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Thursday, February 26, 2009

A Week Of Good Girls And Tragic Album Sales

Egads! When Taylor Swift is #1 for a 10th week, and the album only moved 62,000 copies in the past seven days, the death knell is ringing loudly for commercial LP sales as we know them.

Remember only two years ago when the Dreamgirls soundtrack marked the lowest-selling week for a #1 album, with sales of 66,000?

Taylor's been selling consistently enough, however, to land on the cover of Rolling Stone's latest issue. "Secrets Of A Good Girl," eh? Sounds like fiction!

One of the few records to show an increase in sales this week is Lady GaGa's The Fame, which moves up to a new peak of #10 on the Billboard Top 200 Albums chart. Right behind her at #11 is the debut of Morrissey's Years Of Refusal. The delayed Annie Lennox Collection comes in at #34.

All of this is just numbers and facts, of course. And the singles market is still alive an thriving. Besides, how many good albums are there really out there to motivate us consumers to part with our hard-earned cash for them? (Well, I can think of one.)

Over on the Billboard Hot 100 Singles, it's a second week at #1 for Flo Rida with "Right Round," while Lady GaGa's "Poker Face" jumps from #10 to #6. Her other hit "Just Dance" is right behind at #7.

You could almost choke on the dullness of this first quarter's music offerings so far. And who let Souljah Boy out of his cage? Entering the Top 10 again is grounds for facing the military firing squad!

The U.S. Top 10:

1. "Right Round" - Flo Rida feat. Ke$ha *2 weeks*
2. "Dead And Gone" - T.I. feat. Justin Timberlake
3. "Heartless" - Kanye West
4. "Gives You Hell" - The All-American Rejects
5. "Crack A Bottle" - Eminem, Dr. Dre & 50 Cent
6. "Poker Face" - Lady GaGa
7. "Just Dance" - Lady GaGa feat. Colby O'Donis
8. "Love Story" - Taylor Swift
9. "Kiss Me Thru The Phone" - Souljah Boy Tell 'Em feat. Sammie
10. "My Life Would Suck Without You" - Kelly Clarkson

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