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Published: 3rd Jan 2014

More people streamed and downloaded music online in 2013, according to new statistics. 

Figures released by the British Phonographic Industry (BPI) show streaming generated more than £100 million for the music industry last year, which is ten per cent of total music sales. This helped to push overall music trade revenues past £1 billion. 

A total of 7.4 billion songs were streamed in 2013, which is double the 3.7 billion recorded the year before. 

The sale of digital albums has also increased, growing 6.8 per cent. Some 32.6 million albums were downloaded over the past 12 months, which is up 100 per cent on the figure for 2008.

Now That's What I Call Music 85 was the most downloaded album of the year, while Bastille's Bad Blood was the most popular album by an individual artist.

Digital single sales were slightly down on the record 183.3 million achieved in 2012 - coming in at 175.6 million. However, this is still the second highest figure in music history. 

The most downloaded song was Robin Thicke's Blurred Lines, followed by Daft Punk's Get Lucky. Wake Me Up by Avicii and Let Her go by Passenger came in third and fourth respectively. All four of these tracks were downloaded over a million times. 

More than a million songs were downloaded on Christmas Day alone - the fourth year in succession in which this has happened. The BPI said this was due to people purchasing digital songs with new smartphones, tablets and iTunes vouchers. 

Geoff Taylor, chief executive of the organisation, commented: "The success of digital music in 2013 surpassed all previous records - we celebrated the one billionth track download, counted four million-selling digital singles, and streamed more than 7 billion songs. 

"As digital music moves into the streaming era, the prospects for future growth in the UK music market look strong."

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