Albums Keep Dropping; Bottom Remains Murky

US-based album sales continued their plunge last week, part of an increasingly aggressive slide.

Total sales edged towards 8 million for the period, a figure that falls 24.5 percent below same-week figures last year, according to Nielsen Soundscan.  During the most recent quarter, album sales dropped 10.7 percent below comparable, year-ago totals, a rather disastrous ending.

Topping the charts last week was George Straight, who pulled 166,000 copies on his release, Troubadour.  That was followed by R.E.M., whose Accelerate grabbed the second-place slot on sales of 115,000.  The Now 27 hits compilation earned a third-place ranking with sales of just 60,000.

Story by news analyst Alexandra Osorio.