Friday, 30 December 2011

Billboard 2011 Top Albums & Music Sales Statistics

Billboard 2011 Top Albums and Music Sales Statistics

Thanks to Gaga, Adele, music business finally improves in 2011
LOS ANGELES ( - Among musicians, "flat" is a word you don't want to hear. But to the industry, flat is truly music to everyone's ears.
Soundscan's sales year doesn't end until January 1, but current year-to-year comparisons have album sales for 2011 ahead of comparable 2010 business.

Year-to-date sales through Dec. 25, 2011: 322.86 million (Weekly sales: 15.08 million)
Year-to-date sales through Dec. 26, 2010: 319.01 million (Weekly sales: 15.08 million)

OK, it's only by a whisker of 1 percent. But it is welcome news in an industry where album sales for 2010 were down 13 percent from 2009. And prior to that they'd been down an average of 8 percent every year through the 2000s, suggesting an incredible shrinking music business.
This year reversed the trend, but there is a cloud buried in the silver lining: the success stories of 2011 will not be easy to replicate.
The year's two biggest albums were Adele's "21" and Michael Buble's "Christmas" -- and even the most copycat-prone execs aren't foolish enough to start looking for pleasingly plump Englishwomen or Sinatra-bred carolers to sign.
Regardless of how applicable the lessons might be, here's our look back at what worked and what didn't in 2011:

It used to be that country was the genre most hospitable to mid-career artists. Tell that to Martina McBride, who's sold a mere 119,000 in 10 weeks. Toby Keith is down to No. 28 after just eight weeks, with an OK 266,000 tally, the kind of number he used to do in just his opening week.
So who's barnstorming down the dirt road? Country's new guard of guys. Jason Aldean's "My Kinda Party," a late 2010 release, has racked up a 2.2 million total, and it moved back up to No. 16 in the week prior to Christmas. No other album that's been out more than a year has anywhere near that ongoing momentum.
For second-tier success stories, check out Eric Church at 504,000 units, Luke Bryan at 580,000 with his latest, the Zac Brown Band adding 720,000 to their 2010 album's total -- and Scotty McCreery, putting an end to the recent "Idol" curse with 748,000 and counting.
One female-fronted group broke through the wall of dudes: the Band Perry added 666,000 to the 998,000 total for their debut album, which will be well over a million by year's end -- capitalizing on their 3.5 million-selling single, "If I Die Young," the funeral song of the millennium.
Top 200 Albums of 2011 has compiled their list of the Top 200 Albums of 2011. Adele’s 21 released Feb 22, 2011 was named the No. 1 album of the year. According to the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA), "21" has sold over five million units in the United States alone and it  was the "Billboard 200 Album of the Year," since it surpassed the sales of Taylor Swift's Speak Now and Lady Gaga's Born This Way, leaving them in second and third place respectively.

Regarding country music artists Taylor Swift’s SPEAK NOW album came in at # 2.
Jason Aldean and MY KINDA PARTY was at # 4.
Rascal Flatts with NOTHING LIKE THIS album took the # 17 position and Lady Antebellum’s Grammy Winning Album NEED YOU NOW came in at No. 19. Other country albums to appear in its Top 50 were:
Zac Brown Band’s YOU GET WHAT YOU GIVE ( #23), Lady Antebellum’s OWN THE NIGHT ( #25), The Band Perry’s self-titled debut (#30), Sugarland with THE INCREDIBLE MACHINE ( #33), Keith Urban’s GET CLOSER (# 36), Kenny Chesney’s album HEMINGWAY’S WHISKEY (#42) and Brad Paisley’s THIS IS COUNTRY MUSIC made the list at # 46

Top 50 Bluegrass Albums of 2011 has released their list of the Top 50 Bluegrass Albums of 2011. Albums were ranked by sales data as compiled by Nielsen SoundScan. Alison Krauss & Union Station have the Top Bluegrass Album of the year with PAPER AIRPLANE.

