Music Streaming Services Saw A Rise For The Sixth Year Running In 2020 As More People Consumed The Art Form Amid The
Music streaming services saw a rise for the sixth year running in 2020 as more people consumed the art form amid the [/news/coronavirus/index.html coronavirus] lockdown.
Some 155 million albums or their equivalent were either streamed or bought last year, an 8.2 per cent rise on 2019, and there were 139 billion audio streams, up by over a fifth, the record labels association British Phonographic Industry revealed.
The figures, which also showed that nearly 200 artists were streamed more than 100 million times, have been released as streaming giants come under mounting pressure to increase payments to singers and musicians during the pandemic.
Figures released by the British Phonographic Industry revealed that some 155 million albums were either streamed or bought last year.
Sir Paul McCartney recently became the latest star to highlight the issue, saying 'they probably don't pay enough. But (the platforms are) in such a powerful position. What can people do?'.
Streaming now accounts for 80 per cent of UK music consumption although vinyl and cassette sales have continued to grow.
UK artists led by Lewis Capaldi, Harry Styles and Dua Lipa accounted for eight of the top 10 albums in the UK.
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But the BPI said a new wave of talent, such as AJ Tracey, Aitch, tour du lịch sapa J Hus, Joel Corry, Mabel, KSI, Headie One, Jorja Smith and Gerry Cinnamon, are also driving growth.
BPI chief executive Geoff Taylor said: 'The performance of recorded music in 2020 was remarkable, and reminds us how important music is to our country, even when our lives are disrupted.
'But any satisfaction we can take is tempered by the devastating impact of the pandemic on live music.
Lewis Capaldi's Divinely Uninspired To A Hellish Extent and tour sapa Harry Styles' Fine Line were among the top five albums last year
Dua Lipa's Future Nostalgia was also among the most streamed albums from last year
'Recorded music is only one element of artists' incomes, and we renew our calls on Government to support our culturally important venues, nightclubs and festivals until they can safely reopen.'
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