U.S. Album Sales Down 12.8 Percent

U.S. Album Sales Down 12.8 Percent

U.S. Album Sales Down 12.8 Percent
Album sales in the United States totaled 236.2 million units for the 52 weeks ending Jan. 2, a 12.8 percent decline compared to 2009, while sales of CDs decreased 20 percent for the fourth consecutive year, according to Nielsen SoundScan. Digital album sales increased 13 percent to 86.3 million units, accounting for 26.5 percent of all album sales, while individual track downloads totaled 1.17 billion units, a 1 percent increase. Vinyl sales reached a record-high 2.8 million units, a 14 percent year-over-year increase. For the first time in the digital era, overall music sales, including albums, digital tracks and videos, were down, declining 2.4 percent to 1.51 billion units. (1/6)

Eminem, Katy Perry Top Sellers In 2010
Eminem
's Recovery was the best-selling album in the United States in 2010 with 3.42 million copies sold, according to Nielsen SoundScan. Lady Antebellum's Need You Now was second with 3.09 million units, followed by Taylor Swift's Speak Now (2.96 million), Justin Bieber's My World (2.32 million), and Susan Boyle's The Gift (1.85 million) to round out the top five. Katy Perry's "California Gurls" featuring Snoop Dogg was the top-selling digital song in 2010 with 4.40 million units sold, and Eminem's "Love The Way You Lie" featuring Rihanna was the top streaming song with 22.4 million streams in 2010. (1/6)
 

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