US annual albums market up for first time since 2004

Paul Williams

While CD sales were down by around 6%, Nielsen SoundScan data reveals the digital albums sector rose in the year by 19.5% to 103.1 million units. That means downloads made up 31.2% of all album sales during the year.

As expected, Adele claims both the year's top-selling single and album with Rolling In The Deep leading the singles market with 5.8 million downloads sold and 21 finishing as the top-selling album after also shifting 5.8 million copies, the highest tally ...

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