Pop & Rock Rule Mid-Year Music Sales Charts

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With the year half-over, let's take a closer look at some of the biggest selling albums and songs across the major genres of music: pop, rock, R&B/hip-hop, country and Latin.

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TOP ALBUMS

A year ago at this point, a full half of the top 20 selling albums were pop efforts. The genre's dominance has scaled back a bit -- at least in terms of the top sellers -- as only six of the top 20 in 2012 are pop titles.

Adele's "21" leads the pop charge with 3.69 million, while One Direction's "Up All Night" (899,000), the "Now 41" compilation (714,000), Adele's "19" (539,000), Justin Bieber's "Believe" (490,000) and Madonna's "MDNA" (484,000) also populate the top 20 at Nos. 3, 10, 12 and 13, respectively.

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Pop, country, R&B/hip-hop and rock albums are evenly distributed in the top 20. The country genre nabs five sets, R&B/hip-hop takes four and rock owns five.

The highest selling country title this year is Lionel Richie's surprise hit "Tuskegee," with 912,000 sold. The album contains country-styled covers of the veteran artist's familiar hits, sung with a bevy of country superstars.

R&B/hip-hop's crown jewel in 2012 is the late Whitney Houston's "Whitney: The Greatest Hits," with 818,000. After Houston, Nicki Minaj's "Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded" is the next biggest R&B/hip-hop set with 557,000.

Though rock earns five of the top 20 selling albums, its highest ranking set is at No. 11 on the overall top 20 list: Gotye's "Making Mirrors" with 538,000. At this point a year ago, Mumford & Sons' "Sigh No More" was the biggest rock set, at No. 3 with 982,000.

While no Latin albums rank among the year's top 20 overall selling sets, the No. 1 selling Latin release so far in 2012 is Romeo Santos' "Formula: Vol 1," with 91,000.

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TOP DIGITAL SONGS

As for 2012's top 20 selling digital songs, pop still pretty much runs the world, with 12 of the top 20 coming from that genre. A year ago at this time, 14 of the top 20 selling songs were pop.

23% of all tracks sold this year are pop -- the same share at this point a year ago, when pop tunes outweighed all other genres.

This year, pop is actually outweighed by the rock genre, as rock represents 24% of all songs sold in 2012.

Rock's overall robust figure is aided by how 2012's top two songs are both rock tracks: Gotye's "Somebody That I Used to Know" (5.50 million) and fun.'s "We Are Young" (featuring Janelle Monae) (5.09 million).

Both "Somebody That I Used to Know" and "We Are Young" reached No. 1 on Billboard's weekly Rock Songs airplay chart.

A year ago, the top 20 selling songs housed 14 pop tracks and six R&B/hip-hop cuts. This year, 12 are pop, three are R&B/hip-hop and five are rock. For the second straight year, not a single country title ranks among the top 20 sellers. The last country song to rank in the mid-year top 20 was Lady Antebellum's "Need You Now," which was the fourth-largest selling song mid-way through 2010.

This year's highest selling R&B/hip-hop song is "Young, Wild & Free" by Snoop Dogg & Wiz Khalifa featuring Bruno Mars (No. 15 with 2.03 million). While there are a couple of rhythmic-leaning tunes that have sold more (like Nicki Minaj's "Starhips" and Flo Rida's "Wild Ones"), those are categorized as pop tracks.

It's a man's world among the top 20 selling digital songs, as 15 of the top 20 are led by men or male-fronted groups. The only female-led songs are Carly Rae Jepsen's "Call Me Maybe" (No. 3 with 4.06 million), Kelly Clarkson's "Stronger (What Doesn't Kill You)" (No. 4 with 3.32 million), Nicki Minaj's "Starhips" (No. 5 with 3.16 million), Adele's "Set Fire to the Rain" (No. 11 with 2.53 million) and Katy Perry's "Part of Me" (No. 14 with 2.08 million).

A year ago, women were more robustly featured in the top 20, with nine of those songs female-fronted. And, a full five of the top six were all by ladies.

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Top Selling R&B/Hip-Hop Albums

Year-To-Date 2012
Artist Title Year to Date Sales*
1. Whitney Houston Whitney: The Greatest Hits 818,000
2. Nicki Minaj Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded 557,000
3. Drake Take Care 549,000
4. Rihanna Talk That Talk 424,000
5. Young Jeezy TM 103: Hustlerz Ambition 312,000
6. Tyga Careless World 257,000
7. Lil Wayne Tha Carter IV 246,000
8. Jay-Z & Kanye West Watch the Throne 225,000
9. Mary J. Blige My Life II: The Journey Continues 218,000
10. Whitney Houston The Bodyguard 212,000
*SOURCE: NIELSEN SOUNDSCAN,
year to date sales through the week ending July 1, 2012

