Monday, March 26, 2007

R.I.P.: Albums

Posted By on Mon, Mar 26, 2007 at 5:23 PM

Ridley linked to this New York Times article on the death of the album on Pith, but I thought it was well worth reposting here. I remember someone commenting on this board recently that they didn't remember when music stopped being about albums.

...fans are buying fewer and fewer full albums. In the shift from CDs to digital music, buyers can now pick the individual songs they like without having to pay upward of $10 for an album.

Last year, digital singles outsold plastic CD's for the first time. So far this year, sales of digital songs have risen 54 percent, to roughly 189 million units, according to data from Nielsen SoundScan. Digital album sales are rising at a slightly faster pace, but buyers of digital music are purchasing singles over albums by a margin of 19 to 1.

and...

One of the biggest reasons for the shift, analysts say, is that consumers — empowered to cherry-pick — are forgoing album purchases after years of paying for complete CD's with too few songs they like. There are still cases where full albums succeed — the Red Hot Chili Peppers' double-CD "Stadium Arcadium," with a weighty 28 tracks, has sold almost two million copies. But the overall pie is shrinking.

In some ways, the current climate recalls the 1950s and to some extent, the 60s, when many popular acts sold more singles than albums. It took greatly influential works like The Beatles' "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band" and the Beach Boys' "Pet Sounds" to turn the album into pop music's medium of choice.

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