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Taylor Swift's 1989 leads Nielsen's mid-year charts

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Nielsen released its mid-year music report on Thursday, showing a surge in streaming and a hefty bump in vinyl sales and making two things abundantly clear: Taylor Swift is unstoppable, and Bruno Mars and Mark Ronson’s “Uptown Funk!” probably isn’t going anywhere. 

For the period from Dec. 29, 2014 to June 28, 2015, Swift’s 1989 has been the top-selling and most consumed album, moving more than 2 million units. On top of that, four 1989 tracks were in the top 25, each selling more than 1 million units. The album took second, however, in digital album sales. (Drake’s If You’re Reading This, It’s Too Late took the top spot.) 

1989 also topped vinyl sales, which saw an overall 38 percent bump, with an impressive 33,500 vinyls sold. Sufjan Stevens’ Carrie & Lowell was close behind with 31,700 vinyl sales. (CDs, naturally, didn’t have as much luck, seeing a 10 percent drop in sales.) 

Swift didn’t fare as well on the digital songs chart, where “Uptown Funk!” dominated. In addition to leading online streams, the infectious track was also the most-played radio song.

And to no one’s surprise, there was a considerable increase in on-demand streaming 92 percent, to be exactsince the same time last year, with video streaming up 109 percent and audio streaming up 74 percent. 

Overall Top Albums (Based on Overall Equivalent Album Units)

1. Taylor Swift, 1989 (2,011,000 units)

2. Drake, If You’re Reading This It’s Too Late (1,431,000)

3. Ed Sheeran, X (1,428,000)

4. Soundtrack, Fifty Shades of Grey (1,402,000)

5. Sam Smith, In the Lonely Hour (1,296,000)

6. Meghan Trainor, Title (1,209,000)

7. Soundtrack, Furious 7 (971,000)

8. Maroon 5, V (966,000)

9. Nicki Minaj, The Pinkprint (825,000)

10. Fall Out Boy, American Beauty / American Psycho (813,000)

Top Selling Albums

1. Taylor Swift, 1989 (1,328,000 sold)

2. Drake, If You’re Reading This It’s Too Late (965,000)

3. Sam Smith, In the Lonely Hour (788,000)

4. Ed Sheeran, X (763,000)

5. Soundtrack, Fifty Shades of Grey (763,000)

6. Meghan Trainor, Title (727,000)

7. Kendrick Lamar, To Pimp a Butterfly (627,000)

8. Fall Out Boy, American Beauty / American Psycho (478,000)

9. Various Artists, Now 53 (451,000)

10. Josh Groban, Stages (420,000)

Top Digital Songs

1. Mark Ronson featuring Bruno Mars, “Uptown Funk!” (4,883,000)

2. Ed Sheeran, “Thinking Out Loud” (3,450,000)

3. Wiz Khalifa featuring Charlie Puth, “See You Again” (3,073,000)

4. Maroon 5, “Sugar” (2,884,000)

5. Ellie Goulding, “Love Me Like You Do” (2,294,000)

6. Walk the Moon, “Shut Up and Dance” (2,155,000)

7. The Weeknd, “Earned It (Fifty Shades of Grey)” (1,966,000)

8. Hozier, “Take Me To Church” (1,925,000)

9. Rihanna & Kanye West & Paul McCartney, “FourFiveSeconds” (1,868,000)

10. Fetty Wap, “Trap Queen” (1,864,000)

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