Mozart Sold More CDs Than Other Artists in 2016 (Video)

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December 13, 2016 Updated: December 13, 2016

Quick: Which artist would you guess sold the most CDs this year? Beyoncé? Drake? Chance the Rapper? Adele? The answer: none of the above.

It was Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, and he’s been dead for 225 years. A box set titled  “Mozart 225: The New Complete Edition” was released Oct. 28. In just five weeks,  “Mozart 225”   sold 1.25 million CDs.

But, there’s a bit of a catch. Each box contains a total of 200 discs, so it would only have taken a little over 6,000 sales to hit the 1.25 million CDs mark. Which is still impressive, since the box set has sold for up to $500.

Universal Music Group spent 18 months working on the project, which it calls the “most authoritative, complete and scholarly box set ever devoted to the work of a single composer.”

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