Lady Gaga, Adele Give Record Industry First Positive Growth In Years
Posted on Thu Jul 7, 2011 03:09 PM PDT

GagaRecordIndustry200.jpgLOS ANGELES, California (X17online) -- According to figures released Wednesday by Nielsen SoundScan, album sales rose 3.6 percent during the first half of 2011.

That's the first time since 2004 that sales have been positive for the record industry, which has been suffering a decade-long slide downward due to Internet piracy and declining album sales -- with the decline in album sales due to services such as iTunes that allow for listeners to choose individual songs over whole albums.

And it appears that, as Beyonce would say, girls run the world: Katy Perry, Lady Gaga, Adele and Nicki Minaj have all moved millions of albums this year as well as millions of digital units.

Still, men are not far behind. Eminem's latest album has been a hit, and Bruno Mars, along with country stars Mumford & Sons and Jason Aldean have done well, though they haven't produced the millions that the ladies are getting.

The industry is hoping the increase will sustain itself, with new albums from Lil Wayne, Kanye West and Jay-Z, the Red Hot Chili Peppers, Will Smith and Coldplay out soon.