More Single Downloads But Brits Not Buying Albums

By Sam Gibbs on at

Not exactly shocking, but given the choice of buying single tracks and negating the rubbish, Brits aren't buying as many whole albums anymore, with a six per cent decline from 2010.

That's still 112.8 million album sales between CDs and downloads mind you -- and we downloaded more single tracks than ever totalling to 177.9 million songs in 2011, up from just 86.6 million in 2007. But it might mark the beginning of the end for the album, with listeners being a lot more selective about what they buy. When was the last time you actually bought an entire album for yourself? Let's hope the labels wake up this time and embrace the change, not fight it like every other they've faced. [BBC]

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