Chance the Rapper performs in L.A. in November 2016. His mixtape Coloring Book can't be bought — but by Billboard's rules, it was streamed enough times last year to equal 500,000 album "sales." Kevin Winter/Getty Images hide caption

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From Mozart To Adele To Chance The Rapper, Measuring Album Sales Means Being Specific

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Just What Is An Album? In 2016, That Was An Open Question

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All Songs +1: The Season Of Surprise Albums, From Beyoncé To James Blake

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Stakes Is High: Drake Ghostwriting Accusations Matter More Than You Think

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Drake's dance moves in the new "Hotline Bling" video read like an invitation: "GIF me, please." Apple Music hide caption

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Rapping Less And Making GIFs More: The Week In 'Hotline Bling'

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01Hotline Bling

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The Recording Academy changed its rules this year to make streaming-only albums eligible for Grammy Awards. Chance the Rapper, who released his mixtape, Coloring Book, on Apple Music in May, is up for seven awards. Kevin Winter/Getty Images hide caption

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