The Mystery of Journey at #2 on iTunes Top Songs: Solved!
Last week, I noticed a peculiar sight while shopping for music in the iTunes store. Journey's "Don't Stop Believin'" was the #2 most downloaded song that day. Now, generally, the top 10 is always new songs, because the big rush to buy them is always when they're new, fresh, in your mind. Old songs still sell, but not in big enough numbers all at once to make it into the top 10.
Every day that week, there it was, still in the Top 5! What gives? I was stumped.
Over the weekend, Judge Eric brought it up over lunch, as he was similarly stumped. And he knew I was the Master of the Universe when it comes to this stuff. But I had to tell him, I don't know. We brainstormed: was it in a new movie? An ad on TV? Did Journey have a new Greatest Hits CD or something? We couldn't crack this one.
Well, guess what? I've figured it out. It turns out the song has also been prominantly featured on MTV's "Laguna Beach: The Real O.C.", and all the 15 year olds who watch that crap are now downloading the 1981 Journey hit to their iPods as if it were a new song. Works for me. Every Journey song they put on the iPod is one less spot free for a Nickelback song.
Also, there is this...
I'd noticed Sunday night that after the White Sox won, they were blaring "Don't Stop Believin'" over the stadium PA. I said, hey cool, its better than how the Yankees blare "New York, New York" after they win. Cos Journey is totally better than Sinatra, you know. Or maybe I just hate all things associated with the Yankees. Either way, it seemed cooler.
Anyway, in Game Three, FOX's cameras showed Steve Perry sitting in some swank seats in Houston in White Sox gear. Apparently, according to a story sent to me by a buddy in Chicago (scanned in above), the Sox have adopted Don't Stop Believin as their theme song. And Steve Perry as their mascot. Nice.
Hey, the Red Sox had Nelson de la Rosa, the little short guy that was friends with Pedro, last year. Why can't the White Sox have Steve Perry?
And so Perry and a friend hopped a jet to Chicago for the weekend. And the Sox won 2 games. So A.J. Pierzynski asked him to go to Houston. (A.J.'s always in the middle of everything, ain't he?) And there he was at Game Three, cheering for the White Sox. Joe Buck talked about the story, and of course McCarver had to chime in with more. This made for some of the worst Tim McCarver moments of the postseason, which is saying something. He kept using the word "Journey" over and over again in sentances. "What a JOURNEY the Sox have been on this postseason." (pan to Perry) "This Astros team hopes their JOURNEY doesn't end tonight." "The JOURNEY tonight for Jon Garland has been a rocky one." Classic, classic McCarver moments. And the best part is you know McCarver doesn't even know who Journey is.
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