The Nielsen Company & Billboard’s 2012 Music Industry Report

  The Nielsen Company & Billboard’s 2012 Music Industry Report

                       Music Purchases at All-Time High
                    Surpass 1.65 Billion Unit Transactions
              Digital Sales Gain – Albums up 14% – Tracks up 5%

Business Wire

NEW YORK -- January 4, 2013

Nielsen SoundScan and Nielsen BDS, the entertainment industry's leading data
information systems, announced the 2012 year-end U.S. music sales figures for
the 12-month period of January 2, 2012 through December 30, 2012. Nielsen
SoundScan measures U.S. point-of-sale of recorded music product. Nielsen BDS
tracks U.S. radio airplay and music streams. Both systems power many of the
Billboard charts.

For 2012, sales of albums and track equivalents are down slightly at -1.8% vs.
2011. Digital Albums are up 14% and Digital Tracks are up 5%. CD sales
declined 13%.

“Overall music purchases surpassed 1.65 billion units in 2012, up 3.1% vs. the
previous record high set in 2011, driven by digital music sales, which
continue be a key growth element within the market,” said David Bakula, SVP
Client Development, Nielsen. “Digital Album sales are up 14.1% and Digital
Track sales are up 5.1%, but despite being down 12.8%, physical is still the
dominant album format.

“The big artist stories of the year are Adele and Taylor Swift,” continued
Bakula. “Adele’s album, 21, is the first album ever to be the top seller of
the year for two consecutive years, and Taylor Swift’s Red has sold more than
3.1 million copies in only 10 weeks, debuting with the highest weekly sales of
any title since 2002.”

                                                                                       
Overall Music Sales                                   Overall Album Sales w/TEA
(Transactions:Albums, Singles, Music Video,          (Includes All Albums & Track Equivalent Albums –
Digital Tracks – In Millions)                         In Millions)
                    2012      2011      % Chg.                          2012    2011      % Chg.
Units Sold            1,661     1,611     3.10%       Units Sold            450       458       -1.80%
                                                      NOTE: TRACK EQUIVALENT ALBUMS EQUATE RATIO OF 10
                                                      TRACKS TO 1 ALBUM
                                                      
Total Album Sales                                     Physical Music Sales
(Includes CDs, Cassettes, LPs, Digital Albums -       (Includes CDs, Cassettes, LPs - In Millions)
In Millions)
                      2012      2011      % Chg.                            2012      2011      % Chg.
Units Sold            316       331       -4.40%      Units Sold            198       227       -12.80%
                                                                                                
Digital Album Sales                                   Digital Track Sales
(In Millions)                                         (In Millions) – Nielsen SoundScan Sales Record*
                      2012      2011      % Chg.                            2012      2011      % Chg.
Units Sold            118       103       14.10%      Units Sold            1,336     1,271     5.10%
                                                                            *
                                                                                                
CD Album Sales                                        LP Album Sales
(CD Albums – In Millions)                             (LP/Vinyl Records – In Millions) – Nielsen
                                                      SoundScan Sales Record*
                      2012      2011      % Chg.                            2012      2011      % Chg.
Units Sold            193       224       -13.50%     Units Sold            4.6 *     3.9       17.70%
                                                                                                
Holiday Season Album Sales                            Holiday Season Track Sales
(Sales 11/5/2012–12/30/2012 – In Millions)            (Sales 11/5/2012–12/30/2012 – In Millions)
                      2012      2011      % Chg.                            2012      2011      % Chg.
Units Sold            76        81        -7.10%      Units Sold            238       237       0.60%
                                                                                                
Current vs. Catalog Sales
(In Millions)
Overall Albums                                        Digital Albums
                      2012      2011      % Chg.                            2012      2011      % Chg.
Current               161       179       -10.20%     Current               60        53        13.70%
Catalog               155       151       2.50%       Catalog               57        50        14.60%
Deep Catalog          123       119       3.30%       Deep Catalog          45        38        18.10%
                                                                                                
Physical Albums                                       Digital Tracks
                      2012      2011      % Chg.                            2012      2011      % Chg.
Current               101       126       -20.30%     Current               603       552       9.10%
Catalog               97        101       -3.50%      Catalog               733       718       2.10%
Deep Catalog          78        81        -3.70%
                                                                                                
