U.K. trade body the BPI has released figures showing that British artists were responsible for almost one in ten artist albums sold in the U.S. and Canada last year.

The market share dipped just slightly from 10% in 2008 to 9.6% in 2009, according to the BPI.

Susan Boyle and the Beatles played a big part in the results. Boyle moved 3.4 million albums in the U.S. and Canada in six weeks, the BPI said.

The body also identified Jay Sean as a major breakthrough artist, and it said Lily Allen, Depeche Mode, Imogen Heap, Muse, Rod Stewart, the Ting Tings, Adele and Sting had strong album sales stateside. Gorillaz, Sade and Corinne Bailey Rae are expected to be strong performers in overall sales by the end of 2010, the BPI said.

"The continued success of U.K. artists in major international markets like the U.S. highlights not only the strength and depth of U.K. talent, but also the skill and investment by U.K. record companies in marketing and promoting British music overseas," said BPI chief executive Geoff Taylor in a statement. "The revenue this generates helps to fund new British music that fans at home and abroad can enjoy."

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