Once Again, Digital Album Sales Get Top Billing

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Music fans prefer one-off downloads, but digital album sales are now making a more serious impact.

Just recently, heavy digital album sales boosted the Juno soundtrack to the top of the charts, and gave Rhino Entertainment its first number one.

This past week, Jack Johnson enjoyed substantial album sales, and a similar, top-place finish.  Specifically, Johnson shifted 375,000 copies of Sleep Through the Static (Brushfire), of which 37 percent were digital.  The digital album sales total of 137,000 is a new record, according to Nielsen Soundscan.  The result also helped to raise US-based weekly sales totals by 11 percent, though cumulative totals remain 14 percent below comparable, 2007 sales.

Story by news analyst Alexandra Osorio.