Lady Gaga and Susan Boyle have helped shore up slumping music sales in the U.K.
Gigwise reports music sales in Britain dropped by their smallest amount in 5 years in 2009, thanks largely to the massive sales of these 2 international superstars.
Kim Bayley, director general of the ERA, which includes members such as HMV and Amazon, attributes the market stabilization to the 2 pop sensations, and other big name artists.
“Surging download sales and the huge appeal of Susan Boyle and Lady Gaga show music still has huge appeal for the British public,” she told the BBC.
“It is too soon to call an end to music’s decline, but in 2009 entertainment retailers discovered music has still got a lot to offer.”
The Scottish singing sensation debut album “I Dreamed a Dream” and “Lady Gaga’s single “Poker Face” reigned supreme as the U.K.’s best selling records of 2009.
“I Dreamed a Dream” squeezed out the controversial New York pop phenomenon’s debut release “The Fame” – which placed 2nd – to take the U.K.’s 2009 top selling album honours, selling a whopping 1.5 million copies in just 6 weeks
This past week, Lady Gaga tallied her 4th U.K. No 1 single with her latest release “Telephone” which also helped catapult her debut studio album “The Fame” back into No 1 position on the U.K. album charts.
Did you know? Lady Gaga is fan of Susan Boyle and wanted to perform with the Scottish singing sensation at the Brit Awards. Unfortunately, the “Wild Horses” hitmaker did not get invited .