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Top-Selling Albums of 2008

This list is interesting as it raises even more questions: How many of these do you own the CD of? How many do you own legally? How many have you borrowed or downloaded?

(Being a middle-aged white guy, I only have the Coldplay and Jack Johnson in CD form)

1. LIL WAYNE, “Tha Carter III” (Cash Money/Universal Motown); 2.87 million

2. COLDPLAY, “Viva la Vida or Death and All His Friends” (Capitol); 2.14 million

3. TAYLOR SWIFT, “Fearless” (Big Machine); 2.11 million

4. KID ROCK, “Rock N Roll Jesus” (Atlantic); 2.02 million

5. AC/DC, “Black Ice” (Columbia); 1.92 million

6. TAYLOR SWIFT, “Taylor Swift” (Big Machine); 1.6 million

7. METALLICA, “Death Magnetic” (Warner Brothers); 1.57 million

8. T. I., “Paper Trail” (Grand Hustle/Atlantic); 1.52 million

9. JACK JOHNSON, “Sleep Through the Static” (Brushfire/Universal); 1.49 million

10. BEYONCé, “I Am … Sasha Fierce” (Music World/Columbia); 1.46 million

Data via Nielsen SoundScan


The Top-Selling Albums of 2008
NYT, December 31, 2008

Category: Digital Media, Music

Timeline: The Year in Markets

via NYT > Source: Markets Limp Into 2009 After a Bruising Year VIKAS BAJAJ NYT, December 31, 2008

Category: Credit, Digital Media, Markets, Real Estate

Falling House Values vs Delinquencies

One last WaPo graphic: >

Category: Credit, Digital Media, Real Estate

Classic Case Shiller Housing Price Chart, Updated

Nice updated depiction of the classic Case Shiller chart, by regular TBP reader Steve Barry. We are now at 158, and SB sees the mean reversion going on until 2015 or so. (ouch) c hat tip Steve Barry. Original graphic via NYT

Category: Credit, Data Analysis, Digital Media, Real Estate, Technical Analysis

Packaging Debt for Sale

Wall Street devised exotic securities to earn fees from the debt boom > Source: Riding the Crest The Crash: What Went Wrong? Washington Post, October 15, 2008

Category: Credit, Derivatives, Digital Media

Industry Implosion

Click for interactive graphic > courtesy of WSJ > Source: The Weekend That Wall Street Died SUSANNE CRAIG, JEFFREY MCCRACKEN, AARON LUCCHETTI and KATE KELLY WSJ, DECEMBER 29, 2008

Category: Bailouts, Corporate Management, Derivatives, Digital Media

Wamu Lending

courtesy of NYT > Source: By Saying Yes, WaMu Built Empire on Shaky Loans PETER S. GOODMAN and GRETCHEN MORGENSON NYT, December 27, 2008

Category: Bailouts, Credit, Digital Media, Real Estate

Coal Ash Sludge

Pretty insane stuff in Tennesse: courtesy of NYT > Source: Coal Ash Spill Revives Issue of Its Hazards SHAILA DEWAN NYT, December 24, 2008

Category: Digital Media, Energy, Science

Strange Bedfellows

Prospect‘s choices for top public intellectuals of 2008: Included are Nouriel Roubini and General David Petraeus. My pal Paul points out they make for fascinatingly strange bedfellows

Category: Digital Media, Financial Press

Debt Spree

via NYT > Source: Dollar Shift: Chinese Pockets Filled as Americans’ Emptied MARK LANDLER NYT, December 26, 2008

Category: Credit, Digital Media, Economy