Carrie Underwood's "Blown Away" may find itself at No. 1 for a second week on the Billboard 200 albums chart, fending off Adele's "21." Industry sources suggest Underwood's fourth album will sell between 95,000 and 110,000 by the end of the tracking week on Sunday, May 13.
On a night when the Recording Academy recognized the genius of Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five's "The Message," a pendulum coincidentally swung that may have brought a sea change in the Grammys. Rap is home to the old guard; rock is home to new names.
After years of seeing rock categories honor musicians from the 1960s, the Grammys are undergoing something of a sea-change: Younger artists like Bon Iver, the Decemberists, Foster the People and Skrillex are increasingly being recognized; while this year's controversial category changes may have hurt bigger stars like Beyonce, Paul Simon and Taylor Swift. And then there's the Internet...
Adele, Fleet Foxes and Bon Iver are among the acts vying for the inaugural AIM Independent Music Awards. British guitar bands The xx, Friendly Fires and The Horrors – who are all signed to XL Recordings (as is Adele) -- were also nominated ahead of the November 10 prize-giving ceremony in London. Bjork and Domino Records Laurence Bell are slated to receive special recognition awards.