Friday, January 14, 2011
B Side Presents, "2010, We Hardly Knew Ye"
2010 seemed to have been a solid year in terms of music. I need to assemble a more comprehensive list of what all dropped - and then I'll put together some sort of Top 50 list or something of that nature. Until then, I was looking at what was the best in terms of sheer sales, and I was fairly surprised. There are a couple albums on here that I never even heard of. (or at least never listened to) But today is just going to be a reporting day - for those that care to know what sold and what didn't. I'll add my little quips of course at the end.
TOP SELLING SINGLES:
10. Need You Now - Lady Antebellum, 3.1 Million
9. Break Your Heart - Taio Cruz, 3.2 Million
8. Just The Way You Are - Bruno Mars, 3.2 Million
7. Not Afraid - Eminem, 3.4 Million
6. OMG - Usher, 3.7 Million
5. Airplanes - B.o.B, 4 Million
4. Dynamite - Taio Cruz, 4 Million
3. Love The Way You Lie - Eminem, 4.2 Million
2. Hey Soul Sister - Train, 4.3 Million
1. California Gurls - Katy Perry, 4.4 Million
Nothing too surprising on this list. In terms of sheer popularity, the top 3 seem to make total sense. Personally, I couldn't go 5 seconds without hearing Dynamite either for a while there. Huge song. By no means do I feel there are the 10 best songs of 2010 and in fact, I doubt any of them would make my personal list. Maybe Lady Antebellum, but that's about it. Alas, sales are a funny thing. Lots of artists making better quality music, but not getting the recognition. Happens all the time.
TOP SELLING ALBUMS:
10. Animal - Ke$ha, 1.1 Million
9. Raymond v Raymond - Usher, 1.1 Million
8. Thank Me Later - Drake, 1.2 Million
7. Soldier Of Love - Sade, 1.3 Million
6. The Fame - Lady Gaga, 1.6 Million
5. The Gift - Susan Boyle, 1.9 Million
4. My World 2.0 - Justin Bieber, 2.3 Million
3. Speak Now - Taylor Swift, 2.9 Million
2. Need You Now - Lady Antebellum, 3 Million
1. Recovery - Eminem, 3.4 Million
Personally, I'm stunned by some of these. First and foremost, who's Sade? Why have I not heard anything off this album? How did it sell over a million copies this year? That's nuts. I get people love Boyle's story, and she can certainly sing. I haven't heard this, but she outsold Gaga? Really? Wow. Recovery makes sense, it was a huge album. Probably Em's best ever. Two country music albums rounding out 2 and 3 is a little surprising, but those are in that contemporary category that has a lot more people buying than just country fans. Not surprised my buddy Ke$ha made the list, surprised she's so low. Figured she'd be higher. Drake above Usher and even on the list at all is shocking. He didn't have the huge pop singles like Usher did. Yeah, that's about it. Again, Recovery would be up there for me, and maybe Lady Antebellum again - but otherwise, I don't think any of the others make my Top 10. Thank Me Later gets better the more I listen, but there has to be 8 other gems out there.
What do you guys think?