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Starting December 4th, streaming services and downloaded tracks will factor into Billboard's weekly album chart.
SoundScan and Billboard will count 1,500 song streams from services like Spotify, Beats Music, Rdio, Rhapsody and Google Play as equivalent to an album sale. For the first time, they will also count “track equivalent albums” — a common industry yardstick of 10 downloads of individual tracks — as part of the formula for album rankings on the Billboard 200.
Joe DeAndrea on 11/19/14 - 05:33 PM
Pierce The Veil's song "King For A Day," featuring Kellin Quinn of Sleeping With Sirens, has been certified Gold.
Ryan Gardner on 11/11/14 - 02:39 PM
Well, the official number for Taylor Swift's first week is 1.287 million.
Jason Tate on 11/04/14 - 08:31 PM
According to Billboard, "industry sources" now forecast Taylor Swift's 1989 to sell at least one million copies in its first week.
Ryan Gardner on 10/28/14 - 08:02 PM
A lot of people were wondering how the Yellowcard and New Found Glory albums would sell first week. Well, according to Soundscan, NFG outsold Yellowcard ... by almost 100 copies! Both albums had solid debuts right around the 13,000 mark. They did both beat out 5 Seconds of Summer for the week, although that album has already moved close to 500,000 units total.
Jason Tate on 10/15/14 - 10:53 AM
That U2 album promotion was very successful.
Eddy Cue, Apple's senior VP of internet software and services, tells Billboard that U2's Songs of Innocence has racked up a staggering 26 million complete downloads since its Sept. 9 release as a free download exclusively to Apple's 500 million global iTunes customers. In total, Cue adds, over 81 million Apple customers experienced songs from Innocence, a global figure that includes plays and streams through iTunes, iTunes Radio and Beats Music. "To help put this into perspective," he says, "prior to this, 14 million customers had purchased music from U2 since the opening of the iTunes Store in 2003."

Meanwhile, a physical deluxe edition...
Jason Tate on 10/09/14 - 02:24 PM
Congrats to Code Orange for having their new album, I Am King, debut at #1 on the Billboard vinyl chart.

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Jason Tate on 09/11/14 - 01:24 PM
Hey, did you know barely anyone is buying albums? Well, the record industry hit a new low last week. Billboard is reporting that for the first time since album sales were counted, they've dropped below 4 million.
This week's 3.97-million album sales tally is the smallest weekly sum for album sales since Nielsen SoundScan began tracking data in 1991. It's also the first time weekly sales have fallen below four million in that time span.
Jason Tate on 08/28/14 - 11:05 AM
The Guardians of the Galaxy soundtrack was your best selling album last week. It hits number one with 109,000 copies sold.
Jason Tate on 08/13/14 - 11:38 AM
Jack White's second solo album, Lazaretto, has become the best selling vinyl record since Pearl Jam's Vitalogy back in 1994. Lazaretto has moved over 62,000 vinyl units, vinyl LP sales of Lazaretto account for roughly 25% of the album's total sales. In its debut week, Lazaretto sold over 40,000 copies making it the highest first-week vinyl sales since SoundScan began tracking sales data in 1991.
Keagan Ilvonen on 08/07/14 - 04:16 PM
Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers top the Billboard charts this week. They sold around 125k copies of their new album Hypnotic Eye.
Jason Tate on 08/06/14 - 12:21 PM
5 Seconds of Summer debuted at #1 on the Billboard charts -- moving 259,000 units. On last week's episode of the podcast we talked a lot about this band and record sales and if anyone would ever break the two million in one week mark again.
Jason Tate on 07/30/14 - 12:30 PM
5 Seconds of Summer is expected to debut at number one on Billboard selling 250,000 copies.
Joe DeAndrea on 07/23/14 - 06:11 PM
Weird Al Yankovic has scored the first #1 album of his career with Mandatory Fun.

