Grammy winner Adele and folk band Mumford & Sons are leading the British invasion of the American album charts - U.K. pop stars have netted the highest share of U.S. record sales in more than a decade.
Brits including Jessie J and Coldplay accounted for nearly 12 per cent of all albums sold in America last year (11), a jump of more than one per cent from 2010, according to the British Phonographic Industry (Bpi).
The rising popularity of U.K. artists has been attributed to the remarkable success of Adele, who sold nearly seven million copies in the U.S. in 2011. Adele's debut 19 sold nearly one million copies, while her sophomore effort, 21, sold 5.8 million.
Mumford & Sons' hit album Sigh No More sold 1.5 million records, while a further 27 U.K. albums sold more than 100,000 copies in America, including Susan Boyle's Someone to Watch Over Me and Coldplay's Mylo Xyloto.
Bpi chief executive Geoff Taylor says, "These results prove that the risks U.K. labels take investing in British talent help British artists break internationally and generate important exports that boost the U.K. economy."