RIAA Tallies Decade's Top-Selling Artists

RIAA Tallies Decade's Top-Selling Artists

RIAA Tallies Decade's Top-Selling Artists
Beyoncé was the leading artist with 64 gold and platinum certifications from 2000–2009, including albums, digital songs, master ringtones, and videos, according to a RIAA report. George Strait received the most album certifications with 29 and Taylor Swift received the most digital song certifications with 25. 'N Sync's No Strings Attached, OutKast's Speakerboxxx/The Love Below and Shania Twain's Up! tied for the decade's highest-selling album with sales of 11 million, and Flo Rida's "Low" was the highest-certified digital song with sales of 5 million. (2/17)

Twitter Traffic, Staff Up
Traffic at Twitter increased 8 percent from December to January and the site logged an 11 percent increase in worldwide unique visits to 73.5 million, according to a comScore report. Twitter has experienced a unique visitor growth of more than 1,000 percent compared to January 2009. The company now has more than 140 employees, an increase of more than 50 percent compared to last July. (2/17)

Italian Music Market Down 19 Percent In 2009
The recorded music industry in Italy experienced a 19 percent drop in 2009, according to figures released by major labels representative body FIMI, and collected by auditing company Deloitte. Overall recording industry turnover dropped to $196 million, compared to $242 million in 2008. Sales figures for CDs and musical DVDs fell 24 percent to $168 million. The country's digital music sales experienced a 27 percent growth compared to 2008, reaching $27 million for the first time. (2/17)

Songwriters, Blues Halls Announce 2010 Honorees
Recording Academy Lifetime Achievement Award recipient Leonard Cohen; members of GRAMMY-winning Earth, Wind & Fire's Philip Bailey, Maurice White and Verdine White; and GRAMMY winners Jackie DeShannon; Larry Dunn; David Foster; and Johnny Mandel; and Al McKay are among the 2010 Songwriters Hall of Fame honorees. The Blues Hall of Fame also announced their 2010 inductees, GRAMMY-winning artist Bonnie Raitt, bluesman Lonnie Brooks and GRAMMY-nominated artist Charlie Musselwhite. The Blues Hall will recognize their honorees on May 5 in Memphis, Tenn., while the Songwriter Hall inductees will be honored on June 17 in New York. (2/17)

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