Solo artists accounted for a 60% market share of album sales in the UK in 2015, according to research published by the BPI.

In fact, the five top albums all belonged to solo acts: Adele, Ed Sheeran, Sam Smith, Elvis Presley and Justin Bieber.

This isn’t hugely-surprising news mind: it’s the seventh consecutive year in which solo artists have outsold groups in the UK. Boss Geoff Taylor claimed a pop surge is one of the factors.

“Certainly over the last few years Pop has enjoyed a particularly fertile period, which has tended to coincide with a strong performance from solo acts,” said Taylor.

The news came as the Official Charts Company announced a new ‘Official Trending Chart’ in the UK: a top 20 to be published every Tuesday based on the first four days of the chart week – focusing on the tracks with the best week-on-week growth to spotlight emerging songs.

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