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2019 Soundscan Data: Total Music Sales and Streams

Don’t believe the hype. You might hear that “album consumption” grew 15% but that’s an arbitrary measurement made up by the industry and tweaked every other year to make business look healthy. The indisputable fact is that people are purchasing fewer albums than ever, and on top of that, nobody’s even measuring how many albums … Continue reading 2019 Soundscan Data: Total Music Sales and Streams

2018 Soundscan Data: Total Music Sales and Streams

I’d been holding off on releasing this post until Billboard published Ed Christman’s year-end wrap-up online, but it looks like it’s going to be print-only. So go out and buy the magazine if you want Ed’s perspective on these numbers. For 2018 Billboard changed the way it calculates streaming equivalent albums. From 2014 through 2017 … Continue reading 2018 Soundscan Data: Total Music Sales and Streams

Number One Records: Sicko Mode

Video: Travis Scott — “Sicko Mode” (ft. Drake) Travis Scott – SICKO MODE ft. DrakeWatch this video on YouTube From Astroworld, out now on Epic. Oops, this is kind of old news since this song has already been replaced at No. 1 by Ariana Grande’s “Thank U, Next,” but we missed it last week. Travis … Continue reading Number One Records: Sicko Mode

Number One Records: Thank U, Next

Lyric Video: Ariana Grande — “Thank U, Next” Ariana Grande – thank u, next (lyric video)Watch this video on YouTube Directed by Chris Shelley. Single out now on Republic/UMG. Ariana Grande’s breakup jam debuted at #1 on the Hot 100 with 55.5 million U.S. streams and 81,000 downloads sold in the week ending Nov. 8 … Continue reading Number One Records: Thank U, Next

Number One Records: Girls Like You

Video: Maroon 5 — “Girls Like You” ft. Cardi B Maroon 5 – Girls Like You ft. Cardi BWatch this video on YouTube Single out now on Interscope. This is another terrible Maroon 5 song distinguished by a couple of halfway-fun verses by Cardi B. But hey, at least it’s not Drake. I can’t remember … Continue reading Number One Records: Girls Like You

Number One Records: In My Feelings

Video: Drake — “In My Feelings” Drake – In My FeelingsWatch this video on YouTube Directed by Karena Evans. From Scorpion, out now on Young Money/Cash Money/Republic Records. Drake’s “In My Feelings” has been #1 since the week ending July 12, and I’ve been trying to ignore it this whole time. But this week marks … Continue reading Number One Records: In My Feelings

Number One Records: I Like It

Video: Cardi B, Bad Bunny & J Balvin — “I Like It” Cardi B, Bad Bunny & J Balvin – I Like It [Official Music Video]Watch this video on YouTube Directed by Eif Rivera. From Cardi B’s Invasion of Privacy, out now on Atlantic. “I Like It” is the first fun number one since Camila … Continue reading Number One Records: I Like It

Number One Records: Sad!

Audio: XXXTentacion — “Sad!” XXXTENTACION – SAD!Watch this video on YouTube From ?, out now on Bad Vibes Forever. Like probably a lot of middle-aged white people, the first I ever heard of XXXTentacion was when Spotify banned him from its corporate playlists along with R. Kelly. I read “The Real Story of South Florida … Continue reading Number One Records: Sad!

Number One Records: Psycho

Video: Post Malone — “Psycho” ft. Ty Dolla $ign Post Malone – Psycho ft. Ty Dolla $ignWatch this video on YouTube Directed by James DeFina. From Beerbongs & Bentleys, out now on Republic/UMG. What kind of dorkus malorkus gets a tattoo of a neck beard? Why, that would be Post Malone, the guy with the … Continue reading Number One Records: Psycho

Number One Records: This Is America

Video: Childish Gambino — “This Is America” Childish Gambino – This Is America (Official Video)Watch this video on YouTube Directed by Hiro Murai. Single out now. Protest music doesn’t typically reach the top of the charts. A couple notable exceptions: “War” by Edwin Starr (1970) and “Indian Reservation” by the Raiders (1971). Many songs that … Continue reading Number One Records: This Is America