U.K. music biz sees 6.8% boost in qtr

Brits buying more homegrown, such as 'No Angel'

LONDON — Music sales in the U.K. were up 6.8% to £239 million ($344 million) in the first quarter of 2001, the biggest jump in four years and bucking the flat or downward trend in the other major markets.

New statistics from the BPI, the British record industry org, also put CD album unit sales up 11% over the same period the previous year, and CD single unit sales 13.5%. CDs now account for 93% of units sold in Britain.

Brits, as well, are increasingly buying homegrown.

In 2000, unit sales of domestic albums were up 48%, singles 45%. And in the first quarter of 2001, six of the top 10 albums were British, led by Dido’s “No Angel” at no. 1.

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