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2006 U.S. Music Purchases Exceed 1 Billion Sales
By Mi2N
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2007-01-14
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Nielsen SoundScan, the entertainment industry's data information system that tracks point-of-purchase sales of recorded music product, Nielsen BDS, the music industry's leading music performance monitoring service, and Nielsen RingScan, which tracks mobile ringtone purchases, have announced their 2006 U.S. year-end sales and airplay monitoring data for the 52-week period January 2 through December 31, 2006.

OVERALL MUSIC SALES (01/02/06 - 12/31/06)
(ALBUMS, SINGLES, MUSIC VIDEO, DIGITAL TRACKS - IN MILLIONS)
UNITS SOLD 2006 2005 % Chg.
1,198 1,003 19.4%

TOTAL ALBUM SALES (01/02/06 - 12/31/06)
(INCLUDES CD, CS, LP, DIGITAL ALBUMS - IN MILLIONS)
UNITS SOLD 2006 2005 % Chg.
588.2 618.9 -4.9%

DIGITAL TRACK SALES
(01/02/2006 - 12/31/2006 - SALES IN MILLIONS)
UNITS SOLD 2006 2005 % Chg.
581.9 352.7 65%

OVERALL ALBUM SALES (01/02/06 - 12/31/06)
(INCLUDES ALL ALBUMS & TRACK EQUIVALENT ALBUMS - IN MILLIONS)
UNITS SOLD 2006 2005 % Chg.
646.4 654.1 -1.2%

INTERNET ALBUM SALES (01/02/06 - 12/31/06)
(Physical album purchases via e-commerce sites, In Millions)
UNITS SOLD 2006 2005 % Chg.
29.4 24.7 19.0%

DIGITAL ALBUM SALES
(01/02/2006 - 12/31/2006 - IN MILLIONS)
UNITS SOLD 2006 2005 % CHG.
32.6 16.2 101%

2006 GENRE ALBUM SALES REPORT
(01/02/06-12/31/06)
-----------------------------------------------------------------

Genre 2006 2005 % Chg.
------------------------------ ---------- ---------- --------
Alternative 109,672 120,797 -9.2%

Christian/Gospel 39,715 39,211 1.3%
Classical 19,447 15,875 22.5%
Country 74,886 75,327 -0.5%
Jazz 15,720 17,139 -8.3%
Latin 37,774 35,907 5.2%
Metal 61,557 64,473 -4.5%
New Age 3,412 4,412 -22.7%
R&B 117,005 143,392 -18.4%
Rap 59,534 75,062 -20.7%
Rock(a) 170,726 NA
Soundtrack 27,177 22,849 18.9%
(Note: Titles may appear in more than one genre.)
(a) Rock was a new genre in 2006.

CURRENT VS. CATALOG ALBUM SALES
(Sales In Millions: 01/02/06-12/31/06)
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Overall Albums 2006 2005 % Chg.
------------------------------------ ------------ ---------- ---------
Current 363.9 389.4 -6.5%
Catalog 224.2 229.5 -2.3%
Deep Catalog 158.2 157.5 0.4%

Physical Albums: 2006 2005 % Chg.
------------------------------------ ------------ ---------- ---------
Current 345.3 379.8 -9.1%
Catalog 210.2 222.8 -8.1%
Deep Catalog 148.4 152.7 -2.8%

Digital Albums: 2006 2005 % Chg.
------------------------------------ ------------ ---------- ---------
Current 18.6 9.6 93.7%
Catalog 14.0 6.7 108.9%
Deep Catalog 9.8 4.8 104.2%

2006 YEAR-TO-DATE RECORD COMPANY MARKET SHARE
(1/02/06 - 12/31/06)
(reflects the market share for the entire entity, including sub- distributed companies)

TOTAL ALBUMS (Catalog & Current Titles)
CURRENT ALBUMS CATALOG ALBUMS
-------------------------- --------------------- ---------------------
2006 2005 2006 2005 2006 2005
------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------
UMG 31.61% 31.71% UMG 34.37 34.82% UMG 27.14 27.72%
BMG 11.95% 11.78% BMG 13.71 13.16% BMG 9.08 10.54%
SONY 15.49% 15.67% SONY 14.42 14.55% SONY 17.23 15.77%
SONYBMG SONYBMG SONYBMG
Total 27.44% 27.45% Total 28.13 27.71% Total 26.31 26.31%
------------ ------- -------
WMG 18.14% 17.28% WMG 16.85 16.02% WMG 20.25 20.66%
EMI 10.20% 10.38% EMI 9.23 9.21% EMI 11.77 12.14%
OTHERS 12.61% 13.18% OTHERS 11.43 12.24% OTHERS 14.52 13.17%

