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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 »»»
Speak Now CD review - Speak Now
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: No surprise about Maddie & Tae – Maddie Marlow, one-half of the duo Maddie & Tae, seemed rather amazed to be in her predicament. With a few worthy hits under their belts ("Girl in a Country Song" and "Fly") and but one album, Maddie & Tae are just at the outset of their first ever solo headlining tour. In fact, this was the second night, having started in New York.... »»»
Concert Review: Corb Lund finally returns – To say that a Corb Lund show was a rarity in these parts would be an understatement, but with a new disc, "Things That Can't Be Undone," dropping in two days, the Canadian roots/country artist is on the road - south of the border. Lund lives on a farm in southern Alberta, Canada, near the Montana border, and has achieved popularity in his homeland.... »»»
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