Music charts for 2005 illustrate the popularity of bands, and also how much down album sales are in general, compared to best-selling albums of decades past.
- Coldplay – X&Y (8.3m)
- Mariah Carey – The Emancipation of Mimi (7.7m)
- 50 Cent – The Massacre (7.5m)
- Black Eyed Peas – Monkey Business (6.8m)
- Green Day – American Idiot (6.4m)
- Madonna – Confessions on a Dance Floor (6.3m)
- Kelly Clarkson – Breakaway (6.1m)
- Eminem – Curtain Call (5.5m)
- James Blunt – Back to Bedlam (5.5m)
- Robbie Williams – Intensive Care (5.4m)
The value of digital music sales jumped to $1.1bn (£633m) last year, up from $400m (£230m) in 2004, according to the IFPI report.
But record company revenues for CDs and music DVDs – which account for most of the market – dropped 6.7%.
The top digital markets were the US, Japan and UK, clocking sales of legal downloads at $636, $278 and $69 million respectively.
Comparing the list with Blogcritics’ Best Albums of 2005 shows zero commonality. We’re uncool, unhip, and lovin’ it!
Interesting analysis can be derived from the format-based revenues.
|Cassettes, LP, VHS, etc.||-30%|
Evidently, the music industry’s future lies in digital, and though they know it, are embracing it while keeping a concealed dagger behind their backs.