The biggest-selling CD release of 2016 has been revealed and you’ll never be able to guess it.
Despite Drake topping the year’s streaming charts, it’s in fact Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart who has shifted the highest number of CDs in the US during 2016.
According to Billboard, the 200-disc Mozart 225: The New Complete Edition boxset has shifted upwards of 6,250 copies. That’s 1.25 million CDs sold in total.
The 240-hour boxset came out at the end of October, with label Universal describing it as “most authoritative, complete and scholarly box set ever devoted to the work of a single composer”.
“It is wonderful to see the reaction to this box set, which is the fruit of years of scholarship, planning and curation,” said Paul Moseley, UMG’s director of Mozart 225. “Mozart’s immortal melodies, no less than The Beatles or Abba, are in some way part of all our lives – and this Edition is the perfect way to celebrate that on his 225th anniversary.”
Spotify recently unveiled lists of the most streamed artists, songs and albums on the platform this year. For the second year in a row, Drake has been crowned Spotify’s most streamed artist, attracting 4.7 billion streams in 2016 despite his album ‘Views’ being an exclusive to rival Apple Music for the first two weeks of its release back in April. Earlier this year it was announced that Drake is the most streamed artist ever and his hit ‘One Dance’ is the most streamed song to grace the service.