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  • [US] Old music outsells new for the first time

    Interesting stat from the US : in 2015, back-catalogue albums outsold new albums for the first time ever.

    http://www.chartattack.com/news/2016...me-in-history/

    There could be a few reasons for this, my guess is that a lot of new material is being bought as single tracks and not albums, and the people who DO buy albums tend to buy the older stuff! Maybe?

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    As a side issue I wonder how many album tracks go completely unheard because they haven't been recommended at the end of a review where it says, 'Download this' and names the, supposedly best track. There must be a whole load of people who do just that, and ignore the rest.
    "You don't want to kill the cash donkey"

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      Originally posted by Sam View Post
      Interesting stat from the US : in 2015, back-catalogue albums outsold new albums for the first time ever.

      http://www.chartattack.com/news/2016...me-in-history/

      There could be a few reasons for this, my guess is that a lot of new material is being bought as single tracks and not albums, and the people who DO buy albums tend to buy the older stuff! Maybe?
      It doesn;t surprise me. The operative word these days with the Gen Y music-buying demographic is "lean", i.e. trim the fat etc... They only want to pay for tracks that they (the public) want. Not what labels or artists want you to have or hear. Cut away any seemingly peripheral stuff etc..
      Also heard 2 interesting factoids yesterday. Sales of Bowie music in general increased by 5,000% since he passed away. One of his albums (can;t recall the name) outsold Adele's new album last week,putting it in no. 1 position.
      Mad!!

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