Debuts on pause as class of 2019 consolidates streaming success

Andre Paine

Label executives have spoken about the challenges in securing artist breakthroughs as sales figures revealed the absence of new debuts in the half-year Top 100 albums.

In many cases, debut releases have been put on hold during the Covid-19 pandemic because of the loss of live and media opportunities.

“It’s been harder for certain types of artist, without a doubt,” Ben Mortimer, co-president of Polydor, told Music Week. “Especially those that need proximity to other musicians to write and ...

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