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Jason Tate on 07/23/14 - 02:27 PM
Glenn Peoples, writing for Billboard:
People are still buying albums -- millions of them each week -- but new releases are accounting for a smaller percentage of those sales. Looking at the last five years of album sales, current release sales have fallen 38.1% while catalog sales have dropped 22.4%, according to Billboard analysis of Nielsen SoundScan. This disparity in rates of decline has meant catalog sales account for a greater share of total sales than five years ago.
Jason Tate on 07/15/14 - 12:46 PM
Steven Hyden, writing for Grantland:
CDs outsell vinyl records many times over, but CDs don’t have nearly the cachet or booster-ish press coverage. Even cassettes have been revived by indie labels like Burger Records, which are successfully remaking cheap, junky, and sonically wobbly plastic-encased media as collectible boutique items. (This partly explains why, at this very moment, there are cool kids listening to White Lion tapes post-ironically at the trendiest dive bar in your neighborhood.) CD buyers, meanwhile, are made to feel like we’re living in a Richard Matheson story.
Jason Tate on 07/14/14 - 02:20 PM
Magic!'s debut album Don't Kill The Magic! will hit the Billboard Top 200 Albums chart at number six and the Digital Albums Chart at number two in its first week. The hit single "Rude" continues its reign at number 2 on the Billboard Hot 100 Singles Chart.
Jason Tate on 07/09/14 - 12:20 PM
The first half of the year is trending downward for music sales.
Album sales dropped nearly 15% compared with the same period last year, and overall music consumption, which combines sales and streaming activity, dropped 3.3%, according to figures released by the sales and streaming monitoring service. But taken individually, on-demand streaming of music and videos showed a combined increase of 42% during the first half of this year, with video streaming up 35% and audio streaming jumping just over 50% compared with 2013.
Jason Tate on 07/07/14 - 11:10 PM
Bad Suns' new album Language & Perspective hit #24 on the Billboard 200.
Jason Tate on 07/03/14 - 11:58 AM
Right after the boom that Record Store Day provided the vinyl industry, The Tennessean reports that Nashville-based United Records, currently the country's largest vinyl pressing plant, will expand its operations to the tune of adding 16 new presses (they currently have 30) in a brand-new warehouse. The expansion will run the plant $5.5 million.
The expansion plans come amid growing demand from vinyl enthusiasts. "Our belief is that it's being driven by the rise in digital," said Jay Millar, United Record's director of marketing. "People who want something tangible and the best sound quality and experience are going to vinyl as opposed to CDs." Millar said the 30 presses at the...
Thomas Nassiff on 05/05/14 - 03:31 PM
The Menzingers' fantastic new album, Rented World, debuted at #50 on the Billboard 200. Congrats to the band!

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Keagan Ilvonen on 05/04/14 - 06:08 PM
The Quietus has a great piece up about the negative effects that the 2014 Record Store Day has been having on the industry it's designed to help. The essay is filled with comments and quotes from small labels about the effects RSD has had on their schedules, releases, and a number of other problems. Who's to blame? In the minds of some, it's the major labels elbowing their way onto the scene and saying "What can we shit into the form of a record and shove into the hands of the wanton masses?" If you're planning on hitting the shops this year, does this change any of your purchasing plans?
Ryan Dennehy on 04/18/14 - 06:47 AM
5 Seconds of Summer is on track to sell between 140-160k of their four-song debut EP, which will compete with the Frozen soundtrack for number one on the charts.
Joe DeAndrea on 04/02/14 - 07:47 PM
Modern Baseball hit the No. 84 spot on this week's Billboard 200, moving 4,473 units in first-week sales of You're Gonna Miss It All. In case anyone is keeping track, they charted one spot above Daughtry and only five spots behind Nickelback. They also topped the vinyl sales chart. Congrats to the band, their management and Run For Cover Records!
Thomas Nassiff on 02/19/14 - 09:17 AM
Billboard reported year-end SoundScan numbers today, revealing that Justin Timberlake's The 20/20 Experience led the way in 2013 with 2.43 million units sold. The 20/20 Experience is the worst-selling top-selling album in a year since SoundScan began recording data, while 2012's top-selling album (Adele's 21) moved 4.41 million units (not to mention a year-high 5.82 million in 2011 as well). Vinyl record sales continued a trend of improving by double-digit percentage points year-over-year since Record Store Day was invented, with 6.1 million vinyl LPs sold (33% more than 4.55 million in 2012). Robin Thicke took top single honors with "Blurred Lines" garnering 6.5 million downloads in a...
Thomas Nassiff on 01/03/14 - 06:06 PM
Beyoncé's new album has topped the charts this week selling 617,000 copies in three days on iTunes. This is her fifth consecutive #1 album.
Jason Tate on 12/18/13 - 12:03 PM
Beyoncé's new self-titled record sold more than 430k in its first day of release and is projected to sell more than 600k (all digital, of course) and debut at #1 on the Billboard. Remember that the record was released this past Friday, so that's 600k+ in four day span. For comparison, her first day numbers outsold Katy Perry’s Prism (286k in its first week), Lady Gaga’s ARTPOP (258k), Miley Cyrus' Bangerz (270k), and Kanye West's Yeezus (327k), while her total first week will outsell her husband's (Jay Z) first week output with Magna Carta Holy Grail (528k). Basically, holy crap. It'll be interesting to see what her Friday-Thursday total is - I wonder if Beyoncé could have been the...
Drew Beringer on 12/15/13 - 11:33 PM
One Direction is expected to sell between 525k-550k copies of their new album.
Joe DeAndrea on 11/26/13 - 05:58 PM
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