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TAYLOR’S LOVER: READING BETWEEN THE LAYERS
It goes deep in places. (8/23a)
THE GRAMMY CHEW:
ALBUM CONTENDERS
These machers have one-track minds. (8/23a)
NEAR TRUTHS:
IT’S TAYLOR’S TIME
Looking at her big week from a different angle. (8/23a)
LOVE FOR LOVER FROM SCOTT AND SCOOTER
An olive branch? (8/23a)
UNDER HIPGNOSIS: MERCK CATALOGS HIS PLAN (PART 1)
From the horse's mouse (8/23a)
TAYLOR SWIFT!
Taylor Swift. Taylor Swift? Taylor Swift; Taylor. Swift. Taylor Swift!
TAYLOR SWIFT.
Taylor Swift...  
TAYLOR SWIFT?
Taylor Swift. Taylor Swift. Taylor Swift.   
TAYLOR. SWIFT.
Taylor!
Blighty Beat
U.K. RETAIL UP NEARLY 10% IN H1
8/8/19

The U.K. music retail market rose 9.9% in H1 2019 to £672.7m ($854.3m) thanks to growth in streaming, which is up 25.8% year-on-year according to stats from the Entertainment Retailers' Association (ERA). Best-sellers included The Greatest Showman ST and Lewis Capaldi’s debut.

Subscription streaming generated £485.9m ($617m) from January to the end of June, which is a massive 72.2% of the value of the entire market. Still, the rate of growth is down from the 37.7% rise streaming recorded across the whole of 2018.

Physical generated £138.8m ($176.3m) in sales in H1 2019, down 13.8% on H1 2018 — a slightly improved rate of decline on 2018’s year-end 16.6%. Downloads dropped 26.1% over the same six-month period to £48.1m ($81.1m), which is generally on par with the rate of decline the format has recorded in Blighty over the last three years.

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