Music: Top 5 sell over 341 million albums

March 16, 2010

Latest research undertaken by PRS for Music, the organisation that collects royalties on behalf of composers and songwriters, today reveals that, ahead of St. Patricks Day, Dublin-based rock band, U2 is the Irish band the public believes is the most standout, taking top spot with an overwhelming sixty-eight percent.

The notorious quartet, which was initially a quintet, formed over thirty-three years ago under the original name: ‘Feedback’. They have since gone on to sell over one-hundred-and-seventy-million albums, producing twelve studio albums and picking up a record breaking twenty-two Grammy awards along the way. Research undertaken by PRS for Music also shows that U2’s ‘The Joshua Tree’ is the ninth most-have album on the UK public’s iPods.

Irish pop-group sensation Westlife claimed second place with ten-and-half percent of the votes whilst, ‘Van The Man’, George Ivan Morrison came in third. The Belfast Cowboy, Van Morrison, who kicked off his music career in the 1950s playing a range of instruments in several Irish Showbands, subsequently gained ten percent of the votes.

Boyzone and The Cranberries finished in fourth and fifth place respectively.  The collective number of albums sales, between the five bands, is well over three-hundred-and-forty-million.

Position Band Percentage
1. U2 68
2. Westlife 10.5
3. Van Morrison 10
4. Boyzone 7.5
5. The Cranberries 4
Source: PRS for Music

The information is based on a survey of over 2,000 UK respondents conducted by PRS for Music.

Commenting on the results, Elis Rich, chairman of PRS for Music, said: “St Patrick’s Day acts as a platform to celebrate the culture of Ireland, and of course acts as a worldwide celebration of a nation that has given us so many musical prodigies. It seems only right that we celebrate their talent.”