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  Top Selling Albums Of 2001 - Linkin Park And Shaggy Lead The Pack


01-03-02 antiGUY

Jan 3, 2002 - Soundscan released their year-end music industry report today which features the top selling albums of 2001 as well as genre and record company market share data. 

Soundscan was launched in 1991 to track point of sales data for music. Linkin Park’s debut album “Hybrid Theory” lead sales for 2001 with Soundscan reporting sales of 4,812,852 units during the calendar year.  Shaggy’s “Hotshot” claimed the number two spot with sales of 4,507,568 units. N Sync’s “Celebrity” rounded out the top 10 with 4,421,231 units sold. 

Album sales down in 2001.
 According to the Soundscan report,  “Total album sales for 2001 were 23 million less than total album sales for 2000. The top 10 selling albums of 2001 accounted for 20 million units less than the top 10 selling albums of 2000.  Sales of all albums outside the top 10 accounted for the remaining 3,000,000 unit difference.” 

Platinum Album sales up, Gold Sales Down. 

Platinum album sales were up in 2001 with 100 albums showing sales of 1 million units or more. In 2000 Soundscan reported 88 albums with million plus sales. Gold album sales for 2001 were less than 2000. In 2001, 187 albums sold 500,000 units or more compared with 202 album titles going Gold in 2000.   

Below are excerpts from the Soundscan report. 
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2001 TOP TEN SELLING ALBUMS
(01/01/2001-12/30/2001)

Title / Artist Units Sold
1 Hybrid Theory / Linkin Park 4,812,852
2 Hotshot / Shaggy 4,507,568
3 Celebrity / N Sync 4,421,231
4 Day Without Rain / Enya 4,410,053
5 Break the Cycle / Staind  4,242,507
6 Songs In A Minor / Alicia Keys 4,102,482
7 Survivor / Destiny’s Child 3,718,446
8 Weathered / Creed 3,581,344
9 Soundtrack / O Brother Where Art Thou? 3,460,852 
10 Vol.6-Now That’s What I Call / Va-Now 3,133,462

 

TOP TEN SELLING ALBUMS OF SOUNDSCAN ERA 
(1991 – 12/30/2001)
Title / Artist Units Sold
1 Come on Over / Shania Twain 14,147,017
2  Jagged Little Pill / Alanis Morisette 13,890,054
3 Metallica / Metallica 12,981,888
4 Millennium / Backstreet Boys 11,971,132
5 Bodyguard / Soundtrack 11,689,093
6 Supernatural / Santana    10,961,112
7 No Strings Attached / N Syn 10,891,514
8 Human Clay / Creed 10,490,972
9 Falling Into You / Celine Dion 10,438,190
10 Baby One More Time / Britney Spears 10,269,049

2001 YEAR-TO-DATE RECORD COMPANY MARKET SHARE  (01/01/01-12/30/01)

TOTAL ALBUMS (Catalog & Current Titles) 
 

2001 2000
UMVD 26.40 % 26.76 %
BMG 14.71 % 16.26 %
WEA 15.93 % 15.55 %
SONY 15.65 % 15.15 %
EMD 10.64 % 9.66 %
OTHERS 16.66 %  16.63 %
    
  
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