Los Angeles – U.S. music sales were down a relatively slight
1.3% in the first quarter of 2011, bolstered by an uptick in digital sales,
Billboard reported, citing Nielsen SoundScan data.

By contrast, sales fell 6.1%
in the first quarter of 2010, when compared with the same period in 2009.

Digital track sales during the first quarter were up 8.6%, to 339.1 million
units — compared with a decline of 0.9% reported in the first quarter of 2010.

Digital album sales rose 14.9% in the first quarter to 25.1 million units.

notes that digital album sales this year so far have slowed the overall decline in
album sales.

The top-selling digital album so far this year is "21"
from Adele (456,000 units), while the top-selling songs include Cee-Lo’s
"F— You (Forget You)" (2.15 million units) and Lady Gaga’s
"Born This Way" (2.11 million units).


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