This week, Billboard and Nielson SoundScan reported on the year-end numbers for the music industry. Among those stats was an interesting bit listing out the top ten markets for physical and digital music. I think their list makes sense, yet, I am wondering where places like Nashville, Raleigh and other music centers fit into this? Not all stores are in the SoundScan system — and that is why many people also believe the overall numbers are actually better than reported. In any case, whether you like the sound of the full-bodied vinyl or easy access to digital tracks, it doesn’t matter where you live (or where you buy!) as long as you are doing it from sources that support artists so they can continue to make music.
Here are those markets. Any surprises?
2 Los Angeles
5 Washington, DC
7 San Francisco/Oakland/San Jose
8 Dallas/Ft Worth
10 Seattle/Tacoma, Wa.