Starting December 4th, streaming services and downloaded tracks will factor into Billboard's weekly album chart.
SoundScan and Billboard will count 1,500 song streams from services like Spotify, Beats Music, Rdio, Rhapsody and Google Play as equivalent to an album sale. For the first time, they will also count “track equivalent albums” — a common industry yardstick of 10 downloads of individual tracks — as part of the formula for album rankings on the Billboard 200.
A lot of people were wondering how the Yellowcard and New Found Glory albums would sell first week. Well, according to Soundscan, NFG outsold Yellowcard ... by almost 100 copies! Both albums had solid debuts right around the 13,000 mark. They did both beat out 5 Seconds of Summer for the week, although that album has already moved close to 500,000 units total.
Eddy Cue, Apple's senior VP of internet software and services, tells Billboard that U2's Songs of Innocence has racked up a staggering 26 million complete downloads since its Sept. 9 release as a free download exclusively to Apple's 500 million global iTunes customers. In total, Cue adds, over 81 million Apple customers experienced songs from Innocence, a global figure that includes plays and streams through iTunes, iTunes Radio and Beats Music. "To help put this into perspective," he says, "prior to this, 14 million customers had purchased music from U2 since the opening of the iTunes Store in 2003."
Hey, did you know barely anyone is buying albums? Well, the record industry hit a new low last week. Billboard is reporting that for the first time since album sales were counted, they've dropped below 4 million.
This week's 3.97-million album sales tally is the smallest weekly sum for album sales since Nielsen SoundScan began tracking data in 1991. It's also the first time weekly sales have fallen below four million in that time span.
Jack White's second solo album, Lazaretto, has become the best selling vinyl record since Pearl Jam's Vitalogy back in 1994. Lazaretto has moved over 62,000 vinyl units, vinyl LP sales of Lazaretto account for roughly 25% of the album's total sales. In its debut week, Lazaretto sold over 40,000 copies making it the highest first-week vinyl sales since SoundScan began tracking sales data in 1991.
5 Seconds of Summer debuted at #1 on the Billboard charts -- moving 259,000 units. On last week's episode of the podcast we talked a lot about this band and record sales and if anyone would ever break the two million in one week mark again.
People are still buying albums -- millions of them each week -- but new releases are accounting for a smaller percentage of those sales. Looking at the last five years of album sales, current release sales have fallen 38.1% while catalog sales have dropped 22.4%, according to Billboard analysis of Nielsen SoundScan. This disparity in rates of decline has meant catalog sales account for a greater share of total sales than five years ago.
CDs outsell vinyl records many times over, but CDs don’t have nearly the cachet or booster-ish press coverage. Even cassettes have been revived by indie labels like Burger Records, which are successfully remaking cheap, junky, and sonically wobbly plastic-encased media as collectible boutique items. (This partly explains why, at this very moment, there are cool kids listening to White Lion tapes post-ironically at the trendiest dive bar in your neighborhood.) CD buyers, meanwhile, are made to feel like we’re living in a Richard Matheson story.
Magic!'s debut album Don't Kill The Magic! will hit the Billboard Top 200 Albums chart at number six and the Digital Albums Chart at number two in its first week. The hit single "Rude" continues its reign at number 2 on the Billboard Hot 100 Singles Chart.
Album sales dropped nearly 15% compared with the same period last year, and overall music consumption, which combines sales and streaming activity, dropped 3.3%, according to figures released by the sales and streaming monitoring service. But taken individually, on-demand streaming of music and videos showed a combined increase of 42% during the first half of this year, with video streaming up 35% and audio streaming jumping just over 50% compared with 2013.
Right after the boom that Record Store Day provided the vinyl industry, The Tennessean reports that Nashville-based United Records, currently the country's largest vinyl pressing plant, will expand its operations to the tune of adding 16 new presses (they currently have 30) in a brand-new warehouse. The expansion will run the plant $5.5 million.
