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UK album sales rise 1.4% in Q1

Paul Williams
UK album sales rise 1.4% in Q1

UK album sales rose in 2013's opening three months for the first quarter in more than three years with Emeli Sande leading a 1.4% increase.

Official Charts Company figures issued by the BPI reveal 23.3 million physical and digital albums were sold during the period, the first quarterly rise for unit album sales since Q4 2009. Virgin act Emeli Sande's Our Version Of Events was the top seller overall, while other big albums included Polydor's Les Miserables cast recording and the EMI TV/UMTV-issued compilation Now! 84.

Sales of digital albums expanded by 17.8% year-on-year to lift the market from 7.6 million units in the opening quarter of 2012 to 9.0 million 12 months later. It was no surprise that CD album sales dropped again, but the 7.2% fall to 14.2 million units marked a significant slowing down in the market's decline. During the same period last year CD sales dropped 25.4%. The split between the two markets was 61.5% physical and 38.5% digital.

The slowing down in CD trading and the continuing progress of digital albums meant for the first time improved download sales cancelled out the drop in the physical market.

Meanwhile, the revival in vinyl sales not only continued in the quarter, but strongly picked up, rising 78.1% to reach their highest Q1 level in 11 years.

Overall album sales were boosted by a series of big new releases, including RCA acts David Bowie and Justin Timberlake making comebacks, Virgin-signed Bastille's debut and 14th Floor/Warner Bros's Biffy Clyro topping the chart for the first time. There were also a variety of successful independent releases, including Stereophonics' first album on Stylus/Ignition, Michael Ball with his initial release on Union Square, XL's Atoms For Peace and Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds' giving Kobalt Label Services a first Top 10 hit with Push The Sky Away.

An independent release, Thrift Shop by Macklemore & Ryan Lewis featuring Wanz on the Macklemore label, was the period's most popular single as the market lifted 3.9% year-on-year to 48.5 million units. Other top one-track sellers included Mercury Records act Taylor Swift's I Knew You Were Trouble and cuts by RCA's Justin Timberlake, an Interscope/Polydor pairing of will.i.am and Britney Spears and Def Jam/Mercury's Rihanna (with Mikky Ekko).

BPI chief executive Geoff Taylor said: “The Q1 sales figures illustrate that as digital represents a larger share of album sales, it can follow the singles market back to growth.

“The strength in depth of British music is highlighted by newcomers such as Jake Bugg and Bastille sitting alongside iconic figures like David Bowie in the Top 20 best-sellers.  The strong performance of independent labels in March bolstered by releases this quarter from Stereophonics, Atoms for Peace and many others is very encouraging.

“The second quarter of 2013 looks promising for music fans, with big releases anticipated from Michael Bublé, Rod Stewart, Laura Marling, Daft Punk, and Noah & The Whale."

A full analysis of Q1 UK recorded music sales is in this week's Music Week.

 

Top 20 Best-Selling Albums - Q1 2013

Pos

Album Title

Artist

1

Our Version of Events

Emeli Sandé

2

Les Misérables

Motion Picture Cast Recording

3

Now That’s What I Call Music 84

Various Artists

4

Jake Bugg

Jake Bugg

5

Unorthodox Jukebox

Bruno Mars

6

The Trevor Nelson Collection

Various Artists

7

18 Months

Calvin Harris

8

Babel

Mumford & Sons

9

Now That’s What I Call Music 83

Various Artists

10

The 20/20 Experience

Justin Timberlake

11

The Next Day

David Bowie

12

Opposites

Biffy Clyro

13

Unapologetic

Rihanna

14

The Truth About Love

Pink

15

Bad Blood

Bastille

16

Anthems – 90s

Various Artists

17

Take Me Home

One Direction

18

Right Place Right Time

Olly Murs

19

Rumours

Fleetwood Mac

20

Red

Taylor Swift

 

Top 20 Best-Selling Singles - Q1 2013

Pos

Track Title

Artist

1

Thrift Shop

Macklemore/Ryan Lewis/Wanz

2

I Knew You Were Trouble

Taylor Swift

3

Mirrors

Justin Timberlake

4

Scream & Shout

Will.I.Am Ft Britney Spears

5

Stay

Rihanna Ft Mikky Ekko

6

One Way or Another (Teenage Kicks)

One Direction

7

When I Was Your Man

Bruno Mars

8

Just Give Me A Reason

Pink Ft Nate Ruess

9

I Could Be The One

Avicci VS Nicky Romero

10

Drinking From The Bottle

Calvin Harris Ft Tinie Tempah

11

Impossible

James Arthur

12

Pompeii

Bastille

13

Clown

Emeli Sandé

14

White Noise

Disclosure Ft AlunaGeorge

15

Suit & Tie

Justin Timberlake Ft Jay Z

16

Get Up (Rattle)

Bingo Players Ft Far East

17

Locked Out Of Heaven

Bruno Mars

18

Ho Hey

Lumineers

19

Harlem Shake

Baauer

20

Gangnam Style

Psy

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Tags: rihanna, bpi, taylor swift, Now That's What I Call Music, emeli sande, david bowie, Geoff Taylor, will.i.am, Stereophonics, Britney Spears, mikky ekko, les miserables, Atoms For Peace, justin timberlake, biffy clyro, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, Nick Cave, Michael Ball

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