Digital Album Sales Top Track Sales

Digital Album Sales Top Track Sales

Digital Album Sales Top Track Sales
Digital album sales totaled 22.79 million units (when accounting 10 units per album) for the week ending Sept. 4, topping digital track sales of 22.42 million and marking only the second time album sales have exceeded track sales in the digital area, according to Nielsen SoundScan. The Beatles' catalog launch at iTunes in November 2010 marked the other milestone. Two of the top-selling digital albums for the week were Lil Wayne's Tha Carter IV, which sold 362,000 units, representing 38 percent of the album's total sales, and the Red Hot Chili Peppers' I'm With You, which sold 104,000 units, 45 percent of its sales. (9/8)

Kennedy Center Honorees Announced
GRAMMY winners Neil Diamond, Yo-Yo Ma and Sonny Rollins, GRAMMY-nominated artist Barbara Cook, and GRAMMY-nominated actress Meryl Streep have been selected to receive the 2011 Kennedy Center Honors award. The artists will be recognized at the 34th annual Honors Gala at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C., on Dec. 4. Recipients are celebrated for their lifetime contributions to American culture through the performing arts, and are selected by the center's Board of Trustees. Past recipients have included Bob Dylan, Plácido Domingo, Merle Haggard, Paul McCartney, Smokey Robinson, Bruce Springsteen, Tina Turner, and John Williams. (9/8)

Adele Makes UK Chart History
GRAMMY winner Adele has become the first artist to sell 3 million albums in the UK during one calendar year with her sophomore set 21, according to a Billboard.biz report. The album has spent 33 weeks in the Top 5 on the UK Official Albums Chart with average sales of 91,000 units per week, and becomes the third best-selling album by a British female artist behind Amy Winehouse's Back To Black and Leona Lewis' Spirit. (9/8)

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