                                                                                                
Genre Total Album Sales                               Genre Digital Album Sales
(In Millions)                                         (In Millions)
Genre                 2012      2011      % Chg.      Genre                 2012      2011      % Chg.
Alternative           52.2      54.6      -4.30%      Alternative           26.7      24.4      9.50%
Christian/Gospel*     22.9      23.7      -3.40%      Christian/Gospel*     5.3       4.8       11.10%
Classical             7.5       9.4       -20.50%     Classical             2.6       2.3       14.60%
Country               44.6      42.8      4.20%       Country               11.2      8.1       37.80%
Dance/Electronic      8.7       9.9       -12.00%     Dance/Electronic      4.9       4.8       1.20%
Jazz                  8.1       11        -26.20%     Jazz                  2.5       2.6       -3.60%
Latin                 9.7       11.7      -17.60%     Latin                 1.4       1.1       23.20%
Metal                 31.9      31.9      -0.30%      Metal                 11.2      9.6       16.30%
New Age               1.7       1.9       -12.90%     New Age               0.6       0.6       13.60%
R&B                   49.7      55.3      -10.20%     R&B                   16.3      14.8      10.20%
Rap                   24.2      27.3      -11.40%     Rap                   10.7      9.3       14.70%
Rock                  102.5     100.5     2.00%       Rock                  43.1      36.3      18.80%
Soundtrack            12.3      13        -5.20%      Soundtrack            6         5.4       12.70%
                                                                                                
Genre Digital Track Sales                             Digital Track Sales by Decade
(Total Tracks, Core Genre – In Millions)              (Songs Grouped by Decade of Release – In
                                                      Millions)
Genre                 2012      2011      % Chg.      Genre                 2012      2011      % Chg.
Blues                 3         2.4       24.40%      2010’s                699       542       29.00%
Children              4.7       4.2       10.30%      2000’s                438       535       -18.20%
Christian/Gospel      34.4      32.2      6.50%       1990’s                91        87        5.00%
Classical             7         6.7       5.20%       1980’s                54        41        32.70%
Comedy                5.1       6.7       -23.40%     1970’s                33        33        0.60%
Country               162.1     143.7     12.80%      1960’s                16        18        -14.40%
Dance/Electronic      53        39.1      35.60%      1950’s                3         3         -6.70%
Holiday/Seasonal      12.1      13.7      -11.90%     1940’s                1         1         -6.00%
Jazz                  8.8       9.2       -5.00%
Latin                 21.1      20.6      2.20%       
New Age               1.5       1.4       10.70%      
Pop                   303.8     305.6     -0.60%      
R&B/Hip Hop           249.3     262.1     -4.90%      
Rock                  323.8     291.7     11.00%
World                 8.7       4.1       110.80%
                                                                                                

Notes:
Current/Catalog Definitions: “current” represents albums 18 months or newer;
“catalog” 18 months or older (with some considerations for airplay and
billboard chart position). “Deep catalog” is a subset within “catalog”.

Genres: Albums and tracks may appear in more than one genre. Album genres are
based on billboard chart eligibility and can differ from the track genre
methodology. Not all genres are included in the above tables.

* Includes sales figures tracked by Christian SoundScan.


2012 YEAR-TO-DATE RECORD COMPANY MARKET SHARE

(REFLECTS THE MARKET SHARE FOR THE ENTIRE ENTITY INCLUDING SUB-DISTRIBUTED
COMPANIES FOR THE 52-WEEK YEAR)

UMG COMPLETED THE ACQUISITION OF EMI DISTRIBUTION AT THE BEGINNING OF Q4 2012.
MARKET SHARE REPORTING INCLUDED THE FOLLOWING ADJUSTMENTS: ALL OF THE LABELS
FORMERLY ASSOCIATED WITH EMI WERE MOVED TO UMGD. EMI WAS CREDITED FOR ALL
SALES THROUGH WEEK-ENDING 9/30/2012. ALL MARKET SHARE WAS ATTRIBUTED TO UMGD
THEREAFTER.

