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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...

GRAMMY CHEW: WHO COULD BE THIS YEAR’S BRANDI CARLILE?
Lenny and Simon speculate and salivate as the kreplach is served. (9/18a)
RIHANNA FOLLOWS PLATT TO SONY/ATV
Loyalty in action (9/17a)
TAYLOR SWIFT JOINS THE VOICE AS MEGA MENTOR
Tay knows how to pick her spots. (9/17a)
BEYONCÉ ROARS IN PRIME TIME
So does Bey. (9/16a)
AMAZON GOES HI-RES
Alexa, what does "16-bit/44.1kHz" mean? (9/17a)
MORE RAINMAKERS
The players who made it happen.
WHAT ABOUT THOSE LEAKS?
Even funnier in French.
RIHANNA'S ETA
And about $50m in funding.
THE BUNDLE BUNGLE
When will the rules change?
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