CORRECTING and REPLACING 2007 U.S. Music Purchases Exceed 1.4 Billion

Growth In Overall Music Purchases Exceeds 14%, Digital Music Accounts for 23% of Music Purchases

Nielsen Music 2007 Year-End Music Industry Report

CORRECTION...by Nielsen SoundScan

WHITE PLAINS, N.Y.--()--Tables titled "Nielsen BDS: Top 10 Most Played Songs" and "Nielsen BDS: 2007 Top 10 Artist Airplay" have been revised. Corrected tables below reflect revised BDS Top Song & Artist numbers based on US airplay only. (Prior numbers included Canada.)

The corrected release reads:

2007 U.S. MUSIC PURCHASES EXCEED 1.4 BILLION

Growth In Overall Music Purchases Exceeds 14%, Digital Music Accounts for 23% of Music Purchases

Nielsen Music 2007 Year-End Music Industry Report

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 2007 U.S. year-end sales and performance monitoring data for the 52-week period January 1, 2007 through December 30, 2007.

OVERALL MUSIC SALES  

         

OVERALL ALBUM SALES

(01/01/07 12/30/07)

(01/01/07 12/30/07)

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

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

UNITS SOLD

 

2007

 

2006

 

% Chg.

UNITS SOLD

 

2007

 

2006

 

% Chg.

1,369 1,198 14% 584.9 646.4 -9.5%
 

TOTAL ALBUM SALES

INTERNET ALBUM SALES

(01/01/07 - 12/30/07)

(01/01/07 - 12/30/07)

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

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

UNITS SOLD

2007

2006

% Chg.

UNITS SOLD

2007

2006

% Chg.

500.5 588.2 -15% 30.1 29.4 2.4%
 

DIGITAL TRACK SALES

DIGITAL ALBUM SALES

(01/01/2007 12/30/2007 - IN MILLIONS)

(01/01/2007 12/30/2007 - IN MILLIONS)

UNITS SOLD

2007

2006

% CHG.

UNITS SOLD

2007

2006

% CHG.

844.2 581.9 45% 50.0 32.6 53%

2007 GENRE ALBUM SALES REPORT

 

CURRENT VS. CATALOG ALBUM SALES

(01/01/07-12/30/07 IN THOUSANDS)

(01/01/07-12/30/07 - IN MILLIONS)

           
Genre 2007 2006 % Chg. Overall Albums 2007 2006 % Chg.
Alternative 88,604 109,672 -19.2% Current 306.4 363.9 -16%

Christian/Gospel(a)

34,017 39,715 -14.3% Catalog 194.1 224.2 -13%
Classical 18,044 19,447 -7.2% Deep Catalog 138.7 158.2 -12%
Country 62,696 74,886 -16.3%
Jazz 14,047 15,720 -10.6% Physical Albums: 2007 2006 % Chg.
Latin 31,853 37,774 -15.6% Current 279.3 345.3 -19%
Metal 52,951 61,557 -13.9% Catalog 171.2 210.2 -19%
New Age 3,210 3,412 -5.9% Deep Catalog 122.7 148.4 -17%
R&B 95,555 117,005 -18.3%
Rap 41,662 59,534 -30.0% Digital Albums: 2007 2006 % Chg.
Rock 149,414 170,726 -12.5% Current 27.1 18.6 46%
Soundtrack 24,570 27,177 -9.5% Catalog 22.9 14.0 64%
(Note: Titles may appear in more than one genre.) Deep Catalog 16.0 9.8 63%

(a) Sales figures tracked by Christian SoundScan

2007 YEAR-TO-DATE RECORD COMPANY MARKET SHARE (1/01/07 - 12/30/07)

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

               

TOTAL ALBUMS

CURRENT ALBUMS

CATALOG ALBUMS

(Catalog & Current Titles)

