Drake had a record-breaking year with his album “Views”, but one unexpected artist from the 1700s had the best-selling CD of 2016. Famed classical composer Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart beat the rapper, with the biggest selling physical CD this year according to Billboard.
Mozart has been long dead for more than two centuries, but he has topped the charts again with over 1.25 million copies sold so far. There’s one catch though, the sales for the album – “Mozart 225”, a massive 200 CD box set that contains every note of the famed composer’s music – were tallied and Billboard counts each CD in the box set as an individual sale.
“Mozart 225” was released more than a month ago to mark the 225th anniversary of Mozart’s death, selling for $500.
And while Drake, Beyonce and Adele may have sold more total units, Mozart pushed more discs this year.