2007 U.S. Music Purchases Exceed 1.4 Billion

Thu Jan 3, 2008 5:07pm EST

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Growth In Overall Music Purchases Exceeds 14%, Digital Music
                  Accounts for 23% of Music Purchases

           Nielsen Music 2007 Year-End Music Industry Report
WHITE PLAINS, N.Y.--(Business Wire)--Nielsen SoundScan, the entertainment industry's data information
system that tracks point-of-purchase sales of recorded music product,
Nielsen BDS, the music industry's leading music performance monitoring
service, and Nielsen RingScan, which tracks mobile ringtone purchases,
have announced their 2007 U.S. year-end sales and performance
monitoring data for the 52-week period January 1, 2007 through
December 30, 2007.


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OVERALL MUSIC SALES                    OVERALL ALBUM SALES
-----------------------------          -------------------------------
(01/01/07 - 12/30/07)                  (01/01/07 - 12/30/07)
(ALBUMS,SINGLES, MUSIC VIDEO,          (INCLUDES ALL ALBUMS & TRACK
 DIGITAL TRACKS - IN                    EQUIVALENT ALBUMS - IN
 MILLIONS)                              MILLIONS)
UNITS SOLD  2007  2006 % Chg.          UNITS SOLD    2007  2006 % Chg.
           ----- ----- ------                      ------ ----- ------
           1,369 1,198    14%                       584.9 646.4  -9.5%

TOTAL ALBUM SALES                      INTERNET ALBUM SALES
-----------------------------          -------------------------------
(01/01/07 - 12/30/07)                  (01/01/07 - 12/30/07)
(INCLUDES CD, CS, LP, DIGITAL          (PHYSICAL ALBUM PURCHASES VIA
 ALBUMS - IN MILLIONS)                  E-COMMERCE SITES, IN MILLIONS)
UNITS SOLD  2007  2006 % Chg.          UNITS SOLD    2007  2006 % Chg.
           ----- ----- ------                      ------ ----- ------
           500.5 588.2   -15%                        30.1  29.4   2.4%

DIGITAL TRACK SALES                    DIGITAL ALBUM SALES
-----------------------------          -------------------------------
(01/01/2007 - 12/30/2007 - IN          (01/01/2007 - 12/30/2007 - IN
 MILLIONS)                              MILLIONS)
UNITS SOLD  2007  2006 % CHG.          UNITS SOLD    2007  2006 % CHG.
           ----- ----- ------                      ------ ----- ------
           844.2 581.9    45%                        50.0  32.6    53%
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                                           CURRENT VS. CATALOG ALBUM
2007 GENRE ALBUM SALES REPORT               SALES
------------------------------------------ ---------------------------
(01/01/07-12/30/07 - IN THOUSANDS)         (01/01/07-12/30/07 - IN
                                            MILLIONS)

                                           Overall
Genre                  2007    2006 % Chg.  Albums   2007  2006 % Chg.
------------------- ------- ------- ------ -------- ----- ----- ------
Alternative          88,604 109,672 -19.2% Current  306.4 363.9   -16%
Christian/Gospel(a)  34,017  39,715 -14.3% Catalog  194.1 224.2   -13%
                                           Deep
Classical            18,044  19,447  -7.2%  Catalog 138.7 158.2   -12%
Country              62,696  74,886 -16.3%
                                           Physical
Jazz                 14,047  15,720 -10.6%  Albums:  2007  2006 % Chg.
                                           -------- ----- ----- ------
Latin                31,853  37,774 -15.6% Current  279.3 345.3   -19%
Metal                52,951  61,557 -13.9% Catalog  171.2 210.2   -19%
                                           Deep
New Age               3,210   3,412  -5.9%  Catalog 122.7 148.4   -17%
R&B                  95,555 117,005 -18.3%
                                           Digital
Rap                  41,662  59,534 -30.0%  Albums:  2007  2006 % Chg.
                                           -------- ----- ----- ------
Rock                149,414 170,726 -12.5% Current   27.1  18.6    46%
Soundtrack           24,570  27,177  -9.5% Catalog   22.9  14.0    64%
(Note: Titles may appear in more           Deep
 than one genre.)                           Catalog  16.0   9.8    63%
(a) Sales figures tracked by
 Christian SoundScan
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2007 YEAR-TO-DATE RECORD COMPANY MARKET SHARE (1/01/07 - 12/30/07)
(reflects the market share for the entire entity including sub-
 distributed companies)

TOTAL ALBUMS               CURRENT ALBUMS        CATALOG ALBUMS
-------------------------- --------------------- ---------------------
(Catalog & Current Titles)

