Music Albums Sales Statistics
Statistic Verification
Source: SoundScan, RIAA
Date Verified: 2.19.2014
Just how bad is the recorded music industry? The declining sales below show a bleak future for the record business. Foreign sales continue to sustain the shrinking US market.
YearPhysical Units Sold (Millions) 
2013206.4
2012248.7
2011295.5
2010326.2
2009373.9
2008362.6
2007450.5
2006500.5
2005598.9
2004651.1
2003635.8
2002649.5
2001712
2000730
Music Albums sales and market value
The following table shows album sales and market value in the world in the 1995–2013.
 CountryAlbum Sales ShareShare of World Market Value
1
USA37–40%30–35%
2
Japan9–12%16–19%
3
UK7–9%6.4–9.1%
4
Germany7–8%5.3–6.4%
5
France4.5–5.5%5.4–6.3%
6
Canada2.6–3.3%1.9–2.8%
7
Australia1.5–1.8%1.5–2.0%
8
Brazil2.0–3.8%1.1–3.1%
9
Italy1.7–2.0%1.5–2.0%
10
Spain1.7–2.3%1.4–1.8%
11
Netherlands1.2–1.8%1.3–1.8%
12
Mexico2.1–4.6%0.8–1.8%
13
Belgium0.7–0.8%0.8–1.2%
14
Switzerland0.75–0.9%0.8–1.1%
15
Austria0.5–0.7%0.8–1.0%
17
Russia2.0–2.9%0.5–1.4%
18
Taiwan0.9–1.6%0.5–1.1%
19
Argentina0.5–0.7%0.5–1.0%
20
Denmark0.45–0.65%0.5–0.8%
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