2009 U.S. Music Purchases up 2.1% over 2008; Music Sales Exceed 1.5 Billion for Second Consecutive Year

2009 Overall Music Sales, Digital Track Sales, Vinyl LP Sales, Set New Plateaus

2009 Digital Music Accounts for 40% of Total U.S. Music Purchases

More than 10 Billion Music Purchases in the U.S. for the Decade

The Nielsen Company 2009 Year-End Music Industry Report

NEW YORK--()--Nielsen SoundScan, the entertainment industry's data information system that tracks point-of-purchase sales of recorded music product, Nielsen BDS, the music industry’s leading music performance monitoring service, and Nielsen RingScan, which tracks mobile ringtone purchases, have announced their 2009 U.S. year-end sales and performance monitoring data for the 52-week period January 5, 2009 through January 3, 2010.

OVERALL MUSIC SALES (1/5/2009 – 1/3/2010)

     

OVERALL ALBUM SALES (1/5/09 – 1/3/2010)

(ALBUMS, SINGLES, MUSIC VIDEO, DIGITAL TRACKS – IN MILLIONS)

(INCLUDES ALL ALBUMS & TRACK EQUIVALENT ALBUMS - IN MILLIONS)

UNITS SOLD

2009

 

2008

 

% Chg.

UNITS SOLD

2009

 

2008

 

% Chg.

*1,545 1,513 2.1% 489.8 535.4 - 8.5%
 

TOTAL ALBUM SALES (1/5/09 – 1/3/10)

INTERNET ALBUM SALES (1/5/09 – 1/3/10)

(INCLUDES CD, CS, LP, DIGITAL ALBUMS - IN MILLIONS)

(PHYSICAL ALBUM PURCHASES VIA E-COMMERCE SITES, IN MILLIONS)

UNITS SOLD

2009

2008

% Chg.

UNITS SOLD

2009

2008

% Chg.

373.9 428.4 -12.7% 25.3 27.5 - 8.0%
 

DIGITAL TRACK SALES

DIGITAL ALBUM SALES

(1/5/2009 – 1/3/10 - IN MILLIONS)

(1/5/2009 – 1/3/2010 - IN MILLIONS)

UNITS SOLD

2009

2008

% CHG.

UNITS SOLD

2009

2008

% CHG.

*1,159 1,070 8.3% *76.4 65.8 16.1%
 

TOTAL LP ALBUM SALES (1/5/09 – 1/3/10)

HOLIDAY SEASON ALBUM SALES (11/9/09 – 12/27/09)

(LP/VINYL ALBUMS - IN MILLIONS)

(Physical & Digital ALBUM SALES DURING HOLIDAY SEASON: IN MILLIONS)

UNITS SOLD

2009

2008

% Chg.

UNITS SOLD

2009

2008

% Chg.

*2.5 1.88 33.0% 80.2 80.1 0.01%
 

*Denotes a Nielsen SoundScan sales record

 
 

2009 GENRE ALBUM SALES REPORT

(1/5/09-1/3/10 – IN THOUSANDS)

       

CURRENT VS. CATALOG ALBUM SALES

(1/5/09-1/3/10 - IN MILLIONS)

           

Genre

2009

2008

% Chg.

Overall Albums

2009

2008

% Chg.

Alternative 68,195 80,919 -15.7% Current 209.9 249.6 -15.9%
Christian/Gospel+ 27,822 29,793 -6.6% Catalog 163.9 178.8 -8.3%
Classical 12,140 13,323 -8.9% Deep Catalog 123.4 128.9 -4.3%
Country 46,130 47,657 -3.2%
Jazz 11,779 11,791 -0.1%

Physical Albums:

2009

2008

% Chg.

Latin 16,496 25,125 -34.3% Current 170.8 215.3 -20.7%
Metal 38,734 50,476 -23.3% Catalog 126.6 147.3 -14.1%
New Age 2,354 2,943 -20.0% Deep Catalog 95.9 106.2 -9.7%
R&B 69,889 77,014 -9.3%
Rap 26,441 33,410 -20.9%

Digital Albums:

2009

2008

% Chg.

