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    by » 09-01-19, 02:41

    https://www.billboard.com/articles/colu ... e-scorpion

    Drake's 'Scorpion' Is Nielsen Music's Top Album Of 2018 in U.S., 'God's Plan' Most-Streamed Song
    1/8/2019 by Keith Caulfield

    Plus: Album equivalent audio music consumption gained 23%, R&B/hip-hop continues dominance as most popular genre, and total on-demand streams grew 49%.

    For the second time, Drake takes home the honor of having the most popular album of the year, according to Nielsen Music. His Scorpion release finishes 2018 as the year’s top album in the U.S., following the hip-hop king’s coronation in 2016 with Views. The data-tracking firm reports that Scorpion earned 3.905 million equivalent album units during the year, with 330,000 of that sum coming from album sales.

    In 2017, Ed Sheeran’s ÷ (Divide) was named Nielsen Music’s top album.

    Scorpion’s 3.905 million equivalent album units sum is a multi-metric consumption total, which includes album sales, track equivalent albums (TEA) and on-demand audio streaming equivalent albums (SEA). The multi-metric formula is also used to compile the weekly Billboard 200 albums chart, which ranks the most popular albums of the week in the U.S. (One TEA unit is equal to 10 tracks sold from an album. One SEA unit is equal to 1,250 paid subscription or 3,750 ad-supported on-demand audio streams of tracks from an album.)

    Nielsen Music’s 2018 tracking year ran from Dec. 29, 2017 through Jan. 3, 2019. Due to a quirk in the calendar, there were 53 weeks in 2018, instead of the usual 52. So, for 2018 volume comparisons to 2017, a corresponding 53-week period is used by Nielsen Music for 2017: Dec. 30, 2016 through Jan. 4, 2018. (Historical comparable references to volume in 2017 versus that of 2016 used the traditional comparable 52-week years for both, as stated in earlier Billboard stories.)

    Numbers in this story are rounded. Nielsen Music began electronically tracking sales and data in 1991 (so a reference in this story to the “Nielsen era” means from 1991 to the present).

    Scorpion’s year-end finish as Nielsen Music’s top album was powered in large part by its streaming activity, as the set garnered 3.293 million SEA units (equaling 4.572 billion on-demand audio streams for the set’s songs in 2018). Scorpion is also the most-streamed album of 2018.

    Scorpion marked Drake’s eighth No. 1 album on the weekly Billboard 200 chart, where it ruled for five weeks. In the set’s debut frame, it racked up a weekly record 745.9 million on-demand audio streams for its songs.

    The set spun off three No. 1 hits on the weekly Billboard Hot 100 songs chart: “God’s Plan” (No. 1 for 11 weeks), “Nice for What” (No. 1 for eight weeks) and “In My Feelings” (No. 1 for 10 weeks). Drake’s combined total of 29 weeks at No. 1 on the Hot 100 in 2018 was the most weeks atop the list in a year by any artist since the chart launched in 1958.

    TOP 10 ALBUMS OF 2018 IN U.S., BY TOTAL EQUIVALENT ALBUM UNITS
    Rank Artist, Title Total Units Album Sales TEA Units SEA Units

    1 Drake, Scorpion 3,905,000 330,000 282,000 3,293,000
    2 Post Malone, beerbongs & bentleys 3,251,000 374,000 234,000 2,643,000
    3 Soundtrack, The Greatest Showman 2,499,000 1,491,000 187,000 821,000
    4 Cardi B, Invasion of Privacy 2,060,000 222,000 184,000 1,654,000
    5 Travis Scott, Astroworld 1,985,000 464,000 49,000 1,471,000
    6 XXXTentacion, ? 1,637,000 94,000 82,000 1,461,000
    7 Migos, Culture II 1,599,000 115,000 90,000 1,393,000
    8 Ed Sheeran, ÷ (Divide) 1,481,000 367,000 212,000 902,000
    9 Soundtrack, Black Panther: The Album 1,459,000 234,000 104,000 1,120,000
    10 Post Malone, Stoney 1,388,000 95,000 84,000 1,209,000

    Source: Nielsen Music, for the tracking period Dec. 29, 2017 through Jan. 3, 2019.

    Post Malone captures two of the year’s top 10 albums, as his sophomore studio set Beerbongs & Bentleys, released in 2018, finishes at No. 2 (3.251 million units) while his debut studio album Stoney, released in 2016, is at No. 10 (1.388 million units). Post is the first act to have two of the year’s top 10 albums since Nielsen Music began tracking albums by overall consumption in 2014. Dating back to when the year’s overall top 10 albums were ranked solely by album sales (pre-2014), Malone is the first act to double up in the top 10 since 2012, when One Direction had the Nos. 3 and 5 biggest-selling titles (with Up All Night and Take Me Home, respectively).


    The No. 3 album of 2018 is the multi-artist soundtrack to The Greatest Showman, with 2.499 million units. It is the highest-ranked year-end soundtrack since 2014, when Frozen was the year’s most-consumed album, with 4.471 million units earned that year. Notably, The Greatest Showman’s success is largely driven by album sales, and not streams, like Scorpion and Beerbongs. The Greatest Showman sold 1.491 million copies in 2018, and was the top-selling album of the year (more on that in a moment).

    Hip-hop albums overwhelmingly dominate Nielsen Music’s year-end top 10 albums tally, as there are just two titles from outside the genre: the pop sets The Greatest Showman and Sheeran’s ÷ (Divide). A year ago, hip-hop held four of the top 10.

    MUSIC CONSUMPTION CONTINUES TO GAIN: Album equivalent audio consumption in 2018 jumped 23 percent, rising to 618 million units (up from 501 million). Those figures combine album sales, TEA units and SEA units from on-demand audio streams.

    The R&B/hip-hop genre dominated the year in consumption, as it did in 2017. In 2018, the genre equaled 25.6 percent of album equivalent audio consumption — the largest share of any genre in 2018.

    "SHOWMAN" IS YEAR’S TOP-SELLING ALBUM: The soundtrack to the movie musical The Greatest Showman is 2018’s top-selling album, with 1.491 million copies sold. It was the only album to sell more than 1 million copies in 2018, and it marks the first time since Nielsen began tracking sales in 1991 that just one album sold more than a million in a calendar year. The prior fewest number of million sellers had occurred in 2017, when just two albums crossed the million mark: Taylor Swift’s reputation (1.9 million) and Sheeran’s ÷ (Divide) (1.1 million).