1.       Paper Airplane – Alison Krauss & Union Station
2.      Rare Bird Alert – Steve Martin and the Steep Canyon Rangers
3.      Up On The Ridge – Dierks Bentley
4.      The Goat Rodeo Sessions – Yo-Yo Ma/Stuart Duncan/Edgar Meyer/Chris Thile
5.      Follow Me Down – Sarah Jarosz
6.      The Grascals and Friends: Country Classics With A Bluegrass Spin – The Grascals
7.      Palomino – Trampled By Turtles
8.      Bright Morning Stars – The Wailin’ Jennys
9.      Genuine Negro Jigs Carolina Chocolate Drops
10.  Best of Bluegrass – Steve Ivey
11.   Antifogmatic – Punch Brothers
12.   City of Refuge – Abigail Washburn
13.   Christmas – The Isaacs
14.   Sleep With One Eye Open – Chris Thile & Michael Daves
15.   Reckless – The SteelDrivers
16.   Daybreak – Sierra Hull
17.  Dailey & Vincent Sing The Statler Brothers – Dailey & Vincent
18.   The Isaacs Naturally: An Almost A Cappella Collection – The Isaacs
19.   Taken – Rhonda Vincent
20.  Country Hits Bluegrass Style – Ricky Skaggs

Country Album Billboard Top 200 Chart News December 21, 2011

Country Album Billboard Top 200 Chart News December  21, 2011

Lady Antebellum Cover Art
For the last five or six weeks, the Billboard Top Country Albums chart has seen Scotty McCreery and Lady Antebellum alternating the #1 slot on the chart week by week. With Scotty’s holding down #1 last week’s chart, that means that Lady Antebellum’s OWN THE NIGHT has again made the #1 slot this week.  The album which was the Billboard's  #5 best-seller sold an impressive 81,000 copies to bring Lady A's sales haul to to over 1 million copies while Scotty with 67,000 sold nears 3/4 of a million copies scanned. 

Jason Aldean stays at #3 on the charts this week with MY KINDA PARTY shifting 52,000 copies, which was a 51% gain than last week (Dec 14).  Country albums on the chart this week had at least 11% sales gains. 

 Taylor Swift’s SPEAK NOW, WORLD TOUR LIVE DVD/CD set is almost gold with over 190,000 copies of the set scanned so far with 46,000 coming this past week. Toby Keith rounds out the Top 5 this week with CLANCY'S TAVERN selling another 39,000 copies thanks in large part to the success of “Red Solo Cup.”

With another 37,000 copies scanned, Taylor Swift’s SPEAK NOW has now moved 3.86 million copies while Luke Bryan’s TAILGATES & TANLINES  continues to sell well. He has  sold over 580,000 copies while The Band Perry are just a mere 2,000 copies away from the magic 1 million scanned tally with their self-titled debut album.
Miranda Lambert scanned past the 300,000 marker the same week her Pistol Annies HELL ON HEELS project moved past the 200,000 mark.

Eric Church’s CHIEF went past the 500,000 number this week as the album sold another 20,000 copies as “Drink In My Hand” continues to be the best-charting single of Eric’s career.
Blake Shelton’s Red River Blue is nearing Gold sitting at 474,000 sales this week. 
Brad Paisley scored a 54% sales increase this week to have his nearly 600,000 copies sold album of THIS IS COUNTRY MUSIC rising 15 places on the Top 200 Albums chart. 
George Strait’s HERE FOR A GOOD TIME continues to find fans will 300,000 copies of the record being taken home as his new single “Love’s Gonna Make It All Right” rises up the charts.
Lauren Alaina’s WILDFLOWER rounds out the sales this week with nearly 200,000 copies getting into the "Idol hands" of fans. The album has so far produced two Top 40 hits in “Like My Mother Does” and current single, the Mallary Hope-penned “Georgia Peaches.” Lauren will be hitting the road with fellow Georgi native Jason Aldean in 2012.

Kenny Chesney’s Hemingway’s Whiskey has now scanned over 1 million copies.
Martina McBride’s ELEVEN has sold over 119,000 copies which for her is disappointing.
Ronnie Dunn’s self-titled debut has sold to date 174,000 copies.

Next week’s chart will reflect the final Christmas shopping season push. Will Lady A hold onto the #1 spot to end the year on a high or will Scotty McCreery switch places with them again?

