UK music sales rose last year for the first time since 2004


Increases in vinyl and streaming helped the UK’s music sales to rise for the first time since 2004 last year.

The two different ends of the music market spectrum combined to push overall sales from £1.03 billion in 2014 to £1.06 billion in 2015, as vinyl jumped to the tune of 64% and 26.8 billion songs were streamed – a rise of 82%.

“The soaring popularity of music streaming and the burgeoning vinyl revival mean that UK music consumption rose again in 2015,” comments BPI chief executive Geoff Taylor.

“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.”

Figures released by the OCC yesterday (January 5th) showed the top three best selling albums in the UK were all from homegrown artists, namely Adele, Ed Sheeran and Sam Smith.

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