First published on www.nielsen.com
With two new debuts in the top ten, overall album sales are up 9% over last week but down 11% over the same week last year. Year-to-date album sales are down 6% over the same period in 2013. Black Friday helped physical CD sales this week, up 17% over last week but down 15% over the same week last year, with year-to-date sales down 7% over 2013. Digital album sales are down 4% over last week, down 2% over the same week last year and down 5% year-to-date over 2013. Digital track sales are flat over last week, down 11% over the same week last year and down 13% year-to-date over 2013. Track-equivalent album sales are up 7.4% over last week and down 7.7% year-to-date over 2013.
The various artists’ collection “ShadyXV” debuts at number one on the Top Albums chart with 21,000 units sold. The album spotlights the 15 year history of Shady Records and features greatest hits and new material from artists including the label’s founder Eminem.
Less than 250 units behind “ShadyXV” is Taylor Swift’s “1989,” which moves 3-2. It moves ahead of the “Frozen” soundtrack and is now the top selling album so far in 2014. The only other new entry in the top ten belongs to David Guetta’s “Listen” at No. 9 with 6,500 units sold. It is his third top ten album.