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The British music industry was kept going in 2015 by a huge rise in streaming and vinyl sales, according to a trade body.

The BPI said nearly 27 billion songs were streamed last year, and 82% rise on the number in 2014. And it says vinyls continued their recent resurgence, with sales rising 64%.

The British music industry was worth £1.06 billion in 2015, up slightly from £1.04bn in 2014. It was the first annual rise since 2004, the BPI said.

BPI chief executive Geoff Taylor said: "Yet again it's UK artists who are driving this growth and inspiring the fans, whether it's global icons such as Adele, Ed Sheeran, Sam Smith and One Direction, or recent British breakthroughs and newcomers like Jess Glynne, Little Mix and James Bay."

Unsurprisingly, Adele's latest album 25 was the biggest selling of the whole year, despite only being released on 20 November. In five weeks, the album sold more than two million copies. By comparison, her previous album 21 took 13 weeks to reach that number.

Ed Sheeran's X and Sam Smith's In The Lonely Hour completed the top three, selling 971,000 and 893,000 copies respectively.

Despite the obvious rise of music streaming, and vinyl's resurgence, the BPI said CD sales were more resilient than expected. 53.6 million discs were sold last year, just 3.9% on 2014. The trade body said that people subscribed to streaming services are now buying CDs to have a permanent copy of their favourite songs and albums.