Total album and single sales of CDs and cassettes for the week ended Nov. 21, compared to week-ago and year-ago levels, in millions of units sold: Latest week Albums: 11.32 Singles: 2.28
*Week-ago Albums: 11.11 Singles: 2.33
*Year-ago Albums: 10.59 Singles: 2.06
Atop the Charts
Monthly record company market share as of October, based on units sold. This is an indicator of music company performance. MARKET SHARE
Total Top-selling Rank Distributor share Albums Singles album 1 WEA 20.11% 20.11% 20.10% Songs of the Eagles 2 Sony 19.77 20.17 17.81 Vs. 3 BMG 11.90 10.47 18.82 Toni Braxton 4 UNI 11.81 12.05 10.61 Bat Out of Hell II 5 Polygram 11.63 11.91 10.28 So Far So Good 6 CEMA 11.35 11.75 9.42 Duets
Rank Artist 1 Common Thread 2 Pearl Jam 3 Toni Braxton 4 Meat Loaf 5 Bryan Adams 6 Frank Sinatra
Hits Magazine Rumor of the Week
While Walt Disney Co.'s film division continues its box office success, rumors again center on the company's embattled Hollywood Records and its vacant presidency. Insiders are saying not to expect Disney to make a final decision until after the first of the year, with recently hired A&R Vice President Bob Pfeifer serving as de facto leader of Mickey's musical kingdom. Among the names continuing to circulate are Pfeifer himself, Warner's Michael Ostin, A&M's Jim Guerinot and attorney Richard Leher.
Note: Hits magazine is a weekly music industry trade publication.
Sources: Soundscan Inc.; Billboard magazine