In my first segment of iTunes watch, I will be sporadically recording significant movement on the iTunes charts. As most downloads in America come from iTunes, and digital downloads are now probably the most significant factors in predicting a hit song. This allows for predictions on next week's charts.
This is as of 5:10 PM Pacific time zone on Thursday 8/25/2011
>#3 "Stereo Hearts" by Gym Class Heroes reaches bonafide hit territory as Adam Levine has obviously been the one that has benefitted from "The Voice" the most. Look for this one in the top 10 really soon.
>#4 "Cheers (Drink to That)" by Rihanna was a smash the first time I heard it, and it didn't take too long to reach upper-tier download territory. Also look for a rapid ascent up the charts next week as this gains momentum for a potential 11th #1 for the singer.
>#8 "You and I" by Lady Gaga will enter the upper realms next week- wouldn't be surprised if it hits #1 on the iTunes chart following her VMA performance on Sunday.
>#13 "Someone Like You" by Adele is gaining lots of momentum- looks like we might finally have a top 10 ballad again, folks.
>#47 "Every Teardrop is a Waterfall" by Coldplay officially won't reach the success of "Viva La Vida". Was gonna give it awhile to sink in for people, but as the album's release is approaching- looks like this one is a relative dud.
>#62 "Gucci Gucci" by Kreayshawn is a direct result of Nicki Minaj and Ke$ha breaking down barriers. Naughty white girl rapper- what other time period would this have ever worked? I can see this turning into a cheeky guilty pleasure.
>#137 "Work Out" by J. Cole seems like yet another song by the very talented producer and lyricist that hasn't gained much traction. He has deafening buzz in the hip hop community- I wonder when this guy's breakthrough will finally come.