2011 goes pop

By DANIEL BROCKMAN  |  December 20, 2011


RIHANNA, "WE FOUND LOVE" | Album sales actually went up in 2011 — but only because they bottomed out so spectacularly in '10. The album — now divided into 99-cent commodities — is dead-and-dying. We live in a singles-are-king era, and that king currently swoons over Rihanna. Her siren-call voice is a honeyed gift from the gods, and no one has worked the singles charts to such delirious effect in ages. "We Found Love" (her fourth 2011 #1!) is on its seventh straight week topping the charts and will likely keep drilling its way into skulls long after people have forgotten the name of the album that gave it birth.

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