I’d been holding off on releasing this post until Billboard published Ed Christman’s year-end wrap-up online, but it looks like it’s going to be print-only. So go out and buy the magazine if you want Ed’s perspective on these numbers. For 2018 Billboard changed the way it calculates streaming equivalent albums. From 2014 through 2017 … Continue reading 2018 Soundscan Data: Total Music Sales and Streams
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
Three years ago this month, we reminded everybody that Selling a Million Albums in a Week is a Big Deal after Taylor Swift released 1989 and sold 1.287 million. At that time only 18 other albums had hit that mark since Soundscan began tracking sales in 1991. Before Swift’s new album, Reputation, sold 1.216 million … Continue reading Taylor breaks a million for the fourth time
Let’s look at the music sales and streaming data from Nielsen Music over the past 20+ years.
While I anxiously await Nielsen’s year-end music sales report, I thought I’d share a few highlights of their recent recap of the state of the radio industry at the end of 2016: • “radio’s reach is larger than any other format [TV, PC, devices] and only continues to grow year-over-year” • “radio reaches 93% of … Continue reading Yes, People Still Listen to the Radio