Published on September 26th, 2016 | by Alan Cross0
Last Week’s American Album Sales: Beyond Brutal
How few Americans are buying CDs these days? Aaron Lewis managed to snag a #1 debut with his album, Sinner, by selling just 39,000 copies.
That’s not a typo. A number one record with just Thirty. Nine. Thousand. Copies.
And it gets worse. If you add up all the albums sold in the SoundScan Top 200, you arrive at a figure of just 797,000. Selling 1,005 copies of a record was enough to get you on the chart. In a country of 320 million.
Meanwhile over on Billboard’s Top 200 (a chart that includes streams and digital tracks in their metrics), Drake back at #1 with Views, which had a consumption number of 53,000.
And with all the hoopla over the 25th anniversary of Nirvana’s Nevermind album, you might wonder where it landed this week. The answer? Number 172, with a consumption number of just 4,300.
Things they are a-changin’…
PS: Things aren’t much better in Canada. Album sales are down 21.2% over last year, led lower by a cratering of digital album sales (-25.6%). Vinyl is still doing well year-over-year but the increase has slipped from near 40% down to 30%. Meanwhile, streams are up by 13.3%.