LW   TW   Artist                   Album
15    5      Lady Antebellum  Own The Night  -- #5 Billboard & #1 Country Album selling 81K
13    9      Scotty McCreery  Clear As Day -- #9 Billboard & #2 Country Album selling 67K
24    16    Jason Aldean       My Kinda Party -- #3 Country Album selling 52K
27    20    Taylor Swift         Speak Now: World Tour -- #4 Country Album selling 46K
29    25    Toby Keith           Clancy's Tavern -- #5 Country Album selling 39K

33    27    Taylor Swift         Speak Now  -- #6 Country Album selling 37K
35    17    Luke Bryan          Tailgates & Tanlines -- #7 Country Album selling 37K
24    30    The Band Perry    The Band Perry -- #8 Country Album selling 37K (998K total)
40    35    Miranda Lambert  Four The Record  -- #9 Country Album selling 31K (312K Total)
60    54    Zac Brown Band   You Get What You Give -- #10 Country Album selling 20K

63    56    Eric  Church         Chief  -- #56 Billboard Album selling 20K (504K Total)
62    60    Blake Shelton      Red River Blue
87    72    Brad Paisley        This Is Country Music -- #72 Billboard  selling 15K (586K total, 54% gain)
86    81    George Strait       Here For A Good Time -- #81 Billboard  selling 13K (298K total)
79    82    Lauren Alaina       Wildflower -- #82 Billboard  selling 13K (196K total)

Saturday, 17 December 2011

Billie Jo Spears dies at 73

Country singer Billie Jo Spears dies at 73

The Associated Press reports (Dec. 14, 2011, 11 p.m. EST) singer Billie Jo Spears, whose performance of "Blanket on the Ground" went No. 1 on the country charts in 1975, has died at age 73.
A funeral home spokesman confirmed her death Wednesday evening. Carl Willis of R.S. Farmer Funeral Home in Silsbee had no details.
The Orange Leader newspaper in Texas reported that she died Wednesday morning at her home in Vidor (VYE'dur), 85 miles northeast of Houston. No cause of death was stated.
The Beaumont native was voted most promising female vocalist by the Academy of Country Music in 1976.
Her other hits included her first chart hit  "Mr. Walker, It's All Over" (No. 4 on the Billboard Country Singles Chart) in 1969; "What I've Got in Mind" in 1976; "Misty Blue" in 1976; and "If You Want Me" in 1977.

The Tennesean then confirmed Billie Jo Spears, the sultry-voiced singer who scored 25 Top 40 country hits from 1969-1984, died of cancer at her Vidor, Texas, home on Wednesday, Dec. 14, at age 74.
Born in Beaumont, Texas, Ms. Spears began working on the Louisiana Hayride radio show when she was 13. She recorded as an early teen, most notably on the single “Too Old for Toys, Too Young for Boys,” which drew regional interest upon its Abbott Records release.
After completing high school, Ms. Spears recorded with producer (and steel guitar great) Pete Drake, and those recordings helped her to a Capitol Records contract.
Vocal problems halted her career path for a time, but in 1975, she hit No. 1 with “Blanket on the Ground,” on United Artists.
Ms. Spears became what Robert K. Oermann of describes as “one of the most consistent female country hit-makers of the 1970s.” Her bluesy vocals stood apart from others of the time, and in that decade she went on to Top 10 hits including “What I’ve Got in Mind,” “Misty Blue” and “If You Want Me.”

Born in 1937 in the shipyard city of Beaumont, Texs, she was the daughter of a truck-diver father. Her mother was a welder in the shipyards, as well as a guitarist in the Light Crust Doughboys western-swing band. Billie Jo Spears began singing professionally at age 13. She first recorded in Houston at that age and also appeared on the Louisiana Hayride in Shreveport, La.

After working as a drive-in restaurant carhop and as a secretary, she moved from Texas to Nashville in 1964. Signing with Capitol Records, she first hit the top-10 on the country charts with 1969’s “Mr. Walker It’s All Over,” the saga of a downtrodden secretary. She followed it with “Pittsburgh General,” which stood up for nurses. Other early singles included “Stepchild” (1969), in which a boy kills his abusive stepfather, and “Marty Gray” (1970), which dealt with teen pregnancy.

She faded from the hit parade and underwent vocal-cord surgery, then scored a huge comeback on United Artists Records with the toe-tapping “Blanket on the Ground.” It became her first and only No. 1 hit, both in the U.S. and abroad.

