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U.S. Album Sales Down In 2012
U.S. album sales fell 4.4 percent from 2011 after posting their first gain since 2004 last year, according to Nielsen SoundScan. CD Sales dropped 13.5 percent to 193.4 million units while digital album sales grew by 14.1 percent. Digital tracks increased 5.1 percent to 1.34 billion units, and vinyl albums dropped 17.7 percent to 4.55 million units. Overall recorded music sales (album sales plus track equivalent albums) declined 1.8 percent in 2012. Adele's 21 was the biggest-selling album of 2012 with 4.4 million units sold, and Gotye's "Somebody That I Used To Know" featuring Kimbra was the top-selling digital song with sales of 6.8 million units.
Universal Music Group Tops Market Share
Universal Music Group's purchase of EMI in September 2012 helped the company earn a 32.8 percent market share in 2012, according to Nielsen SoundScan. Sony Music Entertainment had a market share of 29.1 percent, and Warner Music Group saw a small increase in market share last year to 18.9 percent in 2012 from 18.7 percent in 2011. According to Billboard, independents had more than 30 percent of the market if counted by label ownership.
Men's Wearhouse Apologizes to Megadeth's Dave Mustaine
Ordering gifts online during the holidays can be a major pain even for hardcore rock stars like Megadeth frontman Dave Mustaine, who received an apology from Men's Wearhouse on Jan. 2 after he lambasted the company's delivery service on Facebook. Mustaine claimed the men's retailer failed to uphold their two-day delivery guarantee for a gift certificate he ordered for his tour manager before Christmas. "I really think that it sucks when people make false claims, that they don't care to make good on a problem that is clearly their fault," wrote Mustaine on his Facebook page. "I for one, will never set foot in a Men's Warehouse [sic], even for shelter from a blizzard. I absolutely GUARANTEE it." We're not sure if Mustaine's tour manager ever received his gift certificate or purchased a suit from Men's Wearhouse, but if he does, Mustaine's likely guaranteed to be enraged every time he sees it.
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