Haim – ‘Days Are Gone’ debut album – iTunes Chart Performance in 7 countries

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It’s OK honey, we’ll be rock stars someday…

Haim may have been ill-served by the hype surrounding them.~ Philip Matusavage

The rat pack of the music industry has been salivating and doing their weasel wiener dance (insert Redfoo from LMFAO’s “wiggle dance”) over the Haim’s trio. But in reality nothing on this album seems genuine in the least, there are some pleasant moments… much in the same way that a credit card commercial can make you smirk. I have a hard time believing that any artist could follow their muse to this sort of a sonic conclusion; if they’re not at least 25% money-motivated or manufactured by a manager/label/marketing company/department store, then I don’t want to live in this world anymore.

No matter how hard the hype machine pushed forward the geeky sisters, it’s the public who decided whether to listen or not to the sisters’ debut album or just to that song they found entertaining.  France kept the album in the charts 3 days, Italy, two days; Canada 53 days, Spain 3 days, Australia 107 days, the UK, their adoptive country, 68 days and in the U.S., the trio’s native country,  57 days.  Clearly, the group is lacking something.

It seems that touring with Phoenix didn’t help Haim much to charm the french,  and the sisters did pretty bad in Italy, with the highest position remaining 92 from beginning to end.  Australia and the UK seem to be the countries where Haim have more fans.

Writer Andy Gill of  The Independent was criticized by his peers for “giving a less enthusiastic review” of the sisters’ Days Are Gone album.  Gill gave the album three out of five stars, saying that the band has an “insubstantiality” at their core:

“Given their status as BBC Sound Of 2013 poll-winners, it’s hard not to feel somewhat underwhelmed by Haim’s debut album. The LA girl group are pleasant enough – though early descriptions of them as a folk/R&B crossover are absurdly wide of the mark – but there’s an insubstantiality at their core. They plug unashamedly into their West Coast heritage: sleek with a veneer of mystique, “Falling” could be a Fleetwood Mac outtake, but the pop-rock of “Forever” and “The Wire” brings to mind the likes of The Bangles and The Go Gos. Even when they attempt something a bit more outré, like the contrast of lumbering drums with sleek harmonies in “My Song 5″, it sounds like something off Tusk. Okay, but not much more.”

In his review of Days are Gone, Philip Matusavage of musicOMG stated:

It’s somewhere in the middle of Days Are Gone’s third track (and recent single) The Wire that you realise just how atypical Haim are as a 2013 buzz band. Feted by acts as diverse as The xx and Katy Perry, the Californian band has appeared in endless promo shots which look lifted straight from Hipstamatic while being the name on the lips of taste makers for well over a year.  It’s something of a surprise, then, to hear them sounding like mega-selling country-pop star Shania Twain. Sure, there are far more credible names that could be dropped with regards to The Wire – like much of the album it’s produced by Ariel Rechtshaid, known for his work with Usher and Vampire Weekend, while its stomping country-rock owes much to The Eagles (specifically Heartache Tonight). Nonetheless, the resemblance to Twain’s 1999 smash (and mainstay of hen parties) Man! I Feel Like A Woman! is unavoidable.

This isn’t, of course, necessarily a bad thing, not least because the band clearly shares a massive influence with Twain. The imprint of Fleetwood Mac is clear in most of the album – more specifically, Fleetwood Mac led by Christine McVie, whose frictionless vocals find an echo in main Haim singer Danielle. Further to this, much of Days Are Gone owes a debt to the glossy MOR of McVie’s Tango In The Night singles (of which Everywhere and Little Lies are the most famous).

Still, if the comparison is inescapable it’s also somewhat refreshing in an era where much mainstream pop follows the same deadening EDM template. Haim also escape accusations of imitation by placing a sparse, inventive rhythm at the heart of their music – an influence the band attributes to the r&b influences of acts like TLC and Destiny’s Child. This cross-fertilisation fits neatly with current trends (it certainly explains the adoration of The xx) and undoubtedly played a large part in the hyperbolic reception afforded to Haim’s first single Forever, a sugary rush which rides on clattering percussion and tight harmonies. Several songs here follow the same pattern: the thrilling Falling adds poppy cries of ‘hey!’ and a wall of vocals to strong effect but elsewhere (as on Don’t Save Me) the formula grows stale.

