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Music Reference
General sources

Sources for sound recording sales data.

  1. Freely available online
  2. Print
    • Joel Whitburn’s Records Research series. Top Billboard albums by time period or genre
    • Frank Hoffman and George Albert’s Cash Box series, Scarecrow Press, 1988-95. Record sales data from Cash Box magazine.
    • For a more extensive list of print sources for sales data, see Vincent H. Duckles and Ida Reed, “Collectors Guides to Popular Recordings,” in Music Reference and Research Materials: an Annotated Bibliography (New York: Schirmer Books, 1997), 10.116-10.165.
  3. Subscription
    • Academic Charts Online: International Popular Music (
    • See also Susannah Cleveland, review of Academic Charts Online: International Popular Music, Notes 69, no. 3 (March 2013): 599-602, doi:10.1353/not.2013.0029.

Digital Score Collections

  1. Internet Music Score Library Project
  2. Digitized scores from the Sibley Music Library, Eastman School of Music, University of Rochester
  3. Sheet Music Consortium

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