Thursday, December 3, 2009

Not dead yet

As Mark Twain might say, reports of the compact disc's demise are greatly exaggerated – or, at least, a bit premature. The top-selling debut recording in the U.S. during the past week, "I Dreamed a Dream" by Susan Boyle, the Scottish hausfrau-next-door turned international singing sensation, sold more than 700,000 copies, 94 percent of them CDs.

"Ms. Boyle’s sales are a reminder of a large and often forgotten audience: older listeners," writes The New York Times' Ben Sisario: