90% of New Album Sales Came from 2% of Releases in 2011

90% of New Album Sales Came from 2% of Releases in 2011

In 2011, 76,875 albums were released and sold at least one copy in the US, according to stats shared by Nielsen Soundscan.  These releases came from major and indie labels, as well as unsigned artists, as long as they were properly registered and set up with identifiers like UPC barcodes.  
That group of 76,875 albums collectively went on to sell about 113 million copies in the US.
Of that total, sales of roughly 100 million, or 88.5%, came from just 1,500 releases, or 1.9% of the release total.
Roughly speaking, 2% of releases accounted for 90% of new release sales.
Source:
http://www.digitalmusicnews.com/permalink/2012/120112longfail

~ by musicproducertv on January 12, 2012.

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