U.S. Sales Figures for Pitchfork’s Top 50 Albums of 2011 

Eric Harvey put this together earlier this month, after he and I got the idea to put this together last year. I’m reblogging again because some people have asked me about it, and because his version is weirdly difficult to find on Google.

The ones with suspiciously round numbers are estimations based on when an album dropped out of the top 200 and the fact that it has to sell less than 3000 copies in a week to do so. Sales figures are the most recent as of 1/1/2012.

If you have verified numbers to fix any mistakes or omissions, send them along to myself or Eric.

1. Bon Iver Bon Iver - 347,428

2. Destroyer Kaputt - 32,446

3. M83 Hurry Up, We’re Dreaming - 78,710

4. PJ Harvey Let England Shake - 69,000

5. Girls Father, Son, Holy Ghost - 38,059

6. Oneohtrix Point Never Replica - 5,867

7. Tune-Yards w h o k i l l - 47,214

8. Drake Take Care - 1,246,774

9. Real Estate Days - 29,990

10. The Weeknd House of Balloons N/A

11. St. Vincent Cruel Mercy - 50,490

12. James Blake James Blake - 51,356

13. EMA Past-Life Martyred Saints - 8,071

14. Shabazz Palaces Black Up - 16,922

15. Fleet Foxes Helplessness Blues - 293,483

16. Kurt Vile Smoke Ring for My Halo - 33,115

17. Clams Casino Instrumentals N/A

18. Atlas Sound Parallax - 16,711

19. Danny Brown XXX N/A

20. Nicolas Jaar Space is Only Noise N/A

21. Jay-Z/Kanye West Watch the Throne - 1,231,676

22. The Caretaker An Empty Bliss Beyond This World N/A

23. Bill Callahan Apocalypse - 13,389

24. Juliana Barwick The Magic Place - 5,383

25. Gang Gang Dance Eye Contact - 9,500

26. The Field Looping State of Mind - 5,800

27. Beyonce 4 - 1,058,292

28. Cut Copy Zonoscope 52,173

29. DJ Quik Book of David - 34,000

30. Tim Hecker Ravedeath, 1972 - 5,500

31. Ty Segall Goodbye Bread - 3,900

32. Panda Bear Tomboy - 50,000

33. Fucked Up David Comes to Life - 22,949

34. Katy B On A Mission - N/A

35. Frank Ocean Nostalgia, Ultra N/A

36. Kate Bush 50 Words for Snow - 28,199

37. Iceage New Brigade - 5,600

38. Sandro Perri Impossible Spaces 798

39. War on Drugs Slave Ambient - 17,427

40. Araabmusik Electronic Dream - N/A

41. Liturgy Aesthetica N/A

42. SBTRKT SBTRKT - 15,006

43. Lykke Li Wounded Rhymes - 27,000

44. Colin Stetson New History Warfare Vol. 2: Judges 4,361

45. Kendrick Lamar Section.80 - 31,640

46. Cults Cults - 30,000

47. Sepalcure Sepalcure N/A

48. Toro Y Moi Underneath the Pine - 25,000

49. Wild Flag Wild Flag - 33,139

50. Youth Lagoon Year of Hibernation - 17,574

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    If someone makes a transcendent album and nobody buys it to whom does that matter?
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    Courtesy of Matthew P, here’s a great article about the sales of Pitchfork’s top 50 records. A little perspective: as he...