January 6th, 2011
03:43 PM ET
If you’re sick of hearing Taylor Swift, Lady Antebellum and Lady Gaga, there’s a reason.
Those super talents were the most played over the airwaves this year, according to the 2010 Music Industry Report, released by Nielsen SoundScan and Billboard on Wednesday. The report breaks down overall music sales trends, top-selling artists/albums and the most played songs, and there were a few tidbits that caught our attention.
Rap is the only genre that had an increase in album sales this year and country music had the smallest drop. This goes hand in hand with the top 10 selling albums of 2010. Eminem’s “Recovery” sold 3.4 million units, followed closely by Lady Antebellum’s “Need You Now” and Taylor Swift’s “Speak Now.”
Unsurprisingly, Taylor Swift was the top-selling artist, followed by Eminem, Lady Antebellum and Justin Bieber. But right behind them? The cast of “Glee,” with 3.6 million albums sold.
Interestingly, while physical album sales may have gone down, they’re still outselling digital album sales almost two to one in the top 10 markets. This seems to hold true to the theory that people purchasing music online lean toward singles.
And while we’re on the topic of digital song sales, Eminem was near the top of the list with “Love The Way You Lie,” but was beat out by Katy Perry’s “California Gurls” and Train’s “Hey, Soul Sister,” which both had more than 4 million downloads.
Ke$ha made her mark in 2010 as well, with the No. 3 digital album sales total and the top music video streaming numbers for “Tik Tok.”
On the airwaves, Swift’s songs were detected 1.1 million times by Nielsen SoundScan while Lady Antebellum had the most (over)played song; “Need You Now” inundated country and pop stations to reach 600,000 detections.
Who are you placing your bets on to rule the charts in 2011?
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