    Showman also marks the first time the year’s top-selling album is a soundtrack since 2006, when the companion album to the Disney Channel TV musical movie High School Musical was tops with 3.719 million.

    TOP 10 SELLING ALBUMS OF 2018 IN U.S.
    Rank Artist, Title Sales

    1 Soundtrack, The Greatest Showman 1,491,000
    2 Lady Gaga & Bradley Cooper, A Star Is Born (Soundtrack) 704,000
    3 Eminem, Kamikaze 493,000
    4 Travis Scott, Astroworld 464,000
    5 Jason Aldean, Rearview Town 463,000
    6 Justin Timberlake, Man of the Woods 422,000
    7 Carrie Underwood, Cry Pretty 401,000
    8 Post Malone, beerbongs & bentleys 374,000
    9 Dave Matthews Band, Come Tomorrow 369,000
    10 Ed Sheeran, ÷ (Divide) 367,000

    Source: Nielsen Music, for the tracking period Dec. 29, 2017 through Jan. 3, 2019.

    ALBUM SALES FALL AGAIN: Overall album sales in 2018 fell by 17.7 percent to 141 million copies sold across all formats (CD, digital albums, vinyl LPs, cassettes, etc.). The decline is about on par with the volume drop in 2017 vs. 2016 (17.7 percent, to 169.15 million copies sold).

    Scrolling back in time, album sales decreased 16.7 percent in 2016, 6 percent in 2015, 11 percent in 2014, 8 percent in 2013 and 4 percent in 2012.

    Physical album sales (CD, vinyl, cassette, etc.) dropped by 15.8 percent to 88 million in 2018. CD album sales comprised 70.7 million of that sum (down 20.9 percent). The CD format continues to be the leader for album purchases, while the digital format is the runner-up with 53.4 million digital albums sold in 2018 (down 20.7 percent).

    The biggest-selling digital album of 2018 is The Greatest Showman soundtrack, with 883,000 digital downloads sold. Rock music dominated album sales, as the genre comprised a whopping 37.4 percent of all album purchases in 2018.

    TOP 10 SELLING DIGITAL ALBUMS OF 2018 IN U.S.
    Rank Artist, Title Sales

    1 Soundtrack, The Greatest Showman 883,000
    2 Travis Scott, Astroworld 435,000
    3 Eminem, Kamikaze 381,000
    4 Lady Gaga & Bradley Cooper, A Star Is Born (Soundtrack) 299,000
    5 Drake, Scorpion 256,000
    6 Post Malone, beerbongs & bentleys 222,000
    7 Cardi B, Invasion of Privacy 218,000
    8 Justin Timberlake, Man of the Woods 183,000
    9 J. Cole, KOD 180,000
    10 Lil Wayne, Tha Carter V 173,000

    Source: Nielsen Music, for the tracking period Dec. 29, 2017 through Jan. 3, 2019.

    HOT WAX: Vinyl album sales continue to be a bright spot among an otherwise bleak album sales picture. For the 13th consecutive year, vinyl album sales have grown to a new yearly high, rising to 16.8 million sold in 2018 (up 14.6 percent).

    Vinyl LP sales accounted for 11.9 percent of all album sales in 2018. In 2017, the format comprised 6.5 percent of album sales. Impressively, vinyl album sales were a whopping 19.1 percent of all physical album sales in 2018 — a new Nielsen-era record share for the once-dormant format, up from 14 percent in 2017.

    In total, 14 albums sold more than 50,000 copies on vinyl – up from just eight titles in 2017. Further, 79 titles exceeded 20,000 in LP sales in 2018, as compared to 77 in 2017, and 58 in 2016.

    The top-selling vinyl album of 2018 is the Guardians of the Galaxy: Awesome Mix Vol. 1 soundtrack, with 84,000 copies sold. It is followed by Michael Jackson’s Thriller (nearly 84,000), Fleetwood Mac’s Rumours (77,000), The Beatles’ Abbey Road (76,000) and Prince and The Revolution’s soundtrack to Purple Rain (71,000).

    Rock music is tops among vinyl album buyers, as the genre comprises the largest share of vinyl LP sales: 63 percent. In 2017, the genre amounted to 67 percent of LP sales, while in 2016 rock yielded 69 percent of LP sales.

    Sales of older albums continue to drive the bulk of vinyl LP sales, as deep catalog titles (albums that are at least 36 months old) held a 65 percent share of vinyl album sales in 2018. The only title among 2018’s top 10 selling vinyl albums that is not a deep catalog title is Panic! at the Disco’s Pray for the Wicked (No. 10 with 59,000), which was released in June of 2018.

    TOP 10 SELLING VINYL ALBUMS OF 2018 IN U.S.
    Rank Artist, Title Sales

    1 Soundtrack, Guardians of the Galaxy: Awesome Mix Vol. 1 84,000
    2 Michael Jackson, Thriller 84,000
    3 Fleetwood Mac, Rumours 77,000
    4 The Beatles, Abbey Road 76,000
    5 Prince and The Revolution, Purple Rain (Soundtrack) 71,000
    6 Pink Floyd, The Dark Side of the Moon 67,000
    7 Bob Marley and The Wailers, Legend: The Best Of… 61,000
    8 Queen, Greatest Hits 60,000
    9 Amy Winehouse, Back to Black 59,000
    10 Panic! at the Disco, Pray for the Wicked 59,000

    Source: Nielsen Music, for the tracking period Dec. 29, 2017 through Jan. 3, 2019.

    "GOD" RULES STREAMING WORLD: Drake’s smash single “God’s Plan” finishes 2018 as the most-streamed song of the year, as it accumulated 1.566 billion on-demand audio and video streams. It was one of four titles to surpass 1 billion streams in 2018, up from just one billion-streamer in 2017.

    The top 10 most-streamed songs of 2018 were unsurprisingly dominated by hip-hop titles, with only Sheeran’s “Perfect” being the non-hip-hop effort in the region (at No. 9, with 797.27 million streams).

    “God’s Plan” was also the most-streamed song in terms of audio-only on-demand streams (918.87 million) and video-only on-demand streams (647.84 million). Overall on-demand streams (audio and video combined) rose 42.6 percent in 2018 to 901 billion. On-demand audio streams vaulted 49 percent to 611 billion, while on-demand video streams surged 30 percent to 290 billion.

    The R&B/hip-hop genre led the way in total on-demand streaming, with 29.7 percent of all streams in 2018. The second-largest genre was rock music, with 14.2 percent.

