’s hard to tell, but it sure is fun listening.

Erin Konrad can be reached at ekonrad@ulv.edu.

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