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Music Market Update: United States

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First published on www.nielsen.com

 

With only two debuts in the top ten, and a week following Taylor Swift’s million selling week, overall album sales are down 15% over last week and down 13% over the same week last year. Year-to-date album sales are down 13% over the same period in 2013. Physical CD sales are down 12% over last week, down 13% over the same week last year and down 17% year-to-date over 2013. Digital album sales are down 19% over last week, down 16% over the same week last year and down 10% year-to-date over 2013. Digital track sales are up 6% over last week, down 11% over the same week last year and down 13% year-to-date over 2013. Track-equivalent album sales are down 10% over last week and down 12.9% year-to-date over 2013. Taylor Swift’s “1989” remains at number one on the Top Albums chart with 402,000 units sold. Despite a 69% decrease from last week, it is still the second highest one week sales total so far in 2014.

Bette Midler’s covers album “It’s The Girls” debuts at No. 3 with 40,000 units sold. It is her highest chart peak in the SoundScan era, surpassing the No. 10 “Sings The Peggy Lee Songbook” in 2005.

Calvin Harris’ “Motion” debuts at No. 5 with 35,000 units sold. It is his highest chart peak and one week sales total to date. His breakthrough 2012 release “18 Months” peaked at No. 19 with 17,000 units sold in its debut week.

 

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