Ed Sheeran helps music hit high note in 2017

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January 05, 2018
Ed Sheeran (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP, File)

NEW YORK (AP):

Ed Sheeran's album Divide was the most popular album of 2017, helping the music industry enjoy a growth spurt during the year, according to Nielsen Music.

Sheeran's blockbuster album sold 2.764 million equivalent album units, which takes into account traditional album sales, downloads and streaming tracks.

Kendrick Lamar's DAMN was next and Taylor Swift's Reputation was in the number three slot.

Nielsen Music reports overall consumption of albums and songs grew 12.5 per cent over 2016.

A 59 per cent increase in on-demand audio streams offset declines in track and album sales.

Vinyl album sales increased for the 12th consecutive year to reach a record 14.3 million units.

The biggest song of the year, in terms of total activity, was the version of Despacito by Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee featuring Justin Bieber.