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One Direction to the top five for Louis

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DONCASTER singing star Louis Tomlinson’s 2012 ended on a high note - with the news his group’s album was among the best sellers of the year.

Louis, from Bessacarr, featured on the fifth best-selling album of the year, as a member of X Factor boyband One Direction.

The group’s album, Up All Night, was among a number of best sellers produced by British artists, with four of the top five albums home- grown.

Emeli Sande’s debut album, Our Version Of Events, was the biggest seller with 1.4 million copies sold in 2012, according to figures from the Official Charts Company.

Adele’s 21 - a huge hit when it was first released in 2011 - and ‘+’ by Ed Sheeran took the next two spots, with top 10 entries for other UK acts.

Coldplay’s Mylo Xyloto was also in the top 10.

The figures show music fans streamed audio tracks more than 3.7 billion times during 2012, with Somebody That I Used To Know by Gotye featuring Kimbra, Call Me Maybe by Carly Rae Jepsen, and Titanium by David Guetta featuring Sia the three most-streamed tracks of the year.

Sales of digital albums rose 14.8 per cent to 30.5 million, although sales of albums on CD declined 19.5 per cent year-on-year to 69.4 million.

Despite the advance of digital, CDs still accounted for more than two-thirds of total sales compared to a 30.4 per cent share for digital albums and 0.4 per cent for vinyl. Digital dominated the singles market, which saw a six per cent sales rise to 188.6m in 2012, with 99.6 per cent being sold digitally.

 

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