added: 1 Jan 2014 // by: Music-News.com Newsdesk
One Direction's Midnight Memories was the biggest-selling artist album of the year, which sold 685,000 copies in just six weeks to make it the fastest-selling title of the year.
That makes it nine years in a row that a UK artist has had the top seller: Emeli Sandé Our Version Of Events (2012), Adele 21 (2011), Take That Progress (2010), Susan Boyle I Dreamed A Dream (2009), Duffy Rockferry (2008), Amy Winehouse Back To Black (2007), Snow Patrol Eyes Open (2006), and James Blunt Back To Bedlam (2005).
The biggest-selling album overall was Now That's What I Call Music 86, which sold 1.1m copies.
Passenger had the most successful single of the year among British artists - the million-selling Let Her Go. The biggest-selling singles overall were Blurred Lines by Robin Thicke, Pharrell Williams and T.I. followed by Daft Punk's Get Lucky ft. Pharrell Williams and Nile Rodgers, and Avicii's Wake Me Up.
The most successful digital artist album of 2013 was Bad Blood by Bastille, while the most streamed artists were another British act - Arctic Monkeys. Both acts are due to perform at this year's BRIT Awards with MasterCard on 19th February.
Arctic Monkeys also prevailed as the biggest-selling artists on vinyl in 2013. Their acclaimed album AM topped the Official Charts ahead of Random Access Memories by Daft Punk and The Next Day by David Bowie.