As with many industries, the holiday season is one of the best times of year for music sales, and although high profile albums tend to take in much of this money, independent artists can also take advantage of the season to give their own music an extra push, as well as set themselves up for a successful new year.
Adele "25" sold a record breaking 3.38 million units in its first week Nielsen Music, and that represented 41% of all the albums purchased in the U.S. for the week if Nov. 20 - 26. But where did fans go to buy all of these albums and does the answer offer any clues as to where and how the music industry can move more product in the future?
Music sales tracking firm BuzzAngle reports that Adele's "25" sold 3,327,992 total albums in its first week of release. Nielsen Music put the number slightly higher at 3.38 million. Sales were split almost equally between physical and digital with “25” representing an amazing 67.1% of total sales in the Top 200 last week.
Once the recording process is successfully completed, you'll likely be eager to get your music in every digital store possible posthaste. While this takes time, there are several things that can be done, from correctly formatting your content appropriately to ensuring all the music is licensed, which will greatly expedite the process.