UK single sales reach 15 year-high

Passenger's 'Let Her Go' becomes the fourth single of 2013 to sell over one million copies

Sales of Number One singles in the UK are at the highest level for 15 years.

Passenger’s ‘Let Her Go’ has become the fourth single of 2013 to sell over one million copies this year, according to the Official Charts Company. The track is the 141st single in the UK to ever do so, and only the third independently-released million seller of the millennium.

The last time four singles sold more than a million copies each was in 1998.

‘Let Her Go’ is the latest single to reach the one million sales landmark this year. Daft Punk’s ‘Get Lucky’ was the first single of the year to sell one million copies in June, just 11 weeks after its release. Robin Thicke’s ‘Blurred Lines’ did so eight weeks after its release and Swedish DJ and producer Avicii also hit the milestone with his track ‘Wake Me Up’.

Martin Talbot, Managing Director of the Official Charts Company, said in a statement: “Congratulations to Passenger and his label Nettwerk on scoring only the third independent million selling single this Millennium. ‘Let Her Go’ is not only one of the singles of the year, it is one of the classics of the digital era – as this achievement underlines.”

Passenger, real name Mike Rosenberg added: “I’ve been busking and playing tiny gigs in pubs, so for one of my songs to suddenly get so popular is not only a dream come true, but also a huge surprise.”