 
2007 2006 2007 2006 2007 2006
UMG 31.90% 31.61% UMG 34.48% 34.37% UMG 27.81% 27.14%
BMG 11.11% 11.95% BMG 12.60% 13.71% BMG 8.74% 9.08%
SONY 13.86% 15.49% SONY 12.52% 14.42% SONY 15.98% 17.23%
SONYBMG Total 24.97% 27.44% SONYBMG Total 25.12% 28.13% SONYBMG Total 24.72% 26.31%
WMG 20.28% 18.14% WMG 19.12% 16.85% WMG 22.12% 20.25%
EMI 9.37% 10.20% EMI 8.31% 9.23% EMI 11.05% 11.77%
OTHERS 13.48% 12.61% OTHERS 12.97% 11.43% OTHERS 14.30% 14.52%

2007 YEAR-TO-DATE RECORD COMPANY MARKET SHARE continued(1/01/07 - 12/30/07)

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

                   

DIGITAL ALBUMS

DIGITAL TRACKS

 
2007 2006 2007 2006
UMG 22.98% 27.35% UMG 33.75% 32.96%
BMG 9.06% 10.25% BMG 9.02% 12.21%
SONY 13.80% 13.75% SONY 14.17% 13.45%
SONYBMG Total 22.86% 24.00% SONYBMG Total 23.19% 25.66%
WMG 22.98% 23.29% WMG 20.50% 19.69%
EMI 10.80% 9.99% EMI 7.74% 7.93%
OTHERS 15.67% 15.37% OTHERS 14.83% 13.75%

2007 TOP TEN SELLING ALBUMS

     

2007 TOP TEN SELLING ARTISTS

(01/01/2007-12/30/2007)

(based on Album sales from 01/01/2007-12/30/2007)

       
Title/Artist Units Sold Artist Units Sold
1 Noel / Josh Groban 3,699,000 1 Josh Groban 4,835,000
2 Soundtrack / High School Musical 2 2,957,000 2 Hannah Montana 3,854,000
3 Long Road Out of Eden / Eagles 2,608,000 3 Eagles 3,583,000
4 As I Am / Alicia Keys 2,543,000 4 Carrie Underwood 3,231,000
5 Daughtry / Daughtry 2,497,000 5 Rascal Flatts 3,129,000
6 Soundtrack/ Hannah Montana 2: Meet Miley 2,489,000 6 Alicia Keys 2,699,000
7 Minutes To Midnight / Linkin Park 2,099,000 7 Linkin Park 2,624,000
8 Dutchess / Fergie 2,064,000 8 Michael Buble 2,530,000
9 Taylor Swift / Taylor Swift 1,951,000 9 Daughtry 2,506,000
10. Graduation / Kanye West 1,892,000 10. Tim McGraw 2,369,000

2007 TOP TEN SELLING DIGITAL SONGS

     

2007 TOP TEN SELLING DIGITAL ARTISTS

(combines all versions of the same Song:01/01/2007-12/30/2007)

(based on digital track sales from 01/01/2007 12/30/2007)

       
Title/Artist Units Sold Artist Units Sold
1 Crank That/ Soulja Boy TellEm 2,909,000 1 Fergie 7,537,000
2 Hey There Delilah/ Plain White Ts 2,566,000 2 Timbaland 5,933,000
3 Big Girls Dont Cry/ Fergie 2,525,000 3 Rihanna 5,547,000
4 Girlfriend/ Avril Lavigne 2,415,000 4 Justin Timberlake 5,412,000
5 Apologize/ Timbaland feat. Onerepublic 2,371,000 5 Akon 5,275,000
6 Umbrella/ Rihanna 2,359,000 6 Avril Lavigne 5,044,000
7 Stronger/ Kanye West 2,328,000 7 Nickelback 4,835,000
8 Sweet Escape/ Gwen Stefani 2,251,000 8 Kanye West 4,674,000
9 Glamorous/ Fergie feat. Ludacris 2,169,000 9 Fall Out Boy 4,423,000
10. Way I Are/ Timbaland feat. Keri Hilson & Jo 1,943,000 10. Linkin Park 4,317,000