Rock 124,164 139,666 -11.1% Current 39.1 34.3 14.0%
Soundtrack 18,980 20,847 -8.9% Catalog 37.3 31.5 18.4%
Deep Catalog 27.5 22.7 21.1%
(Note: Titles may appear in more than one genre.)
+Sales figures tracked by Christian SoundScan
 

2009 YEAR-TO-DATE RECORD COMPANY MARKET SHARE (12/29/08 - 1/3/10)

(reflects the market share for the entire entity including sub-distributed companies for the 53 week year)

 

TOTAL ALBUMS (Catalog & Current Titles)

     

CURRENT ALBUMS

         

CATALOG ALBUMS

   
 

2009

 

2008

2009

2008

2009

2008

UMG 30.20 % 31.52 % UMG 33.95 % 34.75 % UMG 25.41 % 27.02 %
SME 28.58 % 25.30 % SME 27.40 % 24.69 % SME 30.10 % 26.15 %
WMG 20.55 % 21.38 % WMG 20.05 % 20.86 % WMG 21.19 % 22.10 %
EMI 9.20 % 8.97 % EMI 7.83 % 7.67 % EMI 10.94 % 10.77 %
OTHERS 11.47 % 12.83 % OTHERS 10.77 % 12.03 % OTHERS 12.36 % 13.95 %
 

DIGITAL ALBUMS

       

DIGITAL TRACKS

 
 
   

2009

   

2008

   

2009

2008

UMG 26.92 % 27.80 % UMG 32.99 % 31.77 %
SME 24.21 % 21.30 % SME 24.95 % 23.54 %
WMG 22.80 % 23.48 % WMG 20.23 % 20.87 %
EMI 9.92 % 10.91 % EMI 7.85 % 8.36 %
OTHERS 16.14 % 16.50 % OTHERS 13.42 % 15.35 %
 

2009 TOP TEN SELLING ALBUMS

(12/29/2008-1/3/2010)

     

2009 TOP TEN SELLING ARTISTS

(based on Album sales from 12/29/2008-1/3/2010)

   

Title/Artist

Units Sold

Artist

Units Sold

1

Fearless/ Taylor Swift

3,217,000 1 Michael Jackson 8,286,000
2

I Dreamed A Dream/ Susan Boyle

3,104,000 2 Taylor Swift 4,643,000
3

Number Ones/ Michael Jackson

2,355,000 3 Beatles 3,282,000
4

Fame/ Lady Gaga

2,238,000 4 Susan Boyle 3,104,000
5

My Christmas/ Andrea Bocelli

2,207,000 5 Lady Gaga 2,813,000
6

Hannah Movie Sndtrk/ Hannah Montana

1,823,000 6 Andrea Bocelli 2,668,000
7

E.N.D. (Energy Never Dies)/ Black Eyed Peas

1,787,000 7 Michael Buble 2,280,000
8

Relapse/ Eminem

1,735,000 8 Eminem 2,166,000
9

Blueprint 3/ Jay-Z

1,515,000 9 Carrie Underwood 1,895,000
10.

Only By the Night/ Kings of Leon

1,398,000 10. Black Eyed Peas 1,881,000
 

2009 TOP TEN SELLING DIGITAL SONGS

(combines all versions of the same Song:12/29/2008-1/3/2010)

     

2009 TOP TEN SELLING DIGITAL ARTISTS

(based on digital track sales from 12/29/2008 – 1/3/2010)

   

Title/Artist

Units Sold

Artist

Units Sold

1

Boom Boom Pow/ Black Eyed Peas

4,762,000 1 Lady Gaga 15,297,000
2

I Gotta Feeling/ Black Eyed Peas

4,426,000 2 Black Eyed Peas 12,988,000
3

Poker Face/ Lady Gaga

4,381,000 3 Michael Jackson 12,355,000
4

Right Round/ Flo Rida feat. Ke$ha

4,135,000 4 Taylor Swift 12,302,000
5

Just Dance/ Lady Gaga feat. Colby O’Donis

3,200,000 5 Beyonce 9,261,000
6

Party In The U.S.A./ Miley Cyrus

3,165,000 6 Flo Rida 8,402,000
7

Down/ Jan Sean feat. Lil Wayne

3,052,000 7 Miley Cyrus 8,327,000
8

Gives You Hell/ All-American Rejects

2,880,000 8 Britney Spears 7,424,000
9

Fireflies/ Owl City

2,748,000 9 Eminem 6,283,000
10.

