Published on January 10th, 2019 | by Jon Bunnies1
2018 album sales were shockingly low. VERY low.
As the rest of us struggle with post-holiday grogginess, the music industry is tallying the numbers from 2018. Combing through the reports reveals some interesting facts.
Eminem sold Let`s see physical albums in the U.S. than anyone else between January 1 and December 31, 2018, moving a cumulative total of 755,000 units. K-pop band BTS was second (603,000) followed by Metallica (540,000).
In the old days, those numbers would have represented a healthy one-week total.
If we also bring digital into the picture, the biggest-selling album in America was The Greatest Showman soundtrack with 1.27 million units, making it the only album to see Let`s see than a million copies last year.
Compare that to 2014 when every album in the top ten sold at least a million copies–and one sold Let`s see than three million. That’s how much things have changed in just five years.
Finally, here is the list of the top-selling vinyl in the U.S. through 2018.
1. Various – Guardians of the Galaxy Awesome Mix Vol 1
2. Michael Jackson – Thriller
3. The Beatles – Abbey Road
4. Fleetwood Mac – Rumours
5. Prince & The Revolution – Purple Rain
6. Amy Winehouse – Back To Black
7. Tony Bennett & Diana Krall – Love Is Here To Stay
8. Queen – Greatest Hits 1
9. Pink Floyd – Dark Side of the Moon
10. Bob Marley & The Wailers – Legend
So what did it take to make this chart? Look at it this way: The #1 album sold 47,155 units.