The expansion plans come amid growing demand from vinyl enthusiasts. "Our belief is that it's being driven by the rise in digital," said Jay Millar, United Record's director of marketing. "People who want something tangible and the best sound quality and experience are going to vinyl as opposed to CDs." Millar said the 30 presses at the...
The Quietus has a great piece up about the negative effects that the 2014 Record Store Day has been having on the industry it's designed to help. The essay is filled with comments and quotes from small labels about the effects RSD has had on their schedules, releases, and a number of other problems. Who's to blame? In the minds of some, it's the major labels elbowing their way onto the scene and saying "What can we shit into the form of a record and shove into the hands of the wanton masses?" If you're planning on hitting the shops this year, does this change any of your purchasing plans?
Modern Baseballhit the No. 84 spot on this week's Billboard 200, moving 4,473 units in first-week sales of You're Gonna Miss It All. In case anyone is keeping track, they charted one spot above Daughtry and only five spots behind Nickelback. They also topped the vinyl sales chart. Congrats to the band, their management and Run For Cover Records!
Billboard reported year-end SoundScan numbers today, revealing that Justin Timberlake's The 20/20 Experience led the way in 2013 with 2.43 million units sold. The 20/20 Experience is the worst-selling top-selling album in a year since SoundScan began recording data, while 2012's top-selling album (Adele's 21) moved 4.41 million units (not to mention a year-high 5.82 million in 2011 as well). Vinyl record sales continued a trend of improving by double-digit percentage points year-over-year since Record Store Day was invented, with 6.1 million vinyl LPs sold (33% more than 4.55 million in 2012). Robin Thicke took top single honors with "Blurred Lines" garnering 6.5 million downloads in a...
Beyoncé's new self-titled record sold more than 430k in its first day of release and is projected to sell more than 600k (all digital, of course) and debut at #1 on the Billboard. Remember that the record was released this past Friday, so that's 600k+ in four day span. For comparison, her first day numbers outsold Katy Perry’s Prism (286k in its first week), Lady Gaga’s ARTPOP (258k), Miley Cyrus' Bangerz (270k), and Kanye West's Yeezus (327k), while her total first week will outsell her husband's (Jay Z) first week output with Magna Carta Holy Grail (528k). Basically, holy crap. It'll be interesting to see what her Friday-Thursday total is - I wonder if Beyoncé could have been the...
Miley Cyrus comes in at number one on the charts this week with her new album, Bangerz, selling 270,000. At number two is Panic! At The Disco's new full-length, Too Weird To Live, Too Rare To Die, which sold 84,000. Dropping a spot and landing at number three is Drake's Nothing Was The Same which sold 83,000. More notable sales can be found below. Album sales in the past chart week totaled 4.8 million units, up less than 1% compared to last week, and down 6% compared to the comparable week's sales in 2012. Year-to-date sales are currently at 214.8 million, and that's down 6% compared to the total at this point last year (228.9 million).
Luke Bryan remains at the top spot for the second week in a row, selling 159,000 copies of Crash My Party. John Mayer comes at #2 with Paradise Valley which sold 144,000, and at #3 is TGT, who moved 76,000 copies of their new album, Three Kings. More notable sales can be found below. Album sales in the past chart week totaled 4.9 million units, down 4% compared to last week, and down 3% compared to the comparable week's sales in 2012. Year-to-date sales are currently at 181 million, and that's down 6% compared to the total at this point last year (192.5 million).
Luke Bryan takes the #1 spot this week with his new album, Crash My Party, which sold 528,000 copies. At #2 is K. Michelle's Rebellious Soul (72,000), and NOW 47 lands at #3, selling 52,000. More notable sales can be found below. Album sales in the past chart week totaled 5.1 million units, up 8% compared to last week, and down 3% compared to the comparable week's sales in 2012. Year-to-date sales are currently at 176.1 million, and that's down 6% compared to the total at this point last year (187.5 million).
Katy Perry's "Roar" will sell between 525k-550k downloads, which will put the track in the top 10 of best selling debuts for a single. Additionally, Lady Gaga is expected to sell around 200k-225k downloads of "Applause."