Whatcha Say/ Jason Derulo

2,712,000 10. T.I. 6,277,000
 

2009 TOP TEN SELLING DIGITAL TRACKS

(12/29/08 – 1/3/2010)

       

2009 TOP TEN SELLING DIGITAL ALBUMS

(12/29/2008-1/3/2010)

     

Title/Artist

Units Sold

Artist

Units Sold

1

Boom Boom Pow/ Black Eyed Peas

4,661,000 1

Fame/ Lady Gaga

461,000
2

I Gotta Feeling/ Black Eyed Peas

4,392,000 2

Only By the Night/ Kings Of Leon

428,000
3

Poker Face/ Lady Gaga

4,143,000 3

Soundtrack/ Twilight

350,000
4

Right Round/ Flo Rida feat. Ke$ha

4,112,000 4

Fearless/ Taylor Swift

343,000
5

Party In the U.S.A./ Miley Cyrus

3,156,000 5

E.N.D.(Energy Never Dies)/Black Eyed Peas

309,000
6

Down/ Jay Sean feat. Lil Wayne

3,019,000 6

Blueprint 3/ Jay-Z

308,000
7

Just Dance/ Lady Gaga feat. Colby O’Donis

2,965,000 7

Big Whiskey & the…/Dave Matthews Band

286,000
8

Gives You Hell/ All-American Rejects

2,869,000 8

Relapse/ Eminem

277,000
9

Fireflies/ Owl City

2,748,000 9

No Line On the Horizon/ U2

261,000
10.

Use Somebody/ Kings Of Leon

2,679,000 10

Fray/ Fray

259,000
 

TOP TEN ALBUMS DURING 2009 HOLIDAY SEASON

(based on album sales from 11/15//2009-12/27/2009)

     

TOP TEN DIGITAL SONGS DURING HOLIDAY SEASON

(based on digital song sales from 11/15/2009-12/27/2009)

       

Title/Artist

Units Sold

Title/Artist

Units Sold

1

I Dreamed A Dream/ Susan Boyle

2,981,000 1

Tik Tok/ Ke$ha

1,634,000
2

My Christmas/ Andrea Bocelli

2,041,000 2

Bad Romance/ Lady Gaga

1,553,000
3

Fearless/ Taylor Swift

1,059,000 3

Empire State of Mind/Jay-Z & Alicia Keys

1,279,000
4

Play On/ Carrie Underwood

832,000 4

Fireflies/ Owl City

1,241,000
5

Fame/ Lady Gaga

701,000 5

Replay/ Iyaz

1,191,000
6

Element of Freedom/ Alicia Keys

697,000 6

Whatcha Say/ Jason Derulo

899,000
7

Michael Jackson This Is It/ Michael Jackson

692,000 7

Meet Me Halfway/ Black Eyed Peas

825,000
8

My World/ Justin Bieber

676,000 8

Down/ Jay Sean feat. Lil Wayne

795,000
9

Battle Studies/ John Mayer

666,000 9

Sexy Chick/ David Guetta feat. Akon

774,000
10.

Crazy Love/ Michael Buble

619,000 10

Party In The U.S.A./ Miley Cyrus

765,000
 

2009 TOP TEN SEASONAL ALBUMS

(12/29//2008-1/3/2010)

     

2009 TOP TEN INTERNET ALBUMS

(12/29/2008-1/3/2010)

       

