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UK music sales hit a high note

Thursday, January 07, 2016 - 01:42

With streaming at a record high and vinyl making a comeback the UK music industry had a positive year in 2015 according to trade body BPI. And as Grace Pascoe reports UK music sales figures rose for the first time since 2004.

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2015 - a number one year for UK music The industry's pulled in £1 billion pounds, that's 1.4 billion dollars in revenue. With music consumption up 4 percent That's according to the industry group BPI. It's Communications Director Gennaro Castaldo says it's because fans have so many ways to enjoy music. (SOUNDBITE) (English) BPI, COMMUNICATIONS DIRECTOR, GENNARO CASTALDO, SAYING: "I think we saw 27 billion streams of songs, that was an 82 percent increase on the previous year but at the same time CD's, although they have been declining in sales over the last few years, that decline seems to be slowing down. And vinyl has its own sort of fairytale story as well." 2.1 million LPs - that's long players for those who don't remember - were sold in the UK alone in 2015 - that's a 64 percent rise. (SOUNDBITE) (English) MUSIC FAN, NEIL GRAHAM, SAYING: "I guess there's something a bit trendy about them, but for me it is more than that is about a depth of sound. You get a vibration with vinyl that you don't get with digital which, it just sounds warmer." British artists drove the music industry's growth in 2015. Adele led the pack selling 2.5 million copies of her latest album in just 6 weeks in the UK. Ed Sheeran, Sam Smith, One Direction, Jess Glynne and Coldplay all helped. And the British entertainment sector as a whole raked in a record £6.1 billion pounds. With film, games and music sales all up.

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UK music sales hit a high note

Thursday, January 07, 2016 - 01:42