Media coverage of Nielsen's first-half sales and streaming numbers made wrong conclusions and perpetuated incorrect narratives.

Nielsen SoundScan's first-half streaming numbers clearly reveal that three things happened during the first six months of 2013: Track sales have fallen into negative territory, digital album sales hadn't fallen into negative territory, and streaming activity experienced very strong growth.

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