Universal on Q4: 'This is a hugely important quarter for the industry'

Q4 bears a lot of music industry expectation - especially right now.

In the first half of 2012, UK album sales stood at an unspectacular 43.6m, 13.8% down on H1 2011.

However, digital album sales continue to grow, up 17.3% in the first half of the year according to Official Chart Company/BPI stats.

Meanwhile, Q3 was uncommonly quiet this year as the nation's attention turned to the Olympics - and the release schedule dried up.

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