It’s no secret that the music industry is suffering from poor album sales. In fact, this week’s Billboard chart shows a sign of the times. Two artists, LL Cool J and Kardinal Offishall, both released albums that debuted with less than 50,000 copies. LL Cool J’s last album, 2006’s Todd Smith, sold 116,000 its first week. His latest, Exit 13, moved 44,000 copies. Kardinal Offishall’s album Not 4 Sale had a top 5 hit with “Dangerous” and still only pushed 12,000 units.
The days of physical album sales are quickly fading. How long will it be until we see the complete extinction of CDs?