Title/Artist

Units Sold

Title/Artist

Units Sold

1

My Christmas/ Andrea Bocelli

2,207,000 1

I Dreamed A Dream/ Susan Boyle

405,000
2

If On A Winter’s Night/ Sting

521,000 2

My Christmas/ Andrea Bocelli

151,000
3

The Holiday Collection/ Taylor Swift

445,000 3

Fearless/ Taylor Swift

121,000
4

Noel/ Josh Groban

393,000 4

Thriller/ Michael Jackson

110,000
5

Gold and Green/ Sugarland

256,000 5

Crazy Love/ Michael Buble

106,000
6

Christmas 25th/ Mannheim Steamroller

233,000 6

Big Whiskey & the…/Dave Matthews Band

98,000
7

Christmas From the Heart/ David Archuleta

210,000 7

Beatles In Stereo/ Beatles

95,000
8

Winter Came/ Enya

201,000 8

No Line On the Horizon/ U2

79,000
9

Let It Snow EP/ Michael Buble

192,000 9

Off the Wall/ Michael Jackson

75,000
10.

Christmas Cheers/ Straight No Chaser

183,000 10.

Fame/ Lady Gaga

74,000
 

2009 TOP TEN VINYL ALBUMS

(12/29//2008-1/3/2010)

       

2009 TOP TEN VINYL ARTISTS

(based on vinyl album sales from 12/29/2008-1/3/2010)

     

Title/Artist

Units Sold

Artist

Units Sold

1

Abbey Road/ Beatles

34,800 1 Radiohead 45,700
2

Thriller/ Michael Jackson

29,800 2 Beatles 38,800
3

Merriweather Post Pavilion/Animal Collective

14,000 3 Michael Jackson 30,400
4

Wilco/ Wilco

13,200 4 Metallica 30,200
5

Fleet Foxes/ Fleet Foxes

12,700 5 Wilco 29,600
6

Backspacer/ Pearl Jam

12,500 6 Bob Dylan 24,500
7

Veckatimest/ Grizzly Bear

11,600 7 Animal Collective 20,600
8

Appetite for Destruction/ Guns N’ Roses

11,500 8 Pearl Jam 19,900
9

Big Whiskey & the.../Dave Matthews Band

11,500 9 Bon Iver 17,100
10.

In Rainbows/ Radiohead

11,400 10. Iron & Wine 16,600
 
 

2009 U.S. Year End Factoids

  • Music purchases in 2009 reached the 1.5 Billion mark, making it the fifth consecutive year music sales have exceeded 1 billion; 1.5 billion (2008), 1.4 billion (2007), 1.2 billion (2006), and 1.01 billion (2005) .
  • Music sales exceeded 62 million during week ending December 27, 2009.
  • During 2009, once again more vinyl albums were purchased (2.5 million) than any other year in the history of Nielsen SoundScan (since 1991).
    • Note that similar to a year ago, two out of every three vinyl albums were purchased at an independent music store during the year.

2009 Digital Factoids:

  • Digital music accounts for 40% of all music purchases in 2009; up from 32% in 2008.
  • Digital track sales break the ONE BILLION sales mark for the 2nd straight year with 1,160,000 digital track sales in 2009. The previous record was 1,070,000 digital track purchases during 2008; an increase of 8% over 2008.
  • Flo Rida’s “Right Round” song set a new one week sales record with 636,000 downloads during week ending 2/15/09; marking the first time a song broke the 500,000 sales mark.
    • Ke$ha’s “Tik Tok” song registered 610,000 downloads during week ending 12/27/2009 which was the second song to break the 500,000 barrier for one week.
  • Digital album sales reached an all-time high with more than 76 million sales up from 65 million in 2008; an increase of 16% over the previous year.
    • Note that digital album sales accounted for 20% of total album sales in 2009 compared to 15% in 2008, 10% in 2007 and 5.5% in 2006.
  • For the December 27th reporting week of 2009 the following digital sales records were broken:
    • Digital album sales this week set a new high with sales of 2.6 million sales; breaking the previous record of 2.4 million (12/28/08).
    • The top 200 digital songs for the week posted an all-time high with 14.3 million sales; breaking the previous record of 13.6 million during the last week of 2008.
  • 2009 is the first time a digital song broke the four million sales mark in a single year. There were four songs that achieved this milestone; Black Eyed Peas’ “Boom Boom Pow” (4.8 million) and “I Got A Feeling” (4.42 million), Lady Gaga’s “Poker Face” (4.4. million) and Flo Rida’s “Right Round” (4.1 million).
  • In 2009, there are 31 different digital songs with sales that exceeded two million, compared to 19 in 2008 and nine in 2007.
  • 89 Digital Songs exceeded the one million sales mark for the year compared to 71 digital songs in 2008, 41 in 2007, 22 in 2006, and only two digital songs in 2005.
  • Lady Gaga is the biggest selling digital artist in 2009 with more than 15 million track sales.
    • In 2008, Rihanna was the biggest selling digital artist with 9.9 million track sales.
  • In 2009, four artists sold more than ten million track sales (Lady Gaga, Black Eyed Peas, Michael Jackson and Taylor Swift) marking the first time that an artist broke ten million track sales.
  • There are more than 397,000 different physical albums that sold at least one copy over the Internet during 2009 compared to 450,000 in 2008 and 390,000 in 2007.

