The RIAA announced verrrry slight gains for music sales for 2011, the first time such numbers have gone up since 2004. “You’re welcome,” says Adele, probably, somewhere. Before you feel too bad for the record industry, remember that it still brought in $7.01 billion last year. CD sales accounted for $3.1 billion of that (down from $3.9 billion last year), with digital albums bringing in $1.1 billion (up from $880 million last year) and digital tracks raking in $1.5 billion (up from $1.2 billion). Adorably, LPs and EPs made $119 million last year — a 34 percent gain! — which means High Fidelity’s almost invisible long-con mind-control plan has worked.
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) Photo: Kevin Winter/2012 Getty Images