STACKING UP SALES
Total album and single sales of CDs and cassettes for the week ended May 1, compared to week-ago and year-ago levels, in millions of units sold:
Albums Singles Latest Week 9.5 1.7 Week ago 9.3 1.7 Year ago 8.1 1.9
Atop the Charts
Monthly record company market share as of April, based on units sold. This is an indicator of music company performance.
Total Top-selling Rank&Distributor; share Albums Singles album 1 WEA 21.08% 20.77% 22.80% 'Above the Rim' 2 Sony 16.26 17.08 11.86 Division Bell 3 BMG 14.36 12.60 23.89 Sign 4 CEMA 13.05 13.51 10.55 Not a Moment Too Soon 5 UNI 11.03 11.22 10.02 Read My Mind 6 PolyGram 10.53 10.87 8.70 Superknown
Rank&Distributor; Artist 1 WEA Various 2 Sony Pink Floyd 3 BMG Ace of Base 4 CEMA Tim McGraw 5 UNI Reba McEntire 6 PolyGram Soundgarden
Hits Magazine Tip of the Week
If it involves the Eagles, lawyers can't be far behind. The industry rumor mill is churning with news that Don Henley and his record label, Geffen, are close to settling a long and bitter legal fight that sought to release him from his solo recording contract. Under terms of the settlement, Geffen would release an album of Eagles material recorded for an upcoming "MTV Unplugged" special and a Henley greatest-hits package with some new material. In addition, look for MCA and Glenn Frey to resolve their litigation, allowing Frey to participate in the Geffen-Eagles project while keeping his future solo recordings at MCA.
Note: Hits magazine is a weekly music industry trade publication.
Source: Soundscan Inc.