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  1. Matt Bjorke
    November 3, 2010 at 11:26 am

    Of the Hot 200 albums chronicled by Soundscan, Taylor’s two albums on the chart accounted for 41% of the sales.

  2. Troy
    November 3, 2010 at 12:24 pm

    Another interesting fact I heard is if you add up all the other albums in the top 50 Speak Now still sells more than them combined.

  3. Dr. No
    November 3, 2010 at 1:30 pm

    McDonald’s hamburgers.

  4. Noeller
    November 3, 2010 at 2:37 pm

    @Dr. No — man, did I ever laugh. The similarities are endless: “They’re not very good, but people still buy ‘em in mass quantities because they’re marketed so heavily” — LOVE IT!

  5. Matt Bjorke
    November 3, 2010 at 2:53 pm

    Troy, that would be correct. 2.5 million sold total in the Top 200. over 1.05 was her alone.

  6. Troy
    November 3, 2010 at 3:29 pm

    Mcdonalds refrences is really dumb one. People buy mcdonalds because they are cheaper than getting food of higher quality. Taylor Swift album for most part wasn’t cheaper than the average album.

    You can try take away from the fact but the truth of the matter is its the second best opening week for a female singer ever. And that the album has generally reciveced well by critics.

  7. Kyle
    November 3, 2010 at 5:34 pm

    I tried to buy Guitar Song from Grimey’s the week it came out. They didn’t have it (sold out, I think), and didn’t seem to have much other country on their shelves either. It’s a very indie-rock type of place.

  8. Rick
    November 3, 2010 at 5:59 pm

    Tonight’s Music City Roots show will feature Missy Raines and the New Hip (isn’t Missy too young to have osteoporosis?), Frontier Ruckus, Stonehoney, and The Howling Brothers (hey guys, Halloween is over!).
    Link: http://www.musiccityroots.com/

    Good luck on that effort to book songwriters for gigs outside of The Bluebird. I think Lee Thomas Miller should include Amy Dalley in his gigs as they make a good pairing. Its nice to see Radney Foster’s cohort Georgia Middleman on the list. Its too bad her name doesn’t sound like a normal name but rather a type of worker in a geographic region!
    Crikey!

  9. Jeremy Dylan
    November 3, 2010 at 6:08 pm

    Blake Shelton hasn’t been to the cinemas since 1997?

  10. Rick
    November 3, 2010 at 6:10 pm

    Aside: I guess two reasons I’ve never cared much for Rosanne Cash is because she is a libtard and lacks a sense of humor. She proved both very clearly this week:

    http://www.theboot.com/2010/11/03/rosanne-cash-john-boehner-twitter/

    That’s just frickin’ pathetic Roseanne…

  11. Jon
    November 3, 2010 at 6:57 pm

    Hard for anyone with any sense to argue Cash’s point about people using her father’s name – and not just in political contexts.

    @Rick, Missy had hip replacement surgery several years ago to correct a lifelong problem. Great band!

  12. sam (sam)
    November 3, 2010 at 7:34 pm

    The “we have no hope and we have no cash” joke isn’t funny, and “cash” puns seem worn out to me, but I have little sympathy with Roseanne Cash’s point of view. Roseanne Cash comes across as a self-righteous jerk to me, Boehner merely comes across as someone who made a cheesy joke.

  13. Razor X
    November 3, 2010 at 7:37 pm

    Taylor Swift album for most part wasn’t cheaper than the average album.

    $3.99 seems pretty cheap to me:

    http://www.amazon.com/Speak-Now/dp/B0048IMZMG/ref=dm_ap_alb1

  14. Troy
    November 3, 2010 at 7:47 pm

    @Razor X Please read carefully I posted for the most. Amazon sales are dismal compared to how much is sold on itunes or in stores. At target it was around 16 to 14 dollars and walmart was probably similar. Itunes was was like 12 dollars or more if i remeber correctly. Amazon often offers their music cheaper. I’ve been able to get song downloads for 29 cents.

