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Music Sales Over the Years: 2014 Year-End Soundscan Data

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

Music Industry Gives Up on Albums

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

Selling a Million Albums in a Week is a Big Deal

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

Eleven Million Adele Fans Can’t Be Wrong

A couple of years ago, it blew my mind that Adele’s 21 had sold more than 100,000 copies per week for what ended up being 45 weeks by the time I stopped paying attention. Back then 21 had cumulative sales of a little over seven million. Well, guess what: it’s still selling. Last week Adele’s … Continue reading Eleven Million Adele Fans Can’t Be Wrong

Overall Album Sales Watch: New Low of 4.05 Million

I usually keep an eye on Billboard‘s Chart Beat, but I must have missed it a few weeks ago because the week ending July 13 set a new record for the fewest overall album sales with just 4.05 million. Things are rough for the album: Weekly album sales volume has been below 5 million for … Continue reading Overall Album Sales Watch: New Low of 4.05 Million

Music Sales Over the Years: 2013 Year-End Soundscan Data

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! I love it when Billboard releases the year-end Soundscan data. It’s fascinating to see how people are spending their money on music. I wouldn’t be surprised if within a few years … Continue reading Music Sales Over the Years: 2013 Year-End Soundscan Data

Album Sales Over the Years: 2012 Year-End Soundscan Data

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! Hurray! Billboard has published the 2012 Soundscan numbers! I love this data and I’ve been collecting it for years, looking up back issues of Billboard and scouring old news reports. It’s … Continue reading Album Sales Over the Years: 2012 Year-End Soundscan Data

How does Adele keep finding new fans?

Are you one of the almost six million people who’ve bought Adele’s 21? If not, there’s no real hurry. You don’t have to rush into the decision. Adele has somehow managed to find at least 100,000 new people to buy her album every week for 32 (non-consecutive) weeks now. At the end of last year, … Continue reading How does Adele keep finding new fans?

12 Years of Album Sales: 2011 Year-End Soundscan Data

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! The big news is that total albums sales actually went up a little for the first time since 2004. Of course, considering the fact that physical CD sales slid another 6% … Continue reading 12 Years of Album Sales: 2011 Year-End Soundscan Data