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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.  

 

KATY'S NEW
THRILL RIDE
Who says you can't buy a thrill? (2/21a)
I DON'T KNOW; ALASKA
Cold state, warm reception. (2/21a)
SONY NASHVILLE INKS OLD CROW
Band celebrates Columbia signing by covering Blonde on Blonde in its entirety. Whoa. (2/21a)
MORE FUTURE IN THE
NEAR FUTURE
Epic rising star gets busy. (2/21a)
AMAZON GETS RICH
BMLG's Kelly Rich, that is. Come again? (2/21a)
OSCAR SO ... WHAT?
Politics and pluralism at the Academy Awards.
Q1'S FIRST BIG SURPRISE
The return of a star.
PLAYLISTS AND POLITICS
How it really works.
DECLARATIONS OF INDEPENDENTS
How indie artists break through in the new reality.
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