Top Selling R&B/Hip-Hop Digital Songs

Year-To-Date 2012
Artist Title Year to Date Sales*
1. Snoop Dogg & Wiz Khalifa feat. Bruno Mars Young, Wild & Free 2,029,000
2. Tyga Rack City 1,932,000
3. Drake feat. Lil Wayne The Motto 1,823,000
4. Drake feat. Rihanna Take Care 1,470,000
5. Jay-Z & Kanye West Ni**as in Paris 1,309,000
6. B.o.B So Good 1,248,000
7. Kanye West, Big Sean, Pusha T, 2 Chainz Mercy 1,059,000
8. Big Sean feat. Nicki Minaj
Dance (A$$)
1,042,000
9. Tyga feat. Lil Wayne Faded 930,000
10. Whitney Houston I Will Always Love You 872,000
*SOURCE: NIELSEN SOUNDSCAN,
year to date sales through the week ending July 1, 2012
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Top Selling Latin Albums

Year-To-Date 2011
Artist Title Year to Date Sales*
1. Romeo Santos Formula: Vol. 1 91,000
2. Prince Royce Phase II 73,000
3. 3BallMTY Intentalo 50,000
4. La Arrolladora Banda El Limon De Rene Camacho Irreversible ... 2012 46,000
5. Prince Royce Prince Royce 43,000
6. Don Omar Don Omar Presents MT02: New Generation 38,000
7. Various Artists Las Bandas Romanticas De America 2012 33,000
8. Ricardo Arjona Independiente 33,000
9. Gerardo Ortiz Entre Dios y El Diablo 31,000
10. Mana Drama Y Luz 30,000
*SOURCE: NIELSEN SOUNDSCAN,
year to date sales through the week ending July 1, 2012

Top Selling Latin Digital Songs

Year-To-Date 2012
Artist Title Year to Date Sales*
1. Don Omar & Lucenzo Danza Kuduro 278,000
2. Michel Telo Ai Se Eu Te Pego 191,000
3. Shakira feat. FreshlyGround Waka Waka (This Time For Africa) 143,000
4. Shakira featuring Wyclef Jean Hips Don't Lie 116,000
5. 3BallMTY featuring El Bebeto y America Sierra Intentalo 110,000
6. Romeo Santos feat. Usher Promise 105,000
7. Don Omar feat. Natty Natasha Dutty Love 81,000
8. Enrique Iglesias
Hero
80,000
9. Pitbull Bon, Bon 78,000
10. Pitbull feat. Lil Jon The Anthem 73,000
*SOURCE: NIELSEN SOUNDSCAN,
year to date sales through the week ending July 1, 2012
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Top Selling Rock Albums

Year-To-Date 2012
Artist Title Year to Date Sales*
1. Gotye Making Mirrors 538,000
2. Bruce Springsteen Wrecking Ball 425,000
3. The Black Keys El Camino 424,000
4. Coldplay Mylo Xyloto 415,000
5. Soundtrack The Hunger Games: Songs From District 12 & Beyond 402,000
6. Van Halen A Different Kind of Truth 395,000
7. John Mayer Born & Raised 382,000
8. fun. Some Nights 373,000
9. Jack White Blunderbuss 324,000
10. Norah Jones Little Broken Hearts 309,000
*SOURCE: NIELSEN SOUNDSCAN,
year to date sales through the week ending July 1, 2012

Top Selling Rock Digital Songs

Year-To-Date 2012
Artist Title Year to Date Sales*
1. Gotye Somebody I Used to Know
5,501,000
2. fun. feat. Janelle Monae
We Are Young
5,087,000
3. Adele Set Fire to the Rain
2,534,000
4. Train Drive By
2.095,000
5. Jason Mraz
I Won't Give Up
1,711,000
6. Adele Rolling in the Deep
1,364,000
7. Coldplay Paradise 1,321,000
8. Adele Someone Like You
1,320,000
9. Adele Rumour Has It
1,123,000
10. Neon Trees
Everybody Talks
913,000
*SOURCE: NIELSEN SOUNDSCAN,
year to date sales through the week ending July 1, 2012
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Top Selling Country Albums

Year-To-Date 2011
Artist Title Year to Date Sales*
1. Lionel Richie Tuskegee 912,000
2. Carrie Underwood Blown Away 602,000
3. Luke Bryan Tailgates & Tanlines 575,000
4. Lady Antebellum Own the Night 465,000
5. Jason Aldean My Kinda Party 399,000
6. Eric Church Chief 363,000
7. Rascal Flatts Changed 303,000
8. The Band Perry The Band Perry 262,000
9. Kenny Chesney
Welcome to the Fishbowl
255,000
10. Tim McGraw Emotional Traffic 245,000
*SOURCE: NIELSEN SOUNDSCAN,
year to date sales through the week ending July 1, 2012

Top Selling Country Digital Songs

Year-To-Date 2011
Artist Title Year to Date Sales*
1. Luke Bryan
Drunk On You
1,376,000
2. Eric Chruch
Springsteen 1,313,000
3. Carrie Underwood Good Girl
1,157,000
4. Toby Keith
Red Solo Truck
1,056,000
5. Kip Moore Somethin' 'Bout a Truck 994,000
6. Luke Bryan
I Don't Want This Night to End
986,000
7. Taylor Swift
Eyes Open
984,000
8. Lee Brice
A Woman Like You
955,000
9. Taylor Swift
Safe & Sound
928,000
10. Miranda Lambert
Over You
832,000
*SOURCE: NIELSEN SOUNDSCAN,
year to date sales through the week ending July 1, 2012
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