Christian/Gospel Music Sales Up In 2006
January 5, 2007 at 8:59 AM (PT)
Christian/Gospel music and album sales rose in 2006, according to the GOSPEL MUSIC ASSOCIATION (GMA) and NIELSEN CHRISTIAN SOUNDSCAN. Overall music sales (CD, cassettes, digital albums, digital tracks) rose 3.4%, with 44.9 million units sold. Overall album sales rose 1.5%, with 40.2 million units sold.
"2006 was a good year for Christian/Gospel music," said GMA President/CEO JOHN STYLL. "Album sales were up, albeit slightly; digital sales continue to rise, and, most importantly, the impact of the Gospel through music reached beyond even what our sales reveal. Everywhere you look, in books, games, TV and movies, music that is inspired by faith seems more prevalent than ever before. There may be many reasons why this is true, but I think chief among them is that people seem to be drawn to the inspiring and compassionate message of Gospel music amid uncertain times.”
2006 was a good year for Christian/Gospel music.