Digital Album Sales Up In 2011

Digital Album Sales Up In 2011
Digital album sales are up 17 percent in 2011 through May 15, with the top five digital albums selling 1.81 million units, up 38 percent from the same period last year and accounting for 9.4 percent of the total growth in digital album sales, according to Nielsen SoundScan. With sales of 755,000 units, Adele's 21 is the top-selling digital album of the year to date, followed by Mumford & Sons' Sigh No More (447,000), Songs For Japan (237,000), Lupe Fiasco's Lasers (195,000), and Britney Spears' Femme Fatale (177,000). This year's top-selling 200 albums have sold 26.8 percent more units than the top 200 albums in 2010. (5/25)

WNO Announces New Appointments
Theater/opera director Francesca Zambello has been named the new artistic advisor of the Washington National Opera, and current COO Michael L. Mael has been appointed the opera's executive director. Zambello will help develop the opera's artistic profile and offer advice and expertise related to opera repertoire, casting and creative teams. As executive director, Mael will manage the opera's activities while working to meet the organization's artistic and financial goals. According to a report in The New York Times, Plácido Domingo, the opera's current General Director, will step down from his position next month. (5/25)