The UK’s biggest-selling CD has proven to be a 1992 greatest-hits album from Abba, with 4 million copies sold since its release.
The album is Gold, and its success is thought to have been boosted by the hit musical Mama Mia, which his based on the Swedish group’s hits.
At Number Two is Adele’s 21, with 3.5 million copies sold; while at Number Three are Oasis with (What’s the Story) Morning Glory?, at 3.4 million copies.
The CD format is 30 years old, and is still the preferred format for easy-listening music, according to the BBC, while greater-than-average sales of the urban, rock and dance genres are to be found in digital downloads.
British recorded music’s trade association is the British Phonographic Industry (BPI), whose chief executive, Geoff Taylor, says in a press release: “The CD represented a great leap forward in sound technology, becoming one of the most successful consumer products in history as music fans embraced its sound quality, durability, instant track access and ease of use.
“Even thirty years after its launch, it still remains the leading album format in the British music market.
“There are many music fans in the UK who want to own music and value a physical product they can collect. The CD is a digital product that offers premium sound quality, artwork and lyrics – plus a permanent backup copy, all at a great price.
“We are working with retailers to further enhance the format with new features for consumers. There’s no doubt that the CD remains an outstanding product for the digital age.”
The BPI – which organizes the annual BRIT awards – says in a press release: “Only two artists have more than one title in the Top 30. Coldplay’s first three albums – Parachutes (No. 21), A Rush of Blood to the Head (No. 13) and X&Y (No. 19) – all make the top 30, along with Robbie Williams, whose three albums I’ve Been Expecting You, Sing When You’re Winning and Greatest Hits chart sequentially at 25, 26, and 27.”