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Music streaming reaches a record high in 2015

3rd July 2015

Music streaming has reached a record high in the UK, with the number of songs played rising by 80% compared to last year.

New figures from the British Phonographic Industry show there have been 11.5 billion streams in the first six months of 2015.

That’s compared to 14.8 billion for the whole of 2014.

Mark Ronson’s Uptown Funk is the most streamed track of the year, with 45 million plays.

“Millions of households are experiencing the joy of instantly playing any song they want,” says Geoff Taylor, chief executive of the BPI.

“All around their house and on any device, [they’re] exploring a universe of new music and classic albums.”

With the launch of Apple Music – which joins the likes of Spotify, Deezer and Tidal – the popularity of streamed music is set to increase further.

Apple Music became available for download on 30 June, costing £9.99 per month for one person or £14.99 for a family subscription.

Taylor Swift has now resolved her differences with the company after initially refusing to allow them to stream her music, over their plans to withhold royalties during Apple Music’s three-month trial period.

Video streams on platforms like YouTube aren’t included in official chart data yet, but they’re going up in a big way too.

Statistics show there has been a 98.2% rise compared to the first six months of 2014.

British music is more popular than ever – as seven of the top 10 best-selling albums in the UK this year are by British acts.

In America, on demand streaming is up 92.4% with 135 billion streams through the first half of 2015 according to Nielsen, which monitors music streaming worldwide.

Read more on the BBC website