Monday, January 7, 2008

End-of-year SoundScan review

Posted By on Mon, Jan 7, 2008 at 9:29 PM

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YEAR OF THE RINGTONE RAPPER: Yes, it's Soulja Boy again.

(Photo by D. Hill)

SoundScan, the technology that tracks music sales, released its final numbers for 2007. The good news is, contrary to popular belief, the recording industry sold more units — CDs, vinyl, digital downloads, ringtones, etc. — than ever before. Consumers made 1.4 billion music purchases, an increase from 1.2 billion in 2006. The bad news is that fewer of those purchases include full-length CDs: Album sales plummeted 15 percent.

As previously noted, 2007 was something of an off-year for Atlanta's music industry. No local artist landed an album in the year-end top 10, not even T.I. with his platinum-certified T.I. vs. T.I.P. Teenage pop-rap phenom Soulja Boy's "Crank That (Soulja Boy)" was the year's best-selling digital song, however. Plus, "Crank That," Shop Boyz's "Party Like a Rock Star" and Akon's "Don't Matter" all landed on the top 10 mastertone ringtones list. (To learn more about mastertone ringtones, check out the Wikipedia entry on Truetone.)

Here are the lists for 2007's best-selling albums, digital songs and mastertone ringtones.

Top 10 Best-Selling Albums:

1) Josh Groban, Noel (3,699,000)

2) High School Musical 2 soundtrack (2,957,000)

3) Eagles, Long Road Out of Eden (2,608,000)

4) Alicia Keys, As I Am (2,543,000)

5) Daughtry (2,497,000)

6) Hannah Montana 2: Meet Miley soundtrack (2,489,000)

7) Linkin Park, Minutes to Midnight (2,099,000)

8) Fergie, The Dutchess (2,064,000)

9) Taylor Swift (1,951,000)

10) Kanye West, Graduation (1,892,000)

Top 10 Best-Selling Digital Songs:

1) Soulja Boy, "Crank That (Soulja Boy)" (2,909,000)

2) Plain White T’s, "Hey There Delilah" (2,566,000)

3) Fergie, "Big Girls Don’t Cry" (2,525,000)

4) Avril Lavigne, "Girlfriend" (2,415,000)

5) Timbaland feat. Onerepublic, "Apologize" (2,371,000)

6) Rihanna, "Umbrella" (2,359,000)

7) Kanye West, "Stronger" (2,328,000)

8) Gwen Stefani feat. Akon, "Sweet Escape" (2,251,000)

9) Fergie feat. Ludacris, "Glamorous" (2,169,000)

10) Timbaland feat. Keri Hilson & Jo, "Way I Are" (1,943,000)

Top 10 Mastertones

1) T-Pain, "Buy U A Drank" (2,308,769)

2) Mims, "This Is Why I’m Hot" (2,101,723)

3) Soulja Boy, "Crank That (Soulja Boy)" (2,010,714)

4) Shop Boyz, "Party Like A Rock Star" (1,782,709)

5) Akon, "Don’t Matter" (1,500,555)

6) Huey, "Pop, Lock & Drop It" (1,421,830)

7) Hurricane Chris, "A Bay Bay" (1,420,621)

8) Sean Kingston, "Beautiful Girls" (1,415,022)

9) Nickelback, "Rockstar" (1,269,715)

10) Plies feat. T-Pain, "Shawty" (1,171,518)

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