3.5 Million Live Songs: 2,500 New Songs, 2,000 New Tracks, More to Come

3.5 Million Live Songs: 2,500 New Songs, 2,000 New Tracks, More to Come

NEW YORK — More live music is hitting the charts, with the album sales numbers for the year, released Thursday by Nielsen SoundScan, proving a boost for the top 20 most popular songs in the U.S. and Canada.

In total, 2.5 million songs were sold in 2017.

The figures include both live and recorded music.

This is the first year that a full year of Nielsen Soundscan data is available for the music industry, which is expected to grow significantly as streaming platforms like Spotify, Apple Music and Rdio increase their audiences.

And with a record-breaking year of sales for albums, songs and singles, the top 25 albums will now have sold 1.9 billion units worldwide.

For more than a decade, the number one chart in the United States has been Billboard’s Hot 100, which measures the overall sales of all songs on the Billboard Hot 100 chart.

It peaked at No. 1 in 2017 with 2.25 million units sold.

At No. 2, Drake’s Views was at 3.1 million.

Its second album, The Life of Pablo, was at 4.2 million.

And No. 5, Ariana Grande’s The 21st Century, was fifth at 5.2 billion.

That means the album peaked in its fifth week at No 1 with just over 1.5 billion copies sold.

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