Even Lionel Messi must bow to the might of Adele. The singer’s 25 album beat the FIFA 16 computer game to become the best-selling home entertainment title of 2015 and help drive a 4 per cent increase in UK music sales.
Despite its release just six weeks before the end of the year, 25 racked up 2.6m CD and download sales. The album recorded 88,000 more sales than FIFA 16, the year’s blockbuster computer game, figures from the Entertainment Retailers Association (ERA) showed.
Digital revenues from on-demand platforms, mobile gaming and streaming services pushed the UK’s combined games, video and music markets to a record high of £6.1bn in 2015, shrugging off a decade of decline.
In video, digital revenues from services such as Netflix and Amazon Prime and Sky Store exceeded £1bn for the first time, with the ERA predicting that “video will become a majority-digital business in 2016.” Computer games enjoyed a 10% sales increase with digital sales more than compensating for a decline in physical purchases. UK music consumption rose by 4% to £1.1bn.
But Adele, who also dominated the US market with 7.5m sales of 25, is bucking the digital shift. Streaming, the future of the music industry according to executives, soared by 82% in 2015 (26.8bn songs) and now represents a fifth of music consumed in the UK, the BPI found.
ERA ENTERTAINMENT CHART 2015
- 25 Adele 2,604,850
- FIFA 16 2,516,079
- Call Of Duty: Black Ops III 1,928,813
- Paddington 1,180,437
- Fallout 4 1,126,929
- Jurassic World 1,052,790
- The Hobbit - Battle Of The Five Armies 1,021,059
- Star Wars Battlefront 1,018,884
- X Ed Sheeran 1,001,845
- Grand Theft Auto V 998,726
- In The Lonely Hour Sam Smith 925,147
- If I Can Dream Elvis Presley 924,377
- Fifty Shades Of Grey 909,152
- Now! That's What I Call Music 92 841,800
- Minions 816,917
- Avengers - Age Of Ultron 804,652
- Now! That's What I Call Music 90 784,719
- Inside Out 780,246
- Big Hero 6 Walt Disney Studios 766,164
- The Hunger Games - Mockingjay - Pt 1 740,026
Adele however is absent from the top ten most-streamed artists, headed by Ed Sheeran, after refusing to allow 25 on platforms where people could listen to the songs for free.
The demand for Adele’s music on CD helped that format enjoy its best year for a decade, generating £468m and softening its sales decline to 3.9% on the previous year.
Adele also topped the vinyl best-selling chart – the LP market surged by another 64% on the year, marking the eighth consecutive year of the vinyl revival.
Fears that the album itself may be doomed were assuaged by a 4.4m increase to 121.6m combined album sales and streams. Adele accounts for more than 3% of the total albums market.
Most memorable Adele quotes
Most memorable Adele quotes
‘I’m ballsy. I have guts. I’m not afraid of anyone. The only person I’m afraid of is myself.’
‘I am never writing a breakup record again. I’m done with being a bitter witch.’
‘I am quite loud and bolshy. I’m a big personality. I walk into a room, big and tall and loud.’
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‘My management post my tweets for me because when Twitter came out I was drunk tweeting and nearly put my foot in it quite a few times.’
‘You can’t complain about your dressing room or you’ll look like Celine Dion!’
‘I make music to be a musician, not to be on the cover of Playboy.’
‘I don’t date celebrities? I ain’t f**king Taylor Swift, do you know what I mean?’
‘I like eating fine food and drinking nice wine. Even if I had a really good figure, I don’t think I’d get my t**ts and a** out for no-one.’
‘I represent the majority of women and I’m very proud of that.’
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‘If a man whistles at you, do not respond. You are a lady, not a dog.’
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‘I love seeing Lady Gaga’s boobs and bum. I love seeing Katy Perry’s boobs and bum. Love it. But that’s not what my music is about. I don’t make music for eyes, I make music for ears.’
‘I love a card. You know, cards? At birthdays? I collect them.’
‘I get so nervous on stage I can’t help but talk. I try telling my brain: stop sending words to the mouth. But I get nervous and turn into my grandma.’
‘Even when I was signing a contract, most of the industry knew if anyone dared say ‘Lose weight!’ to me, they wouldn’t be working with me.’
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‘I’m like Johnny Cash. I only wear black.’
‘I have insecurities, of course, but I don’t hang out with anyone who points them out to me.’
‘I love hearing my audience breathe.’
‘I was so in love with Mike Skinner I wrote him a letter and when I told my friend about it she cussed me so I went and pretended to do the washing up and cried.’
‘I like looking nice, but I always put comfort over fashion. I don’t find thin girls attractive; be happy and healthy. I’ve never had a problem with the way I look. I’d rather have lunch with my friends than go to a gym.’
‘I don’t care about clothes. I’d rather spend my money on cigarettes and booze.’
Only the Now! That’s What I Call Music compilations series matched Adele’s sales with two of its 2015 greatest hits collections making the ERA’s top 20 best-sellers of 2015.
The surprise hit of 2015 was a new Elvis Presley album, If I Can Dream, which paired the king of pop’s voice with new backing tracks recorded by the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra. It sold 900,000 copies and was the year’s fourth best-selling album.
Geoff Taylor, BPI Chief Executive BPI, said: “The soaring popularity of music streaming and the burgeoning vinyl revival mean that UK music consumption rose again in 2015. Services such as Spotify and Apple Music are going mainstream as more people discover how wonderful it is to have all the music in the world to listen to, whenever and wherever you want. Millions of fans also continue to build treasured collections of favourite albums on vinyl, CD or downloads. Yet again it’s UK artists who are driving this growth and inspiring the fans.”
Seven of the top 10 best-selling artist albums were recorded by British acts, with James Bay and Jess Glynne the most prominent newcomers – although all were left trailing by Adele, whose 25 sold 1.5m copies more than the nearest contender, Sheeran’s X.
Kim Bayley, ERA CEO, said, "Ten years ago the entertainment business was on the edge of a precipice. Piracy was rampant and there were few legal alternatives. Thanks to huge investments by the likes of Apple and Steam and Netflix and Spotify, there has been a significant turnaround.”
The total home entertainment market grew to £2.24bn, up 1.5% on 2014, with people preferring to own (57%) rather than rent or stream (43%), the British Video Association said. Paddington was becoming the biggest-selling DVD 2015 with sales of 1.2m copies. With cinema also enjoying a very strong year, the total value of the UK audio-visual industry reached £10.98bn, an increase of 4.8% year-on-year, the Association said.
There was bad news for the Apple’s iTunes store however - the album download market appears to be in terminal decline, with sales falling 13%. UK singles sales slumped 15% as streaming proves a more popular alternative among young fans.Reuse content