    TOP 10 MOST STREAMED SONGS OF 2018 IN U.S., ON-DEMAND AUDIO & VIDEO COMBINED
    Rank Artist, Title Streams

    1 Drake, "God's Plan" 1,565,711,000
    2 Juice WRLD, "Lucid Dreams" 1,107,289,000
    3 Drake, "In My Feelings" 1,100,534,000
    4 XXXTentacion, "Sad!" 1,026,294,000
    5 Post Malone featuring Ty Dolla $ign, "Psycho" 924,496,000
    6 Post Malone featuring 21 Savage, "Rockstar" 905,440,000
    7 Cardi B, Bad Bunny & J Balvin, "I Like It" 873,494,000
    8 Drake, "Nice for What" 844,403,000
    9 Ed Sheeran, "Perfect" 797,274,000
    10 BlocBoy JB featuring Drake, "Look Alive" 766,073,000

    Source: Nielsen Music, for the tracking period Dec. 29, 2017 through Jan. 3, 2019.

    TOP 10 ON-DEMAND STREAMS OF 2018 IN U.S., AUDIO-ONLY
    Rank Artist, Title Streams

    1 Drake, "God's Plan" 917,872,000
    2 Post Malone featuring Ty Dolla $ign, "Psycho" 594,516,000
    3 Drake, "Nice for What" 576,214,000
    4 Juice WRLD, "Lucid Dreams" 572,972,000
    5 XXXTentacion, "Sad!" 565,324,000
    6 Post Malone featuring 21 Savage, "Rockstar" 525,971,000
    7 Drake, "In My Feelings" 522,591,000
    8 BlocBoy JB featuring Drake, "Look Alive" 522,155,000
    9 Cardi B, Bad Bunny & J Balvin, "I Like It" 508,202,000
    10 Travis Scott, "Sicko Mode" 479,509,000

    Source: Nielsen Music, for the tracking period Dec. 29, 2017 through Jan. 3, 2019.

    TOP 10 ON-DEMAND STREAMS OF 2018 IN U.S., VIDEO-ONLY
    Rank Artist, Title Streams

    1 Drake, "God's Plan" 647,839,000
    2 Drake, "In My Feelings" 577,943,000
    3 Juice WRLD, "Lucid Dreams" 534,317,000
    4 XXXTentacion, "Sad!" 460,970,000
    5 Luis Fonsi & Daddy Yankee featuring Justin Bieber, "Despacito" 422,743,000
    6 Maroon 5 featuring Cardi B, "Girls Like You" 415,292,000
    7 Camila Cabello featuring Young Thug, "Havana" 399,510,000
    8 Ella Mai, "Boo'd Up" 398,445,000
    9 Post Malone featuring 21 Savage, "Rockstar" 379,468,000
    10 Cardi B, Bad Bunny & J Balvin, "I Like It" 365,292,000

    Source: Nielsen Music, for the tracking period Dec. 29, 2017 through Jan. 3, 2019.

    "PERFECT" LEADS DIGITAL SONGS ROUNDUP: As consumers increasingly adapt to using streaming services to enjoy music instead of buying individual songs and albums, music sales naturally decrease. Digital song sales are no exception, as overall sales fell 27.2 percent in 2018 to 412 million. It marks the sixth year in a row of declines for the format.

    The top-selling digital song of 2018 is Sheeran’s “Perfect,” with 1.3 million sold, followed by two more million sellers: Drake’s “God’s Plan” (1.06 million) and Bebe Rexha and Florida Georgia Line’s “Meant to Be” (1.04 million).

    For the first time since 2006, there were no songs that sold 2 million downloads in a calendar year. A year ago, there was just one: Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee’s “Despacito,” featuring Justin Bieber, with 2.69 million. (Nielsen Music began tracking digital song sales in 2003.) Further, in 2018, there were only three million-sellers, down from 14 in 2017.

    From 2004 through 2012, digital song sales grew on a yearly basis. The high-water mark for the format’s sales was in 2012, when 1.336 billion songs were sold.

    TOP 10 SELLING DIGITAL SONGS OF 2018 IN U.S.
    Rank Artist, Title Sales

    1 Ed Sheeran, "Perfect" 1,300,000
    2 Drake, "God's Plan" 1,056,000
    3 Bebe Rexha and Florida Georgia Line, "Meant to Be" 1,042,000
    4 Maroon 5, "Girls Like You" 896,000
    5 Imagine Dragons, "Whatever It Takes" 849,000
    6 Cardi B, Bad Bunny & J Balvin, "I Like It" 844,000
    7 Camila Cabello featuring Young Thug, "Havana" 828,000
    8 Imagine Dragons, "Thunder" 772,000
    9 Zedd, Maren Morris & Grey, "The Middle" 753,000
    10 Drake, "In My Feelings" 708,000

    Source: Nielsen Music, for the tracking period Dec. 29, 2017 through Jan. 3, 2019.

    SHEERAN IS RADIO’S FAVORITE, AGAIN: For the second year in a row, Sheeran has the most-heard song on the radio. “Perfect” was tops in 2018, with 3.988 billion audience impressions earned. In 2017, Sheeran’s “Shape of You” was the most-heard song, with 5.847 billion impressions.

    “Perfect” spent nine weeks atop Billboard’s all-genre Radio Songs chart and reached No. 1 on the Pop Songs, Adult Pop Songs and Adult Contemporary airplay charts.

    TOP 10 RADIO SONGS OF 2018 IN U.S. (RANKED BY AUDIENCE IMPRESSIONS)
    Rank Artist, Title Audience Impressions

    1 Ed Sheeran, "Perfect" 3.988 billion
    2 Bebe Rexha & Florida Georgia Line, "Meant to Be" 3.533 billion
    3 Zedd, Maren Morris & Grey, "The Middle" 3.505 billion
    4 Maroon 5 featuring Cardi B, "Girls Like You" 3.079 billion
    5 Dua Lipa, "New Rules" 2.841 billion
    6 Camila Cabello featuring Young Thug, "Havana" 2.814 billion
    7 Camila Cabello, "Never Be the Same" 2.747 billion
    8 Drake, "God's Plan" 2.630 billion
    9 MAX, "Lights Down Low" 2.616 billion
    10 Taylor Swift, "Delicate" 2.509 billion

    Source: Nielsen Music, for the tracking period Dec. 29, 2017 through Jan. 3, 2019.

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    by » 09-01-19, 03:13

    The total equivalent data for the albums includes that for the songs before the albums actual release so as to artificially inflate the data, right?

