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One Year Later And Still Popping!

POP! goes the anniversary.

POP! goes the anniversary.

I didn’t think I was going to get to this point, but it’s finally here and I’m so excited. It’s been a great first year of writing here on WordPress with my music blog, POP! Goes The Charts, and I can’t thank you all enough for supporting me in this adventure. November 28, 2012 seems so far away at this point, even if it was just 365 days ago. Of course, I’ve made it through the ups and downs, the struggle for post inspiration, the “take it down” private messages, etc. but that wild ride continues to be one I enjoy driving through. So, here are just a few of the statistics that made this a great first full year:

In the past twelve months, my blog has racked up north of 240,000 views on a total of 440 posts for an average of 550 views a day and 1.2 posts, which sounds about right. (Maybe not the 1/5 of a post part, but I digress.) A lot of these have been focused on the home page or in the archives — 52,000 of them, in fact, which equates to about 21%.

The biggest direct click post of the year was my Friday Forty countdown of the Top 40 Boy Bands based on radio data archives, which has been viewed just under 9,300 times since its late February debut. Whether you were Team *NSYNC, Backstreet Boys or New Kids On The Block back in the day, we all love our boy bands once again thanks to new kids in town like One Direction and The Wanted and all of those reunions, of course. Keep calm and stan on, you all.

The largest sum for a single premiere is on “Ways To Go” by Grouplove, which has accumulated 7,500 views since June. “Ways” went to #5 on my personal chart a few months ago and peaked at #2 on Alternative radio. Look for it to rank highly on my year-end survey, which will be starting in a few weeks. In other words, you’ve “got a little bit longer” to wait.

My most successful album review was for Avril Lavigne‘s self-titled album of a few weeks ago, racking up 1,600 views. Reaction for the effort was mixed, although it did debut in the top ten on the Billboard 200. The third single from it, a duet with husband Chad Kroeger titled “Let Me Go”, is currently gaining at Hot Adult Contemporary radio.

As for Profile posts, where I go on a bit about new and breaking acts, Danny Mercer takes the prize for that, with 950 views on my post from the end of May. At the time, Mercer was riding the charts on a collaboration with rapper Pitbull called “Outta Nowhere”. Unfortunately, it tanked, but look out for some solo material from him coming on Columbia Records next year. He also co-produced “Save Your Soul” on Celine Dion‘s most recent album, Loved Me Back To Life.

Finally, there’s my top chart post of the year. Every week, I make a weekly top 40 music survey, and for some reason, the chart dated February 24 is the most viewed one of the past 12 months with 176 views. The #1 song of the week for the second frame was “Mermaid” by Train, which you’ll also find has done particularly well on my 2013 year-end chart. Once the tide comes in, you’ll see where it’s washed up.

Thanks for a great year once again and here’s to another fantastic one!

Best wishes and Happy Thanksgivukkah,

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100,000 Reasons To Say Thanks!

The hits go on.

The hits go on.

It’s been a little over six months since I started my little blog here on WordPress and Saturday night as all you Fifth Harmony fans came along to view the premiere of their debut single, we topped the 100,000 mark here at POP! Goes The Charts. We’ve had 100,000 views since I first started posting in late November 2012 and that’s an amazing feat. I can’t thank you all enough for checking out the place and sticking around as I post about the newest music and acts, as well as my own favorites, both currently and in the past. It’s such a great feeling to know that this experiment has been so successful and continues to show up on sites and other places I never dreamed it would. I realize that there are other blogs out that get 100,000 views on a single day, but hey, this is just the start, and the sky is the limit.

Now, just in case you’re wondering how we got to that number, let me share with you about where you guys and gals are coming from and what topics have been most popular:


Since my blog is based out of the United States, it would probably be pretty weird if the U.S. wasn’t the #1 country with the most views, right? Well, luckily, it does take the top spot – just over 52,000 clicks have been from all around our great country’s fifty states, although I have no information on individual state data. That total is nearly 8x greater than the next nation on the list, the United Kingdom, with 6,600 hits. Canada follows just behind the U.K. at #3 at a sum of 6,400 views. Probably most surprising is the Philippines at #4, but that number shall be explained farther down thanks to one particular post.

The top ten (totals as of 6:00PM, June 16):
01. United States | 52,090
02. United Kingdom | 6,618
03. Canada | 6,393
04. Philippines | 4,056
05. Australia | 3,095
06. Brazil | 2,756
07. Germany | 1,776
08. France | 1,688
09. Mexico | 1,174
10. The Netherlands | 1,070


Again, this probably isn’t a huge surprise, but Google searches amount for just under half the total views for my site, with a small portion of them from the Image Search function. Facebook and Twitter take second and third place, respectively, while a few specific sites like the Pulse Music Board (which I’m a member of) and MJ’s Big Blog (where several of my American Idol posts have been quoted, thank you muchly) appear in the top ten. (FYI: if individual WordPress blogs were tallied into that total, it would be much higher than 650. I got a ton of those after a GRAMMYs post of mine was noted as Freshly Pressed in December.)

The top ten (totals as of 6:00PM, June 16):
01. Google | 46,993
02. Facebook | 6,243
03. Twitter | 5,454
04. Pulse Music Board | 1,168
05. Yahoo! | 1,137
06. WordPress Reader and Tags | 650
07. Bing | 643
08. MJ’s Big Blog | 416
09. Wikipedia | 286
10. AOL | 201


Nine of the ten top posts below are either song premiere or review topics, which I started posted more frequently as the spring came around. Due to an error by Interscope Records, the song by Jessica Sanchez was up two weeks earlier than expected and then taken down, while my post with the lyrics remained up. Thus, it is my biggest post so far, with a huge audience from the Philippines (as her mother is originally from there.) Michael Franti & Spearhead make a surprise entry at #4 with a song that continues to build at radio now, while Disney princesses Demi Lovato and Selena Gomez each rank in the top ten together.

The top ten (totals as of 6:00PM, June 16):
01. Jessica Sanchez featuring Ne-Yo – “Tonight” | 5,251
02. Daft Punk featuring Pharrell – “Get Lucky” | 3,517
03. Vampire Weekend – “Diane Young” | 3,106
04. Michael Franti & Spearhead – “I’m Alive (Life Sounds Like)” | 2,899
05. Pitbull featuring Christina Aguilera – “Feel This Moment” | 2,751
06. Phillip Phillips – “Gone, Gone, Gone” | 2,488
07. Selena Gomez – “Come And Get It” | 2,243
08. Wondering About One-Hit Wonders: 2012′s Potential List | 2,203
09. Demi Lovato – “Heart Attack” | 2,196
10. Mariah Carey featuring Miguel – “#Beautiful” | 2,188

(NOTE: My homepage and archives have a total of 23,650 views; some of these hits may have been from searches that eventually led to one of the posts above.)

So, whether it was one post or one hundred posts, I thank you so much once again for giving me a chance here in the blogosphere and here’s to 100,000 more views and beyond!

With gratitude,
Adam Soybel

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