Brits rule music kudos count

U.K. acts account for 19 of 36 Platinum Awards

LONDON — Brits dominate the list of 36 acts that received platinum awards from the Intl. Federation of Phonographic Industry for albums that sell more than 1 million copies in Europe.

They have 19 platinum discs so far this year while American acts have 12, the British Phonographic Industry said on Thursday.

Robbie Williams was the U.K.’s best-performing artist in 2006 with three platinum albums, cumulative sales of which now exceed 12 million in Europe. His latest album “Rudebox” sold more than two million copies in Europe in a week.

“These latest figures confirm that we are going through a golden age for new British music, even by our own high standards,” says BPI chairman Peter Jamieson. “The success U.K. music is enjoying today bodes well for future years because as ever in music, it’s the hits of today that pay for the hits of tomorrow.”

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