2006 U.S. Music Purchases Exceed 1 Billion Sales

Growth In Overall Music Sales Exceeds 19%, Digital Track Sales Increase 65% from 2005

Nielsen Music 2006 Year-End Music Industry Report

WHITE PLAINS, N.Y.--()--Nielsen SoundScan, the entertainment industry's data information system that tracks point-of-purchase sales of recorded music product, Nielsen BDS, the music industrys leading music performance monitoring service, and Nielsen RingScan, which tracks mobile ringtone purchases, have announced their 2006 U.S. year-end sales and airplay monitoring data for the 52-week period January 2 through December 31, 2006.

OVERALL MUSIC SALES  (01/02/06 - 12/31/06)
(ALBUMS, SINGLES, MUSIC VIDEO, DIGITAL TRACKS - IN MILLIONS)
UNITS SOLD          2006                2005       % Chg.
                    1,198               1,003      19.4%

TOTAL ALBUM SALES (01/02/06 - 12/31/06)
(INCLUDES CD, CS, LP, DIGITAL ALBUMS - IN MILLIONS)
UNITS SOLD          2006                2005       % Chg.
                    588.2               618.9      -4.9%

DIGITAL TRACK SALES
(01/02/2006 - 12/31/2006 - SALES IN MILLIONS)
UNITS SOLD          2006                2005       % Chg.
                    581.9               352.7      65%

OVERALL ALBUM SALES (01/02/06 - 12/31/06)
(INCLUDES ALL ALBUMS & TRACK EQUIVALENT ALBUMS - IN MILLIONS)
UNITS SOLD          2006                2005       % Chg.
                    646.4               654.1      -1.2%

INTERNET ALBUM SALES (01/02/06 - 12/31/06)
(Physical album purchases via e-commerce sites, In Millions)
UNITS SOLD          2006                2005       % Chg.
                    29.4                24.7       19.0%

DIGITAL ALBUM SALES
(01/02/2006 - 12/31/2006 - IN MILLIONS)
UNITS SOLD          2006                2005       % CHG.
                    32.6                16.2       101%

2006 GENRE ALBUM SALES REPORT                    

(01/02/06-12/31/06)

 
Genre 2006  2005  % Chg.
Alternative 109,672  120,797  -9.2%
Christian/Gospel 39,715  39,211  1.3%
Classical 19,447  15,875  22.5%
Country 74,886  75,327  -0.5%
Jazz 15,720  17,139  -8.3%
Latin 37,774  35,907  5.2%
Metal 61,557  64,473  -4.5%
New Age 3,412  4,412  -22.7%
R&B 117,005  143,392  -18.4%
Rap 59,534  75,062  -20.7%

Rock(a)

170,726  NA
Soundtrack 27,177  22,849  18.9%
(Note: Titles may appear in more than one genre.)

(a) Rock was a new genre in 2006.

CURRENT VS. CATALOG ALBUM SALES

(Sales In Millions: 01/02/06-12/31/06)

 
Overall Albums 2006  2005  % Chg.
Current 363.9  389.4  -6.5%
Catalog 224.2  229.5  -2.3%
Deep Catalog 158.2  157.5  0.4%
 
Physical Albums: 2006  2005  % Chg.
Current 345.3  379.8  -9.1%
Catalog 210.2  222.8  -8.1%
Deep Catalog 148.4  152.7  -2.8%
 
Digital Albums: 2006  2005  % Chg.
Current 18.6  9.6  93.7%
Catalog 14.0  6.7  108.9%
Deep Catalog 9.8  4.8  104.2%

2006 YEAR-TO-DATE RECORD COMPANY MARKET SHARE  (1/02/06 - 12/31/06)

(reflects the market share for the entire entity, including sub-distributed companies)

 

TOTAL ALBUMS (Catalog & Current Titles)

CURRENT ALBUMS

CATALOG ALBUMS

2006  2005  2006  2005  2006  2005 
UMG 31.61% 31.71% UMG 34.37  34.82% UMG 27.14  27.72%
BMG 11.95% 11.78% BMG 13.71  13.16% BMG 9.08  10.54%
SONY 15.49% 15.67% SONY 14.42  14.55% SONY 17.23  15.77%
SONYBMG Total 27.44% 27.45% SONYBMG Total 28.13  27.71% SONYBMG Total 26.31  26.31%
WMG 18.14% 17.28% WMG 16.85  16.02% WMG 20.25  20.66%
EMI 10.20% 10.38% EMI 9.23  9.21% EMI 11.77  12.14%
OTHERS 12.61% 13.18% OTHERS 11.43  12.24% OTHERS 14.52  13.17%

