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Pop Music Sales Get a Christmas Bump From Good New Records From Shania and AudioSlave Print E-mail
Tuesday, 31 December 2002
It was an “Up” Christmas for sexy country crossover vocalist, Shania Twain. Her new record Up (same title as the less popular Peter Gabriel come-back record) was the winner in sales last week having Soundscanned over 450,000 copies. That dethroned rapper Jay-Z. Despite retailer’s claims of the worst Holiday sales season in 30 years, the top 200 records sold over 14.4 million albums in the week before Christmas. This is up from 10.7 million albums the week before that. Other strong rock records like the Chris Cornell – Rage Against the Machine conglomeration band – AudioSlave and the new Foo Fighters record “One By One” helped sluggish sales.

One sure way out of the unprecedented two year sales slump for prerecorded music would be to improve the overall musical quality and content of albums. A decade ago, an album meant more to a consumer than just a collection of throw away tunes and only one or two good songs. Recently, you are lucky to find one big hit on a superstar record. That one song, unlike 10 years ago, can also be easily downloaded from the Gntuella network and ripped onto an 11 cent CDR by a Gen-Xers who actually got their Dell. When an entire album is consistently good, consumers are more compelled to go out and spend the $17 on a CD instead of pointing their hard earned cash towards DVD-Video discs or video game titles or simply downloading files.

Source: eonline.com, rollingstone.com

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