    The Saturdays last single missing you was number 3 on amazon uk chart and the single was .29 pounds and it acounttanted for less 5k of sales and the song charted number 3 in the UK.

    Unless your trying to say all of her sales came from Amazon?

  15. Lewis
    November 3, 2010 at 9:35 pm

    Troy: Does it really matter that Taylor Swift went to great lengths (face plastered all over TV, interviews, album released on Monday in the United States, LP Version, Target Version, T-Shirt Version, etc. etc. ad nauseam) for her to get her new album to sell over 1,000,000 copies? The same great lengths that Garth Brooks and Shania Twain once ruled with their attention getting and ego worship now belongs to Taylor Swift. Enjoy it while it lasts though because as I said before this success of Taylor’s is not going to last as long as Garth’s and Shania’s success did for them and look at them now.

  16. Matt Bjorke
    November 3, 2010 at 9:51 pm

    Lewis,

    That’s just called great marketing. If you were in her position, you’d have done the same ‘attention getting and ego building’ stuff. It’s like saying that if you were a pro athelete, you wouldn’t take the most money you could get. It’s a trite argument.

    As for Garth and Shania, BOTH of them CHOSE to leave the spotlight for different reasons. The industry didn’t ‘force’ them to. Garth did pretty good with a #1 single debut and a multi-platinum album in “The Ultimate Hits” a few years back.

  17. Jon
    November 3, 2010 at 9:59 pm

    look at them now.

    Dude, weren’t you just telling us that they’re sitting around their homes rolling in their dough and laughing at us? Make up your mind!

  18. Troy
    November 3, 2010 at 10:16 pm

    @Lewis It’s called good promo. Her album is releashed this week she should being doing as many intervirw as she can. As Matt said Shania and Garth choose to leave. If they decidied to come back and made material of similar quality im sure they would sell fine still. If Shania came out with an album I would buy it if it was anywhere near as good as her last two.

    And yes it does matter than she sold over a million albums.

  19. Lewis
    November 4, 2010 at 10:03 am

    Troy: It’s been said that Shania makes all kinds of excuses on when she’s coming back, on when she’s making a new album, etc. I’ll even tell you something about Shania which might be shocking but doesn’t surprise me in that she’s nothing without Mutt Lange. When she divorced Mutt Lange Shania Twain the singer went too.

    Same can be said about Garth Brooks with his multiple comebacks and retirements which is why I say that Taylor Swift’s success will not last but just a few more years and then she’ll join Garth and Shania and become another statistic in the name game and ego building club while another artist takes her place meanwhile laughing her way all the way to the bank.

  20. Troy
    November 4, 2010 at 11:11 am

    “It’s been said that Shania makes all kinds of excuses on when she’s coming back, on when she’s making a new album, etc. I’ll even tell you something about Shania which might be shocking but doesn’t surprise me in that she’s nothing without Mutt Lange. When she divorced Mutt Lange Shania Twain the singer went too.”

    And she can make excuses if she wants its her decision if she wants to make an album or not. Mutt Lange outside of shania twain was a horriable producer. Some of the singers he worked with have faught to have his song off their album or it led to the biggest flops in the singers careers. Im sure she’ll no fine without him. There are plenty of better producer out there that she could work with.

  21. Michael A.
    November 4, 2010 at 12:05 pm

    Actually, as a producer Mutt Lange has been incredibly successful. He helmed MASSIVE smash albums for AC/DC, Def Leppard, Foreigner, Bryan Adams and, of course, Shania.

  22. stormy
    November 4, 2010 at 12:15 pm

    Sam/Rick: I think its less that Rosanne has no sense of humor and more that she is tired of people her dad would not vote for/agree with/listen to/befriend trying to use his name to sell their product. Had Boehner used the Cash name in reference to a literacy program she probably would have had more humor about it.

