Sales of compilation albums rise, new figures show
Sales of compilation albums have increased and make up a fifth of all UK albums sold, new figures show.
Statistics from the Official Charts Company have revealed there was a 7.2% rise in 2012. £20.6m of compilation albums were sold during 2012.
Growth has also continued into 2013 with sales increasing by 11.8% in the first three months of this year.
The most popular compilations include the Now That's What I Call Music series as well as specialist volumes.
Geoff Taylor, British Phonographic Industry (BPI) Chief Executive, said: "Despite the availability of tracks as individual downloads, compilations - led by the Now series - are confounding expectations and performing better than ever."
Dance albums have helped the genre grab more than a quarter (25.5%) share of the compilations market for the first time in six years.
Official compilation top 10 of 2012
1. Now That's What I Call Music 83
2. Now That's What I Call Music 82
3. Now That's What I Call Music 81
4. Now That's What I Call Christmas
5. Pop Party 10
6. Now That's What I Call Running
7. BBC Radio 1's Live Lounge 2012
8. Anthems 90s
9. Keep Calm And Relax
10. Until Now - Swedish House Mafia
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