Transactions are up over 2008, but digital growth slows to 2%
Does Boyle's "Dream" surpass "Swift's "Fearless?"
In was an amazing run down the final stretch, but Taylor Swift’s “Fearless” held off an thrilling streak my late-arrival, Susan Boyle’s “I Dreamed a Dream,” to remain the top-selling album of 2009. “Dream,” which stays No. 1 on the Billboard 200 for the sixth week this week, sold 3.1 million since its November release. That was almost enough to knock “Fearless,” which benefitted from a full year of sales in 2009, from the top, but not quite. “Fearless” sold 3.2 million in 2009.
Can Ke$ha end her reign?
Radiohead singer is joined by Damien Rice and Philip Glass
Swift also stars in the film, along with Taylor Lautner, Julia Roberts, Bradley Cooper and Patrick Dempsey
No word yet on when we’ll get a follow-up to Taylor Swift’s “Fearless,” the top-selling album of 2009, but we will get new song from Swift on the soundtrack to “Valentine’s Day,” out Feb. 9. The movie, which features Swift, as well as Taylor Lautner, Bradley Cooper, Julia Roberts, Joe Jonas, Queen Latifah, Patrick Dempsey and many more, opens Feb. 12.
Set benefits two charities run by The Recording Academy
See how Gucci Mane magically appears...sort of
Oh sure, you can watch the video for Big Boi’s “Shine Blockas,” which raced with the far superior Jay-Z clip for “On to the Next One,” to be the first video of 2010, but the only reason to is if you’re missing Gucci Mane since his unfortunate incarceration or just to hear the song, which is infinitely more interesting than the video. You’ll also learn that a Big Boi is Falcons fan, no surprise there given his Atlanta roots.
Long-delayed set is pushed back until June
Yeah Yeah Yeahs' singer denied by Academy
The Yeah Yeah Yeah’s Karen O can stop shopping for an Oscar dress now. The Academy’s music branch has declared her score for “Where the Wild Things Are,” composed with Carter Burwell, ineligible for contention, according to The Wrap.
Album includes contributions from Sia, MIA, Goldfrapp and Santigold