U.S. Album Sales Up For First Time Since 2004, Lady Gaga Takes A Bow
Overall album sales jumped to 221.5 million units from 213.6 million a year ago, and that number also includes CDs and digital albums. Another wrinkle here is that Nielsen counts 10 tracks sold individually as one album, and we suspect that singles did quite well on iTunes and the like. Adele's "21" was top seller (2.5m units), while Lady Gaga's "Born This Way" came in second with 1.5m units. Of course, that had a lot to do with Amazon's $0.99 promotion for that album, but hey -- discounted sales are probably better than no sales, right?