1983 is now played the third time of the year, and 1981, 1987 and 1984 all need their second play. If they go with 1987 on 5-14-21, and that would allow 1981 to be on May 21st. Laura, would that be ten weeks from July 30th?
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1983 is now played the third time of the year, and 1981, 1987 and 1984 all need their second play. If they go with 1987 on 5-14-21, and that would allow 1981 to be on May 21st. Laura, would that we ten weeks from July 30th?
Seems like it. I'm hoping that's the case. Of course if they plan on doing a special on either the Memorial Day or July 4th weekends, that can change these even more.
Very good point, and as I think it was noted, there have been MD specials the last two years. So if 1981 is played on 5-14-21, and a Memorial Day Special on 5-28-21, it might rotate to 7-30-21. I have never known any extra songs to be played on the VJ Countdown, but maybe an exception for "Video Killed the Radio Star" as the first song played on MTV.
They've also never done Memorial Day Specials three years in a row. Technically the last two years are the only time there's even been ones in back-to-back years, but in 2016 there were both Memorial Day and Labor Day Specials (the only time the latter's been done) and it was followed by 2017 having the Special right in the middle of the year.
Which is to say that the case could be made for this to be an off year as well.
Possibly altering the sequence so 1981 is available for 7-30-21, the 40th MTV anniversary? Surprising that 1983 did come before 1981, 1987 and 1984.
Ummm, last year they announced 1982 then had a Memorial Day Special. They put minimal effort into planning the next show; I seriously doubt they are looking three months out.
Honestly I think all the decade channels do the same thing. I mean look at the BITDR! Most of the dates they have used over the past few weeks have all been played just two years ago. I understand how annoying the Big 40 is to you but they're not the only ones who are like that.
Honestly I think all the decade channels do the same thing. I mean look at the BITDR! Most of the dates they have used over the past few weeks have all been played just two years ago.
You're not kidding. It's gotten absurd. The past four weeks of 90s countdowns, including this week, were all last played in 2019. And the week before that was the same year as 2019 as well, but the chart was from a week earlier. At least the pattern is certain to break next week, because even if they keep the year sequence it would be an earlier chart than we heard two years ago.
Back on topic, I agree with LVK that the Big 40 producers aren't likely planning this month's shows based on how it will affect the August schedule. Only a tiny group of fans (read: us) care about things like that.
We definitely need to see 1987 before 5/30. Either of the 3rd or 4th week of May would be a new chart from that year and we need that after the past two months of repeats.