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Glenn Peoples, writing for Billboard:
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.
Jason Tate on 07/15/14 - 11:46 AM
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.
Jason Tate on 07/09/14 - 11:20 AM
The first half of the year is trending downward for music sales.
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.
Jason Tate on 07/07/14 - 10:10 PM
The debut symphony from Casey Crescenzo, Amour & Attrition, has earned the number one spots atop Billboard's Traditional Classical and Top Classical Albums Charts, number two on the Classical Albums Chart, and number seven on the Heatseeker Albums Chart. The full press release can be found in the replies and if you missed the episode of our podcast talking to Casey about the project, now's a good time to check it out.
Jason Tate on 06/17/14 - 11:13 PM
Paramore's "Ain't It Fun" has cracked the top 10 of Billboard's Hot 100. Congratulations to the band on their first top 10 single ever!
Thomas Nassiff on 05/14/14 - 12:27 PM
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...
Thomas Nassiff on 05/05/14 - 02:31 PM
Modern Baseball hit 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!
Thomas Nassiff on 02/19/14 - 08:17 AM
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...
Thomas Nassiff on 01/03/14 - 05:06 PM
Beyoncé's new album has topped the charts this week selling 617,000 copies in three days on iTunes. This is her fifth consecutive #1 album.
Jason Tate on 12/18/13 - 11:03 AM
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...
Drew Beringer on 12/15/13 - 10:33 PM
Billboard is reporting that Arcade Fire will most likely surpass Katy Perry's Prism in sales this week. The band's new album, Reflektor, is likely to sell around 135K copies. I guess that means your parents like it?
Blake Solomon on 11/01/13 - 08:00 AM
Katy Perry's new album, Prism, is set to debut at #1 next week with around 275,000 copies sold.
Joe DeAndrea on 10/23/13 - 03:34 PM
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).

Album SalesCassadee Pope - Frame By...
Joe DeAndrea on 10/16/13 - 10:11 AM
Touché Amoré's latest album, Is Survived By, debuted at #86 in the Billboard 200 this week. The band also topped the Vinyl Sales charts as well. Huge congrats to the band!
Drew Beringer on 10/02/13 - 04:43 PM
Saves the Day earned its second highest charting record, with Saves The Day landing at #56. The band's previous second best was 2006's Sound the Alarm, which debuted and peaked at #67. 2003's In Reverie is Saves The Day's highest charting record, as it debuted and peaked at #27.

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Drew Beringer on 09/26/13 - 12:17 PM
Apparently the CD version of All Time Low's Don't Panic: It's Longer Now are limited to "only" 15,000 units. It may seem like a lot, but consider the fact that this band has multiple top-10 debuts in the sales charts. They've sold well over 1 million albums and 4 million singles worldwide. Hit the replies to discuss if you think this a sign of a future marketing strategy. Will bigger labels start limiting CD quantities to raise the incentive to buy them? Is this the "vinylification" of the CD?
Thomas Nassiff on 09/11/13 - 12:32 PM
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).

Album SalesEarl Sweatshirt - Doris [Debut: 49,000]
Blessthefall - Hollow Bodies [Debut: 22,000]
William Beckett -...
Joe DeAndrea on 08/28/13 - 03:17 PM
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).

Album SalesParachute - Overnight [Debut: 15,000]
Hoodie Allen - Americoustic EP [Debut: 11,000]
Yellowcard - Ocean Avenue Acoustic [Debut: 7,000]
Katy Perry - "Roar" (Single)...
Joe DeAndrea on 08/21/13 - 09:13 AM
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).

Album SalesWe Came As Romans - Tracing Back Roots [Debut: 26,000]
Hands Like Houses -...
Joe DeAndrea on 07/31/13 - 08:19 PM
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.
Drew Beringer on 07/31/13 - 09:53 AM
Defeater has debuted at #72 in this week's Billboard Top 200 and at #1 on the Vinyl Chart. Congrats to the band!
Drew Beringer on 07/25/13 - 09:11 AM
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).

Album SalesThe Used - The Ocean Of The Sky [Debut: 3,000]
Like Moths To Flames - An Eye For An Eye...
Joe DeAndrea on 07/17/13 - 10:54 PM
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.
Drew Beringer on 07/16/13 - 01:58 PM
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).

