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Thread: Best and Worst 2012: The year in country music

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    Best and Worst 2012: The year in country music

    Looks like someone at EW noticed how ridiculous the Billboard chart changes are:

    WORST: New Billboard chart rules Billboard was absolutely correct to tweak its formula about what constitutes a hit. In the year 2012, it makes sense to count streaming and digital sales (as opposed to just radio airplay). Still, the tweak that the industry magazine implemented had a very strange (and many would say misleading) effect on the country chart.

    Most notably, Taylor Swift’s “We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together,” which had formerly peaked at No. 13, suddenly shot into first place on the Hot Country Songs chart and stayed there for a record-breaking nine weeks, despite the fact that the song was largely ignored by country radio. You see, the new formula takes into account radio airplay across all formats, not just country. I fear that the change will lead labels to pursue a pop-country sound, while artists that exist only within the core country genre will get even less attention.

    Best and Worst 2012: The year in country music | The Music Mix |
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    I think even that is painting the situation with a pink brush!
    Labels are not just going to seek a Pop-country sound.
    They are going to have to intentionally create pop music using pop acts as a means of even getting close to the top of that chart.
    Or, just ignore the chart entirely, which is most likely cause they will not be able to compete with Kelly Clarkson / Taylor Swift / Carrie Underwood when it comes to cross-format popularity.

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    Great read, thanks for posting!

    I agree on many of the picks for "worst," but I loved the comments on Kellie's "100 Proof," The CMA's, The Band Perry and Little Big Town for "best" of the year.

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    Right on the money about Pickler's album.

    I am interested to see if Kacey Musgraves becomes something or if she just goes away like other hyped up female artist such as Sunny Sweeney.

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    What? Blown Away not even mentioned? At least Carrie (and Brad) got a mention for the CMA hosting.


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