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TOP 25 SINGLES YEAR-TO-DATE: SALES VS. STREAMS

The single has gone through massive changes since its early heyday in the 1950s and ’60s, when it was affectionately referred to as the little record with the big hole. The latest metamorphosis, following its physical-to-digital transformation at the dawn of the 21st century, finds the single splitting in two, so to speak, as listeners make the choice between downloading and streaming.

In the early going, Drake, with five tracks in the Top 25 below and just south of 1.5 billion streams altogether, has emerged as streaming’s dominant figure, while Justin Bieber, with three entries, has shown the acrobatic ability to balance himself between the two spheres.

Interestingly, Lukas Graham, a pop newcomer on Warner Bros. on this hip-hop-centric chart dominated by UMG singles, has the year’s top seller. And some new stars—including G-Eazy, Desiigner and the double-dipping Chainsmokers, all on Sony labels—are racking up serious streams amid the high-end competition.

Study this Top 25 closely; it’s an eye-opener and a sign of things to come during the next six months and beyond. 

"THEY KNOW
YOUR HEART":
A CONVERSATION
WITH MARK PITTS
Helping artists by being. role model. (3/3a)
GRAMMY CHEW: THE
PRE-GRAMMY BOUNCE
Let's hear it for ironic guitar-smashing. (3/3a)
NEAR TRUTHS:
PIE IN THE SKY
The stream is irrigating a money tree. (3/3a)
SOUNDCLOUD BANKS
ON FAN DEVOTION
Morgan, Weeknd. Rinse. Repet. (3/3a)
MICHAEL GUDINSKI,
1952-2021
Aussie music man left his mark everywhere. (3/2a)
BLACK HISTORY MONTH
A jazz chronicle of fighting the power.
GRAMMYS: WHERE TO FROM HERE?
After the snubs, the show.
ACQUITTED
In a phenomenal display of cowardice.
MOVING THE NEEDLE
When vaccination schedules and touring schedules meet.
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