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Long declared dying, the album is back as sales slip for single songs

10:44 AM, Jul. 22, 2013
Spin the whole thing: Despite a less-than-favorable response from critics, Jay-Z's 'Magna Carta ... Holy Grail' set a Spotify record with 14 million album streams during its first week.
Spin the whole thing: Despite a less-than-favorable response from critics, Jay-Z's 'Magna Carta ... Holy Grail' set a Spotify record with 14 million album streams during its first week.
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The album, on life support for a dozen years, may be on a healthy rebound.

After steadily climbing for years, digital track sales fell 2.3 percent in the first six months of 2013, according to Nielsen Entertainment and Billboard's mid-year music industry report.

Overall album sales are down as well, in line with a trend that began after iTunes and iPods allowed fans to cherry-pick songs rather than spring for full collections. ...

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