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Nielsen SoundScan: Album sales inching up

Research firm says recording industry has halted the skid in U.S. album sales for the first time since 2004.

By July 6, 2011


Sony Music woes extend to digital sales

This story initially misattributed the digital market share data to Nielsen SoundScan. The data came from industry sources who requested anonymity, and were based on retail and other market research, including information provided by SoundScan.

By February 11, 2009


Universal Music toasts BigChampagne

Instead of turning to Nielsen's SoundScan exclusively to track music consumption online, the top recording company signs long-term deal with BigChampagne.

By August 18, 2009


Here's why 2012 music sales don't tell full story

The sales numbers that matter most were down but the data being reported doesn't include revenue from subscription or satellite and Web radio, areas that are seeing big growth.

By January 4, 2013


Amazon to launch auto rip, an effort to sex up CDs

It's the biggest news involving the compact disc in years: Amazon is expected to reward CD buyers by automatically storing the songs in their digital lockers free of charge, sources tell CNET -- and it may do the same for past CD purchases.

By January 9, 2013


Buzz Out Loud 1505: Thomas Dolby blinds us with genius (Podcast)

On today's show, special guest Thomas Dolby drops in to talk with us about the state of the music industry and digital distribution, his new album, and the amazing sounding MMORPG that goes along with it. We're pretty overwhelmed by his brilliance. But we recover a bit for tech news, like Hulu's 1 million paid users (and imminent death), and whether the Droid Bionic can catch up to the Atrix 4G.

By July 7, 2011


RIAA's sales numbers: A closer look

The music industry is betting big on cloud music and subscription services, but sales figures indicate that consumers will be a tough sell.

By July 11, 2011


Does the Internet help aspiring rock stars?

Tommy Silverman, founder of Tommy Boy Records, says not really. Jeff Price, CEO of TuneCore, says he's using the wrong metrics. Who's right?

By January 22, 2010


Amazon helps Lady Gaga top 1 million in sales

Offering the star's new album for just 99 cents a pop last week, Amazon helped Lady Gaga reach a new record in digital sales.

By June 1, 2011


Music retailers cheer first sales increase in 7 years

A 3.2 percent uptick in overall sales may not seem like much, but it's the first glimmer of hope since 2004.

By January 5, 2012