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David Bowie named most popular artiste of 2016

    19 May, 2017 12:00 AM printer

David Bowie has been named 2016's most popular artiste - beating the likes of Adele and Drake.

The late music legend's back catalogue, including his final album 'Blackstar', has sold more CDs, vinyl and downloads than any other artist of last year.

The British Phonographic Industry (BPI) made the announcement at the 38th annual All About the Music 2017 yearbook.

BPI also revealed that the UK is the third biggest recorded music market after the US and Japan.

Geoff Taylor, Chief Executive BPI & BRIT Awards, said: ''This is an exciting time for British music as more fans enjoy today's new artistes and also explore the infinite jukebox available on streaming services.

''The UK punches above its weight as the world's third largest market, responsible for one in eight albums sold globally, including four of 2016's Top 10, and is the second-largest digital and streaming market after the US.'' The 'Starman' hitmaker is still making waves from the grave as his musical 'Lazarus' has become a virtual reality experience.    —Contactmusic