For the first time, Nielsen SoundScan is combining sales from the Christian retailers tracked by the Christian SoundScan system into the mainstream database. Christian SoundScan's principle source of data comes from the Christian Music Trade Assn., which mainly consists of Christian booksellers. The addition of Christian SoundScan data adds another 5.5 million albums year-to-date of the total 210 million albums tracked by SoundScan.

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