10 things you really need to know about the Q4 sales figures

Mark Sutherland

1.THE FOURTH AMENDMENT

The rise and rise of streaming (track streams were up another 51% on Q4 2016) meant the overall AES picture was up a healthy 4% on All Albums and 9% on Artist Albums, according to the Official Charts Company.

But the actual sales picture offered something of a reality check in a quarter when, traditionally, physical product is king. Artist Albums Sales were down 15% and Compilation Albums Sales slumped 23%, leading to a 17% fall in ...

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