Mumford and Sons officially had the best debut week album sales of 2012 with over 600,000 copies sold. Babel had the second biggest debut week in digital sales ever with 420,000 downloads, just falling behind Lady Gaga's Born This Way last year. The only other indie distributed album to do better was The Eagles' Long Road Out of Eden back in 2007. Another interesting fact is 1 out of every 10 Spotify users in the US streamed at least one track from Babel.
A report by MusicMetric shows that Americans used BitTorrent to illegally download 759 million songs (assuming 10 songs per album) throughout the first half of 2012. The most active city for illegal downloads was Gainesville, Fla., with other small towns (Albany, GA; Fairbanks, AK; Lexington, KY; Tallahassee, FL) being listed as other high offenders. This information was rated per capita. The report lists YouTube as the most popular website for listening to music. Check out the full rundown here.
Ben Folds Five's new album, The Sound Of The Life Of The Mind debuted at #10 on the Billboard 200. The album is the highest charting the band has had in their career. Also, the band will be performing on The Colbert Report on October 1st.
Neilsen SoundScan has reported its mid-year sales numbers, and Adele's 21 is the only album so far to have sold over 1 million units (she sold 3.69 million copies so far). This is the first time the industry has only had one album sell at least 1 million records mid-way through the year in SoundScan's 21 years of tracking data. Remarkably, 21 was also the leader at the mid-way point in 2011, and topped the year-end charts last year as well. If the record sells the most copies this year, it will be the first album to ever top the total sales charts two years in a row. Oddly enough, Lionel Richie's Tuskegee takes the No. 2 overall spot (912K), One Direction is at No. 3 (899K), Whitney...
Usher took the top spot on the sales charts this week, selling 128,000 units of Looking 4 Myself. Rush debuted in second place with 103,000 units of Clockwork Angels, while Adele dropped to No. 3 with another 60,000 of 21. Other notable debuts include Ed Sheeran at No. 4 with 44,000 copies of + and Waka Flocka Flame at No. 9 with 33,000 of Triple F Life. Finally, fun. moved yet another 16,000 copies of Some Nights, landing at No. 22. Some Nights hasn't moved out of the top 50 in its 17-week run since its release, and has sold over 300,000 copies in total.
Adele moved back into the top overall spot this week, moving another 74,000 units of 21. The Beach Boys debuted in the third spot with 63,000 copies of That's Why God Made the Radio, while Curren$y came in at No. 5 with 39,000 units of Stoned Immaculate. John Mayer's Born and Raised dropped from the top spot to No. 7, declining 44 percent while moving 37,500 units. Of course, fun. continued its strong performance, remaining in the top 20 with almost 18,000 more sales of Some Nights.
John Mayer coasts at the top of the charts again this week, moving almost 68,000 additional copies of Born and Raised - a 71 percent decline from his meteoric sales last week. Adele and One Direction come in after Mayer, while Regina Spektor and Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros see the two highest debuts at No. 4 (38,000) and No. 6 (29,000), respectively. Sigur Ros also saw an excellent debut week, cracking the top 10 and No. 9 with 24,000 copies of Valtari. Equally as awesome, fun. saw a huge rise in sales, increasing 57 percent and selling another 17,000 copies of Some Nights - perhaps partially in thanks to the awesome music video they came out with.
As expected, John Mayer debuted on top of the charts by selling over 230,000 units of Born and Raised - and it wasn't even close. Adele again stood in at No. 2, but sold about four times less than Mayer, with 53,000 copies of 21. Adam Lambert, last week's No. 1, dropped 70% in sales to the No. 11 spot, while fun. remained strong, adding almost 11,000 more sales to its total of Some Nights and rising from No. 33 to 27. Notable debuts included Sara Bareilles at No. 8 with 31,000 of Once Upon Another Time and Kimbra at No. 12 with 22,000 of Vows.
Although they weren't noted in the chart we posted earlier, SoundScan is reporting in its official counts that Hot Water Music sold just over 10,000 copies in first-week sales of Exister, their first record in eight years - good for an opening at the No. 33 position on the charts. Congratulations to the band and to Rise Records.
Adam Lambert topped the charts this week, selling just under 78,000 units of Trespassing. Adele came in second, with Carrie Underwood, Norah Jones and Tenacious D rounding out the top 5. Best Coast debuted at No. 24 with 12,000 copies sold of The Only Place, and fun. added another 11,000 units to its total for Some Nights.
Carrie Underwood took the top place on this week's charts, selling over 270,000 copies of Blown Away. Norah Jones was in second and...yes...NOW 42 was third. Adele had her weakest sales week of 21 in a long while, finishing fourth with just over 77,000 units moved and B.o.B. debuted at fifth with 74,000. Jack White added another 62,000 to his total while finishing 7th, while fun. added another 11,000 to its ongoing strong sales performance. The Avengers soundtrack sold 26,000 copies.
fun. sold another 20k of Some Nights last week, landing them at number ten on the charts. Last week's champion, The Boss, brought in another 57k, landing him at number four. Adele sold another 156k, but only hit number two, as One Direction (oh, just what the fuck is this??) grabbed the number one spot.
Adele is actually seeing some competition for the top spot on the charts from Bruce Springsteen this week. With 50% of the sales tallied, Bruce is trailing Adele by only 8k copies ... think he has the chance to grab the top spot? Think Thomas is buying-out his local Target?
This week's record sales charts are in, and it looks like Attack Attack!'s This Means War managed to sneak into the top 10 overall with 17,500 sold. Congrats to Rise Records. Perhaps more importantly, they outsold Nickelback - who came in at No. 11. Please leave your thoughts on this in .gif form in the replies. Also relevant: Adele sold under 100,000 units of 21 for the first time in a long time, but if you count sales of 19, she was still over that benchmark.
Head to the replies to see a screen shot of this week's sales numbers, according to HITS Daily Double. Adele's 21 once again tops the chart - moving a ridiculous 123,000 units while the second place album - Drake's Take Care - shifts 43,000 records. A friend of mine and I have been keeping track of Adele for a few months now, and as far as we can tell, she has not sold anything less than 100K in every week since 21's release on Feb. 22, 2011. Worth adding is that her last record - 19 - is consistently in the top albums as well. This week, it's all the way up at No. 14, selling more than many of the biggest records to come out this year despite the fact that it came out in 2008. How does...
Soundscan is reporting vinyl record sales of 3.9 million units over the course of 2011, which is a 39.3 percent gain of the 2010 numbers (2.8 million). In the replies you can see a graphic of what the growth of vinyl record sales looks like in bar graph form. I wrote about this topic last year, and a gain of 1 million units over the last year is amazing. Have you started buying vinyl yet?
Billboard has announced that "sales of albums priced below $3.49 in their initial four weeks of release will be ineligible for inclusion on Billboard's album charts." Nor will the sales count toward Nielsen SoundScan's album sales totals.