Billboard has long been the industry marker for which records — or these days albums or streams — are the most popular in the country.
But increasingly, artists are tying album sales to purchases of concert tickets or a keychain or an energy drink. This tends to inflate record sales and, subsequently, an artist’s place in the charts. This controversial practice is known as bundling.
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