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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:

TOP COUNTRIES

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

TOP REFERRALS

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

TOP TOPICS AND POSTS

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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Things That Need To Stop: #HashtagsInSongTitles

#thatisjustnotright.

#thatisjustnotright.

If you’re an act that’s looking to make a new single and deciding on a title for it, please reflect on this post for a moment, because it will spare you the embarrassment of years to come. Now, I know it’s trendy to trend yourself on Twitter using a hashtag and get some attention by finding your tag listed on the worldwide topics list according to the social media service. It’s fun and great if it works, but please, please spare yourself and don’t put a hashtag in your soon-to-be-hit’s title. When we look back on this era in song titles, it’ll rank up there with those awful ideas like the double r in “Dirrty” or “Hot In Herre” and songs with no vowels like “Thnks Fr Th Mmrs”. It’s just all shades of wrong. Wrong, wrong, wrong.

I get the feeling you’ve probably seen that several songs lately on the charts that have hashtags in them. A hashtag, for those of you still confused, is the use of a “#” symbol followed by a short word of phrase, like #whyamiwritingaboutthis or #thisissodumbguys. For example, “#Beautiful” by Mariah Carey and Miguel just debuted on the radio last week and “#thatPOWER” by will.i.am and Justin Bieber is doing well at both radio and retail. Pretty soon, Miley Cyrus will be collaborating with Pharrell Williams on a track from her new album, “#GetItRight”, and who knows what else will come after that. Point is, if this doesn’t stop now, the top 40 will be full of songs with hashtags, and do you really want to see a chart filled with songs titles and phrases that aren’t actually trending anywhere on Twitter? Plus, what was the problem with not calling them “Beautiful” or “Get It Right” or “That Power” in the first place?

Something is inevitably going to replace Twitter someday, and when that service doesn’t use hashtags as a way of promotion, you know that people will stop referencing to these songs without the “#” sign in them. Sure, you could argue that a song with a hashtag is “trending” up the charts when it rises; why can’t all of them be that way? The national charts, the genre charts, the digital charts, etc. do not equal Twitter. A hashtag is free to tweet out; buying a song isn’t, and while there are several hundred million accounts active on Twitter worldwide, not all of them use hashtags. Plus, the United States population far surpasses that. It looks odd on the charts when the majority of songs use a normal title. It looks odd on a compact disc case because it’s not like you can trend a song title up or down a tracklisting. However, I would think it would be most awkward for the disc jockey on the duty to properly front-sell or back-sell a song as “Hashtag Beautiful” or “Hashtag That Power”. That just screams unnecessary. Plus, like a Twitter trend, what happens when the number of times the DJ says the title goes up? Do they raise their voice an octave? (Please don’t do this, I beg of you.)

Before this Twitter phenomenon, the “#” was rarely used in a top 40 hit, and it was meant to signify a number, of course. Take a look at this list of those credits with the symbol as opposed to a “Number One” or a “No. 1”:

“Hashtags” in top 40 hits prior to 2013:
“Fool #1”, Brenda Lee (#3, 1961)
“Love Potion #9”, The Searchers (#3, 1964)
“Engine Engine #9”, Roger Miller (#7, 1965)
“Rainy Day Women #12 & #35”, Bob Dylan (#2, 1966)
“Westbound #9”, The Flaming Ember (#24, 1970)
“#9 Dream”, John Lennon (#9, 1975)
“#1 Crush”, Garbage (#29 Airplay, 1997)
“#1”, Nelly (#22, 2002)

So to you cowboys and crooners, divas and disc jockeys and all you bands out there, stop the madness. Yes, you have the artistic license to do whatever you want, but this isn’t art. It’s a shameless plug. If hashtags keep being integrated into song titles, you know acts will start creating songs with 140 characters total, then Billboard will start adding hashtags into their formulas for compiling their charts, and then the RIAA will take them into account for certifications. OK, some of this may not actually happen, but I’m keeping my eye for them. Let’s be honest, though, nobody wants to see #StairwayToHeaven to show up on the charts or a media player in that form. Why do that to yourself and make yourself instantly dated? It’s not worth it.

#HashtagsInSongTitles. They’re not stopping anytime soon, but they may be gone just around the trend.

Let me know what you think about this in the comments or on Twitter: @AdamFSoybel.

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