The Nielsen Company & Billboard`s 2012 Music Industry Report

Fri Jan 4, 2013 7:12am EST

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Music Purchases at All-Time High
Surpass 1.65 Billion Unit Transactions
Digital Sales Gain - Albums up 14% - Tracks up 5%


NEW YORK--(Business Wire)--
Nielsen SoundScan and Nielsen BDS, the entertainment industry's leading data
information systems, announced the 2012 year-end U.S. music sales figures for
the 12-month period of January 2, 2012 through December 30, 2012. Nielsen
SoundScan measures U.S. point-of-sale of recorded music product. Nielsen BDS
tracks U.S. radio airplay and music streams. Both systems power many of the
Billboard charts. 

For 2012, sales of albums and track equivalents are down slightly at -1.8% vs.
2011. Digital Albums are up 14% and Digital Tracks are up 5%. CD sales declined
13%. 

"Overall music purchases surpassed 1.65 billion units in 2012, up 3.1% vs. the
previous record high set in 2011, driven by digital music sales, which continue
be a key growth element within the market," said David Bakula, SVP Client
Development, Nielsen. "Digital Album sales are up 14.1% and Digital Track sales
are up 5.1%, but despite being down 12.8%, physical is still the dominant album
format. 

"The big artist stories of the year are Adele and Taylor Swift," continued
Bakula. "Adele`s album, 21, is the first album ever to be the top seller of the
year for two consecutive years, and Taylor Swift`s Red has sold more than 3.1
million copies in only 10 weeks, debuting with the highest weekly sales of any
title since 2002."

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      
 Overall Music Sales                                                                                              Overall Album Sales w/TEA                                                                           
 (Transactions: Albums, Singles, Music Video, Digital Tracks - In Millions)                                       (Includes All Albums & Track Equivalent Albums - In Millions)                                       
                                        2012                          2011                          % Chg.                                             2012                       2011                       % Chg.   
 Units Sold                             1,661                         1,611                         3.10%         Units Sold                           450                        458                        -1.80%   
                                                                                                                  NOTE: TRACK EQUIVALENT ALBUMS EQUATE RATIO OF 10 TRACKS TO 1 ALBUM                                  
                                                                                                                                                                                                                      
 Total Album Sales                                                                                                Physical Music Sales                                                                                
 (Includes CDs, Cassettes, LPs, Digital Albums - In Millions)                                                     (Includes CDs, Cassettes, LPs - In Millions)                                                        
                                        2012                          2011                          % Chg.                                             2012                       2011                       % Chg.   
 Units Sold                             316                           331                           -4.40%        Units Sold                           198                        227                        -12.80%  
                                                                                                                                                                                                                      
 Digital Album Sales                                                                                              Digital Track Sales                                                                                 
 (In Millions)                                                                                                    (In Millions) - Nielsen SoundScan Sales Record*                                                     
                                        2012                          2011                          % Chg.                                             2012                       2011                       % Chg.   
 Units Sold                             118                           103                           14.10%        Units Sold                           1,336 *                    1,271                      5.10%    
                                                                                                                                                                                                                      
 CD Album Sales                                                                                                   LP Album Sales                                                                                      
 (CD Albums - In Millions)                                                                                        (LP/Vinyl Records - In Millions) - Nielsen SoundScan Sales Record*                                  
                                        2012                          2011                          % Chg.                                             2012                       2011                       % Chg.   
 Units Sold                             193                           224                           -13.50%       Units Sold                           4.6 *                      3.9                        17.70%   
                                                                                                                                                                                                                      
 Holiday Season Album Sales                                                                                       Holiday Season Track Sales                                                                          
 (Sales 11/5/2012-12/30/2012 - In Millions)                                                                       (Sales 11/5/2012-12/30/2012 - In Millions)                                                          
                                        2012                          2011                          % Chg.                                             2012                       2011                       % Chg.   
 Units Sold                             76                            81                            -7.10%        Units Sold                           238                        237                        0.60%    
                                                                                                                                                                                                                      
 Current vs. Catalog Sales                                                                                                                                                                                            
 (In Millions)                                                                                                                                                                                                        
 Overall Albums                                                                                                   Digital Albums                                                                                      
                                        2012                          2011                          % Chg.                                             2012                       2011                       % Chg.   
 Current                                161                           179                           -10.20%       Current                              60                         53                         13.70%   
 Catalog                                155                           151                           2.50%         Catalog                              57                         50                         14.60%   
 Deep Catalog                           123                           119                           3.30%         Deep Catalog                         45                         38                         18.10%   
                                                                                                                                                                                                                      
