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CIMS Top 10

PARALLEL UNIVERSE TOP 10: Checking the pulse of indie retail, the first CIMS Top 10 of the year, like the mainstream charts during the holidays, doubles as a list of the brightest stars of that world—the ones with current records, that is—along with one ubiquitous ringer:

1. Mumford & Sons (Glassnote)
2. The Black Keys (Nonesuch)
3. Kanye West (Roc-A-Fella/Def Jam/IDJ)
4. Florence + the Machine (Universeal Republic)
5. Arcade Fire (Merge)
6. Tron Legacy w/Daft Punk (Disney)
7. Ryan Adams & the Cardinals (Pax Am.)
8. Ray LaMontagne & the Pariah Dogs (RCA/RMG)
9. Kings of Leon (RCA/RMG)
10. Deerhunter (4AD)

Interestingly, of the nine “indie” bands above, five are on majors. Go figure. (1/14a)

COUNTRY'S NEW KING
The Gospel of Luke (11/11a)
BIEBER BY CHRISTMAS?
How's that for a tease, Bieber Nation? (11/12a)
NEAR TRUTHS: MEET
THE NEW BOSSES
Not the same as the old bosses (11/11a)
CMA CENTERPIECE
CARRIE UNDERWOOD
This sure feels like her moment. (11/11a)
A TASTE OF RAINMAKERS II:
SARAH TRAHERN
It's a marathon, not a sprint. (11/11a)
BEHIND THE SCENES WITH KANYE
And lo, there was much earned media.
MOE, MARSHMELLO AND MONEY
The story of a "faceless" brand that got very, very big.
THE NEW WORLD OF A&R
The trap they all fell into.
GRAMMY NOMS
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