2007 TOP TEN SELLING DIGITAL TRACKS

   

TOP TEN SELLING DIGITAL ALBUMS

(01/01/07 12/30/2007)

(01/01/2007-12/30/2007)

       
Title/Artist Units Sold Artist Units Sold
1

Crank That/ Soulja Boy TellEm

2,714,000 1 It Wont Be Soon Before Long/ Maroon 5 252,000
2

Big Girls Dont Cry/ Fergie

2,440,000 2 Back To Black/ Amy Winehouse 241,000
3 Sweet Escape/ Gwen Stefani 2,168,000 3 Graduation/ Kanye West 237,000
4 Apologize/ Timbaland feat. OneRepublic 2,113,000 4 Coco/ Colbie Caillat 207,000
5 Way I Are/ Timbaland 1,870,000 5 Daughtry/ Daughtry 205,000
6 Makes Me Wonder/ Maroon 5 1,845,000 6 Minutes To Midnight/ Linkin Park 189,000
7 Hey There Delilah/ Plain White Ts 1,844,000 7 Soundtrack/ High School Musical 2 176,000
8 Stronger/ Kanye West 1,788,000 8 Timbaland Presents Shock Value/ Timbaland 151,000
9 Bubbly/ Colbie Caillat 1,731,000 9 Continuum/ John Mayer 137,000
10. Buy U A Drank/ T-Pain feat. Yung Joc 1,702,000 10. Futuresex/Love Sounds/ Justin Timberlake 137,000

2007 TOP TEN SELLING ARTISTS OF SOUNDSCAN ERA

     

TOP TEN SELLING ALBUMS OF SOUNDSCAN ERA

(1991-12/30/2007)

(1991 12/30/2007)

       
Title/Artist Units Sold Artist Units Sold
1 Garth Brooks 67,402,000 1 Come On Over/ Shania Twain 15,449,000
2 Beatles 55,695,000 2 Metallica/ Metallica 15,077,000
3 Mariah Carey 49,937,000 3 Jagged Little Pill/ Alanis Morissette 14,557,000
4 Celine Dion 49,692,000 4 Millennium/ Backstreet Boys 12,099,000
5 Metallica 48,670,000 5 Soundtrack/ Bodyguard 11,798,000
6 George Strait 39,171,000 6 Supernatural/ Santana 11,643,000
7 Tim McGraw 36,413,000 7 Human Clay/ Creed 11,504,000
8 Alan Jackson 35,266,000 8 No Strings Attached/ N Sync 11,104,000
9 Pink Floyd 34,453,000 9 Beatles 1/ Beatles 11,097,000
10. Shania Twain 33,531,000 10. Falling Into You/ Celine Dion 10,768,000

2007 Year End Factoids:

  • Music purchases in 2007 reached 1.4 Billion, the third consecutive year music sales have exceeded 1 billion; 1.2 billion (2006) vs. 1 billion (2005).
  • Music sales exceeded 58.4 million in the final week of 2007, representing the biggest sales week in the history of Nielsen SoundScan. The previous record was Christmas week 2006 with 47.4 million music purchases.
  • Overall Album sales (including Albums and Track Equivalent Album sales) declined 9.5% compared to 2006.
  • Total album sales declined 15% compared to 2006.
  • Consistent with the previous three years, 20% of total album sales occurred during the Holiday Season (last 6 weeks of year).

