Creative Industries Minister Nigel Adams has shown his strong support for the UK music industry by showcasing some of the best of British talent at the centre of his ministerial office.
He chose one album to represent a great British act from each of the last seven decades. The albums, kindly donated by the BPI, are now on display in the ministerial music fan’s office at the Department of Digital, Media, Culture and Sport HQ.
Welcoming the move, UK Music CEO Michael Dugher said: “Nigel Adams has been one of the biggest supporters of the music industry and he’s a huge music fan. It’s no surprise to see him backing the best of British music with a fantastic exhibition right in the middle of the minister’s office at the heart of the DCMS.”
Geoff Taylor, Chief Executive BPI & BRIT Awards, added: “We are fortunate that our Minister for Sport, Media and Creative Industries Nigel Adams is a long-term supporter of British music and UK creativity. It’s entirely appropriate that he is showcasing in his office some of the iconic albums that inspired his love of music. We are looking forward to working closely with him on new initiatives that can boost the success of our world-leading music sector.”
The album’s chosen by Mr. Adams are listed below.
• Lonnie Donegan “Showcase” (1956) – Lonnie Donegan’s debut album ‘Lonnie Donegan Showcase’ was released in the summer of 1956 and went to number 26 in the UK album charts.
• The Beatles “White Album” (1968) – The Beatles released their 9th studio album, ‘The White Album’, in 1968 and it remained at the top of the UK album charts for 8 consecutive weeks.
• Pink Floyd “Dark Side of the Moon” (1973) – The 8th studio album from British rock band Pink Floyd, “Dark Side of the Moon”, is one of the best-selling albums of all time. It has sold roughly 40 million copies worldwide and has spent a total of 1,500 weeks on the top 200 album charts.
• Queen “Greatest Hits” (1981) – This compilation album of Queen’s greatest hits was released in October 1981 and went to number one in the UK album charts where it remained for four weeks.
• Radiohead “Ok Computer” (1997) – “Ok Computer” was the 3rd studio album from British rock band Radiohead and went to number one in the UK album charts. The album single ‘Karma Police’ has become one of the band’s biggest hits, with over 178 million plays on Spotify.
• Amy Winehouse “Back to Black” (2006) – Amy Winehouse’s second studio album, “Back to Black”, was released by Island Records in October 2006 and sold over 43,000 copies in its first week. It has since become the UK’s second best-selling album of the 21st century with over 3.9 million copies sold.
• Adele “21” (2011) – “21” is the second studio album released by the British singer-songwriter. It recently became the UK’s best-selling album of the 21st century having sold over five million copies world-wide.