Eminem Beat Out the Beatles?

In Industry News, Life Around Me, Music, Music Business, Music History on December 9, 2009 at 5:00 am

Here are the latest lists from Nielsen SoundScan highlighting the top ten selling albums and top ten downloads of the decade.  “Back in 1999, Eminem was best known as the slightly screwy, bottle-blond protégé of Dr. Dre. Ten years — and millions of albums — later, he’s about to be known as the best-selling artist of the decade.  On Tuesday (December 8), Nielsen SoundScan — which tabulates the Billboard charts — released their lists of the best-selling artists, albums and songs of the ’00s. And let’s just say the past 10 years have been very good for Mr. Mathers.” (read full article on MTV.com)

Considering Taylor Swift has only been selling music since her debut album in October 2006, you go girl!  The fact that she even made the list is mind boggling!  At only the age of 19, this has truly been her year!  It wouldn’t be surprising if Barbara Walters reveals her tonight as the number 1 most fascinating person of 2009.  Between dating a Twilight werewolf, becoming best friends with Kanye West and sweeping the CMAs and AMAs, as well as many other awards, she is unstoppable.  Rascal Flatts should have handed over their most recent CD title to Taylor.

The top-selling albums of the decade, according to Nielsen SoundScan:

1. The Beatles, 1,11,499,000 units sold
2. ‘NSYNC, No Strings Attached, 11,112,000 units sold
3. Norah Jones, Come Away With Me, 10, 546,000 units sold
4. Eminem, The Marshall Mathers LP, 10,204,000 units sold
5. Eminem, The Eminem Show, 9,799,000 units sold
6. Usher, Confessions, 9,712,000 units sold
7. Linkin Park, Hybrid Theory, 9,663,000 units sold
8. Creed, Human Clay, 9,491,000 units sold
9. Britney Spears, Oops! … I Did It Again, 9,185,000 units sold
10. Nelly, Country Grammar, 8,461,000 units sold

The top-selling digital songs of the decade, according to Nielsen SoundScan:

1. Flo Rida feat. T-Pain, “Low” 5,214,000 units sold
2. Lady Gaga feat. Colby O’Donis, “Just Dance,” 4,690,000 units sold
3. Jason Mraz, “I’m Yours,” 4,619,000 units sold
4. Timbaland feat. OneRepublic, “Apologize,” 4,439,000 units sold
5. The Black Eyed Peas, “Boom Boom Pow,” 4,349,000 units sold
6. Soulja Boy Tell’em, “Crank That,” 4,315,000 units sold
7. Lady Gaga, “Poker Face,” 4,200,000 units sold
8. Coldplay, “Viva la Vida,” 4,140,000 units sold
9. Taylor Swift, “Love Story,” 4,005,000 units sold
10. Katy Perry, “Hot N Cold,” 3,945,000 units sold

With the exception of Taylor… where’s the country??  Country has the most devoted fans, some of the biggest tours – but they can’t crack the top ten in either one of these categories.  With Taylor Swift leading the way making country more and more main stream, we could see these numbers change in the next ten years.  People like Kenny, Brad, Reba or Martina… they need to join the ranks of the top ten selling albums and downloads.

These top ten lists suggest that people by into the drama – Eminem, Lady Gaga, Britney, Black Eyed Peas all bring a certain mystery and flair to their entertaining presentation.  Are the songs quality or are people buying into the hype?  What made these songs popular?  As long as artists like the Beatles, Coldplay, Jason Mraz and Norah Jones grace these lists, songwriters will continue to prevail.  Vote on your favorites now.  Leave your comments and reactions to these top tens – discussions are always welcome!

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