Ed Sheeran's ÷ tops entertainment sales in 2017

Ed Sheeran's ÷ tops entertainment sales in 2017

Ed Sheeran’s ÷ was the biggest-selling entertainment title of last year, according to ERA.

The Entertainment Retailers’ Association revealed that the singer’s third album’s tally of 2,702,839 units sold (OCC) was just ahead of nearest rival FIFA 18 (2,696,721).

The only other music title in the Top 10 was Human by Rag’N’Bone Man at No.10. Video and games titles ahead of the debut album included Call Of Duty: WWII, Beauty And The Beast, Rogue One – A Star Wars Story and Moana.

ERA’s Yearbook also revealed that the British public spent more money on music, video and games in 2017 than on books, magazines and newspapers for the first time.

According to research prepared by the Leisure Industries Research Centre at Sheffield Hallam University, £7.2 billion was spent on music, video and games compared with £7.1 billion on books, magazines and newspapers.

“It is an extraordinary testament to the appeal and resonance of digital entertainment services that they have helped home entertainment to hit this milestone nearly 550 years since the invention of the printing press,” said ERA CEO Kim Bayley.

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