2009 Best Seller Album Factoids:

  • Taylor Swift’s Fearless ends the year as the biggest selling album with just more than 3.2 million sales; just more than 100,000 than Susan Boyle’s I Dreamed a Dream (3.1 million). Susan Boyle’s I Dreamed a Dream is the best selling album released in 2009.
  • Michael Jackson is the biggest selling artist for 2009 with more than 8.2 million album sales for the year.
    • Taylor Swift comes in as the second biggest selling artist for 2009 with 4.6 million album sales and the second straight year of 4 million or more album sales.
  • The Beatles is the biggest selling group for 2009 with 3.3 million album sales.
  • Susan Boyle’s I Dreamed a Dream is the best selling Internet album for the year with 405,000 sales as well as the biggest selling album during the “holiday season”.
  • Susan Boyle’s I Dreamed a Dream album marks the first time in the history of Nielsen SoundScan that an album release by a debut artist sold more than 500,000 copies in each of its first five weeks of release.

2009 Holiday Season Factoids: (11/15/2009-12/27/2009).

  • Overall album sales during the 2009 holiday season were up slightly (0.1%) over 2008, with sales of 80.2 million.
  • Album sales during the holiday season accounted for 21% of all album sales for the year.

2009 Strata Factoids:

  • Album sales at Non-Traditional music outlets (digital, internet, mail order, venue, non-traditional retailers) hit an all-time high in 2009 with sales reaching 110 million. Non-Traditional is the only strata that experienced album growth over the previous year; with an increase of 11% over 2008.
    • Non-traditional outlets accounted for nearly 30% of all album sales, compared to 25% in 2008, 18% in 2007, 12% in 2006, 9% in 2005 and 5% in 2004 (4% in 2003).
    • Digital album sales accounted for 70% of the Non-Traditional album sales.
  • The last two weeks of the year produced the two biggest album sales weeks for Non-Traditional outlets; 3.9 and 3.4 million sales.
  • In 2009, 36% of all albums purchased were at a Mass Merchant outlet; 29% at Chain outlets and 6% at Independent music stores.

Nielsen Broadcast Data Systems (Nielsen BDS), the music industry’s leading music performance monitoring service, has announced the most played songs at radio, at video, as well as Internet music streams for 2009.

Nielsen BDS: 2009 Top 10 Most Played Songs

         

Nielsen BDS: 2009 Top 10 Artist Airplay

     

Title/Artist

Detections

Artist

Detections

1

You Belong to Me/ Taylor Swift

465,100 1 Taylor Swift 1,291,000
2

Love Story/ Taylor Swift

413,100 2 Beyonce 1,125,000
3

You Found Me/ Fray

412,900 3 Black Eyed Peas 923,000
4

Use Somebody/ Kings of Leon

383,500 4 Toby Keith 888,000
5

Boom Boom Pow/ Black Eyed Peas

379,400 5 Nickelback 864,000
6

Blame It/ Jamie Foxx feat. T-Pain

376,100 6 Pink 862,000
7

I Gotta Feeling/ Black Eyed Peas

375,100 7 Lady Gaga 859,000
8

Second Chance/ Shinedown

374,600 8 Kelly Clarkson 850,000
9

Knock You Down/ Keri Hilson feat.Kayne Wes & Ne-Yo

372,300 9 Rascal Flatts 768,000
10.

