Sales of classical music CDs in America grow by double digits in first six months of 2011
Sales of classical music recordings
in the United States grew by 13 per cent in the six months to the end
The genre was the fast-growing of
all music types according to a survey conducted by industry analysts Nielsen SoundScan, selling 3.8 million discs over the period to secure almost 2.5 per cent of the American
recorded music market.
Classical music CD sales outstripped growth of just 4.8 per cent across all music genres, with a total of 277 million recordings sold.
Although sales of physical CDs continued to decline with a 4 per cent year-on-year fall, digital downloads saw a 19.1 per cent increase in purchases to account of nearly a third (32 per cent) of all album sales.