Selena Gomez knocks Jay Z off the top spot as her debut record, Stars Dance, lands at #1 with 96,000 copies sold. Meanwhile, Jay's Magna Carta... Holy Grail falls to #2 with 77,000 sold, and at #3 is the soundtrack to Disney movie, Teen Beach, and that moved 57,000 units. More notable sales can be found below. Album sales in the past chart week totaled 4.68 million units, down 1% compared to last week, and down 4% compared to the comparable week's sales in 2012. Year-to-date sales are currently at 161.2 million, and that's down 6% compared to the total at this point last year (172.1 million).
We Came As Romans's new album, Tracing Back Roots, debuted at #8 on the Billboard Top 200 and at #1 on the Hard Rock Chart. Congrats to the band. We'll have more numbers and stats for you later in the day.
Jay-Z notches his 13th number one record this week with Magna Carta... Holy Grail, selling 527,000. Ciara returns with her new self-titled record which moved 58,000 units, and J. Cole remains in the top three selling 39,000 of Born Sinner. More notable sales can be found below. Album sales in the past chart week totaled 4.84 million units, down less than one percent compared to last week, and down 13% compared to the comparable week's sales in 2012. Year-to-date sales are currently at 151.7 million, and that's down 6% compared to the total at this point last year (161.8 million).
Dessa's latest album, Parts of Speech, debuted at #74 in the Billboard Top 200. Major congrats to her. You can read my review of the record here. Also, Sims will be jumping on the second half of her tour and you can see those dates in the replies.
Wale takes the number 1 spot on this week's charts selling 158,000 copies of his new album, The Gifted. J. Cole comes in at number two selling 84,000, and Kanye West adds another 65,000 to the total of Yeezus. More notable sales can be found below. Album sales in the past chart week totaled 5 million units, down 10% compared to last week, and down 13% compared to the comparable week's sales in 2012. Year-to-date sales are currently at 142 million, and that's down 6% compared to the total at this point last year (150.5 million).
The RIAA has changed it's rules regarding digital sales and platinum eligibility, meaning that once Jay-Z's Magna Carta Holy Grail is released to Samsung Galaxy users, it will essentially have gone platinum.
Going forward, sales of albums in digital format will become eligible on the release date, while sales of albums in physical format will still become eligible for certification 30 days after the release date.
Not only do we believe it’s sensible and logical to align digital album rules with those we have maintained for digital singles since the program’s inception, we also consider today’s move in line with our larger efforts to modernize the G&P Program to reflect the new music...
Queens of the Stone Age land at the #1 spot this week with their new album, ...Like Clockwork, which moved 90,000 copies. Daft Punk drops to #2 with 62,000 copies sold, and Sleeping With Sirens make an impressive debut at #3 with Feel selling 59,000. More notable sales can be found below. Album sales in the past chart week totaled 4.9 million units, up 1% compared to last week, and down 8% compared to the comparable week's sales in 2012. Year-to-date sales are currently at 126.3 million, and that's down 5% compared to the total at this point last year (133 million).
It was a big first week for Daft Punk, as the duo claimed its first number one debut on the Billboard 200, moving 339k units of their new album, Random Access Memories. The National popped at number three, moving 75k copies of its new album, Trouble Will Find Me.
Vampire Weekendtakes the #1 spot on the charts this week with 134,000 copies sold. Justin Timberlake sells another 43,000 to end up at #7, and The Wonder Years' The Greatest Generation lands at #20 selling 19,000, making the album the band's highest debut yet. More notable sales can be found below. Album sales in the past chart week totaled 5.10 million, down 8% compared to last week's numbers, and up less than 1% compared to the comparable week's sales in 2012. Year-to-date sales are now at 111.4 million, and that's down 5% compared to the total at this point last year.
Kenny Chesney tops the charts this week after selling 153,000 copies of his new album. Michael Buble came in at number two, selling another 96k. Justin Timberlake has now sold about 1,741,000 copies of his new album as he stayed at number three. Macklemore & Ryan Lewis made a healthy jump back into the top 5, selling 35k copies of The Heist. More notable sales can be found below.