She fused country songs with danceable pop rhythms in such big hits as 1976’s “What I’ve Got in Mind,” 1977’s “If You Want Me,” 1978’s “57 Chevrolet” and 1979’s remake of Gloria Gaynor’s disco classic “I Will Survive.” Spears was also distinctive in that she rarely recorded female “victim” material. Almost all of her hit ballads are about women asserting themselves. These include “Standing Tall” (1980), “I’ve Got to Go” (1978), “I’m Not Easy” (1977), “Never Did Like Whiskey” (1976) and her revival of Tammy Wynette’s “Your Good Girl’s Gonna Go Bad” (1981).

Her other hits include 1976’s “Misty Blue” 1978’s “Love Ain’t Gonna Wait for Us” and 1979’s “Livin’ Our Love Together.” She also recorded several notable duets with the late Del Reeves. Throughout her career, she sang with a tangy Texas accent and a feisty attitude. Her last appearance on the national country charts was in 1984.

In later years, she retained her popularity in the U.K. and recorded several albums for that market. She continued to tour stateside, despite triple-bypass heart surgery in 1993. Her most recent album was released in 2005. She had 22 British shows booked for 2012 at the time of her death in Liverpool, Glasgow, Croyden and other European locales.

No funeral service or survivor information is yet available. Funeral arrangements are being handled by R.S. Farmer Funeral Home,
415 N. Fourth St.
in Silsbee, Texas.


Billie Jo Spears sings “What I've Got In Mind” on TOP OF THE POPS (5-08-1976) introduced by the late Jimmy Saville who ironically also died this year on Oct 29, 2011.

Friday, 9 December 2011

Country Album Billboard Top 200 Chart News December 7, 2011

Country Album Billboard Top 200 Chart News December  7, 2011

Lady Antebellum
Amazon Cover Artt
After the Black Friday Thanksgiving week boost for several artists with discounted albums it was interesting to see how this weeks chart settled down. With steady sales of  Own The Night Lady Antebellum 47,596 copies sold) leapt past Scotty McCreery's CLEAR AS DAY to return to #1 on the SoundScan Current Country albums chart and #10 on Top 200 Billboard Album Chart. One place behind them is Scotty with a 42,472 sales haul took a 52% loss from the previous week. 

In her 2nd week on the chart Taylor Swift sold 34,594 taking it to a total haul of 111,761 of Speak Now: World Tour Live in two weeks while My Kinda Party from Jason Aldean returns to the Top 5 with another 25,346 copies and 8% sales drop this past week. After being a big time multiple winner at the American Country Music Awards this week he could well feel the benefit with a sales bump next week.  The Band Perry round out the Top 5 Country Billboard albums with a 58% sales dip this week with fans takjng home 22, 122 copies of their successful self titled album.

Luke Bryan’s  “Tailgates and Tanlines” with 516,081 sales total he hs now officially scanned past the gold mark and now is marching its way to Platinum. 

Miranda Lambert’s "Four The Record" has now shipped a quarter of a million copies. 

After 8 weeks on the chart finally after selling a further 5,523 copies of  "Eleven"Martina McBride has now hit 103,547 copies sold. Whist her Christmas album WHITE CHRISTMAS with a 38% sales gain and 13,996 people taking home her seasonal treat picked up further speed The various artist Now Country IV rounds out the rundown this week with over 210,000 copies sold of the compilation.

LW   TW   Artist                     Album                          
22    10    Lady Antebellum    Own The Night - #10 Billboard & #1 Country, 47,596 sold (3% gain)
9     11    Scotty McCreery     Clear As Day -- #11 Billboard & #2 Country, 42,472  (52% loss)
11    17    Taylor Swift           Speak Now: World Tour - #3 Country, sold 34,594 (111,761),55% loss
37    26    Jason Aldean          My Kinda Party -- #4 Country , sold 25,346  (8% loss)
17    30    The Band Perry      The Band Perry -- #5 Country, selling 22,122  (58% loss)

39    31    Taylor Swift           Speak Now -- #6 Country,selling 21,680 (19% loss)
42    32    Luke Bryan            Tailgates & Tanlines - #7 Country, sold 21,424 (516,081)   
33    35    Toby Keith             Clancy's Tavern -- #8 Country selling 20,554  (37% loss)
45    39    Miranda Lambert    Four The Record  -- #9 Country, selling 18,738  (257,710 total)
78    62    Eric  Church           Chief  -- #10 Country, selling 11,645