2006 YEAR-TO-DATE RECORD COMPANY MARKET SHARE  continued(1/02/06 - 12/31/06)

(reflects the market share for the entire entity including sub-distributed companies)

 

DIGITAL ALBUMS

 DIGITAL TRACKS

2006  2005  2006  2005 
UMG 27.35% 29.78% UMG 32.96% 33.27%
BMG 10.25% 11.75% BMG 12.21% 13.22%
SONY 13.75% 12.47% SONY 13.45% 13.39%
SONYBMG Total 24.00% 24.22% SONYBMG Total 25.66% 26.61%
WMG 23.29% 21.57% WMG 19.69% 18.26%
EMI 9.99% 11.44% EMI 7.93% 7.84%
OTHERS 15.37% 12.99% OTHERS 13.75% 14.02%

2006 TOP TEN SELLING ALBUMS

 2006 TOP TEN SELLING ARTISTS

(01/02/2006-12/31/2006)

(based on Album sales from 01/02/2006-12/31/2006)

 
Title/Artist Units Sold Artist Units Sold

Soundtrack / High School Musical

3,719,071  Rascal Flatts 4,970,640 

Me and My Gang / Rascal Flatts

3,479,994  Johnny Cash 4,826,320 

Some Hearts / Carrie Underwood

3,015,950  Nickelback 3,160,025 

All the Right Reasons/ Nickelback

2,688,166  Carrie Underwood 3,016,123 

Futuresex/Love / Justin Timberlake

2,377,127  Beatles 2,812,720 

Back to Bedlam / James Blunt

2,137,142  Tim McGraw 2,657,675 

Bday / Beyonce

2,010,311  Andrea Bocelli 2,524,681 

Soundtrack/ Hannah Montana

1,987,681  Mary J. Blige 2,485,897 

Taking the Long Way/ Dixie Chicks

1,856,284  Keith Urban 2,442,577 
10. 

Extreme Behavior/ Hinder

1,817,350  10.  Justin Timberlake 2,437,763 

2006 TOP TEN SELLING DIGITAL TRACKS

2006 TOP TEN SELLING DIGITAL ARTISTS

(01/02/2006-12/31/2006)

(based on digital track sales from 01/02/2006 12/31/2006)

 
Title/Artist Units Sold Artist Units Sold

Bad Day (Album Version) / Daniel Powter

1,935,974  Rascal Flatts 3,792,277 

Crazy (Album Version) / Gnarls Barkley

1,628,599  Nickelback 3,715,579 

Over My Head / Fray

1,518,450  Fray 3,625,140 

Temperature (Album Version) / Sean Paul

1,504,658  All-American Rejects 3,362,528 

Lips of an Angel / Hinder

1,371,907  Justin Timberlake 3,290,523 

Hips Dont Lie / Shakira

1,365,433  Pussycat Dolls 3,277,709 

How To Save A Life / Fray

1,365,033  Red Hot Chili Peppers 3,254,306 

Unwritten / Natasha Bedingfield

1,355,792  Nelly Furtado 3,052,457 

Sexyback Main Vers. / Justin Timberlake

1,316,531  Eminem 2,950,113 
10. 

Dani California(Alb..)/Red Hot Chili Peppers

1,284,677  10.  Sean Paul 2,764,505 

 

2006 TOP TEN SELLING DIGITAL SONGS

TOP TEN SELLING DIGITAL ALBUMS

 (combines all versions of the same Song: 01/02/06 12/31/2006)

(01/02/2006-12/31/2006)

 
Title/Artist Units Sold Artist Units Sold

Bad Day / Daniel Powter

2,015,594 

How to Save a Life / Fray

198,371 

Promiscuous / Nelly Furtado

1,709,274 

Continuum / John Mayer

176,522 

Sexyback / Justin Timberlake

1,657,798 

FutureSex/Love Songs / Justin Timberlake

141,809 

Crazy / Gnarls Barkley

1,629,467 

Curious George:Sing.. / Jack Johnson & Frie

134,611 

Youre Beautiful / James Blunt

1,623,417 

Back to Bedlam / James Blunt

131,434 

Over My Head (Cable Car) / Fray

1,570,207 

Soundtrack / High School Musical

123,280 

How to Save a Life / Fray

1,559,704 

Stadium Arcadium / Red Hot Chili Peppers

122,274 

Temperature / Sean Paul

1,533,362 

Taking the Long Way/ Dixie Chicks

122,075 

Ridin / Chamillionaire

1,417,178 

Fever You Cant Sweat /Panic!At the Disco

109,997 
10. 

