When you think about the biggest selling CD of 2016, you might think of the usual suspects: Taylor, Beyonce, Adele, Bruno, Hamilton...but it isn't any of them. In fact, the person who has the highest selling album hasn't been seen by anyone alive.
This is a strange question that will sure to be on Jeopardy at some point in the future: The biggest selling CD release of 2016 belongs to Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart.
Mozart 225: The New Complete Edition has sold a staggering for this age 1.25 million total CDs within the first five weeks of release, according to Billboard. Now, the collection is special and completely inclusive. There are 200 CDs in total, featuring every work by the great. It features 600 soloists and 60 orchestras for a total playing time of 240 hours. If you look at the numbers, it means that 6,250 box sets have been sold.
Universal unveiled the project in August after over 18 months of work, saying that it was the “most authoritative, complete and scholarly box set ever devoted to the work of a single composer.”
The release coincides with the 225th anniversary of his death. “It is wonderful to see the reaction to this box set, which is the fruit of years of scholarship, planning and curation,” said Paul Moseley, UMG's director of Mozart 225. “Mozart’s immortal melodies, no less than The Beatles or Abba, are in some way part of all our lives – and this Edition is the perfect way to celebrate that on his 225th anniversary.”