The global success of acts One Direction and Adele helped nudge British artists to a record worldwide album sale share of 13.3 percent in 2012, the highest on record.
In the U.S. — described by the music industry trade body the BPI as the world’s most competitive music market — British music staged “something of an invasion,” accounting for one in seven (13.7 percent) of artist albums sold in 2012, the biggest share on record.
Adele, One Direction’s two albums and Mumford & Sons claimed four of the five biggest-selling artist albums stateside last year. Rod Stewart, Led Zeppelin, Ed Sheeran and Emeli Sande also made the global top 20.
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