As the ginger chosen one dominates sales of home video, games and music, Getintothis‘ David Hall pores over the figures.
Every year the Entertainment Retailers Association drops a stack of stats from across the UK entertainment sector.
One of the interesting results of such a chart, is that it places side-by-side music, video and gaming releases and compares them all, based upon relative performance in terms of units shifted.
Results for the first half of 2017 are now in, and Ed Sheeran rockets to the top of not just the music charts but also the overall entertainment charts too. This means that Sheeran has ensured music outsold all other entertainment formats, although video releases dominate overall.
Gaming doesn’t perform so strongly, which may come as a surprise for a multi-billion dollar industry routinely touted as outstripping even the movie business. But gaming’s relatively poor performance has more to do with the games industry stacking its major releases in the final quarter of the calendar year than anything else.
So take a look below at ERA‘s wider entertainment retail chart for the first half of the year, with total sales figures (adjusted to accommodate music streams) in brackets.
Are there any surprises in there for you, like the relatively newly-released Stormzy‘s Gang Signs and Prayer nipping the heels of gaming blockbuster Resident Evil 7?
Does it make you despair for the future of humankind that two Ed Sheeran releases make the list, including a three-year-old album? Or is that cool, we mean at least it bumps up music sales, right?
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1. MUSIC: Ed Sheeran – Divide (Warner Music) (2,064,966)
2. VIDEO: Rogue One – A Star Wars Story (Walt Disney Studios) (1,180,496)
3. VIDEO: Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them (Warner Bros) (1,032,525)
4. VIDEO: Bridget Jones’s Baby (Universal Pictures) (936,064)
5. VIDEO: Moana (Walt Disney Studios) (714,698)
6. MUSIC: Rag N Bone Man – Human (Sony Music) (694,194)
7. VIDEO: Trolls (20th Century Fox) (657,760)
8. MUSIC: Various – Now That’s What I Call Music 96 (Sony/Universal) (530,290)
9. VIDEO: Doctor Strange (Walt Disney Studios) (510,711)
10. VIDEO: Sing (Universal Pictures) (489,672)
11. VIDEO: The Girl On The Train (20th Century Fox) (397,619)
12. VIDEO: Miss Peregrine’s Home For Peculiar (20th Century Fox) (352,199)
13. GAME: Grand Theft Auto V (Take 2) (334,280)
14. GAME: Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon – Wildlands (Ubisoft) (311,792)
15. VIDEO: La La Land (Elevation) (294,456)
16. VIDEO: Arrival (20th Century Fox) (294,171)
17. GAME: Horizon Zero Dawn (Sony Comp Ent) (286,538)
18. VIDEO: Inferno (Sony Pictures) (271,388)
19. VIDEO: Jack Reacher – Never Go Back (Universal Pictures) (268,888)
20. VIDEO: T2 Trainspotting (Sony Pictures) (259,892)
21. VIDEO: The Magnificent Seven (Sony Pictures) (257,867)
22. VIDEO: Fifty Shades Darker (Universal Pictures) (249,590)
23. VIDEO: The Lego Batman Movie (Warner Bros) (245,739)
24. GAME: FIFA 17 (EA) (242,385)
25. VIDEO: Hacksaw Ridge (Elevation Sales) (237,735)
26. VIDEO: Sully – Miracle On The Hudson (Warner Bros) (236,486)
27. VIDEO: Passengers (Sony Pictures) (229,520)
28. MUSIC: Drake – More Life (Universal Music) (228,862)
29. MUSIC: Ed Sheeran – X (Warner Music) (224,267)
30. VIDEO: Deepwater Horizon (Elevation) (220,734)
31. VIDEO: Assassin’s Creed (20th Century Fox) (219,093)
32. VIDEO: Finding Dory (Walt Disney Studios) (218,625)
33. MUSIC: Little Mix – Glory Days (Sony Music) (215,638)
34. MUSIC: Take That – Wonderland (Universal Music) (212,037)
35. VIDEO: Suicide Squad (Warner Bros) (210,642)
36. GAME: Call Of Duty: Infinite Warfare (Activision Blizzard) (204,778)
37. VIDEO: Trainspotting (Spirit Entertainment) (203,000)
38. GAME: Resident Evil 7: Biohazard (Capcom) (190,545)
39. VIDEO: The Secret Life Of Pets (Universal Pictures) (190,509)
40. MUSIC: Stormzy – Gang Signs & Prayer (Merky) (188,240)
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