Poker Face/ Lady Gaga

370,900 10. Tim McGraw 752,000
 

Nielsen BDS: 2009 Top 10 Holiday Songs Airplay

           

Nielsen BDS: 2009 Top 10 Artists - Internet Streams

       

Title/Artist

Detections

Artist

Streams

1

Rockin’ Around the Christmas.../Brenda Lee

31,800 1 Taylor Swift 46,135,000
2

A Holy Jolly Christmas/ Burl Ives

31,200 2 Beyonce 42,962,000
3

The Christmas Song/ Nat King Cole

31,000 3 Michael Jackson 39,358,000
4

Jingle Bell Rock/ Bobby Helms

30,300 4 Nickelback 35,290,000
5

Feliz Navidad/ Jose Feliciano

29,700 5 Mariah Carey 33,696,000
6

All I Want for Christmas Is…/Mariah Carey

28,500 6 Britney Spears 32,381,000
7

It’s the Most Wonderful…/Andy Williams

26,900 7 Pink 28,925,000
8

White Christmas/ Bing Crosby

24,900 8 Lady Gaga 27,580,000
9

Happy X-Mas (War Is Over)/ John Lennon

23,800 9 Kelly Clarkson 26,204,000
10.

Wonderful Christmas Time/ Paul McCartney

21,400 10. Ne-Yo 24,624,000
 

Nielsen BDS: 2009 Top 10 Internet Streamed Songs

         

Nielsen BDS: 2009 Top 10 Music Video Internet Streams

       

Title/Artist

Streams

Title/Artist

Streams

1

You Belong to Me/ Taylor Swift

10,651,000 1

Single Ladies (Put A Ring On It)/ Beyonce

3,272,000
2

You Found Me/ Fray

10,446,000 2

Love Story/ Taylor Swift

2,232,000
3

Use Somebody/ Kings of Leon

9,390,000 3

Circus/ Britney Spears

1,771,000
4

Poker Face/ Lady Gaga

9,271,000 4

Just Dance/ Lady Gaga feat.Colby O’Donis

1,667,000
5

Gives You Hell/ All-American Rejects

9,242,000 5

Poker Face/ Lady Gaga

1,621,000
6

Love Story/ Taylor Swift

9,172,000 6

Live Your Life/ T.I. feat. Rihanna

1,575,000
7

I’m Yours/ Jason Mraz

8,456,000 7

Hot N Cold/ Katy Perry

1,454,000
8

Just Dance/ Lady Gaga feat.Colby O’Donis

7,850,000 8

Heartless/ Kanye West

1,433,000
9

Halo/ Beyonce

7,840,000 9

Whatever You Like/ T.I.

1,351,000
10.

Second Chance/ Shinedown

7,557,000 10.

Womanizer/ Britney Spears

1,350,000
 

Nielsen BDS: Inception-to-Date Top 10 Internet Streamed Songs

(based on streams captured from August 2005 – 1/3/2010)

 

Title/Artist

   

Streams

1

Hips Don’t Lie/ Shakira feat. Wyclef Jean

85,586,000
2

Because Of You/ Kelly Clarkson

43,872,000
3

Run It!/ Chris Brown

40,993,000
4

Girlfriend/ Avril Lavigne

38,919,000
5

Irreplaceable/ Beyonce

38,192,000
6

Check On It/ Beyonce feat. Slim Thug

37,838,000
7

Buttons/ Pussycat Dolls

36,354,000
8

You’re Beautiful/ James Blunt

35,178,000
9

My Humps/ Black Eyed Peas

34,642,000
10.