  23. Jon
    November 4, 2010 at 12:55 pm

    I think its less that Rosanne has no sense of humor and more that she is tired of people her dad would not vote for/agree with/listen to/befriend trying to use his name to sell their product.

    Talk about missing the point.

  24. Troy
    November 4, 2010 at 2:25 pm

    “Actually, as a producer Mutt Lange has been incredibly successful. He helmed MASSIVE smash albums for AC/DC, Def Leppard, Foreigner, Bryan Adams and, of course, Shania.”

    It was more a personal statement as I don’t like any of those groups besides Shania. And those artist are lot older and that style isn’t really played anymore. I was talking about his more recent productions he did in the late 90’s and to now. Maroon 5 is struggling and Lange helped produce their album. He was the writer on Britney Spears worst charting single. And i remeber reading somewhere were the Backstreet Boys said the song he wrote and produced was the worst thing they ever recorded and they wanted it taken on the album. I don’t feel like his name as a producer carries much weight anymore with Shania name if she annouced adate she was releasing a new album there would be a lot of attention about it.

    If anything I think Lange needs Shania more than Shania needs Lange. Reminds me of situation with Xenomania where everyone thought that the producer had more power and the artist would fail without them. There big act had Cheryl Cole in it who currently has a number 1 single in the uk and Xenomania has tried to launch four bands careers with all of them failing

  25. Chris N.
    November 7, 2010 at 7:40 pm

    So “libtard” is a perfectly acceptable word around here? We’re OK with that?

  26. luckyoldsun
    November 7, 2010 at 8:03 pm

    I suspect that Shania Twain won’t sell albums anymore, no matter who’s producing. She’s not Dolly, who was a great songwriter and great personality or Reba, who has a great voice and unique singing style–the characteristics that gave those women careers of 20-plus years. Shania was simply a video/studio creation who could do sexy and breathless. Well, she’s well past 40 now and there are plenty of girls who can lay their voices down on some heavily produced studio tracks and can make much hotter videos than she can at this point.

  27. Chris N.
    November 8, 2010 at 8:23 pm

    Apparently so.

  28. Jon
    November 8, 2010 at 8:27 pm

    What’s the point in taking issue?

  29. Troy
    November 8, 2010 at 11:35 pm

    “Shania was simply a video/studio creation who could do sexy and breathless. Well, she’s well past 40 now and there are plenty of girls who can lay their voices down on some heavily produced studio tracks and can make much hotter videos than she can at this point.”

    Kylie Minogue is over 40 and she is still selling, her songs are heavly produced and she was never considered to have the best voice. She still does Sexy breathless performance and has a number one album in 4 decades.

  30. Chris N.
    November 9, 2010 at 5:31 pm

    Because it annoys me to see supporters of Sarah Palin, who goes ballistic and starts demanding resignations when anyone uses the word “retarded,” toss around a term based squarely on that very epithet. Not that Rick’s hypocrisy is surprising at all; I know his MO — attack from every possible angle, and never mind that the various attacks contradict one another. I’m just a little disappointed that no one else here has a problem with the sheer level of his hateful belligerence.

    Not to mention the substance of the argument. The notion that John Boehner has a greater claim on Johnny Cash’s legacy than Cash’s own daughter does is just ludicrous.

  31. Ollie
    November 9, 2010 at 5:50 pm

    FWIW, at times, I also have “a problem” with some of Rick’s political comments and I’ve noticed that on occasion, some of them have been removed by the editor or editors. However, since I strongly suspect that he enjoys annoying people who disagree with his political views, ordinarily, I see no point in responding to his posts.

  32. Jon
    November 9, 2010 at 6:28 pm

    Not wasting time on a lost cause isn’t the same as not having a problem. And as far as the substance of the argument is concerned, that was addressed, although reinforcement there holds out some small bit of hope, at least as far as third parties go.

