UMG Sets Record With Nine Of Top 10 Digital Singles
August 22, 2013
Universal Music Group (UMG) has set a new industry record with nine of the Top 10 best-selling Digital Songs in the U.S., according to the latest Nielsen SoundScan sales data. The nine songs come from a varied mix of emerging and established artists, covering a wide array of genres including Country, Pop, R&B, Rock and EDM, and across every major label group in the UMG family.
Lucian Grainge, Chairman/CEO of Universal Music Group commented, "While only a snapshot, this achievement is representative of our global commitment to long-term artist development and the performance of our labels, including our efforts to revitalize EMI, Capitol and Virgin. Further, this week's results also demonstrate the success we're having with artists across a wide array of genres."
As reported yesterday, leading the Digital Songs chart is Katy Perryís "Roar" (Capitol Records) which has the highest weekly sales of any track this year with 557,024 downloads. Robin Thickeís massively successful "Blurred Lines" (StarTrak/Interscope) is at #2, selling 291,235 downloads. The song remains at the top of the Hot 100 chart for the 11th consecutive week and has sold nearly five million units in the U.S. since its release. Lady Gagaís "Applause" (Streamline/Interscope) debuts at #3 with 217,962 downloads. Remaining titles include Jay Z featuring Justin Timberlakeís "Holy Grail" (Roc Nation) at #4, LukeBryanís "Thatís My Kind Of Night" (Capitol Records Nashville) at #5, AviciiĎs "Wake Me Up" (PRMD/Island Records) at #7, Imagine Dragonsí "Radioactive" (KIDinaKORNER/Interscope) at #8, Lana Del Reyís "Summertime Sadness" (Polydor/Interscope) at #9, and Lordeís "Royals" (Lava/Republic) at #10.
For a second week in a row, UMGís artists and distributed labels also earned eight of the Top 10 Albums. The countryís top-selling album this week is Luke Bryanís Crash My Party (Capitol Records Nashville) which debuted at #1 with 527,783 in sales.