According to the BPI, albums recorded by British artists accounted for one in every eight albums sold during the 2013 sales year, including One Direction‘s Midnight Memories (the highest selling British album of 2013) and Take Me Home, Mumford & Sons‘ Babel and Adele‘s 21.
And that’s not all! According to The BPI’s Gennaro Castaldo, British artists have accounted for the year’s top-selling album in the world for the past six out of seven years, including Coldplay‘s Viva la Vida or Death and All His Friends, Susan Boyle‘s I Dreamed a Dream, Adele’s 21 and 1D’s Midnight Memories.
“That says a great deal about the popularity of British music around the world, especially taking into account the fact that one in every eight albums sold globally are by UK artists. Aside from the obvious contribution to British exports, this success underlines the vital role that our music and artists play in promoting the appeal of British culture around the world,” he explained.
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