Year-End Charts: Kendrick Lamar & Taylor Swift Rock 2017 With Pure Sales

Published: Friday 22nd Dec 2017 by David

Contrary to popular belief, revenue generated by pure album sales still stand as a vital part of the music industry.

On a global front, Nicki Minaj‘s numbers made her the highest-selling female rapper for the seventh year running and in the U.S. Taylor Swift and Kendrick Lamar stand tall with figures which have seen them top the Year-End pure sales album tally.

Good and bad news awaits below…

Swift’s ‘Reputation’ was the only album to cross the 1 million units sold mark the old fashioned way in 2017 while Lamar’s ‘DAMN‘ sits at #3 on the chart thanks to the 867,000 copies it has sold since it hit shelves on April 14th.

Streaming accounted for 60% of the industry’s earnings this year and was powered by grand releases launched by the likes of Dua Lipa (‘New Rules‘) Rihanna (‘Wild Thoughts’) and Lil Pump‘s ‘Gucci Gang.’

With this in mind, we ask…

Why do you think Kendrick and Taylor performed as well as they did this year?

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  1. Gee December 22, 2017

    I like how this blog gives the US sales numbers but had to add Nicki Minaj’s global numbers since she did not rank amongst the top 25 I am aware that she did not release an album this year but it just goes to show everyone flexing numbers are getting sales thru streaming

    • Ant December 23, 2017

      Stop hating.

  2. Brent Christopher December 22, 2017

    It’s simple — both represent the CORE of black vs. white & people who enjoy culturally pushing or supporting the cause against another make SURE to put their dollars behind anything that will further push their agenda — TAYLOR as the great white hope & KENDRICK as the premiere rebel voice for black oppressed people.

  3. Taylor swifts number 1 fan!!! December 22, 2017

    “Big reputation, big reputation
    Ooh, you and me, we got big reputations, ahhhh”

    Taylors néw song is a tune!

    • Belladonna December 23, 2017

      That song is my Jam can’t wait to see the video & Rep is the best Album of 2017!

  4. Meme December 22, 2017

    There are certain artist who have the luxury of breathing on an album and it will sell well, regardless of there is good content or not. Both Taylor and Kendrick are among those few artist. The difference is Kendrick put out a groundbreaking body of Work. So in addition to being an automatic well performer, the albums content help push big numbers.

    This is why I feel Kendrick needs all the big awards at the Grammys: all of them!

    • Belladonna December 23, 2017

      Taylor made the best Pop album of the decade! Fact! Any other conclusion is foolish. And Congrats to Kendrick I don’t buy Hiphop music but A lot of people I know like him.

      • SuxMyCockiness =o December 23, 2017

        I disagree. Lorde’s album was better, Ed Sheeran’s was better, Bruno Mars was better, and Katy’s was just as good. Taylor is all hype, but I respect the hustle though.

    • JOHNVIDAL December 24, 2017

      Lorde´s album is so much better than anything Taylor puts out it is absolutely crazy. And vocally both are so basic. So yeah, there you have it: Lorde>>>Taylor. Anyday.

  5. Ocean December 22, 2017

    Ok so this list is based on albums … where is the list that Nicki is on …what’s with this half information

    • Caleb December 23, 2017

      That line they put about Nicki in there was random af.

  6. Casual-T December 22, 2017

    Who the heck is Chris Stapleton?

    • Belladonna December 23, 2017

      A country Artist lol I would say how do you not know who he is but I’m sure his fans have no idea who Kendrick is. Lol

      • Caleb December 23, 2017

        I highly doubt they don’t know who Kendrick is.

  7. [email protected] December 22, 2017

    Cuz Kendrick is not only lyrical he is a master a making songs catchy intelligence

  8. DanYiel Iman December 23, 2017

    Awesome I rock with Kendrick Lamar!!

  9. JOHNVIDAL December 24, 2017

    Harry Styles the 15th best selling album of 2017 in the USA? I couldn´t have guessed cause except for the weeks of release the album seemed to be totally forgotten. I really liked his first single and the vocals in it. One of the best singles of the year no doubt. At least some quality.

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