Acts such as One Direction, Adele and Mumford and Sons helped UK based artists earn their biggest ever share of the US album sales, it has been revealed.
The BPI (British Phonographic Industry) reports that UK artists had a 13.7 per cent share of US album sales in 2012 across the US, up two per cent from 2011. This figure was helped by four of the five best selling albums in America in 2012 coming from Mumford and Sons, One Direction and Adele’s ’19’ and ’21’ albums.
Harry Styles of One Direction added: “That is usually the opening question in interviews there. We’re really proud to be part of this of whole thing which is seen as the British invasion. It just proves what’s going on with British music at the moment – us, Adele, Ed Sheeran. It seems to be working over there. Good timing, I guess.”
Adele’s album ’21’ has sold over 10 million copies in America, 4.4m of which came in 2012.
See One Direction with Ed Sheeran perform “Little Things” live in Madisson Square Gardens, New York 2 months ago in December 2012.