Originally Posted by melgross
I would be very curious as to what exactly is meant by "album" there. When I was involved with the industry, as recently as 5 years ago, there was no more than a very small fraction of that number of albums released.
I wonder if they're talking about self released albums as well. That would account for why so few actually sold over 1,000 copies in the first year (or ever).
Also, a very large of albums released are not "new", but re-releases.
When I consider the numbers, I'm thinking about new releases (new material, or old material that was re-recorded), and albums that were released by real commercial, or public financed entities, not someone who made a vanity recording because they couldn't get a contract.
Well as MissionGrey realised in post 95 when he checked Amazon US http://www.amazon.com/s/qid=12487270...0090727&page=1
8870 commercial albums were released in the last 30 days, which if it is a representative 30 days works out at 106,440 over a year which is remarkably similar to the figure I quoted earlier.
Yes, some will be re-releases, but so what? Many of them will not have been previously available on CD and will be 'new' to many people. I recently bought The Flying Lizards 'Fourth Wall' album from iTunes. It was originally released in 1981 and hasn't been available for over 25 years. Apart from the 7" single 'Hands2Take' which I have all but worn out, the album is completely new to me and will be to many who buy it.
As I said earlier that Wiki list is laughable, a quick comparison with Amazon shows numerous mainstream albums missing from it. The source I quoted appear to know what they are talking about and this would in fact tally with the much smaller number of releases you experienced 5 years ago when only around 25% of the current number were released.
According to Nielsen Soundscan, a total of 105,000, new full-length albums were released in 2008, a fourfold gain from the earlier 2000s.
Nielsen SoundScan is an information system that tracks sales of music and music video products throughout the United States and Canada. Sales data from point-of-sale cash registers is collected weekly from over 14,000 retail, mass merchant and non-traditional (on-line stores, venues, etc.) outlets. Weekly data is compiled and made available every Wednesday. Nielsen SoundScan is the sales source for the Billboard music charts.
I too prefer to listen to an entire album, and you are right in saying that almost everyone has the time, if they choose, to do so. I no longer read as many novels as I used to, not because my time has got shorter but because I now spend more of my free time on my iMac or watching TV or DVDs; none of which I had when I was an avid reader.
Speaking of novels, a thought has occurred to me. I wonder if those who believe they have a right to buy individual tracks, and to hell with the artists intention, also believe that we should be able to buy individual chapters from novels or specific scenes from movies?