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Country sales dip, but Swift helps

Tuesday, January 12, 2010 – CD sales slid once again, but country sales were down far less sharply than the rest of the market. Country albums sold 46 million units, down about 2 million from 2008, a 3.23-percent decline

Total album sales in the U. S. dropped from 428 million in 2008 to 373 million in 2009, according to year-end sales figures from Nielsen SoundScan. This was a decrease of 12.7 percent.

Jazz declined only .1 percent. Other segments declining were alternative rock (15.7 percent), Christian-gospel (6.6 percent), classical (8.9 percent), Latin (34.3 percent), metal (23.3 percent), new age (20 percent), R&B (9.3 percent), rap (20.9 percent), rock (11.1 percent) and soundtracks (8.9 percent).

Taylor Swift enjoyed the biggest selling disc for "Fearless," selling 3,217000 units. She was the second biggest selling artist of the year, behind Michael Jackson, , who sold 8,286,000 units.

Carrie Underwood was the ninth best-selling artist of the year, accounting with 1,895,000 units sold..

Swift was a big seller in all segments - she was the fourth best-selling digital artist, while "Fearless" was the fourth top-selling digital album. Swift's "The Holiday Collection" was the third best selling seasonal album at 445,000 copies. Sugarland's "Gold and Green" was fifth place with 256,000. "Fearless" was the third biggest selling Internet album last year.

Individual Swift songs also fared extremely well. Based on a count by Nielsen's Broadcast Data System's count, You Belong to Me and Love Story were the first and second most played songs respectively on radio in 2009.

Swift received more airplay than any other artist. Toby Keith was fourth, Rascal Flatts 9th and Tim McGraw 10th.

For the decade, Eminem and The Beatles were the top-selling artists with McGraw third at 24,769,000 units. Keith was fourth with 24,469,000 and Kenny Chesney sixth at 22,034,000.

McGraw was the decade's most-played artist with 7,965,000 spins. Country artists had 8 of the 10 positions covered with Keith second, George Strait third, Alan Jackson fourth, Chesney sixth, Rascal Flatts seventh, Brooks & Dunn eighth and Garth Brooks ninth. The only non-country acts were Nickelback at fifth and Green Day 10th.

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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 »»»
Fearless CD review - Fearless
Taylor Swift took the county world by storm with her huge selling debut and its five hit singles. With a huge marketing push and myspace, Swift was on her way. Kind of like an Avril Lavigne for the teen female country set. Sophomore slump? There's no indication of that. Swift once again writes her material - all 13 songs here with help sometimes from Liz Rose, Colbie Caillat and John Rich. Swift writes of what she knows about - relationships and teen love come and gone in songs speak to her fans. »»»
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: Lambert refuses to rest on laurels – Watching this stop on Miranda Lambert's "Livin' Like Hippies Tour," one is struck by just how many great songs the country singer/songwriter already has in her repertoire. With most artists, it's relatively easy to guess which song a performer will choose to close a show. But Lambert has so many winners to pick from, many... »»»
Concert Review: DBT rocks on – Drive-By Truckers still sometimes get miscategorized as alt.-country, but who's kidding whom? With three electric guitarists upfront exchanging hard rock licks all night, this is a blistering Southern rock band. Hitting the stage just before 10, the band played a satisfying 2-hour-plus set. At 11:40, Patterson Hood announced the band would be... »»»
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