11 Jan Adele’s 21 Led 2012 Digital Music Sales
Taylor Swift and Adele help boost digital music sales to record heights in 2012
By John Cook
January 4, 2013
From Geek Wire
There’s a lot of chatter out there about the transformation of the music industry, with the rise of online music services such as Spotify and Pandora altering the landscape. And while many are bemoaning the changes, music sales continue to go up, buoyed in part by strong performances by female artists such as Taylor Swift, Adele and Katy Perry.
According to Nielsen and Billboard’s 2012 Music Industry report, music purchases are at record highs, driven largely by digital album sales. Those sales of jumped 14 percent, while digital track sales rose five percent. CD sales sunk 13 percent.
Adele’s 21 led the digital charts with 12.8 million tracks and digital albums sold in the U.S. last year. Interestingly, the British pop star didn’t have one of the top 10 digital songs of the year. Nonetheless, 21 marks the first time that an album has held the top spot for two consecutive years.