Adele’s 30 was the best-selling album of 2021 – NEWS WORLD UPDATE

Adele’s 30 was the best-selling album of 2021, after only six weeks on sale.

Adele’s 30 was the best-selling album of 2021, after only six weeks on sale.

The star sold more than 600,000 copies of her so-called “divorce album,” with 80% of those sales on CD and vinyl, breaking the trend toward streaming.

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But nevertheless. the total falls well short of the 800,000 copies her previous album, 25, sold in its first week.

The discrepancy illustrates how the music industry has become dominated by singles, thanks to streaming, which now accounts for 83% of consumption.

A record 147 billion tracks were streamed in the UK last year, 5.7% more than in 2020.

In June, the country saw its first week in which audio streams surpassed the 3 billion mark, a feat that was repeated three times in December, the record label association BPI said.

Just 10 years ago, in 2012, only 3.7 billion songs were streamed for the entire year.

Ed Sheeran had the best-selling single of 2021, Bad Habits. American pop sensation Olivia Rodrigo had the second and third biggest songs, with Good 4 U and Driver License.

All of the top five were for solo acts, with no featured artists, for the first time since 2009.

Eight of the top 10 albums were by British musicians. Ed Sheeran ranked second with = (Equals); and Abba came in third with their comeback album Voyage, which was the year’s best-selling vinyl record.

The perennial bestsellers Queen, Fleetwood Mac and Elton John remained in their top 10 positions thanks to upbeat broadcast numbers.

The overall recorded music market, including physical sales and digital revenue, increased 2.5% last year. CD sales fell to a 33-year low, with 14 million records sold. Album downloads also fell to 4.6 million; while vinyl sales increased 8% to 5.3 million.

But while record labels will be delighted with the growth, especially in streaming, there is concern among artists about how the profits are shared.

The #BrokenRecord campaign, which was formed to highlight issues with the way streaming revenue is distributed, resulted in a major parliamentary investigation last year.

MPs called for a “complete reset” of the market, giving musicians a “fair share” of the £ 736.5 million that UK record labels earn from broadcasting; and the Markets and Competition Authority will investigate the UK’s top streaming services this year.

BPI’s year-end report mounted a defense of the streaming financial model, saying that, in 2021, nearly 2,000 artists were streamed 10 million times in the UK alone; compared to 1,798 artists in 2020 and 1,537 artists in 2019.

At the top of the rankings, 180 different artists had more than 100 million views last year, the equivalent of selling 100,000 CDs.

‘Wolf of the door’
“The rise of streaming has empowered more artists than ever, from all backgrounds and eras, to build new fan bases around the world and forge successful careers in music,” said BPI CEO Geoff Taylor.

The BIS also warned that government intervention in the market could “negatively impact performers, jeopardizing the music industry’s return to hard-earned growth after years of decline.”

However, smaller acts like Nadine Shah told parliament that streaming revenue is not enough to “keep the wolf out of the door”, especially after the pandemic wiped out their touring income.

On Sunday, German techno artist Skee Mask pulled all of his music from Spotify in protest at how little “the creators behind the music receive in terms of value, respect or space,” as well as the recent investment of $ 83 million. British pounds of Spotify founder Daniel Ek in the military. Helsing defense company.

Meanwhile, British electronic musician Kieran Hebden, who records under the name Four Tet, is taking legal action against record label Domino over the royalties he is paid on digital services.

Hebden argues that, under the terms of his 2001 record deal with Domino, he should be getting a 50% of the money generated when his records are streamed, instead of the 18% the label currently offers.

Domino, which argues his reading of the 20-year-old contract is incorrect, recently pulled all three of the Four Tet albums it owns from streaming services, prompting a wave of outrage from fans.

Hebden’s case may never be heard – the musician says he cannot afford to pursue it if it is escalated to the High Court – but it is certain to focus musicians’ attention on the historical deals they have signed.

Meanwhile, the BPI argues that labels are still vital to help artists achieve their dreams.

“The hundreds of millions of pounds labels invest in the UK each year is supporting the emergence of a new wave of musicians connecting with millions of fans all over the world,” said Geoff Taylor.

“This year’s growth shows there is a huge appetite for music and we believe that by working together we can increase the value of the whole music market, so that streaming can support even more artists in the future.

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