How streaming killed the Christmas charts

THE BATTLE to be top of the charts on Christmas Day has been won in recent years by the likes of Taylor Swift, Ed Sheeran and Ariana Grande. But lately these singers have faced competition from an unexpected source: the 20th century. Despite the best efforts of today’s young stars, the December charts have become dominated by musicians who are well into middle age, or dead.

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On Christmas Day five years ago, every single in the top ten of the Billboard Hot 100, a chart of America’s most popular songs, was a new release. In 2017

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