British Music Sales On The Up

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British music sales

While many UK industries are still struggling to recover from the recession, British music sales is clearly in a healthy state with the BPI reporting an increase in sales in 2015, the first rise since 2004.

A rise of 82% in streaming, bolstered by a jump of 64% in vinyl sales saw the retail value of UK music rising from £1.03 billion in 2014 to £1.06 billion last year.

Geoff Taylor, chief executive of the British Phonographic Industry revealed:

‘The soaring popularity of music streaming and the burgeoning vinyl revival mean that UK music consumption rose again in 2015. Services such as Spotify and Apple Music are going mainstream as more people discover how wonderful it is to have all the music in the world to listen to, whenever and wherever you want. Millions of fans also continue to build treasured collections of favourite albums on vinyl, CD or downloads. Yet again it’s UK artists who are driving this growth and inspiring the fans, whether it’s global icons such as Adele, Ed Sheeran, Sam Smith and One Direction, or recent British breakthroughs and newcomers like Jess Glynne, Little Mix and James Bay.’

While significant sales of albums by Ed Sheeran and Sam Smith certainly helped the year’s success, it was Adele’s 25 which although still unavailable to stream, has with almost two and a half million copies sold, had the greatest impact.

The continuing revival in vinyl’s fortunes was confirmed by the retailer HMV, who reported that they sold one turntable every minute in the week prior to Christmas while Amazon stated that one of their most popular festive items was the Jensen three-speed turntable.

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