Rise of iTunes and Spotify fails to kill off compilation albums

THE COMPILATION album has staged an unlikely comeback, with sales of titles such as the Now That’s What I Call Music series rising at a much faster rate than the music industry as a whole.

Despite the popularity of digital services such as iTunes and Spotify, which allow users to cherry pick individual songs and curate their own playlists, sales of compilation albums were up by 7.2 per cent in last year, according to the BPI, the British music trade body.

During the first three months of 2013, sales rose at an even faster rate, up 11.8 per cent, and compilations now account for 21 per cent of all albums sold.

The figures also showed that compilations are proving surprisingly popular amongst music downloaders, with almost a quarter bought on iTunes or similar digital services.