Thursday, January 3, 2013
– Taylor Swift had a great week on the charts. She enjoyed the best selling CD in the U.S. with "Red" for the week ending Dec. 30, 2012 on the Billboard chart with 241,000 units sold, down 12 percent.
Billboard reported that 54 percent of the sales were downloads, probably in part due to an Amazon MP3 sale of $1.99 on Dec. 24.
On the song chart, Swift was back on top with We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together, switching spots with Cruise by Florida Georgia Line, which fell to second.
Hunter Hayes remained third with Wanted, while Carrie Underwood jumped from 11 to 4 with Blown Away. The Band Perry was fifth with Better Dig Two. Jason Aldean was seventh with The Only Way I Know with help from Luke Bryan and Eric Church. Hayes also was ninth with Somebody's Heartbreak, jumping six places.
Swift's Begin Again moved up 6 to 13. Newcomer Kacey Musgraves' Merry Go 'Round went from 24 to 19. And Swift also had the biggest mover by far with Red skyrocketing from 40 to 22.
On the album chart, Aldean's "Night Train" was second, up three. Underwood was third with "Blown Away," up three, while Florida Georgia Line moved from eight to four with "Here's to the Good Times." Little Big Town was fifth with "Tornado."
Hayes' self-titled debut stood at seven, up four. "Red River Blue" from Blake Shelton jumped from 16 to 8. Eric Church was ninth with "Chief," up three.
Brantley Gilbert was 17th with "Halfway to Heaven," up 4. Aaron Lewis was 23rd with "The Road," up 3. Dustin Lynch's self-titled debut was up 4 to 27. Jake Owen was 27th with "Barefoot Blue Jean Night," moving four spots. Easton Corbin's "All Over the Road" was 34th, up 3.
Colt Ford's "Declaration of Independence" was at 36, up 3. "Neon" by Chris Young was up 6 to 38. Eli Young Band's "Life At Best" was 39th, up 8.
On the bluegrass chart, Old Crow Medicine Show was first again with "Carry Me Back." Trampled by Turtles was second, up four, with "Stars and Satellites." The Goat Rodeo Sessions" from Yo-Yo Ma, Stuart Duncan, Chris Thile and Edgar Meyer remained third. Punch Brothers were fourth with "Who's Feeling Young Now?" Steve Ivey was fifth with "Best of Bluegrass."
Swift also enjoyed a great week on the Digital Songs chart as I Knew You Were Trouble returned to the top spot with 582,000 sold, up 163 percent. That was the fourth largest sales week ever for a song.
On the overall top 200, Aldean was 18th, Underwood 22nd, Florida Georgia Line 30th and Bryan 33rd.
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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: With Staples, Newport Folk Festival overcomes
The sun finally broke through, appropriately enough, on what had been an off-and-on rainy day at the third and final day of the Newport Folk Festival towards the end of long day with Mavis Staples headlining.
And while there were a few dour-type performances (Conor Oberst most prominently), the joy and palpable energy exuded by Staples, the scion of... »»»
Concert Review: With Aldean, lightng (and volume) strike
With Kenny on the bench this year, cities have doubled down on a heavy dose of the bro country movement. Luke Bryan is playing the football stadiums while Jason Aldean takes on the ball parks.
On a rain drenched Saturday night, Aldean set up shop in center field in Pittsburgh's PNC Park. Still touring behind last year's number one... »»»
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