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Eminem's 'Recovery' was 2010's best-selling album: Good news or bad for the music industry?

EminemImage Credit: Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic.comEminem‘s Recovery was the best-selling album of 2010, according to year-end figures released by Nielsen SoundScan. Recovery sold 3.42 million copies in the U.S. between Jan. 4, 2010 and Jan. 2, 2011, easily beating runners-up like Lady Antebellum’s Need You Now (3.09 million), Taylor Swift’s Speak Now (2.96 million), and Justin Bieber’s My World 2.0 (2.32 million).

Those numbers are obviously music to the ears of the labels that released those albums. But the rest of Nielsen SoundScan’s year-end report contains some less pleasing news for the industry as a whole. Album sales were down 12.7 percent in 2010, with a grand total of 326.2 million albums sold compared to 2009’s 373.9 million. That figure includes all physical formats (CDs, LPs, even cassettes), as well as digital albums sold via services like iTunes. The tally looks a little better if you also include “track equivalent albums,” which count groups of 10 track downloads as one album; using that metric, overall album sales in 2010 were down only 9.5 percent. Finally, if you count all individual digital track sales as well, plus music videos and CD singles, the percentage decline in overall music sales goes down to 2.4 percent. READ FULL STORY

Carrie Underwood, Lady Antebellum rule the night at first annual American Country Awards

carrie-underwoodImage Credit: Ethan Miller/Getty ImagesAnother day, another country-music prize. Last night, Carrie Underwood doubled down on her industry’s highest honor, country music artist of the year, by taking it once again at the inaugural American Country Awards some eight months after she won the same title at the Academy of Country Music Awards last April. This time, though, she may have needed help hauling her loot to the car; the reward is not a trophy but a full-size Fender Stratocaster guitar.

She also took home five additional prizes—allotted, like the Peoples Choice Awards, by fans, not industry insiders—including Album of the Year, Female Single of the Year, Touring Headline Package of the Year and Female Music Video of the Year. Lady Antebellum did nearly as well in the Group honors, winning overall Group of the Year, Group Video of the Year, and Group Single of the Year.

Toby Keith, for one, is a fan of the public-vote concept, according to “I railed for years, when I had the energy, against the machine. You got 1,500 people voting and they all have agendas,” said the winner of the Video Visionary of the Year Award. “If you’ve had the biggest year, ticket sales, album sales, radio play and you get shut out at award shows because of agenda stuff, then the fans are like, we don’t understand, and it takes credibility away from the organization.”

Other stars with new take-home guitars included Blake Shelton for his “Hillbilly Bone” video, Easton Corbin for Breakthrough Artist of the Year, Josh Turner for Male Single of the Year, Alan Jackson for the Greatest Hits Award, and Rascal Flatts with the Decade Award.

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CMA Awards: Best and worst of the broadcast

CMA Awards: Best and worst of the broadcast

cma-lambert-nettlesImage Credit: Katherine Bomboy/ABCThe real winners were announced last night at the 44th Annual Country Music Association Awards. But here are a few more honors from the telecast that you should feel free to weigh in on:

Best Entrance: I’m going to give this to Alan Jackson, who got applause after he walked through a curtain just in time to sing his part on the Zac Brown Band tune “As She’s Walking Away” — even though (or maybe because?) we were all expecting him to walk through the curtain. He looked a bit awkward not holding his guitar, which could be why George Strait had his strapped on for his performance of “The Breath You Take” even though he didn’t actually need it.

Worst Entrance: I love Sugarland’s Jennifer Nettles, but the optical-illusion tutu and music-box figure motions during their performance of “Stuck Like Glue” came off kinda… well, crazy. The woman is fearless — see those white leggings she was rockin’ when she stepped out from behind said tutu — but every now and then, she needs to be reined in.

Best confused face: The cut to Gwyneth Paltrow, politely clapping after cohost Brad Paisley brought out Little Jimmy Dickens to inform us that Nashville’s new flood warning system is Dickens yelling when the water reaches his neck.

