The overriding theme of this week's countdown seems to be "dudes with beards." There are a lot of acoustic guitar-heavy songs being sung by slightly older guys with facial hair. And I like that. A lot. I have a thing for that.
There's also a fair amount of 演歌 on the countdown this week. Three songs in fact. I always like it when that happens. You don't see the 演歌 promoted a lot, as if it's not really part of the popular culture-- persumably because it's not "cool". And yet, people keep buying enough 演歌 singles to keep at least one on the charts every week. It just serves as a reminder that culture isn't always what it promotes itself to be; advertisers and media put a shiny wrapper on what they think are the marketable parts, but the reality can often be quite different.
On to the rest of the countdown...
Choshinsei has fallen all the way from #20 down to #20, but are still hanging on, I suspect thanks solely to the fact that they are all incredibly hot. BEAST is still reminding us of what terrible dancers they are down at #17, and Super Girls, Morning Musume, and AKB48 are all over the middle of the chart as a reminder that you can't escape the indomitable power of a gaggle of cute girls. Dir En Grey pops up at #5 to terrify us with see-through jaws and quick cuts of creepy black-n-white footage of people panicking, stampeding, and probably killing stuff too.
Meanwhile, a #4 debut for T.M. Revolution's new single "Flags" has got to be a disappointment for them. They were beat out this week by three other groups, including AAA with "No Cry, No More," a mediocre song that debuted at #3. I like AAA. I really do--enough to watch all the episodes of some ridiculous cooking school show featuring super powered cookware just because it had Nishijima and Katae in it-- but I calls 'em like I sees 'em.
"Replay" by SHINee debuted at #2 (and I suspect will quickly fall off the charts in coming weeks) while this week's top dog, "Flower" by Maeda Atsuko, will probably stick around for a week or two.