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Ed Sheeran Helps Boost UK Album Sales


Ed Sheeran, along with Sam Smith, helped to boost album sales in the UK, Labels trade body BPI reports.

135 million albums or their equivalent were sold in the U.K. last year, according to labels trade body BPI, which says the 9.5 percent year-on-year growth is the biggest sales spike since 1998. A separate analysis of Official Charts Company data by the London-based Entertainment Retailers Association (ERA) says the sales total represents £1.2 billion ($1.6 billion) in trade value across all formats.

ERA reports that streaming sales for the year totaled £577 million ($783 million), up 42 percent on 2016 and marking the first time they have exceeded half-a-billion pounds.

Sheeran's Divide was 2017's most streamed, physically purchased (both on CD and LP) and downloaded album, marking the 13th year in a row that the best-selling artist album in the U.K. has come from a British act.

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