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Stacking Up Sales

January 22, 1998

Total album and single sales of CDs and cassettes for the week ended Jan. 18, compared with week-ago and year-ago levels, in millions of units sold:

Latest Week

Albums: 11.4

Singles: 1.8


Week ago

Albums: 11.3

Singles: 1.8


Year ago

Albums: 10.1

Singles: 1.8

Atop the Charts

Year-to-date record company market share as of Jan. 18, based on units sold. This is an indicator of music company performance.


Distributor: Sony*

This week: 21.0%

Year to Date: 18.5%

Top-selling album: Titanic

Artist: Soundtrack


Distributor: WEA

This week: 15.3

Year to Date: 16.1

Top-selling album: Yourself or Someone. . .

Artist: Matchbox 20


Distributor: BMG

This week: 15.1

Year to Date: 14.6

Top-selling album: Money Power Respect

Artist: Lox


Distributor: EMD

This week: 11.9

Year to Date: 12.5

Top-selling album: Spiceworld

Artist: Spice Girls


Distributor: UNI

This week: 11.0

Year to Date: 12.2

Top-selling album: Tubthumper

Artist: Chumbawamba


Distributor: PolyGram

This week: 10.7

Year to Date: 11.4

Top-selling album: Come On Over

Artist: Shania Twain

* Due to a reporting error by Soundscan, The Times incorrectly reported Sony's top album in last week's Music Index. It should have been the "Titanic" soundtrack.

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