So it looks like fewer and fewer people care about owning their music. This is the first year that I didn’t buy a single new release on compact disc (although I picked up a few deluxe reissues on CD). I bought a bunch of vinyl including Father John Misty’s Pure Comedy, the Mountain Goats’ Goths, … Continue reading 2017 Soundscan Data: Total Music Sales and Consumption
Video: Kendrick Lamar – “HUMBLE.” Ladies and gentlemen of the United States, I am pleased to announce we have a new number one record. After sitting at the top of Billboard’s Hot 100 singles chart for 12 of the year’s 18 weeks, that doughy English dweeb Ed Sheeran is finally knocked out. And who better … Continue reading Cool Still Rules: Kendrick Kicks Ed in the Teeth to Take No. 1
Let’s look at the music sales and streaming data from Nielsen Music over the past 20+ years.
You might have seen the news that “Uptown Funk” has been certified Diamond by the RIAA, which means that it achieved 10 million sales. Billboard says that “Uptown Funk” has sold over 12,422,016 in downloads and 938,694,569 audio streams in the U.S.” and that the video “has streamed over 1.9 billion times.” The RIAA’s certification … Continue reading “Uptown Funk” is certified Diamond with 11 million units
Fifty years is not ancient history. And yet mysteries are still possible. Earlier this week everybody celebrated the fiftieth anniversary of the release of two groundbreaking albums: the Beach Boys’ Pet Sounds and Bob Dylan’s Blonde on Blonde. Both of them are masterpieces but only one of them was released on May 16, 1966. Why … Continue reading When was Blonde on Blonde released? Nobody knows.
Music sales continue to slide but vinyl and streaming are on the rise, pushing “Total Album Consumption Units” up in 2015.
Adele’s new album, 25, sold 3.38 million copies in its first week in the United States. This is bonkers. That’s more — way more — than any other album has sold in a week since Nielsen started tracking real sales in 1991. Only one other album has sold more than two million albums in a … Continue reading Adele’s Album Sales Are Historically Bonkers
UPDATE: Here’s the 2017 Soundscan data.There have been lots of updates, additions, and corrections. This page has old info.Get the latest and greatest!Go now! In last year’s wrap up I wrote, “I wouldn’t be surprised if within a few years Billboard starts incorporating streams into their year-end charts somehow.” In fact, they started doing it … Continue reading Music Sales Over the Years: 2014 Year-End Soundscan Data
Last night Billboard announced some big changes to the way it calculates its Billboard 200 album chart, incorporating streams and individual track sales. Who cares, right? I do. Billboard has been charting albums since 1945 under many different names and formulas, but since May 1991 it’s been based on album sales as reported by Soundscan. … Continue reading Music Industry Gives Up on Albums
Taylor Swift has sold 1,287,000 copies of 1989 in its first week of release. That’s a lot of albums. Only 18 other albums have managed to move a million copies in a week since 1991 when SoundScan started tracking sales. And that 1.287 million isn’t even counting everybody in the U.S. who legally purchased 1989. … Continue reading Selling a Million Albums in a Week is a Big Deal