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Can Taylor Swift’s ‘1989’ Save Ailing Music Industry?

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In addition to being 2014’s probable best-selling album, Taylor Swift’s 1989, out next week, could be crucial to salvaging the record industry’s holiday shopping season in a terrible sales year. Week after week, the biggest music stars have put out what appeared to be blockbuster albums, selling up to a few hundred thousand copies in the first week, then quickly dropping out of the Top 10. Album sales have been down 14 percent all year, and single sales have dropped 13 percent, according to Nielsen Soundscan.

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