Albums just aren’t selling like they used to, and that goes for physical and digital. The end-of-the-year Nielsen numbers are out and they show that only 4 albums made it to platinum-level last year, which is sales of 1 million or more. If you add in sales of digital albums, you get 3 more, which is still way off from previous years.
We live in a streaming world, and that means that the single rules and consumers are buying far fewer individual albums, preferring to spend their money on a monthly streaming subscription instead. Here are the top 10 albums in the US for last year, both physical and digital.
Top Selling Physical Albums In The US In 2016
|4||Chris Stapleton, Traveller||1,085,000|
|5||Pentatonix, A Pentatonix Christmas||904,000|
|6||Original Broadway Cast Recording, Hamilton: An American Musical||820,000|
|7||Twenty One Pilots, Blurryface||738,000|
|8||Prince, The Very Best of Prince||668,000|
|10||Justin Bieber, Purpose||554,000|
Adele has had the top selling album in the US for 4 out of the last 6 years, something that’s never happened before.
Top Selling Digital Albums In The US In 2016
|4||Chris Stapleton, Traveller||447,000|
|5||Original Broadway Cast Recording, Hamilton: An American Musical||422,000|
|6||Twenty One Pilots, Blurryface||377,000|
|7||Prince, The Very Best of Prince||371,000|
|8||J. Cole, 4 Your Eyez Only||356,000|
|10||Panic! at the Disco, Death of a Bachelor||334,000|