Taylor Swift’s 1989 was 2014’s most-discussed album release, similar to the buzz Beyoncé’s surprise self-titled album received in 2013.
The numbers show that 1989 deserved the attention: in the last week of 2014 it became the top-selling album of 2014 in the United States. According to Soundscan data, Swift’s album sold 3.66 million copies. The album has only been out for nine weeks, but it narrowly beat out Disney’s Frozen soundtrack sales (the soundtrack came out at the end of 2013). Beyoncé’s self-titled album came in at number six this year.
Overall, 257 million albums were sold in the United States in 2014, 11 percent less than 2013.
Digital album sales fell by 9 percent, continuing 2013’s first-ever decline in digital sales. Swift’s 1989 was the top-selling digital album, selling 1.41 million units.
Vinyl record sales continue to rise (Fat Possum recently opened a new vinyl pressing plant to meet demand). Sales are are up 52 percent this year at 9.2 million. Jack White’s Lazaretto was the top selling vinyl album, selling 87,000 units.
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