British Music is at the Top of its Game in 2015

Recent news has uncovered that British music artists account for one in seven music albums sold worldwide in 2014. An impressive achievement for the British music industry to say the least. With a 13.7% share of worldwide sales, in 2014 the British music industry was worth a staggering $2.75 billion (or approximately £1.78 billion for us Brits). This is in fact the highest figure in the last five years.

BPI British Music Albums Sold

In the UK, BPI have revealed that British music artists are responsible for nearly 4x the worldwide figure for British album sales, with over half (53.5%) of music albums purchased in the UK in 2014 being of a British act.

Geoff Taylor, BPI and Brit Awards chief executive, has stated:

“The achievements of UK artists and labels in 2014 were truly outstanding. They dominated sales at home like never before, releasing all of the Top 10 best-selling artist albums of 2014, while climbing higher than ever in the charts overseas.

“Music is a tremendous exports success story for the UK – all around the world, fans are listening to the records we produce, supporting not only our balance of trade but a positive image for Britain overseas.

“It’s encouraging to have a government that backs British music exports and understand the key role music plays in projecting Britain’s identity as a creative powerhouse.”

Biggest Selling Albums of the Decade (UK)

It was recently also announced, June 2015, that Adele’s “21” album has been the biggest selling album of the past decade, with over four million copies sold in the UK. According to the Official Charts Company, Adele’s second album topped the charts at number one for an amazing 23 weeks when it was released in 2011.

It should come as no surprise that British people just love British music. According to the Official Charts Company, the Top 5 biggest selling albums of the decade so far are:

  1. “21” by Adele, released 2011 (4,751,000 albums sold in the UK)
  2. “Progress” by Take That, released 2010 (2,374,000 albums sold in the UK)
  3. “Christmas” by Michael Bublé, released 2011 (2,208,000 albums sold in the UK)
  4. “Our Version Of Events” by Emeli Sandé, released 2013 (2,208,000 albums sold in the UK)
  5. “X” by Ed Sheeran, released 2014 (2,134,000 albums sold in the UK)

Nice to see our home-grown talent scoring all Top 5 places in the biggest selling albums of the past decade according to Official Charts Company!

The Official Top 40 Biggest Selling Artist Albums of 2014

What’s even more impressive is that all Top 10 places in the Official Charts Company’s “Top 40 Biggest Selling Artist Albums of 2014” are taken by British music artists! This marks 2014 as the highest performing year for British artists since the Official Charts records began. Incredible.

  1. “X” – Ed Sheeran
  2. “In The Lonely Hour” – Sam Smith
  3. “Wanted On Voyage” – George Ezra
  4. “Caustic Love” – Paolo Nutini
  5. “Ghost Stories” – Coldplay
  6. “A Perfect Contradiction” – Paloma Faith
  7. “Four” – One Direction
  8. “Never Been Better” – Olly Murs
  9. “The Endless River” – Pink Floyd
  10. “III” – Take That

PPL People’s Charts 2014

PPL’s People’s Charts uses music usage data compiled from PPL licensees across the UK to rank music tracks and music artists for their annually released People’s Charts. PPL’s People Charts 2014, released 11th June 2015, shows that background music for businesses (such as bars, clubs, shops, restaurants and gyms), television and radio plays have also been favouring British music artists.

The PPL People’s Pop Chart 2014

(British songs are highlighted below in blue.)

  1. “Happy” – Pharrell Williams
  2. “Rather Be” – Clean Bandit ft. Jess Glynne
  3. “Ghost” – Ella Henderson
  4. “Counting Stars” – OneRepublic
  5. “All Of Me” – John Legend
  6. “Stay With Me” – Sam Smith
  7. “Roar” – Katy Perry
  8. “Sing” – Ed Sheeran
  9. “Rude” – Magic!
  10. “Hey Brother” – Avicii

The PPL People’s Artist Chart 2014

(British artists are highlighted below in blue.)

  1. Katy Perry
  2. Coldplay
  3. Ed Sheeran
  4. Sam Smith
  5. OneRepublic
  6. Rihanna
  7. Clean Bandit
  8. Avicii
  9. Olly Murs
  10. Michael Jackson

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