Music Sales Up In 2011

Music Sales Up In 2011
U.S. album sales, including track equivalent albums, are up 4.8 percent year-to-date through Aug. 21, according to Nielsen SoundScan data. Physical album sales are down 4 percent, a smaller deficit compared to a 19 percent decline during the same period in 2010, and digital album sales are up 19.1 percent, compared to a 13.5 percent increase reported during the same period last year. Catalog album sales are up 3.5 percent for the year-to-date, but sales of new releases are down 9.5 percent. (9/6)

Paisley, Swift Among Top CMA Nominees
Nominations for the 45th Annual CMA Awards were announced today with GRAMMY winners Brad Paisley and Taylor Swift among the top nominees with five nods each, including Entertainer of the Year and Album of the Year for This Is Country Music and Speak Now, respectively. Jason Aldean and GRAMMY nominee Blake Shelton also garnered five nods each, including Entertainer of the Year and Male Vocalist of the Year. Additional artists garnering nominations were the Band Perry, Kenny Chesney, Sara Evans, Lady Antebellum, Carrie Underwood, Keith Urban, and Zac Brown Band, among others. The CMAs will take place Nov. 9 in Nashville. (9/6)

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