7.5bn music tracks have been streamed in the UK in 2012 so far, according to Universal Music UK boss David Joseph – a startling rise from the 1.1bn tracks that were streamed in 2011. Joseph revealed the figures in an interview with The Guardian, where he also said that 68m albums and 147m singles have been sold in the UK so far this year. However, Joseph also warned that only nine new British acts have sold more than 100k albums this year – defined as ‘breaking through’ – down from 19 in 2011. Read more

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