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News |  06 May 2020 15:48 |  By RnMTeam

Billie Eilish topped best selling single 2019

MUMBAI: Streaming sites like Spotify and Apple Music drove the success, accounting for more than half (56.1%) of all revenues - a total of $11.4bn (£9.2bn).

Billie Eilish had the top-selling single, with her goth-pop smash Bad Guy, while Japanese band Arashi had the year's most successful album.

Their 20th anniversary greatest hits album sold 3.3m copies worldwide.

It narrowly beat Taylor Swift's latest record, Lover, which sold 3.2m copies to take second place.

When singles and albums were combined, Swift was the year's biggest-selling artist for the second time in her career (the first being in 2014).

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Lewis Capaldi was the UK's biggest-seller in 2019

Overall, music industry revenue was up by 8.2% in 2019, marking the fifth consecutive year of growth, said the IFPI, which represents the industry.

The UK was particularly healthy, registering growth of 7.2% - making it the biggest music market in Europe, and the third-biggest in the world, after the US and Japan.

Best-selling singles of 2019

1) Billie Eilish- Bad Guy

2) Lil Nas X- Old Town Road

3) Shawn Mendes & Camila Cabello- Senorita

4) Post Malone- Sunflower

5) Ariana Grande- 7 Rings

Best-selling albums of 2019

1) Arashi- 5x20 - All The Best!

2) Taylor Swift- Lover

3) BTS- Map Of The Soul - Persona

4) Lady Gaga- A Star Is Born

5) Billie Eilish- When We All Fall Asleep...

However, the number of people taking up new subscriptions to streaming services continued to level off, which may cause concern for the future.

There were 341 million paying users of streaming services at the end of 2019, a rise of 33.5%. In 2018 the figure was 44.9%; and a year earlier it was 57.1%.

It is unknown how the Covid-19 pandemic will affect these figures. According to the latest study by Billboard and Nielsen Music, audio streaming is down by 6% during the lockdown, but the number of people playing music videos has risen by 13%.

The same survey found that 24% of Americans had added a new subscription service during the lockdown - although video services like Netflix and Amazon Prime are seeing more benefit than music sites.