U.S. Music Sales Down 2.4% Last Year
January 6, 2011 at 4:21 AM (PT)
It's no surprise, but the numbers are still down, as U.S. music sales fell 2.4% last year "as consumers continued to abandon physical CDs and increased their spending online," reports BLOOMBERG.COM. "Consumers bought 1.51 billion albums, singles, music videos and digital tracks in 2010, down from 1.55 billion in 2009, according to NIELSEN SOUNDSCAN data. Digital music accounted for 46% of all music purchases in 2010, up from 40% in 2009 and 32% in 2008."
UNIVERSAL MUSIC GROUP sold 3.42 million copies of EMINEM's "Recovery," to make it the top-selling album of the year. "CALIFORNIA Gurls," by KATY PERRY sold 4.4 million copies for EMI GROUP, making her the top selling singles artist. The most albums were sold by BIG MACHINE's TAYLOR SWIFT, with 4.47 million albums in 2010,
Digital sales were up 1% to 1.17 million units, with digital album up 13% to 86.3 million units.