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The Strange World of Music Sales


Just when I think I understand what unites the music-listening masses, I come across something like this 2006 analysis of music sales, released Thursday by Nielsen SoundScan. I'm not saying that everything on this list is puzzling — I fully expect appearances from Justin Timberlake and Gnarls Barkley's "Crazy" — but it raises many unanswerable questions. Like, how did I miss this whole High School Musical thing? Where did Rascal Flatts come from? And who really buys Nickelback albums? Take a look at these lists and tell me what you think.

2006 TOP TEN SELLING ALBUMS

  1. Soundtrack, High School Musical
  2. Me and My Gang, Rascal Flatts
  3. Some Hearts, Carrie Underwood
  4. All the Right Reasons, Nickelback
  5. FutureSex/LoveSounds, Justin Timberlake
  6. Back to Bedlam, James Blunt
  7. B'day, Beyonce
  8. Soundtrack, Hannah Montana
  9. Taking the Long Way, Dixie Chicks
  10. Extreme Behavior, Hinder

To see the even more interesting digital stats, read more

2006 TOP TEN SELLING DIGITAL TRACKS

  1. "Bad Day," Daniel Powter
  2. "Crazy," Gnarls Barkley
  3. "Over My Head," The Fray
  4. "Temperature," Sean Paul
  5. "Lips of an Angel," Hinder
  6. "Hips Don’t Lie," Shakira
  7. "How To Save A Life," The Fray
  8. "Unwritten," Natasha Bedingfield
  9. "Sexyback," Justin Timberlake
  10. "Dani California," Red Hot Chili Peppers

2006 TOP TEN SELLING DIGITAL ARTISTS

  1. Rascal Flatts
  2. Nickelback
  3. Fray
  4. All-American Rejects
  5. Justin Timberlake
  6. Pussycat Dolls
  7. Red Hot Chili Peppers
  8. Nelly Furtado
  9. Eminem
  10. Sean Paul
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