Album sales drop blamed on illegal downloading

Album sales have plummeted by 7 per cent in the past year, new figures show.

The data, which includes download sales and physical albums such as CDs, reveals nine million fewer were sold in 2010 than in the previous 12 months.

And the figures from music industry body the BPI show album sales have dropped by 22.5 per cent since 2006 levels – down from 154.7 million to 119.9 million.

Music bosses claim the drop is a result of ongoing problems with illegal downloads.

Take That's Progress was the UK's biggest-selling album of 2010 – at 1.8 million copies.