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    Top 10 SoundScan Albums 1992 - 2018
    Compiled by Chris Bigham

    2018

    1. 1,491,000 Soundtrack, The Greatest Showman
    2. 704,000 Lady Gaga & Bradley Cooper, A Star Is Born (Soundtrack)
    3. 493,000 Eminem, Kamikaze
    4. 464,000 Travis Scott, Astroworld
    5. 463,000 Jason Aldean, Rearview Town
    6. 422,000 Justin Timberlake, Man of the Woods
    7. 401,000 Carrie Underwood, Cry Pretty
    8. 374,000 Post Malone, beerbongs & bentleys
    9. 369,000 Dave Matthews Band, Come Tomorrow
    10. 367,000 Ed Sheeran, ÷ (Divide)

    2017

    1. 1,903,000 Taylor Swift, Reputation
    2. 1,102,000 Ed Sheeran, ÷ (Divide)
    3. 910,000 Kendrick Lamar, d**n.
    4. 710,000 Bruno Mars, 24K Magic
    5. 709,000 Soundtrack, Moana
    6. 658,000 Chris Stapleton, From A Room: Volume 1
    7. 628,000 P!nk, Beautiful Trauma
    8. 600,000 Soundtrack, Guardians of the Galaxy, Vol. 2: Awesome Mix Vol. 2
    9. 585,000 Metallica, Hardwired… To Self-Destruct
    10. 522,000 Soundtrack, Trolls

    2016

    1. 1,731,000 Adele, 25
    2. 1,608,000 Drake, Views
    3. 1,554,000 Beyonce, Lemonade
    4. 1,085,000 Chris Stapleton, Traveller
    5. 904,000 Pentatonix, A Pentatonix Christmas
    6. 820,000 Original Broadway Cast Recording, Hamilton: An American Musical
    7. 738,000 Twenty One Pilots, Blurryface
    8. 668,000 Prince, The Very Best of Prince
    9. 603,000 Rihanna, Anti
    10. 554,000 Justin Bieber, Purpose

    2015

    1. 7,441,000 Adele, 25
    2. 1,993,000 Taylor Swift, 1989
    3. 1,269,000 Justin Bieber, Purpose
    4. 1,162,000 Ed Sheeran, X
    5. 1,142,000 Drake, If You're Reading This It's Too Late
    6. 1,018,000 Sam Smith, In the Lonely Hour
    7. 1,007,000 Meghan Trainor, Title
    8. 862,000 The Weeknd, Beauty Behind the Madness
    9. 861,000 Soundtrack, Fifty Shades of Grey
    10. 851,000 Luke Bryan, Kill the Lights

    2014

    1. 3,661,000 Taylor Swift, 1989
    2. 3,527,000 Frozen Sdtk.
    3. 1,208,000 Sam Smith, In the Lonely Hour
    4. 1,143,000 Pentatonix, That's Christmas to Me
    5. 898,000 Guardians of the Galaxy Sdtk.
    6. 878,000 Beyonce, Beyonce
    7. 856,000 Barbra Streisand, Partners
    8. 841,000 Lorde, Pure Heroine
    9. 814,000 One Direction, FOUR
    10. 811,000 Eric Church, The Outsiders

    2013

    1, 2,427,000 Justin Timberlake, The 20/20 Experience
    2. 1,727,000 Eminem, The Marshall Mathers LP 2
    3. 1,521,000 Luke Bryan, Crash My Party
    4. 1,402,000 Imagine Dragons, Night Visions
    5. 1,399,000 Bruno Mars, Unorthodox Jukebox
    6. 1,350,000 Florida Georgia Line, Here's To the Good Times
    7. 1,344,000 Drake, Nothing Was The Same
    8. 1,301,000 Beyonce, Beyonce
    9. 1,109,000 Blake Shelton, Based On A True Story
    10. 1,099,000 Jay Z, Magna Carta…Holy Grail

    2012

    1. 4,410,000 Adele, 21
    2. 3,110,000 Taylor Swift, Red
    3. 1,620,000 One Direction, Up All Night
    4. 1,460,000 Mumford & Sons, Babel
    5. 1,340,000 One Direction, Take Me Home
    6. 1,340,000 Justin Bieber, Believe
    7. 1,200,000 Carrie Underwood, Blown Away
    8. 1,100,000 Luke Bryan, Tailgates & Tanlines
    9. 1,070,000 Lionel Richie, Tuskegee
    10. 1,020,000 Jason Aldean, Night Train

    2011

    1. 5,824,000 Adele, 21
    2. 2,452,000 Michael Buble, Christmas
    3. 2,101,000 Lady GaGa, Born This Way
    4. 1,917,000 Lil Wayne, Tha Carter IV
    5. 1,576,000 Jason Aldean, My Kinda Party
    6. 1,420,000 Mumford & Sons, Sigh No More
    7. 1,247,000 Drake, Take Care
    8. 1,245,000 Justin Bieber, Under the Mistletoe
    9. 1,232,000 Jay-Z & Kanye West, Watch the Throne
    10. 1,204,000 Lady Antebellum, Own the Night

    2010

    1. 3,415,000 Eminem, Recovery
    2. 3,089,000 Lady Antebellum, Need You Now
    3. 2,960,000 Taylor Swift, Speak Now
    4. 2,319,000 Justin Bieber, My World 2.0
    5. 1,852,000 Susan Boyle, The Gift
    6. 1,591,000 Lady Gaga, The Fame
    7. 1,300,000 Sade, Soldier of Love
    8. 1,269,000 Drake, Thank Me Later
    9. 1,143,000 Usher, Raymond V Raymond
    10. 1,143,000 Ke$ha, Animal

    2009

    1. 3,217,000 Taylor Swift, Fearless
    2. 3,103,828 Susan Boyle, I Dreamed A Dream
    3. 2,355,000 Michael Jackson, Number Ones
    4. 2,238,000 Lady Gaga, The Fame
    5. 2,207,000 Andrea Bocelli, My Christmas
    6. 1,823,000 Hanna Montana, Hannah Movie Soundtrack
    7. 1,786,852 Black Eyed Peas, The E.N.D.
    8. 1,735,358 Eminem, Relapse
    9. 1,514,800 Jay-Z, Blueprint 3
    10. 1,398,000 Kings of Leon, Only By the Night

