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BPI Quarterly Review - July 2005

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Download sales top ten million
British indie rock fans spark seven inch vinyl revival
UK music enjoys US renaissance
Second quarter round up; artist albums buck high street downturn

Download sales top ten million
UK record industry trade association the BPI today announced that download sales in 2005 have passed the ten-million mark – almost twice the level for the whole of 2004.

With the growth in legal downloads already outstripping the growth in illegal filesharing, this is more good news for an industry beginning to make headway against the unauthorised use of music on the internet. By comparison legal download sales for the whole of calendar 2004 were 5.7 million

BPI Chairman Peter Jamieson said: 'The record industry has enthusiastically embraced the new legal download services since their emergence in the mainstream little more than a year ago and now we're beginning to reap the rewards.

'The battle against illegal filesharing will continue, but we are delighted to have hit this milestone so soon.'

Vinyl gains add gloss to the single's 2005 revival

Meanwhile 2005 looks set to be a bumper year for the seven inch vinyl, with quarterly sales up by 87.3% on last year.

Vinyl is not the only format to have improved in 2005. Impressive gains in DVD single sales have, alongside downloads, more than compensated for the decline in the CD single. Overall there has been a 52.4% improvement in single sales (including downloads).

April-June 2005 – Single Track Sales

Digital Singles / Single Track Downloads

2004 | 659,377

2005 | 5,562,638

% Change | 743.6%

CD Singles

2004 | 5,721,873

2005 | 4,408,453

% Change | -23.0%

Seven Inch Vinyl

2004 | 154,216

2005 | 288,780

% Change | 87.3%


2004 | 710,745

2005 | 780,204

% Change | 9.8%

Total Single Track Sales

2004 | 7,246,211

2005 | 11,040,075

% Change | 52.4%

Source: The Official UK Chart Company

British indie rock fans spark seven inch vinyl revival

Annual sales of seven-inch vinyl singles now approach 1.4 million units, representing a massive 64% improvement year-on-year and the best 12 months for the format since 1998, according to data compiled by BPI

With vinyl firmly back in fashion, the seven inch's improving fortunes have been attributed to fans of British indie and rock acts.

Best-selling seven inch single in the year to March 2005 was a limited edition reissue of Iron Maiden's Number of the Beast. Elsewhere the format is dominated by a new generation of UK rock acts including the Libertines, Babyshambles, Kaiser Chiefs and Franz Ferdinand.

BPI Chairman Peter Jamieson said: 'Despite the incredible growth in download sales, there is still a huge demand for the collectible physical formats. It would be wrong to write-off physical formats just yet. Record companies are committed to meeting consumer demand in whatever format people want their music '

The Vinyl Top 20; 12 months ending March 31 2005

1 The Number Of The Beast - Iron Maiden (EMI Records)

2 Killamangiro - Babyshambles (Rough Trade)

3 Can't Stand Me Now - The Libertines (Rough Trade)

4 Oh My God - Kaiser Chiefs (B Unique)

5 Matinee - Franz Ferdinand (Domino Recordings)

6 Wonderful - Brian Wilson (Atlantic Records)

7 An Honest Mistake - The Bravery (Polydor)

8 What Became Of The Likely Lads - The Libertines (Rough Trade)

9 Boulevard Of Broken Dreams - Green Day (Warner Bros)

10 American Idiot - Green Day (Warner Bros)

11 For Lovers - Wolfman ft Pete Doherty (Rough Trade)

12 The Bottle - Paul Weller (V2 Music)

13 Jolene: Live Under Blackpool Lights - White Stripes (XL Recordings)

14 5 Colours In Her Hair - McFly (Universal Island)

15 You'll Come Round - Status Quo (UMTV)

16 Hounds Of Love - Futureheads (Warner Bros)

17 So Here We Are/Positive Tension - Bloc Party (Wichita Recordings)

18 Black and White Town - Doves (EMI Records)

19 Michael - Franz Ferdinand (Domino Recordings)

20 Irish Blood, English Heart - Morrissey (Sanctuary)

7 inch single sales, 12 months ending:

March 31 1998 | 1,637,000

March 31 1999 | 910,000

March 31 2000 | 601,000

March 31 2001 | 504,000

March 31 2002 | 455,000

March 31 2003 | 530,000

March 31 2005 | 1,380,000

UK music enjoys US renaissance

New figures released today show that British music is enjoying increasing success in the US, with 75 UK albums topping the 100,000 sales mark in the US in 2004, compared with just 66 in 2003.

