Record Store Day Spikes U.S. And UK Sales

Record Store Day Spikes U.S. And UK Sales

Record Store Day Spikes U.S. And UK Sales
Album sales at U.S. independent retail outlets during the week of Record Store Day increased 39 percent, accounting for 41 percent of the week's overall 8 percent increase in total album sales, according to Nielsen SoundScan. Record Store Day also helped drive an exponential 697 percent sales increase in vinyl singles, as well as album sales increases for several artists at independent retail outlets, including Jason Aldean (86 percent), the Black Keys (86 percent), Mumford & Sons (33 percent), R.E.M. (27 percent), and Adele (23 percent). In the UK, single sales at independent retail outlets doubled and album sales were up 20 percent compared to 2010, according to the Official Charts Company. (4/21)

Apple Posts Record Quarter
reported record revenue of $24.67 billion and a record profit of $5.99 billion for the second quarter ending March 26, up from revenue of $13.50 billion and profit of $3.07 billion in the year-ago quarter. During the quarter, Apple sold 18.65 million iPhones, up 113 percent from the previous year; 9.02 million iPods, a 17 percent decline; and 4.69 million iPads. (4/21)

Francesca Battistelli Wins Artist Of The Year
GRAMMY nominee and Recording Academy Florida Chapter GRAMMY Showcase finalist Francesca Battistelli won the Artist of the Year award at the 42nd Annual GMA Dove Awards on April 20. Battistelli also picked up awards for Female Vocalist of the Year and Pop/Contemporary Recorded Song of the Year for "Beautiful, Beautiful." Other artists garnering three awards each were Chris August, Jason Crabb and Point Of Grace. The GMA Dove Awards recognize achievement in the Christian and gospel music genres. (4/21)


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