U.S. Album Sales Down In 2012

U.S. Album Sales Down In 2012
U.S. album sales totaled 150.5 million units in the first half of 2012, a 3.2 percent decrease from the corresponding period in 2011, according to Nielsen SoundScan. Digital album sales were up 13.8 percent to 57.2 million units, and digital track sales were up 5.6 percent to 698 million units. CD sales dropped 11.8 percent to 91.06 million units. Overall recorded music sales (physical and digital albums, digital tracks, and physical singles) were up 4 percent to 850.2 million units. Adele's 21 was the biggest-selling album in the first half of 2012 with 5.50 million units sold, and Gotye's "Somebody That I Used To Know" featuring Kimbra is the top-selling digital song, with sales of 3.69 million units. (7/9)

Sirius XM Adds Record Subscribers In 2Q
Sirius XM Radio exceeded analysts' predictions and added more than 600,000 subscribers in the second quarter of 2012, up 38 percent from the same period last year and marking the best quarter for the company in terms of subscriber gains since Sirius and XM merged in 2008, according to Billboard.biz. Overall, the company added more than 1 million net subscribers in the first half of 2012, bringing Sirius XM radio's total subscribers to 22.9 million for the year to date ending June 30. (7/9)

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