By now, just about everyone knows that the album as a medium for music has been going through some tough times these past few years. But album sales in Britain are at an incredible low right now, as evidenced by this past week’s numbers. According to a new report from the Official Charts Company, the best-selling album in the UK last week was Rihanna’s Talk That Talk, which moved just 9,578 units. That total is the lowest that the OCC has tracked since 1994. (The UK’s current population is estimated at roughly 60 million, so 10,000 records sold there is roughly the equivalent of 50,000 sold in the US, which has a population of 315 million or so.)
Worse, things are faring only slightly better stateside. Last week, the best-selling record in the US was the Zac Brown Band’s new Uncaged, which sold just 48,728 copies. That total proved to be the second lowest since the OCC began in 1991.