Another milestone was passed in music today as Billboard reports that Eminem’s album Recovery, surpasses a million digital downloads. The album is the first to do so in the United States since digital album sales began to be tracked in 2005.
I was actually surprised to read that only 12 albums have ever sold over 500,000 digital copies. Physical singles sales have dwindled down to nothing thanks to digital singles, so I assumed that more albums would be selling digitally.
This is another huge accolade for Eminem, who continues to impress with Recovery. The album really has only had two hits songs, yet it still selling.
Recently his ‘Space Bound’ video has lit some interest back into the album, but the song has yet to make any major moves. Regardless, this is further proof of Eminem’s staying power in the industry and what a music giant he is.
What makes this news even more crazy is the fact that Billboard is saying that Adele will join him next week as her album, 21, is expected to move past the digital million copy mark. Considering that 21 has been out since February with only one single impacting US radio makes this feat even more impressive.
2011 has been quite the year for the music industry, and one of the most exciting advancements is the fact that 2011 has sold more album than its preceding year. With albums now selling over a million digital copies, this could be the light at the end of the tunnel. Industry analysts have been ripping their hair for years, stressing over the collapse of the album, but it could all change.
Only time will tell, but for the first time in a while I’m feeling good about album sales.