Worst confused face: At the end of Taylor Swift’s mesmerizing piano-set performance of “Back to December” (some gorgeous snow effects, plus a lower setting on the smoke machine than Dierks Bentley and a great shade of red lipstick), she was shown mouthing “What?” before the curtain came down. It ruined the mood, even if it shouldn’t have: Her rep tells EW she was just excited about the standing ovation (so it was a “What?!”). READ FULL STORY

CMA Awards winners list: Miranda Lambert and Blake Shelton get lucky

Miranda-Lambert-BlakeImage Credit: Andrew Walker/ABC/Getty ImagesEntertainer of the Year Brad Paisley said it best: After the night Miranda Lambert and her fiancé Blake Shelton had, we should be expecting a baby in nine months. Lambert, who entered the 44th Annual Country Music Association Awards with the most nominations, took home four awards, including her first Female Vocalist of the Year. Shelton walked away with two trophies, including his first Male Vocalist of the Year. Lady Antebellum was also a double winner, with Vocal Group of the Year and Single of the Year (“Need You Now”). The full list of winners:

Entertainer of the Year: Brad Paisley
Female Vocalist of the Year: Miranda Lambert
Male Vocalist of the Year: Blake Shelton
New Artist of the Year: Zac Brown Band
Vocal Group of the Year: Lady Antebellum
Vocal Duo of the Year: Sugarland
Single of the Year: “Need You Now,” Lady Antebellum
Album of the Year: Revolution, Miranda Lambert
Song of the Year: “The House That Built Me,” Miranda Lambert
Musical Event of the Year: “Hillbilly Bone,” Blake Shelton and Trace Adkins
Music Video of the Year: “The House that Built Me,” Miranda Lambert
Musician of the Year: Mac McAnally, guitar

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CMA Awards: You really should watch this year

cma-awards-walk-upImage Credit: Scott Garfield; Simon Webber; Mike RuizThis year’s CMA Awards are shaping up to be a must-watch. The Country Music Association has just confirmed the rumor that Jason Aldean and Kelly Clarkson will perform their duet “Don’t You Want to Stay” off of his new album, My Kinda Party, in stores tomorrow, during the live broadcast Nov. 10 on ABC. (Listen to the track below.) One thing this awards show does right is pack the three-hour ceremony with performances. Aldean and Clarkson are the latest additions to the all-star line-up that includes: both returning cohosts Brad Paisley and Carrie Underwood, Taylor Swift, Dierks Bentley, Kenny Chesney, Lady Antebellum, Miranda Lambert, Blake Shelton, George Strait, Sugarland, Keith Urban, Rascal Flatts, and Reba McEntire, as well as Zac Brown Band with Alan Jackson, Sheryl Crow (with Lambert, in a tribute to Loretta Lynn’s 50 years in the business), and Gwyneth Paltrow, who’ll make her “live country music singing debut” performing the title song from her upcoming movie Country Song with Vince Gill.

You get all this, plus the usual thrills: Finding out which stars on the network are country music fans (Better With You‘s JoAnna Garcia and Extreme Makeover: Home Edition‘s Ty Pennington have been added to the list of presenters), hearing what comes out of presenter Kellie Pickler’s mouth, and (fingers crossed!), seeing a shot of presenter Tim McGraw’s butt.  READ FULL STORY

Lady Antebellum, 'Hello World': Watch the new video here

Lady Antebellum see dead people in the new clip for their “Hello World,” premiered very early this morning on ABC’s Music Lounge.

Unlike The Sixth Sense‘s unfortunate lady bicyclist, however, this traffic accident ends on a more uplifting note. Watch it here: READ FULL STORY

Lady Antebellum play free show at site of 'worst gig ever': read the EW story that started it all

Lady-AntebellumImage Credit: Michael Tran/FilmMagic.comEvery band that’s spent more than a few weeks on the road has a tour horror story, and Lady Antebellum are no exception.

When the Nashville trio was profiled in EW this past February, they didn’t hesitate to list their worst gig: A 2007 stop in Milwaukee that co-vocalist Charles Kelley described to writer Whitney Pastorek as taking place in a gas station ”at the butt crack of dawn to kick off hunting season … Everybody was sitting there eating. They didn’t know who the hell we were. It was funny as s—.”

That admission went on to be widely quoted, and eventually led to a local Wisconsin country radio station’s offer of a do-over. So last night, Lady A returned to the scene of the crime, and got a chance to rewrite history (or just pick up some snack mix and a nice road atlas), performing free for some 1,000 fans at the Mayfield Mobil station in Richfield, Wisconsin.

