Lil Wayne. Photo by RJ Shaughnessy.

Shocking absolutely no one, Lil Wayne’s Tha Carter III has officially been crowned as 2008’s biggest selling album, with 2.9 million copies sold. Wayne’s album-which sold over a million copies in it’s first week-is the first album in Soundscan’s 17 year history to top the year end charts without selling more than 3 million copies. The rest of the year end Top 10 includes names like Coldplay (who claimed the runner-up position), Kid Rock, AC/DC, and Taylor Swift (twice!).

One thing worth noting about the year in music, according to this Billboard article, is that record sales were down over 14% between 2007 and 2008. Also worth noting is the fact that CDs still account for over 80% of record sales.