Ho-Ho-Horrible: Album Sales Plunge 20% This Christmas

To some music lovers, the fact that Josh Groban's Noel was the highest-selling album of 2007 is all the proof they need that major-label music is dying. To shareholders and label execs, though, the numbers are more important, and the numbers are grim: music sales are down 21 percent this Christmas season. Variety has the latest music numbers from Nielsen Soundscan on music sales from Thanksgiving to Christmas Eve. In 2007, 83.9 million albums were sold, down 21.4 million from last year. A 20 percent drop in sales is more than a blip; it's serious trouble.

The recent news suggests that people are turning away from the CD as a Christmas present, due in large part to the rise of online music services like iTunes, eMusic, and the Amazon MP3 shop. Now that non-DRMed music is widely available from many popular artists, giving the gift of digital downloads can be an attractive option for holiday shoppers. Certainly it's becoming more mainstream; even my local supermarket now stocks iTunes gift cards.

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I bought some 8 albums this year at Christmas .... then again, it could be because the local record store was going out of business. Hmmmm...

i wonder if there are recording companies that isnt in RIAA and trying to get good stuff out in the market and focusing on not ripping consumers or artists.?

i think some bands are ditching the olde system with the recording companies these days anyways.

Informed consumers now know that artists get basically nothing from CD sales so why should they bother with purchasing CDs?

Sometimes I do not get consumers though. Chamillionaire put out a great CD but he barely sold. 50 Cent put out a worthless piece of crap and while he did not sell as much as he wanted he still sold. So basically I am petitioning people to check out Chamillionaire.

Lots of good stuff is coming out, only the crappy stuff is being promoted.

I've only ever bought 1 album in my life, and that was because it's so unknown you can't even download it! If I were to get a CD, I'd just be ripping it anyway so what's the point ^_^.
^ The edit reply button screws up my post when I use ' !

To re-iterate, there's nothing really worth buying. Though, I bought more digital music this year than I have in years, because there's been plenty of good european metal coming out this year. Me happy!

Though, I also think it's the aspect of carrying a stack of CD's or an iPod, you do the math. Most people will go for the iPod. I just can't understand why we're still kicking a dead horse... CD's are 90's, old school, no one wants to use them anymore. They scratch, they're expensive compared to Hard Drive storage, they're environmentally unsound, and take up more space... That's like buying a slow, big, clunky 4WD for twice as much as you can get a shiny new red sportscar for... it makes no sense.

Sales are down, because the media monster is losing it's touch with what the people want. If it's not more profitable than the last thing they did, then they won't even consider it. It's okay, they'll die soon enough. Power to the bands to release their own albums at their own prices. Death to the Record Label Mafias.

"RIAA Companies - "We're fighting music piracy a whole new way - by releasing product that's not even worth stealing."

That about says it all

in my eyes therew as only two cd's worth listening to this year that has any ounce of talent and one still hasnt been released yet.

One - Guns n roses - chinese democracy leaks ( torrent search may 2007 leaks )
Two - Sebastian Bach - Angel Down first album Axl rose has rleased since gnr... heavest **** this year!
http://www.amazon.co.uk/Angel-Down-Sebasti...0769&sr=8-1

Everything else released this year hasnt been anything special and all sounding the same.

Music sales down because there was nothing DECENT TO BUY.

I went up and down the charts and couldn't find a single album I wanted by the artists I cared about.

The offset is that I got plenty of DVD's... i'd wager DVD sales are way up?

I'll spell it out for them "C O M P E T I T I O N" with DVD's, PC's, games consoles, mobile phones etc. who buys music anymore?

Installed iRate in December, started buying CD's from odd little bands I never new existed before because I kind of like their music from the songs sampled. So, I'm still buying CD's, just not from RIAA whiners.

Who's suffering from this? Has there been a corresponding 20% cut in the recording industry profits, or is it the artists taking the whole hit these days?

The artists (even the big ones) don't get jack squat via the RIAA sponsoring major labels. So 20% less of nigh upon 0% is still diddly.

So the answer to your question is that a drop in physical CD sales ONLY affects the major distribution mafia. The artists are waiting for the their contracts to expire and go online.

They need to not only show CD sales but add to that digital downloads to really see how sales are doing. Of course CD's are down because more people are opting to go digital. I only buy a few CD's, otherwise as previously stated here, there is a lot of crap being released. If I want a song or two from the CD I'm going to download it. Now with the advent of DRM-free music I am actually more likely to pay for those songs as well.

So unless they want to release a true sales list and included downloads, then this is meaningless.

