First of all, total sales were up 16% over last week, according to Billboard Magazine, but that's tempered by the fact that the number is still down 12% from sales of the same week last year.
Multiple Grammy winners (including Album of the Year) Robert Plant and Alison Krauss moved from #69 to #2 on Billboard's Album sales chart, but that meant sales of only 77,000 copies!!
Coldplay jumped from #31 to #8 with sales of only 62,000, and Best New Artist Adele moved from #27 to #10 after selling a mere 57,000.
And this is an increase of 16%?
CD sales have truly fallen off a cliff. Once upon a time, the above sales figures would all have another zero on the end. One can only wonder, would the sales be much better if there were more retail music stores? It's hard to buy something if you can't find it, especially on impulse.