Only three albums sold more than 100,000 units in Spain in 2009, according to figures released by labels' association Promusicae.
They were "Vinagre Y Rosas" (150,000) by singer-songwriter Joaquin Sabina (Sony Music), "Antes De Que Cuente Diez" (148,000) by Fito & Los Fitipaldis (Warner DRO), and "Paraiso Express" (120,000) by Alejandro Sanz (Warner DRO).
These are all physical sales, and all three Spanish artists are still in the top 10 of the Media Control GfK charts in early February, which means their total sales will be much higher.
In the tracks list, which includes both physical and digital sales, the duo Carlos Baute and Marta Sanchez easily had the biggest seller with a digital-era record of 361,000 sales for "Colgando En Tus Manos" (Warner DRO).
They are followed by "Infinity 2008" (159,500 units) by Guru Josh Project (Blanco & Negro), and "I Know You Want Me (Calle Ocho)" (154,000) by Pitbull (Blanco & Negro).
Despite the encouraging digital sales of tracks, global music sales in 2009 fell by 17% in Spain to €211 million ($295 million), Promusicae reported last week.
Sabina's performance is impressive because his album was released in November 2009, and registered just seven weeks in the charts before 2010. His "Vinagre Y Rosas" is No. 3 in this week's Media Control chart, published Feb. 3. Sanz is No. 1, and Fito & Los Fitipaldis is No. 4.
The only non-Spanish artist in the Top 10 album chart is U2, seventh with "No Line On The Horizon" (Universal). The third to 10th albums sold between 61,000 and 88,000 units in 2009.