 Physical Albums                                                                                                  Digital Tracks                                                                                      
                                        2012                          2011                          % Chg.                                             2012                       2011                       % Chg.   
 Current                                101                           126                           -20.30%       Current                              603                        552                        9.10%    
 Catalog                                97                            101                           -3.50%        Catalog                              733                        718                        2.10%    
 Deep Catalog                           78                            81                            -3.70%                                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                                                                                                      
 Genre Total Album Sales                                                                                          Genre Digital Album Sales                                                                           
 (In Millions)                                                                                                    (In Millions)                                                                                       
 Genre                                  2012                          2011                          % Chg.        Genre                                2012                       2011                       % Chg.   
 Alternative                            52.2                          54.6                          -4.30%        Alternative                          26.7                       24.4                       9.50%    
 Christian/Gospel*                      22.9                          23.7                          -3.40%        Christian/Gospel*                    5.3                        4.8                        11.10%   
 Classical                              7.5                           9.4                           -20.50%       Classical                            2.6                        2.3                        14.60%   
 Country                                44.6                          42.8                          4.20%         Country                              11.2                       8.1                        37.80%   
 Dance/Electronic                       8.7                           9.9                           -12.00%       Dance/Electronic                     4.9                        4.8                        1.20%    
 Jazz                                   8.1                           11                            -26.20%       Jazz                                 2.5                        2.6                        -3.60%   
 Latin                                  9.7                           11.7                          -17.60%       Latin                                1.4                        1.1                        23.20%   
 Metal                                  31.9                          31.9                          -0.30%        Metal                                11.2                       9.6                        16.30%   
 New Age                                1.7                           1.9                           -12.90%       New Age                              0.6                        0.6                        13.60%   
 R&B                                    49.7                          55.3                          -10.20%       R&B                                  16.3                       14.8                       10.20%   
 Rap                                    24.2                          27.3                          -11.40%       Rap                                  10.7                       9.3                        14.70%   
 Rock                                   102.5                         100.5                         2.00%         Rock                                 43.1                       36.3                       18.80%   
 Soundtrack                             12.3                          13                            -5.20%        Soundtrack                           6                          5.4                        12.70%   
                                                                                                                                                                                                                      
 Genre Digital Track Sales                                                                                        Digital Track Sales by Decade                                                                       
 (Total Tracks, Core Genre - In Millions)                                                                         (Songs Grouped by Decade of Release - In Millions)                                                  
 Genre                                  2012                          2011                          % Chg.        Genre                                2012                       2011                       % Chg.   
 Blues                                  3                             2.4                           24.40%        2010`s                               699                        542                        29.00%   
 Children                               4.7                           4.2                           10.30%        2000`s                               438                        535                        -18.20%  
 Christian/Gospel                       34.4                          32.2                          6.50%         1990`s                               91                         87                         5.00%    
 Classical                              7                             6.7                           5.20%         1980`s                               54                         41                         32.70%   
 Comedy                                 5.1                           6.7                           -23.40%       1970`s                               33                         33                         0.60%    
 Country                                162.1                         143.7                         12.80%        1960`s                               16                         18                         -14.40%  
 Dance/Electronic                       53                            39.1                          35.60%        1950`s                               3                          3                          -6.70%   
 Holiday/Seasonal                       12.1                          13.7                          -11.90%       1940`s                               1                          1                          -6.00%   
 Jazz                                   8.8                           9.2                           -5.00%                                                                                                            
 Latin                                  21.1                          20.6                          2.20%                                                                                                             
 New Age                                1.5                           1.4                           10.70%                                                                                                            
 Pop                                    303.8                         305.6                         -0.60%                                                                                                            
 R&B/Hip Hop                            249.3                         262.1                         -4.90%                                                                                                            
 Rock                                   323.8                         291.7                         11.00%                                                                                                            
 World                                  8.7                           4.1                           110.80%                                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                                                                                                      


 Notes:                                                                                                                                                                                                                       
 Current/Catalog Definitions: "current" represents albums 18 months or newer; "catalog" 18 months or older (with some considerations for airplay and billboard chart position). "Deep catalog" is a subset within "catalog".  
                                                                                                                                                                                                                              
 Genres: Albums and tracks may appear in more than one genre. Album genres are based on billboard chart eligibility and can differ from the track genre methodology. Not all genres are included in the above tables.         
                                                                                                                                                                                                                              
 * Includes sales figures tracked by Christian SoundScan.                                                                                                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                                                                                                              


2012 YEAR-TO-DATE RECORD COMPANY MARKET SHARE

(REFLECTS THE MARKET SHARE FOR THE ENTIRE ENTITY INCLUDING SUB-DISTRIBUTED
COMPANIES FOR THE 52-WEEK YEAR) 

UMG COMPLETED THE ACQUISITION OF EMI DISTRIBUTION AT THE BEGINNING OF Q4 2012.
MARKET SHARE REPORTING INCLUDED THE FOLLOWING ADJUSTMENTS: ALL OF THE LABELS
FORMERLY ASSOCIATED WITH EMI WERE MOVED TO UMGD. EMI WAS CREDITED FOR ALL SALES
THROUGH WEEK-ENDING 9/30/2012. ALL MARKET SHARE WAS ATTRIBUTED TO UMGD
THEREAFTER.

