UK album sales rise 1.4% in Q1

From Music Week:

UK album sales rose in 2013’s opening three months for the first quarter in more than three years with Emeli Sande leading a 1.4% increase.

Official Charts Company figures issued by the BPI reveal 23.3 million physical and digital albums were sold during the period, the first quarterly rise for unit album sales since Q4 2009. Virgin act Emeli Sande’s Our Version Of Events was the top seller overall, while other big albums included Polydor’s Les Miserables cast recording and the EMI TV/UMTV-issued compilation Now! 84.

Sales of digital albums expanded by 17.8% year-on-year to lift the market from 7.6 million units in the opening quarter of 2012 to 9.0 million 12 months later. It was no surprise that CD album sales dropped again, but the 7.2% fall to 14.2 million units marked a significant slowing down in the market’s decline. During the same period last year CD sales dropped 25.4%. The split between the two markets was 61.5% physical and 38.5% digital.

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