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FIRST-HALF MARKETSHARE SCOREBOARD

Here's how the Big Three and the major labels performed during the first six months of the year. The standings are followed by the Top 50 albums and the Top 50 streamed songs. See I.B. Bad for his takes.

Ed note: We made our very first error when the label marketshare was first posted, transposing #3 Interscope and #4 Republic. The order is now correct. Our resident conspiracy theorist insists that Monte Lipmanowski got to our printer with his Lithuanian hackers, but we’re unable to prove tampering at this time.

CHART STORY: JAY-Z IS A ROC STAR
Epic has three in the Top 5. (7/21a)
EPIC HAS LOUIS' "BACK"
1D lad drops very grown-up track. (7/21a)
BOY-BAND BATTLE BEGINS, PRETTYMUCH
It's like BSB vs. NSYNC, 2017 edition. (7/21a)
SONY/ATV AND MIJAC MUSIC RENEW THEIR VOWS
This one's a literal Thriller. (7/21a)
THE SPIRIT OF LIFE, IN SPITE OF US
Hope floats. (7/21a)
HITS' 31ST ANNIVERSARY ISSUE
It seemed like a good idea at the time.
PIZZA: A MUSICAL JOURNEY
Our treatment's almost done.
WHAT'S COMING IN Q4
Apart from eggnog and inertia, we mean.
THE STORY OF MO
A gripping yarn.
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