The Year in Country Music - 2010
The landscape seems to change by the day, but the story of Country Music 2010 is more about the ground shifting rather than eroding. Challenges continue to vex major sectors of the music industry, though on balance the format has adapted better than some, in part because its appeal is deeply rooted and directly relevant. With album sales relative to 2009 plunging by double digits across the board except for hip-hop, Country was the only genre to experience a more modest, single-digit decline. Plus, with more than 57 million Country digital tracks purchased, indications are that Country is charting its way through the new landscape. Here are just a few highlights from The Year in Country Music 2010.