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The Times Music Index

November 05, 1998

STACKING UP SALES

Total album and single sales of CDs and cassettes for the week ended Nov. 1, compared with week-ago and year-ago levels, in millions of units:

Latest week

Albums: 11.8

Singles: 1.5

Week ago

Albums: 11.6

Singles: 1.5

Year ago

Albums: 10.8

Singles: 2.3

Atop the Charts

Weekly and year-to-date record company market share as of Nov. 1, based on current albums sold. This is an indicator of music company performance. Figures do not include catalog sales.

MARKET SHARE

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Latest Year Distributor week to date Top-selling album Artist PolyGram 18.3 12.2 Hard Knock Life V. II Jay-Z WEA 17.7% 17.3% Up R.E.M. BMG 14.4 13.9 Keep the Faith Faith Evans Sony 13.7 17.6 The Miseducation of ... Lauryn Hill EMD 10.8 11.1 "Hope Floats" soundtrack Various UNI 10.4 11.1 Hellbilly Deluxe Rob Zombie

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Source: SoundScan

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