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The Year in British Music 2015

The Year in British Music 2015

Streaming surges past 25 billion landmark as UK music consumption rises 4 per cent

  • UK record label investment in British & international music talent helps UK recorded music sector to achieve another £1 billion-plus year and global success – and fans to enjoy music in more ways than ever before.
  • 122 million albums (or equivalent) purchased on physical format, downloaded or consumed via streaming.
  • Audio streaming up 82 per cent – digital formats now account for 54 per cent of all UK music consumption.
  • 26.8 billion audio streams represent over a fifth (22 per cent) of music consumed in UK – although if streaming through music video sites were to be added, the combined total for streams would top the 50 billion mark (53.7 billion).
  • 2.1 million LPs purchased as vinyl sales climb 64 per cent to 21-year high, while decline in CD slows to 3.9 per cent as format still accounts for two thirds (66 per cent) of all album sales (excluding streams).  
  • British artists dominate, claiming seven of top 10 and 15 of top 20 Official Charts Artist Albums, including 2015 BRITs Critics Choice recipient James Bay.  Six of the top 10 most streamed artists in 2015 are British.
  • Adele’s 25 sells 2.5 million copies in UK (and 15 million worldwide) in just six weeks to become 2015’s fastest & biggest seller globally – 11th year in a row best-selling artist album in UK has come from British act. 
  • Ed Sheeran and Sam Smith cement global status as both X and In the Lonely Hourachieve lifetime sales of over 2 million copies in both the UK and US.  Ed Sheeran is the most streamed artist in the UK in 2015.
  • Little Mix, Olly Murs, One Direction and Mumford & Sons also perform strongly just outside top-10, while Rod Stewart & Jeff Lynne’s ELO also feature in top-20 to underline enduring appeal of heritage artists.  
  • Now 92 is year’s biggest-selling compilation as domination of Official Compilations Charts top-10 by Now range is broken only by Fifty Shades of Grey soundtrack and Ministry of Sound’s The Annual 2016.