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Too hot to Handel: Classical music sales rise by 10%

Too hot to Handel: Classical music sales rise by 10%
Katherine Jenkins, Sheku-Kanneh Mason and Andrea Bocelli were among the year’s biggest-sellers.
Jan 14 (Agencies) | Publish Date: 1/14/2019 11:23:18 AM IST

 Classical music was the fastest-growing genre in 2018, figures released by the recording industry show.

Buoyed by the likes of Andrea Bocelli, Katherine Jenkins and cellist Sheku Kanneh-Mason, sales and streams increased by 10.2% compared to 2017.

That compares favourably to the 5.7% rise in music consumption across all genres.

In fact, sales of classical CDs actually increased by 6.9% - bucking the downward trend in pop and rock.

Streams also showed significant growth in 2018, rising 42% year-on-year, compared to a 33% rise in the overall market.

Streaming now accounts for a quarter of classical consumption, lagging far behind the rest of the market, where the figure is 63.6%.

Music by the Italian pianist Ludovico Einaudi accounted for one in every 12 UK classical streams.

His tranquil and moving song Nuvole Biance, which featured in the 2010 film Insidious and TV drama This is England 86, has been streamed 137 million times on Spotify alone.

The BPI data also showed that seven of 2018’s Top 30 best-selling classical albums were film soundtracks, with Howard Shore’s Lord of the Rings and John Williams’ Star Wars scores among among the most popular.

Top 10 Classical albums of 2018

1) Andrea Bocelli Si

2) Aled Jones & Russell Watson In Harmony

3) Sheku Kanneh-Mason Inspiration

4) Katherine Jenkins Guiding Light

5) Andre Rieu Romantic Moments II

6) Andre Rieu Amore

7) Ludovico Einaudi Islands - Essential Einaudi

8) Various Artists The Ultimate Classical Collection

9) London Symphony Orchestra John Williams - A Life In Music

10) Alexis Ffrench Evolution

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