Album sales suffer but 'Recovery' still reigns
August 20th, 2010
03:28 PM ET

Album sales suffer but 'Recovery' still reigns

With 4.95 million units sold, this past week - ending on August 15 - marked an all-time low for the music industry.

It’s the lowest selling week since Nielsen SoundScan began tracking album sales 19 years ago, according to Billboard.

In fact, Billboard reported, this is the second time to date that the weekly total has fallen short of 5 million.

Yet despite the slump in record sales, Eminem still seems to be doing all right: his latest album, “Recovery,” has spent six weeks at No. 1. The “Camp Rock 2” soundtrack isn't doing too shabby either, bringing in about $41,000.

Guess it's better luck next week for the rest of the industry.


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  1. Mike

    @Tj: Not the point he was trying to make. Can she play AND improvise? No! Nobody can anymore! They all play to sterile computerized programmed backing tracks...there's more to music than playing the white keys.

    August 23, 2010 at 9:04 am | Report abuse |
  2. kerry

    People are learning that albums with filler songs don't need to be purchased whole. Also, just look at the albums available these days. Cyrus, Bieber, Camp Rock, Gaga... this is crap music! Where are the singers who can play their own instruments AND improvise on them? Not the Miley Cyrus strumming her guitar to a backing track, or Avril Lavigne playing 2 minutes of a simple drum beat, etc etc. Pop music is going downhill. On the other hand, foreign heavy metal bands seem to be on the up and up. But sales for those bands are mindnumbingly low as well.

    August 21, 2010 at 12:51 pm | Report abuse |
  3. JWMJR

    I was originally thinking that album sales appeared to be down because Billboard didn't count digital sales with in-store sales, but I looked it up and stand corrected. That said, I think the number of total albums sold is being affected by people being able to buy individual songs via iTunes, Amazon, et al. Why buy the whole album when you can sample and buy the few songs you like?

    August 20, 2010 at 4:42 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Goofy

    100% of music today is fantastic & great.........boocat does not know what they are talking about......duh !!!

    August 20, 2010 at 4:28 pm | Report abuse |
  5. boocat

    99% of the music today sucks...

    August 20, 2010 at 4:09 pm | Report abuse |

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