Indeed, while Haim are undeniably appealing in small doses, there is something lacking over the course of a whole album. The tasteful synths and FM choruses run into one another and ultimately feel flat – you could say that the album needs a bit of Stevie Nicks grit to coarsen Danielle’s McVie silk. Certainly when main vocals are handed over to sister Alana on the album’s title track (co-written by Jessie Ware)  the results are inspired, with her more textured voice lending personality to a dance-oriented number which has a main synth line seemingly borrowed from Tom Tom Club. The penultimate Let Me Go is also a standout, beginning starkly before building furiously into a convincingly atmospheric portrayal of an obsessive, almost deranged relationship. Elsewhere, however, the efforts at variation can feel somewhat forced, with the oscillating vocal lines and busy, foreboding backing of My Song 5 sounding like a Fiona Apple tribute act. The shuffling sweetness of Honey & I is enjoyable enough, though it sounds uncannily like Indigo Girls (and causes you to realise that Danielle Haim’s voice is also reminiscent of that band’s Emily Saliers).

Haim’s stock has risen far on the basis of a few singles and an EP. Days Are Gone reveals that these compact formats are the best way to experience the band. Stretched to album length, Haim’s shtick grows repetitive and the music is too frequently solid rather than inspired. There is potential in this power pop, but Haim need to develop further, and may have been ill-served by the hype surrounding them.

FRANCE

Haim – ‘Days Are Gone’
French iTunes Chart Performance

“Days Are Gone”: Chart Statistics

  • Release date: 27 Sep 2013
  • Chart debut: #60 (30 Sep 2013) (low)
  • Highest Position: #60 (30 Sep 2013) (low)
  • Most recent chart position: #97 (01 Oct 2013) (down)
  • Days on French Albums Chart: 3 Days

Detailed Chart Progress for “Days Are Gone” (Haim)

French Albums chart performance history for Days Are Gone

Year Month Day Position Movement Number 1
2013 Sep 30 Mon 60 new Stromae
Racine Carrée
2013 Oct 1 Tue 97 down

ITALY

Haim – ‘Days Are Gone’
Italian iTunes Chart Performance

“Days Are Gone”: Chart Statistics

  • Release date: 27 Sep 2013
  • Chart debut: #92 (30 Sep 2013) (down)
  • Highest Position: #92 (30 Sep 2013) (didn’t move)
  • Most recent chart position: #92 (30 Sep 2013) (didn’t move)
  • Days on Italian Albums Chart: 2 Days

Italy Detailed Chart Progress for “Days Are Gone” (Haim)

Italian Albums chart performance history for Days Are Gone

Year Month Day Position Movement Number 1
2013 Sep 30 Mon 92 new Alessandra Amoroso
Amore puro

AUSTRALIA

Haim – ‘Days Are Gone’ Chart Statistics
Australian iTunes Chart Performance

 Album Release date: 27 September 2013

  • Chart debut: #88 (05 Aug 2013)
  • Highest Position: #2 (27 Sep 2013) (up)
  • Most recent chart position: #43 (25 Nov 2013) (down)
  • Days on Australian Albums Chart: 107 Days

Chart Progress Graph:

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Detailed Chart Progress for “Days Are Gone” (Haim)

