Clas­si­cal mu­sic’s crescendo to the top of charts

The Sunday Telegraph - - News - By Steve Bird

CLAS­SI­CAL mu­si­cal sales have bucked the down­ward trend thanks to young stars who ap­peared at the royal wed­ding and Proms in 2018, the UK’s record la­bel as­so­ci­a­tion has re­vealed.

Sales of clas­si­cal CDs and stream­ing of the mu­sic have in­creased by more than 10 per cent, the BPI has said.

More than 2.2mil­lion clas­si­cal al­bums were ei­ther pur­chased, down­loaded or streamed last year, with the genre grow­ing faster than the rest of the mu­sic in­dus­try as a whole, which grew 5.7 per cent, ac­cord­ing to data col­lected by the Of­fi­cial Charts Com­pany for the BPI.

There was nearly a seven per cent in­crease in the sales of CDs alone.

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