46    63    Blake Shelton         Red River Blue  -- #11 Country, selling 11,292
126  91      BROWN*ZAC       You Get What You Give  -- #12 Country, selling 10,223
65    71    Lauren Alaina         Wildflower  -- #13 Countr, selling 10,075
145 108     Lady Antebellum    NEED YOU NOW -- #14 Country,  selling 8,708 (3,732,678)
143  116  Brad Paisley           This Is Country Music -- #15 Country,           selling 8,103     

142  121    Taylor Swift            FEARLESS -- #16 Country,  selling 7,757 (6,419,141)
156 125      Pistol Annies          HELL ON HEELS   -- #17 Country, selling 7,499  (175,287 total)
175 160      Civil Wars              BARTON HOLLOW -- #18 Country, 221,690 total (41% gain )
132  113  Martina McBride      Eleven  -- #19 Country,sold 5,523, total 103,547 (21% loss)
153       121       Various Now Country IV-- #20 Country, 5,351      sold, (210,112)

Country related artists HOLIDAY ALBUMS on the Billboard Top 200 
WKS Label 2W LW TW  Artist  Album  This Weeks Sales    Total Sales

4 CAPN 99 77 46 LADY ANTEBELLUM MERRY LITTLE CHRISTMAS 18,275 sold (331,943)  
4 BGMA 85 64 49 SWIFT*TAYLOR THE HOLIDAY COLLECTION 17,612 sold (835,180)
4 RLSG 94 130 64 MCBRIDE*MARTINA WHITE CHRISTMAS  13,996  sold (569,159)  38% increase
3 HEIN 59 111 79 PINK MARTINI JOY TO THE WORLD 11,675 sold (176,795)
3 AGGS 144 127 GRANT*AMY CHRISTMAS COLLECTIONS 7,284 sold (230,533)
1 WAR 138 HILL*FAITH JOY TO THE WORLD 6,616 sold (684,136)
2 SMCM 189 149 ROGERS/PARTON ONCE UPON A CHRISTMAS 6,244 sold (755,197)
2 MERN 200 186 SUGARLAND GOLD AND GREEN 5,131  sold (324,350)
1 RLSG 197 JACKSON*ALAN HONKY TONK CHRISTMAS 4,826 sold (1,143,394 sold)

Holiday Digital Songs

11 12 24 Where Are You Christmas?, Faith Hill
15 NEW 1 Tracks In The Snow, The Civil Wars
17 22 17 Baby, It's Cold Outside, Lady Antebellum
23 28 15 Last Christmas, Taylor Swift
25 30 6 White Christmas, Michael Buble Duet With Shania Twain
37 NEW 1 Please Come Home For Christmas, Grace Potter & The Nocturnals
43 RE-ENTRY 12 Mary, Did You Know, Kenny Rogers With Wynonna
48 45 10 Please Come Home For Christmas, Eagles


Monday, December 5, 2011

Reigning CMA and ACM Vocal Group of the Year Lady Antebellum stay  #1 with “We Owned the Night”  on the Billboard Country Singles chart this week.

Lady Antebellum remain the #1 spot with “We Owned The Night”
Jason Aldean with  "Tattoos On This Town" stays at #2
Zac Brown Band with “Keep Me In Mind”  moves up one place #4 - #3
Miranda Lamberts “Baggage Claim” drops  #3 - #4
Brantley Gilberts with  “ Country Must Be Country Wide” , stays at #5
 Blake Shelton’s  “God Gave Me You” stays put at #6
David Nail with “Let It Rain” moves up from #9 - #7
Rascal Flatts “Easy” featuring Natasha Bedingfield moves up  #7 - #8

Thompson Square
with “I Got You” moves up one place from #8 - #9
Eric Church with ‘Drink In My Hand’ moves up one to enter the top 10

Friday, 2 December 2011

Mindy McCready - The Troubled Country Star

Mindy McCready - The troubled country star, son reported missing in Florida

Mindy McCready and son reported missing

Mindy McCready
(photo: John Russell/AP)

On Nov. 30, 2011 Florida authorities announced that country singer Mindy McCready was missing with her 5-year-old son, and a judge has given her until Thursday to return the boy.
The state Department of Children and Families (DCF) says a missing persons report was filed with Cape Coral police Tuesday night after McCready took her son Zander from her father's home.