Hips Dont Lie / Shakira

1,410,237  10. 

Me and My Gang / Rascal Flatts

105,808 

2006 TOP TEN SELLING SEASONAL ALBUMS

TOP TEN SELLING ALBUMS OF SOUNDSCAN ERA

(01/02/2006-12/31/2006)

(1991 12/31/2006)

 
Title/Artist Units Sold Artist Units Sold
Wintersong/Sarah Mclachlan 759,162 

Come on Over / Shania Twain

15,408,533 
Now Christmas 3/Various 648,254 

Metallica / Metallica

14,819,905 
Christmas Album/James Taylor 495,188 

Jagged Little Pill / Alanis Morissette

14,513,313 
Christmas Collection/ Il Divo 443,768 

Millennium / Backstreet Boys

12,091,491 
Lost Christmas Eve/ Trans-Siberian Orch. 372,683 

Bodyguard / Soundtrack

11,789,552 
Charlie Brown Christmas/Vince Guaraldi Trio 332,314 

Supernatural / Santana

11,588,453 
Very Larry Christmas/Larry the Cable Guy 312,125 

Human Clay / Creed

11,483,557 
Christmas Celebration/Celtic Woman 308,199 

No Strings Attached / N Sync

11,099,051 
Christmas Eve & Other../Trans Siberian Orch 288,639 

Beatles 1 / Beatles

10,821,222 
10.  Cool Yule/ Bette Midler 271,312  10. 

Falling Into You / Celine Dion

10,752,658 

Year End Factoids:

  • Overall music purchases in 2006 exceeded the 1 Billion sales plateau for the second consecutive year; 1.2 billion (2006) vs. 1 billion (2005).
  • The last two weeks of 2006, music sales exceeded 47.4 million (week ending 12-24) and 45.0 million (week ending 12/31), representing the 2 biggest weeks in the history of Nielsen SoundScan. The previous record was Christmas week 2005 with 44.7 million music purchases.
  • More than 580 million digital tracks were purchased during 2006; an increase of 65% over 2005.
  • In the final reporting week of 2006 (12/25/06 12/31/06) the following sales records were broken:
       -- Digital track sales blew away the previous sales record with
          a new record high of 30.1 million track sales (previous
          record was 19.9 million, week of 12/24-1/1/05).

       -- Digital album sales reached the 1 million plateau for the
          first time with sales exceeding 1.2 million (previous record
          was 12/24/06 with 855,000 sales).

       -- Beyonce's "Irreplaceable" track sets the mark for the
          biggest selling week for an individual Digital Track, with
          sales of 269,000 (previous record was Justin Timberlake's
          "Sexyback" at 250,000 sales).

       -- Three different songs broke the previous mark for the
          biggest selling week for a Digital Song (combining all
          versions of the same song) with Fergie's "Fergalicious"
          setting the new record with sales of 295,000. Both Beyonce's
          "Irreplaceable" (269,000) and Akon's "Smack That" (252,000)
          had greater sales than the previous record set by Justin
          Timberlake's "Sexyback" (previous record was 250,000 sales).
  • Rascal Flatts was the biggest selling artist, with nearly 5 million physical album sales and nearly 4 million digital track sales.
  • High School Musical Soundtrack was the top-selling album of year with sales exceeding 3.7 million units. The first Soundtrack to sell more than 3 million units in a year since the 8 Mile Soundtrack in 2002 and the first time since 1998 that a Soundtrack was the best selling album of year (Titanic Soundtrack 9.3 million).
  • For the first time, a Digital Song broke the 2 million sales mark in a year: Bad Day by Daniel Powter (2,015,000)
  • 22 Digital Songs exceeded the 1 million sales mark for the year compared to only 2 Digital Songs in 2005.
  • Internet album sales reached a record high of 29 million unit sales; an increase of 19% over 2005 sales total.
  • 41% of all albums purchased were at a Mass Merchant outlet compared to 40% in 2005 and 38% in 2004 (35% in 2003 and 34% in 2002).
  • Chain music stores accounted for 41% of all album sales, compared to 45% in 2005 and 48% in 2004.
  • Independent music stores accounted for 6% of all album sales compared to 7% in 2005 and 9% in 2004.
  • Non-Traditional music outlets accounted for 12% of all album sales, compared to 9% in 2005 and 5% in 2004 (4% in 2003).
  • Latin music sales exceeded 37 million units, breaking the previous sales peak of 35 million in 2005. Latin album sales grew 5% from 2005.
  • Both Soundtrack albums and Classical albums gained in sales, up 19% and 23% respectively.
  • Overall Album sales (including Albums and Track Equivalent Album sales) declined 1.2% compared to 2005.
  • Total album sales declined 4.9% compared to 2005.
  • Consistent with the previous two years, 20% of total album sales occurred during the Holiday Season (last 6 weeks of year).