                                                             
Total Albums                     Current Total Albums             Catalog Total Albums
         2012     2011                2012     2011                2012     2011
UMG        32.41%     29.85%     UMG        33.87%     31.85%     UMG        30.88%     27.43%
SME        30.25%     29.29%     SME        30.65%     29.56%     SME        29.82%     28.97%
WMG        19.15%     19.13%     WMG        17.30%     17.39%     WMG        21.07%     21.18%
EMI        6.78%      9.62%      EMI        6.82%      9.07%      EMI        6.75%      10.34%
OTHERS     11.42%     12.11%     OTHERS     11.36%     12.14%     OTHERS     11.48%     12.07%
                                                                                        
Physical Albums                  Digital Albums                   Digital Tracks
           2012       2011                  2012       2011                  2012       2011
UMG        33.53%     30.53%     UMG        30.52%     28.35%     UMG        33.76%     32.97%
SME        32.17%     31.08%     SME        27.03%     25.36%     SME        26.43%     26.21%
WMG        18.59%     18.78%     WMG        20.08%     19.91%     WMG        18.28%     17.74%
EMI        6.52%      9.44%      EMI        7.22%      10.00%     EMI        5.90%      8.26%
OTHERS     9.19%      10.17%     OTHERS     15.14%     16.37%     OTHERS     15.63%     14.83%
                                                                                        

                                                          
BILLBOARD’S TOP SELLING ALBUMS & ARTISTS

BASED ON NIELSEN SOUNDSCAN U.S. DATA
                                                                    
2012 Top Ten Selling Albums w/TEA          2012 Top Ten Selling Albums +
                                           Tracks
(Includes All Albums & Track               (Transactions: Albums and Digital
Equivalent Albums)                         Tracks)
     Title/Artist         Units Sold            Title/Artist        Units Sold
1    21 / ADELE           5,256,000        1    21 / ADELE          12,800,000
2    RED / TAYLOR         3,892,000        2    SOME NIGHTS /       11,100,000
     SWIFT                                      FUN.
3    UP ALL NIGHT /       2,334,000        3    RED / TAYLOR        11,000,000
     ONE DIRECTION                              SWIFT
4    BELIEVE / JUSTIN     2,142,000        4    OVEREXPOSED /       10,100,000
     BIEBER                                     MAROON 5
5    SOME NIGHTS /        1,923,000        5    BELIEVE /           9,500,000
     FUN.                                       JUSTIN BIEBER
                                                PINK
6    OVEREXPOSED/         1,896,000        6    FRIDAY...ROMAN      9,500,000
     MAROON 5                                   RELOADED /
                                                NICKI MINAJ
     PINK
7    FRIDAY...ROMAN       1,657,000        7    KISS / CARLY        9,300,000
     RELOADED / NICKI                           RAE JEPSEN
     MINAJ
8    BABEL / MUMFORD      1,605,000        8    UP ALL NIGHT /      8,800,000
     & SONS                                     ONE DIRECTION
     TAILGATES &                                WILD ONES / FLO
9    TANLINES / LUKE      1,600,000        9    RIDA                8,100,000
     BRYAN
10   TAKE ME HOME /       1,565,000        10   TAKE CARE /         7,900,000
     ONE DIRECTION                              DRAKE
                                                                    
                                                                    
2012 Top Ten Selling Albums                2012 Top Ten Selling Artists
                                           (Combines All Album Sales)
     Title/Artist         Units Sold            Artist              Units Sold
1    21 / ADELE           4,414,000        1    ADELE               5,167,000
2    RED / TAYLOR         3,107,000        2    TAYLOR SWIFT        4,062,000
     SWIFT
3    UP ALL NIGHT /       1,616,000        3    ONE DIRECTION       2,978,000
     ONE DIRECTION
4    BABEL / MUMFORD      1,463,000        4    MUMFORD & SONS      2,149,000
     & SONS
5    TAKE ME HOME /       1,340,000        5    JUSTIN BIEBER       1,897,000
     ONE DIRECTION
6    BELIEVE / JUSTIN     1,324,000        6    JASON ALDEAN        1,855,000
     BIEBER
7    BLOWN AWAY /         1,203,000        7    WHITNEY HOUSTON     1,789,000
     CARRIE UNDERWOOD
     TAILGATES &
8    TANLINES / LUKE      1,105,000        8    MAROON 5            1,540,000
     BRYAN
9    TUSKEGEE /           1,071,000        9    CARRIE              1,497,000
     LIONEL RICHIE                              UNDERWOOD
10   NIGHT TRAIN /        1,024,000        10   LUKE BRYAN          1,432,000
     JASON ALDEAN
                                                                    
