As streaming gathers momentum, the U.S. music industry keeps breaking sales milestones -- the wrong kind.
This week's 3.97-million album sales tally is the smallest weekly sum for album sales since Nielsen SoundScan began tracking data in 1991. It's also the first time weekly sales have fallen below four million in that time span.
Compare latest 2014 pop-ette Ariana Grande with 90's Britney Spears or Christina Agulera, there's no difference. Its been 15 years. They're still milking that same cow. You want to hear something outside that stripper-mode rut, you have to scour the internet for people releasing stuff they made in the basement direct to the web.