The ERA (Entertainment Retailers Association) has published its entertainment sales chart for 2016 so far. And only two of the Top 10 are music releases.
Now That’s What I Call Music 93 is the highest charting music release in the ERA’s first half of 2016 chart, coming in at No. 3, behind DVD and Blu-ray releases for Spectre (No. 2) and Star wars – The Force Awakens (No. 1).
The other music release to make the Top 10 is Adele’s 25 at No. 7.
Other music releases to make the Top 40 include David Bowie’s Blackstar (No. 12), Justin Bieber’s Purpose, Bowie again with Best of Bowie (No. 19), Coldplay’s A Head Full of Dreams (No. 20), Jess Glynne’s I Cry When I Laugh (No. 24), Beyonce’s Lemonade, Sing Your Heart Out 2016 (No. 31), Drake’s Views (No. 33), Little Mix’s Get Weird (No. 37) and James Bay’s Chaos And The Calm (No. 38).
Overall, music accounted for 25.2 % of unit sales, with the entire Top 40 accounting for 15.8 million units.
Games accounted for 16.6% of unit sales for the Top 40, while video sales accounted for the lion’s share with 58.2% of the total.
The top six titles and nine of the Top 10 were released in 2016, although in a quiet first half for majo music releases, eight of the 12 best-selling music titles were released in 2015 or, in the case of Best of Bowie, as long ago as 2008.
1. Star Wars - The Force Awakens (DVD/Blu-ray)
2. Spectre (DVD/Blu-ray)
3. Now That's What I Call Music 93, Various (music release)
4. Legend (DVD/Blu-ray)
5. Deadpool (DVD/Blu-ray)
6. Tom Clancy's The Division (video game)
7. 25, Adele (music release)
8. The Hunger Games - Mockingjay Pt 2 (DVD/Blu-ray)
9. The Lady In The Van (DVD/Blu-ray)
10. The Martian (DVD/Blu-ray)
11. Call Of Duty - Black Ops III (video game)
12. Blackstar, David Bowie (music release)
13. Purpose, Justin Bieber (music release)
14. The Revenant (DVD/Blu-ray)
15. Uncharted 4 (video game)
16. Hotel Transylvania 2 (DVD/Blu-ray)
17. GoT Season 5 (DVD/Blu-ray)
18. The Good Dinosaur (DVD/Blu-ray)
19. Best of Bowie, David Bowie (music release)
20. A Head Full of Dreams, Coldplay (music release)
21. Everest (DVD/Blu-ray)
22. FIFA 16 (video game)
23. Dad's Army (DVD/Blu-ray)
24. I Cry When I Laugh, Jess Glynne (music release)
25. Lemonade, Beyonce (music release)
26. The Hateful Eight (DVD/Blu-ray)
27. Far Cry Primal (video game)
28. Grand Theft Auto V (video game)
29. Bridge of Spies (DVD/Blu-ray)
30. Lego Marvel Avengers (video game)
31. Sing Your Heart Out 2016, Various (music release)
32. Straight Outta Compton (DVD/Blu-ray)
33. Views, Drake (music release)
34. Doom (video game)
35. The Last Witch Hunter (DVD/Blu-ray)
36. Inside Out (DVD/Blu-ray)
37. Get Weird, Little Mix (music release)
38. Chaos And The Calm, James Bay (music release)
39. Sicario (DVD/Blu-ray)
40. Star Wars Battlefront (video game)