Adele And Gotye Top Mid-Year Album and Single Sales. Yikes!
Undoubtedly helped by her ridiculous Grammy collection, the British songstress has a sold a stellar 3.69 million copies of 21 so far in 2012. Not too shabby. But c'mon people, that album came out in February of 2011! There's been some great music that's come out since and the fact that this record still has legs says something about the longevity and connection people have to this album. But seriously, half of the people who already own 21 must be A)storing multiple copies in case of the apocalypse or B) they've found some weird new use for a the album that we just haven't figured out yet.
According to Billboard, no album has been the top seller in the first half of any two years. At the rate it's going, 21 could be the best seller of 2012, making it the first album to top the year-end charts twice in the SoundScan era. Yes, you read correctly
The next biggest selling album is Lionel Richie's Tuskegee, which has moved 912,000 copies. Raise your hand if you knew Richie had an album out because we sure as hell didn't.
So what does this mean? On one hand, it's super awesome that people are starting to buy music again, at least singles, which are up six percent versus last year. Contrarily, with so many bands putting out great music on their own, it's time to discover music on our own, or else recycled hits (Adele) are going to keep paving the way on the album charts while crappy (and most likely) one-hit wonders are going to shatter records on the singles charts.