Best-selling albums by year in the United States

  1. Rock Lives (Still): Mumford & Sons, Foster The People Lead 2011's Growing Rock Retail

    January 06, 2012 6:00 PM EST Every few years pundits say, "Rock is dead." And like clockwork, an act will come along and throw a wrench into those death proclamations. Plus, in 2011, of the overall music categories, rock had the biggest gain, up 1.9% to 105.7 millio ...

  2. Adele's Ascent in 2011, By the Numbers

    January 05, 2012 9:00 AM EST It's been said a thousand times already: 2011 has been a hell of a year for Adele. Her sophomore record, "21," has sold more than 5.8 million copies -- by far the best of the year -- and has reigned atop the Billboard 200 for 14 wee ...

  3. 2011 U.S. Album Sales Still Strong After Three Quarters

    October 06, 2011 12:58 PM EDT As the year heads into its home stretch, things are looking up for the U.S. music industry - sales are on track to increase over the previous year, something that hasn't happened since 2004. With nine months of 2011 down, album sales stand at ...

  4. Year-End Sales Report: Canadian Market

    February 04, 2010 12:00 AM EST Continuing a familiar music business trend, total album and physical sales slipped in Canada last year, as digital track and album sales hit new highs. Total album sales – a tally that includes CDs, cassettes, vinyl and digital albums - slipped 2. ...

  5. Usher Poised For No. 1 Debut

    May 28, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Usher's "Here I Stand" (LaFace/Zomba) should stand tall at No. 1 on The Billboard 200 next week, as the set tops the Nielsen SoundScan Building chart, released today (May 28). Unweighted first-day sales for "Stand" from th ...