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Taylor Swift Was Universal Music’s Biggest Artist in 2017

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Taylor Swift is UMG's Highest Grossing Artist in 2017

Many in the industry were discussing the “comeback” of Taylor Swift last year and how successful it was. The country-pop singer released her 6th studio album in November of 2017 on her label through Universal Music Group.

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According to the recently released financial reports from Vivendi (UMG’s parent company), Swift was the highest grossing artist in 2017 – beating out Kendrick Lamar, Drake, The Weeknd and Luis Fonsi, all of whom had phenomenal years in 2017.

Swift brought in the most revenue though.

According to Music Business Worldwide:

Reputation was also Universal’s biggest-selling (on a monetary basis) record release in the calendar 12 months.

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Here’s the Top 10 grossing artists for 2017 for Universal Music Group.

  1. Taylor Swift – Reputation
  2. Kendrick Lamar – Damn
  3. Drake – More Life
  4. The Weeknd – Starboy
  5. Luis Fonsi – Despacito & Mis Grandes Éxitos
  6. Various Artists – Moana OST
  7. Imagine Dragons – Evolve
  8. The Beatles – Sgt. Pepper’s
  9. Post Malone – Stoney
  10. Sam Smith – The Thrill Of It All

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