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The Times Music Index

September 25, 1998

STACKING UP SALES

Total album and single sales of CDs and cassettes for the week ended Sept. 13, compared with week-ago and year-ago levels, in millions of units:

Latest week

Albums: 11.3

Singles: 1.8

Week ago

Albums: 11.3

Singles: 1.6

Year ago

Albums: 10.8

Singles: 2.3

Atop the Charts

Weekly and year-to-date record company market share as of Sept. 13, 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 WEA 17.3 17.3 Musical Chairs Sony 15.5% 18.1% The Miseducation of ... Universal 14.7 11.1 Mechanical Animals BMG 13.5 13.9 N-Sync PolyGram 12.9 11.3 Rush Hour EMD 12.2 15.0 Hello Nasty

Distributor Artist WEA Hootie & the Blowfish Sony Lauryn Hill Universal Marilyn Mason BMG N-Sync PolyGram Soundtrack EMD Beastie Boys

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Source: SoundScan

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