Break point: Debut albums struggle, but new artists gain traction at track level

Mark Sutherland

Only four UK debuts in Top 200 at halfway stage, as labels increasingly target singles breakthroughs for emerging artists

Record labels are grappling with the changing environment for breaking artists, as new Music Week research shows a falling number of successful UK debut albums this year – but a healthy conveyor belt of fresh talent at singles level.

There were just four 2018 UK debut albums in the Top 200 for this year at the halfway stage: Anne-Marie’s Speak ...

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