    2008

    1. 2,874,000 Tha Carter III/ Lil Wayne
    2. 2,144,000 Viva La Vida/ Coldplay
    3. 2,112,000 Fearless/Taylor Swift
    4. 2,018,000 Rock N Roll Jesus/ Kid Rock
    5. 1,915,000 Black Ice/ AC/DC
    6. 1,597,000 Taylor Swift/Taylor Swift
    7. 1,565,000 Death Magnetic/ Metallica
    8. 1,522,000 Paper Trail/ T.I.
    9. 1,492,000 Sleep Through the Static/ Jack Johnson
    10. 1,459,000 I Am…Sasha Fierce/ Beyonce

    2007

    1. 3,698,934 Josh Groban, Noel
    2. 2,956,799 High School Musical 2 Sdtk.
    3. 2,608,338 Eagles, Long Road Out Of Eden
    4. 2,543,224 Alicia Keys, As I Am
    5. 2,497,457 Daughtry, Daughtry
    6. 2,487,346 Hannah Montana 2 Sdtk., Miley Cyrus
    7. 2,098,941 Linkin Park, Minutes To Midnight
    8. 2,063,572 Fergie, The Duchess
    9. 1,950,641 Taylor Swift, Taylor Swift
    10. 1,891,918 Kanye West, Graduation

    2006

    1. 3.720,000 High School Musical
    2. 3.480,000 Rascal Flatts, Me and My Gang
    3. 3.020,000 Carrie Underwood, Some Hearts
    4. 2.690,000 Nickelback, All the Right Reasons
    5. 2.380,000 Justin Timberlake, Futuresex/Lovesounds
    6. 2.140,000 James Blunt, Back to Bedlam
    7. 2.010,000 Beyonce, B'Day
    8. 1.990,000 Hannah Montana Sdtk.
    9. 1.860,000 Dixie Chicks, Taking the Long Way
    10. 1.820,000 Hinder, Extreme Behavior

    2005

    1. 4,968,606 CAREY*MARIAH, EMANCIPATION OF MIMI
    2. 4,852,744 50 CENT, MASSACRE
    3. 3,496,192 CLARKSON*KELLY, BREAKAWAY
    4. 3,360,394 GREEN DAY, AMERICAN IDIOT
    5. 3,037,251 BLACK EYED PEAS, MONKEY BUSINESS
    6. 2,615,280 COLDPLAY, X&Y
    7. 2,511,209 RASCAL FLATTS, FEELS LIKE TODAY
    8. 2,505,390 STEFANI*GWEN, LOVE.ANGEL.MUSIC.BABY
    9. 2,413,580 WEST*KANYE, LATE REGISTRATION
    10. 2,275,646 The GAME, DOCUMENTARY

    2004

    1. 7,978,594 Confessions Usher
    2. 3,842,920 Feels Like Home Norah Jones
    3. 3,517,097 Encore Eminem
    4. 3,072,224 When The Sun Goes Down Kenny Chesney
    5. 2,931,097 Here for the Party Gretchen Wilson
    6. 2,786,840 Live Like You Were Dying Tim McGraw
    7. 2,708,415 Songs About Jane Maroon 5
    8. 2,614,226 Fallen Evanescence
    9. 2,576,945 Autobiography Ashlee Simpson
    10. 2,560,316 Now 16 Now That's What I Call Music!

    2003

    1. 6,535,809 50 Cent, Get Rich Or Die Tryin'
    2. 5,137,468 Jones Norah, Come Away With Me
    3. 3,478,361 Linkin Park, Meteora
    4. 3,364,738 Evanescence, Fallen
    5. 3,089,849 Outkast, Speakerboxx-Love
    6. 2,527,485 Beyonce, Dangerously In Love
    7. 2,439,536 Kelly R., Chocolate Factory
    8. 2,405,544 Duff Hilary, Metamorphosis
    9. 2,324,437 Keith Toby, Shock N Y'all
    10. 2,183,997 Coldplay, Rush Of Blood To The Head

    2002

    1. 7.607.925 Eminem, Eminem Show
    2. 4.916.073 Nelly, Nellyville
    3. 4.121.396 Avril Lavigne, Let Go
    4. 3.690.413 Dixie Chicks, Home
    5. 3.498.497 Soundtrack, 8 Mile
    6. 3.144.947 Pink, M!ssundaztood
    7. 3.099.216 Ashanti, Ashanti
    8. 3.054.736 Alan Jackson, Drive
    9. 2.909.499 Shania Twain, Up
    10. 2.736.049 Soundtrack, O Brother, Where Art Thou?

    2001

    1. 4,812,852 Hybrid Theory Linkin Park
    2. 4,507,568 Hotshot Shaggy
    3. 4,421,231 Celebrity N Sync
    4. 4,410,053 Day Without Rain Enya
    5. 4,242,507 Break the Cycle Staind
    6. 4,102,482 Songs In A Minor Alicia Keys
    7. 3,718,446 Survivor Destiny's Child
    8. 3,581,344 Weathered Creed
    9. 3,460,852 Soundtrack O Brother Where Art Thou?
    10. 3,133,462 Vol.6-Now That's What I Call Music !

    2000

    1. 9.936.104 N Sync, No Strings Attached
    2. 7.921.107 Eminem, The Marshall Mathers LP
    3. 7.893.544 Britney Spears, Oops!...I Did it Again
    4. 6.587.834 Creed, Human Clay
    5. 5.857.824 Santana, Supernatural
    6. 5.068.300 The Beatles, 1
    7. 5.067.529 Nelly, Country Grammar
    8. 4.289.865 Backstreet Boys, Black and Blue
    9. 3.992.311 Dr Dre, 2001
    10. 3.802.165 Destiny's Child, The Writing's on the Wall

    1999

    1. 9,445,732 MILLENNIUM Backstreet Boys
    2. 8,358,619 ...BABY ONE MORE TIME Britney Spears
    3. 5,981,155 RICKY MARTIN Ricky Martin
    4. 5,618,134 COME ON OVER Shania Twain
    5. 4,952,890 SIGNIFICANT OTHER Limp Bizkit
    6. 4,732,589 SUPERNATURAL Santana
    7. 4,259,736 DEVIL WITHOUT A CAUSE Kid Rock
    8. 4.186,685 FANMAIL TLC
    9. 3,662,905 CHRISTINA AGUILERA Christina Aguilera
    10. 3,463,642 WIDE OPEN SPACES Dixie Chicks

