British acts account for 1 in 7 albums sold worldwide
4 June 2015
From the section Entertainment & Arts
One Direction’s Four and Ed Sheeran’s X were the biggest British albums globally in 2014
One Direction, Ed Sheeran and Coldplay helped UK artists account for more than one in seven of the albums sold globally during 2014, the BPI has said.
With 13.7% of worldwide sales, it’s the highest British share since the BPI began recording those figures in 2000.
Sales of albums by British artists rose in Canada, Australia, Italy and Sweden, as well as the US.
Albums from Sam Smith and Pink Floyd also made the top ten list of the world’s biggest-sellers of 2014.
According to the BPI’s Music Market 2015 report, Taylor Swift topped the list of global recording artists, after shifting six million copies of her album 1989.
The figures, which take into account album sales, track sales and streams, put One Direction in second place and Sheeran in third.
The BPI also found that streaming had doubled in the UK during 2014.
Coldplay’s album Ghost Stories sold 3.7 million copies worldwide in 2014
As previously reported, British acts dominated album sales in the UK in 2014, taking each of the top 10 best-selling artist albums of the year for the first time, and accounting for more than half of album sales.
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Source:: BBC Entertainment