                                                                    
2012 Top Ten Selling Digital Songs         2012 Top Ten Selling Digital Albums
(Combines all digital track versions
of a song)
     Title/Artist         Units Sold            Title/Artist        Units Sold
     SOMEBODY THAT I
1    USED TO… / GOTYE     6,801,000        1    21 / ADELE          1,040,000
     FT. KIMBRA
2    CALL ME MAYBE /      6,472,000        2    RED / TAYLOR        863,000
     CARLY RAE JEPSEN                           SWIFT
     WE ARE YOUNG /                             BABEL / MUMFORD
3    FUN. FT. JANELLE     5,948,000        3    & SONS              778,000
     MONAE
     PAYPHONE /                                 UP ALL NIGHT /
4    MAROON 5 FT. WIZ     4,757,000        4    ONE DIRECTION       562,000
     KHALIFA
5    STARSHIPS /          3,979,000        5    SOME NIGHTS /       558,000
     NICKI MINAJ                                FUN.
     WHAT MAKES YOU                             LUMINEERS /
6    BEAUTIFUL / ONE      3,881,000        6    LUMINEERS           474,000
     DIRECTION
7    SOME NIGHTS /        3,839,000        7    OVEREXPOSED /       451,000
     FUN.                                       MAROON 5
                                                MY HEAD IS AN
8    STRONGER / KELLY     3,823,000        8    ANIMAL / OF         424,000
     CLARKSON                                   MONSTERS AND
                                                MEN
9    GANGNAM STYLE /      3,592,000        9    MAKING MIRRORS      387,000
     PSY                                        / GOTYE
10   ONE MORE NIGHT /     3,461,000        10   SIGH NO MORE /      384,000
     MAROON 5                                   MUMFORD & SONS
                                                                    
                                                                    
2012 Top Ten Selling Physical Albums       2012 Top Ten Selling Vinyl Albums
     Title/Artist         Units Sold            Title/Artist        Units Sold
1    21 / ADELE           3,374,000        1    BLUNDERBUSS /       34,000
                                                JACK WHITE
2    RED / TAYLOR         2,244,000        2    ABBEY ROAD /        30,000
     SWIFT                                      BEATLES
3    UP ALL NIGHT /       1,053,000        3    BABEL / MUMFORD     29,000
     ONE DIRECTION                              & SONS
4    TAKE ME HOME /       982,000          4    EL CAMINO /         25,000
     ONE DIRECTION                              BLACK KEYS
5    BELIEVE / JUSTIN     979,000          5    SIGH NO MORE /      23,000
     BIEBER                                     MUMFORD & SONS
6    BLOWN AWAY /         880,000          6    BLOOM / BEACH       21,000
     CARRIE UNDERWOOD                           HOUSE
     TAILGATES &                                FOR EMMA
7    TANLINES / LUKE      823,000          7    FOREVER AGO /       19,000
     BRYAN                                      BON IVER
8    TUSKEGEE /           819,000          8    BOYS & GIRLS /      17,000
     LIONEL RICHIE                              ALABAMA SHAKES
     MERRY CHRISTMAS
9    BABY / ROD           797,000          9    21 / ADELE          16,000
     STEWART
10   NIGHT TRAIN /        696,000          10   BON IVER / BON      15,000
     JASON ALDEAN                               IVER
                                                                    
