Record industry body shows British artists dominated last year

The British Phonographic Industry, the body that represents the British recorded music business, have announced the biggest selling tracks and albums of the year.

Their figures, in conjunction with the Official Charts Company, show ‘Now That’s What I Call Music! 86’ was the best-selling album of 2013, with 1.1million sales.

As reported yesterday, One Direction‘s ‘Midnight Memories’ was the best-selling artist album of the year, with around 685,000 sales. This marks the ninth consecutive year a British artist has had the year’s best-seller, following on from Emeli Sande the year before, Adele, Take That, Susan Boyle, Duffy, Amy Winehouse, Snow Patrol and James Blunt. 2013 was, however, the first year in 20 years for the top-selling album not to break the million-sales barrier.

Of the 10 biggest-selling albums of the year, eight are by British artists. Emeli Sande’s ‘Our Version Of Events’ was second, followed by Michael Buble, Robbie Williams, Olly Murs, Bruno Mars, Rod Stewart, Arctic Monkeys, Gary Barlow and finally Ellie Goulding.

The biggest-selling artist album, taking only digital sales into account, was Bastille‘s ‘Bad Blood’, although including compilations that title goes to ‘Now That’s What I Call Music! 85’. The top four biggest-selling compilations of the year were in fact ‘Now’ compilations (‘Now 86’, ‘Now 85’, ‘Now 84’ and ‘Now Christmas’). Looking at just vinyl, Arctic Monkeys‘ ‘AM’ – also NME’s Album Of The Year – was the best seller, beating Daft Punk‘s ‘Random Access Memories’ and David Bowie‘s surprise comeback ‘The Next Day’ to the post. The Sheffield four-piece were also the year’s most-streamed artist.

The most downloaded track of 2013 was Robin Thicke‘s ‘Blurred Lines’, followed by Daft Punk‘s ‘Get Lucky’, Avicii’s ‘Wake Me Up and, in fourth place, the highest-placed British performer Passenger with his hit ‘Let Me Go’. All four songs sold more than a million times in 2013.

BPI Chairman Tony Wadsworth said: “The British public’s affinity for British music is alive and kicking. For an impressive ninth year in a row, a UK artist signed, developed and supported by a British record label has claimed the best-selling artist album on home turf. The hat-trick of chart achievements from One Direction, Bastille and Arctic Monkeys has certainly set a high benchmark for UK acts to follow in 2014, but we say watch this space.”