KCRW’s Top 30: Prince reigns purple over our airwaves

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Prince is the full Royal Court. Photo by Kevin Mazur.

If you tuned into KCRW over the past week, chances are you heard Prince. That’s thanks in part to our exclusive radio broadcast version of “21 Night Stand: Live at the Forum April, 28 2011,” and the all-Prince extravaganza that followed on Aaron Byrd’s July 29 show. The Purple One was played close to 40 times during the span of this week’s chart, culminating in his “lost” album “Welcome 2 America” hitting No. 1 upon its July 30 release. 

Meanwhile, Seattle rockers La Luz made a considerable splash with their Adrian Younge collab “Watching Cartoons.” Arlo Parks is back in a major way thanks to the Unknown Mortal Orchestra remix of “Too Good.” And our local love Gavin Turek has claimed her rightful place in the top 20 with her debut album, “Madame Gold.”

Check out the full rundown of KCRW’s Top 30 Albums chart and our Top 30 Spotify playlist below. 

 KCRW’S TOP 30: JULY 26 - AUGUST 1
      1. PRINCE – WELCOME 2 AMERICA [DELUXE]
2. BRITTANY HOWARD – JAIME REIMAGINED
3. DURAND JONES & THE INDICATIONS – PRIVATE SPACE
4. BARDO – EVERYWHERE REMINDS ME OF SPACE
5. THE MARIAS – CINEMA
6. BACAO RHYTHM & STEEL BAND – EXPANSIONS
7. HIATUS KAIYOTE – MOOD VALIANT
8. ARLO PARKS – TOO GOOD (UNKNOWN MORTAL ORCHESTRA REMIX) [SINGLE]
9. CHET FAKER – HOTEL SURRENDER
10. TYLER, THE CREATOR – CALL ME IF YOU GET LOST
11. JUNIOR MESA – CIRQUE DU FREAK	
12. ORA THE MOLECULE – HUMAN SAFARI
13. VALIDA – DO IT AGAIN [SINGLE]
14. SAMPOLOGY – REGROWTH
15. LEON BRIDGES – GOLD-DIGGERS SOUND
16. SAULT – NINE
17. GAVIN TUREK – MADAME GOLD
18.  THE WAR ON DRUGS – I DON’T LIVE HERE ANYMORE
19.  CLAIRO – SLING
20.	LA LUZ – LA LUZ
21. KIEFER – WHEN THERE’S LOVE AROUND
22. FILM SCHOOL – WE WEREN’T HERE
23. ALICE RUSSELL – TO DUST (BONUS TRACKS)
24. BRANDEE YOUNGER – SOMEWHERE DIFFERENT
25. JONNY KOSMO – PASTRY
26. ROYAL CANOE – SIDLINING
27. JAMES BLAKE – FRIENDS THAT BREAK YOUR HEART
28. RODRIGO AMARANTE – DRAMA
      29. ELVIS COSTELLO & THE ATTRACTIONS – SPANISH MODEL
30. GENESIS OWUSU – MISSING MOLARS