"This year will be the worst year for country music since Soundscan started tracking the format in 1992. Country had a great lineup of releases this year with Carrie Underwood, Rascal Flatts, Kenny Chesney and Keith Urban greatest hits, etc, and it wasn't enough. Next year doesn't get any better because the (release) schedule isn't as good and the economy seems to be slowing."
-- Joe Galante, Chairman, Sony-BMG Labels
I was agreeing with every word in the January 4 Country Radio Broadcasters' "State Of The Country" Executive Memo from Executive Director Ed Salamon. Then, I received the email stating that they had accidentally posted LAST years to the web link!
This year's is indeed even more worrisome.