After 10 years of updating Chart Rigger
pretty much on the regular, and a long run of torturous winter weather, I decided to spend May, June and early July doing some traveling.
Things kicked off in mid-May with a 6-day trip back to Pittsburgh for a wedding of a friend from L.A. (who is also from the area I grew up in).
It was an especially memorable trip back to PA since I was joined by my friend Lisa Timmons
, who, if you follow Idolator
, has done recaps of American Idol
and I Can Do That
on the regular for me over the past two years. I love when you get to visit local sites you've seen a million times — in this case, the Andy Warhol Museum, Phipp's Conservatory, the cemetery in Evans City where Night Of The Living Dead
was filmed — but you're with someone who's never seen it, so it feels like the first time all over again.
Next up was a four-day Memorial Day weekend road trip to Boston...the first time I ever spent more than a few hours in the city. That was followed two weeks later by an eight-day stay in Los Angeles, which I miss terribly.
I took the above pic on the Friday (June 12) I was there, while at a gas station on Ventura Blvd. I look at that photo and feel like it captures the excitement and contentment I was feeling on that trip — especially that Friday, as I was wrapping up a day of creative writing and getting ready to head out with some friends for the night. Anyway, I drove around that week blasting Major Lazer
's "Lean On" and Fetty Wap
's "Trap Queen" in my rental car (singing the wrong words — "I be in the kitchen cooking PASTA" — the whole time).
Finally, I jetted off at the tail-end of June for a 9-day trip to Paris.
It was my fourth time in the city, the last being a brief overnight stay during the Rihanna
777 trip in November 2012 and the first time being this trip in May 2007
At any rate, I got back to the States this past Monday, and now it's Thursday and Wiz Khalifa
's "See You Again" IS STILL FUCKING #1. Twelve weeks, kids. TWELVE.
Much more to come, much more on the regular. I don't know if it'll all be about pop music, because pop music in 2015 can basically be summed up by "See You Again" spending 12 weeks at #1.
Oh, and follow me on Instagram
while you're at it. And my 9 to 5 music writing can be found at Idolator
. But stick around here for much more "me" shit.
The U.S. Top 10:
1. "See You Again" - Wiz Khalifa feat. Charlie Puth *12 weeks*
2. "Cheerleader (Felix Jaehn Remix)" - OMI
3. "Watch Me" - Silento
4. "Bad Blood" - Taylor Swift feat. Kendrick Lamar
5. "Trap Queen" - Fetty Wap
6. "Can't Feel My Face" - The Weeknd
7. "Shut Up And Dance" - Walk The Moon
8. "Where Are Ü Now" - Skrillex & Diplo with Justin Bieber
9. "Hey Mama" - David Guetta feat. Nicki Minaj, Bebe Rexha & Afrojack
10. "Fight Song" - Rachel Platten