                                                                    
2012 Top Ten Selling Internet Albums       2012 Top Ten Selling Seasonal
                                           Albums
     Title/Artist         Units Sold            Title/Artist        Units Sold
                                                MERRY CHRISTMAS
1    21 / ADELE           237,000          1    BABY / ROD          858,000
                                                STEWART
2    MDNA / MADONNA       210,000          2    CHRISTMAS /         622,000
                                                MICHAEL BUBLE
                                                ON THIS
3    RED / TAYLOR         161,000          3    WINTER'S NIGHT      439,000
     SWIFT                                      / LADY
                                                ANTEBELLUM
     BABEL / MUMFORD                            CHEERS, IT'S
4    & SONS               123,000          4    CHRISTMAS /         428,000
                                                BLAKE SHELTON
     AMERICANA / NEIL                           CHRISTMAS WITH
5    YOUNG & CRAZY        95,000           5    SCOTTY / SCOTTY     348,000
     HORSE                                      MCCREERY
                                                DREAMS OF
6    TAKE ME HOME /       90,000           6    FIREFLIES /         217,000
     ONE DIRECTION                              TRANS-SIBERIAN
                                                ORCHESTRA
     CELEBRATION DAY                            CEELO'S MAGIC
7    / LED ZEPPELIN       89,000           7    MOMENT / CEE LO     181,000
                                                GREEN
     TUSKEGEE /                                 UNDER THE
8    LIONEL RICHIE        73,000           8    MISTLETOE /         173,000
                                                JUSTIN BIEBER
9    GREATEST HITS /      69,000           9    NOEL / JOSH         142,000
     WHITNEY HOUSTON                            GROBAN
     WRECKING BALL /                            MY CHRISTMAS /
10   BRUCE                69,000           10   ANDREA BOCELLI      123,000
     SPRINGSTEEN
                                                                    
                                                                    
2012 Top Ten Selling Albums                2012 Top Ten Selling Songs
in the Holiday Season                      in the Holiday Season
(11/5/2012–12/30/2012)                     (11/5/2012–12/30/2012)
     Title/Artist         Units Sold            Title/Artist        Units Sold
     RED / TAYLOR                               ROCKIN' AROUND
1    SWIFT                1,554,000        1    THE CHRISTMAS…      1,775,000
                                                / BRENDA LEE
     TAKE ME HOME /                             LOCKED OUT OF
2    ONE DIRECTION        1,340,000        2    HEAVEN / BRUNO      1,732,000
                                                MARS
     MERRY CHRISTMAS                            GANGNAM STYLE /
3    BABY / ROD           769,000          3    PSY                 1,462,000
     STEWART
     CHRISTMAS /                                I KNEW YOU WERE
4    MICHAEL BUBLE        598,000          4    TROUBLE. /          1,383,000
                                                TAYLOR SWIFT
5    UNAPOLOGETIC /       553,000          5    DIAMONDS /          1,382,000
     RIHANNA                                    RIHANNA
     WORLD FROM THE                             HO HEY / THE
6    SIDE… / PHILLIP      533,000          6    LUMINEERS           1,191,000
     PHILLIPS
7    NOW 44 / VARIOUS     524,000          7    DIE YOUNG /         1,125,000
     ARTISTS                                    KE$HA
     UNORTHODOX                                 HOME / PHILLIP
8    JUKEBOX / BRUNO      480,000          8    PHILLIPS            1,039,000
     MARS
     NIGHT TRAIN /                              BEAUTY AND A
9    JASON ALDEAN         428,000          9    BEAT / JUSTIN       987,000
                                                BIEBER
10   BABEL / MUMFORD      428,000          10   ONE MORE NIGHT      895,000
     & SONS                                     / MAROON 5
                                                                    

                                       
BILLBOARD’S MOST PLAYED TITLES AND ARTISTS

BASED ON NIELSEN BDS DATA

(AIRPLAY IN THE 2012 CALENDAR YEAR)
                                           
2012 Top Ten Most Played Songs             2012 Top Ten Artist Airplay
(USRD Format BDS Airplay Detections)       (USRD Format BDS Airplay
                                           Detections)
    Title/Artist      Detections            Artist           Detections
     SOMEBODY THAT I
1    USED TO… /          652,000           1    KATY PERRY         1,395,000
     GOTYE FT.
     KIMBRA
     WE ARE YOUNG /
2    FUN. FT.            527,000           2    ADELE              1,178,000
     JANELLE MONAE
3    STRONGER /          506,000           3    KELLY CLARKSON     1,064,000
     KELLY CLARKSON
     PAYPHONE /
4    MAROON 5 FT.        480,000           4    TAYLOR SWIFT       1,022,000
     WIZ KHALIFA
5    SET FIRE TO THE     480,000           5    RIHANNA            912,000
     RAIN / ADELE
6    GLAD YOU CAME /     471,000           6    P!NK               888,000
     WANTED
     CALL ME MAYBE /
7    CARLY RAE           459,000           7    BRUNO MARS         865,000
     JEPSEN
     WE FOUND LOVE /
8    RIHANNA FT.         450,000           8    FLO RIDA           830,000
     CALVIN HARRIS
9    LIGHTS / ELLIE      449,000           9    KENNY CHESNEY      826,000
     GOULDING
10   WIDE AWAKE /        399,000           10   NICKI MINAJ        741,000
     KATY PERRY
                                                                   
