Are the days of giant debut sales a thing of the past?

Daniel Gumble

The music business is facing up to a new, post-streaming retail landscape, where big opening sales weeks for albums become an increasingly rare phenomenon.

On Friday (December 9), the Rolling Stones became only the second act of 2016 to register a 100,000+ first week sale. Other hotly-anticipated Q4 releases from the likes of Robbie Williams, Emeli Sandé and Michael Bublé have fallen short of the magic number.

As traditional album sales come under pressure in the face of surging streams, ...

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