Old Albums Outselling New Albums For the First Time Ever

Nielsen SoundScan started tracking U.S. album sales back in 1991. Two weeks ago, it was the first time that old albums outsold new albums since tracking began. Catalog albums (albums older than 18 months old) reached sales of 76.6 million in the first half of 2012 whereas current album sales reached 73.9 million albums in the same time frame. Nielsen analyst David Bakula believes the trend is partially related to the cost of catalog albums vs. current albums. “I really, truly do believe that there probably is a consumer that is buying music here that wasn’t buying music in the past,” pointing to the average catalog album ranging between $5.99 and $10.99 while current albums can range between $12.99 and $17.99. What’s your recent buying habits been like lately? Have you bought a limited edition version of Michael Jackson’s Thriller over Odd Future’s The OF Tape Vol. 2? Leave your answers in the comments section.

By: Aymen Ahmed / News / July 20, 2012 / 2975 Views
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  • ghjhjghjg

    old people finally figured out iTunes!

  • Trilla

    Are you kidddinngggg me??? MJ's Thriller is 100x greater than OF Tape Vol. 2, of course I'd prefer it.

  • in stereo

    ...I mean they HAVE been out longer than the new albums

  • Walker Willett

    you are stupid

  • Pane

    Fucken idiot @google-4371c9cfbf1e706f99c5bb32b23fedd9:disqus

  • HarshReality

    maybe it speaks to the quality of music being released nowadays? i mean ive been disappointed more often than satisfied with the newest albums

  • http://www.twitter.com/iamcassive Cassive

    Thriller's a classic masterpiece! Might have to hit up iTunes and download a copy too! (JK! Ni**as don't pay for shit, free DL link!) Naw, that's ignorance...

  • http://twitter.com/SpiritEquality Spirit Equality

    can't beat the classics. what song is odd future doing now that someone would do a cover of in 2035? no one will even remember them then. people sample old records because the music was better then. who's going to want to sample tyler f--king around on a keyboard in twenty years? nobody...

  • http://www.facebook.com/accarrino Jon Accarrino

    it's prob bec most of the new music sucks. does every single artist really need to be auto-tuned?

  • narone

    Because old albums are better...new music sucks, plus there is a new generation that's getting the old school buzz

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