Sales of British music abroad have hit their highest pitch since 2000 in the last year, totalling a score of more than £408m for the UK music industry.
The British Phonographic Industry (BPI) is expected to reveal later today that overseas revenue for UK music stars rose 12 per cent on the previous year, powered by demand for the likes of Ed Sheeran, Dua Lipa, Sam Smith and Rag’n’Bone Man.
The US remained the UK’s biggest consumer of British work, taking in over a third of the UK’s music earnings for 2017.
In total, UK artists accounted for one in every eight albums consumed globally in 2017, the BPI said, with British artists creating four of the year’s top 10 best-sellers.
BPI Chief Executive Geoff Taylor said that:
“With Brexit approaching, music can help to showcase what is exciting about the UK as we forge new trading relationships.”