Nielsen Report: Total U.S. Music Sales Grew in 2012

by Ned Sherman 2

A report published by Nielsen in collaboration with Billboard shows that U.S. music sales grew 3.1 percent in 2012 setting a new record for the music industry. “Overall music purchases surpassed 1.65 billion units in 2012, up 3.1% vs. the previous record high set in 2011, driven by digital music sales, which continue be a key growth element within the market,” said David Bakula, SVP Client Development, Nielsen. “Digital Album sales are up 14.1% and Digital Track sales are up 5.1%, but despite being down 12.8%, physical is still the dominant album format. Read more.

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Comments (2)

  1. Very interesting article-however it would be more complete and much more useful if Sales Dollars were included.

    1. Jim, Just click on the Read More link for the article which takes you to the full Nielsen release with all the #s. The link is http://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20130104005149/en/Nielsen-Company-Billboard%E2%80%99s-2012-Music-Industry-Report

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