LOS ANGELES- U.S. album sales rose more than 3 percent in
2011, the first gain for the music industry since 2004.
Nielsen SoundScan data showed the uptick to 458 million albums
was helped by the hugely popular sophomore album "21" from
British singer Adele, which sold 5.8 million.
Michael Buble's "Christmas" racked up 2.5 million album sales
while Lady Gaga's "Born This Way" sold 2.1 million.
The industry is still buffeted by declining sales of compact
discs, which fell nearly 6 percent to 225 million.
But digital album sales rose nearly 20 percent to 103 million.
The rest of the total is made up of digital single tracks, where
10 tracks are counted as one album. Digital singles sales rose
nearly 9 percent to 1.27 billion.