The top 5 is interesting this week, with 2 newcomers arriving out of nowhere and Lady Gaga back on top by a big margin after a brief absence. She’s followed by the esteemed Mr. Bieber, who also regains some steam after stumbling down to 6 last week. Following them are our 2 new entrants, one a reunited band and another, well, not the college basketball tournament I would have expected at #4 this week.
First up is the Stone Temple Pilots. Since I’m not in high school anymore, this is no doubt a reunion of the band that first hit big in 1992. Indeed, the Stone Temple Pilots have returned from a hiatus that began in 2003, and are now working on a new album and playing SXSW. The latter tidbit probably explains their sudden popularity on this countdown.
The other newcomer is the NIT, or National Invitation Tournament. The NIT is a post-season tournament that’s now also run by the NCAA and where teams that did not make the more well known NCAA Tournament may be invited to play. According to the richly detailed Wikipedia article, this has caused some stigma to be attached to the NIT. Doesn’t mean there’s won’t some great basketball there, though.
The remainder of the countdown is more familiar, and where Taylor Swift stumbled to after a strong top 3 run. The Black Eyed Peas return and with Wrestlmania just over a week away the WWE hangs in there as well.
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