June 18, 2010

The new Top-10 CD from Ray Stevens...

The news broke the other day when Billboard magazine updated their weekly music charts showing that the latest CD from Ray Stevens, We The People, has debuted in the Top-10 of the Comedy Album chart. The CD, as you readers are aware, is no stranger to the Top-10 on Amazon's various charts. Those Amazon statistics were generally based on pre-orders and as I guessed in one of my previous blogs the reason why the CD hadn't appeared in Billboard magazine was because the CD hadn't officially been released yet. June 8th was the official date the CD became available while June 14th will be the official release date of the Mp3. So, this week the CD debuted on Billboard's Comedy Album chart. This is a secondary music chart and I say this because a lot of mainstream music critics in both pop and country may not hype or talk about the CD very much in spite of it's Top-10 debut. This goes for mainstream country publications like Country Weekly as well. I know the CD wasn't promoted at country radio but Ray Stevens for the last 30 years or so has clearly been associated with country music and country comedy so I'm curious why his CD didn't make an appearance on the Country Album chart this week. I'm sure it must have something to do with chart policies.

This collection features a 22 song CD and a DVD of 4 music videos. The 4 music videos are: "We The People", "Caribou Barbie", "Thank You", and "Throw the Bums Out!". There is no music video of "Come to the USA" for those of you who just discovered this collection in recent weeks or may discover it in the future. The reason is because this collection was released on April 1st through his web-site and there wasn't any "Come to the USA" music video put together at that time.

When the Arizona illegal immigration bill was introduced and it became a huge news story Ray decided to make a music video of a song they already had on the collection, namely "Come to the USA". It made perfect sense given that the song was about illegal immigration. But anyway, the CD's April release is why that particular music video, issued in late May, isn't on the DVD in this collection...but the song is...it's track 12 on the CD.

Congratulations, again, on the Top-10 debut of We The People.

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