August increase in phonogram sales

Phonogram sales are up in August but the overall trend is still pointing downwards.

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While sales of records are up in August the Norwegian phonogram market is still in a state of decline. Wile there has been a lack of major international releases to drive the market in the year’s first half, domestic repertoire has continues to chew a bigger chunk of the market

The Augusts sales figures from the Association of Norwegian Record Distributors show that overall sales of phonogram sales rose 6% in volume and 4% in value compared to 2004.

Sales of CD albums were up 8% in volume and 4% in value compared to last year.

Sales of singles is continuing the downward trend with a 43% decrease in volume and 48% in value compared to 2004.

DVD music sales are up with a 61% increase in volume and 37% in value.

Domestic repertoire held a 37% stake in the market in August, a positive trend compared to last year’s 29%.

Sales of classical music amounted to 4% of units shifted on the Norwegian market.

Total accumulated sales so far this year are 6,5m albums, 353 000 singles and 148 000 Music DVDs amounting to a turnover of NOK 438m (€ 56,2m /$ 68,2m). This represents a decrease of 12% in volume and 11% in value compared to the first eights months of 2004.

These were the market shares for August 2004:

Universal 23,1%
Sony BMG 19,7%
EMI Recorded Music 17,9%
Warner 13,7%
Playground 3,5%
MO 3,3%
VME 3,2%
Bonnier Amigo 3,2%
Bare Bra / Tylden 3,1%
Master Music /Naxos 2,8%
MBO 2,5%
Tuba 2%
KKV 1,7%

Total turnover in August amounted to NOK 61,5 (€8m/$9,7m)

This the official national album chart, the VG Lista Topp 40 for week 38:

1.James Blunt
Back To Bedlam
2.Various artists
Det beste til meg og mine venner
3. Craig David
Life In Slow Motion
4. Sigur Rós
5. Coldplay
X & Y
6. Raga Rockers
Ragas beste 1983 - 2000
7. Klovner i Kamp
Ørnen tek ikkje unga
8. Paul McCartney
Chaos And Creation In The Back Room
9. Kari Bremnes
Over en by
10. The Rolling Stones
A Bigger Bang
11. Sofian
This Is Sofian
12. Kaizers Orchestra
13. Jorun Stiansen
14. Michael Jackson
The Essential Michael Jackson
15. Eric Clapton
Back Home
16. Ravi & DJ Løv
Den nye arbeidsdagn
17. Kanye West
Late Registration
18. The Dandy Warhols
Odditorium Of Warlords Of Ma
19. Timbuktu
Alla vill till himmelen men ingen vill dö
20. Iron Maiden
Death On The Road (Live)
21. Gorillaz
Demon Days
22. deLillos
Festen er ikke over...det er kake igjen!
23. Animal Alpha
24. Marion Raven
Here I Am
25. Röyksopp
The Understanding
26. Foo Fighters
In Your Honor
27. Madrugada
The Deep End
28. Trang Fødsel
De aller beste
29. Lionel Richie
Definitive Collection
30. Åge Aleksandersen
To skritt frem
31. Beth Hart
Leave The Light On
32. System Of A Down
33. Dadafon
Lost Love Chords
34. Amy Diamond
This Is Me Now
35. Ketil Bjørnstad
Ghost Reveries
37. Vamp
38. Keane
Hopes And Fears
Best Of 1990-2000
40. Morten Abel
Morten Abel
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