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Published on March 19th, 2018 | by Alan Cross

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For the first time in FOREVER, the majority of the top 10 albums on SoundScan are from rock artists

Okay, so bragging rights for physical album sales aren’t what they used to be, but I couldn’t help notice that the majority of the top ten best-selling CDs/vinyl from last week’s American SoundScan charts are from rock artists. To wit:

  1. David Byrne, American Uptopia (63,000 physical copies sold)
  2. Judas Priest, Firepower (48,000)
  3. Jimi Hendrix, Both Sides of the Sky (34,000)
  4. Logic, Bobby Tarantino II (32,000)
  5. Various, The Greatest Showman Soundtrack (30,000)
  6. Nathaniel Rateliff and the Night Sweats, Tearing at the Seams (27,000)
  7. Three Days Grace, Outsider (15,000)
  8. Between the Buried and Me, Automata I (15,000)
  9. Various: Black Panther: The Album (11,000)
  10. Metallica, Hardwired…To Self-Destruct (11,000)

Again, physical sales don’t carry the bragging rights they once did. But still…




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is an internationally known broadcaster, interviewer, writer, consultant, blogger and speaker. In his 30+ years in the music business, Alan has interviewed the biggest names in rock, from David Bowie and U2 to Pearl Jam and the Foo Fighters. He’s also known as a musicologist and documentarian through programs like The Ongoing History of New Music.


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2 Responses to For the first time in FOREVER, the majority of the top 10 albums on SoundScan are from rock artists

  1. Who Asked You says:

    The 13 year theory coming to life?

  2. Joe says:

    This isn’t surprising. I think it’s mostly only rock fans who still buy physical albums anyway, because it’s mostly only rock fans who still appreciate the album and physically owning a copy of it.

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