Digital Factoids:

 
  • More than 840 million digital tracks were purchased during 2007; an increase of 45% over 2006.
  • Digital album sales reached the 50 million for 2007; up 53% over the previous year and accounted for 10% of total album sales compared to 5.5% in 2006.
  • In the final reporting week of 2007 the following sales records were broken:
  • Digital track sales surpassed 42.9 million. The previous sales record was 30.1 million, week of 12/24 -12/31/06.
  • Digital album sales this week fell just shy of the two million mark with sales of 1,920,000 sales; breaking the previous record of 1.2 million (12/31/06).
  • Flo Ridas track Low feat. T-Pain set the mark for the biggest selling week for an individual Digital Track, with sales of 467,000 (previous record was Rihannas Umbrella at 276,000 sales). Note that Chris Browns Kiss Kiss track sold 277,000 downloads which also broke the previous record held by Rihanna.
  • The first time a digital song (combining all versions of the same song) sold more than 300,000 downloads in a week. Flo Ridas song Low feat. T-Pain is the new record holder for biggest selling week for a Digital Song with sales of 467,000 this week. Fergies Fergalicious held the previous record with sales of 295,000. Timbalands digital song Apologize also broke the previous record with sales of 319,000 this week.
  • In 2007, there were 9 different digital songs with sales that exceeded 2 million compared to one in 2006 (Bad Day by Daniel Powter - 2,015,000).
  • 41 Digital Songs exceeded the 1 million sales mark for the year compared to 22 digital songs in 2006 and only 2 digital songs in 2005.
  • Fergie was the biggest selling digital artist in 2007 with 7.5 million track sales.
  • There were more than 390,000 different physical albums that sold at least one copy over the Internet during 2007.
  • Physical Internet album sales reached a new record high with sales of 30.1 million unit sales; an increase of 2% over 2006 year-end total (29.1).

Best Seller Factoids:

  • Josh Groban was the biggest selling solo artist, with sales greater than 4.8 million albums and the Eagles were the biggest selling group in 2007 with sales of 3.6 million.
  • Josh Grobans Noel was the biggest selling album of the year with 3.7 million sales. Its the first time in the history of Nielsen SoundScan that a seasonal/holiday album held the top position on the year-end chart. Noel is also the first seasonal/holiday album to sell more than 3 million units in a year. The previous high for a seasonal/holiday album for a year was Kenny Gs Miracles: A Holiday Album back in 1994 which sold 2,986,000 copies.

Strata Factoids:

  • Album sales at Non-Traditional music outlets experienced significant growth with sales approaching the 90 million mark. Non-traditional outlets accounted for 18% of all album sales, compared to 12% in 2006, 9% in 2005 and 5% in 2004 (4% in 2003).
  • 40% of all albums purchased were at a Mass Merchant outlet compared to 41% in 2006, 40% in 2005 and 38% in 2004 (35% in 2003 and 34% in 2002).
  • Chain music stores for the first time accounted for less than 40% of all album sales; 36% compared to 41% in 2006, 45% in 2005 and 48% in 2004.
  • Album sales at Independent music stores remained consistent from a year ago; accounting for 6% of all album sales (7% in 2005 and 9% in 2004).

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 2007.

Nielsen BDS: Top 10 Most Played Songs

     

Nielsen BDS: 2007 Top 10 Artist Airplay

       
Title/Artist Detections

Artist

Detections
1 Big Girls Don't Cry/ Fergie 380,742 1 Nickelback 967,445
2 Buy U A Drank (Shawty Snappin')/ T-Pain Feat. Yung Joc 373,646 2

Rascal Flatts

871,064
3 Say It Right/ Nelly Furtado 371,401 3 Daughtry 859,785
4 Irreplaceable / Irreemplazable/ Beyonce 369,747 4 Kenny Chesney 849,004
5 The Sweet Escape/ Gwen Stefani Feat. Akon 363,130 5 Toby Keith 814,857
6 Before He Cheats/ Carrie Underwood 346,169 6 Tim McGraw 800,003
7 It's Not Over/ Daughtry 343,349 7 George Strait 779,567
8 Umbrella/ Rihanna Feat. Jay-Z 339,017 8 Justin Timberlake 772,332
9 How To Save A Life/ Fray 322,279 9 Carrie Underwood 728,335
10 Home/ Daughtry 313,580 10 Keith Urban 629,983

