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Oct
2

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iTunes UK Country Chart Roundup – Week of 2nd October, 2015

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As if Don Henley couldn’t dominate the Country Albums chart more than he did last week, he now occupies slots #1 and #2 with the Deluxe and Standard editions of his record ‘Cass County’. The chart’s #1 from two weeks ago, Lisa McHugh’s ‘Wildfire’ has dropped to #21, while Sam Hunt’s ‘Montevallo’ (another recent high charter) falls to #16. Still on top however are the various Nashville soundtracks, led by ‘Season 3, Volume 2’ at #3 and followed by ‘Season 3, Volume 1’ at #7, ‘Season 2, Volume 2’ at #23 and ‘Season 2, Volume 1’ at #25. There are also plenty of entries from Taylor Swift, starting perhaps surprisingly with ‘Speak Now (Bonus Track Version)’ at #4, ‘Red’ at #5, ‘Taylor Swift’ at #10, ‘Fearless (Platinum Edition)’ at #11, ‘Red (Deluxe Version)’ at #17 and ‘Fearless’ at #24.

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Jul
1

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Taylor Swift & Streaming: The Story Is Not Over

NEW YORK, NY - DECEMBER 31:  Musician Taylor Swift performs during New Year's Eve 2015 in Times Square at Times Square on December 31, 2014 in New York City.  (Photo by Michael Stewart/WireImage)

NEW YORK, NY – DECEMBER 31: Musician Taylor Swift performs during New Year’s Eve 2015 in Times Square at Times Square on December 31, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Michael Stewart/WireImage)

You may remember Taylor Swift? Aside from being the biggest popstar on the planet, she is also not afraid to court controversy, with the release of her latest platinum-selling album ‘1989’ coinciding with the removal of her back catalogue from music ‘freemium’ streaming service Spotify, claiming that she didn’t want her life’s work to be placed in the hands of a ‘grand experiment’. Since this occurred, Spotify hasn’t gone away, and ‘1989’ is still outselling even many of the bigger new album releases. ‘1989’ is still number 2 on the Billboard 200 chart, and according to United Album Sales, has shifted 55,000 copies this week, even 34 weeks after its release. Now with the advent of an Apple Streaming Service alongside a new Google Play Music service and pre-existing enterprises such as the artist-owned high-definition streaming service Tidal, where does all of this competition leave Spotify? What’s more, after Taylor’s short-lived twitter ‘feud’ with Apple over their payment of royalties during their 3-month free trial period, where does this leave her attitude towards streaming now that the buzz over ‘1989’ is starting to wane?

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May
19

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iTunes UK Country Chart Roundup – Week of 18th May, 2015

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Once again of course The Shires dominate the iTunes charts in the UK, notching ‘Brave (Deluxe)’ at #1 on Country Albums and ‘Brave’ at #4 (down one spot from last week). They are joined by a plethora of Taylor Swift records, led by ‘Red’ at #3 and followed by ‘Fearless (Platinum Edition)’ at #9, ‘Speak Now (Bonus Track Version)’ at #10, ‘Taylor Swift’ at #12, and ‘Fearless’ at #14. Alongside her are entries from Zac Brown Band, with ‘Jekyll + Hyde’ at #7 and ‘Greatest Hits So Far…’ at #11, while the return of ‘Nashville’ for season 3 last week has boosted the sales of its soundtrack albums.’The Music of Nashville: Season 3, Volume 1′ is up at #5, ‘Season 1: Volume 2’ is down at #21 and ‘Season 2: Volume 1’ brings up the rear at #22.

