Four million vinyl records were sold in Britain last year

Digital streaming and the ongoing vinyl revival are both fueling Britain's rise in music sales after more than 135million albums were sold last year.   

Music fans in the UK purchased the huge number of albums across all formats, including digital downloads, CDs and vinyls. 

The giant figure is almost a 10 per cent increase on the previous year and it is the UK's biggest growth in music sales in two decades. 

It comes as more and more people are using streaming services such as Apple Music and Spotify to listen to music. 

Online streaming services such as Spotify (pictured) are continuing to grow and are fueling Britain's rise in music sales 

Some 4.1million LPs were sold last year, driving revenues from vinyl up by more than a quarter according to official figures published today (file picture)

Some 4.1million LPs were sold last year, driving revenues from vinyl up by more than a quarter according to official figures published today (file picture)

Users streamed songs more than 68billion times last year - up more than 50 per cent on 2016 levels, helping to fuel the fastest growth in demand for music seen in well over a decade.

Perhaps unsurprisingly, streaming was particularly popular amongst younger music fans, helping to propel artists such as grime star Stormzy and girl group into the top ten most-streamed artists.

However, Ed Sheeran took the top spot in what proved a hugely successful year for British musicians.

Eight of the UK's ten biggest selling albums of last year were by British stars, with only the Canadian rapper Drake and American star Pink beating home-grown talent into the top spots.

Ed Sheeran's Divide was the biggest selling album on vinyl LP last year - but the vinyl top ten is also dominated by classic albums

Ed Sheeran's Divide was the biggest selling album on vinyl LP last year - but the vinyl top ten is also dominated by classic albums

The number of vinyl sales have continued the rise the last few years and it has had an affect on total sales figures 

The number of vinyl sales have continued the rise the last few years and it has had an affect on total sales figures 

Meanwhile, more than 4million vinyls were sold last year and were purchased at a quicker rate than in 1991.   

Top ten most streamed artists in 2017 

1 Ed Sheeran 

2 Drake

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4 Eminem

5 The Weekend

6 Calvin Harris

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