UK album sales continue to decline

It's the sixth consecutive year sales have fallen, according to a new report

Sales of albums in the UK have fallen for the sixth consecutive year, according to the latest figures from the British Recorded Music Industry (BPI).

In 2010, combined digital and physical album sales in the UK fell by seven percent, from 128.9 million to 119.9 million. The report, which monitored details gathered by the Official Chart Company, said that despite the overall fall, sales of digital albums had actually risen by 30 percent.

Digital analyst Mark Mulligan said that the report indicates changing trends in the way music is consumed in Britain, reports BBC News. “The simple fact is that CD sales are declining much more quickly than digital sales are growing,” he said.

Physical sales of UK singles have also slumped, the report found, falling to 1.9 million sales in 2010 from 2.5 million the year before. This comes despite the combined physical and digital singles market recording the highest sales figures ever with 161.8 million.

Earlier today (January 4), high street music retailer HMV announced it is to close 60 of its stores across the UK in 2011.