Vinyl and streaming sales leads to growth in UK music consumption

10 January 2017 - Janet Bird

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The much talked about vinyl revival, coupled with a huge increase in audio streaming, led to a growth in UK music consumption last year.

Figures released by the British Phonographic Industry (BPI) show a total of 123 million album equivalent sales with a retail value of £1 billion were made in 2016, up 1.5 percent on the previous year.

Vinyl sales were up 53 percent to 3.2 million, their highest level since 1991. There was also a massive 68 percent increase in the number of audio streams served in 2016, taking the number to 45 billion.

The overall best-selling artist album was Adele's 25, while Coldplay, Little Mix, Rick Astley, The Rolling Stones and The 75 also did well.

'One Dance' by Canadian hip hop artist Drake, was the biggest single of the year and David Bowie's Blackstar album was top of the vinyl sales charts.

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