                                                                                                                                             
 Total Albums                                    Current Total Albums                            Catalog Total Albums                        
                   2012              2011                          2012              2011                          2012              2011    
 UMG               32.41%            29.85%      UMG               33.87%            31.85%      UMG               30.88%            27.43%  
 SME               30.25%            29.29%      SME               30.65%            29.56%      SME               29.82%            28.97%  
 WMG               19.15%            19.13%      WMG               17.30%            17.39%      WMG               21.07%            21.18%  
 EMI               6.78%             9.62%       EMI               6.82%             9.07%       EMI               6.75%             10.34%  
 OTHERS            11.42%            12.11%      OTHERS            11.36%            12.14%      OTHERS            11.48%            12.07%  
                                                                                                                                             
 Physical Albums                                 Digital Albums                                  Digital Tracks                              
                   2012              2011                          2012              2011                          2012              2011    
 UMG               33.53%            30.53%      UMG               30.52%            28.35%      UMG               33.76%            32.97%  
 SME               32.17%            31.08%      SME               27.03%            25.36%      SME               26.43%            26.21%  
 WMG               18.59%            18.78%      WMG               20.08%            19.91%      WMG               18.28%            17.74%  
 EMI               6.52%             9.44%       EMI               7.22%             10.00%      EMI               5.90%             8.26%   
 OTHERS            9.19%             10.17%      OTHERS            15.14%            16.37%      OTHERS            15.63%            14.83%  
                                                                                                                                             


