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2018 TOP 50 ALBUMS

Albums still matter, but the business definition of the term is far different in 2018 than it has been during the format's six decades of supremacy. To the majors, the “Album” is a repository of metrics—think of it as a folder bearing the heading “Total Activity,” containing several subfolders, one of which is labeled “Streams.”

With that in mind, consider that Republic landed an industry-high 11 albums—including 1# and #2—in the 2018 Top 50, one more than Atlantic, while IGA has seven in the Top 25, more than any of its rivals. Feel free to compare and contrast…

...Check out the YTD Top 50 Audio Streams...

NEAR TRUTHS: I.B. BAD PLAYS PAC MAN
Sir Lucian's power trio (3/26a)
AN EPIC HOT STREAK
All roads lead to Rhone. (3/26a)
EU APPROVES COPYRIGHT DIRECTIVE
YouTube is not happy. (3/26a)
MUSIC BIZ HALL OF FAME CLASS OF 2019
They must've read our Black Music History special issue. (3/26a)
ROCK HALL HEAD JOEL PERESMAN ON THE RECORD
Spreading the gospel of rock & roll. (3/26a)
THE NEXT RECORDING ACADEMY HEAD IS...
(The envelope, please.)
IT'S NOT JUST ABOUT MARKETSHARE
But it is, really. Isn't it?
WHAT IF I DON'T STREAM?
First of all, don't panic.
WHO ORDERED THIS PIZZA?
Seriously, come get it now or we're eating it.
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