2010 GRAMMY Nominees Album Bows At No. 5

2010 GRAMMY Nominees Album Bows At No. 5

2010 GRAMMY Nominees Album Bows At No. 5
The 2010 GRAMMY Nominees album debuted at No. 5 on the Billboard 200 chart, selling more than 48,000 units and besting the first-week sales and chart position of the 2009 collection. Released Jan. 19 by The Recording Academy's GRAMMY Recordings in partnership with EMI Music, the album highlights artists and songs nominated for the 52nd Annual GRAMMY Awards and is available at digital retailers such as Amazon and  iTunes, with a portion of the proceeds benefitting MusiCares and the GRAMMY Foundation. For additional information, visit www.2010grammycd.com. (1/27)

Decline In French Music Market Slows
The French music market decline slowed significantly in 2009, according to figures released by SNEP at the MIDEM conference in Cannes, France. The wholesale market dropped 3.2 percent to $827.2 million, compared to a 15 percent drop in 2008, while physical sales dropped 3.4 percent to $720.5 million, and digital sales dropped 1.9 percent to $106.7 million. Internet downloads were up 56 percent, while the streaming market has multiplied its value by 2.4 percent. The second half of 2009 saw a 9.3 percent raise compared to the same period in 2008. (1/27)

Taylor Swift Breaks Female Download Record
Taylor Swift
breaks the record for best first-week download sales by a female artist as her single "Today Was A Fairytale," from the upcoming film Valentine's Day, debuts at No. 1 on the Digital Songs chart and No. 2 on the Billboard Hot 100, to be released tomorrow. The single, which sold 325,000 units, gives Swift the best Hot 100 start of her career and will be her highest chart peak. The previous female artist to achieve the largest first-week download sales was Britney Spears, who moved 286,000 units with "Womanizer" in October 2008. (1/27)

Bob Dylan, Queen Latifah To Appear At White House
GRAMMY winners the Blind Boys Of Alabama, Natalie Cole, Bob Dylan, Jennifer Hudson, John Legend, John Mellencamp, Smokey Robinson, and Seal, along with the Howard University Choir will perform at the White House on Feb. 10 in celebration of Black History Month. Hosted by GRAMMY nominee Morgan Freeman and GRAMMY winner Queen Latifah, the evening will include special performances and readings from civil rights speeches by President Barack Obama, and will air Feb. 11 on PBS. (1/27)

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