Data from Nielsen Soundscan, which registers every record sale in the US, reports that 4.5 million albums were sold last week. That covers all genres and formats, from classical to Coldplay, digital to vinyl.
This is the lowest weekly number since accurate records were first kept in 1991. The only recorded format to show an increase is vinyl, which continues to boom.
The downwards trend points to the end of the hour-plus album as a means of bundling music. Consumers appear to be heading for pick and mix with single tracks.
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