UK music wins 13% global share


UK music acts were responsible for one in eight albums sold worldwide in 2013 - including the world's biggest-selling album, according to the BPI, the UK trade association.

One Direction underlined its international success, with its Midnight Memories album proving the world's biggest-selling release with 4m copies sold worldwide. This is the sixth time in the last seven years that a UK act has been responsible for the world's biggest-selling album. 

Albums by Mumford & Sons, Adele, Robbie Williams and Depeche Mode helped the UK to occupy 10 of the top 40 worldwide positions in the ranking of 2013 album sales. 

UK music sales were particularly strong in the Netherlands and Germany while in the US there was a slight dip in UK share following the strong performance by UK acts in the States during 2012. Other successful international markets for UK musicians included Australia, Canada and Japan.

In the UK market, domestic acts accounted for eight of the top 10 selling albums in 2013 and a total market share of 52 per cent, unchanged from the previous year.

Visit the BPI website here for the figures in full.


Published: August 4, 2014.