Digital albums rebound as music fans engage more with artists

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From The Tennessean:

The album, on life support for more than a decade, may be on a healthy rebound.

After steadily climbing for years, digital track sales fell 2.3 percent in the first six months of 2013, according to Nielsen Entertainment and Billboard’s mid-year music industry report.

Overall album sales are down as well, in line with a trend that began after iTunes and iPods allowed fans to cherry-pick songs rather than spring for full collections.

But sales of digital albums grew 6.3 percent, challenging the notion that the format is headed toward extinction in an era defined by hit singles. From Dec. 31, 2012, to June 30, 2013, fans bought 60.8 million digital albums, compared to 57.2 million in the same period last year.

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