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Music News

The sky is falling redux: sales figures

Not good news for shops.

The British Recorded Music Industry has released the total sales figures for the year 2010, and they make grim reading for the old way of doing things. Although digital album sales increased by a healthy thirty per cent, combined physical and digital sales fell seven per cent, which equates to roughly ten million albums.

This presumably comes as people are now able to buy the MP3s of just the album tracks they like, and aren’t stuck with filler anymore. There is some good news though, because while sales of physical singles fell, the combined digital and physical market sold more singles than ever before: a total of 161.8 million.

What can we take from this? If you’re a bricks and mortar shop, you’re still in a lot of trouble. And if you want a bricks and mortar store, you better use them.


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