The Ghanaian rapper Stormzy is raking in major mula for the British music industry.
How he, Ed Sheeran, Little Mix and Drake boosted the market’s industry in 2017?
Fantastic news below…
The retail value of the U.K’s industry rose by 9.6% last year thanks to the $1.63 billion it earned from sales generated by physical album copies, streaming and digital downloads.
A large percentage of its earnings, much to the delight of his fans, came from sales of Stormzy’s debut album ‘Gangs Signs & Prayers’ and the singles launched to support its chart run.
Sales, which saw him outsell Beyonce‘s ‘Lemonade’, Rihanna‘s ‘ANTI‘ and Jay Z‘s ‘4:44′ in the market last year.
Top selling artist albums of 2017
- Ed Sheeran Divide (Atlantic Records)
- Rag’n’Bone Man Human (Columbia)
- Sam Smith The Thrill Of It All (Capitol)
- Little Mix Glory Days (Syco)
- P!nk Beautiful Trauma (RCA)
- Ed Sheeran x (Atlantic)
- Michael Ball & Alfie Boe Together Again (Decca)
- Drake More Life (Island)
- Liam Gallagher As You Were (Warner Bros.)
- Stormzy Gang Signs & Prayer (#Merky)
Geoff Taylor, Chief Executive BPI & the BRIT Awards had this to say about last year’s numbers…
Whilst the rapid growth of streaming and resilient demand for physical formats gives us confidence for the future, it is important to remember that the music industry still has a long way to go to recover fully. Structural challenges must be overcome if long-term growth is to be sustained.
First we must continue to fight the ‘Value Gap’, so that all digital platforms pay fairly for their use of music. Second, Government must ensure our musicians are able to tour freely even after we leave the EU.
Finally, we should make the U.K. the best place to invest in new content by forging an online environment that is safe for consumers and where illegal sites cannot flourish. If we do this, the future for British music, which is already one of our leading exports, will be very bright.
Do you think Stormzy will fare as well in the U.S?