Arctic Monkeys, Coldplay help UK acts account for 1 in 8 US albums sold during 2014

Jamie Cook, Arctic Monkeys (Photo: Paul Bachmann for Live4ever)

Jamie Cook, Arctic Monkeys (Photo: Paul Bachmann for Live4ever)

Popular releases from the likes of Arctic Monkeys and Coldplay have contributed to one in every eight albums sold in the US during 2014 originating in the UK.

Arctic Monkeys’ ‘AM‘, led by the single ‘Do I Wanna Know?‘, saw the Sheffield band make a significant impact in the US for the first time, while Coldplay continued their success Stateside with ‘Ghost Stories‘.

Popsters such as One Direction and Sam Smith have also been big hits in America, helping UK acts to account for more that 12% of records sold.

“‘AM’ is a near flawless, brazen, yet reflective dancefloor filling triumph of an album,” our review reads. “A defiantly risk taking chemical blend in the myriad of past and contemporary genres on offer produces thrilling results, continuing the trend with each passing record of subtle changes to maintain the listener’s interest.”

“Turner’s initial modesty in his timid instruction to the nation to not ‘believe the hype’ now seems a lifetime away. This band will be revered long after they decide to call it a day, having lived up to the hype, and exceeded it, in astronomical proportions.”

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