- Album sales fell by 4.4% from 330 million to 316 million.
- Digital albums accounted for 37% of the sales, but CD sales still dropped by 13%.
- Digital sales were up 5% from the previous year to an all-time high of 1.34 billion units.
- Country was up 4.1% in album sales, rock (still the biggest selling genre) was up 1.4%, but every other genre slipped from the previous year, with jazz down 26% and classical 20%.
- The top album seller was once again Adele's 21 with 4.4 million copies, followed by Taylor Swift's Red at 3.1 million and One Direction's Up All Night at 1.62 million.
- In terms of individual track sales, most genres rose in sales, with world music increasing the most with 111%, EDM at 36%, and blues by 24%
- Gotye's "Somebody That I Used To Know" topped all digital sellers with 6.8 million downloads, followed by Carly Rae Jepsen's "Call Me Maybe" at 6.7 million and fun.'s "We Are Young" at 5.7 million.
- Vinyl was up over last year once again, with 4.6 million copies sold, lead by Jack White's Blunderbuss at 34,000 and The Beatles Abbey Road at 30,000.
- Rod Stewart's Merry Christmas, Baby was the biggest selling holiday album at 858,000, followed by Michael Buble's Christmas at 622,000.
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