Chart Listings: UK 2015 Music Industry Report

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The number of audio streams served in 2015 rose by 82 per cent with 26.8 billion songs streamed from digital services such as Spotify, Deezer and Google Play as well as Apple Music (2014 – 14.8 billion). This dramatic growth means the platform accounted for more than a fifth (22 per cent) of all the music consumed in the UK in 2015 (12.6 per cent in 2014). The average number of weekly streams across 2015 increased to 506 million – up 78 per cent on the equivalent 284 million average for 2014.

In 2015 just under 26 million albums were downloaded – down from 30 million in 2014. The number of singles purchased (almost entirely via download) was similarly down 15 per cent on the year – from 156 million in 2014 to 133 million in 2015.

CD album sales in 2015 stood at 53.6 million units, down 3.9 per cent on the year and still accounting for 66 per cent of all albums purchased in the UK. This softening in its rate of decline, compared to a 20 per cent drop in 2012 (and a 7.9 per cent decrease in 2014), underlines the format’s resilience and suggests that it may yet have a viable future for some years to come as part of a multi-channel consumer landscape alongside vinyl, streaming and downloads.

Top 5 Selling Albums:
25 Adele 2,604,850
X Ed Sheeran 1,001,845
In The Lonely Hour Sam Smith 925,147
If I Can Dream Elvis Presley 924,377
Now! That’s What I Call Music 92 841,800…et-report.aspx

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