Saturday, January 20, 2007

Lowest Weekly Album Sales . . . Ever

The Dreamgirls Soundtrack was the #1 record in America last week -- and yet, it only scanned 60,000 units. According to Digital Music News, this is the lowest weekly total for a number one release since Soundscan began tracking such stats in 1991.

As a point of reference, NSync's No Strings Attached set a record for the fastest selling album ever back in 2001 with 2.4 million scans in its first week on the market. And as Chris Anderson predicted, "it’s altogether possible that NSync’s first-week record may never be broken."

In 2006, album sales dipped nearly 5% from the previous year. Will 2007 mark a tipping point for the major labels ?

(via Digital Music News)