Top 50 Best Selling Artists of 2016 (Sales Plus Streams)



The expected superstars dominate Hits Daily Double‘s year-end Artist SPS (Sales Plus Streams) Top 50 chart, with YMCMB/Republic‘s streaming colossus Drake at #1, followed by Columbia‘s conquering sirens Beyoncé and Adele; Westbury/Roc Nation‘s Rihanna also lands in the Top 5. Prince‘s untimely death earlier this year caused a flurry of activity (mostly in sales, thanks to exclusive streaming on Tidal) that powered him to #6. XO/Republic’s The Weeknd, Def Jam‘s Justin Bieber, G.O.O.D./Def Jam’s Kanye West and Blackened‘s Metallica complete the Top 10.


While UMG leads in marketshare, its margin is smaller here than on other year-end countdowns, at 41% to Sony‘s 32% and WMG‘s 24%. Speaking of markets and sharing, excuse HDD while they find out how late the dispensary is open.


Our boss, Eminem released practically nothing in 2016 but still managed to sell almost 1.4 Million copies from his catalog. You can check the full list below:


NOTE: Statistics show only US sales.