Classical Review of the Year 2003
year for the Classical sector.
Westenra is best selling artist. Large jump in Supermarkets’
At the top of the annual chart was Hayley Westenra,
the young vocalist from New Zealand whose album Pure was
her debut release in the UK. As a result of rising sales
the market share of Classical music moved up to 5.8% of
total album sales value (from 5.5% in 2002), a fine achievement
in a year when strong album sales were recorded across most
Review of the Year
... Universal Classics struck gold with a series of autumn-released
crossover titles. Platinum sales for Deutsche Grammophon's
Bryn placed the great Welsh bass-baritone Bryn Terfel on
top of the classical album chart and secured sixth place
in the pop album chart, driving retail interest in other
Universal autumn releases and paving the way for Universal's
most exciting new classical artist, Hayley Westenra. The
15-year-old New Zealand soprano's Pure registered multiplatinum
sales in Q4, becoming the fastest-selling classical debut
album in UK chart history.
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Renaissance in 2003 as Sales rise 8% : 8:3:2004
music sales enjoyed a renaissance in 2003, according to
final year-end figures for trade deliveries published by
UK record companies’ trade association the BPI (British
figures, which measure shipments from UK record companies
to retailers, show unit sales were up 7% compared with 2002
to 14m. The value of sales was up 8% to £64.9m.
performance compares well with figures for the market as
a whole issued last month which showed that in 2003 total
album sales were up 4.9% by volume and 2.1% in value.
best-selling classical album of the year was Pure, the debut
UK release from 15 year old New Zealand soprano Hayley Westenra.
second biggest-seller of the year was Bryn, the platinum-selling
album from Welsh bass-baritone Bryn Terfel.
featuring in the Classical Top 10 for 2003 were artist albums
from Andrea Bocelli, Aled Jones and Amici Forever and a
brace of compilations reflecting the public’s taste for
themed relaxation and chill-out music.
chairman Peter Jamieson says,
no doubt 2002 was a tough year for classical, but in 2003
the classical record industry bounced back with a whole
range of exciting artists and innovative compilations which
brought classical music to new audiences.
record industry invests heavily in the standard classical
repertoire with new recordings featuring the best contemporary
conductors and performers; the success of the UK classical
record industry lies in this symbiotic relationship between
the crossover and traditional classical markets.”