The new top 10 CDs this week: albums from Sony/Columbia/Epic, Arista, Capitol, Decca, etc.

The only one from the Warner Music Group family, at number 10. It’s the Zac Brown Band, a jolly six man southern fried country blues bar band that is mostly unknown above the Mason Dixon line. That’s all right. They’ve got an authentic Georgia sound. And they’re keeping Edgar Bronfman, Jr and Lyor Cohen in Bentleys and Hamptons homes. Let’s hope Zac and co are living that well!

WMG also has numbers 11 and 12, too, but that point the sales numbers are cool.

In fact, WMG has had trouble turning the soundtrack to the new “Twilight” movie into a hit.

While the other labels do their best to make new artists work, WMG is kind of a mess. And yet yesterday, once again, they had a little run up in their stock price. Why? Who knows? Someone, no doubt. Make sense? Not a bit. Indeed, not a single album on the charts bears the actual Warner name.

This happens, though. Every quarter, right before an analyst conference call, WMG has a blip. Then comes the bad news. And the usual fall off. The next call is November 24th the Tuesday before Thanksgiving. That’s when Edgar Bronfman Jr will bring out the turkey. Or maybe a goose, and we’ll see if it’s cooked.

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Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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