COUNTRY MUSIC NEWS
TOP OF THE CHARTS: Taylor Swift
Taylor Swift remains at the top of the country album chart, selling another two million copies of Speak Now. Susan Boyle unseated her from the top of the national chart with the debut of her Christmas project.
Jason Aldean holds tight to the number-two spot, with My Kinda Party selling another 80,000. Reba McEntire debuts at number three with All The Women I Am. Sugarland drops a spot to number four with The Incredible Machine, but Lady Antebellum's Need You Now takes a tremendous leap from 10 to number five following a spectacular showing at last week's CMA Awards. And while she failed to break the Top 5, it bears mentioning that Miranda Lambert's Revolution also experienced a major spike in sales -- 138 percent -- taking her from 12 to six.
Some folks think Lady Antebellum's "Need You Now" rips off The Alan Parson Project's 1982 hit "Eye in the Sky." The Nashville Scene says Parsons' assistant wrote a letter to the editor pointing out the similarities and claiming that Parsons' fans are calling the Lady A song a "lazy rip-off."
Here's a mash-up of the two songs done by a YouTube poster who says he changed the tempo and key slightly to make it work.
More than 2,500 tickets for Garth Brooks' sold-out flood benefit concerts in Nashville have ended up on ticket resale website, StubHub.com. According to the Nashville Business Journal, Stub Hub has decided that all commissions from the sale of those tickets will be donated to the flood benefit. Some of the tickets are being sold for more than $800 each.
Kenny Chesney is donating 10,000 DVDs of his high school football documentary Boys of Fall to high schools and high school football coaches around the nation. Kenny hopes that the documentary will demonstrate to players and coaches the lasting, positive impact the game will have on their lives. There's information on how to request a copy on his website.