UK music industry sounds warning on bad Brexit deal – UK

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The success of UK music artists could be threatened by a bad Brexit deal, the industry body has warned.

The British Phonographic Industry, which represents the sector, said a “strong” agreement is needed to make sure music imports and exports are not negatively impacted by Britain’s EU exit.

It voiced its fears as it announced record exports for 2017 – a 12% increase on the previous year to £408m.

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This is the highest figure since records began 18 years ago.

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Sam Smith’s The Thrill of It All was another top-selling album in 2017

The record labels’ association credited Ed Sheeran’s album Divide topping the world best-selling list and Rory Graham – better known as Rag’n’Bone Man – taking the fourth spot with his debut Human.

It also pointed to top ten album sales for Sam Smith and Harry Styles.

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The body said the overall popularity of British music abroad meant one in eight streamed, physical and downloaded albums purchased around the world in 2017 was by a UK artist.

But Geoff Taylor, the BPI’s chief executive, said a good Brexit deal was needed to enable UK music to thrive after March 2019.

“Our music not only enriches the lives of fans around the world, it makes a major contribution to the UK economy through overseas sales and by attracting numerous visitors to the UK.

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“With Brexit approaching, music can help to showcase what is exciting about the UK as we forge new trading relationships, but only if our government supports us by ensuring a strong Brexit deal that enables artists to tour freely, robustly protects music rights, and prevents physical music products being impeded in transit,” he said.

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