One Direction, Adele and Ed Sheeran boost UK album sales

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British artists have achieved their highest ever share of album sales in the world.

Figures from the British Phonographic Industry show UK acts got 13.3% of worldwide sales in 2012, up from 12.6% the year before.

Big selling albums from Adele, One Direction and Ed Sheeran helped to boost numbers.

Adele's 21 was the biggest selling album in the world for the second year running.


And One Direction's two albums - Up All Night and Take Me Home - were among the top five in 2012 for global album sales.

In fact, the world's top-selling album for five of the past six years - has come from a UK act.

Prime Minister David Cameron has praised the music industry, saying: "British music is enjoyed across the world.

"We will keep backing our creative industries that support jobs, create opportunities and contribute to the economy."

This news comes as the debut album from X Factor winners Little Mix stormed to number 4 in the American charts, the highest spot ever achieved by a UK girl group's first release.