Australian Albums chart performance history for Days Are Gone

Year Month Day Position Movement Number 1
2013 Aug 5 Mon 88 new Lorde
The Love Club – EP
6 Tue 24 up
7 Wed 17 up
8 Thu 23 down
9 Fri 27 down RÜFÜS
Atlas
10 Sat 31 down
11 Sun 33 down Fleetwood Mac
Fleetwood Mac: Greatest Hits
12 Mon 37 down
13 Tue 31 up RÜFÜS
Atlas
14 Wed 39 down Lady GaGa
ARTPOP
15 Thu 40 down RÜFÜS
Atlas
16 Fri 57 down Boy & Bear
Harlequin Dream
17 Sat 79 down
18 Sun 73 up
19 Mon 89 down
23 Fri 74 re-entry John Mayer
Paradise Valley
24 Sat 69 up
25 Sun 92 down
26 Mon 76 up
27 Tue 71 up
28 Wed 87 down Katy Perry
PRISM
29 Thu 96 down Various Artists
triple j House Party, Vol. 2
30 Fri 73 up Ariana Grande
Yours Truly
31 Sat 84 down
2013 Sep 1 Sun 84 no-move Vance Joy
God Loves You When You’re Dancing – EP
2 Mon 73 re-entry
3 Tue 67 up
4 Wed 80 down Bethel Music
Tides
5 Thu 74 up Arctic Monkeys
AM
6 Fri 83 down
9 Mon 94 re-entry
10 Tue 66 up
11 Wed 73 down
12 Thu 86 down
13 Fri 94 down Avicii
True
15 Sun 82 re-entry Keith Urban
Fuse
16 Mon 94 down
17 Tue 76 up Avicii
True
18 Wed 67 up Various Artists
So Fresh: The Hits of Spring 2013
20 Fri 76 re-entry Kings of Leon
Mechanical Bull
21 Sat 61 up Drake
Nothing Was the Same
22 Sun 55 up
23 Mon 38 up
24 Tue 37 up
25 Wed 28 up
26 Thu 15 up
27 Fri 2 up Lorde
Pure Heroine
28 Sat 2 no-move
29 Sun 3 down
30 Mon 3 no-move
2013 Oct 1 Tue 5 down Hillsong Young & Free
We Are Young & Free
2 Wed 4 up Lorde
Pure Heroine
3 Thu 3 up
4 Fri 12 down Miley Cyrus
Bangerz
5 Sat 8 up Lorde
Pure Heroine
6 Sun 7 up
7 Mon 8 down
8 Tue 4 up
9 Wed 4 no-move
10 Thu 9 down
11 Fri 9 no-move Pearl Jam
Lightning Bolt
12 Sat 8 up
13 Sun 9 down Lorde
Pure Heroine
14 Mon 9 no-move
15 Tue 12 down
16 Wed 13 down
17 Thu 11 up
18 Fri 16 down Various Artists
Triple J – Like a Version 9
19 Sat 17 down
20 Sun 19 down
21 Mon 20 down
22 Tue 25 down
23 Wed 25 no-move
24 Thu 27 down
25 Fri 23 up Katy Perry
PRISM
26 Sat 21 up
27 Sun 35 down
28 Mon 34 up
29 Tue 33 up
30 Wed 25 up
31 Thu 29 down
2013 Nov 1 Fri 39 down Arcade Fire
Reflektor
2 Sat 31 up Katy Perry
PRISM
3 Sun 36 down
4 Mon 41 down Eminem
The Marshall Mathers LP2
5 Tue 37 up
6 Wed 27 up
7 Thu 24 up
8 Fri 37 down Lady GaGa
ARTPOP
9 Sat 43 down Eminem
The Marshall Mathers LP2
10 Sun 43 no-move
11 Mon 34 up
12 Tue 28 up
13 Wed 26 up
14 Thu 26 no-move
15 Fri 39 down Dami Im
Dami Im
16 Sat 32 up
17 Sun 34 down
18 Mon 35 down
19 Tue 40 down One Direction
Midnight Memories
20 Wed 34 up
21 Thu 33 up Various Artists
Ministry of Sound – The Annual 2014
22 Fri 57 down Bernard Fanning
iTunes Session
23 Sat 53 up Various Artists
Ministry of Sound – The Annual 2014
24 Sun 48 up One Direction
Midnight Memories
25 Mon 43 up

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  • 1 One Direction – Midnight Memories
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  • 3 Various Artists – Ministry of Sound – The Annual 2014
  • 4 Eminem – The Marshall Mathers LP2
  • 5 The 12th Man – Willy Nilly – The 12th Man’s Biggest Hits, V
  • 6 Various Artists – So Fresh: The Hits of Summer 2014 + Best of 2013
  • 7 Bernard Fanning – iTunes Session
  • 8 Avicii – True
  • 9 Lorde – Pure Heroine
  • 10 Various Artists – Ministry of Sound Presents Chillout Sessions XVI

UNITED STATES OF NORTH AMERICA

Haim – ‘Days Are Gone’ Chart Statistics
U.S.  iTunes Chart Performance

Chart Statistics

  • Release date: 30 Sep 2013
  • Chart debut: #70 (06 Aug 2013) (low)
  • Highest Position: #4 (30 Sep 2013) (up)
  • Most recent chart position: #6 (24 Nov 2013) (down)
  • Days on US Albums Chart: 57 Days

U.S. Chart Progress Graph

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Detailed Chart Progress for “Days Are Gone” (Haim)

