Adele’s new album may be a 2011 phenomenon, but it seems British artists did rather well in 2010 too. The BPI has announced that UK artists accounted for nearly 12% of global recorded music sales last year – the stat is being trumpeted at its AGM today in London. “One in five of the Top 50 selling records released around the world last year featured British artists,” says boss Geoff Taylor. “As more people consume music online, we have the opportunity to get even stronger – in March this year, UK performers held the top 3 positions in the US Billboard Chart, for the first time in 25 years.” However, Taylor also sees the success as a new reason to urge stronger government action against piracy. “It’s time for Government to match words with action and get behind creative industries like music that can power growth of the UK economy in the 21st century.” The BPI’s research claims that British artists accounted for 48.9% of artist album sales in the UK in 2010.
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