The US music industry continues to experience signs of recovery, though not to the extent of the mid-90's.
Nielsen SoundScan sales data for the period between January and October 10 show album sales climbing 5.8 per cent - 463 million albums sold in the period, in comparison with 437 million in the same period last year.
Digital music sales also continue to grow: US consumers acquired 93.6 million tracks in the period, in contrast to just 19.2 million sales in the US between June and December last year.
As feared, the newly merged Sony BMG Music Entertainment group accounted for the lion's share of sales, grabbing 31.11 per cent of the albums market; Universal Music came a close second in the US, with 30.38 per cent of sales. Warners took 12.67 per cent and the beleaguered EMI grasped 9.75 per cent of US album sales.