                                                                                                                                                                                                        
 BILLBOARD`S TOP SELLING ALBUMS & ARTISTS                                                                                                                                                               
 
BASED ON NIELSEN SOUNDSCAN U.S. DATA                                                                                                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                                                                                        
 2012 Top Ten Selling Albums w/TEA                                                                      2012 Top Ten Selling Albums + Tracks                                                            
 (Includes All Albums & Track Equivalent Albums)                                                        (Transactions: Albums and Digital Tracks)                                                       
                     Title/Artist                                                     Units Sold                          Title/Artist                                                      Units Sold  
 1                   21 / ADELE                                                       5,256,000         1                 21 / ADELE                                                        12,800,000  
 2                   RED / TAYLOR SWIFT                                               3,892,000         2                 SOME NIGHTS / FUN.                                                11,100,000  
 3                   UP ALL NIGHT / ONE DIRECTION                                     2,334,000         3                 RED / TAYLOR SWIFT                                                11,000,000  
 4                   BELIEVE / JUSTIN BIEBER                                          2,142,000         4                 OVEREXPOSED / MAROON 5                                            10,100,000  
 5                   SOME NIGHTS / FUN.                                               1,923,000         5                 BELIEVE / JUSTIN BIEBER                                           9,500,000   
 6                   OVEREXPOSED/ MAROON 5                                            1,896,000         6                 PINK FRIDAY...ROMAN RELOADED / NICKI MINAJ                        9,500,000   
 7                   PINK FRIDAY...ROMAN RELOADED / NICKI MINAJ                       1,657,000         7                 KISS / CARLY RAE JEPSEN                                           9,300,000   
 8                   BABEL / MUMFORD & SONS                                           1,605,000         8                 UP ALL NIGHT / ONE DIRECTION                                      8,800,000   
 9                   TAILGATES & TANLINES / LUKE BRYAN                                1,600,000         9                 WILD ONES / FLO RIDA                                              8,100,000   
 10                  TAKE ME HOME / ONE DIRECTION                                     1,565,000         10                TAKE CARE / DRAKE                                                 7,900,000   
                                                                                                                                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                                                                                        
 2012 Top Ten Selling Albums                                                                            2012 Top Ten Selling Artists                                                                    
                                                                                                        (Combines All Album Sales)                                                                      
                     Title/Artist                                                     Units Sold                          Artist                                                            Units Sold  
 1                   21 / ADELE                                                       4,414,000         1                 ADELE                                                             5,167,000   
 2                   RED / TAYLOR SWIFT                                               3,107,000         2                 TAYLOR SWIFT                                                      4,062,000   
 3                   UP ALL NIGHT / ONE DIRECTION                                     1,616,000         3                 ONE DIRECTION                                                     2,978,000   
 4                   BABEL / MUMFORD & SONS                                           1,463,000         4                 MUMFORD & SONS                                                    2,149,000   
 5                   TAKE ME HOME / ONE DIRECTION                                     1,340,000         5                 JUSTIN BIEBER                                                     1,897,000   
 6                   BELIEVE / JUSTIN BIEBER                                          1,324,000         6                 JASON ALDEAN                                                      1,855,000   
 7                   BLOWN AWAY / CARRIE UNDERWOOD                                    1,203,000         7                 WHITNEY HOUSTON                                                   1,789,000   
 8                   TAILGATES & TANLINES / LUKE BRYAN                                1,105,000         8                 MAROON 5                                                          1,540,000   
 9                   TUSKEGEE / LIONEL RICHIE                                         1,071,000         9                 CARRIE UNDERWOOD                                                  1,497,000   
 10                  NIGHT TRAIN / JASON ALDEAN                                       1,024,000         10                LUKE BRYAN                                                        1,432,000   
                                                                                                                                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                                                                                        
 2012 Top Ten Selling Digital Songs                                                                     2012 Top Ten Selling Digital Albums                                                             
 (Combines all digital track versions of a song)                                                                                                                                                        
                     Title/Artist                                                     Units Sold                          Title/Artist                                                      Units Sold  
 1                   SOMEBODY THAT I USED TO… / GOTYE FT. KIMBRA                      6,801,000         1                 21 / ADELE                                                        1,040,000   
 2                   CALL ME MAYBE / CARLY RAE JEPSEN                                 6,472,000         2                 RED / TAYLOR SWIFT                                                863,000     
 3                   WE ARE YOUNG / FUN. FT. JANELLE MONAE                            5,948,000         3                 BABEL / MUMFORD & SONS                                            778,000     
 4                   PAYPHONE / MAROON 5 FT. WIZ KHALIFA                              4,757,000         4                 UP ALL NIGHT / ONE DIRECTION                                      562,000     
 5                   STARSHIPS / NICKI MINAJ                                          3,979,000         5                 SOME NIGHTS / FUN.                                                558,000     
 6                   WHAT MAKES YOU BEAUTIFUL / ONE DIRECTION                         3,881,000         6                 LUMINEERS / LUMINEERS                                             474,000     
 7                   SOME NIGHTS / FUN.                                               3,839,000         7                 OVEREXPOSED / MAROON 5                                            451,000     
 8                   STRONGER / KELLY CLARKSON                                        3,823,000         8                 MY HEAD IS AN ANIMAL / OF MONSTERS AND MEN                        424,000     
 9                   GANGNAM STYLE / PSY                                              3,592,000         9                 MAKING MIRRORS / GOTYE                                            387,000     
