Quantcast

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

 

THE MOST-STREAMED SONGS OF THE YEAR
You know it's not the same as it was. (12/1a)
A JOLLY TOP 20
Republic is glowing in holiday cheer. (12/1a)
2022 (NEARLY) FINAL MARKETSHARE
IGA and Republic are on top. (11/30a)
THE BIGGEST ALBUMS OF 2022
A Bunny, a Taylor and a Morgan walk into a bar... (11/30a)
SONG REVENUE:
XMAS IS COMING
It's the most wonderful time of the year. (12/1a)
GRAMMY SEASON
Artists sound off on the prospect of being nominated
CATALOG ECONOMICS
They're changing the game... for some.
VOTING AGAINST FASCISM
You're helping with the runoff, right?
IS IT CHRISTMAS YET?
 Email

 First Name

 Last Name

 Company

 Country
CAPTCHA code
Captcha: (type the characters above)