Apparently, the second time was far more charmed: “Thanks to the great Milwaukee folks and @FM1061 for the great gas station gig! Really fun!” the band wrote from their official Twitter. “See u guys again tonight!”

“Tonight” would be the sold-out show they’re scheduled to play at Milwaukee’s considerably swankier Riverside Theater. Were you there in Richfield? Tell us in the comments section below.

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First batch of CMA Awards nominees announced today, Miranda Lambert an early favorite

Miranda-LambertImage Credit: Randee St. NicholasThis morning (Aug. 31) the first wave of nominees for the 44th Annual CMA Awards were announced and Miranda Lambert appears to be in store for an trophy-filled night. The singer earned five nominations: single of the year and music video of the year for her songs “White Liar” and “The House That Built Me,” and a song of the year nomination for “White Liar.” She’ll fight fiancé Blake Shelton‘s “Hillbilly Bone” for single of the year and music video of the year.

Lady Antebellum did well at the first batch of announcements, earning nods for single of the year, vocal group of the year, song of the year and music video of the year for “Need You Now.” Legendary tandem Brooks & Dunn earned a nom for vocal duo of the year.

Easton Corbin nominated for new artist of the year and single of the year for “A Little More Country Than That.” Zac Brown Band got nods for new artist and song of the year for “Toes.”

Nominees in the remaining five categories, including male and female vocalist of the year and entertainer of the year will be announced tomorrow (Sept. 1) by Miranda Lambert and Dierks Bentley on ABC’s Good Morning America. Check back here tomorrow to check out our thoughts on the full slate.

Hosted by Brad Paisley and Carrie Underwood for the third time, CMA Awards air live from Nashville, Tennessee Nov. 10.

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Arcade Fire top Billboard 200 albums chart

arcade-fireImage Credit: Eric KayneArcade Fire‘s latest album takes the top spot on the Billboard 200 albums chart this week. The Montreal-based indie-rock collective’s critically lauded new album The Suburbs sold 156,000 copies. Coming in second is Eminem’s Recovery with 152,000 albums moved. Last week’s No. 1, Avenged Sevenfold‘s Nightmare, drops to No. 3, with 45,000 units.

U.G.K. rhymer Bun B released his latest solo LP last week: Trill O.G. debuts at No. 4 with 41,000 copies sold. Selling 39,000 copies, Rick Ross’ Teflon Don drops two places to No. 5, while Lady Gaga’s The Remix is the next-biggest premiere, taking No. 6 with 39,000. Justin Bieber’s My World 2.0, meanwhile, steps back three rungs to No. 7 with 37,000 albums sold.

Drake‘s Thank Me Later drops three spots as well to No. 8, moving 31,000 copies. Lady Antebellum’s Need You Now drops two positions to No. 9 with 29,000 copies purchased. Buckcherry’s All Night Long is the final top 10 record to make its debut this week, rounding out the top 10 with 28,000 copies sold.

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Miranda Lambert's new video for 'Only Prettier' features some major country girl-power

Miranda-LambertNow that Miranda Lambert is finally getting some much-deserved commercial recognition, it looks like her label is a bit more willing to put some money into her music videos. She’s come a long way since “Me and Charlie Talking.” Yesterday, Lambert dropped a 1950s-inspired video for her latest single, “Only Prettier,” which features some of the sharp-mouthed singer’s best girl friends. In the clip are fellow country stars Kellie Pickler, Laura Bell Bundy, and Lady Antebellum’s Hillary Scott, and the four gals cheekily portray two different cliques of friends at a school dance.

You’ve got the chain-smoking, gum-smacking bad girls, and the poodle-skirted, giggly squares. Though the groups shoot daggers across the dance floor all night, as the lyrics suggest, they actually “have got a lot a common.” They just need a little spiked punch to realize it. Watching the singers dress up and poke fun at themselves is pure fun (Kellie Pickler is especially funny), and I’m glad to see these women treat each other as comrades, rather than competition. Part of what makes country music is great is that it doesn’t take itself too seriously, and this video is no exception. Watch it after the jump: READ FULL STORY

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