Illegal music downloads fail to undercut album sales
A survey of the best selling music albums of all time has revealed that, in spite of the rise in illegal music downloads and file sharing, music sales in the 21st century are in fact as high as they were over 30 years ago.
The Official Charts Company’s Top 40 Biggest Selling Albums of All Time revealed that many modern day artists are in fact achieving similar sales figures as their musical counterparts from the 70s and 80s.
While Queen’s 1981 Greatest Hits album topped the chart, many stars from today’s music scene also worked their way into the coveted list.
Adele’s 21 album released last year came in at number six while Amy Winehouse’s Back to Black (2006) took twelfth position.
Other 21st century artists featuring in the list included James Blunt, Dido, Leona Lewis, Michael Buble and Take That. Queen, The Beatles, Abba, Oasis and Michael Jackson took the top five places.