SoundScan Overhauls Chart, Vinyl & Digital Sales Up
November 12, 2009

Nielsen SoundScan has announced major changes coming to the way it tabulates the weekly album sales chart. The SoundScan/Billboard 200 will now include catalog releases in the official chart alongside new albums. The chart had previously only listed releases from the previous 18 months, with older releases moved to a seperate chart. However, with this year's massive sales figures for Michael Jackson and Beatles albums, their numbers were missing from the official weekly charts.

Reuters reports that the changes go into effect for the sales week ending November 22, making the November 25 sales chart the first as a "comprehensive" chart. Jackson is the second-biggest selling artist of 2009, after Taylor Swift, and his best-of set Number Ones was the best-selling album in the country for six weeks earlier this year, though it wasn't reflected on the official chart.

In other Nielsen SoundScan news, the company has released new data on vinyl and digital music sales in 2009. For the SoundScan era, vinyl sales have set a new high point, with over two million vinyl records already sold this year. This breaks last year's record of 1.9 million.

As for digital music, four artists have broken Rihanna's digital tracks sales record (she sold 9.9 million digital songs in '08) already. So far, 11.3 million digital Michael Jackson songs have been sold, 11.1 million Lady Gaga songs have been sold this year, with 10.3 million Black Eyed Peas tunes and 9.98 million Taylor Swift songs.

Nielsen SoundScan reports that next week, the 2008 year-end digital album sales total of 65 million will be broken, as well as the one
billion track sales mark.




 
Breaking News
National Radio Hall Of Fame Class Of 2015 Revealed
On The Verge Artist Hailee Steinfeld Debuts As Highest Female Solo Artist On Mediabase
In Brief - September 1, 2015
August 31, 2015
Scooter Braun Joins NASH Next Country Music Talent Competition
In Brief - August 31, 2015
August 28, 2015
iHeartMedia Promotes Hardin, Zellner and Maynard
WZMP (96.5 AMP Radio)/Philly New Line-Up Announced
KLUC/Las Vegas Adds Kayla To Chet Buchanan & The Morning Zoo
88Nine Radio Milwaukee Promotes Ken Sumka To APD & Justin Barney to MD
Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, iHeartRadio joins Chegg for Music101 Series
Mark “Shark” Ediss Named Afternoon Drive Host At Y100/Savannah
August 27, 2015
Cumulus Goes Underground Alternative In New Orleans
August 26, 2015
Subaru Embraces HD Radio Receivers
Cort Johnson Named APD/Morning Co-Host on 101.9 KINK/Portland
Howard Stern Presents "Booey 25" On SiriusXM Channels
August 25, 2015
Sony Music Entertainment Acquires Century Group
UMG Names Jeffrey Remedios President & CEO/Universal Music Canada
Where Hip Hop Lives App Now Available to International Audiences
August 24, 2015
Leslie Scott Named Program Director Of KNDD/Seattle
Rdio Launches “Promoted Music Experiences” With Hard Rock Hotels & Casinos
Report: Radio Has 30 Million Amplifiers Nationwide
In Brief - August 24, 2015
August 21, 2015
eQB NOW
Music News
Rick Ross to Drop Surprise LP This Week
Quick Hits: Miley Cyrus / Saturday Night Live, Made In America Festival, Tori Kelly, The SpongeBob Musical
Taylor Swift Wins Big At MTV VMAs
Rockers Disturbed Earn Fifth #1 Album
FMQB Photo Pass: Van Halen
Quick Hits: Taylor Swift, Kanye West, Justin Timberlake, Katy Perry, Justin Bieber
Justin Bieber Debuts New Single
Quick Hits: Nicki Minaj, Adele, OMI
Demi Lovato Feeling "Confident" on Fifth LP
Quick Hits: Justin Bieber, Mariah Carey, Omarion, Soundgarden
Pharrell, Demi Lovato & More Added To MTV VMAs Lineup
Quick Hits: Lady Gaga, HBO, Maroon 5, Nick Jonas
MTV To Honor Kanye West
Quick Hits: One Direction, Missy Elliott / The Voice, Azealia Banks, Meg Myers, Coheed and Cambria, Ben Folds
Dr. Dre Issues Apology To "The Women I've Hurt"
FMQB NOW

Mike McVay
SVP/Content & Programming
Cumulus Media

Advertisement:
Search FMQB.com
Advertisements:
FMQB Member Login
Email:
Pass:

Save
Not a member yet?
Sign up Now!
Sign Up for Breaking News!
Enter FMQB E-Tracking!