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2021 is a good year for Wallen, Adele – and Vinyl – NBC10 Philadelphia

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New data from the music industry confirms what many have long suspected – 2021 is going to be a very good year for Morgan Wallen, Adele and vinyl.

MRC Data’s year-end report, presented in partnership with Billboard, shows that Wallen’s “Dangerous: The Double Album” ended 2021 as the top country album of the year and a popular album. Best across all genres, with 3.2 million equivalent album units earned during the year.

That’s despite Wallen being rebuked by the music industry after a video emerged showing him uttering a racial slur. The singer was dropped by the record label, dropped from the Academy Country Music Awards, and his music was temporarily withdrawn by radio stations and streaming services.

Other top albums for 2021 include Olivia Rodrigo’s “SOUR”, Doja Cat’s “Shoot for the Stars Aim for the Moon” and “Shoot for the Stars Aim for the Moon” and Doja Cat’s “Planet Her”. Dua Lipa’s unstoppable single “Levitating,” with 804.7 million audio and video-on-demand streams, was the top hit of the year.

Adele’s album “30” came out late last year and she’s recorded her highest debut album sales in four years, with first-week sales of 839,000 equivalent units. It is the best-selling debut album since Taylor Swift’s “Reputation” in 2017. Adele’s previous album, “25” in 2015, still holds the record for most albums sold in a single week, with 3.38 million copies.

Drake’s “Certified Lover Boy” is the most popular rap album of 2021 in the US, with 1.97 million album-equivalent units earned. Masked Wolf’s “Astronaut in the Ocean” is the top-selling rap song of 2021. Bad Bunny’s “El Último Tour Del Mundo” is the top Latin album.

And in this digital age – on-demand audio streaming sets a year high with 988.1 billion streams – there’s also a big step in the past: Vinyl sales surpassed CD as the top-selling physical format for the first time since MRC Data began measuring music sales in 1991.

Vinyl’s share of hard disk sales was less than 2% in 2011, but ends 2021 with more than half of all albums sold, totaling 41.7 million albums.

The data also shows that streaming new music has declined in volume year over year, an acceleration of the trend that attracted steam during the early COVID-19 lockdowns, “as music fans move to old favorites to listen to nostalgia”. the report said.

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