Over the course of 2019, the first half of the year has witnessed over 507 billion on-demand streams that helped artists attain new milestones for their singles and albums. The top albums and artists came from a wide array of genres, moods and languages. Ariana Grande, Drake, Billie Eilish, Halsey, Khalid, BTS, Lil Nas X and Bad Bunny were some chart-topping names.
Ariana Grande’s Thank U, Next was the most popular album in the U.S. accumulating 1.5 million equivalent album units. Billie Eilish’s When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go? and Khalid’s Free Spirit were the second and third most selling albums respectively.
Lil Nas X’s Old Town Road is the most streamed song of 2019 so far due to combined on-demand audio and video streams. All versions of the song, including the Billy Ray Cyrus-assisted remix, song earned 1.338 billion on-demand streams—596.11 million of which were audio streams, and 741.88 million were video streams.
Many of the year’s biggest music moments so far have been aided by exposure in popular films, documentaries & award shows.
Lady Gaga & Bradley Cooper’s A Star is Born soundtrack topped the mid-year charts, creating a large impact on music sales, accounting 684,000 song downloads, 316 million on-demand song streams and one billion audience impressions on the radio to date.
Top 10 Artists
Ariana Grande, Drake and Billie Eilish have ranked as the Top 3 artists on the Top 10 list of Neilsen Music report. Total Album Equivalent Consumption for Thank you, Next by Grande was recorded at 2,270,000 while album sales at 285,000. Digital songs and streaming on-demand audio was 1,089,000 and 2,592,600,000 respectively.
Drake ‘s album Scorpion garnerned 2,078,000, 75,000, 442,000, 2,655,318,000 as Total Album Equivalent Consumption, Album Sales, Digital Songs and Streaming On-Demand Audio respectively.
The album, When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go? by Billie Eilish stood at 2,021,000, 410,000, 970,000, 2,232,944,000 for Total Album Equivalent Consumption, Album Sales, Digital Songs and Streaming On-Demand Audio respectively.
Top 10 Albums
The Top 10 albums list as per sales, was topped by Lady Gaga & Bradley Cooper, A Star Is Born soundtrack, collecting 404,000 units. The box office hit witnessed a 13% increase in overall equivalent album units. The second and third positions on the chart were taken by Jonas Brothers for their album Happiness Begins at 374,000 and When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go? by Billie Eilish at 343,000, respectively.
Top 10 Songs On-demand Streams
The Top 10 songs On-demand streams for audio and video combined had Lil Nas X’s Old Town Road at Number 1 with 1,337,995,000 on-line streams, making it the most streamed song of the year so far.
Post Malone & Swae Lee’s Sunflower and Ariana Grande’s 7 Rings were the second and third most streamed songs with 850,194,000 and 776,696,000 streams respectively.
Top 10 digital albums
The Top 10 digital albums that have ranked the highest so far this year holds Lady Gaga & Bradley Cooper A Star Is Born soundtrack at Number 1 again with 171,000 sales. Billie Eilish’s When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go? stood at second position with 158,000 and Ariana Grande’s with 146,000.
Share of Total Volume by Format and Genre
The selected top genres across nations and languages created some of the most successful business in music until this mid-year. 2018’s most popular music trend continued to gain ground in 2019’s first half, making R&B/Hip-Hop the most popular genre so far.
The top 3 positions were filled by Rock and Pop after R&B/Hip-Hop. Total volume for R&B/Hip-Hop was recorded at 26.5%, while Total Album Sales, Physical Album Sales and Digital Album Sales was 12.6%, 10.9%, and 15.5% respectively.
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