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Performer or Album-Specific

Much recording industry information regarding sales is proprietary and difficult to find in any detail. An effective way to find some of this information is in books about jazz history, performer-related biographies, bibliographies and discographies.

Sales Statistics

Music Industry Research Guide  
Harvard Business School - Baker Library: Includes Billboard Buyer's Guide (record labels, publishers), Trade Journals, Associations and Organizations, and Statistics and Analysis. The latter includes RIAA sales statistics, National Association of Recording Merchandisers, and other recording industry sales statistics.
Recording Industry Association of America
Note: RIAA tracks nothing under 5,000 sales tracked. See Marketing and Consumer trends, very current.
Statistical Abstracts  
Use left side menu, Information and Communications / Motion Picture and Sound Recordings Industries (very broad level statistics).

Performing Arts Data Resources