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Apr
7

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iTunes UK Country Chart Roundup – Week of 7th April, 2015

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Well, what a surprise. As usual, Taylor Swift is dominating the Country Albums chart with ‘Red’, while ‘Red (Deluxe Version)’ is at #4, ‘Fearless (Platinum Edition)’ is at #5, ‘Taylor Swift’ is at #6, ‘Speak Now (Bonus Track Version)’ is at #12 and ‘Fearless’ is at #16. She’s joined by Johnny Cash, who places entries at #2 and #23 (‘The Legend of Johnny Cash’ and ‘The Man Comes Around’ respectively), and The Shires, who have the deluxe and standard editions of ‘Brave’ coming in at #3 and #15. There’s not a lot different here than we’ve seen in previous weeks, as last week’s new release ‘Southern Style’ by Darius Rucker holds strong at #7 while Striking Matches’ ‘Nothing But The Silence’ sticks at #11 after a fortnight, and the International Tour Edition of Lady Antebellum’s ‘747’ puts down roots at #9 after being in our lives for a month.

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Mar
1

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Ray Stevens Releases Video For ‘Taylor Swift Is Stalkin’ Me’

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“Taylor Swift is stalkin’ me,” says country and comedy music legend Ray Stevens. In a music video released this week, Stevens claims the world’s biggest superstar, Taylor Swift, is watching the veteran Grammy winner’s every move. Watch the newly released video below.

Taylor Swift Is Stalkin’ Me” is a track from Stevens’ upcoming album, Here We Go Again. The album will be available for purchase via Sony RED Distribution on March 24. Pre-sale orders are available starting today on iTunes, Amazon and Google Play.

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Feb
17

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iTunes UK Country Chart Roundup – Week of 17th February, 2015

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Well, Gretchen Peters’ dominance with new record ‘Blackbirds’ didn’t last too long on Country Albums. Granted, she comes in at #3 this week, but Taylor Swift is of course back to #1 with ‘Red’ and also at #2 with ‘Fearless (Platinum Edition)’. The Shires, however, have seen a boost, with ‘Brave’ (their debut album due for release next week) hovering at #5 on a pre-order and ‘The Green Note EP’ at #13. The Mavericks also have a new album on the chart; the just-released ‘Mono’ currently sits at #14 with the likelihood of rising as the week goes on, while Lady Antebellum push beyond them to reach #9 and #10 respectively (‘747’ and ‘Need You Now’).

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Jan
6

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iTunes UK Country Chart Roundup – Week of 6th January, 2015

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I expected the first iTunes UK roundup of 2015 to show the fruits of a busy Christmas period, the receipt of iTunes gift-cards resulting in a more random selection of albums and singles being purchased due to having those resources at fans’ fingertips. Yet, surprisingly, there is far less difference than I was presuming to the charts of a few weeks ago. Sure, there’s no Christmas material anymore, but that’s about the only change. Leading Country Albums as usual we have Dolly Parton with ‘The Very Best of’, while ‘Blue Smoke’ comes in at #3. Taylor Swift naturally has a significant hold on the chart too, with ‘Red’ at #2, ‘Fearless (Platinum Edition)’ at #4, ‘Taylor Swift’ at #6, ‘Red (Deluxe Edition)’ at #7, ‘Speak Now (Bonus Track Version)’ at #9, and ‘Fearless’ at #10. In fact, none of her albums in the top 25 are placed outside of the top 10. Not bad for a girl who’s since gone pop.

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Dec
31

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Reflecting On 2014: The Bros, The Synths & The Swift Departures

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It’s been a strange year. When we came into 2014 publications (such as Country Weekly) were hailing the coming 12 months as “the year of the woman”, with many predicting the fall of that tiresome trend known as bro-country. Others disagreed; our ex-contributor Jason Scott called BS on all of those claims that the clichés were dying down and that the format would see its gender balance readdressed, and I agreed, but it didn’t stop Scott Borchetta from making promises he couldn’t keep about “tasking” his writers to delve deeper. Several months later, bro kings Florida Georgia Line returned with new music, at first with the less-bro ‘Dirt’, that fooled just about everyone into thinking Scott Borchetta was being truthful back in December 2013 when he made that promise. But then, like almost all things in the commercial music industry, it turned out to be just smoke and mirrors, as their resulting sophomore album ‘Anything Goes’ was possibly even more obscenely bro-country than their first. Gone were the pretences about the state of country music.

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