The stats are in: music sales in the UK rose by just under 10% in the first half of 2019.
Between January and June, British consumers spent £673 million on recorded music across all formats.
Entertainment Retailers Association CEO Kim Bayley said: “With January-June historically the quietest half of the year, this is another great result for entertainment. Digital services and physical retailers alike continue to innovate to expand the market for music, video and games.”
Streaming generated £486 million, an increase of more than 25% compared to the first half of 2018. Subscription streaming services from the likes of Spotify, Apple Music, Amazon, Deezer and YouTube Music have continued to attract customers and mitigate bootlegging.
The most popular album from the first half of the year was The Greatest Showman soundtrack, which sold 380,000 copies in addition to the 1.6 million units it already moved in the UK in 2018.
The second highest-selling album was Lewis Capaldi’s debut, Divinely Uninspired to a Hellish Extent. Lewis also had the best-selling single, ‘Someone You Loved’, which generated sales of 1.34 million units.
SAE Liverpool guest lecturer Mike Cave worked on this record. He said: “It's always nice to be involved in projects that do well. It validates the hard work that I've put in; everyone deserves a pat on the back when they work hard. But equally, there's lots of other projects that I've been involved with that haven't sold as well, that I'm just as proud of.”
He added: “I think some voices have just got so much character and unique flavour, that they are instantly recognizable. With Lewis, you don't want to mess with the delivery of what he does. You don't need to start pulling loads of studio tricks on it as everything's there, it just needs to be translated in the right way. The key thing with an artist like that is just don't overthink it. Let it be its own thing, and then just present it in a way that's natural.”
The success of Lewis’ album is a testament to the artist’s unique voice first and foremost, but talented producers/mixers like Mike Cave also had a hand in the record’s success.
We are glad to be connecting our students with industry professionals who are among the best in their field, and celebrate the news that music sales in the UK are up by a whopping 9.9% in the first half of 2019.