Album SalesAugust Burns Red - Rescue & Restore [Debut: 26,000]
Attila - About That Life [Debut: 14,000]
Dessa - Parts of Speech [Debut: 6,000]
Forever the...
Joe DeAndrea on 07/04/13 - 12:22 AM
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...
Ryan Dennehy on 07/02/13 - 06:27 AM
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).

Album SalesCity and Colour - The Hurry and The Harm [Debut: 20,000]
Portugal. The Man - Evil Friends [Debut: 12,000]
The...
Joe DeAndrea on 06/12/13 - 10:45 AM
Updating our previous post projecting sales numbers of Sleeping With Sirens' new album, Feel, the final numbers have come in and the album sold 59,000 units in its debut week. That was good enough to place it at No. 3 on the Billboard charts, behind Queens of the Stone Age's debut week and Daft Punk's strong second week of Random Access Memories. The debut marks the band's best sales week and Rise Records' highest debut total ever. Congrats to the band and their entire team!
Coming in at No. 3 is a new arrival from rock act “Sleeping With Sirens,” which scores its best sales week and highest-charting album ever with “Feel.” The album debuts with 59,000 sold. Twenty-seven percent of the...
Thomas Nassiff on 06/12/13 - 08:32 AM
AFI has received its second platinum plaque as 2006's Decemberunderground has surpassed the one million sales mark. Congrats to the band.

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Drew Beringer on 06/11/13 - 03:54 PM
Billboard is reporting that Sleeping With Sirens will sell around 60,000 units of Feel in its first week on the charts, which will be second to Queens of the Stone Age (projected 80K) for debut albums in the week ending June 9. That number should be good enough to land Sleeping With Sirens in the top three on the Billboard 200 (competing with Daft Punk for the No. 2 slot). This would be the highest sales week of the band's career and, impressively, Rise Records' highest-selling debut.
Thomas Nassiff on 06/05/13 - 06:34 PM
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.
Drew Beringer on 05/30/13 - 04:24 PM
Vampire Weekend takes 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.

Album SalesFall Out Boy - Save Rock and Roll [15,000]
Escape The Fate - Ungrateful [Debut: 13,000]
Demi Lovato -...
Joe DeAndrea on 05/22/13 - 11:23 AM
The Wonder Years' new album, The Greatest Generation, has debuted at No. 20 on the Billboard 200 charts with 19,673 units moved in first-week sales. For some perspective: The first time I interviewed the band, they were excitedly reporting first-week sales of The Upsides that came in at 1,852 units. Suburbia I've Given You All and Now I'm Nothing debuted two years ago with 8,100 first-week sales. Congratulations to the band, their management and Hopeless Records!
Thomas Nassiff on 05/22/13 - 10:14 AM
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.

Album SalesPhoenix - Bankrupt! [15,000 / 65,000]
Fall Out Boy - Save Rock and Roll [24,000 / 214,000]
Fun. - Some Nights [Total: 1,32,000]
Paramore - Paramore [10,000 / 158,000]
Chunk! No, Captain Chunk! - Pardon My French [Debut: 6,000]
Daughter - If You Leave [Debut: 4,400]
Of Monsters and Men -...
Drew Beringer on 05/09/13 - 01:26 PM
Michael Buble tops the charts this week after selling 195,000 copies of his new album. Fantasia came in at number two, selling 91k. And Justin Timberlake has now sold about 1,673,000 copies of his new album as he hits number three. More notable sales can be found below. Album sales in this past chart week "totaled 5.15 million units, down 5% compared with the sum last week and down 5% compared with the comparable sales week of 2012. Year to date album sales stand at 95.64 million, down 5% compared to the same total at this point last year."

Album SalesPhoenix - Bankrupt! [Debut: 50,000]
Fall Out Boy - Save Rock and Roll [36,000 / 190,000]
Fun. - Some Nights [Total: 1,313,000]
Jason Tate on 05/01/13 - 11:27 AM
It's official! Fall Out Boy have the #1 record in the country, as Save Rock and Roll sold 154,000 units in its first week on the charts, enough to beat Kid Cudi's Indicud, which came in at #2 with 136,000 sold.
Chris Collum on 04/24/13 - 09:58 AM
Paramore ended up at #1 on the charts this week! Huge congrats to the band for selling 106,000 copies of their new album, and beating out Brad Paisley by 6,000 copies. Justin Timberlake comes in at number three selling 95,000 copies of his album - to put his total at 1.5 million. More notable sales can be found below. Overall album sales in this past chart week totaled 5.4 million units, down 4% compared with the sum last week and down 3% compared with the comparable sales week of 2012. Year-to-date album sales stand at 85.1 million, down 5% compared with the same total at this point last year.

