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Prime Minister Celebrates Global Growth Of British Music


David Cameron, has hailed the remarkable global success of British music as new BPI figures, have revealed big-selling albums by Adele, Emeli Sande, One Direction and Ed Sheeran. These figures have boosted UK artists’ share of album sales globally to 13.3% in 2012, the highest on record.

British acts have secured a record share of the world market, with Adele and One Direction leading the UK’s global surge. For the fifth time in six years, Brits have claimed the world’s No.1 selling albums, with four british albums reaching the Top 5 in the US (see Little Mix success), since 2012. Five of the top ten biggest global sellers of 2012, were by British artists.

The Prime Minister, David Cameron, welcomed the figures saying:

“We should be extremely proud of how our world-leading music industry continues to go from strength to strength, with a record share of the global market and with British acts having the world’s top selling album for five of the last six years. British music is enjoyed across the world and we will keep backing our creative industries that support jobs, create opportunities and contribute to the economy.”

BPI Chief Executive, Geoff Taylor, announced this moment as: “… fundamental to Britain’s identity as a nation and the world is singing with us. Led by Adele’s 21, the global top-seller for the second year running, our artists are having hits all around the world.”

He continues: “From One Direction’s sensational, record-breaking US achievements, global smash albums from Muse and Mumford & Sons and breakthrough debuts for Emeli Sandé and Ed Sheeran, our musicians and labels are doing us proud.

BPI Chairman Tony Wadsworth added: “As music goes digital, Britain has the potential to be even more successful, connecting instantly with fans who love our music wherever they may live. The time is right for Government to back innovative businesses like music that can lead the economy back to growth”.

Britain now has a proud record of developing and breaking talent on the world stage, boasting global hit albums from One direction, Emeli Sandé, Ed Sheeran and Mumford & Sons. One Direction managed to smash records in the US last year, with their debut albums ‘Up all Night’ and ‘Take Me home’  both entering the US charts at No.1, making the top five.

For a second year running, Adele’s ’21‘ was the top-selling album in the world with over 26million units sold to date. 21 was the biggest seller of 2012, breaking many of the world’s biggest music markets including the USA, Canada, France and The Netherlands. Established British acts such as Coldplay, Rod Stewart, Led Zeppelin and Muse have also basked in the success, of strong worldwide sales.

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