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And the number one selling album of 2009 was....

Wednesday, January 6, 2010 – Susan Boyle's "I Dreamed a Dream" is first for a sixth straight week on the Billboard 200 chart with 137,000 (down 73%) according to Nielsen SoundScan, for total sales of 3,104,000. But that was not enough to overtake Taylor Swift's "Fearless" as 2009's top selling album. Swift is at number 5 on the Billboard 200 this week, selling 60,000 units for a total of 3,217,000 in 2009.

Boyle's "Dream" was 2009's top selling album released last year as Swift's "Fearless" came out in November 2008 and was also the top selling physical album of 2009. Of its overall 2009 total, physical CDs accounted for 3,019,000 copies, while digital downloads were only 86,000.

Overall, sales continued yet another double digit decline for 2009. For the period Jan 5, 2009 through Jan. 3, 2010, 373.9 million albums sold in the U.S., down 12.7 percent to 2008's 428.4 million albums sold. Digital album sales in the same time frame comparison were up 16.1 percent to an all-time high of 76.4 million in 2009 versus 65.8 million in 2008.

Vinyl sales were 2.5 million in 2009, skyrocketing 33 percent compared to 2008 (1.88 million). More vinyl albums were purchased in 2009, more than any other year of Nielsen SoundScan (since 1991).

Total music purchases in 2009 - albums, singles, music videos and digital tracks -- were 1.5 billion, the fifth straight year sales were more than 1 billion (1.5 billion (2008), 1.4 billion (2007), 1.2 billion (2006), and 1.01 billion (2005)).

A total of 1.159 billion digital tracks were sold in 2009, up 8.3 percent from 2008 (1.070 billion). The biggest selling act, in terms of digital song downloads, was Lady Gaga with more than 15 million in track sales.

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Taylor Swift has made the best CD of her young career with her fourth CD. The biggest difference is that Swift's singing, spotty on previous releases and live performances, is far far superior here. Swift wrote all 14 songs here, which like her other albums tend to deal with relationships that have gone south. Swift's songwriting always has been one of her strengths, and that continues to be the case here - both lyrically and musically. Put simply, Swift knows a lot about penning »»»
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Editorial: Walking the talk – When names like Hank Williams, Johnny Cash, Waylon and the Hag are invoked, you're talking hard core country. These are the touchstones of country , the guys who made country music what it was and still is (or maybe can be). When these folks would sing about being down-and-out and the rough-and-tumble, they knew of what they were singing about. Fast forward a few years to the country singers of today. »»»
Concert Review: Stapleton places trust in power of song – Chris Stapleton's unlikely mainstream country popularity has graduated the scruffy singer/songwriter from large theaters to the hockey stadiums, and one had to wonder how much this audience growth would affect his performing style. If tonight is any indicator, though, it hasn't changed much. His wife Morgane was absent, as she's home... »»»
Concert Review: It's no wonder that 10 String Symphony stays busy – To say that Rachel Baiman has been busy might be an understatement. Last year, she released the very fine "Shame" CD and toured behind that. Just last month, she and musical collaborator Christian Sedelmyer put out their third album, "Generation Frustration," under the moniker 10 String Symphony. The two were on an ultra-short tour... »»»
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