With our help, could a lesser-known Denver-based artist top the Billboard 200?

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Okay, so here's a nutty idea. Last week, Taylor Swift topped the Billboard charts once again by selling 52,000 copies of her Speak Now album -- an industry low, reportedly, taking the title from the Dreamgirls soundtrack, which previously held the distinction with 67,000 sales.

Think about that for a minute, will ya -- 52,000 copies is not a lot! There are more people than that at a typical Broncos game. If this trend continues, and only a fraction of the people in Denver bought a single album from a designated artist, we could conceivably catapult that act to the top of the Billboard chart.

It would certainly take some coordination, and the act in question would need to have a massive amount of physical product in stock, but it could just work, and how rad would that be? Got any ideas? Tennis's album comes out next week -- and this sort of thing could very well happen on its own -- but who else is releasing albums in the next few weeks? An interesting proposition, yes?


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Mike k.
Mike k.

Like the ron paul money bomb trick. Ian cooke has a new one coming up, right? People could probably get behind that.

Tim Martz
Tim Martz

New iuengliss record drops Feb 15th. There's no doubt that sh* will be on TRL and smash the billboard into pieces. Watch out Tanya Swift and Jessica Bieber!

audeeojoe
audeeojoe

that includes online sales right? No overhead there.

Leighton
Leighton

Even printing 52,000 copies is way more overhead than any Denver band I can think of would be able to manage.

jhp
jhp

As cool as it would be, it's not going to happen. The Billboard chart rankings come from SoundScan reports. All 52,000 copies would have to be purchased at retailers that report Sound Scan and the artist's CD would have to have a UPC registered.

I personally would love to see Denver artists sell 52000 units in a week combined. That would be a huge success and half a million dollars into the local music economy. The reality is that Denver bands probably sell 50-60k units combined in a YEAR assuming you don't count major label acts.

DB
DB

@jhp- Interesting point, though it doesn't have to be sold from a retailer to be officially reported (i.e. In cases where an artist sells product at a live show), all you need is an entity that can report scans If Westword paid the artist a nominal fee, the scans would be hard to dispute. Even if they didn't, there's certain entities that have inflated scans for local artists in the past, (I'm sure there's a dozen people reading this that have personally seen it happen). But, it could be legit in this case. Cheers,

Nick Thayer
Nick Thayer

I agree with DenverKevin. Churchill's new album is going to be great. Their new single off of their new album Happy/Sad "Miles" is great. They would be my option to be representing Denver on the Billboard 200.

DenverKevin
DenverKevin

I'm gonna suggest the new Churchill "Happy/Sad" album that is gonna take Denver by storm. Feb 8th is the release. And a lot of other local acts are Churchill fans so they could promote the idea to their fan bases.

Jmpmk2
Jmpmk2

Tennis? A band who sat and bitched to the Post a couple of weeks ago about how no one in Denver "got" them and how they want to move somewhere else as quickly as possible? I think we can find some more deserving local candidates to champion than a couple of self-important douchebags, who jumped on a 50's retro cliche that will survive exactly 15 minutes in the spotlight.

DenverScener
DenverScener

I could and should be done easily. All you need is a band with a great album, and viola!

Gillian
Gillian

And that, Mr. Fecher, would fit perfectly with Westword's constant ass-kissing in the local music community, which masquerades as legitimate music criticism!

Pay to play, baby. (Or at least be friends with one of the Backbeat writers.)

Matthew Fecher
Matthew Fecher

Include a copy of a local album with every copy of Westword, ala Prince? Pay the band a nominal fee for all the copies -- Hey, it worked for Soundgarden w/ Guitar Hero.

Levi Carlson
Levi Carlson

Both Monroe Monroe (Jan 15) and Take To The Oars (Jan 29) have some incredible albums coming out. I would love to see either of them atop the charts

DTOWN
DTOWN

Again with Tennis. A band nobody has ever heard of or seen, but graces the pages of this blog weekly. What's going on here?

backbeatmod
backbeatmod

Actually, we haven't mentioned them in quite awhile. There's a new video of theirs, in fact, that's making its way around the interweb this week that we didn't even mention. Just sayin'...

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