With 2014 in the books and 2015 officially here, Nielsen Music has released its year-end recap of sales and numbers.
For 2014, the top-selling album was Taylor Swift’s 1989, which closed out the year by surpassing the soundtrack to Frozen with 3.6 million copies sold, while adding 1.4 million sales to also top all Digital Albums album as well.
Also on the list was Beyonce’s self-titled project at #6 with nearly 880,000 copies sold, in addition to 422,000 digital copies.
As for the top Digital Song, Pharrell reigned supreme with his smash hit, “Happy”, racking up 645,000 digital sales to beat out Katy Perry’s “Dark Horse,” Iggy Azalea’s “Fancy,” and John Legend’s “All Of Me.”
Other big numbers included vinyl sales hitting the 9.2 million mark, up 52% from 2013; and On-Demand Streams (audio+video) exceeding 165 billion.
“Digital music consumption continues its robust growth, with On-Demand streaming up 54% over last year and 164 billion song streams being played in 2014 ,” said David Bakula, SVP Industry Insights, Nielsen Entertainment. “Although overall music sales are showing declines, Vinyl album sales were up 52% in 2014, shattering last year’s record-setting total by more than 3 million LPs. In 2014, Vinyl album sales accounted for more than 6% of all physical albums sales.”
Overall album sales dropped from 289.4 million in 2013 to 257 million in 2014, an 11% drop, while digital song sales declined 12% with 1.1 billion.