US Report: Not One Album has gone Platinum in 2014

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US Report: Not One Album has gone Platinum in 2014

Post by Gary on Sat Oct 18, 2014 9:08 pm

We are now nine and a half months into 2014, and the sales numbers for the music industry are looking particularly grim. While the fourth quarter is typically when the most sales occur, things have never been quite so bad.

In 2014, not a single artist’s album has gone platinum. Not one has managed to cross that million sales mark.

One album has managed to sell over a million copies so far this year, but it’s a soundtrack. The ever-popular Frozen soundtrack may slowly be working its way down the charts, but it is by far the best selling collection this year. Though it doesn’t have any marquee names on it—those that are usually expected to sell the best—the soundtrack has managed to move 3.2 million copies so far, and with winter coming, that number is sure to rise.

By this time last year, five different CDs had hit one million units sold or more, with Justin Timberlake’s comeback LP The 20/20 Experience in front. By the beginning of Q4 in 2013, that album had moved 2.3 million copies, which is still far behind the success of Frozen.

In fact, album sales this year are so bad, you have to look all the way down to number four on the list of best-sellers to even find something that was released in 2014. The number two and three sellers are Beyonce’s surprise self-titled album and newcomer Lorde’s Pure Heroine, respectively. Both of those have moved in the area of 750,000 so far this year. Both albums were released in 2013 and moved the bulk of their numbers then, but have continued to enjoy commercial success.

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Post by Gary on Sat Oct 18, 2014 9:09 pm

Eeek! Sad how things have gotten so bad and not just in the US.

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Post by Gabe on Mon Oct 20, 2014 2:48 pm

Taylor Swift will probably be the only one to sell a million by year's end.

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Post by Gary on Tue Oct 21, 2014 11:19 am

Adele is so lowkey (and well lets be honest - lazy) that a Beyoncé Surprise album could well be a possibility. No promo, no tour, facial shot for cover. Will suit her to the ground. It well sell like hotcakes regardless. No denying her talent and she has had some great songs. I'm not as bitter as I once was considering how bitter I am towards GaGa now Giggle

Will Taylor do a million a week again you think even with the loss of country affect her? Will be interesting to see. She is the last.

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Post by Gabe on Tue Oct 21, 2014 11:37 am

No I'm thinking Taylor will do anywhere from 500 to 700k. She completely alienated her country audience and that WILL affect her sales.

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