    1998

    1. 9,338,061 TITANIC Soundtrack
    2. 5,859,421 LET'S TALK ABOUT LOVE Celine Dion
    3. 5,709,369 BACKSTREET BOYS Backstreet Boys
    4. 4,872,841 COME ON OVER Shania Twain
    5. 4,385,148 'N SYNC 'N Sync
    6. 4,120,508 CITY OF ANGELS Soundtrack
    7. 3,892,288 DOUBLE LIVE Garth Brooks
    8. 3,687,568 BIG WILLIE STYLE Will Smith
    9. 3,247,406 SAVAGE GARDEN Savage Garden
    10. 3,222,603 ARMAGEDDON Soundtrack

    1997

    1. 5,300,000 Spice Spice Girls
    2. 4,300,000 Pieces of You Jewel
    3. 3,300,000 No Way Out Puff Daddy & The Family
    4. 3,400,000 Sevens Garth Brooks
    5. 3,200,000 Middle of Nowhere Hanson
    6. 3,100,000 Life After Death The Notorious B.I.G.
    7. 3,100,000 Bringing Down The House The Wallflowers
    8. 3,000,000 Falling Into You Celine Dion
    9. 2,900,000 Space Jam Soundtrack
    10. 2,900,000 You Light Up My Life LeAnn Rimes

    1996

    1. 7,400,000 Jagged Little Pill Alanis Morissette
    2. 6,000,000 Falling Into You Celine Dion
    3. 4,500,000 The Score The Fugees
    4. 4,400,000 Tragic Kingdom No Doubt
    5. 3,000,000 Daydream Mariah Carey
    6. 3,000,000 All Eyez On Me 2Pac
    7. 3,000,000 Load Metallica
    8. 2,900,000 Secrets Toni Braxton
    9. 2,800,000 The Woman In Me Shania Twain
    10. 2,600,000 What's The Story Morning Glory? Oasis

    1995

    1. 7.0m CRACKED REAR VIEW Hootie & The Blowfish
    2. 4.8m CRAZYSEXYCOOL TLC
    3. 4.2m JAGGED LITTLE PILL Alanis Morissette
    4. 3.9m DAYDREAM Mariah Carey
    5. 3.8m THE HITS Garth Brooks
    6. 3.5m THROWING COPPER Live
    7. 3.4m II Boyz II Men
    8. 2.9m ANTHOLOGY 1 The Beatles
    9. 2.8m HELL FREEZES OVER Eagles
    10. 2.8m THE WOMAN IN ME Shania Twain

    1994

    1. 4.9m THE LION KING Soundtrack
    2. 4.9m THE SIGN Ace Of Base
    3. 4.3m II Boyz II Men
    4. 3.8m AUGUST AND EVERYTHING AFTER Counting Crows
    5. 3.4m DOOKIE Green Day
    6. 3.2m NOT A MOMENT TOO SOON Tim McGraw
    7. 3.1m PURPLE Stone Temple Pilots
    8. 3.0m MIRACLES:THE HOLIDAY ALBUM Kenny G
    9. 2.9m SMASH Offspring
    10. 2.7m MUSIC BOX Mariah Carey

    1993

    1. 5.5m THE BODYGUARD Soundtrack
    2. 4.3m JANET Janet Jackson
    3. 3.8m VS Pearl Jam
    4. 3.8m BREATHLESS Kenny G
    5. 3.3m MUSIC BOX Mariah Carey
    6. 2.9m THE CHRONIC Dr Dre
    7. 2.9m UNPLUGGED Eric Clapton
    8. 2.8m IN PIECES Garth Brooks
    9. 2.7m CORE Stone Temple Pilots
    10. 2.6m BAT OUT OF HELL II-BACK INTO HELL Meat Loaf

    1992

    1. 4.7m SOME GAVE ALL Billy Ray Cyrus
    2. 4.0m ROPIN' THE WIND Garth Brooks
    3. 3.4m TEN Pearl Jam
    4. 3.3m THE BODYGUARD Soundtrack
    5. 3.2m TOTALLY KROSSED OUT Kris Kross
    6. 3.1m NO FENCES Garth Brooks
    7. 3.1m THE CHASE Garth Brooks
    8. 2.7m NEVERMIND Nirvana
    9. 2.7m ADRENALIZED Def Leppard
    10. 2.6m METALLICA Metallica

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    by » 09-01-19, 09:56

    Thanks Chris for the list of best selling albums over the years. It's quite depressing to see those sales go down to their current levels.

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    U.S. Vinyl Album Sales Grew 15% in 2018, Led by the Beatles, Pink Floyd, David Bowie & Panic! at the Disco
    1/12/2019 by Keith Caulfield

    Vinyl album sales in the U.S. hit their 13th consecutive year of growth, with 'Guardians' being the top-selling LP and "Yellow Submarine” the biggest vinyl single.

    Vinyl album sales continue to be a bright spot among an otherwise bleak album sales picture. 16.8 million vinyl albums were sold in 2018, according to Nielsen Music (up 14.6 percent) — marking the 13th consecutive year of growth for the format. 16.8 million is also a new yearly high for vinyl album sales since Nielsen Music began tracking sales in 1991.

    Comparatively, overall album sales (vinyl LP, CD, digital, cassette, etc.) in 2018 fell 17.7 percent to 141 million.

    Vinyl LP sales accounted for 11.9 percent of all album sales in 2018 (16.8 million of 141 million). In 2017, the format comprised 6.5 percent of album sales.

    Nielsen Music’s 2018 tracking year ran from Dec. 29, 2017 through Jan. 3, 2019. Due to a quirk in the calendar, there were 53 weeks in 2018, instead of the usual 52. So, for 2018 volume comparisons to 2017, a corresponding 53-week period is used by Nielsen Music for 2017: Dec. 30, 2016 through Jan. 4, 2018. Numbers in this story are rounded.

    Perhaps not surprisingly, vinyl LPs were 19.1 percent of all physical album sales (CDs, LPs, cassettes, etc.) in 2018. That’s a new Nielsen-era record share for the once-dormant format, up from 14 percent in 2017.

    Vinyl’s growing share of the physical album market isn’t shocking, considering CD album sales continue to falter.

    In total, physical album sales equaled 88 million in 2018, down 15.8 percent. And of that sum, CD album sales were 70.7 million — down 20.9 percent.

    The CD format continues to be the leader for all album purchases, while the digital format is the runner-up with 53.4 million digital albums sold in 2018 (down 20.7 percent).

    TOP-SELLING VINYL ARTISTS: The top-selling vinyl albums artist in 2018 was the Beatles, with 321,000 copies sold of their catalog on vinyl. Their biggest seller was Abbey Road, which finishes the year as the No. 4 largest-seller, with 76,000 copies. The Fab Four also have two more titles among the year’s top 15-sellers: their self-titled (White Album) is No. 11 (56,000) and Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band is No. 13 (50,000).

