Ed Sheeran tops a list filled exclusively with home-grown talent in what has been a superb year for British pop.
It’s been a very good year for British music! For the first time ever, the top ten best-selling albums of 2014 in the UK consists exclusively of home-grown artists.
According to figures compiled by the BPI, the British music industry’s trade body, British artists have enjoyed huge dominance in the charts over the last twelve months. The top spot was taken by a clear distance by Ed Sheeran with his second album X, which is currently sitting at the Number 1 spot in the weekly charts for the twelfth non-consecutive week.
Ed Sheeran was the biggest-selling album artist of 2014, with 1.7 million copies of X sold
It sold over 1.7 million copies, nearly half a million more than Sam Smith’s In The Lonely Hour, which was second in the list. George Ezra’s debut album Wanted On Voyage lands impressively in third, just ahead of Paolo Nutini’s Caustic Love and Coldplay’s Ghost Stories rounding out the top five.
Paloma Faith is the only female to make the list, in sixth with her album A Perfect Contradiction, and ‘70s titans Pink Floyd sit in ninth with The Endless River, an album of outtakes that will serve as their last ever album.
The list simply underlines what has been a very special year for Sheeran. Last month, it was revealed that he was one of the first artists to achieve one billion streams on Spotify. He also won British Artist of the Year at the inaugural BBC Music Awards held last month.
It’s also confirmation of a vintage year for British music in general. While the American market seems to be continuing in a downward trajectory, disguised by massive sales of Taylor Swift and Frozen, physical sales of music in Britain are roughly what they were in 2013, with CD and vinyl accounting for just under half (49%) of all music sales.
The full Top 10 is as follows:
1. Ed Sheeran - X
2. Sam Smith - In The Lonely Hour
3. George Ezra - Wanted On Voyage
4. Paolo Nutini - Caustic Love
5. Coldplay - Ghost Stories
6. Paloma Faith - A Perfect Contradiction
7. One Direction - Four
8. Olly Murs - Never Been Better
9. Pink Floyd - The Endless River
10. Take That - III
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