(Music News) How can an album that nobody has ever bought make the US Top 10 four times? It’s simple, the answer is ——> the growing power of streaming.
Epic Records has engineered the chart feat with Epic AF, a compilation album that has never been released but it features a bunch of tracks that have been incredibly popular songs in their own right.
Since late 2014 when streaming services began their domination of the music industry, the Billboard 200 album chart has counted 1,500 streams or ten paid downloads of a song as equivalent to one album sale. The catch? This is only the case if the song in question is attached to an album. If it’s not, those streams and downloads count for nothing.
Sony, which owns Epic Records, is reportedly planning another compilation album featuring more pop acts.