The Album Isn't Dead

Feb 08, 2018

It's no secret that 90s price-gouging by record labels led to a difficult period for the music industry. But thanks to streaming, it's on its way back, although listener behavior has changed quite substantially. Platforms like Spotify and Apple Music have made it easier than ever before to listen to single songs and playlists. Albums are on their way out. Or are they?

On January 26th, rap-trio Migos released their third studio album, Culture II. It skyrocketed to a No. 1 Billboard 200 debut. But what's more interesting is the listening behavior surrounding the album. With 11 of its 24 songs debuting in Billboard's Hot 100, it's clear that the group's fans, and other listeners, are streaming the majority of the album. 

This streaming success is nothing new for Migos, whose "Bad and Boujee" shot up the charts last year. But the new star-studded album has made true hitmakers of the Migos family, with its 3 members Kiari Cephus (Offset), Kirshnik Ball (Takeoff), & Quavious Marshall (Quavo) claiming the Top 2 Hot Hitmakers spots this week. Also aided by their songwriting credits on Culture II are Austin Post (No. 9), Shayaa Abraham-Joseph (No. 12), & Aubrey Graham (No. 16). 

New to the chart this week are Daryl McPherson (DJ Durel), having co-written 5 songs on Culture II, and Tyler Hubbard, one half of Florida Georgia Line with writing credits including Jason Aldean's "You Make It Easy."

Hot Hitmakers

Recognizing the songwriters behind the biggest hits of the week

February 10, 2018
1

Kiari Cephus

"Motor Sport"   Migos, Nicki Minaj, & Cardi B
"Ric Flair Drip"   Offset & Metro Boomin
"Stir Fry"   Migos
"I Get The Bag"   Gucci Mane [ft. Migos]
"Auto Pilot"   Migos
"Emoji A Clean"   Migos
"Gang Gang"   Migos
"Narcos"   Migos
"Supastars"   Migos
"BBO (Bad Bitches Only)"   Migos [ft. 21 Savage]
"Walk It Talk It"   Migos [ft. Drake]
"CC"   Migos [ft. Gucci Mane]
"Notice Me"   Migos [ft. Post Malone]
"White Sand"   Migos [ft. Travis Scott, Ty Dolla $ign, &Big Sean]
2

Kirshnik Ball & Quavious Marshall

"Motorsport"   Migos, Nicki Minaj, & Cardi B
"I Get The Bag"   Gucci Mane [ft. Migos]
"Stir Fry"   Migos
"Auto Pilot"   Migos
"Emoji A Chain"   Migos
"Gang Gang"   Migos
"Narcos"   Migos
"Supastars"   Migos
"BBO (Bad Bitches Only)"   Migos [ft. 21 Savage]
"Walk It Talk It"   Migos [ft. Drake]
"CC"   Migos [ft. Gucci Mane]
"Notice Me"   Migos [ft. Post Malone
"White Sand"   Migos [ft. Travis Scott, Ty Dolla $ign, & Big Sean]
3

Ed Sheeran

"Perfect"   Ed Sheeran
"Shape of You"   Ed Sheeran
"End Game"   Taylor Swift [ft. Ed Sheeran & Future]
"River"   Eminem [ft. Ed Sheeran]
4

Pharrell Williams

"Havana"   Camila Cabello [ft. Young Thug]
"Lemon"   N*E*R*D & Rihanna
"Stir Fry"   Migos
5

Nathan Feuerstein

"Let You Down"   NF
6

Kentrell Gaulden

"No Smoke"   YoungBoy Never Broke Again
"Outside Today"   YoungBoy Never Broke Again
7

Belcalis Almanzar

"MotorSport"   Migos, Nicki Minaj, & Cardi B
"Bartier Cardi"   Cardi B [ft. 21 Savage]
"La Modelo"   Ozuna x Cardi B
"Finesse"   Bruno Mars & Cardi B
8

Austin Post

"Rockstar"   Post Malone [ft. 21 Savage]
"I Fall Apart"   Post Malone
"Candy Paint"   Post Malone
"Notice Me"   Migos [ft. Post Malone]
9

Matthew Samuels

"God's Plan"   Drake
"Diplomatic Immunity"   Drake
"No Limit"   G-Eazy [ft. A$AP Rocky & Cardi B]
10

Daniel Hernandez

"Gummo"   6ix9ine
"Keke"   6iz9ine, Fetty Wap, & A Boogie Wit da Hoodie
11

Shayaa Abraham-Joseph

"Rockstar"   Post Malone [ft. 21 Savage]
"Bartier Cardi"   Cardi B [ft. 21 Savage]
"BBO (Bad Bitches Only)"   Migos [ft. 21 Savage]
12

Daryl McPherson

"Auto Pilot"   Migos
"Narcos"   Migos
"Supastars"   Migos
"BBO (Bad Bitches Only)"   migos [ft. 21 Savage]
"White Sand"   Migos [ft. Travis Scott, Ty Dolla $ign, & Big Sean]
13

Louis Bell

"Rockstar"   Post Malone [ft. 21 Savage]
"Candy Paint"   Post Malone
"Wolves"   Selena Gomez x Marshmello
14

Rogét Chahayed

"Bad At Love"   Halsey
"Sky Walker"   Miguel [ft. Travis Scott]
15

Aubrey Graham

"God's Plan"   Drake
"Diplomatic Immunity"   Drake
"Walk It Talk It"   Migos [ft. Drake]
16

Tyler Hubbard

"Meant To Be"   Bebe Rexha X Florida Georgia Line
"You Make It Easy"   Jason Aldean
17

Andrew Green

"Gummo"   6ix9ine
18

Justin Tranter

"Bad At Love"   Halsey
"Believer"   Imagine Dragons
19

Brian Lee

"Havana"   Camila Cabello [ft. Young Thug]
"Let Me Go"   Hailee Steinfeld & Alesso [ft. Florida Georgia Line & Watt]
"Wolves"   Selena Gomez x Marshmello
20

Emily Warren

"New Rules"   Dua Lipa
"Sick Boy"   The Chainsmokers