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Adele & Fellow Brits Helps UK Capture Best-Ever Global Music Market Share

Image courtesy of Columbia Records (via ABC News Radio)
Image courtesy of Columbia Records (via ABC News Radio)

Adele and her fellow British artists have done a lot more with their music than scale the charts: they've also helped their native U.K. capture a huge share of the global music market.

According to The Hollywood Reporter , the massive album sales of U.K. artists like Adele, One Direction , Mumford & Sons, Emeli Sande , Rod Stewart and Ed Sheeran , helped Britain score a worldwide market share of 13.3 percent last year: the highest ever on record.  In the U.S., British artists accounted for one in seven albums sold last year, also the biggest share on record.

Out of the five biggest-selling albums in the U.S. last year, four were by British artists: Adele's 21, One Direction's two albums and Mumford & Sons' Babel.   And in five out of the last six years, the best selling album in the entire world has been by a British artist: Adele's 21 for two years running, plus Susan Boyle 's I Dreamed a Dream , Coldplay 's Viva La Vida and Amy Winehouse 's Back to Black .

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