Who Sold More CDs in 2016: Drake or Mozart? (Think Carefully Before You Answer)

Drake was easily one of music’s biggest stars. Not only were his songs streamed nearly 5 billion times, but he also sold a fair number of  CDs. But when it comes to number of discs shipped, he’s a piker. There are, however, some mathematical gymnastics involved.

Mozart 225: The New Complete Edition –a box set that contains 200 compact discs–moved 6.250 copies since it was released on October 28. Doing the math–6,250 x 200–we get a total of 1.25 million CDs, which is more than the total discs sold by Drake.

A technicality, for sure. Still, it’s a bit of sophistry that you could use to win a bar bet, no?

Mozart 225



Alan Cross

is an internationally known broadcaster, interviewer, writer, consultant, blogger and speaker. In his 40+ 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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