Nielsen BDS: Top 10 Music Video Internet Streams

     

Nielsen BDS: Top 10 Internet Streamed Songs

       
Title/Artist Streams Title/Artist Streams
1 Girlfriend/ Avril Lavigne 23,101,224 1

Irreplaceable/ Irreemplazable/ Beyonce

11,002,278
2 Beautiful Liar/Bello Embustero/ Beyonce & Shakira 14,500,809 2 Before He Cheats/ Carrie Underwood 10,554,700
3 Umbrella/ Rihanna feat. Jay-Z 14,486,237 3 Buy U A Drank/ T-Pain feat Yung Joc 9,955,555
4 Glamorous/ Fergie feat. Ludacris 11,570,238 4 What Goes Around..Comes Around/ Justin Timberlake 9,369,781
5 Big Girls Dont Cry/ Fergie 11,418,888 5 Wait for You/ Elliott Yamin 9,105,982
6 What Goes AroundComes../ Justin Timberlake 10,983,682 6 Makes Me Wonder/ Maroon 5 9,096,993
7 Hips Dont Lie/ Shakira feat Wyclef Jean 10,009,270 7 Girlfriend/ Avril Lavigne 8,945,400
8 Say It Right/ Nelly Furtado 9,882,779 8 Hey There Delilah/ Plain White Ts 8,917,887
9 Never Again/ Kelly Clarkson 9,444,161 9 Its Not Over/ Daughtry 8,827,093
10. Que Hiciste/ Jennifer Lopez 9,281,430 10. Runaway Love/ Ludacris feat Mary J. Blige 8,672,380

Nielsen RingScan has announced the Top Selling Mastertones and Polyphonic ringtones for 2007.

             

Nielsen RingScan: Top 10 Mastertones

Nielsen RingScan: Top 10 Polyphonic Ringtones

(Partial year - 01/01/2007-12/30/2007)

(01/01/2007-12/30/2007)

 
Title/Artist Sales Title/Artist Sales
1 Buy U A Drank/ T-Pain 2,308,769 1 Super Mario Bros./ Koji Kondo 153,591
2 This Is Why Im Hot/ Mims 2,101,723 2 Candy Shop/ 50 Cent 126,196
3 Crank That (Soulja Boy)/ Soulja Boy 2,010,714 3 Rockstar/ Nickelback 125,124
4 Party Like A Rock Star/ Shop Boyz 1,782,709 4 Pink Panther/ Henry Mancini 124,978
5 Dont Matter/ Akon 1,500,555 5 Irreplaceable/ Beyonce 121,746
6 Pop, Lock & Drop It/ Huey 1,421,830 6 What Hurts the Most/ Rascal Flatts 121,209
7 A Bay Bay/ Hurricane Chris 1,420,621 7 Because I Got High/ Afroman 120,429
8 Beautiful Girls/ Sean Kingston 1,415,022 8 Crazy B/ Buck Cherry 117,886
9 Rockstar/ Nickelback 1,269,715 9 Poppin/ Chris Brown feat Jay Biz 111,032
10. Shawty/ Plies feat. T-Pain 1,171,518 10. Best Friend/ 50 Cent 96,774

Nielsen RingScan Factoids:

  • There were 220 million ringtone purchases in 2007 resulting in sales of $567 million.
  • During the last week of the year (Christmas week), ringtone purchases increased by 22% over the previous week (consistent with sales spike during the last week of 2006).
  • Mastertone purchases accounted for 91% of all ringtone sales in 2007.
  • The top 100 Mastertone ringers sold 65.1 million, accounting for 30% of all ringtone sales for the year.

Contacts

Scoop Marketing
Larry Solters, Anna Loynes
213-639-6167

Contacts

Scoop Marketing
Larry Solters, Anna Loynes
213-639-6167