Sales plus streaming has become the new metric for measuring album sales.
It takes into account traditional album sales, and then adds streaming, using this formula:
* 1,500 on-demand audio and/or video song streams = 10 track sales = 1 album sale.Here's a list of the top 50 artists of 2016 in terms of their total SPS for all projects.
Top 50 most selling + streaming artists of 2016 pic.twitter.com/DsnldjIxIb— Rap Direct (@RapDirect) December 21, 2016
As you can see, our old friend Drake tops the list with ease.
But Eminem should got some credit, too. Shady racked up quite a large amounts of SPSs for someone who neither had a new album in or around 2016 nor juiced his sales by dying.