The RIAA's rules for gold and platinum certifications have changed, with the organization now including streams towards the units necessary to achieve certification. Similar to Billboard/Nielson's methods of counting sales, 1,500 streams will equate to ten track sales and thus an album sale. The result is that 17 albums have now hit a new certification today, including Kendrick Lamar's To Pimp A Butterfly being certified platinum. Check out the full list of newly certified albums in the replies.
Adele's 25 was the No. 1 album with 194,000 equivalent album units (164,000 pure album sales), and is its seventh week being at the top spot. Twenty One Pilots' album Blurryface was No. 3 on the Billboard 200 with 52,000 equivalent units (27,000 pure album sales). Rachel Platten's major label debut album, Wildfire, debuted at No. 5 with 45,000 equivalent units (29,000 pure album sales). The full top ten can be found over at Billboard.
As 2015 has ended, streaming and vinyl have shown a rise in the music industry, as physical albums and digital sales continue to decline. Billboard posted an interesting article that lists various 2015 statistics regarding the American recording music industry.
Streaming continued to overtake the American recorded music industry last year. In fact, it doubled -- from 164.5 billion songs streamed in 2014 to 317.2 billion last year, according to Nielsen Music. That increase translates into 211.5 million stream equivalent albums -- whereby 1,500 song streams equal one album -- up from 109.7 million in 2014. That's an increase of nearly 93 percent.
Hits Daily Double is reporting that Adele's 25 has sold 1,021,558 units during its second week. Billboard is set to confirm final numbers this Sunday. If true, this would have 25 become the first album to sell a million copies in more than one week.
Adele's album 25 has now crossed the 4 million mark of pure album sales. There are still four days left in sales tracking this week. She could be on track to reach another million in sales during the album's second week.
Billboard reached out to various members of N*Sync to get their thoughts on Adele's accomplishment today, and Joey Fatone responded.
"Records are always meant to be broken, but with technology and current music business model, I thought this one would be tough to beat," Fatone tells Billboard. "In all honesty, Adele is the truth -- kinda excited a rare talent like hers is in the same breath as our group. I'm a huge fan....I even bought the damn album."
I've run out of superlatives to describe Adele's sales numbers for 25, so let's just let them speak for themselves: she's sold 2.3 million copies in three days, putting her very close to beating N*Sync's first week record of 2.4 million in less than half the time; those numbers include 900,000 copies sold on iTunes on the first day alone, and she's projected to finish the week somewhere around 2.9 million. She also might bow out her second week with yet another million sold, becoming the first artist to ever do more than a million in two separate weeks. There really is no precedent for these kinds of sales.
In addition to the initial week-one projection of almost 2.5 million, sources add that Sony projects it will sell an additional 1 million CDs over the following three weeks. By Christmas, 25 could be at 4 million units total.
HypeBot has a good rundown on the current state of the music industry. Vinyl continues to do really well.
If you add in the new ways of looking at albums in the digital domain (track equivalent albums = 10 and stream equivalent albums = 1500), total album sales are actually up 14% over last year at this time.
Alabama Shakes have landed the #1 spot on the Billboard 200 with their new album, Sound & Color, selling a whopping 96K units. The band also released their new video for the title track which you can find in the replies.
Industry sources, however, told the Guardian that there is a sense of anxiety within the UK record industry that it should not follow the US model, which is believed to be flawed. The fear is that replicating the US model could mean one massive single has the potential to skew the chart performance of the parent album, driving it up the charts even if the rest of the album is clogged with tumbleweed.
According to Billboard, Beck's Morning Phase was the lowest-selling LP of this year's album of the year nominees and the lowest-selling album to win AOTY since 2008.
For comparison, six out of the last 10 LPs to win album of the year have sold more than a million copies before nabbing the honor. And all but three have moved more than half a million copies before winning album of the year (Arcade Fire's The Suburbs was also shy of that milestone).
Sam Smith's debut album, In The Lonely Hour, has officially gone platinum.
Sam Smith’s debut album In The Lonely Hour has been certified Platinum by the RIAA, following Multi-Platinum (4X) certification for his debut single, “Stay With Me,” and his current Platinum smash, “I’m Not The Only One.”* In addition to In the Lonely Hour selling more than one million copies by the traditional measures of physical and download album sales, it has sold an additional one million when factoring in the newer metrics of track- and stream-equivalent albums (as computed by Nielsen SoundScan).
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.
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.
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.
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...
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...
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?
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).