McCready doesn't have custody of her son — her mother does — and the singer was allowed to visit the boy at her father's home, according to a department spokesman. On Tuesday, DCF discovered that McCready and the boy were not at her father's home.
DCF spokesman Terry Field told The Associated Press the agency asked a Lee County judge for an emergency pickup order, and the judge ruled McCready must return the boy voluntarily by 5 p.m. Thursday or risk an arrest warrant.
Cape Coral Police Lt. Tony Sizemore said that so far, there's "no criminal act." - "There's a lot more questions than answers at this point," he said.

The singer's brother, Josh McCready, told The Associated Press in a private Facebook message that his sister was "fine."
"Mindy is fine and so is Zander. There is nothing to worry about," he wrote.

Since topping the country charts in the mid-1990s and looking like the future was bright with regards to her music the troubled 36-year-old singer's life has been filled with domestic abuse, drug and DUI arrests and a suicide attempt. In August, she filed a libel suit in Palm Beach County against her own mother and the National Enquirer's parent company, American Media Inc., over a story published in the tabloid newspaper that quoted her mother.
In 2010, Mindy spoke with The Associated Press about her life.
"It is a giant whirlwind of chaos all the time," she said. "I call my life a beautiful mess and organized chaos. It's just always been like that. My entire life, things have been attracted to me and vice versa that turn into chaotic nightmares or I create the chaos myself. I think that's really the life of a celebrity, of a big, huge, giant personality."

In July 2007, she was accused of scuffling with her mother and resisting arrest at her mother's home in Florida. She was sentenced to jail for 60 days for a probation violation and released; she served 30 days in jail. She also lost custody of her son.
And in 2008, McCready was admitted to a Nashville hospital after police said she cut her wrists and took several pills in a suicide attempt.
During the TV show "Celebrity Rehab 3" in 2010 McCready came off as a sympathetic figure, and host Dr. Drew Pinsky called her an angel in the season finale.
On the show she said she suffered from love addiction, not substance abuse. In one of the show's scarier moments, McCready suffered a seizure and was rushed to a hospital where scans showed brain damage.

Then in 2010, police went to McCready's mother's home for a report of an overdose, and McCready was taken to a Florida hospital. However, neither the hospital nor McCready's publicist would say why McCready was hospitalized.
McCready also fought the release of a tape in which she reportedly talked about former Boston Red Sox and New York Yankees pitcher Roger Clemens, with whom she had an affair as a teenager.

Mindy McCready pregnant with twins

Later on Nov. 30, 2011 the Associated Press reported that Mindy McCready said she will probably not be able to bring her 5-year-old son back to Florida to fulfill a judge's order by Thursday afternoon— because she is nearly 7 months pregnant with twins. By not returning as ordered, she risked arrest.
Speaking exclusively to The Associated Press (AP), McCready said that she and her mother have had a long custody battle in Florida over Zander. Her mother was awarded guardianship in 2007. McCready was able to visit with the boy there under a court order and the 36-year-old singer said she had spent much of the past month with her son at the home. Her mother and father are divorced.
McCready alleges that her son suffered abuse while living at her mother's home and that is one of the reasons why she left with the boy last week.
"I'm a mom first," said McCready from Nashville, Tenn. "No matter what happens, I'm going to protect my kid. If I have to go to jail, so be it."
When reached at her Lee County home Wednesday night, McCready's mother, Gayle Inge, said the abuse allegations are "absolutely not true."

During the interview with the AP, a tearful McCready recounted a messy and confusing tale of court custody battles and family fights. McCready is suing her mother and a tabloid newspaper for libel in a Palm Beach County court.

