Here are some facts and figures, via Nielsen Soundscan, on the year 2009 in music:
- More vinyl albums were purchased (2.5 million) than any other year in the history of Nielsen SoundScan (since 1991).
- Music purchases in 2009 reached the 1.5 Billion mark, making it the fifth consecutive year music sales have exceeded 1 billion.
- Michael Jackson was the biggest selling artist in 2009, with more than 8.2 million album sales.
- The Beatles were the biggest selling group, with 3.3 million album sales.
- Lady Gaga was the biggest selling digital artist in 2009, with more than 15 million track sales.
- Four artists sold more than ten million tracks: Lady Gaga, Black Eyed Peas, Michael Jackson and Taylor Swift. It was the first year that an artist broke ten million track sales.
- Digital music accounts for 40% of all music purchases in 2009; up from 32% in 2008.
- 2009 is the first time a digital song broke the four million sales mark in a single year. There were four songs that achieved this milestone; Black Eyed Peas’ “Boom Boom Pow” and “I Got A Feeling”, Lady Gaga’s “Poker Face” and Flo Rida’s “Right Round”.
- Digital album sales accounted for 20% of total album sales in 2009, compared to 15% in 2008.
- Non-traditional outlets (Internet retailers and non-traditional retailers such as Starbucks) accounted for nearly 30% of all album sales, compared to 25% in 2008, and 5% as recently as 2004.