US Weekly Album Sales Remain Problematic

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Album sales in the United States remained problematic during the recent week, and new lows emerged.

Total sales dipped 14% from the comparable period last year, though the most concerning development surrounded the chart-topping release.  The Dreamgirls soundtrack, which topped the rankings last week as well, earned a paltry 60,000 units this time around.  That is the lowest total for a number one release since Soundscan began its tracking in 1991.  And during the first week of the year, the album pulled 66,000, the second-lowest tally for a chart-topper.  Other similarly-challenged top ten releases came from Akon, Justin Timberlake, and Daughty.   The  development raises more questions about the coming year, a period that could be characterized by heavy drops in CD sales.  Last year, album sales dipped 4.9%, according to published Nielsen Soundscan figures.

Story by news analyst Alexandra Osorio