    The top 10-biggest selling vinyl acts of the year are rounded out mostly by classic and veteran rock acts: Pink Floyd (177,000), David Bowie (150,000), Panic! at the Disco (148,000), Fleetwood Mac (139,000), Led Zeppelin (138,000), Michael Jackson (131,000), Jimi Hendrix (119,000), Metallica (116,000) and Queen (113,000).

    ‘GUARDIANS’ LEAD THE PACK, AGAIN: The top-selling vinyl album of 2018 is the Guardians of the Galaxy: Awesome Mix Vol. 1 soundtrack, with 84,000 copies sold. (See top 10 sellers list, below.) The top five sellers of the year are rounded out by four classic Billboard 200 chart-topping albums: Michael Jackson’s Thriller (nearly 84,000), Fleetwood Mac’s Rumours (77,000), the Beatles’ Abbey Road (76,000) and Prince and the Revolution’s soundtrack to Purple Rain (71,000).

    Guardians of the Galaxy: Awesome Mix Vol. 1 has been a consistent seller on vinyl, as 11 percent of the set’s total sales (244,000 of 2.29 million) have come via vinyl LP. The album was released in July of 2014, and its vinyl edition was issued in September of that year.

    Other hot-selling vinyl albums in 2018 included more recent releases, like Khalid’s American Teen (55,000), the soundtrack to The Greatest Showman (50,000), Jack White’s Boarding House Reach (42,000) and Twenty One Pilots’ Trench (40,000).

    Overall in 2018, 14 albums sold more than 50,000 copies on vinyl — up from just eight titles in 2017. Further, 79 titles exceeded 20,000 in LP sales in 2018, as compared to 77 in 2017 and 58 in 2016.

    TOP 10 SELLING VINYL ALBUMS OF 2018 IN U.S.
    Rank Artist, Title Sales

    1 Soundtrack, Guardians of the Galaxy: Awesome Mix Vol. 1 84,000
    2 Michael Jackson, Thriller 84,000
    3 Fleetwood Mac, Rumours 77,000
    4 The Beatles, Abbey Road 76,000
    5 Prince and The Revolution, Purple Rain (Soundtrack) 71,000
    6 Pink Floyd, The Dark Side of the Moon 67,000
    7 Bob Marley and The Wailers, Legend: The Best Of… 61,000
    8 Queen, Greatest Hits 60,000
    9 Amy Winehouse, Back to Black 59,000
    10 Panic! at the Disco, Pray for the Wicked 59,000

    Source: Nielsen Music, for the tracking period Dec. 29, 2017 through Jan. 3, 2019. (Titles listed with the same sales total are not tied, as their exact sales are rounded to the nearest thousand.)

    RECORD WEEK FOR VINYL ALBUM SALES: 905,000 vinyl albums were sold in the week ending Dec. 27, 2018, the largest week for the format since Nielsen Music began tracking sales in 1991. That sum actually beats out a record that was only set a week earlier, when 880,000 vinyl LPs were sold in the frame ending Dec. 20. (Before 2018, the largest week was registered in the week ending Dec. 21, 2017, with 811,000 vinyl albums sold.)

    ROCK AROUND THE VINYL CLOCK: Rock music is tops among vinyl album buyers, as the genre comprises the largest share of vinyl LP sales: 63 percent. In 2017, the genre amounted to 67 percent of LP sales, while in 2016 rock yielded 69 percent of LP sales.

    Sales of older albums continue to drive the bulk of all vinyl LP sales, as deep catalog titles held a 65 percent share of vinyl album sales in 2018. (Deep catalog albums are defined as those that are at least 36 months old.) The only title among 2018’s top 10-selling vinyl albums that is not a deep catalog title is Panic! at the Disco’s Pray for the Wicked (No. 10 with 59,000), which was released in June of 2018.

    INDIE STORES LOVE VINYL, TARGET GETS INTO THE GROOVE: In total, of the 16.8 million vinyl albums sold in 2018, 41.1 percent of them — the largest share of the market — were sold via independent music stores (6.9 million).

    That’s not surprising, considering so many unique vinyl products are created for Record Store Day and Record Store Day Black Friday each year. Those annual indie music retailer celebrations offer a slate of exclusive and limited-edition vinyl albums and singles, generally only found in indie stores.

    Indie stores’ 6.9 million vinyl album sales were up 15 percent as compared to their sales in 2017 (6 million).

    Coming in a close second for market share was Nielsen Music’s grouping of Internet/Mail Order/Venue sellers, which collectively tallied 40.9 percent of vinyl album sales (6.89 million). Internet sellers include Amazon.com.

    In a distant third were chain stores (1.76 million; 10.5 percent), followed by mass merchants (661,000; 3.9 percent) and lastly non-traditional retail outlets (608,000; 3.6 percent).

    Mass merchants had a big spike in vinyl LP sales in 2018 — growing 611 percent over 2017 (93,000). The growth is likely owed to mass merchants like Target devoting more space in their stores to vinyl albums, and procuring exclusive variants of releases. Among the unique titles only available at Target: a translucent blue vinyl version of Khalid’s American Teen, a translucent orange edition of Justin Timberlake’s Man of the Woods and a gold version of Bob Marley and the Wailers’ Legend.

    SINGLES ACTION: In terms of vinyl singles, while it’s a smaller market as compared to that of full-length vinyl albums, there were still some pretty notable vinyl singles with significant sales in 2018.

    The top-selling vinyl single of 2018 is the Beatles’ “Yellow Submarine” 7-inch picture disc, with 10,000 copies sold. (See top 10 list, below.) The title was released on July 6, 2018, to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the single and its parent film of the same name. The new picture disc’s B-side is “Eleanor Rigby,” just as it was for the original 7-inch plain black vinyl single release in 1968.

    The No. 2-biggest-selling vinyl single of 2018 was Prince’s “Nothing Compares 2 U” on 7-inch vinyl (9,000). The single, containing Prince’s original studio version of the track, along with an edited version of the tune, was released widely on May 25, 2018.

    Led Zeppelin’s “Rock and Roll” 7-inch yellow vinyl single, with “Friends” as its B-side, comes in at No. 3 on the top sellers list. The product, with previously unheard mixes of the tracks, was released for Record Store Day on April 21. (Many of the year’s top sellers were associated with Record Store Day, or Record Store Day Black Friday initiatives.)

