The Top-Selling CD This Year Is By ... Mozart

Dec 7, 2016
Originally published on December 7, 2016 7:26 am

The year is not quite over, but we know the top selling CD of 2016.

It's not by Beyonce ... but by Mozart.

Billboard reports that 1.25 million CDs in a Mozart box set have been sold.

One clarification: Only a few thousand people bought the Mozart box set.

Billboard counts the different CDs in a box set as separate sales.

So when you put 225 CDs in a box set, the math almost guarantees a smash hit.

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STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

Good morning. I'm Steve Inskeep. The year isn't quite over, but we know the top-selling CD of the year - not by Beyonce, but by Mozart. Billboard reports that one-and-a-quarter-million CDs in a Mozart box set have been sold.

One clarification - only a few thousand people actually bought the box set. Billboard counts the different CDs in a box set as separate sales. And so apparently, when you put out a 225-CD box set, the math almost guarantees a smash hit. You're listening to MORNING EDITION. Transcript provided by NPR, Copyright NPR.