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Music Market Update: United States

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WITH SIX DEBUTS IN the top ten, overall album sales are up 3% over last week, but down 22% over the same week last year, when Justin Timberlake debuted at No. 1 with 968,000 units sold. Year-to-date album sales remain down 15% over the same period in 2013. Physical CD sales are up 2% over last week, down 27% over the same week last year and down 19% year-to-date over 2013. Digital album sales are up 4% over last week, down 19% over the same week last year and down 13% year-to-date over 2013. Digital track sales are down 1% over last week, down 13% over the same week last year and down 11% year-to-date over 2013. Track-equivalent album sales are up 1.6% over last week and down 14.2% year-to-date over 2013.

Helped by the movie’s home video release last week, the “Frozen” soundtrack holds at No. 1 on the Top Albums chart for the second straight week and 7th overall, with 202,000 units sold, the album’s biggest one week sales total to date. It is the second biggest one week sales total for any album so far in 2014, only trailing Eric Church. It is the highest one week sales total for a soundtrack since 2009 when “Michael Jackson’s This Is It” landed at the top with 373,000 units sold.

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