Sales of compilation albums rise, new figures show


Compilation album sales have gone up

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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