Music industry’s leading data information provider, Nielsen Entertainment, and Billboard have announced the year-end report for 2013 and country music was one of the main highlights (well, of course!). The report measures U.S. point-of-sale of recorded music product while tracking U.S. radio airplay and music streams. These statistics are what you see when looking at any Billboard chart.
The report indicates that the genre of country music is holding strong across all formats selling almost 14% of all albums sold. As for digital download sales go, country music sold 12.6% of all digital songs and 9.6% of all digital albums sold. When you break down how many genres there are in music, this is HUGE.
Perhaps two of the biggest reasons for high country music demand were because of Florida Georgia Line and Blake Shelton. Florida Georgia Line had one the biggest 2013s out of all genres. Their major hit single “Cruise” crushed many records selling over 6.3 million copies and becoming the best-selling country music digital song of ALL TIME. Secondly, Blake Shelton had three albums last year that landed him in the Top 200 Best-Selling Albums chart with Based On A True Story selling nearly 1.1 million copies peaking at No. 12, Loaded: The Best of Blake Shelton selling 182,000 units and Red River Blue selling 165,000 copies.
Some can say what they want about the state of country music, but it’s fair to say that the majority of people love the new sounds coming out of it. I can’t wait to see what 2014 has in store for country music.
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