                                                                   
2012 Top Ten Streamed Audio Songs          2012 Top Ten Streamed Music Videos
     Title/Artist        Streams                Title/Artist       Streams
     SOMEBODY THAT I                            CALL ME MAYBE
1    USED TO… /          45,062,000        1    / CARLY RAE        79,934,000
     GOTYE FT.                                  JEPSEN
     KIMBRA
     WE ARE YOUNG /                             WE ARE NEVER
2    FUN. FT.            43,502,000        2    EVER GETTING…      49,042,000
     JANELLE MONAE                              / TAYLOR SWIFT
     CALL ME MAYBE /                            MIRROR / LIL
3    CARLY RAE           39,830,000        3    WAYNE FT.          42,574,000
     JEPSEN                                     BRUNO MARS
                                                BEEZ IN THE
4    LIGHTS / ELLIE      34,938,000        4    TRAP / NICKI       35,508,000
     GOULDING                                   MINAJ FT. 2
                                                CHAINZ
     SOME NIGHTS /                              PAYPHONE /
5    FUN.                30,666,000        5    MAROON 5 FT.       33,661,000
                                                WIZ KHALIFA
     PAYPHONE /                                 AS LONG AS
6    MAROON 5 FT.        28,343,000        6    YOU… / JUSTIN      33,520,000
     WIZ KHALIFA                                BIEBER FT. BIG
                                                SEAN
7    GLAD YOU CAME /     27,982,000        7    WIDE AWAKE /       32,387,000
     WANTED                                     KATY PERRY
     WE FOUND LOVE /                            PARTY ROCK
8    RIHANNA FT.         27,556,000        8    ANTHEM / LMFAO     32,188,000
     CALVIN HARRIS
9    STARSHIPS /         25,463,000        9    WANT U BACK /      31,650,000
     NICKI MINAJ                                CHER LLOYD
10   WILD ONES / FLO     25,400,000        10   DIAMONDS /         31,036,000
     RIDA FT. SIA                               RIHANNA
                                                                   
                                                                   
2012 Top Ten Streamed Songs                2012 Top Ten Streamed Artists
(Includes Audio and Video)
     Title/Artist        Streams                Artist             Streams
     CALL ME MAYBE /
1    CARLY RAE           119,764,000       1    TAYLOR SWIFT       216,000,000
     JEPSEN
     PAYPHONE /
2    MAROON 5 FT.        62,004,000        2    NICKI MINAJ        210,000,000
     WIZ KHALIFA
     WE ARE NEVER
3    EVER GETTING… /     61,098,000        3    RIHANNA            204,000,000
     TAYLOR SWIFT
     MIRROR / LIL
4    WAYNE FT. BRUNO     53,536,000        4    KATY PERRY         177,000,000
     MARS
     AS LONG AS YOU…
5    / JUSTIN BIEBER     51,850,000        5    EMINEM             174,000,000
     FT. BIG SEAN
6    BOYFRIEND /         51,196,000        6    ONE DIRECTION      168,000,000
     JUSTIN BIEBER
7    WIDE AWAKE /        49,773,000        7    ADELE              163,000,000
     KATY PERRY
8    PARTY ROCK          48,414,000        8    BEYONCE            141,000,000
     ANTHEM / LMFAO
9    LIGHTS / ELLIE      47,988,000        9    CHRIS BROWN        139,000,000
     GOULDING
10   STARSHIPS /         47,187,000        10   CARLY RAE          135,000,000
     NICKI MINAJ                                JEPSEN
                                                                   

STREAMING MUSIC ACTIVITY IS AGGREGATED FROM A VARIETY OF NIELSEN STREAMING
DATA SOURCES INCLUDING: AKOO, GUVERA, MEDIANET, RHAPSODY, RDIO, SLACKER,
SPOTIFY, THUMBPLAY, VEVO, YAHOO!, AND OTHERS.

