Adele, Muse and Mumford & Sons help UK to record share of global album sales

One Direction, Ed Sheeran and Emeli Sandé are also leading the British charge abroad

Adele, Muse and Mumford & Sons help UK to record share of global album sales

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British artists have claimed a higher proportion of global album sales than ever before, new figures released by the British Phonographic Industry (BPI) show.

Albums by UK acts accounted for 13.3 per cent of worldwide sales in 2012 – a rise from the previous year's figure of 12.6 per cent. In the US, the share is even greater with British artists responsible for 13.7 per cent or one in seven of all albums sold.

Meanwhile, a UK act has been responsible for the world's best-selling album in five of the last six years thanks to the popularity of Amy Winehouse's 'Back To Black' (2007), Coldplay's 'Viva La Vida' (2008), Susan Boyle's 'I Dreamed A Dream' (2009) and Adele's '21' (2011, 2012). Only Eminem's 'Recovery' interrupted the British reign in 2010.

"Music is fundamental to Britain's identity as a nation and the world is singing with us. Led by Adele's '21', the global top-seller for the second year running, our artists are having hits all around the world," BPI Chief Executive Geoff Taylor said in a statement. "From One Direction's sensational, record-breaking US achievements, global smash albums from Muse and Mumford & Sons and breakthrough debuts for Emeli Sandé and Ed Sheeran, our musicians and labels are doing us proud."

Meanwhile, Prime Minister David Cameron added: "We should be extremely proud of how our world-leading music industry continues to go from strength to strength, with a record share of the global market and with British acts having the world's top selling album for five of the last six years. British music is enjoyed across the world and we will keep backing our creative industries that support jobs, create opportunities and contribute to the economy."

Speaking at a party to celebrate the success of the British music industry, Cameron revealed he is trying to find a new favourite band after he was banned from listening to The Smiths by Johnny Marr.

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