U.S. Music Sales Up 1.6 Percent

U.S. Music Sales Up 1.6 Percent
U.S. music sales, including albums and digital track equivalents, increased 1.6 percent for the year-to-date ending May 8, according to Nielsen SoundScan data. Album sales were down 1.5 percent, but the decline was offset by a 9.6 percent increase in digital track sales and a 16.7 percent increase in digital album sales. CD sales dropped 8.8 percent, a small decline compared to a 20 percent decrease in recent years, while vinyl sales increased 37 percent. The top-selling album of 2011 to date is Adele's 21, which has sold 1.55 million units. (5/12)

YouTube Launches Top 100 Chart
has launched the YouTube 100, a weekly chart that tracks song popularity based on traffic across official music videos, user-generated videos and viral debuts. Debuting at the top of the chart is Jennifer Lopez's "On The Floor," followed by Lady Gaga ("Judas"), Katy Perry featuring Kanye West ("E.T."), Chris Brown featuring Lil Wayne and Busta Rhymes ("Look At Me Now"), and Bruno Mars ("The Lazy Song"). (5/12)


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