               2007   2006           2007   2006           2007   2006
             ------ ------         ------ ------         ------ ------
UMG          31.90% 31.61% UMG     34.48% 34.37% UMG     27.81% 27.14%
  BMG        11.11% 11.95%   BMG   12.60% 13.71%   BMG    8.74%  9.08%
  SONY       13.86% 15.49%   SONY  12.52% 14.42%   SONY  15.98% 17.23%
SONYBMG                    SONYBMG               SONYBMG
 Total       24.97% 27.44%  Total  25.12% 28.13%  Total  24.72% 26.31%
WMG          20.28% 18.14% WMG     19.12% 16.85% WMG     22.12% 20.25%
EMI           9.37% 10.20% EMI      8.31%  9.23% EMI     11.05% 11.77%
OTHERS       13.48% 12.61% OTHERS  12.97% 11.43% OTHERS  14.30% 14.52%
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2007 YEAR-TO-DATE RECORD COMPANY MARKET SHARE continued...(1/01/07 -
 12/30/07)
(reflects the market share for the entire entity including sub-
 distributed companies)

DIGITAL ALBUMS                         DIGITAL TRACKS
----------------------------           -------------------------------

                 2007   2006                             2007     2006
              ------- ------                         -------- --------
UMG            22.98% 27.35%           UMG             33.75%   32.96%
  BMG           9.06% 10.25%             BMG            9.02%   12.21%
  SONY         13.80% 13.75%             SONY          14.17%   13.45%
SONYBMG Total  22.86% 24.00%           SONYBMG Total   23.19%   25.66%
WMG            22.98% 23.29%           WMG             20.50%   19.69%
EMI            10.80%  9.99%           EMI              7.74%    7.93%
OTHERS         15.67% 15.37%           OTHERS          14.83%   13.75%
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2007 TOP TEN SELLING ALBUMS           2007 TOP TEN SELLING ARTISTS
-----------------------------------   --------------------------------
                                      (based on Album sales from
(01/01/2007-12/30/2007)                01/01/2007-12/30/2007)

        Title/Artist     Units Sold            Artist      Units Sold
    -------------------- ----------       ---------------- -----------
  1 Noel / Josh Groban    3,699,000     1 Josh Groban        4,835,000
    --------------------
  2 Soundtrack / High                   2 Hannah Montana     3,854,000
     School Musical 2     2,957,000
    --------------------
  3 Long Road Out of                    3 Eagles             3,583,000
     Eden / Eagles        2,608,000
    --------------------
  4 As I Am / Alicia                    4 Carrie Underwood   3,231,000
     Keys                 2,543,000
    --------------------
  5 Daughtry / Daughtry   2,497,000     5 Rascal Flatts      3,129,000
    --------------------
  6 Soundtrack/ Hannah                  6 Alicia Keys        2,699,000
     Montana 2: Meet
     Miley                2,489,000
    --------------------
  7 Minutes To Midnight                 7 Linkin Park        2,624,000
     / Linkin Park        2,099,000
    --------------------
  8 Dutchess / Fergie     2,064,000     8 Michael Buble      2,530,000
    --------------------
  9 Taylor Swift /                      9 Daughtry           2,506,000
     Taylor Swift         1,951,000
    --------------------
10. Graduation / Kanye                10. Tim McGraw         2,369,000
     West                 1,892,000
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2007 TOP TEN SELLING DIGITAL SONGS   2007 TOP TEN SELLING DIGITAL
                                      ARTISTS
----------------------------------   ---------------------------------
(combines all versions of the same   (based on digital track sales
 Song:01/01/2007-12/30/2007)          from 01/01/2007 - 12/30/2007)

       Title/Artist     Units Sold            Artist       Units Sold
    ------------------- ----------       ---------------- ------------
  1 Crank That/ Soulja                 1 Fergie              7,537,000
     Boy Tell'Em         2,909,000
    -------------------
  2 Hey There Delilah/                 2 Timbaland           5,933,000
     Plain White T's     2,566,000
    -------------------
  3 Big Girls Don't                    3 Rihanna             5,547,000
     Cry/ Fergie         2,525,000
    -------------------
  4 Girlfriend/ Avril                  4 Justin              5,412,000
     Lavigne             2,415,000        Timberlake
    -------------------
  5 Apologize/                         5 Akon                5,275,000
     Timbaland feat.
     Onerepublic         2,371,000
    -------------------
  6 Umbrella/ Rihanna    2,359,000     6 Avril Lavigne       5,044,000
    -------------------
  7 Stronger/ Kanye                    7 Nickelback          4,835,000
     West                2,328,000
    -------------------
  8 Sweet Escape/ Gwen                 8 Kanye West          4,674,000
     Stefani             2,251,000
    -------------------
  9 Glamorous/ Fergie                  9 Fall Out Boy        4,423,000
     feat. Ludacris      2,169,000
    -------------------
10. Way I Are/                       10. Linkin Park         4,317,000
     Timbaland feat.
     Keri Hilson & Jo    1,943,000
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2007 TOP TEN SELLING DIGITAL        TOP TEN SELLING DIGITAL ALBUMS
 TRACKS
----------------------------------  ----------------------------------
(01/01/07 - 12/30/2007)             (01/01/2007-12/30/2007)

