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Nielsen and Billboard’s 2013 U.S. Music Report

justin timNielsen Entertainment, the music industry’s leading data information provider (Nielsen SoundScan & Nielsen BDS), and Billboard announce the 2013 year-end report for the 12-month period of December 31, 2012 through December 29, 2013. Nielsen SoundScan measures U.S. point-of-sale of recorded music product. Nielsen BDS tracks U.S. radio airplay and music streams. Both systems power many of the Billboard charts.

For , more albums exceeded a million unit sales than in 2012 (13 in 2013 vs. 10 in ). Album sales including Track Equivalent Albums (Albums + ) also had more million-sellers in 2013 over 2012 (24 in 2013 vs. 22 in 2012).

“Despite shifts in how music is consumed, we see continued growth in overall music consumption says David Bakula, SVP Industry Insights, Nielsen Entertainment. “With more than 118 billion streams in 2013 reported by our data providers, which is the approximate revenue equivalent of 59 million albums purchased, the industry remains vibrant as consumption continues to change and expand. 2013 was also great year for creative album release events.”


* Streaming continues to be a very bright spot for the music industry, with more than 32% growth over last year, including a remarkable +103% increase in On-Demand Audio streaming.

* justin timberlake had the biggest album-debut week this year, when the 20/20 Experience opened with 968,000 units in its first week. 20/20 Experience is the best-selling album of the year and, coupled with the subsequent fall release of the 20/20 Experience Complete, the two titles combined to sell over 3.2 Million units in 2013.

* Adele’s 21 album becomes the first album ever to surpass 3 Million in sales, and the top-selling digital album of all time.

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