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Friday, 17 May, 2002, 20:11 GMT 21:11 UK
UK music sales keep rising
Stereophonics' album has been selling well
The UK music industry has continued to buck a global slump by posting its 10th sales increase in a row.

The amount of money spent on music in the first three months of 2002 was up 4% on the same period in 2001.

Best-selling albums in first three months of 2002
1. Stereophonics - Just Enough Education To Perform
2. Enrique Iglesias - Escape
3. Dido - No Angel
4. Nickelback - Silver Side Up
5. Robbie Williams - Swing When You're Winning
Source: Official UK Chart Company
The rise comes despite a 5% fall around the world, blamed on internet piracy and CD-copying.

The sales of CD albums in the UK rose by 8% compared with the first quarter of 2001, with all other formats declining and the sales of singles falling by 15%.

But vinyl LPs out-sold cassette albums for the first time since 1985 - although the popularity of both has been on a downward slope for a number of years.

Almost 250m was spent on music in the UK between January and March, compared with 239m for the same time in 2001.

It was the 10th quarter in a row that the figures had increased, according to the figures, from the British Phonographic Industry.

Will Young
Will Young broke the record for fastest-selling single
But just 28m of the 2002 total came from singles - down from 32m - despite the fact that Will Young and Gareth Gates sold 2.5 million singles between them at the start of the year.

The Pop Idol pair had the best-selling singles of the first quarter, followed by Enrique Iglesias and Shakira.

Stereophonics had the biggest-selling album of the first quarter, with Iglesias, Dido and Nickelback following.

Only the UK and France bucked the worldwide trend of falling sales in 2001.

In major markets like the US, Japan and Germany, sales dipped sharply.

Those in the industry believe that a combination of the world economic downturn, a "massive increase" in domestic and commercial CD piracy, and the availability of unauthorised music on the internet all contributed to the fall.

And that global decline is set to continue for another two years, according to new research.

See also:

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26 Feb 02 | New Media
Piracy blamed for CD sales slump
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