Here are the global top 50 best selling albums for 2008, according to MusicWeek.
1 Coldplay Viva La Vida Or Death And All His Friends - EMI Music
2 AC/DC Black Ice - Sony Music
3 Various Artists Mamma Mia! The Movie Soundtrack - Universal Music
4 Duffy Rockferry - Universal Music
5 Metallica Death Magnetic - Warner Music/Universal Music
6 Leona Lewis Spirit - Sony Music
7 Amy Winehouse Back To Black - Universal Music
8 Various Artists High School Musical 3: Senior Year - Walt Disney Records/Universal Music/EMI Music
9 Lil Wayne Tha Carter III - Universal Music
10 Rihanna Good Girl Gone Bad - Universal Music
11 Madonna Hard Candy - Warner Music
12 Beyonce I Am... Sasha Fierce - Sony Music
13 P!nk Funhouse - Sony Music
14 Guns N' Roses Chinese Democracy - Universal Music
15 Britney Spears Circus - Sony Music
16 Jack Johnson Sleep Through The Static - Universal Music
17 Il Divo The Promise - Sony Music
18 Taylor Swift Fearless - Big Machine/Universal Music
19 Jonas Brothers A Little Bit Longer - Hollywood Records/Universal Music
20 Various Artists Camp Rock - OST Walt Disney Records/Universal Music/EMI Music
21 Kings Of Leon Only By The Night - Sony Music
22 Nickelback Dark Horse - Warner Music/EMI Music
23 Miley Cyrus Breakout - Walt Disney Records/Universal Music
24 Kid Rock Rock N Roll Jesus - Warner Music
25 Enya And Winter Came - Warner Music
26 Mariah Carey E=MC2 - Universal Music
27 Take That The Circus - Universal Music
28 The Killers Day & Age - Universal Music
29 Usher Here I Stand - Sony Music
30 T.I. Paper Trail - Warner Music
31 Kanye West 808’s & Heartbreak - Universal Music
32 Michael Jackson Thriller (25th Anniversary Edition) - Sony Music
33 Katy Perry One Of The Boys - EMI Music
34 Exile Exile Ballad Best - Avex Marketing Inc.
35 Ne-Yo Year Of The Gentleman - Universal Music
36 Amy Macdonald This Is The Life - Universal Music
37 Abba Gold - Universal Music
38 Namie Amuro Best Fiction - Avex Marketing Inc.
39 Jonas Brothers Jonas Brothers - Hollywood Records/Universal Music
40 Seal Soul - Warner Music
41 Sugarland Love On The Inside - Universal Music
42 Celine Dion My Love Essential Collection - Sony Music
43 Exile Exile Catchy Best - Avex Marketing Inc.
44 Dido Safe Trip Home - Sony Music
45 Taylor Swift Taylor Swift -Big Machine/Universal Music
46 Chris Brown Exclusive - Sony Music
47 Twilight Twilight - OST Warner Music
48 Jason Mraz We Sing. We Dance. We Steal Things. - Warner Music
49 OneRepublic Dreaming Out Loud - Universal Music
50 Various Artists Now Thats What I Call Music Vol. 71 - EMI Music
After looking at this list, a few observations come to mind:
1) Despite everything we hear about the Internet age and the new artist, if you're not on a major label you're not going to be a big seller.
2) Female artists dominated the charts, with 17 entries.
3) Rap and Hip-Hop, while still a presence, was down from previous years.
4) 15 albums were from artists who've had careers of at least 10 years.
5) Only 3 entries were from country music, and two of those from Taylor Swift.
6) There were four "Various Artists" compilations.
7) For better or for worse, Abba is alive and well, years after they've actively stopped making records. Like them or not, it's a testament to great songwriting and production.