Promiscuous/ Nelly Furtado feat. Timbaland

34,638,000
 
 

TOP SELLERS OF THE NIELSEN SOUNDSCAN ERA

                       

TOP TEN SELLING ARTISTS OF SOUNDSCAN ERA

(based on album sales from 1991-1/3/2010)

TOP TEN SELLING ALBUMS OF SOUNDSCAN ERA

(1991 – 1/3/2010)

 

Title/Artist

Units Sold

Artist

Units Sold

1 Garth Brooks 68,363,000 1

Metallica/ Metallica

15,500,000
2 Beatles 60,370,000 2

Come On Over/ Shania Twain

15,487,000
3 Mariah Carey 52,388,000 3

Jagged Little Pill/ Alanis Morissette

14,642,000
4 Metallica 52,160,000 4

Millennium/ Backstreet Boys

12,109,000
5 Celine Dion 50,933,000 5

Soundtrack/ Bodyguard

11,815,000
6 George Strait 41,843,000 6

Supernatural/ Santana

11,687,000
7 Tim McGraw 38,677,000 7

Beatles 1/ Beatles

11,564,000
8 Alan Jackson 37,447,000 8

Human Clay/ Creed

11,547,000
9 Pink Floyd 35,867,000 9

No Strings Attached/ N Sync

11,113,000
10. Eminem 35,326,000 10.

Falling Into You/ Celine Dion

10,781,000
 

TOP TEN SELLING DIGITAL SONGS OF SOUNDSCAN ERA

(7/4/2004-1/3/2010)

       

TOP TEN SELLING DIGITAL ALBUMS OF SOUNDSCAN ERA

(7/4/2004 – 1/3/2010)

       

Title/Artist

Units Sold

Artist

Units Sold

1

Low/ Flo Rida Feat. T-Pain

5,344,000 1

Viva La Vida/ Coldplay

761,000
2

Just Dance/ Lady Gaga feat. Colby O’Donis

4,943,000 2

Fearless/ Taylor Swift

568,000
3

I’m Yours/ Jason Mraz

4,787,000 3

Soundtrack/ Twilight

564,000
4

Boom Boom Pow/ Black Eyed Peas

4,762,000 4

Only By the Night/ Kings Of Leon

533,000
5

Poker Face/ Lady Gaga

4,551,000 5

Fame/ Lady Gaga

511,000
6

Apologize/ Timbaland feat. One Republic

4,513,000 6

Continuum/ John Mayer

442,000
7

I Gotta Feeling/ Black Eyed Peas

4,426,000 7

Daughtry/ Daughtry

387,000
8

Crank That/ Soulja Boy Tell’Em

4,370,000 8

Back To Black/ Amy Winehouse

378,000
9

Viva La Vida/ Coldplay

4,261,000 9

Sleep Through the Static/ Jack Johnson

362,000
10.

Love Story/ Taylor Swift

4,254,000 10.

In Between Dreams/ Jack Johnson

358,000
 

TOP TEN SELLING DIGITAL ARTISTS OF SOUNDSCAN ERA

(based on digital track sales from 7/4/2004-1/3/2010)

     

Artist

Units Sold

1 Taylor Swift 24,329,000
2 Rihanna 23,577,000
3 Black Eyed Peas 22,493,000
4 Kanye West 21,842,000
5 Beyonce 21,637,000
6 Nickelback 20,366,000
7 Michael Jackson 19,225,000
8 Britney Spears 18,961,000
9 Eminem 17,941,000
10. T.I. 18,153,000
 
 

TOP SELLERS OF THE DECADE

 

DECADE TOP TEN SELLING ALBUMS

(01/01/2000-11/01/2009) ~ SoundScan

       

DECADE TOP TEN SELLING ARTISTS

(based on Album sales from 01/01/2000-11/01/2009) ~SoundScan

       

Title/Artist

Units Sold

Artist

Units Sold

1

Beatles 1/Beatles

11,564,000 1 Eminem 32,241,000
2

No Strings Attached/N’Sync

11,113,000 2 Beatles 30,182,000
3

Come Away With Me/Norah Jones

10,579,000 3 Tim McGraw 24,769,000
4

Marshall Mathers LP/Eminem

10,216,000 4 Toby Keith 24,469,000
5

Eminem Show/Eminem

9,818,000 5 Britney Spears 22,969,000
6

Confessions/Usher

9,730,000 6 Kenny Chesney 22,034,000
7

Hybrid Theory/Linkin Park

9,697,000 7 Linkin Park 21,421,000
8

Human Clay/Creed

9,495,000 8 Nelly 21,232,000
9

Oops!...I Did It Again/Britney Spears

9,185,000 9 Creed 20,594,000
10.