I think a bigger problem for them is the fact that movies are becoming very chic, especially when you start taking into account the HD battle. People are spending their money on all the good movies that came out this year and simply don't have the extra cash, then, for a CD or two.

May I just say, in my own country's defence, that the quality of music produced in Australia is now stronger than ever. Seems artists here still know what good music is all about (always the exception with Australian Idol rubbish etc).

But back on track, I don't even buy CDs these days!

My music collection is completely stored on my computer so when I've got the jukebox open and I want a new album or song it's just so easy to log into iTunes and buy it immediately. Even when I get a CD I rip it straight to my computer. My CDs are just for the car now.

Steeley said,
May I just say, in my own country's defence, that the quality of music produced in Australia is now stronger than ever. Seems artists here still know what good music is all about (always the exception with Australian Idol rubbish etc).

But back on track, I don't even buy CDs these days!

My music collection is completely stored on my computer so when I've got the jukebox open and I want a new album or song it's just so easy to log into iTunes and buy it immediately. Even when I get a CD I rip it straight to my computer. My CDs are just for the car now.

Xavier Rudd FTW!

I personally quit buying cds. I still have hundreds of them but after I seen how greedy they are and how they treat us customers I vowed not to buy anymore cds.

well when bands start putting effort into making albums and not singles ill start buying again.

music nowadays is crap, plain and simple.

im not gonna buy an entire cd for 1 single.


i used to buy cd's all the time, i actually have a really substantial collection. however i actually think that last cd i did buy was tool's 10000 days.
that came out like 2 years ago.

its funny, i was about to say, ill just download the 1 song off each cd i like.. but i havent even been doing that lately.

Look at your top 4 selling albums of 2007:

1. High School Musical 2, Soundtrack
2. Daughtry, Daughtry
3. Minutes to Midnight, Linkin Park
4. Hannah Montana 2: Meet Miley Cyrus, Soundtrack

That pretty much sums it all up for you.

Dude, that just never gets old, polish a turd!! Now that is funny stuff and so, so true. Rock on L.W. woo hoo, fight the power!!!

I only buy old bands music when they come out with something new. Like, I've bought Poisons new album. Twisted Sisters Christmas album, which was awesome.

I've also bought a few independents artists music. I'll be buying Guns N Roses new one when It comes out. And I'll be buying Black Sabbaths new one when they rejoin for one more go.

I don't listen or buy any of these new bands music, it sucks. Can't stand to hear it.

It's kind of sad. Music this year was so bad even the piracy is down in the slumps. Just browse through and of the sharing sites and see the numbers for the "new" music. The older stuff is getting all the attention, along with the remixes.

LOL, yeah, wouldn't it be CLASSIC if piracy was down too this year?!

RIAA Companies - "We're fighting music piracy a whole new way - by releasing product that's not even worth stealing."

the reason they are down 20% is simply because there has been trash released this year with a few exceptions. I am talking Radiohead as an exception... and that was even free if you wanted it to be...

'nuff said

The modern music going generation buys music ONLINE...plain and simple. And as long as the distribution dinosaurs keep charging $20+ for what they can buy for $10 or get for free, they are pricing themselves out of their own market. It's the same thing that happened with CDs and the developing world. The studios REFUSED to legally distribute their product at a reduced price, one that is in balance with an average Chinese worker's salary, for example, so they shouldn't be allowed to complain about piracy in markets they have CHOSEN not to compete in. They are now running into the same problem in the US and developed world. They refuse to adapt and evolve, so like the dinosaurs they will die. It's their own fault, plain and simple.

not surprised...you look at the UK singles chart and its full of old bands coming out of "retirement" to milk some more funds from the stupid pawns or is stuffed full of no-talent monkey's releasing cover versions of someone elses songs.

no talent, no originality just cheesy pop rip offs from the 70's and 80's. trash.

I have a very specific music taste and really only listen to 2 bands, so dont buy a whole lot of music, but the music industry needs serious change.

i gotta agree with you!... as i to, have a very specific music taste and i to only really listen to a very small few number of artist's similar to you.

i only listen to about 3 artists (Evanescence - KT Tunstall - Sheryl Crow, .... for some reason i tend to like female singers over male ones) for the most part nowadays (and a few other odds and ends)

so you must also agree with me when i say this ill bet.... most music is "not bad" (just ok) but theres very few stuff thats "you would go out of your way to listen to" ... cause theres very few stuff i hate (like death metal type music, where they basically just scream there brains out into a microphone while going off on a guitar etc etc).... but probably 3/4th of music or more is just "not bad" like i dont mind listening to it but theres very very little that's "worth going out of my way to listen to" sorta stuff.

