More Year-End Figures: Million-Selling Albums, Big Vinyl Sellers

How much have consumers bailed on physical media for music? Look at it this way: in all of 2016, only four albums sold more than a million copies in the US–and the number one album in the list came out in 2015. Here are the year’s biggest sellers. (Via BuzzAngle)

1. Adele – 25 (1,550,584)
2. Drake – Views (1,510,987)
3. Beyonce – Lemonade (1,477,080)
4. Chris Stapleton – Traveller (1,016,664)
5. Pentatonix – A Pentatonix Christmas
6. Various – Hamilton
7. twenty one pilots – Blurryface
8. Prince – The Very Best of Prince (644,227)
9. Rihanna – Anti
10. Garth Brooks – The Ultimate Garth Brooks

Other notes about music sales:

Death was good for business for Bowie. Blackstar was the 21st best-selling album with sales of 384,059 copies.

What about vinyl? Here’s what sold best in the US in 2016 (Via Spin)

1. twenty one pilots – Blurryface (49,004)
2. Amy Winehouse – Back To Black (41,087)
3. Radiohead – A Moon Shaped Pool (39,861)
4. The Beatles – Abbey Road (39,615)
5. Adele – 25 (39,512)
6. David Bowie – Blackstar (39,344)
7. Prince – Purple Rain (35,244)
8. Bob Marley – Legend (32,899)
9. twenty one pilots – Vessel (31,006)
10. Miles Davis – Kind Of Blue (30,495)

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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