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“The future of CNN is as much about digital as about television, if not more.”
With those words, CNN President Jeff Zucker kicked off a press event in Manhattan on Wednesday, where the network unveiled its impending digital makeover. It’s a multi-platform effort CNN is planning to spend $15 million on this year.
On the consumer-facing side, CNN will get a new website — a darker, more streamlined version of its current site, which was released in 2009. Gone is the long left-hand column with dozens of linked headlines; the site gives play to a single big story above the fold, both on the homepage and on its section pages, like The Huffington Post‘s front page.
According to Nielsen, the first 9 months of 2012, digital album sales in the U.S. are up 15% over the same period last year. American fans have already purchased 1 billion digital tracks, a pace that should break 2011’s record of 1.3 billion sold.
A look at music sales over the past few years show that an explosion of new devices including smartphones and tablets has played a major factor in the growth of digital music.
According to Nielsen SoundScan, Rhianna has moved an incredible 47.5 million digital sales since she hit the scene back in 2005.
Black Eyed Peas, who claim the top digital selling song of all time moving 7.68 million downloads of ”I Got A Feeling”, came in second on the list with 42.4 million total downloads.
The complete Top 10 looks like this:
1. Rihanna (47,571,000)
2. Black Eyed Peas (42,405,000)
3. Eminem (42,290,000)
4. Lady Gaga (42,078,000)
5. Taylor Swift (41,821,000)
6. Katy Perry (37,620,00)
7. Lil Wayne (36,788,000)
8. Beyonce (30,439,000)
9. Kanye West (30,242,000)
10. Britney Spears (28,665,000)