The news comes just weeks after Coldplay's third album X&Y entered at number 1 with first-week sales of 739,000, which in turn follows hot on the heels of big-selling albums from Oasis and Gorillaz.

Coldplay's third studio album was also the first British album to simultaneously top both the US and UK charts since the Beatles 1 collection in 2000.

'We have not seen anything like it for a decade,' said BPI chairman Peter Jamieson. 'From Coldplay to Oasis, Dido to Gorillaz, Lostprophets to Franz Ferdinand, British music is on the march.'

And Jamieson announced that the BPI is to prioritise the US in its international strategy in order to make the most of the opportunity. 'We need to capitalise on the growing openness to UK music,' said Jamieson.

Earlier this year, US music trade magazine Billboard led with the cover story ‘The British are Coming'. Now new BPI research – based on an analysis of the Top 5,000 best-selling albums and Top 5,000 most played tracks on US radio - confirms improving prospects for British music in the US:

75 UK albums topped the 100,000 sales mark in the US in 2004, compared with just 66 in 2003

Rod Stewart had the best-selling UK album in the US in 2004, but he was followed in the rankings by new talents like Franz Ferdinand, Lostprophets, Keane and Snow Patrol.

Dido's White Flag was the most played UK track on US radio last year, played over 201,000 times

The cumulative audience for British music on US radio last year was over 446bn (total plays x the audience for those plays).

'Music is still one of the UK's great exports,' said Jamieson. 'We are by far the biggest exporter of music outside the US. We export many times more music to the US than the rest of Europe put together.'

US market placed at the core of the BPI's international agenda

Reflecting the new opportunities in the US, the BPI has announced that the US is to be one of its two priority territories – alongside Japan – and will be the focus of a concerted campaign.

'We have to make the most of this new opportunity,' said International Manager Matt Glover.

Following the successful BPI-led and UKTI-assisted mission to this year's South by Southwest (SXSW) convention in Austin, Texas, and its mission last month to the E3 games summit in Los Angeles the BPI is making its third trip to the US this year with a mission to coincide with the College Music Journal (CMJ) convention in October.

'Our missions to the US have been very successful,' said Glover. 'Bands have been signed, labels have scored distribution and, just as importantly, the UK business is beginning to build an ever-increasing network of contacts.'

