Nielsen & Billboard Release 2013 U.S. Music Report

Nielsen & Billboard report that overall music streams have increased while total album sales have dropped.

Nielsen & Billboard have released 2013's U.S. music report, a report analyzing data for the year in music. 

According to the data presented in the report, overall music streams have increased from 2012, with 118.1 billion streams in 2013, a 32 percent increase from the previous year. 

Overall music sales have decreased 6.3 percent, according to Nielsen & Billboard, from 1,661 million in 2012 to 1,556 million in 2013. Total album sales have also decreased 8 percent, from 316 million in 2012 to 289.4 million in 2013. 

An increase was reported with vinyl sales, as figures increased by 33 percent from 4.6 million in 2012 to 6.1 million in 2013. Meanwhile, CD sales dropped 14 percent from 193 million to 165 million. 

Justin Timberlake had the biggest album-debut week of the year, with 20/20 Experience opening with 968,000 units in its first week. The album also was the highest-selling album of the year with 2.4 million copies sold. His two albums, 20/20 Experience and 20/20 Experience Complete, combined to sell more than 3.2 million units in 2013, according to Nielsen & Billboard. 

Eminem's The Marshall Mathers LP 2 had the second-biggest album debut week of the year, with 792,000 units sold in its first week. The album, which sold 1.7 million copies in 2013, was one of four Eminem releases to make the Top 200 best-selling albums of 2013. Recovery sold 169,000 units in 2013, The Eminem Show did 165,000 units and Curtain Call sold 145,000 copies for the year. The releases were #s 164, 175 and 189 for the year, respectively. 

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  • Anonymous

    Eminem's old albums sold more this year than new albums by French Montana, Tyga, DJ Khaled, Rich Gang and Ace Hood!

  • Anonymous

    Wow, time to find some new revenue streams for these recording artists.

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  • chris

    I'm actually surprised by how little a decrease in overall music sales 2013 (6% only) and hard CD's (14%). People still don't understand how to get music do they?

    • Anonymous

      People understand that if you don't buy albums people won't make music and labels will continue promoting BS because it makes the most money.

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