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Japan Physical Shipments Rise
Thanks in part to 91-member girl group AKB48, Japan's total audio physical shipments rose 8 percent from 2011, even though international shipments declined 9 percent from 2011. According to the Record Industry Of Japan, physical units in Japan jumped to 218 million units for a value of $2.5 billion; international audio shipments slipped to 37.8 million units for a value of $390 million. AKB48 spawned audio sales with 10 singles topping Billboard's Japan Hot 100 chart in 2012.
Ray Price Responds To Blake Shelton, Says He's Chief "Old Fart"
GRAMMY-winning country singer Ray Price is no longer having a good time thanks to current 55th GRAMMY nominee Blake Shelton's recent comments to Great American Country, in which he called fans of classic country music "old farts." "I don't care how many of these old farts around Nashville going, 'My God, that ain't country!' Well that's because you don't buy records anymore, jacka**," Shelton said. Calling himself "Chief 'Old Fart' and 'Jacka**'," Price responded to Shelton's comments on Facebook, writing in all caps, "[Shelton] should be so lucky as us old-timers. Check back in 63 years … and let us know how your name and your music will be remembered." Shelton later apologized to Price, one of his "all time favorite artists," but maybe too late to bring back the good times.