Fuse is having an online competition to determine their Top 40 videos of 2009--though having a poll determine your Top 40 video countdown kinda takes the suspense (i.e., the reason for watching) out of your Top 40 video countdown, doesn't it?
I'm a sucker for brackets, so contests like this usually interest me, even if I don't want them to. The reason for this post: Paramore (last Nashville venue: The Ryman) have made it to the elite eight by pulling off quite the upset over Green Day (last Nashville venue: Sommet Center) by a margin of over 1,000,000 votes. (!) In other words, Paramore's margin of victory was approximately four times the total number of votes Kings of Leon garnered in their first round loss to Rise Against. And right now they're totally on their way to kicking Linkin Park's ass. In fact, Paramore and "Ignorance" have about four times as many votes right now as all seven other contenders combined. Go Nashville!
While P-Mo is certainly turning out the vote, I have to wonder about the average ballot caster here. I mean, I'm not saying Metallica is the most relevant band anymore, but they lost to...Papa Roach? Really? And Lady Gaga over Kelly Clarkson? Tevs. Another question: Who the hell watches Fuse? Anyone?