BMG Production Music
Mon, 03 Aug 2020 15:12:01 GMT
British YouTuber, professional boxer and hip-hop sensation KSI has achieved the rare distinction of having both an album and a single certified silver in the same week.
UK awarding body the BPI has recognised KSI’s Dissimulation after it achieved more than 60,000 album equivalent sales since its release on May 22nd, including an incredible 114.8 million audio track streams. Meanwhile KSI’s single ‘Houdini has been recognised for exceeding more than 200,000 single equivalents.
To add to the festivities, KSI also features on Nathan Dawe’s new single ‘Lighter’ which charted at number four in this week’s Official Singles Chart making it his third Top 10 single.
Dissimulation is the UK’s biggest-selling debut album of the year so far. It has scored the UK’s Number One streaming album, Number One download album, and Number One independent album, and was Number One in the Official Irish Albums Chart.
KSI is signed to BMG’s LA-based rap label RBC Records for recordings and publishing.
Alistair Norbury, BMG president repertoire and marketing UK, says: “This is an incredible achievement for KSI, his creativity and his expert management. For BMG, it’s a testament to global teamwork, between BMG’s LA and UK teams, and between A&R and marketing.”
Dissimulation’s sales total was 93% digital thanks to KSI’s wild popularity on streaming services. “BMG is best known for our work with established, often physical-album-focused artists,” said Alistair, “but the success of KSI demonstrates that we can compete with the best and succeed with purely digital artists too.”
Thomas Scherer, EVP repertoire and marketing, BMG Los Angeles, said: “The huge success in the UK is a great example of the global team spirit at BMG. KSI is a true fighter. Actually, he is a true winner, and this is just the beginning of his global music career.”