Who's the biggest selling artist of 2010? Gotta be Lady Gaga, right? She's everywhere.
Nope, sorry. Eminem? He moved almost three-quarters of a million albums in the first week Recovery was out, and he's already up to 1.2 million, what with the success of his great "Love The Way You Lie" single with Rihanna.
But it isn't Slim Shady, either. It's Lady Antebellum, the Nashville soft country-pop threesome opening for Tim McGraw at the Susquehanna Bank Center in Camden, whose name rings a disturbing note of nostalgia for a pre-Civil War era in the American South, which, if I'm not mistaken, was a time when cotton was king and, along with a lot of fancy plantations and pretty Spanish moss, there were also a lot of slaves.
But whatever Lady Antebellum's name means to the fans of the band - whose two singers are Charles Kelly (on the left) and Hillary Scott - there's no doubt there are a lot of them. Fans, that is. According to Nielsen SoundScan, Need You Now, Lady A.'s sophomore release which came out in January, has sold 2.3 million copies in 2010. Most impressively, that's a million copies more than Taylor Swift's Fearless, last year's biggest seller, had sold by this juncture in the annum.
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