Country Grammar/Nelly

8,464,000 10. Jay-Z 20,424,000
 

DECADE TOP TEN MOST PLAYED SONGS

(01/01/2000-11/01/2009) Station Level ~ BDS

       

DECADE TOP TEN MOST PLAYED ARTISTS

(01/01/2000 – 11/01/2009) Station Level ~BDS

         

Title/Artist

Spins

Artist

Spins

1

How You Remind Me/Nickelback

1,218,000 1 Tim McGraw 7,965,000
2

Drops Of Jupiter (Tell Me)/Train

1,141,000 2 Toby Keith 7,862,000
3

Hanging By A Moment/Lifehouse

1,104,000 3 George Strait 7,638,000
4

Breathe/Faith Hill

1,080,000 4 Alan Jackson 6,885,000
5

Kryptonite/3 Doors Down

1,062,000 5 Nickelback 6,877,000
6

The Way You Love Me/Faith Hill

1,046,000 6 Kenny Chesney 6,492,000
7

I Hope You Dance/Lee Ann Womack

1,030,000 7 Rascal Flatts 5,658,000
8

Wherever You Will Go/The Calling

996,000 8 Brooks & Dunn 5,567,000
9

Smooth/Santana Feat. Rob Thomas

985,000 9 Garth Brooks 5,519,000
10.

The Reason/Hoobastank

982,000 10. Green Day 5,435,000
 
 

2000 – 2009 Nielsen SoundScan & Nielsen BDS Decade Factoids

  • There were more than 10.4 billion music purchases over the past ten years from 2000 – 2009, according to Nielsen SoundScan.
  • There were more than 6 billion album sales during the decade and more than 4.1 billion digital song downloads purchased over past six years since Nielsen SoundScan began tracking digital music sales, according to Nielsen SoundScan.
  • During the past decade there were more than 5.6 billion CD albums purchased, 187 million cassette album sales, 13.8 million LP’s and 246 million digital albums downloaded, according to Nielsen SoundScan.
  • Fifty-five percent of all albums purchased during the decade were CD’s, 3% were cassette’s, 4% were digital album sales and less than 1% were LP’s, according to Nielsen SoundScan.
  • Eminem is the biggest selling artist for the decade with more than 32 million album sales followed by The Beatles (30.2 million), Tim McGraw (24.8 million), Toby Keith (24.5 million) and Britney Spears (22.9 million), according to Nielsen SoundScan.
  • The Beatles’ Beatles 1 album was the biggest selling album for the decade with 11.6 million album sales. N’Sync’s No Strings Attached is the second biggest selling album with 11.1 album sales and Come Away with Me by Norah Jones lands at #3 with 10.6 million sales, according to Nielsen SoundScan.
  • Tim McGraw is the artist who received the most airplay in the decade with more than 7.9 million spins at radio, according to Nielsen BDS.
    • Note: The top 4 most played artists on the radio for the decade were all country artists; Toby Keith, George Strait and Alan Jackson were all 2, 3 and 4 respectively.
  • The Nickelback song “How You Remind Me” is the most played song at radio for the decade with more than 1.2 million spins, according to Nielsen BDS.

Nielsen RingScan has announced the Top Selling Mastertones for 2009.

Nielsen RingScan: Top 10 Mastertones

(12/29/2008-1/3/2010)

       

Title/Artist

Sales

1

Kiss Me Thru the Phone/Soullja Boy Tell’em

1,289,000
2

Blame It feat. T-Pain/Jamie Foxx

884,000
3

Dead and Gone feat. Justin Timberlake/T.I.

847,000
4

Day N Nite/ Kid Cudi

757,000
5

Boom Boom Pow/ Black Eyed Peas

740,000
6

All Summer Long/ Kid Rock

672,000
7

Right Round/ Flo Rida

671,000
8

Heartless/ Kanye West

653,000
9

Birthday Sex/ Jeremih

650,000
10.

Big Green Tractor/ Jason Aldean

611,000
 

Contacts

S c o o p MARKETING
Larry Solters, Anna Loynes
213-639-6167

Contacts

S c o o p MARKETING
Larry Solters, Anna Loynes
213-639-6167