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Taylor Swift's Red Has Best Debut in a Decade

Sells 1.2M copies in first week

(Newser) - Yet another accolade for Taylor Swift: Her new album Red sold 1.2 million copies in its first week, giving it the highest single-week sales in a decade, MTV reports. (Eminem sold 1.3 million copies of The Eminem Show in its debut week in 2002.) Swift is also... More »

Decade's Best Sellers: Eminem, the Beatles

Norah Jones, Nelly also snag spots

(Newser) - The Beatles might have had its heyday a few decades ago, but the band managed to emerge from this decade with the best-selling album. Perhaps more surprising is the decade’s top-selling artist: Eminem, with 32.2 million albums sold—followed closely by, yes, the Beatles again in the No.... More »

Twist Is Top All-Time Hit

Billboard's top songs of past 50 years including other twists, like no Elvis in top 10

(Newser) - Billboard has produced its definitive list of the top 100 songs of the past 50 years—and it's full of surprises. One is that neither Elvis nor the Beatles made the top five. They were beaten out by Santana, Bobby Darin, and even Los Del Rio's Macarena. Another twist—Chubby... More »

As Digital Gains, Album Sales Plunge 11%

Music biz turmoil as CDs plummet

(Newser) - CDs continue to go the way of the 8-track, losing further ground to digital music. Another big drop in CD sales is being driven by the closure of Virgin stores and reduced shelf space at outlets like Target. CD sales are off 16% over the last 12 months and total... More »

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