  33. Leeann Ward
    November 9, 2010 at 6:39 pm

    Chris, I definitely have problems with Rick’s diatribes, as they are intolerably offensive, but Jon is right that it’s really a lost cause to comment on them. I used to do it, but I think he likes to stir the pot. As somebody has dubbed him in the past here, he’s a drive-by commenter. He makes an inflamatory remark, somebody takes issue with it and he never comes back to even discuss it in any meaningful way, if at all. To me, that means that his comments aren’t worth addressing, because he clearly doesn’t have good arguments to support his initial sputterings. It’s not worth our time. I’d rather spend my time discussing with people that I at least moderately respect.

  34. Leeann Ward
    November 9, 2010 at 6:44 pm

    And I’m not only referring to his comments regarding politics, though he unceremoniously drops them into just about every comment he makes.

  35. Razor X
    November 9, 2010 at 7:52 pm

    Because it annoys me to see supporters of Sarah Palin, who goes ballistic and starts demanding resignations when anyone uses the word “retarded,” toss around a term based squarely on that very epithet.

    Still smarting from last Tuesday, Chris??

  36. sam (sam)
    November 9, 2010 at 8:07 pm

    I think Leeann Ward makes some good points in her lasts two posts above.

  37. Jon
    November 9, 2010 at 8:17 pm

    Logically speaking, Chris’s point is unassailable, Razor – Rick uses essentially the same epithet that Palin howled about. So why are you leaping to his defense? And do you side with Rick or with Sarah Palin when it comes to using such language – in other words, do you support hate speech or spineless political correctness?

  38. WAYNE
    November 9, 2010 at 9:17 pm

    Of course Jon, it’s always hate speach when a conservative speaks their mind. Of course liberals have never said hateful things have they? No one was mercilessly attacked more than Palin when she ran as VP candidate, but of course the group NOW didn’t dare take up her cause did they?

    Why does it bother you, Jon, if someone such as Razor defends Rick? Does that offend you? You are not part of the weannie crowd are you? Poor baby. Oops. I said something hateful. Forgive me that I am not as kind as Maines or Letterman, both of whom I suspect you adore.

  39. sam (sam)
    November 9, 2010 at 9:18 pm

    Chris N’s point might or might not be “logically unassailable.” He says he is “annoyed” that Palin supporters demand resignations based on the offensive word in question and then proceed to use that word themselves.

    But if Palin supporters are being accused of hypocrisy or logical inconsistency, they might have some ways out. They could argue that politicians are to be held to higher standards than other people; thus, it is wrong for politicians to use the offensive word- so wrong that these politicians should be impeached – but it is not wrong (or as wrong) for others to use it. Such an argument seems morally bankrupt to me although it might not necessarily be illogical.

    Another possibility: Some Palin supporters may go ballistic when others (especially democrats) use the epithet, but other Palin supporters may disagree with Palin on this particular matter and thus not be offended by the epithet. These non-offended Palin supporters perhaps should be offended, but they are not necessarily being hypocritical or guilty of logical inconsistency should they use the epithet.

    Now, if Rick has in the past gone ballistic over the use of this particular word, then I think his intentional use of it again is presumptively hypocritical.

    Finally, Jon accuses Razor X of “leaping to [Rick's] defense.” I see no post by Razor X that leaps to Rick’s defense. If one existed, perhaps it was deleted. The only post I see from Razor X is a remark directed Chris N – “Still smarting from last Tuesday, Chris??” That hardly seems like a defense of Rick, though perhaps Razor X has defended Rick on this matter and I have missed it.

  40. Leeann Ward
    November 9, 2010 at 9:27 pm

    All I can say, with relief, is that somebody like Rick does not represent all Republicans or conservatives. My parents (particularly my politically knowledgeable father whom I respect pretty much more than anyone I know) are party line Republicans and they would be horrified by much of what Rick spews here.

  41. sam (sam)
    November 9, 2010 at 10:19 pm

    Leeann Ward – I agree entirely with you again. I am thankful that Rick does not represent all Republicans or conservatives. I consider myself a moderate conservative (not a member of the Republican party: I often vote Republican but I have voted Democrat multiple times) but I have no respect for Rick’s brand of political commentary. I have a lot more respect for the political views of intelligent liberals and intelligent leftists than I do for the views of Rick.

