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Taylor Swift stays number one

Friday, December 26, 2008 – Despite some big name debuts, Taylor Swift kept her perch at number 1 on the Billboard sales charts for the week ending Jan. 3, 2009, with 330,000 units of "Fearless" sold this past week. Swift bested debuts from Keyshia Cole, Jamie Foxx and Fall Out Boy. On the singles chart, Rascal Flatts scored a number one with Here, taking over the top from Montgomery Gentry's Roll With Me, which fell to second.

On the album chart, Faith Hill remained second with "Joy to the World," Elvis Presley stayed third with "Elvis Duets." Swift's debut moved up one to fourth, flipping spots with Rascal Flatts' "Greatest Hits Volume 1." The rest of the top 25 showed very little movement. Garth Brooks made it back into the top 25 - at 25 - with "The Ultimate Hits," up 6, probably a beneficiary of holiday sales.

On the singles chart, Sugarland was up one to third with Already Gone, changing places with Zac Brown Band's Chicken Fried. Brad Paisley's duet with Keith Urban, Start a Band, remained fifth. Blake Shelton broke into the top 10 - at 10 - with She Wouldn't Be Gone, up 1.

Urban moved from 16 to 12 with Sweet Thing. Most of the other songs in the top 25 were up one place. Two new songs made it into the top 25. Miranda Lambert's More Like Her was 24th, up 2, while Josh Turner's Everything's Fine was 25th, up 2.

On the overall top 200, Hill was 19, Presley 24, Swift's debut 25 and Rascal Flatts 29.

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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: The Lil Smokies provide the perfect antidote – On a night when the world to be falling further apart thanks to coronavirus (this would be the night the NBA postponed the season), there stood The Lil Smokies to at least in some small measure save the day. The quintet is part of a generation of musicians with bluegrass as the basis, but not totally the sum of the music either.... »»»
Concert Review: White makes the case for himself, no matter how dark the music – John Paul White opined with a glint in his eyes that his songs were not of the uplifting variety. In fact, they were downright dark. How else to explain "The Long Way" with the line "long way home back to you." Or "James," a song inspired by his grandfather who suffered from dementia. But lest you think that the Alabama... »»»
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