Ed Sheeran, Mark Ronson and Rihanna help UK pass 500m streams in a week for first time

505m streams were recorded in the week ending July 16

The number of songs streamed by people in the UK in a single week has passed the 500m mark for the first time.

The British Phonographic Industry (BPI) confirms that the landmark figure was passed on the weekend ending July 16, with popular songs by Mark Ronson, Rihanna and Ed Sheeran driving the occasion,

505m streams were recorded during the seven day period, with streaming services including Tidal, Apple Music, Deezer, Google Play and Spotify taken into account. BPI data reveals that there have been 11.5bn streams in the UK during the first half of 2015 with 25bn forecast for the rest of 2015. The figure for 2014 was 15bn.

YouTube figures are not included in the statistics and would push the total number for streams projected for 2015 up to 50bn.

Sheeran at this year’s Brit Awards

Nearly 60 songs have been streamed over 10m times so far in 2015, with Mark Ronson’s 2014 hit ‘Uptown Funk’ still proving popular and racking up over 45m streams. The most streamed artist overall is Ed Sheeran, who has over 170m streams for the year to date.

Geoff Taylor, chief executive of the British Phonographic Industry and the Brit Awards, said: “It’s remarkable that we now speak of billions of audio streams per month – it demonstrates vividly just how quickly streaming is being embraced.”

While streaming growd ever stronger, some musicians have moved away from the model with Prince only streaming his music via the Jay Z-owned Tidal and Neil Young recently taking his back catalogue offline in a dispute over online sound quality.