According to The Nielsen Company and Billboard 2012 Music Industry Report, global sales were at an all-time high two years ago, and in the positive for the first time in years. Some of which had to do with now-established uptick in vinyl sales. But much of the success, the report found, came from digital albums and digital tracks.

Unfortunately, but not surprisingly, the success was short-lived. Reports earlier this year confirmed that the trend in digital sales had actually decreased for the first time. But the reason, according to the International Federation of the Phonographic Industry, can be solely blamed on the world's second-largest music buying market - Japan.

The transition from physical to digital music has been a fair success in the U.S. and Europe. However, Japan has been fairly indifferent to the change, instead hanging onto a profound love for the CD format. As recently as 2012, reports found that CDs covered a massive 80 percent of music sales in the country, which actually increased by 9 percent from the previous year. Comparatively so, CD sales in the U.S. accounted for roughly 34 percent of overall sales in 2012.

While the U.S. and Europe continue to move on to newer formats like Spotify, which grew a miraculous 50 percent in 2013, the Japanese affinity for CDs remains surprisingly steady. However, massive slumps in sales in Japan from last year - 16.7 percent according to the IFPI - seem to be the primary cause of global sales declining. Excluding Japan's figures in the data, and global figures actually increased by a marginal 0.1 percent. However, coupled with Japan's decline, global sales were in the red by 3.9 percent.

Elsewhere, digital sales rose in the U.S. by 3.4 percent, and the country's music subscription market rose above $1 billion U.S. for the first time. European sales were also in the positive, but for the first time in 13 years.

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