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Beyonce actually outsold Drake in 2016

BBC     26th April, 2017 02:18:30 printer

Beyonce actually outsold Drake in 2016

Beyonce's album was launched with an hour-long special on US television

Until today, we thought Drake's Views was the best-selling album of 2016, but new music industry figures suggest otherwise.


According to the IFPI's annual report, both Beyonce's Lemonade and Adele's 25 shifted more copies worldwide.


Beyonce topped the chart with 2.4 million sales, while Drake came third, having sold 2.1 million units.


The figures only include CDs, vinyl and downloads - which may explain Drake's sudden change in fortunes.


Once streaming is counted, he emerges as the most popular artist of 2016; with his inescapable single One Dance the year's most popular song.


Best-selling albums of 2016 (source: IFPI)

    Title and artist                                               Sales (million)

1)    Lemonade - Beyonce                                  2.5

2)    25 - Adele                                                  2.4

3)    Views - Drake                                             2.3

4)   Hardwired... To Self-Destruct - Metallica         2.1

5)    Blackstar - David Bowie                               1.9

6)    Blue & Lonesome - The Rolling Stones          1.8

7)    24k Magic - Bruno Mars                               1.7

8)    Blurryface - Twenty One Pilots                      1.5

9)    A Head Full of Dreams - Coldplay                  1.4

10)   A Pentatonix Christmas - Pentatonix            1.4


The explosion in streaming services also helped the music industry grow in value for the second year in a row, with revenue up by 5.9% to $15.7bn (£12.35bn).


That's the fastest rate of growth since the IFPI began tracking the market in 1997; and comes after 15 years of downturn, during which time the music industry lost nearly 40% of its revenue.


"We are no longer running up a down escalator," observed Warner Music CEO Stu Bergen.


Subscription streaming services are largely responsible for the turnaround.

Revenue from Spotify, Apple Music and their competitors rose by 60% last year.


By contrast, earnings from CDs and vinyl fell by 7.6%; while the value of downloads - once seen as the saviour of the industry - plummeted by 20.5%.


The International Federation of the Phonographic Industry (IFPI) launched their annual report at a low-key reception in London on Tuesday morning, soundtracked by a lounge pianist covering John Legend's All of Me and Coldplay's Trouble.


All three of the major record labels - Universal, Sony and Warner Music - attended the event; giving their perspective on the figures.