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U.K. RETAIL UP
9.9% IN H1 2019

The U.K. music retail market rose 9.9% in H1 2019 to £672.7m ($854.3m), thanks to growth in streaming, which is up 25.8% year-on-year, according to stats from the Entertainment Retailers' Association (ERA). Best-sellers included The Greatest Showman ST and Lewis Capaldi’s debut.

Subscription streaming generated £485.9m ($617m) from January to the end of June, which is a massive 72.2% of the value of the entire market. Still, the rate of growth is down from the 37.7% rise streaming recorded across the whole of 2018.

Physical generated £138.8m ($176.3m) in sales in H1 2019, down 13.8% on H1 2018 — a slightly improved rate of decline on 2018’s year-end 16.6%. Downloads dropped 26.1% over the same six-month period to £48.1m ($81.1m), which is generally on par with the rate of decline the format has recorded in Blighty over the last three years. 

The top selling albums for Q1 2019, with their U.K. labels and sales stats:

  1. The Greatest Showman ST (Atlantic) 381k
  2. Lewis Capaldi Divinely Uninspired to a Hellish Extent (Virgin EMI) 229k
  3. George Ezra Staying at Tamara’s (Columbia) 227k
  4. Ariana Grande thank u, next (Island) 226k
  5. Bohemian Rhapsody OST (Virgin EMI) 221k
  6. Now That’s What I Call Music 102 216k
  7. Billie Eilish When We All Fall Asleep Where Do We Go (Polydor) 200k
  8. A Star is Born ST (Polydor) 175k
  9. Tom Walker What A Time To Be Alive (Relentless) 168k
  10. Jess Glynne Always In Between (Atlantic) 132k

The top selling singles for Q1 2019, with their U.K. labels and sales stats:

  1. Lewis Capaldi “Someone You Loved” 1.3m
  2. Calvin Harris & Rag’n’Bone Man “Giant” (Columbia) 970k
  3. Ava Max “Sweet But Psycho” (Atlantic) 964k
  4. Lil Nas X “Old Town Road” (RCA)
  5. Ariana Grande “7 Rings” 817k
  6. Mabel “Don’t Call Me Up” (Polydor) 766k
  7. Post Malone “Wow.” (Island) 759k
  8. Sam Smith & Normani “Dancing with a Stranger” (Capitol) 698k
  9. Billie Eilish “Bad Guy” 668k
  10. George Ezra “Shotgun” 641k

 

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