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Tops In 2008 Best Selling Albums, Most Downloaded Songs
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Tops In 2008 Best Selling Albums, Most Downloaded Songs

Nielsen has issued a year-end look at the most popular trends among Americans during 2008, covering everything from the top TV programs to the most popular consumer packaged goods.

Alicia Keys’ “As I Am” was the top selling album of 2008, according to Billboard and Nielsen.

Keys also had the most listened-to radio song of the year, “No One,” which drew 3.08 billion radio listeners between November 12, 2007 through November 16, 2008. 

“Low,” by Flo Rida, featuring T-Pain, was the most downloaded song of the year, through November 16.

According to Scarborough Research, a joint partnership with Nielsen and Arbitron, MP3 players are most prevalent in Washington D.C., where 40% of adults live in households with at least one player.  Nationwide, 30% of adults live in homes with MP3 players.

Top 10 Albums

Rank Album Artist
1 As I Am Alicia Keys
2 Noel Josh Groban
3 Tha Carter III Lil Wayne
4 Long Road Out of Eden Eagles
5 Taylor Swift Taylor Swift
6 Rock N Roll Jesus Kid Rock
7 Viva La Vida or Death and All His Friends Coldplay
8 NOW 26 Various Artists
9 Carnival Ride Carrie Underwood
10 The Ultimate Hits Garth Brooks
Source: Billboard 200 / The Nielsen Company.
Note: Data is from Billboard’s Dec 1, 2007 issue through November 29, 2008 (including sales data from Nov. 12, 2007 through November 16, 2008).

Top 10 Most Listened-To Radio Songs

Rank Song Artist Total Listeners
1 No One Alicia Keys 3,084,014,000
2 Low Flo Rida Featuring T-Pain 3,025,670,000
3 Bleeding Love Leona Lewis 2,754,498,000
4 Apologize Timbaland Featuring OneRepublic 2,508,246,000
5 Lollipop Lil Wayne Featuring Static Major 2,365,270,000
6 With You Chris Brown 2,348,062,000
7 Love in this Club Usher Featuring Young Jeezy 2,280,490,000
8 No Air Jordin Sparks Duet With Chris Brown 2,170,133,000
9 Sexy Can I Ray J & Yung Berg 1,926,995,000
10 Take A Bow Rihanna 1,920,855,000
Source: Billboard Hot 100 Airplay / The Nielsen Company.
Note: Data is from Billboard’s Dec 1, 2007 issue through November 29, 2008 (including sales data from Nov. 12, 2007 through November 16, 2008).

Top 10 Most Digitally-Downloaded Songs

Rank Song Artist
1 Low Flo Rida Featuring T-Pain
2 Bleeding Love Leona Lewis
3 Lollipop Lil Wayne Featuring Static Major
4 I Kissed a Girl Katy Perry
5 Viva La Vida Coldplay
6 Love Song Sara Bareilles
7 Apologize Timbaland Featuring OneRepublic
8 No Air Jordin Sparks Duet With Chris Brown
9 Disturbia Rihanna
10 4 Minutes Madonna Featuring Justin Timberlake
Source: Billboard Hot Digital Songs / The Nielsen Company.
Note: Data is from Billboard’s Dec 1, 2007 issue through November 29, 2008 (including sales data from Nov. 12, 2007 through November 16, 2008).

Top U.S. Markets: Adults Living In A Household With An MP3 Player

Rank Market % Adults

Living In Households

With An MP3 Player

1 Washington, D.C. DMA 40%
2 Salt Lake City DMA 39%
3 San Francisco/Oakland/San Jose DMA 38%
4 Providence/New Bedford DMA 36%
5 Chicago DMA 36%
6 Seattle/Tacoma DMA 35%
7 New York DMA 35%
8 Denver DMA 35%
9 Honolulu DMA 34%
10 San Diego DMA 34%
  National Average 30%
Source: Scarborough Research, Scarborough USA+ Release 1 2008.

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