The record industry traditionally releases big albums in the fall, to take advantage of the holiday shopping season. But the industry is moving toward a future of monthly subscriptions rather than a la carte purchases. Will fourth-quarter album release dates matter in the near future?
Last Oct. 27, Taylor Swift released what the country-crossover star called her "first documented pop album," 1989. By year's end, it had already sold 3.7 million copies, according to Nielsen Music. Swift's blockbuster, not available on Spotify, might be among the last of its kind: big pop albums issued in the fall to take advantage of the holiday shopping season.
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