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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.  

 

STREAMING PUSHES GLOBAL MUSIC INDUSTRY UP 5.9%
And the future is in phones. (4/25a)
DJ KHALED TEAMS WITH BIEBER, CHANCE, WEEZY & QUAVO
One giant collab after another (4/25a)
CHART BATTLE BREWING?
Stapleton vs. Logic (4/25a)
"DESPACITO" SETTING STREAMING RECORDS
Add Bieber, see song explode. (4/24a)
2017'S NEW CHAMP (UPDATE)
Kendrick completes his ascent to streaming-age superstardom. (4/21a)
THE DOUG MORRIS INTERVIEW
He ran all three major-label groups, so, yeah--he's got a few stories.
LORDE'S NEXT LEVEL
How Melodrama took shape.
NASHVILLE BIG CAT
His last album made him a star. Will this one explode?
APPLE'S NEXT MOVE
The plan for domination.
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