Sunday, January 23, 2011

American Idol: Steven Tyler tops hennemusic Hot 10

There’s no question that the launch of American Idol this week has raised Steven Tyler’s profile to new levels, as the Aerosmith frontman landed in the #1 position on the hennemusic Hot 10.

Idol’s TV ratings may be down from previous years, but Tyler’s involvement has put him front and center in the minds of rock fans. With a hectic media interview schedule, Steven has been very busy, and his comments on previous Idol judge Simon Cowell was the hot topic of the rock week.

Tyler’s story about turning down an offer to write and record with the remaining members of Led Zeppelin, following that band’s celebrated 2007 reunion, received plenty of attention, becoming the 3rd most-read item of the past week. hennemusic broke the story of Tyler’s comments on the Howard Stern radio show to the rock news community, and versions of it were carried by websites worldwide in the days that followed.

The HH10 is a list of the most-viewed rock news stories in the past week by hennemusic readers.

hennemusic Hot 10
week ending January 23, 2011

01 – American Idol: Steven Tyler slams Simon Cowell
02 – Pearl Jam: Eddie Vedder voices new promo for Live On Ten Legs
03 – Steven Tyler turned down offer to record with Led Zeppelin
04 – Metallica guitarist jams with Tool in Hawaii
05 – Hear new R.E.M.: "Mine Smell Like Honey"
06 – VIDEO: Jack White, Wanda Jackson rock Letterman
07 – INXS: J.D. Fortune is back
08 – Creed song saves Norwegian boy from wolves
09 – Guns N’ Roses guitarist impatiently waiting for U.S. tour
10 – Rush announce more 2011 Time Machine Tour dates

A week-old story featuring a novelty Pearl Jam commercial for the band’s new disc, “Live On Ten Legs,” gained new legs of its own, especially within the PJ fan community. The 70’s K-Tel spoof ad – voiced by Eddie Vedder – was the #2 most-viewed story of the week, up from #4 last week.

The wild (literally) story on the HH10 this week was one featuring Creed: a Norwegian teenager cranked a Creed song on his cell phone to scare off four wolves who he encountered on his way home from school. Wow.

Other big rock news this past week included features on Metallica, R.E.M., Wanda Jackson’s pairing with Jack White, and J.D. Fortune’s story of redemption and return to INXS.

Aerosmith – Train Kept A’ Rollin
The Midnight Special – 1974

See also:

hennemusic Hot 10: Van Halen hits #1 for 2nd week in a row
Van Halen leads hennemusic Hot 10