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THE BIGGEST ALBUMS
OF 2021

The vibrant state of the music business is on display at the top of our year-end albums chart, with debut and sophomore albums occupying 50% of the slots on the leaderboard. This youth movement is led by chart-topping Morgan Wallen and #2 Olivia Rodrigo, followed by the late Pop Smoke, The Kid LAROI and Dua Lipa. Doja Cat’s breakthrough third album is the icing on the cake.

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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