A new report has shown that no album released in 2014 has gone platinum yet in the US and is unlikely to do so by the year’s end.
Vinyl record sales this year may be exceeding that of 2013 but things aren’t as positive elsewhere in the music industry.
In comparison, five albums had already reached the platinum sales mark (one million sales in the US) by this point in 2013, including Justin Timberlake’s ‘The 20/20 Experience’. Forbes report that one soundtrack has surpassed the million mark, however, with the Frozen OST shifting 3.2 million copies.
The albums most likely to go platinum next are Lorde’s ‘Pure Heroine’ and Beyonce’s self-titled release, both around the 750,000 mark currently. These two albums were both released back in 2013, however.
In terms of singles, 60 songs have gone platinum during 2014, compared to 83 last year. This has been attributed to a general fall in digital downloads over the past twelve months.