Every quarter, Billboard analyzes Nielsen SoundScan sales data, in order to present a picture of current industry trends. This year we're prognosticating a bit, using estimates provided by retailers as to the expected biggest hits of the fourth quarter. Also for the first time, we are breaking out individual label market share for the top major labels as viewed through a number of different approaches. We have filtered SoundScan data in ways that are both familiar and new to industry watchers in order to look at total and current album share, with and without track equivalent albums (TEA).

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