Forbes reports that nearly 10 months into the year, no release since January has yet to reach platinum status — a release that sells 1 million copies. What’s more, only one has sold a million copies: the Frozen soundtrack that hit shelves last year. At this point in 2013, five different albums had hit that sales mark (Justin Timberlake’s The 20/20 Experience led the pack).
Digital track sales have fallen 12.9 percent in 2014, down to 848.5 million sales so far. This is down from 974.6 million track sales in the first nine months of 2013. Digital album sales are down 11.5 percent to 77.6 million, down from 87.8 million last year. 2013 was the first year that digital sales had ever declined, signaling that the reign of iTunes might be ending. Billboard thinks the accelerating decline is starting to mirror the drastic decline in CD sales.
GlobalWebIndex’s research across 32 global markets reveals that more than half of Messenger’s current users have bought something via their mobile within the last month (significantly ahead of the equivalent figure among the general online population).