2006 YEAR-TO-DATE RECORD COMPANY MARKET SHARE
continued...(1/02/06 - 12/31/06)
(reflects the market share for the entire entity including sub- distributed companies)

DIGITAL ALBUMS DIGITAL TRACKS
---------------------------------- -------------------------------
2006 2005 2006 2005
-------- -------- -------- -------
UMG 27.35% 29.78% UMG 32.96% 33.27%
BMG 10.25% 11.75% BMG 12.21% 13.22%
SONY 13.75% 12.47% SONY 13.45% 13.39%
RSONYBMG Total 24.00% 24.22% SONYBMG Total 25.66% 26.61%
--------------- --------------
WMG 23.29% 21.57% WMG 19.69% 18.26%
EMI 9.99% 11.44% EMI 7.93% 7.84%
OTHERS 15.37% 12.99% OTHERS 13.75% 14.02%

Year End Factoids:

* Overall music purchases in 2006 exceeded the 1 Billion sales plateau for the second consecutive year; 1.2 billion (2006) vs. 1 billion (2005).

* The last two weeks of 2006, music sales exceeded 47.4 million (week ending 12-24) and 45.0 million (week ending 12/31), representing the 2 biggest weeks in the history of Nielsen SoundScan. The previous record was Christmas week 2005 with 44.7 million music purchases.

* More than 580 million digital tracks were purchased during 2006, an increase of 65 percent over 2005.

* In the final reporting week of 2006 (12/25/06 - 12/31/06) the following sales records were broken:

-- Digital track sales blew away the previous sales record with a new record high of 30.1 million track sales (previous record was 19.9 million, week of 12/24-1/1/05).

-- Digital album sales reached the 1 million plateau for the first time with sales exceeding 1.2 million (previous record was 12/24/06 with 855,000 sales).

-- Beyonce's "Irreplaceable" track sets the mark for the biggest selling week for an individual Digital Track, with sales of 269,000 (previous record was Justin Timberlake's "Sexyback" at 250,000 sales).

-- Three different songs broke the previous mark for the biggest selling week for a Digital Song (combining all versions of the same song) with Fergie's "Fergalicious" setting the new record with sales of 295,000. Both Beyonce's "Irreplaceable" (269,000) and Akon's "Smack That" (252,000) had greater sales than the previous record set by Justin Timberlake's "Sexyback" (previous record was 250,000 sales).

* Rascal Flatts was the biggest selling artist, with nearly 5 million physical album sales and nearly 4 million digital track sales.

* High School Musical Soundtrack was the top-selling album of year with sales exceeding 3.7 million units. The first Soundtrack to sell more than 3 million units in a year since the 8 Mile Soundtrack in 2002, and the first time since 1998 that a Soundtrack was the best selling album of year (Titanic Soundtrack - 9.3 million).

* For the first time, a Digital Song broke the 2 million sales mark in a year: "Bad Day" by Daniel Powter (2,015,000)

* 22 Digital Songs exceeded the 1 million sales mark for the year compared to only 2 Digital Songs in 2005.

* Internet album sales reached a record high of 29 million unit sales; an increase of 19% over 2005 sales total.

* 41% of all albums purchased were at a Mass Merchant outlet compared to 40% in 2005 and 38% in 2004 (35% in 2003 and 34% in 2002).

* Chain music stores accounted for 41% of all album sales, compared to 45% in 2005 and 48% in 2004.

* Independent music stores accounted for 6% of all album sales compared to 7% in 2005 and 9% in 2004.

* Non-Traditional music outlets accounted for 12% of all album sales, compared to 9% in 2005 and 5% in 2004 (4% in 2003).

* Latin music sales exceeded 37 million units, breaking the previous sales peak of 35 million in 2005. Latin album sales grew 5% from 2005.

* Both Soundtrack albums and Classical albums gained in sales, up 19% and 23% respectively.

* Overall Album sales (including Albums and Track Equivalent Album sales) declined 1.2% compared to 2005.

* Total album sales declined 4.9% compared to 2005.

* Consistent with the previous two years, 20% of total album sales occurred during the Holiday Season (last 6 weeks of year).

Nielsen Broadcast Data Systems (Nielsen BDS), the music industry's leading music performance monitoring service, has announced the most played songs at radio, at video, as well as Internet music streams for 2006.

Nielsen Mobile (Nielsen RingScan) has announced the Top Selling Mastertones (partial year) and Polyphonic ringtones for 2006.

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