ambeth is London’s music hotspot for chart success according to new research conducted by the music industry.

The British Recording Industry (BPI) looked at the profiles of the artists behind the top 300 albums over the past 12 months, then crunched the numbers to determine the most successful areas.

In London, Lambeth ends up as the city’s top borough thanks to a burgeoning rap scene that includes BRITs and Mercury Prize-winning Dave.

The Brixton-born, Streatham-raised rapper had one of the biggest new albums of the past year with We All Alone In This Together.

The area is also represented by artists including K-Trap, Demo and Krept & Konan of Lambeth, along with pop artists like Jessie Ware and Joy Crookes.

Jessie Ware

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Haringey took second place thanks to recent hip-hop successes such as Abra Cadabra, Headie One and Shy FX.

Another talent hotspot is Hackney, the third-largest music district in the capital with artists including NSG, Unknown T and Dutchavelli.

Fourth place Hammersmith & Fulham is led by Shepherd rapper Central Cee, whose self-released mixtape 23 reached number 1 in February.

The area is also home to Arlo Parks, who last year won a Mercury Prize with his debut LP Collapsed In Sunbeams.

South of the river, Lewisham is listed in part by the D-Block Europe collective, whose LP The Blue Print: Us vs. Them peaked at #2 on the Official Albums Chart.

Other top boroughs are Kensington & Chelsea thanks to AJ Tracey, Digga D and alt. the band Dry Cleaning, and Newham, thanks to a thriving hip-hop scene that includes Ghetts, Morrisson and Yxng Bane.

The capital’s success is overshadowed by artists from outside London, who make up almost two-thirds of the chart.

BPI CEO Geoff Taylor said: The UK has long been recognized as one of the world’s leading musical cultures, with a long track record of producing successful global superstars.

“This new BPI analysis highlights that artistic talent continues to be nurtured and developed across all regions of the UK, and that it is the rich diversity both musically and geographically, supported by record labels, are key to our global music status and need to be protected and enhanced. ”


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