US Albums chart performance history for Days Are Gone

Year Month Day Position Movement Number 1
2013 Aug 6 Tue 70 new The Civil Wars
The Civil Wars
7 Wed 76 down
14 Wed 99 re-entry Luke Bryan
Crash My Party
2013 Sep 25 Wed 96 re-entry Drake
Nothing Was the Same
26 Thu 90 up
27 Fri 85 up
28 Sat 89 down
29 Sun 79 up
30 Mon 4 up Justin Timberlake
The 20/20 Experience – 2 of 2
2013 Oct 2 Wed 4 no-move
3 Thu 5 down Lorde
Pure Heroine
4 Fri 5 no-move
5 Sat 5 no-move
6 Sun 5 no-move
7 Mon 5 no-move
8 Tue 22 down Miley Cyrus
Bangerz
9 Wed 20 up
10 Thu 22 down
11 Fri 22 no-move Glee Cast
The Quarterback – EP
12 Sat 23 down Miley Cyrus
Bangerz
13 Sun 20 up
14 Mon 24 down
15 Tue 47 down Pearl Jam
Lightning Bolt
16 Wed 48 down
17 Thu 44 up
18 Fri 42 up
19 Sat 38 up
20 Sun 33 up Lorde
Pure Heroine
21 Mon 36 down
22 Tue 69 down Katy Perry
PRISM
23 Wed 70 down
24 Thu 55 up
25 Fri 57 down
26 Sat 57 no-move
27 Sun 62 down
28 Mon 58 up One Direction
Midnight Memories
29 Tue 88 down Arcade Fire
Reflektor
30 Wed 81 up Eminem
The Marshall Mathers LP 2
31 Thu 86 down
2013 Nov 1 Fri 86 no-move
2 Sat 66 up
3 Sun 72 down
4 Mon 81 down
8 Fri 98 re-entry
13 Wed 88 re-entry Lady GaGa
Artpop
14 Thu 80 up Eminem
The Marshall Mathers LP2
15 Fri 78 up
16 Sat 82 down
17 Sun 74 up
18 Mon 82 down
19 Tue 83 down Various Artists
The Hunger Games: Catching Fire
20 Wed 66 up Eminem
The Marshall Mathers LP2
21 Thu 60 up
22 Fri 41 up
23 Sat 39 up
24 Sun 6 up One Direction
Midnight Memories

CANADA

Haim – ‘Days Are Gone’
Canadian iTunes Chart Performance

“Days Are Gone”: Chart Statistics

  • Release date: 30 Sep 2013
  • Chart debut: #85 (26 Sep 2013)
  • Highest Position: #2 (30 Sep 2013) (up)
  • Most recent chart position: #14 (24 Nov 2013) (down)
  • Days on Canadian Albums Chart: 53 Days

Chart Progress Graph

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Detailed Chart Progress for “Days Are Gone” (Haim)

Canadian Albums chart performance history for Days Are Gone

Year Month Day Position Movement Number 1
2013 Sep 26 Thu 85 new Drake
Nothing Was the Same
30 Mon 2 re-entry Justin Timberlake
The 20/20 Experience – 2 of 2
2013 Oct 1 Tue 4 down
2 Wed 4 no-move Lorde
Pure Heroine
3 Thu 5 down
4 Fri 5 no-move
5 Sat 6 down
7 Mon 7 down
8 Tue 20 down Miley Cyrus
Bangerz
9 Wed 20 no-move
10 Thu 21 down
11 Fri 25 down Glee Cast
The Quarterback – EP
12 Sat 26 down Miley Cyrus
Bangerz
13 Sun 27 down Lorde
Pure Heroine
14 Mon 24 up
15 Tue 42 down Pearl Jam
Lightning Bolt
16 Wed 60 down
17 Thu 45 up
18 Fri 35 up
19 Sat 36 down
20 Sun 49 down Lorde
Pure Heroine
21 Mon 37 up Lou Doillon
Places
22 Tue 52 down Katy Perry
PRISM
23 Wed 43 up
24 Thu 53 down
25 Fri 32 up
26 Sat 35 down
27 Sun 62 down
28 Mon 41 up
29 Tue 100 down Arcade Fire
Reflektor
30 Wed 80 up
31 Thu 86 down
2013 Nov 1 Fri 90 down
3 Sun 94 re-entry
4 Mon 59 up Eminem
The Marshall Mathers LP 2
5 Tue 71 down
6 Wed 83 down
8 Fri 100 re-entry
9 Sat 99 up
12 Tue 90 re-entry Lady GaGa
Artpop
13 Wed 61 up Eminem
The Marshall Mathers LP2
14 Thu 63 down
15 Fri 42 up
16 Sat 46 down
17 Sun 31 up
18 Mon 43 down
19 Tue 56 down François Pérusse
L’album du peuple – tome 9
20 Wed 68 down
21 Thu 80 down Eminem
The Marshall Mathers LP2
22 Fri 85 down
23 Sat 79 up
24 Sun 14 up One Direction
Midnight Memories

SPAIN

Haim – ‘Days Are Gone’
Spanish iTunes Chart Performance

“Days Are Gone”: Chart Statistics

  • Release date: 27 Sep 2013
  • Chart debut: #23 (30 Sep 2013)
  • Highest Position: #23 (30 Sep 2013) (didn’t move)
  • Most recent chart position: #81 (01 Oct 2013) (down)
  • Days on Spanish Albums Chart: 3 Days

Detailed Chart Progress for “Days Are Gone” (Haim)

Spanish Albums chart performance history for Days Are Gone

Year Month Day Position Movement Number 1
2013 Sep 30 Mon 23 new Dani Martín
Dani Martín
2013 Oct 1 Tue 81 down Els Pets
L’àrea petita

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