Digital Tracks And Albums Set New Highs

itracksAccording to Nielsen SoundScan, four artists have broken the digital track sales record set last year (2008) by Rihanna who sold 9.9 million tracks. Of course, the year is far from over, with respect to sales.

Year-to-date, Michael Jackson leads track sales for 2009 having sold 11.3 million. Lady Gaga fans have purchased 11.1 million tracks and Black Eyed Peas (BEP) have also shattered last year’s record with 10.3 million tracks. Fourth on the list of top selling track artists is Taylor Swift who has sold 9.98 million tracks YTD and will surely break Rihanna’s 2008 record next week.

SoundScan expects that total tracks sold will pass the one billion mark next week. Currently we are at 998.3 million tracks. The 2008 full year record of 65 million digital album sales will also be smashed next week. Currently digital album sales total 63.9 million.

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