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UK music fans streamed more music than ever in 2017 – an astonishing total of 68.1 billion songs.
That is the equivalent of everyone in the country to play 1,036 tracks, or almost three consecutive days of music, on sites such as Apple and Spotify.
Most of those songs were apparently by Ed Sheeran – who had four of the Top 10 of the most sold single of the year.
The trade body the BPI says streaming now accounts for more than half (50.4%) of all music consumption in the UNITED kingdom.
The figure is up from 36.4% last year, with a record of 1.5 billion streams served in a week last December.
To put that in context, we are now streaming more songs in a single week than we did in the first six months of 2012.
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If nothing else, however, the BPI is actually underplaying the success of streaming, as it is based on data from the Official Charts Company, at the moment, not to mention the music played on YouTube to his figures.
It has been estimated that, if YouTube has been entered, the number of streams to access from music lovers in the UK would be double.
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Overall, the music sales generated Â£1.2 billion for the UK economy last year, according to the Entertainment retailers Association.
At the opposite end of the technological scale, the sales of vinyl has continued to grow, with 4.1 million LPs purchased in 2017.
Again, Ed Sheeran was the most popular artist of the format followed by Liam Gallagher and Amy Winehouse’s Back To Black, which have characterized the first five albums on vinyl for the third year in a row.CD sales down
However, the vinyl represents only 3% of the entire music market, and its success is in sharp contrast with the decline in Cd and download.
CD sales, which peaked at 162.4 million euro in 2004, now languishing at 41.6 million euros.
Digital downloads are also on the way out, with only 13.8 million albums bought in stores like iTunes and Amazon in the last year, with a decrease of 23%.
Overall, music consumption has increased by 8.7% – the largest annual increase since 1998.
Sales and flows, contributed Â£1.2 billion to the UK economy, according to the Entertainment Retailers Association (ERA).
Apart from Sheeran, the UK’s biggest artists, including Rag N Bone Man, whose album Human has moved more than 885,000 copies by the end of the year.
Little Mix of Glory Days and has continued to sell well, while Rosa and Drake were the best-selling international artists.
It was also a better year for new artists, after a sad and 2016, in which only one of the British album debut (Bradley Walsh the chase Dreams) has gone gold.
2017 has seen the likes of Dua Lipa, Stormzy, Harry Styles and J Hus to reach the 100,000 sales milestone.
On the whole, the entertainment industry enjoyed an exceptional year in 2017, with sales of video games, movies, TV programs and music, recording growth for the fifth consecutive year.
Disney has had two of the most sold titles of the film of the year, with the live action remake of beauty And the Beast and the Thief: Star Wars History, collectively selling more than 2.9 million copies.
Dvd and Blu-ray disc has a double-digit decline in sales, but revenues from streaming services such as Netflix and Amazon increased by 22.2%, and now represent over 70% of the video market.
The second TIME, the entertainment market as a whole reached a “new high”, the generation of Â£7.24 billion last year.
CEO Kim Bayley called it a “historic result” under the pressure of new technologies and innovation.
“New digital services are bringing a growing number of the population of the UNITED kingdom returns to the entertainment with 24/7 access to music, video and games they want to,” he said.
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