 10                  ONE MORE NIGHT / MAROON 5                                        3,461,000         10                SIGH NO MORE / MUMFORD & SONS                                     384,000     
                                                                                                                                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                                                                                        
 2012 Top Ten Selling Physical Albums                                                                   2012 Top Ten Selling Vinyl Albums                                                               
                     Title/Artist                                                     Units Sold                          Title/Artist                                                      Units Sold  
 1                   21 / ADELE                                                       3,374,000         1                 BLUNDERBUSS / JACK WHITE                                          34,000      
 2                   RED / TAYLOR SWIFT                                               2,244,000         2                 ABBEY ROAD / BEATLES                                              30,000      
 3                   UP ALL NIGHT / ONE DIRECTION                                     1,053,000         3                 BABEL / MUMFORD & SONS                                            29,000      
 4                   TAKE ME HOME / ONE DIRECTION                                     982,000           4                 EL CAMINO / BLACK KEYS                                            25,000      
 5                   BELIEVE / JUSTIN BIEBER                                          979,000           5                 SIGH NO MORE / MUMFORD & SONS                                     23,000      
 6                   BLOWN AWAY / CARRIE UNDERWOOD                                    880,000           6                 BLOOM / BEACH HOUSE                                               21,000      
 7                   TAILGATES & TANLINES / LUKE BRYAN                                823,000           7                 FOR EMMA FOREVER AGO / BON IVER                                   19,000      
 8                   TUSKEGEE / LIONEL RICHIE                                         819,000           8                 BOYS & GIRLS / ALABAMA SHAKES                                     17,000      
 9                   MERRY CHRISTMAS BABY / ROD STEWART                               797,000           9                 21 / ADELE                                                        16,000      
 10                  NIGHT TRAIN / JASON ALDEAN                                       696,000           10                BON IVER / BON IVER                                               15,000      
                                                                                                                                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                                                                                        
 2012 Top Ten Selling Internet Albums                                                                   2012 Top Ten Selling Seasonal Albums                                                            
                     Title/Artist                                                     Units Sold                          Title/Artist                                                      Units Sold  
 1                   21 / ADELE                                                       237,000           1                 MERRY CHRISTMAS BABY / ROD STEWART                                858,000     
 2                   MDNA / MADONNA                                                   210,000           2                 CHRISTMAS / MICHAEL BUBLE                                         622,000     
 3                   RED / TAYLOR SWIFT                                               161,000           3                 ON THIS WINTER'S NIGHT / LADY ANTEBELLUM                          439,000     
 4                   BABEL / MUMFORD & SONS                                           123,000           4                 CHEERS, IT'S CHRISTMAS / BLAKE SHELTON                            428,000     
 5                   AMERICANA / NEIL YOUNG & CRAZY HORSE                             95,000            5                 CHRISTMAS WITH SCOTTY / SCOTTY MCCREERY                           348,000     
 6                   TAKE ME HOME / ONE DIRECTION                                     90,000            6                 DREAMS OF FIREFLIES / TRANS-SIBERIAN ORCHESTRA                    217,000     
 7                   CELEBRATION DAY / LED ZEPPELIN                                   89,000            7                 CEELO'S MAGIC MOMENT / CEE LO GREEN                               181,000     
 8                   TUSKEGEE / LIONEL RICHIE                                         73,000            8                 UNDER THE MISTLETOE / JUSTIN BIEBER                               173,000     
 9                   GREATEST HITS / WHITNEY HOUSTON                                  69,000            9                 NOEL / JOSH GROBAN                                                142,000     
 10                  WRECKING BALL / BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN                                69,000            10                MY CHRISTMAS / ANDREA BOCELLI                                     123,000     
                                                                                                                                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                                                                                        
 2012 Top Ten Selling Albums                                                                            2012 Top Ten Selling Songs                                                                      
 in the Holiday Season                                                                                  in the Holiday Season                                                                           
 (11/5/2012-12/30/2012)                                                                                 (11/5/2012-12/30/2012)                                                                          
                     Title/Artist                                                     Units Sold                          Title/Artist                                                      Units Sold  
 1                   RED / TAYLOR SWIFT                                               1,554,000         1                 ROCKIN' AROUND THE CHRISTMAS… / BRENDA LEE                        1,775,000   
 2                   TAKE ME HOME / ONE DIRECTION                                     1,340,000         2                 LOCKED OUT OF HEAVEN / BRUNO MARS                                 1,732,000   
 3                   MERRY CHRISTMAS BABY / ROD STEWART                               769,000           3                 GANGNAM STYLE / PSY                                               1,462,000   
 4                   CHRISTMAS / MICHAEL BUBLE                                        598,000           4                 I KNEW YOU WERE TROUBLE. / TAYLOR SWIFT                           1,383,000   
 5                   UNAPOLOGETIC / RIHANNA                                           553,000           5                 DIAMONDS / RIHANNA                                                1,382,000   
 6                   WORLD FROM THE SIDE… / PHILLIP PHILLIPS                          533,000           6                 HO HEY / THE LUMINEERS                                            1,191,000   
 7                   NOW 44 / VARIOUS ARTISTS                                         524,000           7                 DIE YOUNG / KE$HA                                                 1,125,000   
 8                   UNORTHODOX JUKEBOX / BRUNO MARS                                  480,000           8                 HOME / PHILLIP PHILLIPS                                           1,039,000   
 9                   NIGHT TRAIN / JASON ALDEAN                                       428,000           9                 BEAUTY AND A BEAT / JUSTIN BIEBER                                 987,000     
 10                  BABEL / MUMFORD & SONS                                           428,000           10                ONE MORE NIGHT / MAROON 5                                         895,000     
                                                                                                                                                                                                        


