Lewis Capaldi named the UK’s biggest-selling musician of 2019

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Lewis Capaldi was the UK’s best-selling artist of 2019, as music consumption grew for the fifth year in a row.

The Scottish star had both the top album and single of the year, with his ballad Someone You Loved racking up 228 million streams.

The industry is now dominated by streaming – with fans cueing up 114 billion songs last year, a new record.

Vinyl sales also rose again. Liam Gallagher’s Why Me? Why Not was the most popular LP, selling 29,000 copies.

Best-selling albums of 2019

ArtistTitle
1) Lewis CapaldiDivinely Uninspired…
2) Ed SheeranNo. 6 Collaborations Project
3) Motion Picture CastThe Greatest Showman
4) Billie EilishWhen We All Fall Asleep…
5) George EzraStaying At Tamara’s
6) QueenBohemian Rhapsody OST
7) Ariana GrandeThank U, Next
8) Tom WalkerWhat A Time To Be Alive
9) Motion Picture CastA Star Is Born
10) Rod StewartYou’re In My Heart

Source: Official Charts

According to trade body the BPI, streaming is now responsible for three-quarters of “album equivalent sales” – the metric used by the industry to convert consumption on services like Spotify and Amazon Music into album sales (generally speaking, 1,000 streams generate one “sale”).

Just three years ago, the technology was only responsible for 36% of album sales.

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