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Music Market Update: United States

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First published on www.nielsen.com

 

With five debuts in the top ten, overall album sales are up 6% over last week, but down 3% over the same week last year. Year-to-date album sales are down 13% over the same period in 2013. Physical CD sales are up 6% over last week, down 9% over the same week last year and down 17% year-to-date over 2013. Digital album sales are up 4% over last week, up 2% over the same week last year and down 10% year-to-date over 2013. Digital track sales are down 3% 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 3.4% over last week and down 12.7% year-to-date over 2013.

Taylor Swift’s “1989” remains at number one on the Top Albums chart for the third straight week, with 306,000 units sold, down 24% over last week, pushing its release-to-date sales total to just under two million.

Foo Fighters’ “Sonic Highways” debuts at No. 2 with 190,000 units sold. It is the band’s third album to reach the top two, and second straight, following the No. 1 “Wasting Light” in 2011.

Pink Floyd’s “Endless River” enters at No. 3 with 168,000 units sold. It is the band’s highest charting album since “Echoes – The Best Of Pink Floyd” debuted at No. 2 in 2001.

Garth Brooks’ “Man Against Machine” comes in at No. 4 with 118,000 units sold. It is his 15th album to reach the top five.

Big K.R.I.T.’s “Cadillactica” debuts at No. 5 with 44,000 units sold. It matches the peak of his last album, 2012’s “Live From The Underground.”

Nick Jonas’ self-titled debut solo album enters at No. 6 with 37,000 units sold. It is his highest charting album since Jonas Brothers’ “Lines Vines And Trying Times” reached No. 1 in 2009.

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