Monday, January 9, 2012

CDs Still Dominate Album Sales

2011 Album Sales Breakdown image from Bobby Owsinski's Music 3.0 blogHere's something that might take you by surprise. According to Nielsen Soundscan, more than two-thirds of all albums purchased in the US in 2011 were physical CDs.  That means that out of a total of 330.6 million albums sold during the year, 223.5 million of them were discs, or 67.6 percent.  
That said, a few days ago the UK's BPI stated that 76.1 percent of all albums purchased last year were CDs, so they're still somewhat behind on the digital transition.

Want some good news about music sales? In the US, album unit sales were actually up by 1.3 percent last year, while the sales of CDs slumped 5.7 percent. Digital albums also gained a healthy 19.5 percent to reach a record 103.1 million units.  But the big winner was vinyl, which was up by 36.3 percent to nearly 4 million units. Will 2012 show the same results?

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