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UK OST sales booming

By | Published on Thursday 3 October 2013

Les Miserables

After all that doom and gloom, how about some positive stats for dessert? Sales of film and TV soundtracks are up by almost 50% to 1.7 million units in the UK, according to data published by record label trade body the BPI and the Official Charts Company yesterday. Almost half of those OSTs were bought digitally, while a small number of high profile releases – and most notably the soundtrack to the ‘Les Misérables’ movie – contributed to much of the boom.

Commenting on the stats, BPI boss man Geoff Taylor told CMU: “Music has been providing the backdrop to some of the most memorable moments in TV and film history for decades. Nowadays, with the range of digital services offering music online, movie goers can download or stream a soundtrack on their smartphone or tablet as soon as the credits start to roll. Apps such as Shazam allow consumers to instantaneously identify the music they are looking for in a matter of seconds keeping the magic of the movies alive long after the popcorn has ended”.

And for fans of soundtracks and lists, here is a list of the ten best selling soundtrack albums in the UK so far this year.

1. Les Miserables (movie)
2. The Great Gatsby (movie)
3. The Music Of Nashville – Season 1 Vol 1 (TV show)
4. Pitch Perfect (movie)
5. Django Unchained (movie)
6. The Music Of Nashville – Season 1 Vol 2 (TV show)
7. Teen Beach Movie (TV movie)
8. Rock Of Ages (movie)
9. Mamma Mia (movie)
10. Dirty Dancing (movie – yes, the one from 1987)