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.