Album sales 2021: Morgan Wallen was number 1, Adele down 82% from 2015, Fleetwood Mac 41 years old Smash Hit

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Some figures have come out for the record sales of 2021 and they reveal a lot.

The number 1 album in 2021 was by Morgan Wallen, his “Dangerous: The Double Album” sold a total of 3,091,000 copies, including streaming. Wallen was “canceled” after being discovered in a personal video where he used the “n” word. His fans didn’t care. Although Wallen was banned from awards shows and ditched (not really) by his agents and managers, he was the king of popular music sales in 2021.

Adele was the big story because her album “30” was meant to be a monster. In fact, it was a mini-monster. “30” has sold 1.4 million copies since its release on November 19. By comparison: His previous album, “25,” sold 3.8 million in its first week, the same week in 2015. By the end of the year, it was over 8 million. copies. So while “30” was a hit, it is a far cry from its predecessor. “30 {sales are down 82% from” 25 “.

One problem could be that “30” had only one big hit, “Easy On Me”, and no follow-up. The album “25” started with “Hello” and had several singles thereafter, including “Send My Love (to Your Lover)” and “When We Were Young”. Right now on iTunes, “Easy On Me” is number 2, and only one other track on the album, “Oh My God”, ranks at 64. But one track from the album “25”, ” Water Under the Bridge “, is 72 years old now, six years later.

Other end-of-year info: Taylor Swift released so many albums that she beats them all. She sold around 4 million albums in 2021. Kanye West’s “Donda” did not cross the million mark with 918,000.

Among the legacy performers, Fleetwood Mac is truly the success story of the year. They sold 848,000 copies, including the streaming of “Rumors”, an album released in 1977! Don’t stop thinking about tomorrow, indeed! Queen has sold 918,000 copies of their greatest hits. And Elton John, the winner of the legacy of singles and albums, sold 687,000 copies of his “Diamonds” box set, and he had three top 10s, including “Cold Heart.”

The Beatles also caused a sensation with over 500,000 total sales. More issues to come in the next week …

PS Now’s a great time to look for deals on Amazon on sets from 2021. The best were the Billy Joel vinyl box set, The Beatles “Let it Be Super Deluxe”, The Rolling Stones “Tattoo You”, the box sets by Joni Mitchell, Aretha Franklin, David Bowie, Curtis Mayfield.

My favorite 2021 record by contemporary artists? The Weeknd and Ariana Grande sing “Save Your Tears” on what sounds like a track from an old Orchestral album Manouevers in the Dark. I love it when Ariana Grande is singing, not yodeling, or looping. She has a breathtaking voice. Best song of the whole year? Sting’s “Bridge”.

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Roger Friedman started his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His film reviews are published by Rotten Tomatoes and he is a member of the film and television branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years, including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid-90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn’t so. mad) where he covered Michael Jackson. . He is also screenwriter and co-producer of “Only the Strong Survive”, a selection from the Cannes, Sundance and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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