In many respects 2012 was the year of Adele. Along with the numerous awards she won, the British pop singer saw her album “21” top the 10 million sales mark in the United States alone and has now been certified as the biggest selling album for the second year in a row – an accomplishment last achieved byin 1983 and 84 with his Diamond Award album “Thriller”.
American Country singertook the number two spot for the most albums sold in a single year with her newest album “Red”.
The remaining top 10 are…
3. “Up All Night” by One Direction
4. “Babel” by Mumford & Sons
5. “Take Me Home” by One Direction
6. “Believe” by Justin Bieber
7. “Blown Away” by Carrie Underwood
8. “Tailgates & Tanlines” by Luke Bryan
9. “Tuskegee” by Lionel Richie
10. ”Night Train” by Jason Aldean
The top 10 albums were the only albums – physical CDs - to sell at least one million copies in the US over the past year.
Digital music sales broke records again this year with Australia’s Gotye topping the list with “Somebody That I Used to Know” with 6.8 million downloads.
The remaining top 10 digital single downloads all sold over three million copies…
2. “Call Me Maybe” by Carly Rae Jepsen
3. “We Are Young” by fun.
4. “Payphone” by Maroon 5
5. “Starships” by Nicki Minaj
6. “What Makes You Beautiful” by One Direction
7. “Some Nights” by fun.
8. “Stronger” by
9. “Gangnam Style” by PSY
10. “One More Night” by Maroon 5
Despite record download sales, Nielson SoundScan reports that overall record sales are down again this year. But what may be a surprise to some “experts” is that vinyl album sales are on the rise despite the medium being pronounced dead by these “experts” when the smaller compact disc arrived.
Each year as the new reports of sales show a decline in album sales, record company executive and the “experts” all proclaim that the drop in sales was due to illegal downloads; however there is another reason that explains even more why music sales are down despite a larger population each year; the QUALITY of the music being released. Many popular songs today consist of a strong beat and lyrics with only a few words constantly being repeated. While this may be good for dancing, it is far from good for listening. The fine art of knowing how to right a song with a proper melody and understandable lyrics has gone but for a few long time musicians who learned the art from the masters.
As music continues it’s evolution in the coming years and decades it will continue to change as will the taste of the listeners; but there will always be music in some form and people who will want to hear it…in one form or another.