UK music streaming hits 500 million tracks per week

The number of weekly audio streams in the UK has risen above 500 million for the first time, as more of us listen to music via streaming sites such as Spotify and Deezer than ever before.

New data published by the Official Charts Company and BritishPhonographic Industry (BPI) show that 505,849,000 audio tracks werestreamed for the week ending Thursday 16 July - almost double the275 million weekly average for July 2014.

UK music streams have soared by 80% in 2015, with more than 11.5billion streams recorded during the first six months of the year.This is thanks to dedicated audio services, including Spotify andGoogle Play, supporting the new wave of music delivery - andfigures are predicted to increase even more following the recentlaunch of Apple Music.

Mark Ronson and Bruno Mars' Uptown Funk is this year's moststreamed track so far with more than 45 million plays, ahead ofOmi's Cheerleader and Hozier's Take Me to The Church. Ed Sheeran isthe most popular UK artist with 170 million streams.

BPI chief executive, Geoff Taylor, said: "It's remarkable thatwe now speak of billions of audio streams per month - itdemonstrates vividly just how quickly streaming is being embracedby British music fans."

"As more consumers explore the enhanced experience offered bypremium quality subscriptions such as Apple Music and SpotifyPremium, it will help our world-leading record labels invest evenmore into unearthing the next generation of British talent for fanshere and around the world."

Source: Billboard

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