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Taylor Swift Was Universal Music’s Biggest Artist in 2017

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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