                                                                                                                                                                                                     
 BILLBOARD`S MOST PLAYED TITLES AND ARTISTS                                                                                                                                                          
 
BASED ON NIELSEN BDS DATA                                                                                                                                                                          
 
(AIRPLAY IN THE 2012 CALENDAR YEAR)                                                                                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                                                                                     
 2012 Top Ten Most Played Songs                                                                       2012 Top Ten Artist Airplay                                                                    
 (USRD Format BDS Airplay Detections)                                                                 (USRD Format BDS Airplay Detections)                                                           
                   Title/Artist                                                    Detections                           Artist                                                          Detections   
 1                 SOMEBODY THAT I USED TO… / GOTYE FT. KIMBRA                     652,000            1                 KATY PERRY                                                      1,395,000    
 2                 WE ARE YOUNG / FUN. FT. JANELLE MONAE                           527,000            2                 ADELE                                                           1,178,000    
 3                 STRONGER / KELLY CLARKSON                                       506,000            3                 KELLY CLARKSON                                                  1,064,000    
 4                 PAYPHONE / MAROON 5 FT. WIZ KHALIFA                             480,000            4                 TAYLOR SWIFT                                                    1,022,000    
 5                 SET FIRE TO THE RAIN / ADELE                                    480,000            5                 RIHANNA                                                         912,000      
 6                 GLAD YOU CAME / WANTED                                          471,000            6                 P!NK                                                            888,000      
 7                 CALL ME MAYBE / CARLY RAE JEPSEN                                459,000            7                 BRUNO MARS                                                      865,000      
 8                 WE FOUND LOVE / RIHANNA FT. CALVIN HARRIS                       450,000            8                 FLO RIDA                                                        830,000      
 9                 LIGHTS / ELLIE GOULDING                                         449,000            9                 KENNY CHESNEY                                                   826,000      
 10                WIDE AWAKE / KATY PERRY                                         399,000            10                NICKI MINAJ                                                     741,000      
                                                                                                                                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                                                                                     
 2012 Top Ten Streamed Audio Songs                                                                    2012 Top Ten Streamed Music Videos                                                             
                   Title/Artist                                                    Streams                              Title/Artist                                                    Streams      
 1                 SOMEBODY THAT I USED TO… / GOTYE FT. KIMBRA                     45,062,000         1                 CALL ME MAYBE / CARLY RAE JEPSEN                                79,934,000   
 2                 WE ARE YOUNG / FUN. FT. JANELLE MONAE                           43,502,000         2                 WE ARE NEVER EVER GETTING… / TAYLOR SWIFT                       49,042,000   
 3                 CALL ME MAYBE / CARLY RAE JEPSEN                                39,830,000         3                 MIRROR / LIL WAYNE FT. BRUNO MARS                               42,574,000   
 4                 LIGHTS / ELLIE GOULDING                                         34,938,000         4                 BEEZ IN THE TRAP / NICKI MINAJ FT. 2 CHAINZ                     35,508,000   
 5                 SOME NIGHTS / FUN.                                              30,666,000         5                 PAYPHONE / MAROON 5 FT. WIZ KHALIFA                             33,661,000   
 6                 PAYPHONE / MAROON 5 FT. WIZ KHALIFA                             28,343,000         6                 AS LONG AS YOU… / JUSTIN BIEBER FT. BIG SEAN                    33,520,000   
 7                 GLAD YOU CAME / WANTED                                          27,982,000         7                 WIDE AWAKE / KATY PERRY                                         32,387,000   
 8                 WE FOUND LOVE / RIHANNA FT. CALVIN HARRIS                       27,556,000         8                 PARTY ROCK ANTHEM / LMFAO                                       32,188,000   
 9                 STARSHIPS / NICKI MINAJ                                         25,463,000         9                 WANT U BACK / CHER LLOYD                                        31,650,000   
 10                WILD ONES / FLO RIDA FT. SIA                                    25,400,000         10                DIAMONDS / RIHANNA                                              31,036,000   
                                                                                                                                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                                                                                     
 2012 Top Ten Streamed Songs                                                                          2012 Top Ten Streamed Artists                                                                  
 (Includes Audio and Video)                                                                                                                                                                          
                   Title/Artist                                                    Streams                              Artist                                                          Streams      
 1                 CALL ME MAYBE / CARLY RAE JEPSEN                                119,764,000        1                 TAYLOR SWIFT                                                    216,000,000  
 2                 PAYPHONE / MAROON 5 FT. WIZ KHALIFA                             62,004,000         2                 NICKI MINAJ                                                     210,000,000  
 3                 WE ARE NEVER EVER GETTING… / TAYLOR SWIFT                       61,098,000         3                 RIHANNA                                                         204,000,000  
 4                 MIRROR / LIL WAYNE FT. BRUNO MARS                               53,536,000         4                 KATY PERRY                                                      177,000,000  
 5                 AS LONG AS YOU… / JUSTIN BIEBER FT. BIG SEAN                    51,850,000         5                 EMINEM                                                          174,000,000  
 6                 BOYFRIEND / JUSTIN BIEBER                                       51,196,000         6                 ONE DIRECTION                                                   168,000,000  
 7                 WIDE AWAKE / KATY PERRY                                         49,773,000         7                 ADELE                                                           163,000,000  
 8                 PARTY ROCK ANTHEM / LMFAO                                       48,414,000         8                 BEYONCE                                                         141,000,000  
 9                 LIGHTS / ELLIE GOULDING                                         47,988,000         9                 CHRIS BROWN                                                     139,000,000  
 10                STARSHIPS / NICKI MINAJ                                         47,187,000         10                CARLY RAE JEPSEN                                                135,000,000  
                                                                                                                                                                                                     


