It’s official: David Bowie has been declared as the most popular artist of 2016.
According to the British Phonographic Industry (BPI), as announced in the 38th annual All About the Music 2017 yearbook, Bowie’s albums beat out all other artists last year. He garnered top numbers on all platforms: CDs, vinyl, downloads, and streaming services.
Geoff Taylor, Chief Executive BPI & BRIT Awards, said: “This is an exciting time for British music as more fans enjoy today’s new artists and also explore the infinite jukebox available on streaming services.”
“The UK punches above its weight as the world’s third largest market, responsible for one in eight albums sold globally, including four of 2016’s Top 10, and is the second-largest digital and streaming market after the US.”