2010 was a solid year for country music and while many genres were seeing album sales slip even further - in favor of the digital downloaded single - country music managed to keep the sales slippage to a minimum. Check out who landed where here!
Taylor Swift today achieved something no other artist has achieved this decade. Her self-titled debut album for Big Machine Records broke a record on the billboard charts for most time spent on it. Taylor also will be making news with her upcoming SNL appearance.
With a remarkable 171,000 copies sold, Keith Urban scored the first Billboard SoundScan Hot 200 Chart #1 with his latest release "Defying Gravity." Other albums debuting on the chart include Rodney Atkins with his latest album "It's America."
Outside of talk stations, country music is the radio format with the most stations dedicated to it. Country radio charts (which determine what a number one hit is) are split up into two levels: Major markets and everybody else. Is this right or good for country music?
Billboard's radio airplay chart is practically known as the 'gospel' for music city. The problem with the power the chart has is held in the fact that it doesn't take into account many of the middle to small market stations in the country. Why?
This week Taylor Swift has seen her debut record return to the top of Billboard's "Top Country Albums" chart, in it's 84th week of release while Brad Paisley remains at Number One with "I'm Still A Guy."