According to a report by the Official Charts Company over half of all albums sold last year were by British artists.
Fuelled of course by the huge success of Adele's '19' and '21' albums, the market share held by British artists grew from 48.9% in 2010 to 52.7% in 2011. Even if you took Adele out of the equation the figure would still be the highest since 2007.
Lady Gaga and Bruno Mars helped American artists take a 32.7% share (their lowest tally since 1999), while Canada came in third (4.5%) and Barbados — thanks solely to Rihanna's album sales — finished fourth with 2.3%.
"A string of great albums by British artists has delivered the strongest performance in the domestic albums market since the days of Brit Pop and the Spice Girls in 1997," celebrated BPI Chief Executive Geoff Taylor.