Drake's New Album Is The Lowest-Selling #1 Album Since 1991
Music streaming is on the up, but album sales are devastatingly down. In fact, album sales in the U.S. are reportedly worse than they’ve been in over a decade — and streaming could be largely to blame.
A current snapshot of music sales comes with Drake’s Scorpion. The album just set the bar remarkably high in terms of music streaming, shattering the one-week record with over one billion plays. To put this into perspective, Post Malone previously held the title with 700 million global streams for his latest record Beerbongs & Bentleys.
However, as far as album sales go, only 29,000 copies of Scorpion were sold during the week of July 12th. According to Nielsen, that is the smallest amount of sales that a No. 1, top-selling album has made since 1991. Most of which have been made through digital downloads including iTunes and Amazon Music, not physical copies.
It’s not just Drake. Overall, album sales are plummeting, too. Sales through 2018 so far accumulate to 72.73 million, down 17% compared to this time last year. CD sales are down by 19% and even digital album sales are taking a huge hit, down 21% ( Digital Music News).
Music listening habits may be changing, but it’s important to support your favorite artists no matter what — whether you choose to stream or buy.
The Glitch Mob & DJ Snake Each Just Landed Massive #1s
After four years, The Glitch Mob has nabbed another No. 1 spot on the Billboard Top Dance/Electronic Albums chart (dated May 19).
See Without Eyes opened with 7,000 album equivalent units, with 6,000 of those being traditional album sales, according to Billboard. The group’s first appearance on this same chart came with their 2010 album Drink the Sea. In total, The Glitch Mob has broken into the Top Dance/Electronic Albums chart five times.
TGM’s Love Death Immortality, which released in March 2014, also hit No. 1. With this top entry, members Justin Boreta (Boreta), Edward Ma (edIT), and Joshua Mayer (Ooah) earn their second No. 1 album and an overall epic return to the dance music scene.
Big chart news for DJ Snake as well, who has earned his first No. 1 hit on Billboard’s Dance Club Songs with “Magenta Riddim.” He has entered the chart five times in the past, first with his Dillon Francis collaboration, “Get Low.” With this new single, he has bested his highest point set by “Lean On” with Major Lazer and MØ.
Listen to See Without Eyes and “Magenta Riddim” to congratulate both The Glitch Mob and DJ Snake on these huge accomplishments!
One Major Label Lays Claim To Every Single Billboard #1 Over The Past Year
Sony/ATV Music Publishing just pulled off perhaps one of the most astonishing musical feats we’ve ever heard of. For an entire year straight, every No. 1 track to grace the top of the Billboard Hot 100 chart in the U.S. was published or co-published by the leading music company.
Dating back to May 2017, Sony/ATV has led the Hot 100 with popular songs from Ed Sheeran, Taylor Swift, Cardi B, Post Malone and more. The uninterrupted 52-week run at the top of the charts comes as Drake‘s “Nice For What” just achieved its fourth consecutive week at No. 1.
“Despacito” kicked things off properly, giving Sony/ATV a jump start heading into its massive year. The single spent 16 weeks ruling the chart between May and September last year. With this, “Despacito” clocked in the longest stay at No. 1 in the near six-decade history of the Billboard Hot 100.
Sony/ATV Chairman and CEO Martin Bandier released a statement press release on the huge success:
“This is an incredible accomplishment by our worldwide A&R team. At Sony/ATV we strive to be successful creatively on a global basis and the fruits of our labor are shown by the diversity of our songwriters who have been No. 1 on the Hot 100 over the past year.”
Sony/ATV’s Billboard Hot 100 Streak
“Despacito” – Luis Fonsi & Daddy Yankee feat. Justin Bieber (Sony/ATV writers Luis Fonsi, Daddy Yankee, Erika Ender) – 16 weeks at No. 1
“Look What You Made Me Do” – Taylor Swift (Taylor Swift, Jack Antonoff) – 3 weeks at No. 1
“Bodak Yellow (Money Moves)” – Cardi B (Cardi B, Jorden Thorpe) – 3 weeks at No. 1
“Rockstar” – Post Malone feat. 21 Savage (Louis Bell, Tank God) – 8 weeks at No. 1
“Perfect” – Ed Sheeran (Ed Sheeran) – 6 weeks at No. 1
“Havana” – Camila Cabello feat. Young Thug (Camila Cabello, Louis Bell, Frank Dukes, Pharrell Williams) – 1 week at No. 1
“God’s Plan” – Drake (Drake, Harmony Samuels) – 11 weeks at No. 1
“Nice For What” by Drake (Drake, Lauryn Hill, Alan Bergman, Marilyn Bergman, Marvin Hamlisch) – 4 weeks at No. 1