News: Indie Labels Grab Record Market Share


According to Billboard SoundScan mid-year numbers provided by A2IM, report, indie labels hit a record high with 34.4% of the overall market share based on master ownership (not distribution). That’s up from last year’s mid-year mark of 32.9%. Top selling independent label artists so far this year include:


(noted in album/TEA sales)


Mumford & Sons – 1.1M albums (Glassnote Records, combined album totals for all their releases)


Macklemore & Ryan Lewis – 670k albums (Macklemore, LLC)\


The Lumineers – 660K albums (Dualtone Music Group)


Taylor Swift – 635K albums


Jason Aldean – 310K albums (Broken Bow)


Vampire Weekend – 275K albums (The Beggars Group)


Alabama Shakes – 250K albums (ATO Records)


Queens of the Stone Age – 150K albums (Matador Records)


[Al Lindstrom]