Nielsen Broadcast Data Systems (Nielsen BDS), the music industrys leading music performance monitoring service, has announced the most played songs at radio, at video, as well as Internet music streams for 2006.

Nielsen BDS: Top 10 Most Played Songs

 Nielsen BDS: 2006 Top 10 Artist Airplay

 
Title/Artist Detections Artist Detections
Be Without You/Mary J. Blige 399,601  Nickelback 874,304 
Unwritten/Natasha Bedingfield 342,283  Kelly Clarkson 786,810 
Temperature/Sean Paul 327,664  Toby Keith 741,791 
Me & U/ Cassie 317,865  Rascal Flatts 732,150 
Hips Dont Lie/ Shakira feat. Wyclef Jean 313,555  Tim McGraw 722,074 
Promiscuous/ Nelly Furtado 297,980  Kenny Chesney 715,427 
Bad Day/ Daniel Powter 295,374  George Strait 657,490 
Check On It/ Beyonce feat. Slim Thug 292,023  Keith Urban 644,769 
Over My Head (Cable Car)/ Fray 282,583  Mary J. Blige 629,967 
10.  So Sick/ Ne-Yo 279,663  10.  Ne-Yo 578,336 

Nielsen BDS: Top 10 Music Video Internet Streams

 Nielsen BDS: Top 10 Internet Streams

 
Title/Artist Detections Title/Artist Detections
Hips Dont Lie/Shakira feat. Wyclef Jean 50,494,051  Me & U/ Cassie 12,378,057 
Check On It/ Beyonce feat. Slim Thug 16,309,914  Hips Dont Lie/ Shakira feat. Wyclef 12,350,823 
SOS/ Rihanna 15,437,252  Temperature/ Sean Paul 12,236,883 
Stupid Girls/ Pink 15,016,999  Youre Beautiful/ James Blunt 12,108,879 
Buttons/ Pussycat Dolls 14,549,037  Check On It/ Beyonce feat. Slim Thug 10,427,511 
Im N Luv (Wit A Stripper)/ T-Pain 14,332,778  So Sick/ Ne-Yo 10,089,266 
Temperature/ Sean Paul 14,169,125  Im N Luv (Wit A Stripper)/ T-Pain 10,034,849 
Unfaithful/ Rihanna 13,952,532  Bad Day/ Daniel Powter 9,886,562 
Beep/ Pussycat Dolls 13,785,499  Be Without You/ Mary J. Blige 9,870,366 
10.  Promiscuous/Nelly Furtado feat. Timberland 12,919,796  10.  Crazy/ Gnarls Barkley 9,162,018 

Nielsen Mobile (Nielsen RingScan) has announced the Top Selling Mastertones (partial year) and Polyphonic ringtones for 2006.

Nielsen RingScan: Top 10 Mastertones 

Nielsen RingScan: Top 10 Polyphonic Ringtones

(Partial year - 09/04/2006-12/31/2006)

(01/02/2006-12/31/2006)

 
Title/Artist Sales Title/Artist Sales

Smack That/ Akon 1,574,362  Super Mario Bros./ Theme 747,900 
Lips of An Angel/ Hinder 1,270,996  My Humps/ Black Eyed Peas 517,757 
Sexyback/ Justin Timberlake 1,215,058  Grillz/ Nelly 499,935 
Irreplaceable/ Beyonce 1,039,231  Ms. New Booty/ Bubba Sparxxx 455,550 
We Fly High/ Jim Jones 1,012,949  Laffy Taffy/ D4L 367,106 
Money Maker/ Ludacris 944,581  Pink Panther/ Theme 347,217 
Chain Hang Low/ Jibbs 927,899  Gold Diger/ Kanye West 310,763 
My Love/ Justin Timberlake 901,369  Halloween/ Movie Theme 291,077 
I Wanna Love You/ Akon 884,912  Mission Impossible/ Theme 284,335 
10.  Walk It Out/ DJ Unk 753,487  10.  Candy Shop/ 50 Cent 282,203 

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