    Rick’s commentary is : lacking intellectual content, it is immature, it is often hateful, and more. I doubt that it has any positive features whatsoever.

    I should add: I also have little patience for the Sean Hannitys, Glenn Becks, and Bill O’Reileys of this world. I equally dislike their left-leaning cousins such as Olbermann.

    Happily, much commentary on music on this website is thoughtful. However, sometimes the music commentary is brought down to Rick’s level when people use phrases such as “AirHead” country. Luckily this is the exception. I am glad that there are thoughtful writers at the19513 and thoughtful commenters such as Jon, yourself, and them many others who typically prefer to make their points by offering evidence rather than insults. I enjoy reading what these people write, though I wish I didn’t have to slug through all the comments to find it!

  42. Razor X
    November 9, 2010 at 10:58 pm

    Razor – Rick uses essentially the same epithet that Palin howled about. So why are you leaping to his defense?

    I did no such thing.

  43. Razor X
    November 9, 2010 at 11:00 pm

    Finally, Jon accuses Razor X of “leaping to [Rick's] defense.” I see no post by Razor X that leaps to Rick’s defense. If one existed, perhaps it was deleted. The only post I see from Razor X is a remark directed Chris N – “Still smarting from last Tuesday, Chris??” That hardly seems like a defense of Rick, though perhaps Razor X has defended Rick on this matter and I have missed it.

    Glad to see somebody gets it.

  44. Kyle
    November 9, 2010 at 11:52 pm

    I would visit this site a lot more if there was a blanket policy where any post containing a political comment was deleted, no questions asked. I just don’t have the patience to skim through a bunch of meaningless political one-liners and insults every time I want to discuss country music…

  45. Leeann Ward
    November 10, 2010 at 6:25 am

    In Razor X’s defense, he’s conservative, but he has never, never stooped to Rick’s level on any topic, which is my point of the importance of not lunping all conservatives (or whatever Rick is) in with Rick.

  46. Jon
    November 10, 2010 at 6:54 am

    Notice that Razor X hasn’t answered the question – that is, whether he sides with Rick or Palin with respect to the use of the word “retard” and it’s derivatives. Instead, even though he actually quoted Chris’s post on that very topic,he wants to shift the discussion to the election results, which serves no purpose here other than to take the focus away from Rick and thus served no purpose other than shielding – a/k/a defending – him and his behavior.

    So which is it, Razor X? Are you a proponent of hate speech, or of political correctness? Or do you embrace them both?

  47. stormy
    November 10, 2010 at 7:43 am

    Why is Palin so up in arms about that one word, yet she codones the tactics and hate speech of the Tea Party? I mean, a word is bad, but stomping on someone’s head is fair play? Say what you want about Rick, at least he’s consistant.

  48. stormy
    November 10, 2010 at 7:50 am

    No one was mercilessly attacked more than Palin when she ran as VP candidate, but of course the group NOW didn’t dare take up her cause did they?

    Most feminist groups decried attacks on Palin THAT WERE BASED ON HER GENDER. (Which was fair minded of them because, while Palin was the first to whine about attacks on herself, she pooh-poohed similar attacks on Hillary). Attacking her intelligence based on her assertation that she has foriegn policy experience because Russia and Alaska are somewhat close is not sexist.

    And, when Sarah Palin got a chance to stand up against violence and hate speech, she refused it:
    http://mediamatters.org/blog/201010280030

  49. WAYNOE
    November 10, 2010 at 8:12 am

    Stormy,

    Sorry but you are completely and entirely wrong.

  50. Razor X
    November 10, 2010 at 8:12 am

    So which is it, Razor X? Are you a proponent of hate speech, or of political correctness? Or do you embrace them both?

    First of all, I’m not under any obligation to answer any questions from you. Who do you think you are that you get to browbeat people around here?

