UK album sales fall in first half of 2012
Adele's album 21 is the highest selling record of 2012 so far
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Tuesday, 03, Jul 2012 11:36
By Mark Fordham
British album sales have fallen by nearly 14 per cent in the first six months of the year, despite a marked rise in digital sales.
Record body the British Phonographic Industry (BPI) said 43.6 million albums were sold in the first half of the year when compared to 50.5 million during the same period in 2011.
Digital sales have increased by 17.3 per cent but this has still failed to bridge the gap.
Adele's record-breaking album 21 is the biggest-selling album of 2012 so far, just as it was in the first six months of the year in 2011.
The BPI announced earlier this year that digital music revenues have far outstripped physical formats such as CDs for the first time.
"It's important to remember that these unit sales figures do not take into account the growing importance of music streaming and subscription services," chief executive of the BPI Geoff Taylor was quoted as saying.