Both McCready and her mother agree that a Florida judge had heard testimony during court hearings at the end of October and early November regarding the singer regaining custody of Zander. Both women agree that the judge had not yet ruled and that he said for now, the boy should remain with his grandmother.
McCready, whose son could be heard giggling on the other end of the line Wednesday as his mother spoke to the AP, said the father of her twins is a music producer named David who is supportive of her quest to regain custody of Zander.
Wednesday was McCready's 36th birthday.
"I hope that for my birthday, I get my son forever," McCready said
 Judge to Mindy McCready: “return son to Florida

On Thursday Dec. 1, 2011 the AP reported a Florida judge says country singer Mindy McCready has violated a custody order and wants her 5-year-old son back in the state.
In a series of emails provided to The Associated Press on Thursday by McCready, Lee County Judge James Seals wrote to McCready's lawyer that once the boy is back in Florida "we'll pick up the pieces."
McCready said she was in Tennessee and will probably not be able to bring her son back to Florida.

In regard to the misleading "missing reports" surrounding Mindy McCready and her son, Zander:
McCready and son are safe, healthy and comfortable. No Amber Alert has been issued; this is not a missing child case. Ms. McCready has not been charged with illegal wrongdoings. Ms. McCready's number one priority has always been, and continues to be, the safety of her son. The 5-year old boy has been with his mother for more than 30 days; law enforcement officials spoke with the child and saw Zander via skype yesterday.

From McCready’s personal facebook page:

"FB Friends I know it has been a long time since you have heard from me... I have been fighting the Florida court system to protect my son, and bring him home. Wink TV has once again reported nothing but lies and they are most likely being supported by the attorney for DCF child services.
There is NO AMBER ALERT and my son is not missing! Detectives from the Cape Coral Police department established that this afternoon via Skype. Please do not worry or support anything they [the mom and ex-husband] continue to lie about!! Thanks Always.... Mindy"

Mindy McCready - Better times and chart success
Cover Art
Ten Thousand Angels

Back in 1996 Mindy released her debut album TEN THOUSAND ANGELS on BNA Records. It sold million copies and was certified double platinum. The album reached #5 on the Billboard Country charts and spurned 4 chart singles. The first single and title cut Ten Thousand Angels, reached #6, and the follow up was "Guys Do It All the Time” which was a #1 hit. "Maybe He'll Notice Her Now", which featured backing vocals from Richie McDonald peaked at #18 and the final single "A Girl's Gotta Do (What a Girl's Gotta Do)" reached  #4 in 1997.

IF I DON'T STAY THE NIGHT was her second album with BNA Records (released on November 4, 1997) and reached  number 12 on the Billboard Country Albums chart. The album has sold in excess on 825,000 copies received gold certification. In fact her track "Oh Romeo" crossed over the pond reaching  #41 on the UK Singles Chart.

I'M NOT SO TOUGH was her third album and fared less well in 1999 peaking at 17 on the US country charts and in a bid at a crossover adult pop record was less well received. The title cut "I'm Not So Tough" was a cover of the debut single by Dutch singer Ilse DeLange and the song “Thunder and Roses” later in 2001 it became a title cut for Pam Tillis recorded in 1998. McCready was then to part ways with the label

MINDY McCREADY was her self-titled fourth studio (see Cover)  this time released by Capitol Nashville in 2002, this peaked at   #29 on the US country charts.
In late July 2008 McCready's hopes were dashed for a possible comeback. reported the singer was in rehab. McCready's rep said, "To her credit, she has entered into an extended-care facility where she will receive the care needed." In June 2008 McCready was arrested in Tennessee and charged with violating probation for a 2004 drug charge.

Fast forward to February  2010 and nothing apparently seems simple for Mindy McCready anymore -
Iconic Records/Linus Entertainment/E1 Entertainment said in a press release they would release I'M STILL HERE March 23, 2010. In a statement Wednesday from McCready, that is not the full story - "The announcements for release of a Mindy record on March 23 are false. The real Mindy record will be released March 25. Iconic records, a label out of Denver who Mindy "used" to have an affiliation with planned to release unfinished subpar recordings of Mindy, trying to capitalize on the success of her recent comeback! Mindy made it known to her fans to know that Michael Fancher, Iconic Records, and Jimmy Nichols with Blackriver Records were behind this “vicious and libellous act”. A real Mindy record was to be released to stores to March 25, 2011 to coincide with her son Zander's birth – “Mindy is releasing the new album on this day to celebrate her two most happy moments: the birth of her son and her comeback to the world of music!”

