How successful was Taylor Swift’s comeback last year?
There was a fair amount of industry chatter on that very subject, following the release of her sixth studio album, Reputation, in November.
One party who will certainly count it as a commercial triumph is Vivendi – the parent company of Universal Music Group.
Within Universal’s year-end 2017 figures, issued last week, Vivendi notes which artists generated the most revenue for UMG’s labels in the year.
Reputation was also Universal’s biggest-selling (on a monetary basis) record release in the calendar 12 months.
You can see the full Top 10, plucked from Vivendi’s year-end investor report, below.
Interesting to see The Beatles’ classic Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band (recently given the anniversary re-release treatment) raked in more than albums from the likes of Post Malone.
But there can only be one No.1. Look what you made her do…
- Taylor Swift – Reputation
- Kendrick Lamar – Damn
- Drake – More Life
- The Weeknd – Starboy
- Luis Fonsi – Despacito & Mis Grandes Éxitos
- Various Artists – Moana OST
- Imagine Dragons – Evolve
- The Beatles – Sgt. Pepper’s
- Post Malone – Stoney
- Sam Smith – The Thrill Of It All
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