Metallica was the most listened to rock artist of 2017, according to the year-end report from Nielsen. The metal legends boasted a combined total of 1,836,000 albums sales, track-equivalent albums and streaming-equivalent albums. Nielsen’s number-two rock artist of 2017 is Imagine Dragons, followed by The Beatles, Linkin Park and Twenty One Pilots. Despite huge numbers from Metallica and Imagine Dragons, rock lost its title as the most popular genre this year for the first time. Instead, R&B/hip-hop dominated in 2017.
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