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Frampton Is Dead: Album Sales Dip To Lowest Level In The States

by | 16th, January 2014

Shown in photo are head and shoulder shots of singer Peter Frampton on May 11, 1978.


FANS of albums, prepare to boo-hoo as reports state that album sales in That America have dipped to the lowest levels since records began. We should point out we don’t mean ‘long playing records’, but rather, ‘people making a note of how many albums had been sold, which they started doing in 1991’.

‘Since records began’ is much catchier.

Nielsen SoundScan first began logging music sales back in the 90s because, up to that point, no-one had to worry about it because everyone was constantly buying as many records as humanly possible, all the time, constantly. However, the mid-80s was the beginnings of the great piracy craze, thanks to people selling blank tapes.

Since then, people burned CD compilations (they felt very fancy for a period) and then, WHAMMO! Napster happened and everyone could suddenly get things for free.

A pivotal moment happened when the recording industry decided to bury Napster, rather than work with them to fashion a new business model. The music industry killed Napster and suddenly, torrents cropped up and music bigwigs played Whac-A-Mole, unsuccessfully ever since.

So, from the week ending Sunday 12 January, a piddling 4.25m units (CD and vinyl) were sold across the US. Frampton Comes Alive probably sold that in the

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