It’s another nail in the coffin of the conventional music industry, another death nail in the Way Things Were with the news that weekly album sales in the US have this week plummeted to their lowest since Nielson SoundScan began tracking data in 1991, reports Billboard.
With streaming growing very quickly even the vinyl revival has made little difference and the way people consume music has utterly changed the landscape. Music is still a key part of our culture but the days of carrying chunks of it around are very much over.
A total of 3.97million albums were sold in the US last week, which is the lowest weekly sum since records began in 1991. It’s also the first time weekly sales have dropped below 4million. The chart-topping album, ‘Blacc Hollywood’ by Wiz Khalifa (pictured), sold 90,000 in its first week.
The only recent album to sell conventional large amounts was from Jack White.