Top 40 UK Artist Albums in USA 2004, Sales

1, Stardust - Great American Songbook Vol. 3, Rod Stewart, (J), 1,207,703
2, Great American Songbook Vol. 2, Rod Stewart, (J), 814,173
3, Franz Ferdinand, Franz Ferdinand, (Epic), 778,229
4, 1, The Beatles, (Capitol), 708,982
5, Life For Rent, Dido, (Arista), 696,293
6, A Rush Of Blood To The Head, Coldplay, (Capitol), 669,730
7, Start Something, Lostprophets, (Columbia), 629,180
8, Me & Mr Johnson, Eric Clapton, (Warner Bros), 593,024
9, Great American Songbook Vol. 1, Rod Stewart, (J), 575,436
10, Permission To Land, The Darkness, (Atlantic), 559,958
11, Dark Side Of The Moon, Pink Floyd, (Capitol), 551.362
12, The Soul Sessions, Joss Stone, (S Curve), 545,222
13, *Back In Black, AC-DC, (Epic), 455,085
14, Early Days & Latter Days, Led Zeppelin, (Atlantic), 432,951
15, Greatest Hits, Queen, (Hollywood), 399,572
16, Greatest Hits, Elton John 1970-2002, (Island), 388,474
17, Hopes & Fears, Keane, (Interscope), 387,014
18, Mind, Body & Soul, Joss Stone, (S Curve), 373,065
19, The Voice, The Very Best Of, Rod Stewart, (Warner Bros), 369,498
20, Patience, George Michael, (Epic), 356,484
21, Seal IV, Seal, (Warner Bros), 344,085
22, Jump Back, The Best Of The, Rolling Stones, (Virgin), 304,411
23, The Cure, The Cure, (Geffen), 298,442
24, Sacred Love, Sting, (A&M), 297,082
25, Number Ones, The Bee Gees, (Polydor), 288,202
26, Final Straw, Snow Patrol, (A&M), 277,784
27, Absolution, Muse, (Warner Bros), 269,918
28, Best Of, David Bowie, (Virgin), 267,262
29, Forty Licks, The Rolling Stones, (Virgin), 259,938
30, Parachutes, Coldplay, (Capitol), 257,495
31, * Live, AC-DC, (Epic), 253,357
32, Vault - Greatest Hits, Def Leppard, (Island), 248,371
33, Peachtree Road, Elton John, (Universal), 241,049
34, Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club..., The Beatles, (Capitol), 227,104
35, Lennon Legend, John Lennon, (Capitol), 219,462
36, Hits, Phil Collins, (Atlantic), 217,911
37, Best Of, Sade, (Epic), 216,147
38, Mamma Mia, Original London Cast, (Decca), 210,808
39, Best Of, Van Morrison, (Universal), 209,308
40, Greatest, Duran Duran, (Capitol), 205,397

Top 40 UK Airplay Tracks in USA 2004, Number of Plays

1, White Flag, Dido, (Arista/RMG), 201,140
2, Last Train Home, Lostprophets, (Columbia), 86,623
3, Clocks, Coldplay, (Capitol), 83,110
4, Take Me Out, Franz Ferdinand, (Domino/Epic), 77,900
5, Love's Divine, Seal, (Warner Bros), 72,235
6, Scandalous, Mis-Teeq, (Reprise), 71,562
7, Thank You, Dido, (Arista), 58,807
8, Wake Up (Make A Move), Lostprophets, (Columbia), 47,885
9, Every Breath You Take, The Police, (A&M), 47,854
10, I Believe In A Thing Called Love, The Darkness, (Atlantic), 46,090
11, Come Down, Bush, (Trauma), 39,290
12, In The Air Tonight, Phil Collins, (Atlantic), 35,185
13, *You Shook Me All Night Long, AC-DC, (Atlantic), 34,597
14, Can't Stop Loving You, Phil Collins, (Atlantic), 33,728
15, Time Is Running Out, Muse, (Warner Bros), 30,722
16, If You're Not The One, Daniel Bedingfield, (Island), 29,903
17, Machinehead, Bush, (Trauma), 29,864
18, Creep, Radiohead, (Capitol), 28,989
19, Sweet Dreams (Are Made Of This), Eurythmics, (RCA), 28,929
20, Somewhere Only We Know, Keane, (Interscope), 28,605
21, Sunrise Duran, Duran, (Epic), 27,941
22, Run, Snow Patrol, (A&M), 27,902
23, Kiss From A Rose, Seal, (Sire), 27,758
24, Red Red Wine, UB40, (A&M), 27,388
25, Wonderful Tonight, Eric Clapton, (Polydor), 27,386
26, Nobody, Skindred, (Bieler), 27,380
27, *Sober, Tool, (Volcano), 27,023
28, In Your Eyes, Peter Gabriel, (Wtg), 26,932
29, Glycerine, Bush, (Trauma), 26,866
30, *Back In Black, AC-DC, (Atco), 26,804
31, Crazy Train, Ozzy Osbourne, (Epic), 26,705
32, Don't You (Forget About Me), Simple Minds, (A&M), 26,342
33, Have I Told You Lately, Rod Stewart, (Warner Bros), 25,941
34, Forever Young, Rod Stewart, (Warner Bros), 25,884
35, Tears In Heaven, Eric Clapton, (Reprise), 25,808
36, *Every Little Thing She Does Is Magic, The Police, (A&M), 25,785
37, Song 2, Blur, (Virgin), 25,770
38, Another Brick In The Wall, Pink Floyd, (Columbia), 25,178
39, Pour Some Sugar On Me, Def Leppard, (Mercury), 24,575
40, Paranoid, Black Sabbath, (Warner Bros), 24,544

Artist albums buck high street downturn

Although media reports have suggested a dramatic slow-down in the high street retail sector, the UK albums market only saw a modest decline of 1.7% in the second quarter of 2005.