       Title/Artist     Units Sold            Artist       Units Sold
    ------------------- ----------      ------------------ -----------
  1 Crank That/ Soulja                1 It Won't Be Soon
     Boy Tell'Em         2,714,000       Before Long/
                                         Maroon 5              252,000
    -------------------                 ------------------
  2 Big Girls Don't                   2 Back To Black/ Amy
     Cry/ Fergie         2,440,000       Winehouse             241,000
    -------------------                 ------------------
  3 Sweet Escape/ Gwen                3 Graduation/ Kanye
     Stefani             2,168,000       West                  237,000
    -------------------                 ------------------
  4 Apologize/                        4 Coco/ Colbie
     Timbaland feat.                     Caillat
     OneRepublic         2,113,000                             207,000
    -------------------                 ------------------
  5 Way I Are/                        5 Daughtry/ Daughtry
     Timbaland           1,870,000                             205,000
    -------------------                 ------------------
  6 Makes Me Wonder/                  6 Minutes To
     Maroon 5            1,845,000       Midnight/ Linkin
                                         Park                  189,000
    -------------------                 ------------------
  7 Hey There Delilah/                7 Soundtrack/ High
     Plain White T's     1,844,000       School Musical 2      176,000
    -------------------                 ------------------
  8 Stronger/ Kanye                   8 Timbaland Presents
     West                1,788,000       Shock Value/
                                         Timbaland             151,000
    -------------------                 ------------------
  9 Bubbly/ Colbie                    9 Continuum/ John
     Caillat             1,731,000       Mayer                 137,000
    -------------------                 ------------------
10. Buy U A Drank/ T-               10. Futuresex/Love
     Pain feat. Yung                     Sounds/ Justin
     Joc                 1,702,000       Timberlake            137,000
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2007 TOP TEN SELLING ARTISTS OF   TOP TEN SELLING ALBUMS OF SOUNDSCAN
 SOUNDSCAN ERA                     ERA
-------------------------------   ------------------------------------
(1991-12/30/2007)                 (1991 - 12/30/2007)

      Title/Artist   Units Sold              Artist         Units Sold
    ---------------- ----------       --------------------- ----------
  1 Garth Brooks     67,402,000     1 Come On Over/ Shania
                                       Twain                15,449,000
                                      ---------------------
  2 Beatles          55,695,000     2 Metallica/ Metallica  15,077,000
                                      ---------------------
  3 Mariah Carey     49,937,000     3 Jagged Little Pill/
                                       Alanis Morissette    14,557,000
                                      ---------------------
  4 Celine Dion      49,692,000     4 Millennium/
                                       Backstreet Boys      12,099,000
                                      ---------------------
  5 Metallica        48,670,000     5 Soundtrack/ Bodyguard 11,798,000
                                      ---------------------
  6 George Strait    39,171,000     6 Supernatural/ Santana 11,643,000
                                      ---------------------
  7 Tim McGraw       36,413,000     7 Human Clay/ Creed     11,504,000
                                      ---------------------
  8 Alan Jackson     35,266,000     8 No Strings Attached/
                                       N Sync               11,104,000
                                      ---------------------
  9 Pink Floyd       34,453,000     9 Beatles 1/ Beatles    11,097,000
                                      ---------------------
10. Shania Twain     33,531,000   10. Falling Into You/
                                       Celine Dion          10,768,000
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   2007 Year End Factoids:

   --  Music purchases in 2007 reached 1.4 Billion, the third
        consecutive year music sales have exceeded 1 billion; 1.2
        billion (2006) vs. 1 billion (2005).

   --  Music sales exceeded 58.4 million in the final week of 2007,
        representing the biggest sales week in the history of Nielsen
        SoundScan. The previous record was Christmas week 2006 with
        47.4 million music purchases.

   --  Overall Album sales (including Albums and Track Equivalent
        Album sales) declined 9.5% compared to 2006.

   --  Total album sales declined 15% compared to 2006.

