ON the eve of the first ever all-Mancunian FA Cup final (tomorrow, Saturday, June 3), new analysis from the BPI – the representative voice for the UK’s world-leading record labels and music companies – reveals Greater Manchester is also scoring as the top location outside London for nurturing music talent.
Led by celebrated Man City fan, Liam Gallagher, and BRIT Award winning rapper Aitch, who supports City’s Wembley opponents Man Utd, the North West England destination finishes top of a league table ranking UK counties by the success of their artists on the Official UK Albums Chart over the past 12 months ending April 2023. The men’s
final is taking place three weeks after the Women’s FA Cup Final was played at Wembley where Man Utd’s women team were beaten by Chelsea.
Based on Official Charts sales and streaming data, the research highlights the success of music talent, with record label backing, from every nation and region of the UK. It shows that nearly two-thirds of the UK’s most successful albums by homegrown talent were recorded by artists who grew up or formed their bands outside London.
The research categorises the top 300 albums from the past year, excluding catalogue titles, re-issues and ‘best ofs’.
Sophie Jones, BPI chief strategy officer and interim chief executive, said: “Greater Manchester has long been celebrated for both its music and footballing prowess, so it’s fitting that on the eve of the first ever all-Manchester FA Cup final, the county should head a BPI league table of the most successful destinations for nurturing music talent.
“Our research also shows that every part of the UK is blessed with gifted music artists, but only by properly investing in this talent at a time when the global music market is more competitive than ever can we hope to retain and enhance our status as a world-leading music power.”
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