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Is the glass half-empty or half-full? Album sales dropped again, but the saving grace of the music industry was digital downloads, up 65% from the year before. Conventional music sales were down 4.9%, with Disney's teenybopper favorite High School Musical soundtrack topping the motley list.

Of course, the sleazy grandma-suing record companies will blame pirates for poor sales, which is much easier than actually signing competent artists who don't crank out shitty music year after year. Most of the steaming heap is not even worth stealing.


Digital sales boost music industry [Variety]