Mindy quotes "I'm sorry to the fans that there is drama surrounding such a happy event, but I promise the musical experience of the new CD will be unforgettable”.

One might describe it as a recovery album rather than an 8-year comeback. The album was written by industry pros, McCready's choosing songs that would fit the theme of recovery and reawakening like the addictive romance of "Wrong Again". The title track "I'm Still Here." she wrote the song whilst in jail. The aptly titled album only made a # 71 place on the charts.

Mindy McCready Says Sex Tape Was No media Stunt.

In April  2010 Mindy McCready hoped to be all over the news last week regarding her new and 5th album, 'I'm Still Here,' rather than for the sex tape, 'Baseball Mistress' which had unexpectedly surfaced at the same time. The tape, to be distributed by Vivid Entertainment, was scheduled to be released on April 19 but has been delayed indefinitely in the wake of a legal battle over its release. "I had no idea," Mindy tells of the tape's existence. "I woke up one morning and turned on the computer and it was all over the place, so that's exactly how I found out."
The tape was allegedly stolen from a family friend.

"This has not been a media stunt," she told Country Weekly. "This was not a planned thing. I wish the media would think about things before they say them. It is a possibility that there are more people out there than myself that are trying to capitalize on me. The fact that every single thing that [media has speculated] that I did or orchestrated is simply not true."

In addition to her new album, Mindy penned a tell-all autobiography, also titled 'I'M STILL HERE,'

Number one single and album successes,  battling drug addiction, criminal charges and two separate prison sentences, suicide attempts, media backlash following a rumoured affair with married baseball star Roger Clemens, a sex tape and now custody battle and pregnancy. What’s  the next chapter for 36-year old Mindy? .....

Mindy McCready fails to comply with deadline to return son  (2 Dec 2011 )

Mindy failed to comply with a 5 p.m. deadline to return her 5-year-old son to Southwest Florida and a court order has been signed by a Lee County judge to take him into custody and return him to his grandmother’s home, child welfare officials said.
The Department of Children and Families and its providers have contacted law enforcement authorities to try to locate the child.
As quickly as folks can find the child, we’ll just as quickly return the child,” said Aimee McLaughlin, a spokeswoman for the Children’s Network of Southwest Florida. “Then, we will make arrangements to bring child home in the least traumatic and least stressful way.

Zander's father, Billy McKnight, does agree that his son is safe with the singer. He told NBC's 'Today' show that he spoke to his ex and their son over the phone yesterday.
"He did sound healthy and OK. He wasn't crying or scared," Billy insisted. "I think she believes she has a case and doesn't realize she's pushing her luck on this one."

UPDATE Dec. 3, 2011 Source
Sheriff: McCready didn't have OK to hide at house – AP -

ST. PETERSBURG, Florida (AP) — By the time authorities took country singer Mindy McCready's 5-year-old son from her and into custody on Friday evening, one thing had already become apparent: her life has come to resemble a bad country song.

Florida Department of Children and Families spokeswoman Terri Durdaller wrote in an email Saturday that her agency was working with Arkansas state officials to bring McCready's son, Zander, back to his legal guardian, McCready's mother.
Officials say the boy is safe and in good health after he and McCready were found in a bedroom closet of an unoccupied Arkansas home.

"Zander is in Arkansas and we continue to arrange his swift arrival back to Florida," Durdaller wrote.
In Arkansas, Cleburne County Sheriff Marty Moss said Saturday that McCready didn't have permission to be in the unoccupied summer home where she was found Friday evening with her son. Authorities continue to investigate, he said.
The sheriff's office said in a news release Saturday that McCready had been a visitor to the area. Authorities located her after receiving a report of "possible occupants in a summer home that was supposed to be unoccupied," the news release said.
Moss told The Associated Press on Saturday that he doesn't expect that McCready will face any charges for being at the unoccupied home.
Gayle Inge, McCready's mother, was tearful Friday night.
"I'm real excited that he's safe," she said. "But I can't explain what this is like. We feel for Mindy and we feel for Zander."

Inge said that her son — McCready's half-brother — texted McCready, who responded with a text that said her mother would never see her again.
"I want to wrap my arms around her and tell her that I love her," Inge said.
McCready, who turned 36 on Wednesday, did not respond to emails Friday and Saturday.

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