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With the New Year finally under way, we’re starting to see a lot more new releases.  The 2011 Grammy Nominations compilation features Hip Hop acts such as B.o.B, Eminem, and Cee-Lo.  It’s interesting to note that the album’s sales were primarily physical, which I can only assume means the purchasers were 40+ and trying to stay relevant.  I was perplexed by the number of units shown for Paul Wall’s latest effort, but I was informed that it was released on a small Minneapolis label, Oarfin Records, and it does not appear on iTunes.  A press release states Politics As Usual is a “collection of freestyles.”

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Various Artists “2011 Grammy Nominees” - 38,190 (11% digital)

Talib Kweli Gutter Rainbows” – 13,807  (79% digital)

Tech N9ne & DJ Whoo Kid Bad Season” – 4,406 (82% digital)

Sam Sneed “Street Scholars ” - 130 (35% digital)

Layzie Bone “Thug Love” - 166 (64% digital)

Paul Wall “Politics As Usual” - 31 (100% digital)