    Rounding out the top 10 selling vinyl singles: John Williams’ “The Rebellion Is Reborn,” backed with “Canto Bight,” from Star Wars: The Last Jedi. The 10-inch single was pressed on a Porg-shaped picture disc. It was the 10th-largest seller of the year.

    Outside of the top 10, there were a range of notable titles that performed well. Among them: Weezer’s “Africa” pressed on a 10-inch picture disc in the shape of Africa (3,000 sold), Sufjan Stevens’ three-song 10-inch clear transparent release containing his contributions to the Call Me by Your Name soundtrack (2,000) and Cheech & Chong’s 40th anniversary release of “Up in Smoke” on a 7-inch picture disc in the shape of a marijuana leaf, and packaged with a scratch-and-sniff sticker (2,000).

    TOP 10 SELLING VINYL SINGLES OF 2018 IN U.S.
    Rank Artist, Title Sales

    1 The Beatles, "Yellow Submarine" 10,000
    2 Prince, "Nothing Compares 2 U" 9,000
    3 Led Zeppelin, "Rock and Roll"/"Friends" 8,000
    4 Sleep, "Leagues Beneath" 5,000
    5 Chris Cornell, "When Bad Does Good" 4,000
    6 David Bowie, "Let's Dance" (Full Length Demo) 4,000
    7 Paul McCartney, "I Don't Know"/"Come On To Me" 4,000
    8 U2, "Hold Me, Thrill Me, Kiss Me, Kill Me" 3,000
    9 The Jimi Hendrix Experience, "Burning of the Midnight Lamp" 3,000
    10 John Williams, "The Rebellion Is Reborn" 3,000

    Source: Nielsen Music, for the tracking period Dec. 29, 2017 through Jan. 3, 2019. (Titles listed with the same sales total are not tied, as their exact sales are rounded to the nearest thousand.)

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    U.S. Cassette Album Sales Grew 23% in 2018, Aided by Britney Spears, 'Guardians,' Twenty One Pilots & More
    1/17/2019 by Keith Caulfield

    Thanks to such acts as Britney Spears, Twenty One Pilots and Guns N’ Roses, along with soundtracks from the Guardians of the Galaxy franchise -- which boasts the year’s top two sellers -- and Netflix’s Stranger Things series, cassette tape album sales in the U.S. grew by 23 percent in 2018.

    According to Nielsen Music, cassette album sales climbed from 178,000 in 2017 to 219,000 copies in 2018. While that’s a small number compared to the overall album market (141 million copies sold in 2018), that’s a sizable number for a once-dead format. In 2014, for example, cassette album sales numbered just 50,000. But, 20 years before that, back in 1994, when cassettes were still very much a hot-selling format, there were 246 million cassette albums sold that year, of an overall 615 million albums.

    Cassette album releases in 2018 are still a very niche offering, with most significant titles limited to specialty reissues and unique projects. Among the top 10 selling cassette albums (see list, below) were Twenty One Pilots’ new studio album, Trench, and a reissue of Britney Spears’ debut album, …Baby One More Time.

    Trench was issued on a yellow-colored cassette and sold 7,000 copies in 2018, finishing as the year’s No. 3 seller. The Trench cassette was released concurrently with the album on Oct. 5 on CD, vinyl LP and digital download formats.

    Spears’ …Baby One More Time sold 4,000 cassette copies and was the No. 5 biggest seller. It was reissued on cassette for its 20th anniversary, exclusive to Target stores, as a pink-colored cassette. Spears’ …Baby One More Time was originally released in January of 1999 on CD and cassette. Of the album’s 10.6 million copies sold to date, 1.49 million are on cassette. The album debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 chart, and the set's title track became Spears' first No. 1 single on the Billboard Hot 100.

    For the fourth year in a row, the year’s top-selling cassette album came from the Guardians of the Galaxy film series. The best-selling title in 2018 was the Guardians of the Galaxy: Awesome Mix Vol. 1 soundtrack (24,000 sold). It was released in 2014 and served as the companion album to the first Guardians of the Galaxy movie. It was also the top seller in 2015 and 2016. The cassette continues to do robust business, thanks to its strong link to the first film. The cassette is a replica of the oft-played mixtape seen in the movie, and the set’s music is heard throughout the film.

    In 2017, the movie’s sequel soundtrack took over as the year’s best-selling cassette album, as Guardians of the Galaxy, Vol. 2: Awesome Mix Vol. 2 was tops.

    In 2018, Vol. 2 finished as the No. 2 seller (19,000). Another Guardians-related cassette, Guardians of the Galaxy: Cosmic Mix, Vol. 1, is the No. 6 seller of the year (3,000). Cosmic is the soundtrack to the first season of the animated Guardians of the Galaxy TV series.

    Other titles among the top 10 selling cassette albums of 2018: Guns N’ Roses' 30th reissue of their debut album, Appetite for Destruction (No. 7 with 3,000); Metallica’s reissue of The $5.98 EP: Garage Days Re-Revisited (No. 8; 3,000); Elvis Presley’s new inspirational compilation Where No One Stands Alone (No. 9; 2,000); and Wu-Tang Clan’s 25th-anniversary reissue of their debut set, Enter the Wu-Tang (36 Chambers) (No. 10; 2,000).

    In total for 2018, there were 28 albums that sold at least 1,000 copies on cassette -- up from just 17 in 2017. (Though, there were 25 titles that sold at least 1,000 in 2016.)

    TOP 10 SELLING CASSETTE ALBUMS OF 2018 IN U.S.
    Rank Artist, Title Sales

    1 Soundtrack, Guardians of the Galaxy: Awesome Mix Vol. 1 24,000
    2 Soundtrack, Guardians of the Galaxy, Vol. 2: Awesome Mix Vol. 2 19,000
    3 Twenty One Pilots, Trench 7,000
    4 Soundtrack, Stranger Things: Music From the Netflix Original Series 5,000
    5 Britney Spears, …Baby One More Time 4,000
    6 Soundtrack, Guardians of the Galaxy: Cosmic Mix, Vol. 1 3,000
    7 Guns N' Roses, Appetite for Destruction 3,000
    8 Metallica, The $5.98 EP: Garage Days Re-Revisited 3,000
    9 Elvis Presley, Where No One Stands Alone 2,000
    10 Wu-Tang Clan, Enter the Wu-Tang (36 Chambers) 2,000

    Source: Nielsen Music, for the tracking period Dec. 29, 2017 through Jan. 3, 2019. (Titles listed with the same sales total are not tied, as their exact sales are rounded to the nearest thousand.)

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