Top-Selling Albums of 2008

This list is interesting as it raises even more questions: How many of these do you own the CD of? How many do you own legally? How many have you borrowed or downloaded?

(Being a middle-aged white guy, I only have the Coldplay and Jack Johnson in CD form)

1. LIL WAYNE, “Tha Carter III” (Cash Money/Universal Motown); 2.87 million

2. COLDPLAY, “Viva la Vida or Death and All His Friends” (Capitol); 2.14 million

3. TAYLOR SWIFT, “Fearless” (Big Machine); 2.11 million

4. KID ROCK, “Rock N Roll Jesus” (Atlantic); 2.02 million

5. AC/DC, “Black Ice” (Columbia); 1.92 million

6. TAYLOR SWIFT, “Taylor Swift” (Big Machine); 1.6 million

7. METALLICA, “Death Magnetic” (Warner Brothers); 1.57 million

8. T. I., “Paper Trail” (Grand Hustle/Atlantic); 1.52 million

9. JACK JOHNSON, “Sleep Through the Static” (Brushfire/Universal); 1.49 million

10. BEYONCé, “I Am … Sasha Fierce” (Music World/Columbia); 1.46 million

Data via Nielsen SoundScan


The Top-Selling Albums of 2008
NYT, December 31, 2008

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