Music consumption in the UK rose for the seventh consecutive year in 2021, with streaming accounting for 83% of the total volume, according to the figures.
In June, the country saw its first week in which audio streams passed the 3 billion mark – an achievement that was repeated three times in December, said the record label association BPI.
About 180 artists reached more than 100 million streams in the UK in the past 12 months.
The update of the BPI for 2021, based on data from Official Charts Company, shows that overall consumption of recorded music in the UK increased by 2.5%.
Approximately 159 million albums or their equivalent were streamed or purchased in all formats.
This consisted mostly of streams spanning 147 billion individual audio streams – up 5.7% over 2020, the equivalent of 132 million albums streamed.
BPI Managing Director Geoff Taylor said, “As our lives continue to be disrupted, the past 12 months have reminded us again of the important role music recording plays in our lives.
“At the same time, the rise of streaming has enabled more artists than ever from all walks of life and ages to build new fan bases around the world and forge successful careers in music while record labels continue to provide the investment and support.” to thrive and reach a truly global audience. “
The numbers come from an intensified review of the streaming model after an investigation by the Digital, Culture, Media and Sports Committee concluded that “pitiful returns” from music streamed online affect “all creative Ecosystem ”.
Ministers referred the dominance of the big record companies to the competition and market regulator, but the BPI warned that legislative intervention “could negatively affect artists and jeopardize the hard-won return to growth after years of decline”.
The BPI report said Adele’s fourth album, 30, was the best-selling record of the year, and eight of the top 10 records were from British artists.
Ed Sheeran finished second with Equals, while Swedish pop superstars Abba finished third with their comeback album Voyage.
Olivia Rodrigo finished fourth with Sour and Queen fifth with her greatest hits.
The top-selling single of the year was Sheeran’s Bad Habits.
The US pop singer Rodrigo took second and third place with Good 4 U and Drivers License.
In fourth and fifth place were Save Your Tears from The Weeknd and Montero (Call Me By Your Name) from rapper Lil Nas X.
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