Album Salesfun. - Some Nights (19,000 / 1,281,000)
Tyga - Hotel California (Debut: 53,000)...
Jason Tate on 04/17/13 - 10:02 AM
It's looking like Paramore's new self-titled album will debut at #1 on next week's Billboard chart with just around 110k units moved. This would be the band's first #1 record.
Drew Beringer on 04/11/13 - 08:13 AM
Bring Me The Horizon's latest album, Sempiternal, entered the Billboard Top 200 at #11, moving 27,522 copies.
Drew Beringer on 04/10/13 - 01:48 PM
Justin Timberlake once again was at the top of the charts last week selling another 317,000 copies of his new album. That brings the total to about 1.2 million copies. Lil Wayne debuted at number two with 217,000 copies of his latest and Blake Shelton came in at number three with close to 200,000 copies sold. More notable album sales are included below. Overall album sales in this past chart week totaled 6.52 million units, up 7% compared with the sum last week and up 6% compared with the comparable sales week of 2012. Year to date album sales stand at 74.02 million, down 5% compared to the same total at this point last year.

Album SalesOneRepublic - Native (Debut: 60,000)
Depeche...
Jason Tate on 04/04/13 - 02:41 PM
The Story So Far sold 13,500 copies of What You Don't See in its first week, ranking them at #46 on Billboard.
Dre Okorley on 04/04/13 - 09:29 AM
Justin Timberlake absolutely dominated the charts this week, selling 969,000 copies of his new album. Kacey Musgraves shows up at number two with 43,500 copies sold of Same Trailer Different Park, while Bruno Mars took third with 41,000 copies of his latest. More notable album sales are included below, including the Lydia debut and Fall Out Boy's single going gold. Overall album sales in this past week totaled 6.1 million units, up 9% compared with the previous week and up 11% compared with the comparable sales week of 2012. Year-to-date album sales stand at 67.5 million, down 6% compared with the same total at this point last year.

Album SalesImagine Dragons - Night Visions [29,000 /...
Jason Tate on 03/27/13 - 12:26 PM
Justin Timberlake is on track to debut at #1 on the Billboard 200 chart with between 950-975k copies of The 20/20 Experience sold.
Chris Collum on 03/24/13 - 10:16 AM
Shocker. Justin Timberlake's The 20/20 Experience is expected to sell a shit ton of records (somewhere in the 750-800k range) in its first week.
Drew Beringer on 03/21/13 - 11:43 AM
Another week, another album sale round up: Bon Jovi takes the top of the charts this week with 95k copies sold, and David Bowie comes in at number two with around 85k copies. Luke Bryan's Spring Break drops to number three with another 60 thousand. Overall album sales in this past chart week totaled 5.57 million units, up 2% compared with the sum last week and down 1% compared with the comparable sales week of 2012. Year to date album sales stand at 61.42 million, down 7% compared to the same total at this point last yea. More notable album sales are included below.

Album SalesSound City - Sound City (36,000)
Mumford and Sons - Babel (30,000 / 2,093,000)
Fun. - Some Nights (23,000 /...
Jason Tate on 03/20/13 - 01:15 PM
Another week, another deluge of album sales numbers for us geeks. Luke Bryan is topping the charts this week after moving close to 150k copies of his new album Spring Break ... Here To Party. The man, Jimi Hendrix, comes in at number two by selling 73k copies of People Hell and Angels, which if you don't own -- you need to check out. Bruno Mars drops to number three with 51k copies of his latest album, which pushes him over the 1 million mark in total sales. More of the charts can be found below. Overall album sales totaled 5.49 million units, down 5% compared with the sum last week and down 12% compared with the comparable sales week of 2012. Year to date album sales stand at 55.85...
Jason Tate on 03/13/13 - 11:46 AM

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