    Secondly, you’ve presented a set of false choices — essentially the choice between hate speech and political correctness — as if being against one necessitates being for the other. I’m not playng your little mind games so run along and bother somebody else.

  51. Jon
    November 10, 2010 at 8:47 am

    Who do you think you are that you get to browbeat people around here?

    I wonder why you didn’t ask yourself that before you interrogated Chris N.

  52. Jon
    November 10, 2010 at 8:56 am

    And as for this “false choice” thing, it’s the choice posed by your fellow right-wingers. Sarah Palin called the use of the word “retard” unacceptable, indecent and mindless prejudice, while Rush Limbaugh said that such criticism was political correctness. So asking their fellow right-wingers which side of that divide they stand on his hardly posing a false choice, unless you believe that that’s what Palin and Limbaugh are doing. Is that what you believe, Razor – that Palin and Limbaugh are playing little mind games? And if not, then why claim that I am? And why are you afraid to tell us which one you side with? It’s not a difficult question.

  53. Razor X
    November 10, 2010 at 9:11 am

    while Rush Limbaugh said that such criticism was political correctness.

    I don’t recall Limbaugh criticizing Palin about this specific incident. Show me where he did.

    So asking their fellow right-wingers which side of that divide they stand on his hardly posing a false choice

    I don’t accept your premise. Can’t one be against the use of certain words without embracing political correctness?

    And why are you afraid to tell us which one you side with?

    I’m not afraid. It’s just none of your damn business.

  54. Jon
    November 10, 2010 at 9:30 am

    I don’t recall Limbaugh criticizing Palin about this specific incident. Show me where he did.

    I didn’t say that he criticized Palin about it; I said that he said that such criticism – calling the use of the word “retard” cruel, indecent and so on, calling for an apology for its use, etc. – was political correctness. Story here: http://news.yahoo.com/s/ynews/ynews_ts1114

    And audio of Limbaugh here: http://thinkprogress.org/2010/02/03/limbaugh-palin-apologize/

    Can’t one be against the use of certain words without embracing political correctness?

    Not according to Limbaugh. Do you disagree with him? Or are you afraid to answer that question, too?

  55. stormy
    November 10, 2010 at 9:38 am

    Jon: But it is fair to called Limbaugh out for promoting hate speech when Palin endorses it as well?

  56. Brady Vercher
    November 10, 2010 at 9:48 am

    No more politics, please.

  57. Cutting the Treacle
    November 10, 2010 at 9:53 am

    “Are you a proponent of hate speech, or of political correctness?”

    Me: That is not a false choice question. One can answer “No, I am not a proponent of either hate speech or of political correctness”. It becomes a false choice if the question is structured so that you have to either pick being a proponent of hate speech or a proponent of PC-ness.

  58. Paul W Dennis
    November 10, 2010 at 10:07 am

    C’mon people – this blog is s’posed to be about good ol’ COUNTRY MUSIC, not politics. If you must vent, there are politically oriented sites – the left wingnuts and right wingnuts have set up plenty of these sites so go bother them so we can peacefully discuss the pickin’ & the singin’

  59. Jon
    November 10, 2010 at 10:18 am

    I’m happy to accede to Brady’s request, but I will point out that anyone who believes that good ol’ COUNTRY MUSIC can be wholly divorced from politics doesn’t know much about it.

    “Al Smith nominated for President, dahling
    Al Smith nominated for President, dahling
    Al Smith nominated for President, my vote to him I’m gonna present, dahling” — Uncle Dave Macon

  60. Chris N.
    November 10, 2010 at 1:26 pm

    But I was just about to win!

  61. stormy
    November 10, 2010 at 2:43 pm

    And, to be fair, this was more a discussion of semantics than politics.

  62. TexasVet
    November 10, 2010 at 2:58 pm

    I bet Rick just loved all the attention…LOL!
    He’s like the guy that instigates a bar room brawl then hides under the table when all hell breaks loose.

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