'It's a harder thing to come by': Anne-Marie and Jorja Smith lead 2018 breakthroughs

Andre Paine

Label executives have spoken about the global streaming opportunities for debut artists – despite a worrying lack of breakthroughs in 2018.

Anne-Marie’s Speak Your Mind (Asylum/Atlantic) was the only UK artist debut to finish in the Top 100 sellers. The album was No.26 overall with sales of 164,856 (Official Charts Company).

In 2017, there were eight debuts in the Top 100, including the million-selling Human by Rag‘N’Bone Man.

“The volume is different, it’s a harder thing to come by these ...

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