Q4 2016 ANALYSIS: 10 Things You Need to know about the quarter's key trends

Mark Sutherland

1 WHEREFOUR ART THOU ADELE?

The music business grew year-on-year in Q1, Q2 and Q3, but couldn’t quite collect the full set, according to Official Charts Company figures.

Bear in mind, last year’s Q4 had an extra week, but All Albums AES (Album Equivalent Sales) was down 8%, Artist Albums AES down 7% and Artist Album Sales down a big 22% (at the end of a year when they’d held amazingly steady). Losing Adele’s giant 2015 sales was obviously a ...

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