‘Frozen’ Soundtrack Is the Only Album to Go Platinum in 2014 So Far
Elsa and Anna have managed to accomplish something no single artist or band has been able to do in 2014 so far: Sell a million copies of an album.
Forbes reports that in 2014, no artists had an album that was certified Platinum by the RIAA, an achievement rewarded when an album officially sells one million copies. The two albums closest to that number are Lorde's 'Pure Heroine' and Beyonce's self-titled album, which both were released in 2013.
Only the 'Frozen' soundtrack, which was technically released last year and has sold over 3 million copies to date, was certified Platinum in February of 2014.
On the other side, there have been 60 singles this year that have sold one million copies or more. Compared to 2013, there were 83 singles that went Platinum, which shows that singles sales this year may slide although not as dramatically.
In an age of digital streaming services like Spotify and iTunes, the industry model has shifted. So while it is alarming for record labels and artists that album sales aren't what they used to be, it isn't all that surprising given the way technology has changed things in recent years.
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