                                       
BILLBOARD’S TOP TITLES & ARTISTS OF THE NIELSEN SOUNDSCAN ERA

(RELEASE-TO-DATE SALES SINCE 1993)
                                           
Top Ten Selling Artists                    Top Ten Selling Albums
    Artist             Units Sold           Title/Artist      Units Sold
1    GARTH BROOKS         68,617,000       1    METALLICA /         15,845,000
                                                METALLICA
2    BEATLES              64,158,000       2    COME ON OVER /      15,524,000
                                                SHANIA TWAIN
                                                JAGGED LITTLE
3    MARIAH CAREY         53,939,000       3    PILL / ALANIS       14,806,000
                                                MORISSETTE
4    METALLICA            53,642,000       4    MILLENNIUM /        12,209,000
                                                BACKSTREET BOYS
5    CELINE DION          51,759,000       5    BEATLES 1 /         12,139,000
                                                BEATLES
6    GEORGE STRAIT        43,932,000       6    SOUNDTRACK /        12,056,000
                                                BODYGUARD
7    EMINEM               41,950,000       7    SUPERNATURAL /      11,732,000
                                                SANTANA
8    TIM MCGRAW           40,993,000       8    HUMAN CLAY /        11,632,000
                                                CREED
                                                LEGEND / BOB
9    ALAN JACKSON         39,630,000       9    MARLEY & THE        11,220,000
                                                WAILERS
                                                NO STRINGS
10   PINK FLOYD           37,969,000       10   ATTACHED / N        11,137,000
                                                SYNC
                                                                    
                                                                    
Top Ten Selling Digital Songs              Top Ten Selling Digital Albums
     Title/Artist         Units Sold            Title/Artist        Units Sold
     I GOTTA FEELING
1    / BLACK EYED THE     8,186,000        1    21 / ADELE          2,841,000
     PEAS
2    ROLLING IN THE       7,640,000        2    SIGH NO MORE /      1,488,000
     DEEP / ADELE                               MUMFORD & SONS
3    PARTY ROCK           7,463,000        3    RECOVERY /          1,199,000
     ANTHEM / LMFAO                             EMINEM
     SOMEBODY THAT I                            FAME / LADY
4    USED TO… / GOTYE     6,885,000        4    GAGA                1,053,000
     FT. KIMBRA
5    POKER FACE /         6,866,000        5    BORN THIS WAY /     931,000
     LADY GAGA                                  LADY GAGA
     JUST DANCE /                               MYLO XYLOTO /
6    LADY GAGA FEAT.      6,720,000        6    COLDPLAY            892,000
     COLBY O'DONIS
7    LOW / FLO RIDA       6,565,000        7    FEARLESS /          875,000
     FEAT. T-PAIN                               TAYLOR SWIFT
     BOOM BOOM POW /                            VIVA LA VIDA /
8    BLACK EYED THE       6,544,000        8    COLDPLAY            871,000
     PEAS
9    CALL ME MAYBE /      6,474,000        9    RED / TAYLOR        863,000
     CARLY JEPSEN RAE                           SWIFT
10   I'M YOURS /          6,436,000        10   SPEAK NOW /         795,000
     JASON MRAZ                                 TAYLOR SWIFT
                                                                    

                           2012 YEAR-END HIGHLIGHTS

  *Total music purchases (Physical Albums, Digital Albums and Digital Songs)
    are at an all-time high, surpassing 1.65 billion units this year, up 3.1%
    vs. last year.
  *Overall Album sales (including Albums and Track Equivalent Album sales)
    were down 1.8% compared to 2011.
  *Total Album sales were down 4.4% in 2012 with sales totaling 316.0 million
    units compared to 330.6 million in 2011.
  *10 Albums sold more than one million units in 2012.
  *The Country genre showed the greatest gains in 2012 with sales up 4.1%
    compared to 2011. Rock, which continues to be the biggest genre, was up
    1.4% vs. 2011.

       *Country also saw a 38% gain in digital album sales in 2012 vs. 2011,
         the largest increase of any genre in the digital album format.

  *For the fifth consecutive year, more vinyl albums were purchased than any
    other year in the history of Nielsen SoundScan.

