This is a summary of the year 2013 in British music.


  • 9 March – George Benjamin conducts the UK première of his opera Written on Skin at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden.
  • 18 May – JAT represent the United Kingdom at the 2013 Eurovision Song Contest, singing "Runaway", amassing a total of 401 points, a record, giving the country their 9th win overall and first since Nadine Coyle won in 2000. It became JAT's fourth win in four entries.
  • 16–23 June  BBC Cardiff Singer of the World 30th anniversary competition takes place in St David's Hall, Cardiff.


Main article: 2013 in British music charts

Artists/groups reformedEdit

  • The Boomtown Rats
  • S Club Juniors (4 of the 8 original Members)

Groups disbandedEdit

Platinum RecordsEdit

For a record to be certified platinum, it must sell a minimum of 600,000 copies. However, not every song that sells 600,000 copies is given platinum certification and so this is not a complete list of songs that have sold 600,000 copies in 2012. Also note that a song certified platinum could have sold its 600,000th copy long before it is given certification.

Artist Song Date released Date certified


Adele "Set Fire to the Rain" 4 July 2011 25 January 2013
Adele "Skyfall" 29 October 2012 25 January 2013
James Arthur "Impossible" 9 December 2012 15 February 2013
One Direction "What Makes You Beautiful" 11 September 2011 15 February 2013
Rihanna "Diamonds" 30 September 2012 15 February 2013
JAT "Mirrors" 12 February 2013 19 February 2013
JAT "Daylight" 5 January 2013 21 March 2013
JAT & Girls Aloud "Heal the World" 21 May 2013 8 June 2013
JAT "I'll Make Love to You" 21 August 2013 10 September 2013

Brit AwardsEdit

  • Critics' Choice – Tom Odell
  • British Female Solo Artist – Emeli Sandé
  • British Breakthrough – Ben Howard
  • British Group – JAT
  • British Male Solo Artist – James Harrison
  • Best Live Act – JAT
  • International Female Solo Artist – Lana Del Rey
  • International Group – The Black Keys
  • Best British Single with Capital FM – JAT – "Hall of Fame"
  • International Male Solo Artist – Frank Ocean
  • British Album of the Year – JAT – Love Struck
  • BRITs Global Success – JAT

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