In the US overall sales fell by 10% with physical sales down 20% to just over $2bn.

This article titled “Global recorded music sales fall almost .5bn amid increased piracy” was written by Mark Sweney, for guardian.co.uk on Monday 28th March 2011 14.38 UTC

Global recorded music sales fell by almost .5bn (£930m) last year as digital piracy continued to take its toll on the industry, with the UK losing its mantle as the third-largest music market after “physical” sales of CDs collapsed by almost a fifth.

Global recorded music revenues fell 8.4% last year, about .45bn, to .9bn according to the annual Recording Industry in Numbers report by international music industry body the IFPI.

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