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CD format turns 30 today - ABBA Gold is UK's best-seller

Rhian Jones
ABBA Gold

One of the record industry's best and most lucrative friends, the CD format, turns 30 today - three decades after the world's first CD players were announced in Japan on October 1, 1982.

ABBA’s greatest hits collection is No.1 in the Official All-Time CD Album Top 30 sellers according to new BPI figures, compiled by the Official Charts Company.

Leading the list with 4 million sales in the format, the record is the UK’s biggest selling Compact Disc of all time. In second place is Adele’s 21, which clocks up more than 3.5 million CD sales to date.

At No.3 is Oasis’ second album What’s The Story Morning Glory?, released in 1995, with 3.4 million CD sales.

Only two artists have more than one title in the Top 30. Coldplay’s first three albums – Parachutes (No.21), A Rush Of Blood To The Head (No.13) and X&Y (No.19) all make the top 30, along with Robbie Williams whose three albums I’ve Been Expecting You, Sing When You’re Winning and Greatest Hits, chart at 25, 26, and 27 respectively.

UK artists take 21 of the Top 30 spots and eight in the Top 10. Only four ‘Best Of’ compilations appear in the Top 30.

No general compilations feature in the top 30 at all, where sales tend to be focussed on much shorter time periods. Whilst digital downloads accounts for greater than average sales of the Rock, Urban and Dance genres, CD is today still overwhelmingly the preferred music format for Blues (78.2%) and Classical (77.7%).

Now 44 is the biggest-selling compilation CD, appearing at No.102 with 1.4million copies sold.

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Tags: OAsis, Official Charts Company, Adele, CD, ABBA

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