2011 Album Sales Up In The US, First Increase Since 2004!

Posted: January 5, 2012 in Music
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This is great news, and I feel like we all owe this to Adele.

 

 

 

From Yahoo/AP:

LOS ANGELES (AP) — U.S. album sales rose more than 3 percent last year for the first gain since 2004 — a sign that rising digital sales are finally stemming the decade-long decline of compact discs.

The uptick to 458 million album sales was helped by the hugely popular sophomore album “21” from British singer Adele, which sold 5.8 million, according to Nielsen SoundScan. Huge interest in Adele also led to the sales of 856,000 copies of “19,” her debut album from 2008.

Michael Buble’s “Christmas,” which was released in late October, racked up 2.5 million album sales. Lady Gaga’s “Born This Way” sold 2.1 million, boosted by a massive sale at Amazon.com earlier in the year for a heavily discounted 99 cents.

Digital album sales rose nearly 20 percent to 103 million, while CDs fell nearly 6 percent to 225 million.

The rest of the total is made up largely of digital single tracks, where 10 tracks are counted as one album. Digital singles sales rose nearly 9 percent to 1.27 billion.

The digital sales gains are likely here to stay, said Dave Bakula, senior vice president of analytics at Nielsen. He noted more consumers are using high-end mobile devices, and Google Inc. has launched its online music store, giving it a way to sell music to users of smartphones on its Android platform.

Sales of older albums rose nearly 9 percent to 151 million, thanks to heavy discounting, including a Father’s Day promotion at some big box retailers and iTunes that touted Journey’s greatest hits and the work of other older rock bands.

 

Hopefully, another artist puts out an album as great as “21” this year and 2012 shows another increase.

What albums did you buy in 2011??

 

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