   --  Consistent with the previous three years, 20% of total album
        sales occurred during the Holiday Season (last 6 weeks of
        year).

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Digital Factoids:
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-- More than 840 million digital tracks were purchased during 2007; an
 increase of 45% over 2006.
-- Digital album sales reached the 50 million for 2007; up 53% over
 the previous year and accounted for 10% of total album sales compared
 to 5.5% in 2006.
-- In the final reporting week of 2007 the following sales records
 were broken:
    -- Digital track sales surpassed 42.9 million. The previous sales
     record was 30.1 million, week of 12/24 -12/31/06.
    -- Digital album sales this week fell just shy of the two million
     mark with sales of 1,920,000 sales; breaking the previous record
     of 1.2 million (12/31/06).
    -- Flo Rida's track "Low feat. T-Pain" set the mark for the
     biggest selling week for an individual Digital Track, with sales
     of 467,000 (previous record was Rihanna's "Umbrella at 276,000
     sales). Note that Chris Brown's "Kiss Kiss" track sold 277,000
     downloads which also broke the previous record held by Rihanna.
    -- The first time a digital song (combining all versions of the
     same song) sold more than 300,000 downloads in a week. Flo Rida's
     song "Low feat. T-Pain" is the new record holder for biggest
     selling week for a Digital Song with sales of 467,000 this week.
     Fergie's "Fergalicious" held the previous record with sales of
     295,000. Timbaland's digital song "Apologize" also broke the
     previous record with sales of 319,000 this week.
-- In 2007, there were 9 different digital songs with sales that
 exceeded 2 million compared to one in 2006 ("Bad Day" by Daniel
 Powter - 2,015,000).
-- 41 Digital Songs exceeded the 1 million sales mark for the year
 compared to 22 digital songs in 2006 and only 2 digital songs in
 2005.
-- Fergie was the biggest selling digital artist in 2007 with 7.5
 million track sales.
-- There were more than 390,000 different physical albums that sold at
 least one copy over the Internet during 2007.
-- Physical Internet album sales reached a new record high with sales
 of 30.1 million unit sales; an increase of 2% over 2006 year-end
 total (29.1).
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   Best Seller Factoids:

   --  Josh Groban was the biggest selling solo artist, with sales
        greater than 4.8 million albums and the Eagles were the
        biggest selling group in 2007 with sales of 3.6 million.

   --  Josh Groban's Noel was the biggest selling album of the year
        with 3.7 million sales. It's the first time in the history of
        Nielsen SoundScan that a "seasonal/holiday" album held the top
        position on the year-end chart. Noel is also the first
        "seasonal/holiday" album to sell more than 3 million units in
        a year. The previous high for a "seasonal/holiday" album for a
        year was Kenny G's Miracles: A Holiday Album back in 1994
        which sold 2,986,000 copies.

   Strata Factoids:

   --  Album sales at Non-Traditional music outlets experienced
        significant growth with sales approaching the 90 million mark.
        Non-traditional outlets accounted for 18% of all album sales,
        compared to 12% in 2006, 9% in 2005 and 5% in 2004 (4% in
        2003).

   --  40% of all albums purchased were at a Mass Merchant outlet
        compared to 41% in 2006, 40% in 2005 and 38% in 2004 (35% in
        2003 and 34% in 2002).

   --  Chain music stores for the first time accounted for less than
        40% of all album sales; 36% compared to 41% in 2006, 45% in
        2005 and 48% in 2004.

   --  Album sales at Independent music stores remained consistent
        from a year ago; accounting for 6% of all album sales (7% in
        2005 and 9% in 2004).

   Nielsen Broadcast Data Systems (Nielsen BDS), the music industry's
leading music performance monitoring service, has announced the most
played songs at radio, at video, as well as Internet music streams for
2007.


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Nielsen BDS: Top 10 Most Played Songs    Nielsen BDS: 2007 Top 10
                                          Artist Airplay
--------------------------------------   -----------------------------

