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Music Market Update: United States

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IN A RELATIVELY LIGHT new release week, overall album sales are down 4% over last week and down 19% over the same week last year. Year-to-date album sales are down 15% over the same period in 2013. Physical CD sales are down 5% over last week, down 24% over the same week last year and down 19% year-to-date over 2013. Digital album sales are down 2% over last week, down 17% over the same week last year and down 11% year-to-date over 2013. Digital track sales are down 3% over last week, down 15% over the same week last year and down 13% year-to-date over 2013. Track-equivalent album sales are down 3.6% over last week and down 14.0% over the same period in 2013.

The soundtrack for “Guardians Of The Galaxy” remains at number one on the Top Albums chart for the second straight week, with 93,000 units sold, down 15% over last week. It is only the third album in 2014 to spend multiple weeks at No. 1, following Coldplay and the “Frozen” soundtrack, which leads the way with 13 weeks at number one during the calendar year.

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