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on a side note... i used to listen to nothing but gangster rap from like 1993 (Dr Dre and Snoop Dogg) or so (when i was about 13-14 years old) up until 2005 (when i was like 25-26 years old) ... cause i never thought i would stop listening to gangster rap. but i just changed one day in 2005 and started trying to listen to other stuff (cause i tried before but it just did not cut it for me and would always end up coming back to gangster rap) and finally did it, like really like liked the stuff i changed to... so now i pretty much dont listen to gangster rap anymore (i do, but it's mainly the stuff i used to listen to (nothing new) and dont listen to it nearly as often as i used to)

cause sometime in 2005 or so... i was listening to my sister's laptop (she was in the other room as i was on the pc in my room) and the song by sheryl crow called "the first cut is the deepest" came on and i was sorta listening to it and thought... hell thats kinda good i might "get" it and see if i actually like it after a listening to it a few times... and i did so then i "got" some more of her music and liked that to etc and then after that i was a fan of hers.... then to attempt to find more stuff i just occasionally watched MTV/VH1 here and there (i usually never do since most of that is mainstream crap that is made for teenagers for the most part) and then i ran into Evanescence (the song "Call Me When Your Sober") and heard it once and after the video was over i was thinking to myself that actually might be pretty good and was going to get that but at the time i forgot who sang it so i had to keep watching mtv/vh1 (this was sometime in mid 2006) and it eventually came on again then i found out who sang it and then "got" there album (the open door) when it came out.... and then looked into there older cd (fallen) and got that and thought it was pretty great... so then i became a fan of Evanescence (the song Hello is one of my personal favorites of theres from the Fallen cd)..... then i think around that time i heard the song "black horse and the cherry tree" from KT Tunstall and i thought that might be worth checking out and when i "got" the full album i listened to it and thought that was pretty good... then "got" her other (not as much known) album called "acoustic extravaganza" and then that was pretty great and then she released her third album in 2007 called "Drastic Fantastic" (which when i first heard i was disappointed cause it's sound was different than the previous 2 albums... but after listening to it a few times it grew on me and now i like that to) .... and then here i am today ... sorry for the long post but i just thought i would post it since atleast we have the "listening to very few artists in common" although im sure the odds of us liking the same stuff is pretty slim ;)

but anyways i dont consider someone a true fan of a artist/group unless they generally like atleast around 3/4th of there CD(s).... cause you got alot of people out there that might only like 1 or 2 songs from a CD and the rest they never care about etc.... i dont consider that a real fan if they do stuff like that.

plus (like you im sure) i just never understood how people could listen to majority (give or take) of crap thats released and actually like it (like my sister lol) ... as far as movies though (as i watch alot of em) i have a broader range here and theres many movies i like alot unlike music where im extremely picky on what i listen to. etc etc

i think i said enough now but i just thought i would post this since you said theres very few artists (about 2) you like as that seems fairly hard to find nowadays.

p.s. if someone actually read all this, thanks for your time as im sure no one really cares about what i just typed. o well....

Of course sales are down. Not because of downloads, but look at the crap that they have been releasing. I mean its getting really hard to find good music.

Very appropriate quote there Xenon, what with the advert above

Of course sales are down. Not because of downloads, but look at the crap that they have been releasing. I mean its getting really hard to find good music.

Xenon said,
Of course sales are down. Not because of downloads, but look at the crap that they have been releasing. I mean its getting really hard to find good music.

+1, QFT, nuff sed, and other interweb nonsense signifying that I agree with above words.

Xenon said,
Of course sales are down. Not because of downloads, but look at the crap that they have been releasing. I mean its getting really hard to find good music.

Absolutely true. Labels like to pick up people that they can sell rather than what the public wants to hear. Those old fuddy duddys think they know music, unfortunately for the public the majority of new music out there is just regurgitated garbage. Most new bands sound like each other bringing nothing new to the table. To the record labels out there, stop playing it safe and maybe step out of each other a**es and see what people want.

And of course it doesn't help that there is a strong dislike to the RIAA. More people will continue to do what they have been doing. I personnally will not buy a Metallica album ever again for the stupidity they promote and on the other side of the argument, I will continue to buy a Nine Inch Nails album.

The music industry needs a revolution. I think one way or another, the Internet will bring this revolution.

I got a whole stash of CDs for Christmas. Not a big shocker, however, that only one has been recently released. While I wait for some better music, I am slowly working on my back catalog.