Adele and Lady Gaga Are Core to the US Music Comeback

Posted by at 10:16 am on July 7, 2011

UK soul singer Adele and pop singer Lady Gaga have helped the U.S. music industry stage a modest comeback after a decade of decline.

According to data released by tracking firm Nielsen SoundScan, overall album sales rose 3.6 percent to 221.5 million units during the first half of 2011, the first increase since 200.

Adele sold 2.5 million copies of her second album “21” in the 19 weeks after it went on sale in late February. It spent 10 nonconsecutive weeks at No. 1 and never dipped below No. 3.

“21” easily outpaced Lady Gaga’s second effort, “Born This Way,” which has sold 1.5 million copies — albeit after only six weeks. But Lady Gaga’s sales slumped after a record-breaking first week when it sold 1.1 million copies with help from a 99 cent promotion on Amazon.com.

“Born this Way” currently ranks at No. 12 on the latest weekly chart, while “21” is at No. 2.

4.While it is too early to judge if the trend will last through the year, an annual increase would be only the second in 11 years

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