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iTunes Lead 2012 Music Sales Rebound

4 January 2013 1,398 views No Comment

2012 music sales were good with Adele's '21' the top album and Gotye's 'Somebody That I Used to Know' the number one ear worm…

Who’s better, Michael Jackson or Adele? In at least one notable respect, they equal each — Jackson’s Thriller and Adele’s 21 both topped album sales for two consecutive years. And, 2012 music sales were good for the industry, as well, though CD sales continued their slide.

According to Nielsen Soundscan data reported by USA Today, the rest of the the 2012 album top five looked like this: 2.) Red, Taylor Swift; 3.) Up All Night, One Direction; 4.) Babel, Mumford & Sons; and 5.) Take Me Home, One Direction.

However, although US music sales were up 3.1 percent overall, led by a 14 percent digital album jump, physical media continue sales — CD, LP, tape — continued to inexorably circle the drain, falling 13 percent.

The top five selling singles were: 1.) Somebody That I Used to Know, Gotye; 2.) Call Me Maybe, Carly Rae Jepsen; 3.) We Are Young, fun; 4.) Payphone, Maroon 5; and 5.) Starships, Nicki Minaj — all of which I’ve heard a conservative million times each thanks to my ‘tween twins.

What is a “music store”?

Which all got me thinking — when was the last time I stopped to look at let alone buy a CD? I’m guessing it was in the late ’90s. I received a couple CDs as gifts since (they’re in the basement somewhere), but those were from my semi-luddite sister.

There’s no question I’ve walked past perhaps even through the CD department at Best Buy or Walmart, but can’t recall even pausing in years.

That said, Nielsen says that physical media sales are still dominant — so, are you still buying CDs? Your parents? Who are these people buying bits encoded on plastic discs that propped up 2012 music sales?

Inquiring minds want to know…

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