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Top Ten Selling Albums Of 2010’s Final Week

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Technically there are two more days to go, but this Billboard list of the top sellers this week should be a good snapshot of where the country at large is at in music tastes. It certainly reveals something about what people think other people wanted for Christmas. It’s fairly bleak.

Perhaps it was Taylor Smith’s airline terror campaign that propelled her to the top of the sales charts, or maybe the celebrity-dating-gossip that’s central to her melodramatic album, “Speak Now,” was just too irresistible — with 276,000 copies sold this week

The number two seller proves that you don’t need to be an elfin blond with perfect teeth to sell records, in fact pride of the UK, Susan Boyle, is a very close second to Swift. The Scottish wonder’s holiday themed album, “The Gift” sold 240,000 copies this week. The “Glee” Christmas album came in third and the King of Pop’s “Michael” continues to climb in sales.

Admittedly, all of these artists have wide appeal, or at least crossover between different age groups and big sales are understandable. Still, the list looks like another death spasm for the quality of the music industry as a whole. Billboard top charts always look like a mystery to the more indie minded observer, but we can still shake our heads year after year like we’re dismayed anew. Of course, all the albums stolen, hacked and pirated are not included — I bet they were some good ones!

Billboard 200 top 10 albums (week of Dec. 29th):

1. Taylor Swift — “Speak Now”
2. Susan Boyle — “The Gift”
3. Glee — “Glee Christmas album”
4. Jackie Evancho — “O Holy Night”
5. Michael Jackson — “Michael”
6. Jamie Foxx – “Best Night Of My Life”
7. Eminem — Recovery
8. Nicki Minaj — “Pink Friday”
9. Keyshia Cole — “Calling All Hearts”
10. Rihanna — “Loud”
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The Best Of The Last

Portlandia Goes Out With A Bang

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The end is near. In mere days Portlandia wraps up its final season, and oh what a season it’s been. Lucky for you, you can watch the entire season right now right here and on the IFC app, including this free episode courtesy of Subaru.

But now, let’s take a moment to look back at some of the new classics Fred and Carrie have so thoughtfully bestowed upon us. (We’ll be looking back through tear-blurred eyes, but you do you.)

Couples Dinner

It’s not that being single sucks, it’s that you suck if you’re single.

Cancel it!

A sketch for anyone who has cancelled more appointments than they’ve kept. Which is everyone.

Forgotten America

This one’s a “Serial” killer…everything both right and wrong about true crime podcasts.

Wedding Planners

The only bad wedding is a boring wedding.

Disaster Hut

It’s only the end of the world if your doomsday kit doesn’t include rosé.

Catch up on Portlandia’s final episodes on demand and at IFC.com

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Your Portlandia Personality Test

The New Portlandia Webseries Is Going Your Way

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Carrie and Fred understand that although we have so much in common, we’re each so beautifully unique and different. To help us navigate those differences, Portlandia has found an easy and honest way to embrace our special selves in the form of a progressive new traffic system: a specific lane for every kind of driver. It’s all in honor of the show’s 8th and final season, and it’s all presented by Subaru.

Ready to find out who you really are? Match your personality to a lane and hop on the expressway to self-understanding.

Lane 10: Trucks Piled With Junk

Your junk is falling out of your trunk. Shake a tail light, people — this lane is for you.

Lane 33: Twins

You’re like a Gemini, but waaaay more pedestrian. Maybe you and a friend just wear the same outfits a lot. Who cares, it’s just twinning enough to make you feel special.

Lane 27: Broken Windows

Bad luck follows you around and everyone knows it. Your proverbial seat is always damp from proverbial rain. Is this the universe telling you to swallow your pride? Yes.

Lane 69: Filthy Cars

You’re all about convenience. Getting your car washed while you drive is a no-brainer.

Lane 43: Newly Divorced Singles

It’s been a while since you’ve driven alone, and you don’t know the rules of the road anymore. What’s too fast? What’s too slow? Are you sending the right signals? Don’t worry, the breakdown lane is nearby if you need it.

Still can’t find a lane to match your personality? Check out all the videos here. And see the final season of Portlandia this spring on IFC.

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Last-Minute Holiday Gift Guide

Hits from the '80s are on repeat all Christmas Eve and Day on IFC.

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It’s the final countdown to Christmas and thanks to IFC’s movie marathon all Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, you can revel in classic ’80s films AND find inspiration for your last-minute gifts. Here are our recommendations, if you need a head start:

Musical Instrument

Great analog entertainment substitute when you refuse to give your kid the Nintendo Switch they’ve been drooling over.

Breakfast In Bed

Any significant other or child would appreciate these Uncle Buck-approved flapjacks. Just make sure you’re not stuck on clean up duty.

Cocktail Supplies

You’ll need them to get through the holidays.

Dance Lessons

So you can learn to shake-shake-shake (unless you know ghosts willing to lend a hand).

Comfy Clothes

With all the holiday meals, there may be some…embigenning.



Get even more great inspiration all Christmas Eve and Day on IFC, and remember…