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Q4 x 5: FINAL TALLY

A Pentatonix Christmas was the top-performing album released during the fourth quarter of 2016. The group’s second collection of holiday songs was the lone Q4 release to surpass a million units in the key sales-plus-streaming metric, outpointing The Weeknd’s Starboy by just under 40k. But Starboy dominated Q4 in the TEA and SEA breakdowns.  

In terms of pure sales, A Pentatonix Christmas finished #5 among all albums in 2016—despite being available for only the final 10 weeks on the year (it dropped 10/21).

The Q4 Top 5 is a varied assortment, encompassing retro-soul (Bruno Mars), straight-up hip-hop (J. Cole) and hard rock (Metallica) as well as pop and seasonal.  

 

I.B. BAD ON A VIBRANT BUT BIFURCATED MARKETPLACE
What's growth got to do with it? (1/19a)
BRUCE GIVES OBAMA
A SEND-OFF SHOW
How fitting is that? (1/19a)
BBC RADIO 1 HOSTSĀ FUTURE STARS
...including DIY up-and-comer Jorja Smith. (1/19a)
THE PRESIDENT-ELECT ON STREAMING
Political performance battle A companion piece to the SNL cold open. (1/19a)
GRAMMY BATTLES
Trophies, performers, rules and more.
Q1'S FIRST BIG SURPRISE
The return of a star.
STREAMING SPIKES
Explosive growth and the changes it's bringing to the biz.
CHANGES AT THE TOP
Is another major about to have a new head?
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