Album sales fall in Britain

According to the BPI record industry body which published its figures on Monday, the album sales in Britain have fallen 13.8 percent to 43.6 million units in the first half of 2012 when compared to 50.5 million in the same period of last year. There is a 14 percent decline year-on-year however despite this overall decline there has been continued growth in digital album sales which rose 17.3 percent year-on-year.

On the other hand the singles market has continued to expand reaching 93.6 million in the first six months of 2012 which is a rise of 6.3 percent when compared with the first half of 2011.  Digital sales accounted for 100% of the top ten singles of 2012. BPI Chief, Geoff Taylor said in a statement, “We’ve had another solid quarter of digital growth in sales volumes – both in albums and on singles, where the top 10 were exclusively sold as digital downloads, album unit sales are down quite significantly year-on-year, but it’s important to remember that these unit sales figures do not take into account the growing importance of music streaming and subscription services”. Adele’s “21” was the top selling artist album of the year 2012 which mirrored its performance as the biggest seller from the first half of 2011. Coming in at second place was Emelie Sande’s “Our Version of Events” which is the second biggest seller. The third biggest selling artist album was Lana Del Rey’s “Born to die”.

The biggest selling single of the year 2012 was Gotye’s “Somebody That I Used To Know” featuring Kimbra. The hugely popular single has sold more than a million copies. Following Gotye’s hit single is Carly Rae Jepsen’s “Call Me Maybe” and “Titanium” by David Guetta featuring Sia. Taylor further adds, “The second half of 2012 is looking very promising for music fans, with big releases anticipated from The Killers, Plan B, Joss Stone, Mumford & Sons, Robbie Williams, Muse, David Guetta, Van Morrison, Pet Shop Boys, Dido, One Direction and The Vaccines”.

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