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UPDATE: First Half 2010 Sales Recap: Lady Antebellum, UMG Lead The Way | Billboard.biz



Lady Antebellum's Need You Now was the top selling album in the U.S. in the first half of the year, as a familiar downward sales trend proved to be not as dramatic as in...
UPDATE: First Half 2010 Sales Recap: Lady Antebellum, UMG Lead The Way

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Track sales were down 0.2% to 597.4 million from the 598.9 million recorded last year in the corresponding period. Industry observers ascribe the slowdown in track sales to the price increase to $1.29 from 99 cents for hit titles.

CD album sales were down 17.9% to 110.3 million units from 134.6 million units, and digital album sales were up 12.7% to 42.2 million units from the 37.1 million units tallied in the first half of 2009.
it's encouraging that consumers are also migrating to digital ALBUMS in addition to digital songs, and that digital songs have leveled off as a format... for now...

with any reasonable effort by the DoJ and others for improved legislation and enforcement of copyright against online piracy, there could be a significant upside in the next two years...

fingers crossed