Taylor Swift to break 1 million sales in first week?

In landmark news for the current state of the industry, pop country starlet Taylor Swift is on course to sell upwards of 1 million copies of her new album, Speak Now. Billboard is reporting that her album is on target to sell at least 900,000 units but could break past that magical seven-digit number, becoming the first album to do so since Lil Wayne’s (sigh) 2008 release The Carter III.

If projected sales are surpassed, Swift could own the highest selling debut since 50 Cent moved 1.1+ million of his 2005 album The Massacre.

These numbers are of course, a far cry from just ten years ago, when the fastest selling album of 2000 tallied nearly 2.5 million copies in its first week. We will not say which album/artist it was.

The struggles of the industry have been well documented around the world. In Australia, an all-time low was achieved not too long ago when the highest selling album of the week moved just 3600 copies.

We applaud Ms. Swift for her efforts and congratulate her on her impending success.

As we’ve always said: Taylor Swift > Kanye West.

Album Reviews, Music

Review: Boys Like Girls – Love Drunk

Much like the Cobra Starships and the 3OH!3s of the world, Boys Like Girls don’t shy away from the massively accessible and commercially viable dance elements of rock music. While the aforementioned tend to build on a strong dance-influenced foundation, BLG tend to be a rock band with disco swagger and pop gloss. Lead-off single “Love Drunk” is great- like “The Great Escape” and “Hero/Heroine” from their 2006 self-titled album, it’s a great hook, and a nutshell demonstration of their appeal. Songs like “Heart Heart Heartbreak” and “She’s Got a Boyfriend Now” spit the same vibe, and aren’t bad by definition, but it’s what comes after that tends to be bland at best. Taylor Swift tags along in “Two Is Better Than One”, a completely forgettable mid-tempo ballad Disney would have a tough time considering.

The rest of Love Drunk is of the same ilk. Nothing really reaches the same Continue reading