Church rides "The Outsiders" to top for '14
Friday, January 2, 2015
– Eric Church had the best selling country disc in the U.S. in 2014 with "The Outsiders."
The disc sold 811,l000 units, far behind that of Taylor Swift's "1989," which was number 1 with 3.66 million. Swift edged out the "Frozen" soundtrack, which was at 3.53 million.
Church had the only country CD in the top 10.
The overall picture for album sales was not good. Sales fell 11 percent last year compared to 2013. In 2014, 257 million albums were sold, compared to 289.4 million in 2013. Digital album sales dropped 9 percent to 106.5 million.
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