Adele's "21" still No. 1 as digital sales jump

LOS ANGELES, CA - FEBRUARY 12: Singer Adele accepts the Best Pop Solo Performance Aweard for "Someone Like You" onstage at the 54th Annual GRAMMY Awards held at Staples Center on February 12, 2012 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images) Kevin Winter

Adele attends the 54th Annual Grammy Awards on Feb. 12, 2012, in Los Angeles.
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(CBS/AP) CDs are slowly fading away, as more and more people buy their music digitally.

Overall U.S. music album sales dropped slightly in the first six months of the year, but digital album sales are up more than 13 percent over a year ago.

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Tracking firm Nielsen SoundScan said Thursday that 57 million digital albums have been sold so far in 2012, compared to 50 million during the same period last year. Digital album sales comprise 38 percent of all album purchases for the first half of the year.

Adele's Grammy-winning "21" is the top selling album, both digitally and physically. It claimed the biggest one-week sales of 2012, with 730,000 copies sold in the week following the British singer's Grammy Awards sweep.

Lionel Richie's country duets album, "Tuskegee," came in second with 912,000 units sold to date, outselling Richie's last three studio albums combined.

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