       *In 2012, vinyl album sales reached 4.6 million in sales, breaking the
         previous record of 3.9 million LP album sales in 2011.
       *67% of all vinyl albums were purchased at an independent music store
         during 2012.
       *Vinyl album sales in 2012 were up 19% compared to 2011 and accounted
         for 1.4% of all album sales and 2.3% of all physical album sales.

  *For the second consecutive year, Columbia Records ends the year with the
    largest market share among all label groups with a 9.05% album label
    share.

DIGITAL HIGHLIGHTS

  *Digital music continues to grow, with total digital sales up 9.1% vs.
    2011.

       *Digital Albums reached an all-time high with 117.7 million units, up
         14.1% vs. 2011.
       *Digital Tracks also reached an all-time high with 1.34 billion units
         sold in 2012, up 5.1% vs. 2011.

  *Digital share of the total business (album + TEA) was 55.9% in 2012.
  *Digital album sales accounted for 37% of all album purchases in 2012
    compared to 31% in 2011, 26% in 2010, 20% in 2009, 15% in 2008, 10% in
    2007 and 5.5% in 2006.
  *While total digital album growth was 14% in 2012, there were a number of
    digital album genres that experienced even higher digital growth.

       *Country digital album sales up 38%
       *Latin digital album sales up 22%
       *Rock digital album sales up 18%

  *For the last week of 2012 (week ending 12/30/2012), digital album sales
    set a new high with sales of 4.5 million, over one million units higher
    than the previous record week.
  *While overall digital tracks sales were up 5%, several genres showed
    double-digit increases. Dance/Electronic tracks are up 36%; Country is up
    13%; Rock is up 11% vs. the prior year.
  *For the first time, a digital song had more than six million downloads in
    a calendar year and that feat was achieved by two songs this year: Gotye
    featuring Kimbra – “Somebody That I Used to Know” sold 6.8 million
    downloads and Carly Rae Jepsen’s “Call Me Maybe” sold 6.5 million. Another
    song just missed the six million mark, with Fun. featuring Janelle Monae’s
    “We Are Young” selling 5.9 million downloads.
  *In 2012, 108 songs exceeded the one million sales mark.
  *In 2012, 41 different digital songs had sales that exceeded two million
    (compared to 38 in 2011, 37 in 2010, 31 in 2009, 19 in 2008, nine in
    2007).

BEST SELLER ALBUM HIGHLIGHTS

  *Adele’s 21 finishes the year as the biggest selling album for the second
    consecutive year with just over 4.4 million sales. This is the first time
    ever that an album has been the year’s best seller for two consecutive
    years. The album has now eclipsed the 10 million unit mark in just under
    two years.

       *21 was also the best-selling digital album of the year, surpassing
         one million digital albums for the second consecutive year. No other
         album has sold more than one million digital albums in any year and
         now 21 has done it two years in a row.

  *Taylor Swift’s Red is the year’s second best seller with over 3.1 million
    units sold in just 10 weeks (the album was released on 10/22).

       *Red had first-week sales of 1,208,000, the biggest weekly sales for
         an album since The Eminem Show sold 1,322,000 in its second week of
         release in 2002.

MOST PLAYED AND STREAMED HIGHLIGHTS

  *For the second year, Katy Perry ends the year as the most played artist
    over the airways in 2012 with more than 1.4 million spins.
  *Four out of the top 10 most played artists in 2012 had more than one
    million detections for the year.
  *Taylor Swift claimed the top spot as the most streamed artist in 2012 with
    more than 216 million streams.
  *Carly Rae Jepson’s “Call Me Maybe” was the most streamed song and music
    video in 2012 with 119.8 million streams in 2012.

STRATA HIGHLIGHTS

  *For the first time in history, more albums were sold in Digital music
    stores than in any other strata. Mass Merchants had been the largest
    strata for the past five years.
  *In 2012, 37% of all albums purchased were through a digital service like
    iTunes, Amazonmp3 or eMusic, an increase of 6 points from 2011.
  *During 2012, 29% of all album purchases occurred at Mass Merchant outlets
    (Walmart, Target, etc.).
  *Album sales at retail Chain stores accounted for 15% of all album sales in
    2012, while 10% came from Internet/Mail Order and Venue sales and 7%
    occurred at Independent music stores.

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Contact:

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