CHART SPOTLIGHT. According to MusicWeek, one out of ten albums sold in the UK was Adele’s. Her amazing performance helped the whole market to survive a slump. Her 21 album still tops the UK album chart, while Adele’s debut 19 resurged in sales. In total, 2.22m copies were shifted in the first quarter resulting in a 1.5% growth year-on-year. Subtracting Adele’s figures, the record market would drop 8.7% year-on-year instead. WelcheMusic will keep a close eye on the development.
Not since Dire Straits’ 1986 set Brothers in Arms, an album has spent that many weeks atop the album chart in the UK.
Top 10 Artists Albums Q1 2011 (UK)