Tuesday, January 12, 2010
– CD sales slid once again, but country sales were down far less sharply than the rest of the market. Country albums sold 46 million units, down about 2 million from 2008, a 3.23-percent decline
Total album sales in the U. S. dropped from 428 million in 2008 to 373 million in 2009, according to year-end sales figures from Nielsen SoundScan. This was a decrease of 12.7 percent.
Jazz declined only .1 percent. Other segments declining were alternative rock (15.7 percent), Christian-gospel (6.6 percent), classical (8.9 percent), Latin (34.3 percent), metal (23.3 percent), new age (20 percent), R&B (9.3 percent), rap (20.9 percent), rock (11.1 percent) and soundtracks (8.9 percent).
Taylor Swift enjoyed the biggest selling disc for "Fearless," selling 3,217000 units. She was the second biggest selling artist of the year, behind Michael Jackson, , who sold 8,286,000 units.
Carrie Underwood was the ninth best-selling artist of the year, accounting with 1,895,000 units sold..
Swift was a big seller in all segments - she was the fourth best-selling digital artist, while "Fearless" was the fourth top-selling digital album. Swift's "The Holiday Collection" was the third best selling seasonal album at 445,000 copies. Sugarland's "Gold and Green" was fifth place with 256,000.
"Fearless" was the third biggest selling Internet album last year.
Individual Swift songs also fared extremely well. Based on a count by Nielsen's Broadcast Data System's count, You Belong to Me and Love Story were the first and second most played songs respectively on radio in 2009.
Swift received more airplay than any other artist. Toby Keith was fourth, Rascal Flatts 9th and Tim McGraw 10th.
For the decade, Eminem and The Beatles were the top-selling artists with McGraw third at 24,769,000 units. Keith was fourth with 24,469,000 and Kenny Chesney sixth at 22,034,000.
McGraw was the decade's most-played artist with 7,965,000 spins. Country artists had 8 of the 10 positions covered with Keith second, George Strait third, Alan Jackson fourth, Chesney sixth, Rascal Flatts seventh, Brooks & Dunn eighth and Garth Brooks ninth. The only non-country acts were Nickelback at fifth and Green Day 10th.