Contactmusic.com reports that British artists had 10 percent of the U.S. music market and 15 percent of Canadian album sales last year — the fourth consecutive annual increase.
According to the British Phonographic Industry, the success of UK performers like Coldplay (below), Duffy and Leona Lewis have added to records sales by established and classic Brits like Led Zeppelin and Queen to grab a chunk of the U.S. music market.
(photo courtesy of the Associated Press/Henry Ray Abrams)
“Britain’s creative industries consistently excel on the world stage with British music chief amongst them,” BPI chairman Tony Wadsworth told contactmusic. “After the US, we are the biggest exporter of repertoire and, in the US itself, the UK is the second largest source of repertoire after US home grown artists.”