        Title/Artist       Detections           Artist     Detections
    --------------------- ------------       ------------- -----------
  1 Big Girls Don't Cry/                   1 Nickelback      1,137,738
     Fergie                    436,984
  2 Say It Right/ Nelly                    2 Daughtry          991,916
     Furtado                   434,024
  3 The Sweet Escape/                      3 Rascal Flatts     988,154
     Gwen Stefani
     feat.Akon                 427,413
  4 Irreplaceable/                         4 Kenny Chesney     954,833
     Irreemplazable/
     Beyonce                   412,647
  5 Before He Cheats/                      5 Toby Keith        923,641
     Carrie Underwood          400,875
  6 It's Not Over/                         6 Tim McGraw        903,088
     Daughtry                  398,628
  7 Buy U A Drank/ T-Pain                  7 Justin
     feat. Yung Joc            393,852        Timberlake       896,362
  8 Umbrella/ Rihanna                      8 George Strait     881,326
     feat. Jay-Z               381,873
  9 How To Save A Life/                    9 Carrie
     Fray                      374,114        Underwood        838,961
10. Home/ Daughtry             357,005   10. Maroon 5          736,359
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Nielsen BDS: Top 10 Music Video      Nielsen BDS: Top 10 Internet
 Internet Streams                     Streamed Songs
----------------------------------   ---------------------------------

       Title/Artist      Streams            Title/Artist     Streams
    ------------------- ----------       ------------------ ----------
  1 Girlfriend/ Avril                  1 Irreplaceable/
     Lavigne            23,101,224        Irreemplazable/
                                          Beyonce           11,002,278
  2 Beautiful                          2 Before He Cheats/
     Liar/Bello                           Carrie Underwood  10,554,700
     Embustero/ Beyonce
     & Shakira          14,500,809
  3 Umbrella/ Rihanna                  3 Buy U A Drank/ T-
     feat. Jay-Z        14,486,237        Pain feat Yung
                                          Joc                9,955,555
  4 Glamorous/ Fergie                  4 What Goes
     feat. Ludacris     11,570,238        Around..Comes
                                          Around/ Justin
                                          Timberlake         9,369,781
  5 Big Girls Don't                    5 Wait for You/
     Cry/ Fergie        11,418,888        Elliott Yamin      9,105,982
  6 What Goes                          6 Makes Me Wonder/
     Around...Comes../                    Maroon 5           9,096,993
     Justin Timberlake  10,983,682
  7 Hips Don't Lie/                    7 Girlfriend/ Avril
     Shakira feat                         Lavigne            8,945,400
     Wyclef Jean        10,009,270
  8 Say It Right/ Nelly                8 Hey There Delilah/
     Furtado             9,882,779        Plain White T's    8,917,887
  9 Never Again/ Kelly                 9 It's Not Over/
     Clarkson            9,444,161        Daughtry           8,827,093
10. Que Hiciste/                     10. Runaway Love/
     Jennifer Lopez      9,281,430        Ludacris feat
                                          Mary J. Blige      8,672,380
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Nielsen RingScan has announced the Top Selling Mastertones and
 Polyphonic ringtones for 2007.

Nielsen RingScan: Top 10 Mastertones   Nielsen RingScan: Top 10
                                        Polyphonic Ringtones
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(Partial year - 01/01/2007-            (01/01/2007-12/30/2007)
 12/30/2007)

        Title/Artist        Sales             Title/Artist      Sales
    --------------------- ----------       ------------------- -------
  1 Buy U A Drank/ T-Pain  2,308,769     1 Super Mario Bros./
                                            Koji Kondo         153,591
  2 This Is Why I'm Hot/                 2 Candy Shop/ 50 Cent 126,196
     Mims                  2,101,723
  3 Crank That (Soulja                   3 Rockstar/
     Boy)/ Soulja Boy      2,010,714        Nickelback         125,124
  4 Party Like A Rock                    4 Pink Panther/ Henry
     Star/ Shop Boyz       1,782,709        Mancini            124,978
  5 Don't Matter/ Akon     1,500,555     5 Irreplaceable/
                                            Beyonce            121,746
  6 Pop, Lock & Drop It/                 6 What Hurts the
     Huey                  1,421,830        Most/ Rascal
                                            Flatts             121,209
  7 A Bay Bay/ Hurricane                 7 Because I Got High/
     Chris                 1,420,621        Afroman            120,429
  8 Beautiful Girls/ Sean                8 Crazy B/ Buck
     Kingston              1,415,022        Cherry             117,886
  9 Rockstar/ Nickelback   1,269,715     9 Poppin'/ Chris
                                            Brown feat Jay Biz 111,032
10. Shawty/ Plies feat.                10. Best Friend/ 50
     T-Pain                1,171,518        Cent                96,774
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   Nielsen RingScan Factoids:

   --  There were 220 million ringtone purchases in 2007 resulting in
        sales of $567 million.

   --  During the last week of the year (Christmas week), ringtone
        purchases increased by 22% over the previous week (consistent
        with sales spike during the last week of 2006).

   --  Mastertone purchases accounted for 91% of all ringtone sales
        in 2007.

   --  The top 100 Mastertone ringers sold 65.1 million, accounting
        for 30% of all ringtone sales for the year.

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