Mainstream consumers are starting to lean again on trusted handrails to guide them through the music of today and yesterday.

This article titled “The rebirth of the compilation album: now that's what I call a surprise!” was written by Eamonn Forde, for The Guardian on Sunday 28th April 2013 18.00 UTC

The triple-whammy of iTunes, YouTube and Spotify was supposed to kill off the compilation album, but it seems its demise has been greatly exaggerated. Based on new figures from the BPI, officially released next month, compilation sales have grown significantly in the UK for the first time in a decade.

In 2012, more than 20.6m compilation albums were sold in Britain, up from 19.2m the year before. Barring a minuscule uptick in 2007, compilation album sales have been falling steadily since 2004, when 39m were sold: iTunes arrived in the UK that year, allowing consumers for the first time to buy just the tracks they wanted. Streaming services such as Spotify, Rdio and Deezer were presumed to be accelerating that process.

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