susan boyle

Christmas Music: A Gift That Keeps on Giving (Royalties)

For two months a year, Christmas music is inescapable. As a result, Christmas albums can be real cash cows, year after year. Which led us to wonder: Who's getting all that money? The recording artists? The songwriters (or their heirs)? Or some corporate fat cats in really sharp suits?

Amazon's 'Most Popular' and 'Most Wished-For' for 2010

A lot of music fans this year asked for Taylor Swift (pictured) but got Susan Boyle, while some Inception fans probably got Blind Side-ed. Otherwise, people pretty much got what they wanted in 2010, according to an Amazon (AMZN) poll released on Dec. 30.

Why Howard Stern Is Sticking With Sirius

After getting into a salary squabble, the self-styled King of All Media resolved his beef and re-signed. Details of the deal aren't available, but it's likely Sirius represented the least-risky way for the satellite star to keep his career flying.

Vampire Weekend Scores an Indie-Label Victory

New York City indie-pop band Vampire Weekend took its new album, Contra, to no. 1, evicting bad-girl pop star Ke$ha and fending off video sensation Susan Boyle. Vampire Weekend's feat signals more public interest in independent artists and labels without direct links to giant media corporations.

Taylor Swift, Susan Boyle Are 2009's Top Sellers

Susan Boyle's debut album on Sony's Sony Music Entertainment, I Dreamed A Dream, is now in its sixth week at No. 1 on the Billboard 200, to become 2009's no. 2 top-selling album, after Taylor Swift's Fearless, from Vivendi's Universal Music Group. The Boyle-Swift horserace provided a bittersweet victory for the music industry, which stayed in the doldrums in 2009.