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Music Market Update: United States

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With three new entries in the top ten and with just over a week until Christmas, overall album sales are up 17% over last week, but down 6% over the same week last year. Year-to-date album sales are down 12% year-to-date over 2013. Physical CD sales are up 20% over last week, down 4% over the same week last year and down 16% year-to-date over 2013. Digital album sales are up 7% over last week, down 17% over the same week last year and down 10% year-to-date over 2013. Digital track sales are down 4% over last week, down 9% over the same week last year and down 12% year-to-date over 2013. Track-equivalent album sales are up 12.7% over last week and down 12.1% year-to-date over 2013.

J. Cole’s “2014 Forest Hills Drive” debuts at number one on the Top Albums chart with 354,000 units sold. It is the third biggest first week sales total of the year, only behind Taylor Swift and Coldplay. It is his third straight chart-topping album and his biggest one week sales total to date, surpassing the 296,000 units sold in the first week of his last album, 2013’s “Born Sinner.”

Taylor Swift’s “1989” falls to No. 2 despite a 21% sales increase over last week. The album has now surpassed the three million sales mark.

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