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2016 ARTIST SPS: AN ALL-STAR CHART

The expected superstars dominate our year-end Artist SPS Top 50 chart, with YMCMB/Republic's streaming colossus Drake at #1, followed by Columbia's conquering sirens Beyoncé and Adele; Westbury/Roc Nation's Rihanna also lands in the Top 5. Prince's untimely death earlier this year caused a flurry of activity (mostly in sales, thanks to exclusive streaming on Tidal) that powered him to #6. XO/Republic's The Weeknd, Def Jam's Justin Bieber, G.O.O.D./Def Jam's Kanye West and Blackened's Metallica complete the Top 10.

While UMG leads in marketshare, its margin is smaller here than on other year-end countdowns, at 41% to Sony's 32% and WMG's 24%. Speaking of markets and sharing, excuse us while we find out how late the dispensary is open.

 

TOP 20: HOUSE
ON A HILL
Harry is popular. (5/26a)
SONG REVENUE: HIGHFLIERS
A combined 30 of 50 (5/26a)
NEAR TRUTHS:
SAFE KEEPING
What's the big deal? I.B. Bad has the answers. (5/26a)
STRINGER TOUTS SONY MUSIC TO SHAREHOLDERS
Rob lays out the company strategy (5/26a)
EVP STRIPES FOR UMe'S MURTHY
A total pro gets her due. We bow down. (5/26a)
SUPERSTAR RELEASES
Who's next?
MUSIC BIZ SPECIAL
It's Comic-Con for numbers geeks.
THE BIG CHEESE
Theories of evolution from 30,000 feet.
THE NEXT GIANT DEAL
A&R in overdrive.
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