David Bowie beats Adele and Drake to be named the UK’s most popular artist of 2016

From the Chart Company

More of Bowie’s back catalogue was consumed in the UK last year, despite One Dance (that’s Drake btw!) being you know, a big deal.

David Bowie has been declared as the most popular artist of 2016.

More of the Starman’s albums were purchased on CD and vinyl, downloaded, and listened to on streaming platforms in the UK than any other release last year.

The British Phonographic Industry (BPI) revealed the news in its 38th annual All About the Music 2017 yearbook. Despite huge challengers in Adele and Drake, David’s extensive back catalogue of work, including his 25th and final studio album Blackstar, were more popular across all formats.

David’s death brought both his recent and classic work to the forefront, while his popularity from events like Record Store Day 2017 and his Lazarus musical also led to droves of fans consuming his material.

1.6 million album equivalent units of David’s were counted, putting the Starman ahead of Adele’s three studio albums on 1.2 million, and Drake, who enjoyed his strongest year yet in the UK thanks to his Number 1 album Views.

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