STREAMING MUSIC ACTIVITY IS AGGREGATED FROM A VARIETY OF NIELSEN STREAMING DATA
SOURCES INCLUDING: AKOO, GUVERA, MEDIANET, RHAPSODY, RDIO, SLACKER, SPOTIFY,
THUMBPLAY, VEVO, YAHOO!, AND OTHERS.

                                                                                                                                                                                
 BILLBOARD`S TOP TITLES & ARTISTS OF THE NIELSEN SOUNDSCAN ERA                                                                                                                  
 
(RELEASE-TO-DATE SALES SINCE 1993)                                                                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                                                                
 Top Ten Selling Artists                                                                    Top Ten Selling Albums                                                              
               Artist                                                     Units Sold                        Title/Artist                                            Units Sold  
 1             GARTH BROOKS                                               68,617,000        1               METALLICA / METALLICA                                   15,845,000  
 2             BEATLES                                                    64,158,000        2               COME ON OVER / SHANIA TWAIN                             15,524,000  
 3             MARIAH CAREY                                               53,939,000        3               JAGGED LITTLE PILL / ALANIS MORISSETTE                  14,806,000  
 4             METALLICA                                                  53,642,000        4               MILLENNIUM / BACKSTREET BOYS                            12,209,000  
 5             CELINE DION                                                51,759,000        5               BEATLES 1 / BEATLES                                     12,139,000  
 6             GEORGE STRAIT                                              43,932,000        6               SOUNDTRACK / BODYGUARD                                  12,056,000  
 7             EMINEM                                                     41,950,000        7               SUPERNATURAL / SANTANA                                  11,732,000  
 8             TIM MCGRAW                                                 40,993,000        8               HUMAN CLAY / CREED                                      11,632,000  
 9             ALAN JACKSON                                               39,630,000        9               LEGEND / BOB MARLEY & THE WAILERS                       11,220,000  
 10            PINK FLOYD                                                 37,969,000        10              NO STRINGS ATTACHED / N SYNC                            11,137,000  
                                                                                                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                                                                
 Top Ten Selling Digital Songs                                                              Top Ten Selling Digital Albums                                                      
               Title/Artist                                               Units Sold                        Title/Artist                                            Units Sold  
 1             I GOTTA FEELING / BLACK EYED THE PEAS                      8,186,000         1               21 / ADELE                                              2,841,000   
 2             ROLLING IN THE DEEP / ADELE                                7,640,000         2               SIGH NO MORE / MUMFORD & SONS                           1,488,000   
 3             PARTY ROCK ANTHEM / LMFAO                                  7,463,000         3               RECOVERY / EMINEM                                       1,199,000   
 4             SOMEBODY THAT I USED TO… / GOTYE FT. KIMBRA                6,885,000         4               FAME / LADY GAGA                                        1,053,000   
 5             POKER FACE / LADY GAGA                                     6,866,000         5               BORN THIS WAY / LADY GAGA                               931,000     
 6             JUST DANCE / LADY GAGA FEAT. COLBY O'DONIS                 6,720,000         6               MYLO XYLOTO / COLDPLAY                                  892,000     
 7             LOW / FLO RIDA FEAT. T-PAIN                                6,565,000         7               FEARLESS / TAYLOR SWIFT                                 875,000     
 8             BOOM BOOM POW / BLACK EYED THE PEAS                        6,544,000         8               VIVA LA VIDA / COLDPLAY                                 871,000     
 9             CALL ME MAYBE / CARLY JEPSEN RAE                           6,474,000         9               RED / TAYLOR SWIFT                                      863,000     
 10            I'M YOURS / JASON MRAZ                                     6,436,000         10              SPEAK NOW / TAYLOR SWIFT                                795,000     
                                                                                                                                                                                


2012 YEAR-END HIGHLIGHTS

* Total music purchases (Physical Albums, Digital Albums and Digital Songs) are
at an all-time high, surpassing 1.65 billion units this year, up 3.1% vs. last
year.
* Overall Album sales (including Albums and Track Equivalent Album sales) were
down 1.8% compared to 2011. 
* Total Album sales were down 4.4% in 2012 with sales totaling 316.0 million
units compared to 330.6 million in 2011. 
* 10 Albums sold more than one million units in 2012. 
* The Country genre showed the greatest gains in 2012 with sales up 4.1%
compared to 2011. Rock, which continues to be the biggest genre, was up 1.4% vs.
2011.

