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Biggest selling albums in the United Kingdom (UK) 2018

Albums ranked by unit sales in the United Kingdom (UK) in 2018 (in 1,000)

by Statista Research Department, last edited Sep 16, 2019
Biggest selling albums in the United Kingdom (UK) 2018 In 2018, the highest selling album in the United Kingdom (UK) was not by a recording artist or group but, in fact, by a musical. The Greatest showman sold over 1.6 million units through digital and physical sales in the UK, more than double that of George Ezra’s album ‘Staying at Tamara’s’, which came in second. In the same year, sales retail revenue hit over 1.3 billion British pounds, of which, almost one billion came from digital sales. Digital sales in 2018 grew to over 70 percent, an increase of over ten percent from the previous year.
Music streaming

In 2018, over 80 percent of UK individuals had streamed music at least once in the previous month. Demographics such as those aged between 12 and 15 years streamed music at least once a month. As of the first quarter of 2018, only 23 percent of music consumption came from CDs that were bought.

The UK Rich list

The UK’s richest musician as of 2019 was the composer Andrew Lloyd-Webber, who increased his personal wealth by 80 million British pounds from 2018. The ten richest musicians in the UK all hail from former generations of musicians, with no-one under the age of thirty even coming close in worth. The richest ‘young’ musician in the UK is currently Ed Sheeran, who had a personal worth of 160 million British pounds.
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Albums ranked by unit sales in the United Kingdom (UK) in 2018 (in 1,000)

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