One in every eight albums sold worldwide is from a UK artist, new figures reveal
One in every eight albums sold across the world in 2013 was made by a UK artist, new figures from the BPI have revealed.
During 2013, 13% of all albums sold were made by a UK artist, with One Direction, Mumford & Sons and Adele accounting for a large proportion of that.
One Direction sold four million albums across the world in 2013, despite only releasing their album Midnight Memories just six weeks before the end of the year, while Adele, Robbie Williams, Emeli Sande and David Bowie also made sizeable contributions to the UK's worldwide sales.
Speaking about the figures, BPI's Gennaro Castaldo said in a statement: "For home-grown talent to have recorded the world's biggest-selling album six out of the last seven years is a phenomenal achievement that says a great deal about the popularity of British music around the world, especially taking into account the fact that one in every eight albums sold globally are by UK artists."
He continued: "Aside from the obvious contribution to British exports, this success underlines the vital role that our music and artists play in promoting the appeal of British culture around the world."
The top-selling British albums across the world in 2013 were:
1. One Direction - Midnight Memories
2. Mumford & Sons - Babel
3. Adele - 21
4. Robbie Williams - Swings Both Ways
5. One Direction - Take Me Home
6. Emeli Sandé - Our Version of Events
7. David Bowie - The Next Day
8. Black Sabbath - 13
9. Depeche Mode - Delta Machine
10. One Direction - Up All Night