iTunes Top 10 Singles/Albums: The Black Keys, TRON:Legacy, Country Strong

iTunes' top 10 selling singles and albums of the week ending Jan. 3, 2011...
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The Black Keys' media blitz is paying off in a big, noticeable way.  The Akron, Ohio duo recently scored six Grammy nominations and now their album has been certified Gold (sales of more than 500,000 copies) and they jolt to #2 at the iTunes Music Store.

I haven't been on the Keys' bandwagon since the beginning but I go back a few years to the Rubber Factory and Magic Potion days.  I love these guys and I'm thrilled to see their music reaching a wider audience as they experiment and expand their sound.  I still love the early, lo-fi records and would be happy to hear them return to that for a future album but Brothers is a wonderful work and one of the best releases of 2010.

We have the Country Strong and TRON: Legacy soundtracks placed highly on the albums chart, flanking The Black Keys.  There are two volumes of the Country Strong soundtrack on the chart this week.  I hadn't even heard of this movie until I went and looked it up on Amazon and now I see that in addition to having songs by some of country music's biggest names, this is another step Gwyneth Paltrow's attempt at a music career.  I guess.  I've heard mixed reviews on her as a vocalist.  I simply don't care.

The singles chart doesn't have much shakeup from last week with the same beat-driven songs that were hot last week carrying over to this week. 

Singles:

  1. "Grenade" - Bruno Mars
  2. "Firework" - Katy Perry
  3. "Tonight (feat. Ludacris & DJ Frank E)" - Enrique Iglesias
  4. "The Time (Dirty Bit)" - Black Eyed Peas
  5. "Black and Yellow" - Wiz Khalifa
  6. "We R Who We R" - Ke$ha
  7. "6 Foot 7 Foot (feat. Cory Gunz)" - Lil Wayne
  8. "Raise Your Glass" - P!nk
  9. "What's My Name?" -  Rihanna, Drake
  10. "No Hands (feat. Roscoe Dash & Wale)" - Waka Flocka Flame

Albums:

  1. Country Strong (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) - Various Artists
  2. Brothers - The Black Keys
  3. TRON: Legacy - Daft Punk
  4. Sigh No More - Mumford & Sons
  5. My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy - Kanye West
  6. Doo-Wops & Hooligans - Bruno Mars
  7. Speak Now - Taylor Swift
  8. Loud - Rihanna
  9. Country Strong (More Music from the Motion Picture) - Various Artists
  10. Recovery - Eminem