Swift's "Red" is second best in '12
Thursday, January 3, 2013
– Taylor Swift's "Red" is the second biggest selling disc of 2012 with 3.11 million units sold. That was not enough to stop Adele whose "21" sold 4.41 million units. That was the second consecutive year the British singer led the chart
Country acts had 5 of the top 10 sellers, a record share for the genre in SoundScan's history. Carrie Underwood's "Blown Away" was seventh with 1.2 million sold; Luke Bryan's "tailgates & tanlines" eighth with 1.1 million; Lionel Richie's "Tuskegee" ninth with 1.07 million and Jason Aldean's "Night Train" 10th with 1.02 million units.
Overall album sales fell by 4 percent to 315.96 million in the U.S. in 2012 from 330.57 million in 2011.
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Journey to Fearless DVD
Part Behind The Music style documentary and part concert film, Taylor Swift's new Blu-ray release offers an interesting hybrid approach to the typical live performance video - an approach that hits more than it misses. "Journey To Fearless" focuses on Swift's meteoric rise from aspiring grade-school singer/songwriter to award-winning country and pop megastar while sprinkling in live performances. Hardcore Swift fans will find a lot to love on this single-disc set (which is also »»»
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 »»»
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: Rhett parties on, but leaves you wondering
About half-way through his set as the opening act, tall Jon Pardi commented to the crowd, "We're going to do...a traditional country song. It's a thing of the past, but not for me."
With that the California launched into the mid-tempo "Happens All the Time" from his debut disc "Write You a Song.... »»»
Concert Review: The Avett Brothers make the leap
The Avett Brothers have been on an upward trajectory, from going the indie route and building a following through heavy touring clubs of their blend of country, bluegrass, rock and more to a major label and hitting arenas.
While hard to envision this kind of popularity of the band not too many years ago - that reflected the listening tastes of... »»»
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