Album Volume Up For The 15th Week In A Row Notes NARM
September 8, 2011 at 4:22 AM (PT)
NARM, the music business association, has good news about music sales.
"Thanks in large part to the impact of this year's MTV VIDEO MUSIC AWARDS, not to mention the huge opening numbers for LIL WAYNE's new album, SEPTEMBER has kicked off in grand style with this year's upward music sales trajectory continuing its momentum," said NARM Pres. JIM DONIO. "According to NIELSEN SOUNDSCAN, it is the 15th week in a row where year-to-date album volume is greater than the prior year. Overall album sales in this past chart week were actually up 29% compared with the prior week, and up 27% compared with last year. Year-to-date album sales are now up 3% from 2010, and digital track sales are up a strong 11% over last year."
"In the coming weeks," continued DONIO, "the star-studded FALL release schedule heralds new albums from artists including GEORGE STRAIT, LADY ANTEBELLUM, STAIND, PEARL JAM, TONY BENNETT, WILCO, KELLY CLARKSON, COLDPLAY, MARY J. BLIGE and AMERICAN IDOL's SCOTTY MCCREERY and LAUREN ALAINA, with more to come. And music fans will be inspired by more TV exposure with the CMA AWARDS, AMERICAN MUSIC AWARDS and GRAMMY nominations now on the horizon, as well as the debut of SIMON COWELL's 'THE X FACTOR.' We head into the all-important fourth quarter looking like a positive year-end is well within our reach, so stay tuned!"