* Country also saw a 38% gain in digital album sales in 2012 vs. 2011, the
largest increase of any genre in the digital album format.

* For the fifth consecutive year, more vinyl albums were purchased than any
other year in the history of Nielsen SoundScan.

* In 2012, vinyl album sales reached 4.6 million in sales, breaking the previous
record of 3.9 million LP album sales in 2011. 
* 67% of all vinyl albums were purchased at an independent music store during
2012. 
* Vinyl album sales in 2012 were up 19% compared to 2011 and accounted for 1.4%
of all album sales and 2.3% of all physical album sales.

* For the second consecutive year, Columbia Records ends the year with the
largest market share among all label groups with a 9.05% album label share.

DIGITAL HIGHLIGHTS

* Digital music continues to grow, with total digital sales up 9.1% vs. 2011.

* Digital Albums reached an all-time high with 117.7 million units, up 14.1% vs.
2011. 
* Digital Tracks also reached an all-time high with 1.34 billion units sold in
2012, up 5.1% vs. 2011.

* Digital share of the total business (album + TEA) was 55.9% in 2012. 
* Digital album sales accounted for 37% of all album purchases in 2012 compared
to 31% in 2011, 26% in 2010, 20% in 2009, 15% in 2008, 10% in 2007 and 5.5% in
2006. 
* While total digital album growth was 14% in 2012, there were a number of
digital album genres that experienced even higher digital growth.

* Country digital album sales up 38% 
* Latin digital album sales up 22% 
* Rock digital album sales up 18%

* For the last week of 2012 (week ending 12/30/2012), digital album sales set a
new high with sales of 4.5 million, over one million units higher than the
previous record week. 
* While overall digital tracks sales were up 5%, several genres showed
double-digit increases. Dance/Electronic tracks are up 36%; Country is up 13%;
Rock is up 11% vs. the prior year. 
* For the first time, a digital song had more than six million downloads in a
calendar year and that feat was achieved by two songs this year: Gotye featuring
Kimbra - "Somebody That I Used to Know" sold 6.8 million downloads and Carly Rae
Jepsen`s "Call Me Maybe" sold 6.5 million. Another song just missed the six
million mark, with Fun. featuring Janelle Monae`s "We Are Young" selling 5.9
million downloads. 
* In 2012, 108 songs exceeded the one million sales mark. 
* In 2012, 41 different digital songs had sales that exceeded two million
(compared to 38 in 2011, 37 in 2010, 31 in 2009, 19 in 2008, nine in 2007).

BEST SELLER ALBUM HIGHLIGHTS

* Adele`s 21 finishes the year as the biggest selling album for the second
consecutive year with just over 4.4 million sales. This is the first time ever
that an album has been the year`s best seller for two consecutive years. The
album has now eclipsed the 10 million unit mark in just under two years.

* 21 was also the best-selling digital album of the year, surpassing one million
digital albums for the second consecutive year. No other album has sold more
than one million digital albums in any year and now 21 has done it two years in
a row.

* Taylor Swift`s Red is the year`s second best seller with over 3.1 million
units sold in just 10 weeks (the album was released on 10/22).

* Red had first-week sales of 1,208,000, the biggest weekly sales for an album
since The Eminem Show sold 1,322,000 in its second week of release in 2002.

MOST PLAYED AND STREAMED HIGHLIGHTS

* For the second year, Katy Perry ends the year as the most played artist over
the airways in 2012 with more than 1.4 million spins. 
* Four out of the top 10 most played artists in 2012 had more than one million
detections for the year. 
* Taylor Swift claimed the top spot as the most streamed artist in 2012 with
more than 216 million streams. 
* Carly Rae Jepson`s "Call Me Maybe" was the most streamed song and music video
in 2012 with 119.8 million streams in 2012.

STRATA HIGHLIGHTS

* For the first time in history, more albums were sold in Digital music stores
than in any other strata. Mass Merchants had been the largest strata for the
past five years. 
* In 2012, 37% of all albums purchased were through a digital service like
iTunes, Amazonmp3 or eMusic, an increase of 6 points from 2011. 
* During 2012, 29% of all album purchases occurred at Mass Merchant outlets
(Walmart, Target, etc.). 
* Album sales at retail Chain stores accounted for 15% of all album sales in
2012, while 10% came from Internet/Mail Order and Venue sales and 7% occurred at
Independent music stores.

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