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Music Market Update: United States

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With only two new entries in the top ten, overall album sales are down 5% over last week and down 2% over the same week last year. Year-to-date album sales are down 12% over the same period in 2013. Physical CD sales are down 3% over last week, down 4% over the same week last year and down 16% year-to-date over 2013. Digital album sales are down 9% over last week, down 3% over the same week last year and down 10% year-to-date over 2013. Digital track sales are down 3% over last week, down 5% over the same week last year and down 13% year-to-date over 2013. Track-equivalent album sales are down 4.3% over last week and down 12.2% year-to-date over 2013.

Taylor Swift’s “1989” holds at number one for the fifth non-consecutive week, with 230,000 units sold, down 18% over last week.

Pentatonix’s “That’s Christmas To Me” looks to be the early favorite for the top holiday album of 2014, holding at No. 2 with 208,000 units, down 4% over last week. AC/DC’s “Rock Or Bust” scores the top debut of the week, at No. 3 with 172,000 units sold. It is the group’s second chart-topping release in the SoundScan era and first since their last album of new material, 2008’s “Black Ice,” spent two weeks at the top.

Mary J. Blige’s “London Sessions” debuts at No. 9 with 55,000 units sold. It is her 13th top ten album.

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