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Swift leads pack

Wednesday, November 7, 2012 – Taylor Swift's "Red" album may have dropped 72 percent in sales, but at 344,000 units sold, the disc remains number 1 in the U.S., according to Nielsen SoundScan. The disc debuted at 1.2 million units last week.

With nearly 1.6 million sold in 2 weeks, "Red" topped One Direction's "Up All Night" 1.3 million to become the second-biggest-selling album of the year. Adele's "21" will stay first for the rest of the year with 4.1 million units.

Jason Aldean's former chartopping "Night Train" was down 1 to fourth with 71,000 (down 39 percent. "Hope on the Rocks" from Toby Keith was sixth with 48,000. Over on the Country Albums chart, it is Keith's 20th top 10.

Little Big Town was 10th with "Tornado" at 29,000. The CD was up 43 percent, which follows appearances and wins at last week's Country Music Association Awards.

It was a good week for country overall thanks for to the awards. Luke Bryan's "tailgates & tanlines" (24-11 with 24,000; up 87 percent), Carrie Underwood's "Blown Away" (20-12 with 24,000; up 59 percent) and Eric Church's "Chief" (36-13 with 23,000; up 121 percent) all enjoyed big jumps in sales. CMA entertainer of the year Blake Shelton had three charting albums: "Cheers, It's Christmas" (45-28 with 13,000; up 47 percent), "Red River Blue" (149-49 with 8,000; up 179 percent) and "Loaded: The Best of Blake Shelton" (a re-entry at 142 with 3,000; up 49 percent).

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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: Rising Appalachia buck the mainsteam, and that's fine with them – Rising Appalachia would not be accused of being in the musical mainstream. Not too many bands who combine folk and Appalachian sounds with new world music could possibly be. And that suits the sister-led duo of Chloe Smith and Leah Song just fine. In fact, at one point, Chloe made it clear she did not embrace radio play as a sign of success... »»»
Concert Review: Bingham plays with something to prove – Ryan Bingham mainly focused on songs from his sixth album "American Love Song," for this lively show. Backed by a supportive band that also included two female backup singers and a fiddler, Bingham's eclectic setlist touched upon country, singer/songwriter folk, rock and blues. Bingham reached for lively country sounds early on, with... »»»
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