While compilations suffered a 14.2% downturn, the strong release schedule towards the end of the second quarter lifted artist albums by 2.2% on 2004.

Strong new releases from Coldplay, Oasis and Gorillaz, which arrived later in the quarter, have all have sold well, with British singer-songwriter James Blunt's debut Back to Bedlam and a greatest hits package from top selling dance acts Basement Jaxx and Faithless also in the top ten.

April-June 2005 – Album Sales

Artist Albums

2004 | 24,593,846

2005 | 25,137,810

% Change | 2.2%


2004 | 7,688,321

2005 | 6,599,399

% Change | -14.2%

Total Albums

2004 | 32,282,168

2005 | 31,737,210

% Change | -1.7%

Source: The Official UK Chart Company

The Crazy Frog single sold in excess of 450,000 copies across all formats in the second quarter, with the top three all selling in excess of a quarter of a million copies.

As reported earlier in this report, the ongoing revival for the seven inch single plus the emergence of legal downloads and gains in DVD singles have all contributed to a 52.4% rise in single-track sales.

Music DVD also saw a modest rise 3.9% in sales during the second quarter, with classic artists dominating the top ten. BMG-issued Elvis by the Presleys topped the list.

BPI Chairman Peter Jamieson said: 'It's been a good quarter for the recorded music business, even though the major releases occurred towards its end. This is testament to the fact that despite difficult market conditions, British music is as popular as ever.'

Top Ten Albums, Quarter 2 (April-June) 2005

1, X & Y, Coldplay, (Parlophone)
2, Don't Believe The Truth, Oasis, (Big Brother)
3, Back To Bedlam, James Blunt, (Atlantic)
4, Forever Faithless - The Greatest Hits, Faithless, (BMG)
5, The Singles, Basement Jaxx, (XL Recordings)
6, Trouble, Akon, (Universal Island)
7, Demon Days, Gorillaz, (Parlophone)
8, Now That's What I Call Music 60, Various Artists, (EMI Virgin/UMTV)
9, In Your Honour, Foo Fighters, (BMG)
10, Employment, Kaiser Chiefs, (B Unique/Polydor)

Top Ten Singles, Quarter 2 (April-June) 2005
1, Axel F, Crazy Frog, (Gut)
2, (Is This The Way To) Amarillo, Tony Christie ft Peter Kay, (UMTV)
3, Lonely, Akon, (Universal Island)
4, Feel Good Inc, Gorillaz, (Parlophone)
5, Signs, Snoop Dogg/Wilson/Timberlake, (Polydor)
6, Switch, Will Smith, (Polydor)
7, Don't Phunk With My Heart, Black Eyed Peas, (Polydor)
8, I Like The Way, Bodyrockers, (Mercury)
9, Ghetto Gospel, 2pac ft Elton John, (Polydor)
10, Lyla, Oasis, (Big Brother)

Top Ten DVDs, Quarter 2 (April-June) 2005
1, Elvis By The Presleys, Elvis Presley, (BMG)
2, Family Jewels, AC/DC, (Sony Music Video)
3, Live At Wembley Stadium, Queen, (Parlophone)
4, Born To Boogie, Marc Bolan & T-Rex, (Sanctuary)
5, Live In Concert, Thin Lizzy, (ILC Video)
6, Who Put The M In Manchester, Morrissey, (Sanctuary)
7, Greatest Video Hits - 1, Queen, (Parlophone)
8, Legends In Concert, Dean Martin, (GMVS)
9, On Fire - Live At The Bowl, Queen, (EMI/Parlophone)
10, Love Metal Archives - Vol 1, Him, (BMG)

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